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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 33,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:687 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:16,440
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:155
Average Rating:  82/100 (903 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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2.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:245 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,726
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:649
Average Rating:  80/100 (342 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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3.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:262 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,715
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:654
Average Rating:  76/100 (352 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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4.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,715
Rank in 1980s100Overall Rank:655
Average Rating:  78/100 (275 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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5.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:3,613
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:669
Average Rating:  80/100 (333 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:206 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:3,206
Rank in 1980s116Overall Rank:742
Average Rating:  78/100 (238 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:249 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,121
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:763
Average Rating:  77/100 (373 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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8.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:173 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:3,098
Rank in 1980s123Overall Rank:769
Average Rating:  74/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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9.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,839
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:841
Average Rating:  75/100 (361 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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10.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:192 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,757
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:864
Average Rating:  79/100 (207 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Frank Zappa 5 0%
Kitaro 4 0%
Gary Numan 3 0%
Scientist 3 0%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Sheena Easton 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 325 32%
United Kingdom 274 27%
Germany 62 6%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Brazil 31 3%
Jamaica 25 2%
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