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."