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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 37,000 greatest album charts.

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

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:744 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,625
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (955 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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2.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:276 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,990
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:644
Average Rating:  80/100 (373 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

Computerwelt [Computer World]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:303 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,896
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:661
Average Rating:  81/100 (369 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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4.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,800
Rank in 1980s101Overall Rank:676
Average Rating:  78/100 (307 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:3,708
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:689
Average Rating:  76/100 (373 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:233 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:3,407
Rank in 1980s116Overall Rank:741
Average Rating:  79/100 (257 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:266 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,251
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:771
Average Rating:  77/100 (402 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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8.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:3,143
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:799
Average Rating:  74/100 (258 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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9.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:253 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,941
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:853
Average Rating:  75/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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10.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,901
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:863
Average Rating:  75/100 (381 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 322 32%
United Kingdom 275 28%
Germany 64 6%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 35 4%
Brazil 29 3%
Japan 26 3%
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