List of Top 40 albums for 1980–89 in Australia

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The following lists the top 40 (end of decade) charting albums on the Australian Album Charts, for the 1980s. These were the best charting albums in Australia for the 1980s. The source for this decade is the Kent Music Report, known from 1987 onwards as the Australian Music Report.

# Title Artist Highest pos. reached Date reached
1. Whispering Jack John Farnham 1 November 1986
2. Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1 May 1985
3. Thriller Michael Jackson 1 June 1983
4. Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 1 October 1984
5. Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 1 June 1986
6. Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie 1 June 1984
7. Too Low for Zero Elton John 2 August 1983
8. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Midnight Oil 3 December 1982
9. Business as Usual Men at Work 1 December 1981
10. Kick INXS 1 October 1988
11. Graceland Paul Simon 1 October 1986
12. An Innocent Man Billy Joel 3 November 1983
13. Revenge Eurythmics 2 August 1986
14. Crowded House Crowded House 1 June 1987
15. Love over Gold Dire Straits 1 October 1982
16. Colour by Numbers Culture Club 1 October 1983
17. No Jacket Required Phil Collins 1 May 1985
18. Like a Virgin Madonna 2 January 1985
19. The Swing INXS 1 April 1984
20. The Joshua Tree U2 3 March 1987
21. Little Creatures Talking Heads 2 August 1985
22. Back in Black AC/DC 1 March 1981
23. Man of Colours Icehouse 1 October 1987
24. For the Working Class Man Jimmy Barnes 1 December 1985
25. Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi 1 July 1987
26. The Lonesome Jubilee John Cougar Mellencamp 2 May 1988
27. She's So Unusual Cyndi Lauper 3 February 1985
28. East Cold Chisel 2 June 1980
29. The Wall Pink Floyd 1 March 1980
30. Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman 3 June 1988
31. Chariots of Fire Vangelis 5 May 1982
32. The Dream of the Blue Turtles Sting 1 April 1986
33. Tango in the Night Fleetwood Mac 5 November 1987
34. Scarecrow John Cougar Mellencamp 2 July 1986
35. Sirocco Australian Crawl 1 August 1981
36. True Blue Madonna 1 August 1986
37. Dirty Dancing Motion Picture Soundtrack 1 October 1986
38. ...ish 1927 1 May 1989
39. Invisible Touch Genesis 1 July 1986
40. Volume One Traveling Wilburys 1 February 1989

These charts were calculated by David Kent of the Kent Music Report and they are based on the number of weeks and position the records reach within the top 100 singles for each week.

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