Best Albums of 1981

Listed below are the best albums of 1981 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

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1981 year summaryThe best artists of 1981 were Rush, Kraftwerk, King Crimson, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Electric Light Orchestra, The Human League, The Cure, Black Flag and The Gun Club.
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1981
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11,958
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1981
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3,608
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1981
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3,458
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1981
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3,013
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1981
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2,940
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1981
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2,899
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1981
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2,330
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1981
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2,289
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1981
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2,219
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1981
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1,957
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1981 composition

Country Albums %


United States 316 31%
United Kingdom 274 27%
Germany 62 6%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Japan 33 3%
Australia 31 3%
France 26 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 947 94%
Yes 58 6%
Live? Albums %
No 988 98%
Yes 17 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 998 99%
Yes 7 1%
Recognised  Decade Charts (2010s)
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5. Gorilla vs. Bear’s Albums of the Decade | 2010-2019 by Gorilla vs. Bear (2019)
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8. Top 100 Albums of the Decade by Crack Magazine (2019)
9. The Needle Drop's Top Albums Of The 2010s by The Needle Drop (2019)
10. Tiny Mix Tapes 2010s: Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade by Tiny Mix Tapes (2019)
11. The A.V. Club's 50 best albums of the 2010s by The A.V. Club (2019)
12. The 50 Best Albums of the Decade by Deep Cuts (2019)
13. The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s by Stereogum (2019)
14. StuBru albums of 2010s by StuBru (2017)
15. The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s by Pitchfork (2019)
16. Top 100 Albums of the 2010s by Consequence of Sound (2019)
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18. 100 greatest albums of the 2010s by cleveland.com (2019)
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