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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 22,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:430 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:12,210
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:161
Average Rating:  82/100 (617 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,074
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  77/100 (242 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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3.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,831
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:649
Average Rating:  77/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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4.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,524
Rank in 1980s111Overall Rank:709
Average Rating:  79/100 (214 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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5.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,494
Rank in 1980s114Overall Rank:717
Average Rating:  79/100 (212 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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6.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,424
Rank in 1980s118Overall Rank:742
Average Rating:  76/100 (259 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,331
Rank in 1980s122Overall Rank:772
Average Rating:  77/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,251
Rank in 1980s124Overall Rank:791
Average Rating:  76/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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9.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,138
Rank in 1980s127Overall Rank:818
Average Rating:  79/100 (148 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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10.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,121
Rank in 1980s128Overall Rank:825
Average Rating:  77/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 13 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Frank Zappa 5 1%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Stars On 45 2 0%
Gary Numan 2 0%
Barbra Streisand 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 266 33%
United Kingdom 240 29%
Germany 46 6%
Australia 41 5%
France 25 3%
Canada 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 3%
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