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UK Music Charts – Best Selling Albums 1980 – 1989

Paul Simon Graceland Album CoverThe  seventh solo studio album by American singer and songwriter Paul Simon was released in August 1986. It produced four singles, including “You Can Call Me Al”, that hit number 4 on the official UK singes chart. “Graceland” album hit number 1 on the album charts in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and European Top 100 Albums and #2 in the U.S and became Simon’s most successful studio album.


Graceland – Track listing

  1. The Boy in the Bubble
  2. Graceland
  3. I Know What I Know
  4. Gumboots
  5. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”
  6. You Can Call Me Al
  7. Under African Skies
  8. Homeless
  9. Crazy Love, Vol. II
  10. That Was Your Mother
  11. All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints


UK Music Charts – Best Selling Albums 1980 – 1989

Tracy Champan Single CoverThe self-titled debut album by singer and songwriter Tracy Chapman was released in April 1988. All songs were written by Tracy Chapman. The album hit number 1 spot on the albums charts in the U.S., U.K., Germany, New Zealand and many other countries. In total, the album sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The album  was awarded with Grammy Award for a Best Contemporary Folk Album and the single “Fast Car” for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Grammy Award) and Best Female Video (Billboard Music Awards).


Tracy Champan – Track listing

  1. Talkin’ Bout a Revolution
  2. Fast Car
  3. Across the Lines
  4. Behind the Wall
  5. Baby Can I Hold You
  6. Mountains o’ Things
  7. She’s Got Her Ticket
  8. Why?
  9. For My Lover
  10. If Not Now…
  11. For You


German Music Charts – Best Selling Albums 1980 – 1989

Phil Collins But Seriously 1989 Album CoverThe album was released on 20 November 1989. It was the best-selling album of 1990 in the UK. All tracks were written by Phil Collins. “Another Day in Paradise” was released in October 1989 as as single and became a major hit worldwide reaching number 1 in the United States and Germany and #2 on the Official UK Singles Chart. I Wish It Would Rain Down, Something Happened on the Way to Heaven, That’s Just the Way It Is and Hang in Long Enough were released as singles in 1990 followed by the release of the live album Serious Hits… Live!


…But Seriously – Track listing

  1. Hang in Long Enough
  2. That’s Just the Way It Is
  3. Do You Remember?
  4. Something Happened on the Way to Heaven (lyrics: Phil Collins, music: Phil Collins, Daryl Stuermer)
  5. Colours
  6. I Wish It Would Rain Down
  7. Another Day in Paradise
  8. Heat on the Street1
  9. All of My Life
  10. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” (Phil Collins, Thomas Washington)
  11. Father to Son
  12. Find a Way to My Heart


UK Music Charts – Best Selling Albums 1980 – 1989

u2 the joshua tree album cover best selling albums 80s ukThe fifth studio album by Irish band U2. The Joshua Tree was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno and released in March 1987. The album topped the album charts in more than 20 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France. The album produced five singles incl. With Or Without You that hit number one spot on the singles chart in the U.S., Canada and Ireland.  “Exit” song was not released as a single but it charted in the Netherlands (#46)


The Joshua Tree – Track listing

  1. Where the Streets Have No Name
  2. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  3. With or Without You
  4. Bullet the Blue Sky
  5. Running to Stand Still
  6. Red Hill Mining Town
  7. In God’s Country
  8. Trip Through Your Wires
  9. One Tree Hill
  10. Exit
  11. Mothers of the Disappeared


UK Music Charts – Best Selling Albums 1980 – 1989

Dirty Dancing Original Soundtrack Album CoverThe original soundtrack of the 1987 American romantic film Dirty Dancing, written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino with the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles. The album went multiplatinum in Australia, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland… It spent 18 weeks as a number one on the Billboard albums chart. There was a follow-up album entitled “More Dirty Dancing” released in 1988 and “Ultimate Dirty Dancing” (2003) that contains every song from the film Dirty Dancing sequenced in the order it appears in the film and “Dirty Dancing “20th_Anniversary_Edition” released in 2007

Dirty Dancing OST – Track listing

  1. Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
  2. The Ronettes – Be My Baby
  3. Patrick Swayze – She’s Like the Wind
  4. Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes
  5. Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs – Stay
  6. Merry Clayton – Yes
  7. Blow Monkeys – You Don’t Own Me
  8. Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby
  9. Alfie Zappacosta – Overload
  10. Mickey & Sylvia – Love Is Strange
  11. Tom Johnston – Where Are You Tonight?
  12. The Five Satins – In the Still of the Night


