Best Albums of 1981

Listed below are the greatest albums of 1981 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 greatest album charts.

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1981 year summaryThe best artists of 1981 were Rush, King Crimson, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Black Flag, The Cure, Electric Light Orchestra, The Human League and The Police.
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1981
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18,212
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1981
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4,413
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1981
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4,183
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1981
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4,093
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1981
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3,748
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1981
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3,571
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1981
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3,339
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1981
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3,302
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1981
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3,095
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1981
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2,990
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 323 32%
United Kingdom 274 27%
Germany 64 6%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 37 4%
Japan 29 3%
Brazil 26 3%
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