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Best Albums of 1981

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1981 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 16,000 greatest album charts.

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1981 year summaryThe best artists of 1981 were Rush, Black Flag, The Cure, The Police, Siouxsie & The Banshees, King Crimson, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Electric Light Orchestra, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Human League.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:343 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:9,913
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:168
Average Rating: 81/100 (466 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,541
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:600
Average Rating: 76/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,169
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:693
Average Rating: 76/100 (186 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,156
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:699
Average Rating: 75/100 (197 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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5.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:1,947
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:773
Average Rating: 79/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:1,942
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:777
Average Rating: 77/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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7.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:1,813
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:820
Average Rating: 71/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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8.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,811
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:822
Average Rating: 76/100 (107 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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9.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,750
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:847
Average Rating: 76/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,718
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:862
Average Rating: 72/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
R. Stevie Moore 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 2 0%
D.A.F. 2 0%
Los Jaivas 2 0%
Japan 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 206 34%
United Kingdom 187 31%
Germany 33 5%
Australia 25 4%
Canada 21 3%
Jamaica 18 3%
France 15 2%
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