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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347.
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1981
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 35 of 100

Best Albums of 1981 composition

Country Albums %


United States 316 31%
United Kingdom 274 27%
Germany 62 6%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Japan 33 3%
Australia 31 3%
France 26 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 947 94%
Yes 58 6%
Live? Albums %
No 988 98%
Yes 17 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 998 99%
Yes 7 1%
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