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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 36,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:729 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,341
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:153
Average Rating:  82/100 (937 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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2.

Computerwelt [Computer World]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:303 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:4,030
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:634
Average Rating:  81/100 (356 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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3.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,981
Rank in 1980s95Overall Rank:638
Average Rating:  80/100 (364 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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4.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,863
Rank in 1980s97Overall Rank:652
Average Rating:  78/100 (294 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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5.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:3,662
Rank in 1980s104Overall Rank:686
Average Rating:  76/100 (362 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:3,334
Rank in 1980s117Overall Rank:746
Average Rating:  79/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,216
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:769
Average Rating:  77/100 (394 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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8.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:3,098
Rank in 1980s124Overall Rank:796
Average Rating:  74/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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9.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,877
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:862
Average Rating:  75/100 (376 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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10.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,807
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:875
Average Rating:  74/100 (310 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
Frank Zappa 5 1%
Kitaro 4 0%
Gary Numan 3 0%
Diana Ross 3 0%
Scientist 3 0%
David Bowie 3 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 320 32%
United Kingdom 274 27%
Germany 67 7%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Brazil 28 3%
Japan 26 3%
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