Albums from the Year 1981

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This page lists the top albums of 1981 in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described in the site generation page. A list of biggest hit songs of 1981 can be found here.

The top ten album artists of 1981 were:

1:The Rolling Stones2:Queen3:Phil Collins4:The Police5:Starsound
6:The Human League7:Abba8:Rush9:Foreigner10:REO Speedwagon
# Artist Album Title Year Chart Entries
1 The Rolling Stones Tattoo You 1981 US num 1 for 9 weeks - Sep 1981, Canada 1 for 7 weeks - 1981, Australia num 1 for 11 weeks - Sep 1981, New Zealand 1 for 2 - Sep 1981, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 2000), UK 2 - Sep 1981 (29 weeks), Austria 2 - Oct 1981 (3 months), Germany 3 - Sep 1981 (7 weeks), Norway 3 - Sep 1981 (20 weeks), Sweden 3 - Sep 1981 (26 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Sep 1981), US BB 7 of 1981, US CashBox 10 of 1981, Australia (Kent) 12 of 1981 (peak 1), Italy 27 of 1981, Holland free40 27 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 40 of 1981 (peak 1, 35 weeks), Fox101 79, German RS100 82, Rolling Stone 211, Radio Caroline 221 (1981), WTMD 478, WXPN 741 (1981), Acclaimed 1016 (1981), RYM 122 of 1981, AVrev 46, Xgau rating A- (1981)
2 Phil Collins Face Value 1981 UK 1 - Feb 1981 (274 weeks), Canada 1 for 3 weeks - 1981, Sweden 1 - Mar 1981 (30 weeks), US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1999), UK 5 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Apr 1995), Germany 3 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1993), Diamond in Canada (certified in Nov 1996), Germany 2 - Mar 1981 (27 weeks), Austria 3 - Apr 1981 (4 months), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Norway 5 - Mar 1981 (31 weeks), Australia (Kent) 7 of 1981 (peak 2), US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), Italy 21 of 1981, US BB 25 of 1981, US CashBox 33 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 33 of 1981 (peak 1, 33 weeks), Holland free40 37 of 1981, Global 51 - 17 M claimed, Guiness 71, US Longest Running Album 79 1981 (164 weeks), Acclaimed 1676 (1981), RYM 149 of 1981
3 The Police Ghost In The Machine 1981 UK 1 - Oct 1981 (27 weeks), Canada 1 for 5 weeks - 1981, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Dec 1981, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 2001), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1981), Germany 4 - Oct 1981 (8 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1981), Norway 5 - Oct 1981 (13 weeks), Melody Maker 5 of 1981, Sweden 6 - Oct 1981 (17 weeks), Holland free40 7 of 1981, US BB 8 of 1981, BEA 8 of 1981, Austria 11 - Dec 1981 (1 month), US CashBox 12 of 1982, Italy 12 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 46 of 1981 (peak 1, 32 weeks), Global 131 - 8 M claimed, WXPN 253 (1981), Rolling Stone 322, WTMD 637, Acclaimed 1255 (1981), RYM 113 of 1981, KEXP 471, Xgau rating B+ (1981)
4 The Human League Dare! 1981 UK 1 - Oct 1981 (72 weeks), Sweden 1 - Nov 1981 (32 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 3 - Jun 1982, Holland free40 1 of 1981, UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Apr 1985), Australia (Kent) 2 of 1982 (peak 3), BEA 2 of 1981, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jul 1982), Norway 6 - Jan 1982 (26 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 6 of 1982 (peak 5, 78 weeks), Melody Maker 9 of 1981, US BB 20 of 1982, US CashBox 28 of 1982, Italy 62 of 1982, UK Radio2 77, Channel4 100, Acclaimed 214 (1981), RYM 41 of 1981, Xgau rating B- (1981)
5 Queen Queen's Greatest Hits I 1981 UK 1 - Nov 1981 (492 weeks), Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Dec 1981, Austria 1 - Dec 1981 (14 months), UK 1 of all time (5.4 M claimed) (1981), US 8 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 2006), UK 11 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 1992), Germany 3 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1993), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1982), BEA 7 of 1981, Norway 21 - Nov 1981 (20 weeks), Australia (Kent) 23 of 1982 (peak 2), Worldwide 33 - 18 M, US BB 48 of 1981, Global 51 - 17 M claimed, US CashBox 76 of 1982, Internet 83 - 15 M claimed (1981)
