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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, The Police, King Crimson, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Kraftwerk, Echo & The Bunnymen and Electric Light Orchestra.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:368 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:10,301
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:171
Average Rating:  82/100 (500 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,638
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:610
Average Rating:  76/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,192
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:708
Average Rating:  76/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,163
Rank in 1980s109Overall Rank:721
Average Rating:  75/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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5.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,100
Rank in 1980s115Overall Rank:745
Average Rating:  79/100 (175 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:133 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,086
Rank in 1980s118Overall Rank:753
Average Rating:  77/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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7.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,065
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:757
Average Rating:  76/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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8.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,947
Rank in 1980s126Overall Rank:797
Average Rating:  78/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,841
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:840
Average Rating:  76/100 (128 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,806
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:854
Average Rating:  71/100 (118 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
R. Stevie Moore 4 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Nazareth 2 0%
Iron Maiden 2 0%
Grateful Dead 2 0%
Patrick Cowley 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 218 33%
United Kingdom 196 30%
Germany 35 5%
Australia 30 5%
Canada 23 3%
Jamaica 19 3%
France 18 3%
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