UK Music Charts – Best Selling Albums 1980 – 1989

Bob Marley and the Wailers Legend Album Cover Best SellingA greatest hits collection album by Bob Marley and the Wailers was released in 1984. It is the best-selling reggae album of all-time. “Legend” contains all ten of Bob Marley’s UK Top 40 hit singles plus three songs from the original Wailers. The cassette tape release of the album featured bonus songs: “Punky Reggae Party” and “Easy Skanking” from the Kaya album.

Legend – Track listing

  1. Is This Love
  2. No Woman, No Cry (remix)
  3. Could You Be Loved
  4. Three Little Birds
  5. Buffalo Soldie (remix)
  6. Get Up, Stand Up
  7. Stir It Up (edit)
  8. One Love / People Get Ready
  9. I Shot the Sheriff
  10. Waiting in Vain (remix)
  11. Redemption Song
  12. Satisfy My Soul
  13. Exodus (remix)
  14. Jamming (remix)


UK Music Charts – Best Selling Albums 1980 – 1989

Michael Jackson Bad Album CoverThe seventh Michael Jackson’s studio album was released on  August 31, 1987. Nine of the album’s eleven tracks were written by Jackson. The album produced nine singles, five of them reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The only songs on the album which were not released as a single were “Speed Demon” and “Just Good Friends” (duet with Stevie Wonder).


Bad – Track listing

  1. Bad
  2. The Way You Make Me Feel
  3. Speed Demon
  4. Liberian Girl
  5. Just Good Friends (featuring Stevie Wonder)
  6. Another Part of Me
  7. Man in the Mirror
  8. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  9. Dirty Diana
  10. Smooth Criminal
  11. Leave Me Alone [CD bonus track]


UK Music Charts – Best Selling Albums 1980 – 1989

Dire Straits Best selling album cover brothers in armsThe fifth studio album by the British band Dire Straits was released in May 1985.  The album spent at number one position ten 10 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, nine weeks on the Billboard 200 in the U.S., and 34 weeks on the Album Chart in Australia. The album was awarded with two Grammy Awards in 1986 (for Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical Album and for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Money for Nothing”), and with 1987 Brit Awards for Best British Album. The album produced five official singles.


Brothers in Arms – Track listing

  1. So Far Away
  2. Money for Nothing
  3. Walk of Life
  4. Your Latest Trick
  5. Why Worry
  6. Ride Across the River
  7. The Man’s Too Strong
  8. One World
  9. Brothers in Arms



UK Music Charts – Best Selling Albums 1980 – 1989

michael jackson thriller album coverThe sixth Michael Jackson’s studio album was released on November 30, 1982. Seven singles were released from the album including multiplatinum singles “Beat It” and “Billie Jean”; “Baby Be Mine” and “The Lady in My Life” were the only tracks that were not released as singles. Thriller is the best-selling album of all time worlwide, with estimated sales more than 65 million copies.  The album won eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including for Album of the Year.


Thriller – Track listing

  1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
  2. Baby Be Mine
  3. The Girl Is Mine
  4. Thriller
  5. Beat It
  6. Billie Jean
  7. Human Nature
  8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  9. The Lady in My Life



German Music Charts – Best-selling Albums 1980 – 1989

queen greatest hits 1981 album coverA compilation album by the British rock band Queen consisting of band’s best-selling singles was released in October 1981. The album spent more than 700 weeks in the UK Charts, and is the best-selling album of all time in the UK with more than 6 million copies there. It is certified 8x Platinum in the U.S., reached number 1 on the charts in Germany, New Zealand, Austria, Nehterlands… Exactly ten years later “Gratest hits II” compilation was released. 

Greatest Hits – Track listing

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. Another One Bites the Dust
  3. Killer Queen
  4. Fat Bottomed Girls
  5. Bicycle Race
  6. You’re My Best Friend
  7. Don’t Stop Me Now
  8. Save Me
  9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  10. Somebody to Love
  11. Now I’m Here0
  12. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
  13. Play the Game
  14. Flash
  15. Seven Seas of Rhye
  16. We Will Rock You
  17. We Are the Champions

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