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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 19,000 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, The Cure, The Police, King Crimson, Kraftwerk, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Human League.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:402 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:11,079
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:166
Average Rating:  82/100 (551 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,801
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:605
Average Rating:  77/100 (215 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:155 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,434
Rank in 1980s104Overall Rank:679
Average Rating:  78/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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4.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,364
Rank in 1980s109Overall Rank:700
Average Rating:  76/100 (223 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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5.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,334
Rank in 1980s112Overall Rank:711
Average Rating:  76/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,301
Rank in 1980s113Overall Rank:723
Average Rating:  77/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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7.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:128 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,136
Rank in 1980s124Overall Rank:769
Average Rating:  79/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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8.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,098
Rank in 1980s126Overall Rank:783
Average Rating:  79/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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9.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,012
Rank in 1980s129Overall Rank:817
Average Rating:  76/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,000
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:823
Average Rating:  74/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 11 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Los Jaivas 2 0%
Elvis Costello & The Attractions 2 0%
Diana Ross 2 0%
Iron Maiden 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 231 32%
United Kingdom 210 29%
Australia 40 6%
Germany 38 5%
France 26 4%
Canada 22 3%
Jamaica 19 3%
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