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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 17,000 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, Echo & The Bunnymen, Electric Light Orchestra and The Human League.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:361 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:10,174
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:168
Average Rating:  81/100 (481 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,633
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:595
Average Rating:  76/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,246
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:679
Average Rating:  76/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,136
Rank in 1980s108Overall Rank:714
Average Rating:  76/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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5.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,088
Rank in 1980s112Overall Rank:733
Average Rating:  79/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,066
Rank in 1980s113Overall Rank:742
Average Rating:  76/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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7.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,007
Rank in 1980s117Overall Rank:760
Average Rating:  77/100 (145 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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8.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,853
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:815
Average Rating:  76/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,806
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:834
Average Rating:  71/100 (118 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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10.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,753
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:851
Average Rating:  72/100 (170 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%
Simple Minds 2 0%
Matt Johnson 2 0%
Stray Cats 2 0%
UB40 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 213 33%
United Kingdom 197 31%
Germany 35 5%
Australia 26 4%
Canada 23 4%
Jamaica 19 3%
France 16 2%
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