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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:341 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:9,924
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:164
Average Rating: 81/100 (457 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,465
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:607
Average Rating: 76/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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3.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,145
Rank in 1980s101Overall Rank:689
Average Rating: 75/100 (194 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:1,987
Rank in 1980s112Overall Rank:741
Average Rating: 77/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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5.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:1,953
Rank in 1980s113Overall Rank:753
Average Rating: 79/100 (162 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:125 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:1,919
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:770
Average Rating: 77/100 (137 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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7.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:1,799
Rank in 1980s129Overall Rank:809
Average Rating: 71/100 (115 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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8.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,785
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:814
Average Rating: 77/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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9.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,741
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:836
Average Rating: 72/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,722
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:847
Average Rating: 76/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 5 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%
Hank Williams Jr. 2 0%
Elvis Costello & The Attractions 2 0%
Iron Maiden 2 0%
Grateful Dead 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 205 34%
United Kingdom 186 31%
Germany 33 5%
Australia 25 4%
Canada 20 3%
Jamaica 19 3%
France 15 2%
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