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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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RankAlbumArtist
21.

Tattoo YouUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1981Appears in:235 charts
Rank in 1981:21Rank Score:1,623
Rank in 1980s233Overall Rank:1,471
Average Rating:  75/100 (421 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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22.

Face ValueUnited Kingdom Phil Collins
Year of Release:1981Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1981:22Rank Score:1,545
Rank in 1980s241Overall Rank:1,526
Average Rating:  72/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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23.

MovementUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1981Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1981:23Rank Score:1,509
Rank in 1980s245Overall Rank:1,552
Average Rating:  75/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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24.

Bella DonnaUnited States Stevie Nicks
Year of Release:1981Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1981:24Rank Score:1,361
Rank in 1980s275Overall Rank:1,709
Average Rating:  75/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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25.

Architecture And MoralityUnited Kingdom Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Year of Release:1981Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1981:25Rank Score:1,269
Rank in 1980s293Overall Rank:1,807
Average Rating:  76/100 (137 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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26.

From The Lion's MouthUnited Kingdom The Sound
Year of Release:1981Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1981:26Rank Score:1,244
Rank in 1980s297Overall Rank:1,838
Average Rating:  80/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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27.

The VisitorsSweden ABBA
Year of Release:1981Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1981:27Rank Score:1,217
Rank in 1980s301Overall Rank:1,870
Average Rating:  73/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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28.

Dolmen MusicUnited States Meredith Monk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:60 charts
Rank in 1981:28Rank Score:1,190
Rank in 1980s306Overall Rank:1,910
Average Rating:  76/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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29.

OctoberIreland U2
Year of Release:1981Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1981:29Rank Score:1,167
Rank in 1980s312Overall Rank:1,942
Average Rating:  72/100 (323 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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30.

NightclubbingJamaica Grace Jones
Year of Release:1981Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1981:30Rank Score:1,074
Rank in 1980s328Overall Rank:2,071
Average Rating:  79/100 (135 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 16 2%
Frank Zappa 5 0%
Kitaro 4 0%
Whitehouse 3 0%
David Bowie 3 0%
Diana Ross 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 38 4%
Brazil 27 3%
Japan 26 3%
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