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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 33,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:678 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:16,307
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:154
Average Rating:  82/100 (897 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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2.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:241 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,683
Rank in 1980s97Overall Rank:653
Average Rating:  80/100 (336 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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3.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:255 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,667
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:655
Average Rating:  78/100 (269 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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4.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:269 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,554
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:673
Average Rating:  80/100 (326 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:254 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:3,512
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:683
Average Rating:  76/100 (347 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:3,169
Rank in 1980s117Overall Rank:741
Average Rating:  78/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,103
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:758
Average Rating:  77/100 (363 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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8.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:162 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,952
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:802
Average Rating:  74/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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9.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:266 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,809
Rank in 1980s129Overall Rank:837
Average Rating:  75/100 (357 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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10.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:187 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,637
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:879
Average Rating:  79/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Frank Zappa 5 0%
Kitaro 4 0%
Diana Ross 3 0%
Simple Minds 3 0%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Gary Numan 3 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 325 32%
United Kingdom 276 28%
Germany 62 6%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Brazil 31 3%
Canada 25 2%
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