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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 23,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:474 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:13,340
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:155
Average Rating:  82/100 (678 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,124
Rank in 1980s92Overall Rank:625
Average Rating:  77/100 (262 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,795
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:677
Average Rating:  77/100 (203 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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4.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,790
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:679
Average Rating:  79/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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5.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,561
Rank in 1980s117Overall Rank:741
Average Rating:  80/100 (243 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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6.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:215 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,555
Rank in 1980s118Overall Rank:745
Average Rating:  76/100 (282 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,492
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:762
Average Rating:  78/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,391
Rank in 1980s126Overall Rank:793
Average Rating:  76/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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9.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,390
Rank in 1980s127Overall Rank:794
Average Rating:  79/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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10.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,201
Rank in 1980s129Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  73/100 (154 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 16 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Frank Zappa 5 1%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Simple Minds 2 0%
Diana Ross 2 0%
Bernard Lavilliers 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 287 34%
United Kingdom 246 29%
Germany 48 6%
Australia 41 5%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 25 3%
France 25 3%
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