6 Foreigner 4 1981 US num 1 for 10 weeks - Aug 1981, France (InfoDisc) 1 of 1981 (peak 6, 110 weeks), US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1991), US BB 2 of 1981, Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1984), US 3 of 1982, US CashBox 4 of 1981, Germany 4 - Oct 1981 (54 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Apr 1982), UK 5 - Jul 1981 (60 weeks), US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), Australia (Kent) 15 of 1982 (peak 3), Holland free40 38 of 1981, Fox101 61, Acclaimed 2575 (1981), RYM 109 of 1981
7 REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity 1981 US CashBox 1 of 1981, US 1 of 1981, US num 1 for 15 weeks - Feb 1981, Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 1981, US 9 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1995), US BB 3 of 1981, UK 6 - Apr 1981 (29 weeks), US sales 9 M (according to RIAA), Norway 17 - Apr 1981 (9 weeks), Sweden 25 - Aug 1981 (8 weeks), Fox101 43, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Jun 1981), Xgau rating B- (1980)
8 Kim Carnes Mistaken Identity 1981 US num 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1981, Canada 1 for 5 weeks - 1981, Norway 1 - Jun 1981 (29 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 3 - Jul 1981, Grammy in 1981 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1981), Germany 3 - Jul 1981 (14 weeks), Sweden 4 - May 1981 (28 weeks), US CashBox 17 of 1981, US BB 18 of 1981, UK 26 - Jun 1981 (16 weeks), Italy 29 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 31 of 1981 (peak 1, 38 weeks)
9 Electric Light Orchestra Time 1981 UK 1 - Aug 1981 (32 weeks), Germany 1 for 5 weeks - Sep 1981, Germany 1 - Aug 1981 (25 weeks), Sweden 1 - Aug 1981 (38 weeks), Norway 2 - Aug 1981 (17 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Feb 1982), Austria 3 - Sep 1981 (4 months), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1981), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1981), BEA 6 of 1981, Australia (Kent) 18 of 1981 (peak 3), Holland free40 30 of 1981, Italy 66 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 100 of 1982 (peak 28, 16 weeks), RYM 38 of 1981
10 AC/DC For Those About To Rock We Salute You 1981 US num 1 for 3 weeks - Dec 1981, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 2001), Germany 2 - Dec 1981 (10 weeks), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1993), UK 3 - Dec 1981 (29 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Dec 1981), Norway 6 - Dec 1981 (9 weeks), Austria 9 - Jan 1982 (4 months), Sweden 9 - Dec 1981 (13 weeks), US BB 22 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 27 of 1981 (peak 1, 43 weeks), US CashBox 29 of 1982, Italy 47 of 1982, RYM 181 of 1981, Xgau rating C (1981)
11 Abba The Visitors 1981 UK 1 - Dec 1981 (21 weeks), Germany 1 for 5 weeks - Jan 1982, Germany 1 - Dec 1981 (16 weeks), Norway 1 - Dec 1981 (13 weeks), Sweden 1 - Dec 1981 (15 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1981), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1982), Austria 3 - Jan 1982 (5 months), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1983), Italy 81 of 1982, France (InfoDisc) 94 of 1982 (peak 17, 16 weeks), RYM 61 of 1981
12 Rush Moving Pictures 1981 BEA 1 of 1981, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1995), UK 3 - Feb 1981 (12 weeks), US CashBox 11 of 1981, US BB 13 of 1981, Holland free40 31 of 1981, Sweden 32 - Feb 1981 (2 weeks), Norway 34 - Mar 1981 (3 weeks), Global 164 - 6 M claimed, WTMD 268, WXPN 335 (1981), Acclaimed 919 (1981), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Feb 1981), RYM 2 of 1981, AVrev 54
13 Styx Paradise Theater 1981 US num 1 for 3 weeks - Apr 1981, Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 1981, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1984), US CashBox 2 of 1981, Norway 5 - Feb 1981 (13 weeks), US BB 6 of 1981, Sweden 6 - Jan 1981 (12 weeks), UK 8 - Jan 1981 (8 weeks), Holland free40 28 of 1981, Fox101 54, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Feb 1981), RYM 146 of 1981
14 Journey Escape 1981 US num 1 for 1 week - Sep 1981, US BB 1 of 1981, US 9 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1994), US CashBox 6 of 1981, US sales 9 M (according to RIAA), UK 32 - Mar 1982 (15 weeks), Fox101 75, Defin200 126 (1981), Acclaimed 1138 (1981), RYM 48 of 1981
