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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 Electric Light Orchestra.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:482 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:13,526
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:154
Average Rating:  82/100 (693 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,182
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:614
Average Rating:  76/100 (266 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,945
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:655
Average Rating:  80/100 (235 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:2,848
Rank in 1980s104Overall Rank:675
Average Rating:  77/100 (208 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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5.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:174 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,706
Rank in 1980s110Overall Rank:713
Average Rating:  80/100 (248 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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6.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:219 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,559
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:753
Average Rating:  76/100 (288 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,522
Rank in 1980s123Overall Rank:762
Average Rating:  78/100 (166 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:164 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,403
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:795
Average Rating:  76/100 (283 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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9.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,369
Rank in 1980s128Overall Rank:801
Average Rating:  79/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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10.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,204
Rank in 1980s129Overall Rank:853
Average Rating:  73/100 (154 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 16 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Frank Zappa 5 1%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Kitaro 2 0%
The Cure 2 0%
Hank Williams Jr. 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 292 34%
United Kingdom 247 29%
Germany 48 6%
Australia 41 5%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 26 3%
France 25 3%
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