1980 was a transitional year for music. Punk was slowly giving way to a new type of sound – you might even call it a new wave. Join us as we count down our top 5 favorite albums from that year.

#5 U2 – Boy

The debut record from a band that seemingly has always existed. They earn our this position for sounding amazingly well formed and polished at this early stage of their career.

#4 The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms

A lesser known NYC indie rock staple that would go on to influence some of the more popular bands in the decades to come.

#3 AC/DC – Back in Black

An iconic record from a band in the midst of trauma and stardom. Packed with some of the decades most approachable, yet hard rocking guitar tracks.

#2 DEVO – Freedom of Choice

The innovative outsiders fully embrace the synthesizer on this, their most memorable release. The music videos would become ingrained into our culture.

#1 Talking Heads – Remain in Light

The record that solidified Talking Heads in rock music history. David Byrne, Brian Eno and friends created a classic that still sounds fresh and inventive almost 40 years later.

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