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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, Kraftwerk, King Crimson, The Human League and Echo & The Bunnymen.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:388 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:10,866
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:163
Average Rating:  81/100 (518 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,704
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:602
Average Rating:  76/100 (193 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:2,350
Rank in 1980s101Overall Rank:678
Average Rating:  76/100 (205 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:2,321
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:685
Average Rating:  78/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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5.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,260
Rank in 1980s111Overall Rank:705
Average Rating:  76/100 (218 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,221
Rank in 1980s113Overall Rank:723
Average Rating:  77/100 (126 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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7.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,085
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:765
Average Rating:  79/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,041
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:784
Average Rating:  79/100 (177 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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9.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,951
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:808
Average Rating:  72/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,868
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:834
Average Rating:  76/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 1%
R. Stevie Moore 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Nazareth 2 0%
The Cure 2 0%
Barbra Streisand 2 0%
Simple Minds 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 224 32%
United Kingdom 202 29%
Australia 37 5%
Germany 35 5%
France 25 4%
Canada 22 3%
Jamaica 18 3%
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