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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 26,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:524 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:14,102
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:151
Average Rating:  82/100 (745 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:193 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,279
Rank in 1980s91Overall Rank:633
Average Rating:  77/100 (285 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:194 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,160
Rank in 1980s97Overall Rank:650
Average Rating:  80/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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4.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,090
Rank in 1980s101Overall Rank:664
Average Rating:  79/100 (259 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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5.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,892
Rank in 1980s111Overall Rank:705
Average Rating:  77/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,802
Rank in 1980s113Overall Rank:718
Average Rating:  78/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,670
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:760
Average Rating:  77/100 (299 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,657
Rank in 1980s122Overall Rank:765
Average Rating:  76/100 (310 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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9.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,388
Rank in 1980s128Overall Rank:843
Average Rating:  72/100 (175 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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10.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,384
Rank in 1980s129Overall Rank:846
Average Rating:  74/100 (257 votes)
Comments: 18 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%
Stray Cats 2 0%
Barbra Streisand 2 0%
Split Enz 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 308 34%
United Kingdom 255 28%
Germany 54 6%
Australia 42 5%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
France 27 3%
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