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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 Human League and The Police.
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11.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,723
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:934
Average Rating:  79/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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12.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,566
Rank in 1980s146Overall Rank:990
Average Rating:  77/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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13.

DeceitUnited Kingdom This Heat
Year of Release:1981Appears in:175 charts
Rank in 1981:13Rank Score:2,306
Rank in 1980s171Overall Rank:1,086
Average Rating:  80/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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14.

KillersUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1981Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1981:14Rank Score:2,295
Rank in 1980s175Overall Rank:1,094
Average Rating:  76/100 (334 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Greatest Hits
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United Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1981:15Rank Score:2,239
Rank in 1980s180Overall Rank:1,126
Average Rating:  83/100 (330 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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16.

Diary Of A MadmanUnited Kingdom Ozzy Osbourne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1981:16Rank Score:1,760
Rank in 1980s217Overall Rank:1,358
Average Rating:  76/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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17.

EscapeUnited States Journey
Year of Release:1981Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1981:17Rank Score:1,735
Rank in 1980s220Overall Rank:1,381
Average Rating:  69/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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18.

The AscensionUnited States Glenn Branca
Year of Release:1981Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1981:18Rank Score:1,694
Rank in 1980s224Overall Rank:1,416
Average Rating:  80/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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19.

Youth Of AmericaUnited States Wipers
Year of Release:1981Appears in:164 charts
Rank in 1981:19Rank Score:1,668
Rank in 1980s227Overall Rank:1,434
Average Rating:  80/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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20.

Fair WarningUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1981:20Rank Score:1,626
Rank in 1980s233Overall Rank:1,471
Average Rating:  75/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 321 32%
United Kingdom 276 28%
Germany 64 6%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 37 4%
Japan 27 3%
Brazil 26 3%
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