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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 30,000 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:629 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:15,862
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:150
Average Rating:  82/100 (839 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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2.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,596
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:637
Average Rating:  80/100 (310 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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3.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:240 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,559
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:643
Average Rating:  76/100 (328 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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4.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:225 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,357
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:674
Average Rating:  77/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

Computer WorldGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:3,357
Rank in 1980s107Overall Rank:675
Average Rating:  80/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:190 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:3,136
Rank in 1980s114Overall Rank:720
Average Rating:  78/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,058
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:739
Average Rating:  77/100 (336 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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8.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:262 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:2,820
Rank in 1980s126Overall Rank:791
Average Rating:  75/100 (343 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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9.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,542
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:861
Average Rating:  73/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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10.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:222 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,516
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:873
Average Rating:  74/100 (280 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Frank Zappa 5 0%
R. Stevie Moore 4 0%
Kitaro 4 0%
Gary Numan 3 0%
Whitehouse 3 0%
Johnny Cash 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 331 33%
United Kingdom 272 27%
Germany 67 7%
Australia 43 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Canada 30 3%
France 28 3%
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