List of Billboard 200 number-one albums of 1981

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The Billboard 200, published in Billboard magazine, is a weekly chart that ranks the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States. Before Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, Billboard estimated the sales for the album charts from a representative sampling of record stores nationwide, which was gathered by telephone, fax or messenger service.[1] The data was based on reports from record stores, who ranked the popularity of the best-selling records but did not provide an actual sales figures.[2][3]

Chart history[edit]

Key
Best performing album of 1981 Indicates best performing album of 1981
Issue Date Album Artist Reference
January 3 Double Fantasy John Lennon and Yoko Ono [4]
January 10 [5]
January 17 [6]
January 24 [7]
January 31 [8]
February 7 [9]
February 14 [10]
February 21 Hi Infidelity dagger REO Speedwagon [11]
February 28 [12]
March 7 [13]
March 14 [14]
March 21 [15]
March 28 [16]
April 4 Paradise Theater Styx [17]
April 11 [18]
April 18 Hi Infidelity dagger REO Speedwagon [19]
April 25 [20]
May 2 [21]
May 9 Paradise Theater Styx [22]
May 16 Hi Infidelity dagger REO Speedwagon [23]
May 23 [24]
May 30 [25]
June 6 [26]
June 13 [27]
June 20 [28]
June 27 Mistaken Identity Kim Carnes [29]
July 4 [30]
July 11 [31]
July 18 [32]
July 25 Long Distance Voyager The Moody Blues [33]
August 1 [34]
August 8 [35]
August 15 Precious Time Pat Benatar [36]
August 22 4 Foreigner [37]
August 29 [38]
September 5 Bella Donna Stevie Nicks [39]
September 12 Escape Journey [40]
September 19 Tattoo You The Rolling Stones [41]
September 26 [42]
October 3 [43]
October 10 [44]
October 17 [45]
October 24 [46]
October 31 [47]
November 7 [48]
November 14 [49]
November 21 4 Foreigner [50]
November 28 [51]
December 5 [52]
December 12 [53]
December 19 [54]
December 26 For Those About to Rock We Salute You AC/DC [55]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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