First for music news
This Week's Issue
You’re logged in

Albums and Tracks of the Year for 1981

Albums and Tracks of the Year for 1981
  • Albums

  • Tracks

Nightclubbing - Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Nightclubbing

  1. Computer World - Kraftwerk

    Kraftwerk
    Computer World

  2. Red - Black Uhuru

    Black Uhuru
    Red

  3. Wha'ppen - The Beat

    The Beat
    Wha'ppen

  4. Penthouse And Pavement - Heaven 17

    Heaven 17
    Penthouse And Pavement

  5. Dare - The Human League

    The Human League
    Dare

  6. Trust - Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello
    Trust

  7. Alles Ist Gut - DAF

    DAF
    Alles Ist Gut

  8. Red Mecca - Cabaret Voltaire

    Cabaret Voltaire
    Red Mecca

  9. Fresh Fruit In Foreign Place - Kid Creole & The Coconuts

    Kid Creole & The Coconuts
    Fresh Fruit In Foreign Place

  1. DAF - Gold Und Liebe

  2. Various Artists - Mutant Disco

  3. The Fall - Slates

  4. Fela Kuti - Black President

  5. Public Image Ltd - Flowers Of Romance

  6. Earth Wind And Fire - Raise!

  7. Au Pairs - Playing With A Different Sex

  8. Bunny Wailer - Rock 'n' Groove

  9. Squeeze - East Side Story

  10. Elvis Costello - Almost Blue

  11. Smokey Robinson - Being With You

  12. Echo And The Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here

  13. Bow Wow Wow - See Jungle! See jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!

  14. Funkadelic - The Electric Spanking Of War Babies

  15. The Raincoats - Odyshape

  16. Prince Charles & The City Beat Band - Gang War

  17. Bunny Wailer - Sings The Wailers

  18. The Undertones - Positive Touch

  19. General Caine II - Get Down Attack

  20. Arthur Blythe - Blythe Spirit

  21. Japan - Tin Drum

  22. Madness - 7

  23. Defunkt - Defunkt

  24. The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You

  25. Alan Vega - Alan Vega

  26. Linx - Intuition

  27. Tom Verlaine - Dreamtime

  28. Marvin Gaye - In Our Lifetime

  29. Aswad - New Chapter

  30. Throbbing Gristle - Greatest Hits

  31. Kool & The Gang - Something Special

  32. Meredith Monk - Dolmen Music

  33. Change - Miracles

  34. X - Wild Gift

  35. Miles Davis - The Man With The Horn

  36. The Ramones - Pleasant Dreams

  37. The Cramps - Psychedelic Jungle

  38. Teena Marie - It Must Be Magic

  39. The Comsat Angels - Sleep No More

  40. Roger - The Many Facets Of Roger

Ghost Town - The Specials

The Specials

Ghost Town

  1. Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel - Grandmaster Flash

    Grandmaster Flash
    Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel

  2. Me No pop I - Coati Mundi

    Coati Mundi
    Me No pop I

  3. (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang - Heaven 17

    (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
    Heaven 17

  4. Love Action - The Human League

    The Human League
    Love Action

  5. Mama Used To Say - Junior Giscombe

    Junior Giscombe
    Mama Used To Say

  6. Tears Are Not Enough - ABC

    ABC
    Tears Are Not Enough

  7. Pull Up To The Bumper- Grace Jones

    Grace Jones
    Pull Up To The Bumper

  8. O Superman - Laurie Anderson

    Laurie Anderson<
    O Superman

  9. Walking on Thin Ice - Yoko Ono

    Yoko Ono
    Walking on Thin Ice

  1. The Gap Band - Burn Rubber On Me

  2. Soft Cell - Tainted Love

  3. Pigbag - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag

  4. James Brown - Rapp Payback

  5. Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood

  6. Earth Wind & Fire - Let's Groove

  7. Defunkt - The Razor's Edge

  8. Smokey Robinson - Being With You

  9. Thomas Leer - Four Movements

  10. Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough

  11. Odyssey - Going Back To My Roots

  12. Linx - Intuition

  13. Blondie - Rapture

  14. Dexys Midnight Runners - Plan B

  15. Stevie Wonder - Happy Birthday

  16. Vangelis - Chariots of Fire

  17. DAF - Der Mussolini

  18. Elvis Costello - Good Year For The Roses

  19. J.Walter Negro And Loose Jointz - Shoot The Pump

  20. The Beat - Doors Of Your Heart

  21. The Associates - Kitchen Person

  22. The Jacksons - Can You Feel It

  23. Haircut 100 - Favourite Shirts

  24. Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator

  25. General Saint & Clint Eastwood - Another One Bites The Dust

  26. Vivien Goldman - Launderette

  27. Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love

  28. Spandau Ballet - Chant No.1 (We Don't Need This Pressure On)

  29. Was (Not Was) - Out Come The Freaks

  30. Bow Wow Wow - W.O.R.K

  31. Public Image Ltd - Flowers Of Romance

  32. New Order - Ceremony

  33. Pablo Gad - Beggarman Child

  34. Sound Of The Valleys - The Longest Day

  35. Scritti Politti - The 'Sweetest Girl'

  36. The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink

  37. Japan - The Art Of Parties

  38. Kraftwerk - Computer Love

  39. The Dead Kennedys - Too Drunk To Fuck

  40. Dexys Midnight Runners - Show Me


 
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
Most Read News
Popular This Week
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today