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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 16,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:345 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:9,947
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:168
Average Rating: 81/100 (467 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,554
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:601
Average Rating: 76/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,213
Rank in 1980s101Overall Rank:682
Average Rating: 76/100 (186 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,093
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:720
Average Rating: 75/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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5.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:1,954
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:775
Average Rating: 79/100 (166 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:1,939
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:780
Average Rating: 77/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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7.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:1,823
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:825
Average Rating: 76/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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8.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,815
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:831
Average Rating: 71/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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9.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,758
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:848
Average Rating: 76/100 (123 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,720
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:866
Average Rating: 72/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
R. Stevie Moore 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 2 0%
Jandek 2 0%
Los Jaivas 2 0%
Stars On 45 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 207 34%
United Kingdom 187 31%
Germany 33 5%
Australia 25 4%
Canada 21 3%
Jamaica 18 3%
France 15 2%
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