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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, Brian Eno & David Byrne, King Crimson, Siouxsie & The Banshees, 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:448 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:12,694
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:155
Average Rating:  82/100 (648 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,158
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:599
Average Rating:  77/100 (250 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:171 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,735
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:674
Average Rating:  77/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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4.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,734
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:677
Average Rating:  79/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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5.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,595
Rank in 1980s112Overall Rank:713
Average Rating:  80/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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6.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:211 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,473
Rank in 1980s118Overall Rank:745
Average Rating:  76/100 (272 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,306
Rank in 1980s124Overall Rank:796
Average Rating:  77/100 (265 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,299
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:798
Average Rating:  77/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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9.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,180
Rank in 1980s128Overall Rank:831
Average Rating:  79/100 (153 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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10.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,145
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  73/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 15 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Frank Zappa 5 1%
Whitehouse 3 0%
The Cure 2 0%
Hank Williams Jr. 2 0%
Stars On 45 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 286 34%
United Kingdom 243 29%
Germany 48 6%
Australia 41 5%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
France 25 3%
Canada 25 3%
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