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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 15,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:344 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:10,092
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:152
Average Rating: 81/100 (447 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,584
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:571
Average Rating: 76/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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3.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,034
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:708
Average Rating: 76/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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4.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:1,938
Rank in 1980s111Overall Rank:734
Average Rating: 76/100 (177 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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5.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:117 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:1,873
Rank in 1980s118Overall Rank:762
Average Rating: 77/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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6.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:1,866
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:767
Average Rating: 78/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:1,796
Rank in 1980s127Overall Rank:790
Average Rating: 77/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,731
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:817
Average Rating: 74/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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9.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,677
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:842
Average Rating: 71/100 (107 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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10.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,611
Rank in 1980s141Overall Rank:878
Average Rating: 76/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
R. Stevie Moore 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 1%
Bunny Wailer 2 0%
Yellow Magic Orchestra 2 0%
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2 0%
Sheena Easton 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 201 34%
United Kingdom 182 31%
Germany 30 5%
Australia 24 4%
Canada 20 3%
Jamaica 20 3%
France 15 3%
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