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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 18,000 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:381 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:10,624
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:168
Average Rating:  81/100 (514 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,518
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:645
Average Rating:  76/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,334
Rank in 1980s100Overall Rank:678
Average Rating:  76/100 (200 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:140 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,251
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:704
Average Rating:  78/100 (154 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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5.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,214
Rank in 1980s110Overall Rank:715
Average Rating:  75/100 (218 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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6.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,145
Rank in 1980s115Overall Rank:740
Average Rating:  79/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,119
Rank in 1980s118Overall Rank:752
Average Rating:  76/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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8.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,028
Rank in 1980s124Overall Rank:779
Average Rating:  78/100 (168 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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9.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,863
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:841
Average Rating:  72/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,833
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:853
Average Rating:  76/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
R. Stevie Moore 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
The Cure 2 0%
Simple Minds 2 0%
Georg Danzer 2 0%
Scientist 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 223 33%
United Kingdom 199 29%
Australia 36 5%
Germany 35 5%
Canada 22 3%
France 20 3%
Jamaica 19 3%
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