15 Steve Winwood Arc Of A Diver 1981 Canada 1 for 4 weeks - 1981, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jun 1981), Holland free40 8 of 1981, UK 13 - Jan 1981 (20 weeks), Australia (Kent) 15 of 1981 (peak 5), US BB 17 of 1981, US CashBox 18 of 1981, Norway 24 - Feb 1981 (5 weeks), Sweden 33 - Jan 1981 (4 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 56 of 1981 (peak 3, 28 weeks), WXPN 681 (1980), WTMD 832, Acclaimed 1828 (1980), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Jan 1981), RYM 160 of 1980, Xgau rating B- (1980)
16 Genesis Abacab 1981 UK 1 - Sep 1981 (27 weeks), US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1988), Norway 4 - Oct 1981 (11 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 4 of 1981 (peak 1, 92 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Sep 1981), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1988), Germany 6 - Oct 1981 (6 weeks), Sweden 11 - Oct 1981 (6 weeks), Italy 13 of 1981, Holland free40 25 of 1981, US BB 29 of 1981, US CashBox 51 of 1981, Global 131 - 8 M claimed, AVrev 16
17 Stevie Nicks Bella Donna 1981 US num 1 for 1 week - Sep 1981, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Sep 1981, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1990), US BB 4 of 1981, UK 11 - Aug 1981 (16 weeks), US CashBox 12 of 1981, Sweden 14 - Aug 1981 (10 weeks), Australia (Kent) 17 of 1981 (peak 1), Italy 73 of 1981, WXPN 672 (1981), RYM 84 of 1981
18 The Moody Blues Long Distance Voyager 1981 US num 1 for 3 weeks - Jul 1981, Canada 1 for 10 weeks - 1981, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1981), UK 7 - May 1981 (19 weeks), US CashBox 9 of 1981, US BB 12 of 1981, Norway 12 - May 1981 (11 weeks), Australia (Kent) 21 of 1981 (peak 7), Holland free40 72 of 1981, Radio Caroline 269 (1981), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Jun 1981), RYM 189 of 1981
19 Rod Stewart Tonight I'm Yours 1981 Canada 1 for 3 weeks - 1982, Sweden 2 - Nov 1981 (24 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1982), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1983), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Nov 1981), UK 8 - Nov 1981 (20 weeks), Norway 20 - Nov 1981 (13 weeks), US BB 40 of 1981, Italy 59 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 59 of 1981 (peak 16, 27 weeks), US CashBox 63 of 1982, Holland free40 69 of 1981, Xgau rating B (1981)
20 Starsound Long Play Album 1981 Germany 1 for 4 weeks - Jul 1981, Germany 1 - May 1981 (22 weeks), Australia num 1 for 2 weeks - Jul 1981, New Zealand 1 for 3 - Aug 1981, Austria 3 - Jul 1981 (5 months), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jul 1981), Sweden 15 - Jun 1981 (20 weeks)
21 Pat Benatar Precious Time 1981 US num 1 for 1 week - Aug 1981, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1984), Sweden 9 - Aug 1981 (10 weeks), US CashBox 13 of 1981, US BB 15 of 1981, Norway 28 - Sep 1981 (2 weeks), UK 30 - Jul 1981 (7 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 58 of 1981 (peak 3, 24 weeks), Holland free40 68 of 1981
22 Olivia Newton-John Physical 1981 US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1984), Sweden 3 - Oct 1981 (18 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Apr 1982), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1982), Norway 8 - Nov 1981 (16 weeks), UK 11 - Oct 1981 (22 weeks), US CashBox 11 of 1982, US BB 14 of 1981, Australia (Kent) 21 of 1982 (peak 3), Italy 56 of 1982, RYM 142 of 1981
23 The Who Face Dances 1981 Canada 1 for 1 week - 1981, UK 2 - Mar 1981 (9 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 1981), Sweden 17 - Apr 1981 (4 weeks), Norway 19 - Apr 1981 (11 weeks), Holland free40 29 of 1981, US BB 30 of 1981, US CashBox 34 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 90 of 1981 (peak 12, 16 weeks), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Mar 1981), Xgau rating B+ (1981)
