1981-One of the Greatest Years in Music

A Listmania! list by Mark "Mr. Eighties" (Canaan, NH)
The list author says: "1981 was undoubtedly one of the greatest years in music. I owned a lot of the albums on this list and now have them on CD. The ones I didn't own, some of my friends did and we would borrow each other's to listen to. What a great year. It's good to see that the majority of the music is still available. There is no particular order to these selections and of course I am limited to only 40 items to list. There are many others from 1981 that are just as great."
Abacab
1.  Abacab by Genesis
The list author says:
  "Great Phil Collins era Genesis."
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Mob Rules
2.  Mob Rules by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  "One of the best metal albums of the 80's. The title song was perfect when used in the animated movie "Heavy Metal"."
$13.12   Used & New from: $1.73
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Shake It Up
3.  Shake It Up by The Cars
The list author says:
  "One of my favorites from the Cars."
$7.32   Used & New from: $0.70
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

New Traditionalists
4.  New Traditionalists by Devo
The list author says:
  "My 2nd favorite Devo album."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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4
5.  4 by Foreigner
The list author says:
  "Foreigner's best."
$5.00   Used & New from: $0.97
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Time
6.  Time by E.L.O.
The list author says:
  "My all-time favorite ELO album."
$20.95   Used & New from: $3.15
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

Freeze Frame
7.  Freeze Frame by J. Geils Band
The list author says:
  "The band's biggest hits all on one CD."
$7.99   Used & New from: $2.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

Escape
8.  Escape by Journey
The list author says:
  "The greatest Journey album."
Used & New from: $0.26
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Physical
9.  Physical by Olivia Newton-John
The list author says:
  "Yes, I really did own this on LP. Great pop album."
$16.99   Used & New from: $10.29
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

For Those About to Rock We Salute You
10.  For Those About to Rock We Salute You by AC/DC
The list author says:
  "Not as good as the previous release, but a very good hard rock album."
$8.69   Used & New from: $3.65
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Working Class Dog
11.  Working Class Dog by Rick Springfield
The list author says:
  "Another great pop LP."
Used & New from: $2.35
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Moving Pictures
12.  Moving Pictures by Rush
The list author says:
  "My introduction to Rush. Definitely their best."
$5.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (492 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Paradise Theatre
13.  Paradise Theatre by Styx
The list author says:
  "I had the vinyl with the special laser etching. Good stuff on this one."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.49
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

Allied Forces
14.  Allied Forces by Triumph
The list author says:
  "My first Triumph album and their best."
$12.62   Used & New from: $7.45
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

Fair Warning
15.  Fair Warning by Van Halen
The list author says:
  "A little different than the others, but still a great hard rock LP."
$9.69   Used & New from: $2.70
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

Intensities In 10 Cities
16.  Intensities In 10 Cities by Ted Nugent
The list author says:
  "Great live stuff from the Nuge."
$4.99   Used & New from: $2.02
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Private Eyes
17.  Private Eyes by Hall & Oates
The list author says:
  "Radio favorites from '81. Great stuff"
$19.44   Used & New from: $2.40
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Bella Donna
18.  Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks
The list author says:
  "Ah, Stevie Nicks. I had a huge crush on her. This is an incredible album."
$5.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Heavy Metal: Music From The Motion Picture
19.  Heavy Metal: Music From The Motion Picture by Various Artists
The list author says:
  "The best soundtrack album ever. Some thought it was actually supposed to be all heavy metal songs. Great mix of stuff."
$9.99   Used & New from: $5.21
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Fire Of Unknown Origin
20.  Fire Of Unknown Origin by Blue Oyster Cult
The list author says:
  "My favorite B.O.C. album with my favorite B.O.C. song "Veteran Of The Psychic Wars" which was also on the "Heavy Metal" soundtrack."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Music From the Elder
21.  Music From the Elder by Kiss
The list author says:
  "Disappointed Kiss fans at the time.I really like it though."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)

Diary of a Madman
22.  Diary of a Madman by Ozzy Osbourne
The list author says:
  "Great 2nd solo album. Ozzy was my favorite for several years."
Used & New from: $0.18
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Precious Time
23.  Precious Time by Pat Benatar
The list author says:
  "My 2nd favorite Pat Benatar LP."
$7.99   Used & New from: $2.79
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Beauty and The Beat
24.  Beauty and The Beat by Go-Go's
The list author says:
  "This one was incredible."
$7.39   Used & New from: $0.49
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

Don't Say No
25.  Don't Say No by Billy Squier
The list author says:
  "Billy's best. Not a bad song on here."
$29.99   Used & New from: $0.67
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

Standing Hampton
26.  Standing Hampton by Sammy Hagar
The list author says:
  "Sammy's best."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.81
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

Get Lucky
27.  Get Lucky by Loverboy
The list author says:
  "This one got a lot of play."
$16.49   Used & New from: $2.38
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

I Love Rock & Roll
28.  I Love Rock & Roll by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
The list author says:
  "Joan's best."
$7.99   Used & New from: $2.71
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

The Nature of the Beast
29.  The Nature of the Beast by April Wine
The list author says:
  "The only one I owned from these guys. Good rock album."
$7.36   Used & New from: $2.47
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Tattoo You
30.  Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones
The list author says:
  "A whole new generation of fans got introduced to the Stones with this one."
$10.99   Used & New from: $5.06
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
31.  Wild-Eyed Southern Boys by .38 Special
The list author says:
  "My first southern rock album. Good stuff."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.50
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Tonight I'm Yours
32.  Tonight I'm Yours by Rod Stewart
The list author says:
  "Not Rod's best, but one of my favorites."
$9.61   Used & New from: $3.11
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

No Sleep Til Hammersmith
33.  No Sleep Til Hammersmith by Motörhead
The list author says:
  "Lemmy and the boys blast through a loud live set. My favorite from them."
Used & New from: $3.89
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Modern Times
34.  Modern Times by Jefferson Starship
The list author says:
  "More radio stuff from '81."
Used & New from: $21.54
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Face Dances
35.  Face Dances by The Who
The list author says:
  "Good Who album. Different than most of their stuff."
$6.99   Used & New from: $2.65
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

High 'n' Dry
36.  High 'n' Dry by Def Leppard
The list author says:
  "Def Leppard's best."
$10.80   Used & New from: $4.76
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Killers
37.  Killers by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "Great album cover and great music."
$11.99   Used & New from: $4.48
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

Hard Promises
38.  Hard Promises by Tom Petty
The list author says:
  "Good album with more radio songs from '81."
$3.99   Used & New from: $1.96
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

Face Value
39.  Face Value by Phil Collins
The list author says:
  "Phil's first solo effort. I thought it was new Genesis stuff when I heard it on the radio."
$3.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

Prince Charming
40.  Prince Charming by Adam & The Ants
The list author says:
  "My only Adam and the Ants LP. I love this one."
Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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