Best Albums of 1981

Listed below are the best albums of 1981 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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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1981
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111
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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 276 27%
Germany 62 6%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
Japan 34 3%
Australia 29 3%
Brazil 26 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 943 94%
Yes 61 6%
Live? Albums %
No 986 98%
Yes 18 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 997 99%
Yes 7 1%
Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. Parallel Lines by Blondie
3. The Cars by The Cars
4. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
6. Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine] by Kraftwerk
7. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
8. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
9. More Songs About Buildings And Food by Talking Heads
10. Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
11. 3rd by Big Star
12. Hemispheres by Rush
13. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
14. Ambient 1: Music For Airports by Brian Eno
15. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
16. Chairs Missing by Wire
17. All Mod Cons by The Jam
18. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo
19. Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
20. Powerage by AC/DC
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