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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 20,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:403 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:11,233
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:166
Average Rating:  81/100 (569 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:162 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,939
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:596
Average Rating:  77/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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3.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,465
Rank in 1980s107Overall Rank:688
Average Rating:  78/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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4.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,312
Rank in 1980s114Overall Rank:736
Average Rating:  77/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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5.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,291
Rank in 1980s116Overall Rank:742
Average Rating:  76/100 (243 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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6.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,207
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:761
Average Rating:  79/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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7.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,191
Rank in 1980s122Overall Rank:767
Average Rating:  78/100 (144 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,107
Rank in 1980s126Overall Rank:797
Average Rating:  79/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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9.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,024
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:821
Average Rating:  72/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,997
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  74/100 (203 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 11 1%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Wishbone Ash 2 0%
Tangerine Dream 2 0%
Los Jaivas 2 0%
Matt Johnson 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 236 32%
United Kingdom 214 29%
Germany 40 5%
Australia 40 5%
France 25 3%
Canada 23 3%
Jamaica 19 3%
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