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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 23,000 greatest album charts.

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1981 year summaryThe best artists of 1981 were Rush, Black Flag, King Crimson, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Kraftwerk, The Police, The Cure, The Gun Club and Echo & The Bunnymen.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:453 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:12,819
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:157
Average Rating:  82/100 (662 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,129
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:611
Average Rating:  77/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,770
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:672
Average Rating:  79/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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4.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,737
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:680
Average Rating:  77/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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5.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:173 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,634
Rank in 1980s112Overall Rank:707
Average Rating:  80/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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6.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,489
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:751
Average Rating:  76/100 (278 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:128 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,430
Rank in 1980s123Overall Rank:769
Average Rating:  78/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,303
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:800
Average Rating:  77/100 (270 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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9.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,302
Rank in 1980s127Overall Rank:802
Average Rating:  79/100 (156 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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10.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,140
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:845
Average Rating:  76/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 6 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%
Rainbow 2 0%
David Bowie 2 0%
Kitaro 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 286 34%
United Kingdom 244 29%
Germany 48 6%
Australia 41 5%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 25 3%
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