24 The Pretenders The Pretenders II 1981 New Zealand 1 for 1 - Aug 1981, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Sep 2001), UK 7 - Aug 1981 (26 weeks), Holland free40 19 of 1981, Sweden 20 - Sep 1981 (6 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 49 of 1981 (peak 13, 32 weeks), US BB 51 of 1981, US CashBox 70 of 1981, Acclaimed 2795 (1981), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Sep 1981), RYM 104 of 1981, Xgau rating B+ (1981)
25 Duran Duran Duran Duran 1981 Holland free40 2 of 1981, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1985), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1982), UK 3 - Jun 1981 (117 weeks), Sweden 3 - Aug 1981 (30 weeks), Australia (Kent) 16 of 1982 (peak 9), US CashBox 28 of 1993, US BB 45 of 1983, Global 177 - 5 M claimed, RYM 107 of 1981
26 Blondie The Best of Blondie 1981 Australia num 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1982, New Zealand 1 for 3 - Jan 1982, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 2005), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Aug 1988), UK 4 - Oct 1981 (27 weeks), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1982), Australia (Kent) 14 of 1982 (peak 1), Xgau rating A- (1981)
27 Neil Diamond The Jazz Singer 1981 US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 1991), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Feb 1981), UK 3 - Nov 1980 (110 weeks), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1982), US CashBox 7 of 1981, US BB 11 of 1981, Australia (Kent) 14 of 1981 (peak 10), US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), France (InfoDisc) 85 of 1981 (peak 5, 16 weeks)
28 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Hooked On Classics 1981 New Zealand 1 for 2 - Oct 1981, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1982), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1981), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1982), UK 4 - Sep 1981 (44 weeks), Sweden 9 - Oct 1981 (9 weeks), US BB 13 of 1982, US CashBox 15 of 1982, Xgau rating B (1982)
29 Van Halen Fair Warning 1981 US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1994), BEA 10 of 1981, Sweden 18 - May 1981 (12 weeks), Norway 27 - Jun 1981 (4 weeks), US BB 41 of 1981, US CashBox 45 of 1981, UK 49 - May 1981 (4 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 52 of 1981 (peak 13, 32 weeks), Holland free40 56 of 1981, Italy 78 of 1981, RYM 53 of 1981, Xgau rating B- (1981)
30 Shakin' Stevens Shaky 1981 UK 1 - Sep 1981 (28 weeks), Austria 1 - Feb 1982 (6 months), Norway 2 - Oct 1981 (44 weeks), Sweden 2 - Oct 1981 (38 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1981), Germany 4 - Oct 1981 (27 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1981), RYM 185 of 1981
31 Iron Maiden Killers 1981 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jan 1987), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Nov 1985), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1987), BEA 4 of 1981, Germany 10 - Apr 1981 (12 weeks), Sweden 11 - Mar 1981 (8 weeks), UK 12 - Feb 1981 (8 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 17 of 1981 (peak 1, 60 weeks), Norway 19 - Mar 1981 (10 weeks), Acclaimed 2921 (1981), RYM 31 of 1981
32 Quincy Jones The Dude 1981 Grammy in 1981 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1982), Norway 8 - May 1981 (23 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 10 of 1981 (peak 2, 74 weeks), Sweden 12 - May 1981 (18 weeks), UK 19 - Apr 1981 (25 weeks), US BB 51 of 1982, US CashBox 66 of 1981, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Sep 1981), RYM 179 of 1981
33 Rickie Lee Jones Pirates 1981 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Sep 1981), Norway 16 - Aug 1981 (4 weeks), US BB 31 of 1981, UK 37 - Aug 1981 (11 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 37 of 1981 (peak 19, 40 weeks), US CashBox 43 of 1981, Holland free40 95 of 1981, WXPN 278 (1981), Acclaimed 994 (1981), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Jul 1990), RYM 45 of 1981, Xgau rating C+ (1981)
34 Billy Joel Songs in the Attic 1981 US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1999), Norway 12 - Oct 1981 (9 weeks), Sweden 38 - Sep 1981 (4 weeks), US CashBox 41 of 1981, US BB 42 of 1981, Holland free40 47 of 1981, UK 57 - Oct 1981 (3 weeks), WXPN 528 (1981), WTMD 744, RYM 87 of 1981
