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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 19,000 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, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Human League.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:392 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:10,783
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:168
Average Rating:  81/100 (539 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:2,725
Rank in 1980s91Overall Rank:612
Average Rating:  77/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:2,393
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:682
Average Rating:  78/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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4.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:2,364
Rank in 1980s107Overall Rank:689
Average Rating:  76/100 (218 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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5.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:183 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,311
Rank in 1980s110Overall Rank:704
Average Rating:  76/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,155
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:761
Average Rating:  77/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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7.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,072
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:789
Average Rating:  79/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,046
Rank in 1980s126Overall Rank:796
Average Rating:  80/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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9.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,986
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:815
Average Rating:  76/100 (137 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,974
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:818
Average Rating:  74/100 (191 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 11 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Stray Cats 2 0%
Whitehouse 2 0%
Tactics 2 0%
Gary Numan 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 228 32%
United Kingdom 209 29%
Australia 40 6%
Germany 36 5%
France 25 4%
Canada 22 3%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
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