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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 14,000 greatest album charts.

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1981 year summaryThe best artists of 1981 were Rush, Black Flag, The Police, The Cure, King Crimson, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Human League, Electric Light Orchestra, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Brian Eno & David Byrne.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:316 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:9,625
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:154
Average Rating: 81/100 (417 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,305
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:604
Average Rating: 76/100 (154 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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3.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:1,934
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:697
Average Rating: 76/100 (173 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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4.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:1,858
Rank in 1980s107Overall Rank:723
Average Rating: 76/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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5.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:1,850
Rank in 1980s108Overall Rank:725
Average Rating: 78/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:1,673
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:799
Average Rating: 77/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:89 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:1,670
Rank in 1980s126Overall Rank:800
Average Rating: 74/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,586
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:841
Average Rating: 73/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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9.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,539
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:865
Average Rating: 77/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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10.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,441
Rank in 1980s144Overall Rank:921
Average Rating: 76/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
R. Stevie Moore 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 1%
Grateful Dead 2 0%
Jandek 2 0%
Bunny Wailer 2 0%
Yellow Magic Orchestra 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 189 35%
United Kingdom 170 31%
Germany 26 5%
Australia 24 4%
Canada 20 4%
Jamaica 19 4%
Mixed Nationality 13 2%
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