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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 28,000 greatest album charts.

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1981 year summaryThe best artists of 1981 were Rush, King Crimson, Black Flag, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno & David Byrne, 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:572 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:14,985
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:151
Average Rating:  82/100 (799 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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2.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,431
Rank in 1980s91Overall Rank:631
Average Rating:  79/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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3.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:211 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,401
Rank in 1980s93Overall Rank:634
Average Rating:  76/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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4.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:219 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,214
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:671
Average Rating:  79/100 (281 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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5.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:3,142
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:682
Average Rating:  77/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,967
Rank in 1980s114Overall Rank:724
Average Rating:  78/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,772
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:760
Average Rating:  76/100 (313 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,737
Rank in 1980s124Overall Rank:775
Average Rating:  75/100 (326 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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9.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,518
Rank in 1980s129Overall Rank:833
Average Rating:  73/100 (189 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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10.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,452
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:849
Average Rating:  74/100 (263 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
Frank Zappa 5 1%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Gary Numan 3 0%
Nazareth 2 0%
The Cure 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 329 34%
United Kingdom 273 28%
Germany 58 6%
Australia 42 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Canada 30 3%
France 29 3%
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