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The Best Midnight Oil Albums of All Time 

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List of the best Midnight Oil albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Midnight Oil discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Midnight Oil albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Midnight Oil singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Midnight Oil album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Midnight Oil album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

The Australian rock band is best known in the US for the 1987 hit song, "Beds Are Burning," off the Diesel and Dust album. An unlikely hit by improbable frontman Peter Garrett, it contained social commentary about the land rights of the native Pintupi people. 

If you want to know the best Midnight Oil album of all time, or the top Midnight Oil albums, this list will answer your questions. Examples include Head Injuries, Earth and Sun and Moon, and 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. This list of popular Midnight Oil CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Midnight Oil Albums of All Time
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1. Outside World
2. Only the Strong
3. Short Memory
4. Read About It
5. Scream in Blue
6. US Forces
7. Power and the Passion
8. Maralinga
9. Tin Legs and Tin Mines
10. Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something

Release Date: 1982

Artist: Midnight Oil

Tracks: U.S. Forces, Power and the Passion, Scream in Blue, + more

Length (mins): 00:45:58

Label: CBS

Genres (Music): Rock music, New Wave

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Diesel and Dust is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Midnight Oil Albums of All Time
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1. Beds Are Burning
2. Put Down That Weapon
3. Dreamworld
4. Arctic World
5. Warakurna
6. The Dead Heart
7. Whoah
8. Bullroarer
9. Sell My Soul
10. Sometimes
11. Gunbarrel Highway

Release Date: 1987

Artist: Midnight Oil

Tracks: Dreamworld, Sometimes, Bullroarer, + more

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music

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Blue Sky Mining is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Midnight Oil Albums of All Time
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1. Blue Sky Mine
2. Stars of Warburton
3. Bedlam Bridge
4. Forgotten Years
5. Mountains of Burma
6. King of the Mountain
7. River Runs Red
8. Shakers and Movers
9. One Country
10. Antarctica
11. You May Not Be Released**

Release Date: 1990

Artist: Midnight Oil

Tracks: Stars of Warburton, Bedlam Bridge, Mountains of Burma, + more

Genres (Music): Rock music

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Red Sails in the Sunset ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Midnight Oil Albums of All Time
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1. When the Generals Talk
2. Best of Both Worlds
3. Sleep
4. Minutes to Midnight
5. Jimmy Sharman's Boxers
6. Bakerman
7. Who Can Stand in the Way
8. Kosciusko
9. Helps Me Helps You
10. Harrisburg
11. Bells and Horns in the Back of Beyond
12. Shipyards of New Zealand

Release Date: 1984

Artist: Midnight Oil

Producer: Nick Launay

Tracks: Jimmy Sharman’s Boxers, Harrisburg, Helps Me Helps You, + more

Length (mins): 00:50:31

Genres (Music): Rock music, New Wave

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