35 Kim Wilde Kim Wilde 1981 Germany 1 for 5 weeks - Aug 1981, Germany 1 - Jul 1981 (15 weeks), Sweden 1 - Jul 1981 (34 weeks), UK 3 - Jul 1981 (14 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Sep 1981), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1981), RYM 169 of 1981
36 Visage Visage 1981 Germany 1 for 1 week - Apr 1981, Germany 1 - Mar 1981 (28 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1981), Austria 11 - May 1981 (2 months), UK 13 - Jan 1981 (29 weeks), Sweden 22 - Apr 1981 (4 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 38 of 1981 (peak 2, 38 weeks), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Mar 1981), RYM 120 of 1980, Xgau rating B- (1981)
37 Simon & Garfunkel The Simon & Garfunkel Collection - 17 Of Their All-Time Greatest Recordings 1981 New Zealand 1 for 2 - Dec 1981, UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jun 1988), France 2 X Platinum (certified by SNEP Apr 1995), Germany 2 - Dec 1981 (9 weeks), UK 4 - Nov 1981 (79 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1982), Austria 8 - Jan 1982 (2 months)
38 Earth, Wind & Fire Raise! 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 1981), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Dec 1981), Sweden 9 - Nov 1981 (22 weeks), UK 11 - Nov 1981 (22 weeks), Norway 15 - Nov 1981 (17 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 18 of 1981 (peak 1, 58 weeks), US BB 21 of 1981, US CashBox 22 of 1981, Italy 43 of 1981, Xgau rating B+ (1981)
39 Santana Zebop! 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1999), Norway 3 - Apr 1981 (23 weeks), Sweden 9 - Apr 1981 (10 weeks), Austria 12 - Jun 1981 (1 month), France (InfoDisc) 23 of 1981 (peak 2, 48 weeks), UK 33 - Apr 1981 (4 weeks), US BB 33 of 1981, US CashBox 36 of 1981, Italy 77 of 1981
40 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Hard Promises 1981 New Zealand 1 for 2 - Jun 1981, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1981), US CashBox 20 of 1981, Sweden 22 - May 1981 (6 weeks), US BB 23 of 1981, UK 32 - May 1981 (5 weeks), Holland free40 49 of 1981, RYM 94 of 1981, Xgau rating B (1981)
41 U2 October 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 1995), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1992), Holland free40 4 of 1981, UK 11 - Oct 1981 (43 weeks), Sweden 40 - Nov 1981 (2 weeks), WTMD 418, WXPN 696 (1981), Acclaimed 2725 (1981), Xgau rating B- (1981)
42 Grace Jones Nightclubbing 1981 Sweden 4 - May 1981 (20 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1992), Germany 8 - Aug 1981 (7 weeks), Melody Maker 9 of 1981, Norway 19 - Jul 1981 (17 weeks), UK 35 - May 1981 (18 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 44 of 1981 (peak 5, 36 weeks), Holland free40 52 of 1981, Acclaimed 763 (1981), RYM 68 of 1981, Xgau rating B- (1981)
43 Eric Clapton Another Ticket 1981 US Gold (certified by RIAA in May 1981), Norway 5 - Mar 1981 (14 weeks), UK 18 - Mar 1981 (8 weeks), Sweden 26 - Mar 1981 (4 weeks), US BB 34 of 1981, US CashBox 44 of 1981, Italy 71 of 1981, Holland free40 77 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 92 of 1981 (peak 9, 16 weeks)
44 Squeeze East Side Story 1981 Melody Maker 4 of 1981, Holland free40 17 of 1981, UK 19 - May 1981 (26 weeks), Sweden 25 - Feb 1982 (6 weeks), WXPN 669 (1998), WTMD 837, Acclaimed 1008 (1981), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Nov 1981), RYM 39 of 1981, Xgau rating B+ (1981)
45 Al Jarreau Breaking Away 1981 Grammy in 1981 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1982), Norway 9 - Aug 1981 (7 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 24 of 1981 (peak 9, 48 weeks), US BB 35 of 1981, US CashBox 40 of 1981, UK 60 - Sep 1981 (8 weeks)
46 Heaven 17 Penthouse & Pavement 1981 Melody Maker 1 of 1981, UK Gold (certified by BPI in Oct 1982), Holland free40 5 of 1981, UK 14 - Sep 1981 (77 weeks), Sweden 24 - Feb 1982 (2 weeks), Acclaimed 1759 (1981), RYM 100 of 1981
47 The Cure Faith 1981 New Zealand 1 for 3 - May 1981, BEA 9 of 1981, UK 14 - Apr 1981 (8 weeks), Holland free40 14 of 1981, Sweden 38 - Jun 1981 (2 weeks), Acclaimed 2131 (1981), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Feb 1985), RYM 25 of 1981
48 Meatloaf Dead Ringer 1981 UK 1 - Sep 1981 (46 weeks), Sweden 1 - Sep 1981 (32 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Feb 1982), Germany 8 - Sep 1981 (4 weeks), Norway 10 - Sep 1981 (11 weeks), Holland free40 83 of 1981
