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The Best Japan Albums, Ranked  

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We're ranking the best Japan albums of all time. One of the best new wave bands, Japan's discography features several popular songs, like "The Art of Parties" and "Ghosts." What is the greatest Japan album ever?

From their debut album Adolescent Sex to their 1981 album Tin Drum, this list of Japan albums also includes Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Quiet Life, and Rain Tree Crow, their self-titled album as a new reunion project in 1991. 

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Quiet Life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japan Albums, Ranked
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Quiet Life

1. Quiet Life
2. Fall in Love with Me
3. Despair
4. In Vogue
5.  Halloween
6.  All Tomorrow's Parties
7.  Alien
8. The Other Side of Life

Release Date: 1979

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Gentlemen Take Polaroids is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japan Albums, Ranked
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Gentlemen Take Polaroids

1. Gentlemen Take Polaroids
2. Swing
3. Burning Bridges
4. My New Career
5. Methods of Dance
6. Ain't That Peculiar
7. Nightporter
8. Taking Islands in Africa

Release Date: 1980

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Adolescent Sex is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japan Albums, Ranked
Photo: Hansa
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Adolescent Sex

1. Transmission
2. The Unconventional
3. Wish You Were Black
4. Performance
5. Lovers on Main Street
6. Don't Rain on My Parade
7. Suburban Love
8. Adolescent Sex
9. Communist China
10. Television

Release Date: 1978

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Rain Tree Crow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japan Albums, Ranked
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Rain Tree Crow

1. Big Wheels in Shanty Town
2. Every Colour You Are
3. Rain Tree Crow
4. Red Earth (As Summertime Ends)
5. Pocket Full of Change
6. Boat's for Burning
7. New Moon at Red Deer Wallow
8. Blackwater
9. A Reassuringly Dull Sunday
10. Blackcrow Hits Shoe Shine City
11. Scratchings on the Bible Belt
12. Cries and Whispers
13. I Drink to Forget

Release Date: 1991

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