NME’s best albums and tracks of 1981

Albums Of The Year

Tracks Of The Year

1
The Specials
Ghost Town
2Grandmaster Flash
Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel
3Coati Mundi
Me No pop I
4Heaven 17
(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
5The Human League
Love Action
6Junior Giscombe
Mama Used To Say
7ABC
Tears Are Not Enough
8Grace Jones
Pull Up To The Bumper
9Laurie Anderson
O Superman
10Yoko 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
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