Best Albums of 1981

Listed below are the best albums of 1981 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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 Cure, The Human League, Black Flag and This Heat.
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1981
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Rank Score:
10,210
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Year of Release:
1981
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3,480
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1981
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3,240
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Year of Release:
1981
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Rank Score:
2,873
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1981
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2,765
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1981
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2,581
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1981
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2,238
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1981
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2,207
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1981
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2,075
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1981
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1,959
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 16 2%
Frank Zappa 5 1%
Scientist 3 0%
David Bowie 3 0%
Simple Minds 3 0%
Gary Numan 3 0%
Kitarō 3 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 304 30%
United Kingdom 283 28%
Germany 58 6%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
Australia 36 4%
France 29 3%
Japan 27 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 938 94%
Yes 62 6%
Live? Albums %
No 970 97%
Yes 30 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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3. Idles
4. Beach House
5. Daughters
6. Parquet Courts
7. MGMT
8. Arctic Monkeys
9. Kacey Musgraves
10. Earl Sweatshirt
11. Mitski
12. Janelle Monáe
13. Pusha T
14. The 1975
15. Denzel Curry
16. SOPHIE
17. Julia Holter
18. Low
19. Nicolas Jaar
20. Against All Logic
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