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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 24,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:490 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:13,686
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (706 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:188 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,171
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:623
Average Rating:  76/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:168 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,066
Rank in 1980s95Overall Rank:640
Average Rating:  80/100 (239 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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4.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,889
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:675
Average Rating:  77/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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5.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,714
Rank in 1980s111Overall Rank:717
Average Rating:  80/100 (250 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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6.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:220 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,590
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:753
Average Rating:  76/100 (293 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,542
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:765
Average Rating:  78/100 (171 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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8.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,398
Rank in 1980s126Overall Rank:804
Average Rating:  77/100 (289 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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9.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,292
Rank in 1980s128Overall Rank:837
Average Rating:  79/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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10.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,228
Rank in 1980s129Overall Rank:861
Average Rating:  74/100 (239 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 16 2%
Frank Zappa 5 1%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Rush 2 0%
Kitaro 2 0%
Emmylou Harris 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 298 34%
United Kingdom 247 28%
Germany 48 6%
Australia 41 5%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 26 3%
France 25 3%
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