Best Albums of 1981

Listed below are the best albums of 1981 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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 Human League, The Cure, Black Flag and The Gun Club.
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1981
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117
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1981
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117
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1981
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115
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115
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1981
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112
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111
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110
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1981
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109
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 17 of 100

Best Albums of 1981 composition

Country Albums %


United States 314 31%
United Kingdom 277 28%
Germany 58 6%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Australia 35 3%
Japan 32 3%
France 24 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 946 95%
Yes 55 5%
Live? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 9 1%
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