49 Starsound Stars On 45 1981 UK 1 - May 1981 (21 weeks), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1982), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jun 1981), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1981), Norway 13 - Jun 1981 (17 weeks), Australia (Kent) 19 of 1981 (peak 1), France (InfoDisc) 91 of 1981 (peak 12, 16 weeks)
50 The Smurfs Hitparade der Schlumpfe 1981 Germany 1 for 11 weeks - Jan 1981, Germany 1 - Dec 1980 (16 weeks), Austria 1 - Mar 1981 (4 months), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1981)
51 Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret 1981 UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 1982), UK 5 - Dec 1981 (46 weeks), Melody Maker 9 of 1981, Holland free40 16 of 1981, Sweden 25 - Dec 1981 (13 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 82 of 1982 (peak 28, 20 weeks), Acclaimed 791 (1981), RYM 23 of 1981, Xgau rating B+ (1981)
52 Abba A wie Abba 1981 Germany 1 for 5 weeks - Jun 1981, Germany 1 - May 1981 (14 weeks), Austria 1 - Jun 1981 (6 months), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1981)
53 The Stray Cats Stray Cats 1981 Sweden 3 - Apr 1981 (20 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jul 1981), UK 6 - Feb 1981 (22 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 6 of 1981 (peak 1, 72 weeks), Melody Maker 9 of 1981, Norway 24 - Apr 1981 (6 weeks), Holland free40 70 of 1981, RYM 59 of 1981
54 Motorhead No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith 1981 UK 1 - Jun 1981 (21 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Sep 1981), Germany 12 - Aug 1981 (13 weeks), Norway 24 - Jul 1981 (5 weeks), Sweden 27 - Jul 1981 (10 weeks), Acclaimed 495 (1981), RYM 5 of 1981, Xgau rating B+ (1981)
55 Dr Hook Dr Hook's Greatest Hits 1981 Australia num 1 for 4 weeks - Mar 1981, UK 2 - Dec 1980 (29 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1980), Australia (Kent) 13 of 1981 (peak 1), Norway 14 - May 1999 (1 week), Australia (ARIA) 31 of 1992
56 Grover Washington Jr Winelight 1981 US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 2004), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), Norway 24 - Jul 1981 (3 weeks), US CashBox 26 of 1981, UK 34 - May 1981 (9 weeks), UK Silver (certified by BPI in May 1984), RYM 168 of 1980
57 Elvis Costello Trust 1981 Melody Maker 2 of 1981, Sweden 8 - Feb 1981 (6 weeks), UK 9 - Jan 1981 (7 weeks), Norway 28 - Feb 1981 (4 weeks), Holland free40 54 of 1981, Acclaimed 1025 (1981), RYM 40 of 1981, Xgau rating A (1981)
58 George Harrison Somewhere In England 1981 Norway 2 - Jun 1981 (9 weeks), UK 13 - Jun 1981 (4 weeks), Sweden 13 - Jun 1981 (10 weeks), Austria 15 - Jul 1981 (1 month), US BB 53 of 1981, US CashBox 71 of 1981, Holland free40 96 of 1981, Xgau rating C- (1981)
59 Rush Exit Stage Left 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1987), UK 6 - Nov 1981 (14 weeks), Norway 28 - Dec 1981 (8 weeks), US BB 52 of 1981, US CashBox 60 of 1981, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Nov 1981), RYM 35 of 1981
60 Diana Ross & Lionel Richie Endless Love 1981 Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1983), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Sep 1981), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Feb 1995), UK 26 - Oct 1982 (8 weeks), US CashBox 38 of 1981, US BB 49 of 1981
61 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality 1981 UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Feb 1982), UK 3 - Nov 1981 (39 weeks), Germany 8 - Jul 1982 (18 weeks), Austria 16 - May 1982 (1 month), Holland free40 24 of 1981, Sweden 28 - Jan 1982 (2 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 96 of 1982 (peak 21, 16 weeks), RYM 28 of 1981
62 Diana Ross Why Do Fools Fall In Love 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1982), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Dec 1981), Norway 5 - Nov 1981 (16 weeks), Sweden 6 - Nov 1981 (16 weeks), UK 17 - Nov 1981 (25 weeks), US CashBox 61 of 1982
63 Queen Flash Gordon 1981 Germany 2 - Feb 1981 (21 weeks), Austria 3 - Feb 1981 (6 months), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jan 1981), UK 10 - Dec 1980 (15 weeks), Norway 25 - Jan 1981 (7 weeks), Sweden 29 - Mar 1981 (2 weeks), Italy 58 of 1981
