1981 Album Releases

1981
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Feb 12
Rush - Moving Pictures
Rush
Moving Pictures
100
critic score
(1)
84
user score
(179)
May 1
Kraftwerk - Computer World
Kraftwerk
Computer World
90
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(171)
Apr 11
The Cure - Faith
The Cure
Faith
73
critic score
(3)
80
user score
(170)
Dec 5
Black Flag - Damaged
Black Flag
Damaged
94
critic score
(3)
82
user score
(161)
Nov 13
New Order - Movement
New Order
Movement
83
critic score
(4)
80
user score
(159)
Sep 22
King Crimson - Discipline
King Crimson
Discipline
90
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(151)
Jan 1
This Heat - Deceit
This Heat
Deceit
90
critic score
(2)
87
user score
(131)
Feb 2
Iron Maiden - Killers
Iron Maiden
Killers
78
critic score
(3)
78
user score
(125)
1981
Glenn Branca - The Ascension
Glenn Branca
The Ascension
90
critic score
(3)
86
user score
(121)
May 11
Grace Jones - Nightclubbing
Grace Jones
Nightclubbing
90
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(120)
Oct 14
Prince - Controversy
Prince
Controversy
81
critic score
(5)
81
user score
(111)
Feb 1
David Byrne & Brian Eno - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
David Byrne & Brian Eno
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
86
critic score
(9)
84
user score
(92)
Jun 6
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Juju
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Juju
80
critic score
(1)
84
user score
(90)
Jul 4
Mission of Burma - Signals, Calls and Marches
Mission of Burma
Signals, Calls and Marches
94
critic score
(2)
85
user score
(81)
Jun 1
Minor Threat - Minor Threat
Minor Threat
Minor Threat
84
user score
(77)
Aug 24
The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones
Tattoo You
90
critic score
(3)
82
user score
(72)
Oct 12
U2 - October
U2
October
65
critic score
(6)
68
user score
(67)
Oct 29
Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell
Depeche Mode
Speak & Spell
68
critic score
(3)
72
user score
(65)
Oct 2
The Police - Ghost in the Machine
The Police
Ghost in the Machine
75
critic score
(2)
75
user score
(62)
Jun 25
The Replacements - Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
The Replacements
Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
91
critic score
(3)
85
user score
(58)
Aug 31
The Gun Club - Fire of Love
The Gun Club
Fire of Love
90
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(56)
Oct 16
The Human League - Dare!
The Human League
Dare!
90
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(54)
Nov 4
Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
Black Sabbath
Mob Rules
57
critic score
(3)
73
user score
(52)
Jan 1
The Sound - From the Lions Mouth
The Sound
From the Lions Mouth
90
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(51)
Mar 1
Gang of Four - Solid Gold
Gang of Four
Solid Gold
88
critic score
(3)
84
user score
(51)
Mar 13
Wipers - Youth of America
Wipers
Youth of America
90
critic score
(1)
83
user score
(50)
Nov 23
AC/DC - For Those About to Rock We Salute You
AC/DC
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
70
critic score
(2)
67
user score
(49)
Apr 10
Public Image Ltd. - The Flowers of Romance
Public Image Ltd.
The Flowers of Romance
78
critic score
(3)
81
user score
(46)
Oct 10
Bauhaus - Mask
Bauhaus
Mask
80
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(46)
Nov 8
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Architecture & Morality
89
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(46)
Nov 30
ABBA - The Visitors
ABBA
The Visitors
60
critic score
(2)
75
user score
(46)
May 30
Echo & the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here
Echo & the Bunnymen
Heaven Up Here
85
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(45)
Nov 13
Japan - Tin Drum
Japan
Tin Drum
90
critic score
(1)
83
user score
(45)
Nov 7
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
Ozzy Osbourne
Diary of a Madman
75
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(44)
Nov 27
Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Soft Cell
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
75
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(43)
Jul 27
Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna
83
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(41)
Nov 9
Men At Work - Business as Usual
Men At Work
Business as Usual
85
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(37)
Jun 8
The Go-Go's - Beauty and the Beat
The Go-Go's
Beauty and the Beat
84
critic score
(3)
79
user score
(35)
May 1
Adolescents - Adolescents
Adolescents
Adolescents
90
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(34)
Aug 10
Bob Dylan - Shot of Love
Bob Dylan
Shot of Love
49
critic score
(3)
50
user score
(33)
Jul 1
Electric Light Orchestra - Time
Electric Light Orchestra
Time
50
critic score
(3)
82
user score
(31)
Nov 1
Dead Kennedys - In God We Trust, Inc.
Dead Kennedys
In God We Trust, Inc.
70
critic score
(2)
83
user score
(31)
Nov
The Durutti Column - LC
The Durutti Column
LC
80
critic score
(1)
78
user score
(30)
Jun 15
Duran Duran - Duran Duran
Duran Duran
Duran Duran
80
critic score
(2)
75
user score
(28)
May 1
Akiko Yano - Tadaima
Akiko Yano
Tadaima
82
user score
(27)
Sep 14
Genesis - Abacab
Genesis
Abacab
67
critic score
(3)
63
user score
(27)
Jan 1
Television Personalities - ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It
Television Personalities
...And Don't the Kids Just Love It
85
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(26)
Feb 2
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
Talking Heads
Once in a Lifetime
95
user score
(26)
Apr 6
The Birthday Party - Prayers on Fire
The Birthday Party
Prayers on Fire
80
critic score
(1)
78
user score
(26)
Oct 8
Joy Division - Still
Joy Division
Still
81
critic score
(3)
81
user score
(25)
Nov 1
Minutemen - The Punch Line
Minutemen
The Punch Line
60
critic score
(1)
68
user score
(25)
Nov
Agent Orange - Living in Darkness
Agent Orange
Living in Darkness
90
critic score
(1)
81
user score
(24)
Jan 1
The Raincoats - Odyshape
The Raincoats
Odyshape
80
critic score
(2)
82
user score
(23)
Apr 7
Rick James - Street Songs
Rick James
Street Songs
100
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(23)
Dec 1
Venom - Welcome to Hell
Venom
Welcome to Hell
90
critic score
(1)
81
user score
(23)
Jan 23
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Trust
93
critic score
(3)
85
user score
(22)
Feb 9
Phil Collins - Face Value
Phil Collins
Face Value
80
critic score
(2)
76
user score
(22)
Dec 1
Minor Threat - In My Eyes
Minor Threat
In My Eyes
79
user score
(22)
1981
Nico - Drama of Exile
Nico
Drama of Exile
60
critic score
(1)
73
user score
(21)
May 1
X - Wild Gift
X
Wild Gift
95
critic score
(2)
78
user score
(21)
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