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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Year of Release:
1981
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Rank Score:
202
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Year of Release:
1981
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Rank Score:
201
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Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1981
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201
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Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1981
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Rank Score:
200
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Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1981
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Rank Score:
200
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Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1981
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Rank Score:
200
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Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1981
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Rank Score:
196
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Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1981
Appears in:
Rank Score:
195
Rank in 1981:
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Overall Rank:
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Comments:
Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1981
Appears in:
Rank Score:
195
Rank in 1981:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1981
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Rank Score:
194
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 12 of 100

Best Albums of 1981 composition

Country Albums %


United States 305 31%
United Kingdom 284 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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