64 Kool & The Gang Something Special 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 1981), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Apr 1982), UK 10 - Nov 1981 (20 weeks), US BB 55 of 1981, US CashBox 58 of 1981, Italy 58 of 1982
65 The Smurfs Hitparade der Schlumpfe 2 1981 Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Dec 1981, Germany 1 - Nov 1981 (10 weeks), Austria 2 - Jan 1982 (1 month), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1983)
66 Loverboy Loverboy 1981 Juno Award in 1982, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1989), US BB 57 of 1981, US CashBox 86 of 1981
67 Kraftwerk Computer World 1981 Holland free40 6 of 1981, Germany 7 - Jun 1981 (12 weeks), Austria 14 - Jul 1981 (2 months), UK 15 - May 1981 (22 weeks), Sweden 27 - Jun 1981 (10 weeks), Acclaimed 549 (1981), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Feb 1982), RYM 12 of 1981, Xgau rating B (1981)
68 Depeche Mode Speak & Spell 1981 Holland free40 3 of 1981, UK Gold (certified by BPI in Dec 1981), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1993), UK 10 - Nov 1981 (34 weeks), Sweden 21 - Dec 1981 (17 weeks), Acclaimed 2743 (1981), RYM 176 of 1981, Xgau rating C+ (1981)
69 Brian Eno & David Byrne My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts 1981 BEA 5 of 1981, Melody Maker 9 of 1981, UK 29 - Feb 1981 (8 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 66 of 1981 (peak 3, 22 weeks), Acclaimed 327 (1981), RYM 32 of 1981, KEXP 264, Xgau rating C+ (1981)
70 Prince Controversy 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1985), Holland free40 51 of 1981, US CashBox 95 of 1981, Acclaimed 2628 (1981), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Nov 1989), RYM 110 of 1981, Xgau rating A- (1981)
71 Barry Manilow If I Should Love Again 1981 UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1981), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1981), UK 5 - Oct 1981 (25 weeks), US BB 62 of 1981, US CashBox 67 of 1981
72 Starsound Stars on 45, Vol. 2 1981 UK Gold (certified by BPI in Sep 1981), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1982), Austria 13 - Nov 1981 (1 month), Norway 17 - Oct 1981 (4 weeks), UK 18 - Sep 1981 (6 weeks), Sweden 19 - Oct 1981 (6 weeks), Italy 46 of 1981
73 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Nine Tonight 1981 US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 2003), UK 24 - Sep 1981 (10 weeks), US CashBox 25 of 1981, US BB 27 of 1981, RYM 158 of 1981, Xgau rating C+ (1981)
74 Elton John The Fox 1981 Norway 5 - Jun 1981 (17 weeks), Austria 11 - Jul 1981 (1 month), UK 12 - May 1981 (12 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 15 of 1981 (peak 5, 66 weeks), Sweden 25 - Jun 1981 (2 weeks), US CashBox 85 of 1981, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Feb 1985)
75 Rick James Street Songs 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1981), US CashBox 14 of 1981, US BB 16 of 1981, Acclaimed 1432 (1981), RYM 81 of 1981, Xgau rating A- (1981)
76 Bob Dylan Shot Of Love 1981 Norway 5 - Aug 1981 (8 weeks), UK 6 - Aug 1981 (8 weeks), Sweden 8 - Aug 1981 (8 weeks), Austria 20 - Nov 1981 (1 month), Italy 67 of 1981, Holland free40 75 of 1981, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Nov 1981), Xgau rating B- (1981)
77 Deborah Harry Koo Koo 1981 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1981), UK 6 - Aug 1981 (7 weeks), Sweden 7 - Aug 1981 (8 weeks), Norway 24 - Aug 1981 (8 weeks), Holland free40 78 of 1981, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Aug 1981), Xgau rating B- (1981)
78 George Benson The George Benson Collection 1981 UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1986), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jan 1982), UK 19 - Nov 1981 (35 weeks), US BB 57 of 1982, US CashBox 81 of 1982
79 The Commodores In The Pocket 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 1981), Sweden 25 - Aug 1981 (2 weeks), US CashBox 49 of 1981, US BB 59 of 1981, UK 69 - Jul 1981 (5 weeks), Xgau rating B- (1981)
