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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 16,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:341 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:9,879
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:163
Average Rating: 82/100 (456 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,508
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:598
Average Rating: 76/100 (175 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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3.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,131
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:688
Average Rating: 76/100 (191 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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4.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:120 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:1,993
Rank in 1980s110Overall Rank:733
Average Rating: 76/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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5.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:1,954
Rank in 1980s113Overall Rank:751
Average Rating: 78/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:1,924
Rank in 1980s118Overall Rank:762
Average Rating: 78/100 (133 votes)
Comments: 10 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:1,793
Rank in 1980s129Overall Rank:805
Average Rating: 77/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,777
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:814
Average Rating: 71/100 (112 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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9.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,735
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:834
Average Rating: 76/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,702
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:850
Average Rating: 74/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 12 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%
Barbra Streisand 2 0%
Yellow Magic Orchestra 2 0%
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 205 34%
United Kingdom 185 31%
Germany 33 6%
Australia 25 4%
Canada 20 3%
Jamaica 19 3%
France 15 3%
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