Best Albums of 1981

Listed below are the best albums of 1981 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 greatest album charts.

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1981 year summaryThe best artists of 1981 were Rush, Kraftwerk, King Crimson, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Electric Light Orchestra, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Black Flag, The Cure, The Human League and The Gun Club.
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1981
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11,877
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1981
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3,597
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1981
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3,440
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1981
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3,043
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1981
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2,713
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1981
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2,498
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1981
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2,352
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1981
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2,299
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1981
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2,204
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1981
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2,021
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 16 2%
Frank Zappa 5 1%
Kitaro 4 0%
David Bowie 3 0%
Gary Numan 3 0%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Scientist 3 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 323 32%
United Kingdom 270 27%
Germany 62 6%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
Australia 33 3%
Japan 32 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 940 94%
Yes 60 6%
Live? Albums %
No 995 100%
Yes 5 1%
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2. Nirvana
3. Neutral Milk Hotel
4. The Smashing Pumpkins
5. Oasis
6. My Bloody Valentine
7. Weezer
8. Pearl Jam
9. R.E.M.
10. Richard David James
11. Björk
12. Pavement
13. Jeff Buckley
14. Sigur Rós
15. Blur
16. Red Hot Chili Peppers
17. Portishead
18. Elliott Smith
19. Nas
20. Massive Attack
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