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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 29,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:597 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:15,380
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:151
Average Rating:  82/100 (816 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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2.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:208 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,534
Rank in 1980s92Overall Rank:629
Average Rating:  80/100 (293 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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3.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:222 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,474
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:637
Average Rating:  76/100 (310 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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4.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,356
Rank in 1980s101Overall Rank:656
Average Rating:  77/100 (239 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:3,216
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:684
Average Rating:  80/100 (291 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:3,040
Rank in 1980s113Overall Rank:719
Average Rating:  78/100 (203 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,828
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:765
Average Rating:  77/100 (321 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,787
Rank in 1980s124Overall Rank:777
Average Rating:  75/100 (332 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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9.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,640
Rank in 1980s128Overall Rank:812
Average Rating:  73/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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10.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,447
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:869
Average Rating:  74/100 (268 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 21 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 0%
Frank Zappa 5 0%
Kitaro 4 0%
Gary Numan 3 0%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Grateful Dead 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 333 33%
United Kingdom 275 27%
Germany 60 6%
Australia 42 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Canada 31 3%
France 29 3%
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