80 Status Quo Never Too Late 1981 UK 2 - Mar 1981 (13 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Mar 1981), Austria 9 - May 1981 (2 months), Germany 12 - Apr 1981 (5 weeks), Norway 12 - Apr 1981 (16 weeks), Sweden 14 - Mar 1981 (10 weeks)
81 Japan Tin Drum 1981 UK Gold (certified by BPI in Mar 1982), Holland free40 10 of 1981, UK 12 - Nov 1981 (50 weeks), Norway 16 - Mar 1982 (9 weeks), Sweden 33 - Feb 1982 (2 weeks), Acclaimed 796 (1981), RYM 16 of 1981
82 King Crimson Discipline 1981 Sweden 37 - Oct 1981 (2 weeks), UK 41 - Oct 1981 (4 weeks), WTMD 203, WXPN 311 (1981), Acclaimed 1250 (1981), RYM 9 of 1981, AVrev 53, KEXP 394, Xgau rating B (1981)
83 Kenny Rogers Share Your Love 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1981), Norway 13 - Jul 1981 (11 weeks), US CashBox 30 of 1981, Sweden 37 - Aug 1981 (2 weeks), US BB 38 of 1981
84 James Taylor Dad Loves His Work 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 2000), Norway 20 - Apr 1981 (8 weeks), US CashBox 42 of 1981, US BB 44 of 1981, Holland free40 87 of 1981
85 Cliff Richard Love Songs 1981 UK 1 - Jul 1981 (43 weeks), Australia num 1 for 2 weeks - Mar 1982, UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Sep 1981)
86 Roland Kaiser Dich zu lieben 1981 Germany 1 for 1 week - Nov 1981, Germany 1 - Sep 1981 (17 weeks), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1982)
87 Electronica's Quietsch Fidelio 1981 Germany 1 for 5 weeks - Nov 1981, Germany 1 - Oct 1981 (13 weeks), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1981)
88 Elvis Costello Almost Blue 1981 Melody Maker 3 of 1981, UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jan 1982), UK 7 - Oct 1981 (18 weeks), Sweden 17 - Nov 1981 (5 weeks), Holland free40 35 of 1981, Xgau rating B- (1981)
89 Rainbow Difficult To Cure 1981 UK 3 - Feb 1981 (22 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Feb 1981), Sweden 9 - Feb 1981 (10 weeks), Germany 13 - Mar 1981 (2 weeks), Norway 17 - Mar 1981 (10 weeks), Holland free40 46 of 1981
90 Luther Vandross Never Too Much 1981 US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1997), UK 41 - Feb 1987 (30 weeks), US CashBox 77 of 1981, Defin200 196 (1981), Xgau rating B+ (1981)
91 Queen Greatest Hits 1981 Germany 1 - Nov 1981 (64 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 5 - Nov 1981, US Longest Running Album 31 1981 (219 weeks)
92 Sheena Easton You Could Have Been With Me 1981 Sweden 2 - Oct 1981 (26 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1984), Norway 7 - Oct 1981 (19 weeks), UK 33 - Oct 1981 (6 weeks), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Oct 1981)
93 Pink Floyd A Collection Of Great Dance Songs 1981 US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 2001), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Nov 1981), Norway 5 - Dec 1981 (11 weeks), UK 37 - Dec 1981 (10 weeks), Xgau rating B+ (1981)
94 The Boomtown Rats Mondo Bongo 1981 UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jan 1981), Sweden 5 - Jan 1981 (12 weeks), UK 6 - Jan 1981 (7 weeks), Norway 17 - Jan 1981 (19 weeks), Austria 19 - Mar 1981 (1 month), Holland free40 89 of 1981
95 Ideal Ideal 1981 Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1982), Germany 3 - Jul 1981 (38 weeks), Austria 3 - Jan 1982 (5 months), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Aug 2000)
96 Air Supply The One That You Love 1981 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1981), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1982), US BB 37 of 1981, US CashBox 47 of 1981
97 Joan Armatrading Walk Under Ladders 1981 Norway 4 - Sep 1981 (21 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Sep 1981), UK 6 - Sep 1981 (29 weeks), Sweden 17 - Sep 1981 (9 weeks), WXPN 789 (1981), Xgau rating B- (1981)
98 Ultravox Rage In Eden 1981 UK 4 - Sep 1981 (23 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Sep 1981), Sweden 5 - Sep 1981 (15 weeks), Norway 20 - Oct 1981 (8 weeks), Holland free40 34 of 1981, RYM 140 of 1981
99 Billy Squier Don't Say No 1981 US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1992), US CashBox 24 of 1981, US BB 24 of 1981, RYM 192 of 1981
100 Dan Fogelberg The Innocent Age 1981 US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1997), US CashBox 27 of 1981, US BB 32 of 1981, RYM 99 of 1981

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