Most Popular Album Every Year Since 1960

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1980: Back In Black
> Artist: Ac/Dc
> Release date: July 21, 1980
> Certification: 25X multi-platinum

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1981: Greatest Hits
> Artist: Queen
> Release date: Oct. 1, 1981
> Certification: 9X multi-platinum

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1982: Thriller
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Release date: Dec. 30, 1982
> Certification: 33X multi-platinum

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1983: Pyromania
> Artist: Def Leppard
> Release date: Jan. 20, 1983
> Certification: 10X multi-platinum

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1984: Legend
> Artist: Bob Marley & The Wailers
> Release date: July 24, 1984
> Certification: 15X multi-platinum

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1985: Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume Ii
> Artist: Billy Joel
> Release date: June 28, 1985
> Certification: 23X multi-platinum

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1986: Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Live 1975 – ’85
> Artist: Bruce Springsteen
> Release date: Nov. 7, 1986
> Certification: 13X multi-platinum

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1987: Appetite For Destruction
> Artist: Guns N’ Roses
> Release date: July 21, 1987
> Certification: 18X multi-platinum

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1988: Greatest Hits
> Artist: Journey
> Release date: Nov. 11, 1988
> Certification: 15X multi-platinum

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1989: Garth Brooks
> Artist: Garth Brooks
> Release date: April 12, 1989
> Certification: 10X multi-platinum