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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, The Cure, Brian Eno & David Byrne, The Police, King Crimson, Kraftwerk, The Human League and Echo & The Bunnymen.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:395 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:10,944
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:164
Average Rating:  81/100 (529 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,715
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:610
Average Rating:  77/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,353
Rank in 1980s104Overall Rank:683
Average Rating:  76/100 (212 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,327
Rank in 1980s107Overall Rank:691
Average Rating:  78/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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5.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,287
Rank in 1980s109Overall Rank:699
Average Rating:  76/100 (221 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,227
Rank in 1980s115Overall Rank:725
Average Rating:  77/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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7.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,072
Rank in 1980s123Overall Rank:774
Average Rating:  79/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,055
Rank in 1980s126Overall Rank:781
Average Rating:  80/100 (175 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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9.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,964
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:813
Average Rating:  72/100 (189 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,889
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  76/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 4 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%
Barbra Streisand 2 0%
Hank Williams Jr. 2 0%
Nazareth 2 0%
The Cure 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 226 32%
United Kingdom 205 29%
Australia 38 5%
Germany 35 5%
France 25 4%
Canada 22 3%
Jamaica 19 3%
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