Ranking Records—The 10 Best LPs of 1981

After starting with 1978, the best year ever for rock music, I stumbled a bit when I got to 1981 and had trouble coming up with ten records that I truly loved. After quickly deciding on an easy top eight, I wound up selecting three lesser-loved disks to fill out the list. My choice for #1 was also a bit unorthodox.

So, what LPs did you like from 1981? Please tell me what I’m missing from this year in rock music. See you in 1982.

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  1. hanspostcard · · Reply

    There was a big drop off from the late 70’s- 1980 to 1981- I don’t think you are missing anything essential on this 1981 list…. I was in touch with you on facebook ten days ago about an Album Draft- can you send me an email to viciouspiranha@comcast.net – i will send a group email mid- week and look to get it all started the first of July. Thanks! Keep up the great work I look forward to your yearly lists and artist album rankings.

  2. You do have a fabulous blog thanks. Hesther Berkley Oakman

    1. Thanks. – much appreciated.

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