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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 38,000 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 Police and The Human League.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:750 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,568
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (969 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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2.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:277 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:4,050
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:636
Average Rating:  80/100 (382 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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3.

Computerwelt [Computer World]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:307 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,916
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:661
Average Rating:  81/100 (381 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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4.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:276 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,871
Rank in 1980s100Overall Rank:666
Average Rating:  78/100 (311 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:3,696
Rank in 1980s104Overall Rank:691
Average Rating:  76/100 (377 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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6.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:3,432
Rank in 1980s115Overall Rank:741
Average Rating:  79/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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7.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,264
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:777
Average Rating:  77/100 (409 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:3,159
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:802
Average Rating:  75/100 (259 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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9.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:298 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:3,002
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:849
Average Rating:  75/100 (385 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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10.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,991
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:851
Average Rating:  75/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 323 32%
United Kingdom 275 28%
Germany 64 6%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
Australia 38 4%
Brazil 27 3%
France 26 3%
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