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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 20,000 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, The Cure, The Police, Kraftwerk, King Crimson, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Gun Club.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:401 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:11,119
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:168
Average Rating:  81/100 (561 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,910
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:594
Average Rating:  77/100 (218 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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3.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,468
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:680
Average Rating:  78/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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4.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,300
Rank in 1980s113Overall Rank:729
Average Rating:  77/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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5.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,273
Rank in 1980s116Overall Rank:738
Average Rating:  76/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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6.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:128 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,217
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:754
Average Rating:  79/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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7.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,183
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:761
Average Rating:  78/100 (142 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,076
Rank in 1980s127Overall Rank:797
Average Rating:  79/100 (193 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,016
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:818
Average Rating:  77/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,998
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:828
Average Rating:  79/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 7 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%
Diana Ross 2 0%
Simple Minds 2 0%
Whitehouse 2 0%
UB40 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 234 32%
United Kingdom 213 29%
Australia 40 5%
Germany 38 5%
France 25 3%
Canada 22 3%
Jamaica 19 3%
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