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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 27,000 greatest album charts.

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1981 year summaryThe best artists of 1981 were Rush, Black Flag, Kraftwerk, King Crimson, Siouxsie And The Banshees, 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:540 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:14,325
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:155
Average Rating:  82/100 (763 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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2.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,347
Rank in 1980s93Overall Rank:636
Average Rating:  76/100 (293 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:209 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,222
Rank in 1980s97Overall Rank:651
Average Rating:  80/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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4.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:193 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,213
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:652
Average Rating:  79/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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5.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:2,995
Rank in 1980s111Overall Rank:702
Average Rating:  77/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:2,928
Rank in 1980s114Overall Rank:715
Average Rating:  78/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:194 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:2,754
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:752
Average Rating:  77/100 (307 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:238 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,707
Rank in 1980s122Overall Rank:770
Average Rating:  76/100 (314 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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9.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,470
Rank in 1980s129Overall Rank:832
Average Rating:  73/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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10.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,426
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:848
Average Rating:  74/100 (258 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 16 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Frank Zappa 5 1%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Emmylou Harris 2 0%
Georg Danzer 2 0%
Stray Cats 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 314 34%
United Kingdom 260 28%
Germany 55 6%
Australia 42 5%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Canada 28 3%
France 27 3%
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