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The Best Rock Albums of 1980

1. The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta

The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
October 3, 1980
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

2. Motörhead - Ace of Spades

Motörhead - Ace of Spades
November 8, 1980
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

3. AC/DC - Back in Black

AC/DC - Back in Black
July 25, 1980
Critic Score
92
4 reviews

4. Half Japanese - 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts

Half Japanese - 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts
January 1, 1980
Critic Score
91
2 reviews

5. XTC - Black Sea

XTC - Black Sea
September 12, 1980
Critic Score
91
2 reviews

6. Bruce Springsteen - The River

Bruce Springsteen - The River
October 17, 1980
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

7. David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
September 12, 1980
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

8. Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
May 23, 1980
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

9. REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity

REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity
November 21, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

12. Rush - Permanent Waves

Rush - Permanent Waves
January 1, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

13. Robbie Dupree - Robbie Dupree

Robbie Dupree - Robbie Dupree
January 1, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

14. Donna Summer - The Wanderer

Donna Summer - The Wanderer
October 20, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

16. Lydia Lunch - Queen of Siam

Lydia Lunch - Queen of Siam
February 9, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

17. Glenn Branca - Lesson No. 1

Glenn Branca - Lesson No. 1
March 1, 1980
Critic Score
89
3 reviews

18. Bauhaus - In the Flat Field

Bauhaus - In the Flat Field
October 1, 1980
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

19. Dire Straits - Making Movies

Dire Straits - Making Movies
October 17, 1980
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

20. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
September 20, 1980
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

21. Steely Dan - Gaucho

Steely Dan - Gaucho
November 21, 1980
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

22. The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
February 5, 1980
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

23. Pete Townshend - Empty Glass

Pete Townshend - Empty Glass
April 21, 1980
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

25. Genesis - Duke

Genesis - Duke
March 28, 1980
Critic Score
80
1 review
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