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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
71.

Freeze-FrameUnited States The J. Geils Band
Year of Release:1981Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 1981:71Rank Score:500
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,720
Average Rating:  69/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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72.

No Sleep 'Til HammersmithUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1981Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1981:72Rank Score:498
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,730
Average Rating:  79/100 (113 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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73.

Scientist Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of The VampiresJamaica Scientist
Year of Release:1981Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1981:73Rank Score:489
Rank in 1980s601Overall Rank:3,785
Average Rating:  76/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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74.

StillUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1981Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1981:74Rank Score:475
Rank in 1980s615Overall Rank:3,882
Average Rating:  76/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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75.

Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings CallUnited Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1981Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1981:75Rank Score:474
Rank in 1980s616Overall Rank:3,885
Average Rating:  71/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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76.

Rage In EdenUnited Kingdom Ultravox
Year of Release:1981Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1981:76Rank Score:450
Rank in 1980s643Overall Rank:4,048
Average Rating:  72/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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77.

Don't Say NoUnited States Billy Squier
Year of Release:1981Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1981:77Rank Score:443
Rank in 1980s647Overall Rank:4,094
Average Rating:  72/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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78.

ReckoningUnited States Grateful Dead
Year of Release:1981Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1981:78Rank Score:437
Rank in 1980s654Overall Rank:4,141
Average Rating:  72/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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79.

You Are What You IsUnited States Frank Zappa
Year of Release:1981Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1981:79Rank Score:420
Rank in 1980s667Overall Rank:4,273
Average Rating:  74/100 (86 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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80.

Block To BlockNorway De Press
Year of Release:1981Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1981:80Rank Score:412
Rank in 1980s675Overall Rank:4,331
Average Rating:  71/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1981 composition

Artist Albums %


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