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The Best Japan Albums, Ranked

Updated March 29, 2019 217 votes 60 voters 1.6k views6 items

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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. 

Vote up the best Japan albums, and vote down the ones that were disappointing.

  • 1

    Tin Drum

    Tin Drum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japan Albums, Ranked
    Photo: Virgin

    1. The Art of Parties
    2. Talking Drum
    3. Ghosts
    4. Canton
    5. Still Life in Mobile Homes
    6. Visions of China
    7. Sons of Pioneers
    8. Cantonese Boy

    • Release Date: 1981
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    Gentlemen Take Polaroids

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

    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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    Quiet Life

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

    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
    32
    8
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    Rain Tree Crow

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

    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
    16
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