Best Albums of 1981

Listed below are the best albums of 1981 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

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1981 year summaryThe best artists of 1981 were Rush, Kraftwerk, King Crimson, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Electric Light Orchestra, The Human League, The Cure, Black Flag and The Gun Club.
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1981
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11,399
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3,514
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3,313
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2,876
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1981
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2,843
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2,814
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2,340
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2,266
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1981
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2,200
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1,925
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1981 composition

Country Albums %


United States 312 31%
United Kingdom 278 28%
Germany 58 6%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Australia 34 3%
Japan 33 3%
Brazil 24 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 943 94%
Yes 57 6%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
Best Albums of 1962
1. Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music by Ray Charles
2. Waltz For Debby by Bill Evans Trio
3. Howlin' Wolf by Howlin' Wolf
4. Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan
5. Green Onions by Booker T. & The M.G.'s
6. Go by Dexter Gordon
7. Tijuana Moods by Charles Mingus
8. Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles by Françoise Hardy
9. The Bridge by Sonny Rollins
10. Jazz Samba by Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
11. Coltrane "Live" At The Village Vanguard by John Coltrane
12. Takin' Off by Herbie Hancock
13. Crying by Roy Orbison
14. Peter, Paul And Mary by Peter, Paul And Mary
15. Oh Yeah by Charles Mingus
16. Surfin' Safari by The Beach Boys
17. Mosaic by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
18. Coltrane by John Coltrane Quartet
19. Surfer's Choice by Dick Dale And His Del-Tones
20. Sentimentally Yours by Patsy Cline
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