Top Albums of 1981





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
267
The Human League Dare! New Romantic, Synthpop
2
322
Brian Eno - David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Art Rock, Experimental Rock
3
370
Black Flag Damaged Hardcore Punk
4
426
Kraftwerk Computerwelt / Computer World Synthpop
5
737
Motörhead No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
6
765
Grace Jones Nightclubbing Art Pop, Dance-Pop, Sophisti-Pop
7
808
Rush Moving Pictures Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
8
831
X Wild Gift Punk Rock
9
861
The Gun Club Fire of Love Psychobilly, Punk Blues
10
923
Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret New Wave, Synthpop
11
942
Squeeze East Side Story New Wave, Pop Rock
12
1053
Echo and the Bunnymen Heaven Up Here Post-Punk
13
1090
The Police Ghost in the Machine New Wave, Pop Rock
14
1324
Japan Tin Drum Art Pop, New Romantic, Synthpop
15
1331
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Trust Pop Rock
16
1354
Rickie Lee Jones Pirates Jazz Pop, Singer/Songwriter
17
1450
Einstürzende Neubauten Kollaps Industrial
18
1464
The Rolling Stones Tattoo You Rock
19
1538
King Crimson Discipline Art Rock, Progressive Rock
20
1567
The Birthday Party Prayers on Fire Noise Rock, Post-Punk
21
1576
Gang of Four Solid Gold Post-Punk
22
1619
Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat New Wave, Power Pop
23
1650
Heaven 17 Penthouse and Pavement New Wave, Synthpop
24
1660
Rick James Street Songs Contemporary R&B, Synth Funk
25
1663
Black Uhuru Red Roots Reggae
26
1702
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft Alles ist gut EBM, Neue Deutsche Welle, Synth Punk
27
1764
Siouxsie and The Banshees Juju Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
28
1805
Stray Cats Stray Cats/Built for Speed Rockabilly
29
1814
The Psychedelic Furs Talk Talk Talk New Wave, Post-Punk
30
1827
Phil Collins Face Value Pop Rock
31
1914
This Heat Deceit Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
32
2021
Minor Threat Minor Threat [EP 1981 / LP 1984] Hardcore Punk
33
2097
Trio Trio Neue Deutsche Welle
34
2323
The Raincoats Odyshape Post-Punk
35
2352
The Cramps Psychedelic Jungle Garage Punk, Psychobilly
36
2408
Journey Escape AOR, Pop Rock
37
2444
Glenn Branca The Ascension No Wave, Noise Rock
38
2455
Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca Industrial, Post-Punk
39
2493
Au Pairs Playing with a Different Sex Post-Punk
40
2497
New Order Movement Post-Punk
41
2562
Fleshtones Roman Gods Garage Rock Revival
42
2564
The dB's Stands for Decibels Jangle Pop, Power Pop
43
2572
The Cure Faith Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
44
2589
Wipers Youth of America Post-Punk, Punk Rock
45
2767
Tom Verlaine Dreamtime Art Punk, Post-Punk
46
2810
Mission of Burma Signals, Calls and Marches EP Post-Punk
47
2840
The Lounge Lizards The Lounge Lizards Avant-Garde Jazz
48
2855
Marquis de Sade Rue De Siam Post-Punk
49
2931
Mink DeVille Coup de Grace Pop Rock
50
2974
Television Personalities ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It Indie Pop, Post-Punk

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna Soft Rock
The Blasters The Blasters Rockabilly, Roots Rock
Prince Controversy Pop Rock, Synth Funk
Foreigner 4 AOR, Hard Rock, Pop Rock
The Associates Fourth Drawer Down New Wave, Post-Punk
The Neville Brothers Fiyo on the Bayou New Orleans R&B, Pop Soul
Pat Metheny Offramp Jazz Fusion
Depeche Mode Speak & Spell New Romantic, Synthpop
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Architecture & Morality New Wave, Synthpop
Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls Jazz
The Undertones Positive Touch Pop Punk, Power Pop
Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
U2 October Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
Iron Maiden Killers NWOBHM
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts I Love Rock'n'roll Hard Rock
Tuxedomoon Desire Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
Fela Original Sufferhead Afrobeat
Bauhaus Mask Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
Simple Minds Sons and Fascination Art Rock, New Wave, Synthpop
Public Image Ltd. The Flowers of Romance Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
Pretenders Pretenders II New Wave
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Hard Promises Heartland Rock, Pop Rock
Bobby Womack The Poet Soul
Fela Coffin for Head of State Afrobeat
David Lindley El Rayo-X Pop Reggae, Rock & Roll
Dick Gaughan Handful of Earth Scottish Folk Music
De Press Block to Block New Wave, Post-Punk
Franco Battiato La voce del padrone New Wave, Singer/Songwriter
Penguin Café Orchestra Penguin Café Orchestra Chamber Jazz
Kid Creole and The Coconuts Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places Pop
Duran Duran Duran Duran New Romantic, Synthpop
The J. Geils Band Freeze Frame New Wave, Pop Rock
Def Leppard High 'n' Dry Hard Rock, NWOBHM
Smokey Robinson Being with You Soul
Sun Ra Arkestra Sunrise in Different Dimensions Free Jazz, Post-Bop
Rush Exit...Stage Left Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
Vangelis Chariots of Fire Film Score, Progressive Electronic
Derek Bailey Aida Free Improvisation
Daryl Hall & John Oates Private Eyes Blue Eyed Soul
The Sound From the Lion's Mouth Post-Punk
Ebba Grön Kärlek & Uppror Punk Rock
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Live - Reach Up and Touch the Sky Rock
Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Jazz Fusion
The Teardrop Explodes Wilder Neo-Psychedelia, Post-Punk
Teena Marie It Must Be Magic Funk, Soul
The Fall Slates Post-Punk
Johnny Copeland Copeland Special Blues, Blues Rock
The Beat Wha'ppen? 2 Tone
Roky Erickson & The Aliens The Evil One Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Al Jarreau Breakin' Away Jazz Pop, Smooth Jazz
B.B. King There Must Be a Better World Somewhere Blues, Blues Rock
Wall of Voodoo Dark Continent Minimal Wave, New Wave