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The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–1972), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–1984), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–1985), and Billboard Top Pop Albums (1985–1992).

The chart is based mostly on sales (both at retail and digital) of albums in the United States. The weekly sales period was originally Monday to Sunday when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but since July 2015, tracking week begins on Friday (to coincide with the Global Release Date of the music industry) and ends on Thursday. A new chart is published the following Tuesday with an issue post-dated to the Saturday of that week, four days later. The chart's streaming schedule is also tracked from Friday to Thursday. New product is released to the American market on Fridays. Digital downloads of albums are also included in Billboard 200 tabulation. Albums that are not licensed for retail sale in the United States (yet purchased in the U.S. as imports) are not eligible to chart. A long-standing policy which made titles that are sold exclusively by specific retail outlets (such as Walmart and Starbucks) ineligible for charting, was reversed on November 7, 2007, and took effect in the issue dated November 17.

Beginning with the December 13, 2014 issue, Billboard updated the methodology of their album chart to also include on-demand streaming and digital track sales (as measured by Nielsen SoundScan) by way of a new algorithm, utilizing data from all of the major on-demand audio subscription and online music sales services in the United States. Starting on the issue dated January 18, 2020, Billboard updated the methodology to compile the chart again by incorporating video data from YouTube, along with visual plays from digital platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Vevo, and as of the issue dated March 23, 2021, Facebook.

As of the issue dated November 26, 2022, the current number-one album on the Billboard 200 is Midnights by Taylor Swift.


Billboard began an album chart in 1945. Initially only five positions long, the album chart was not published on a weekly basis, sometimes three to seven weeks passing before it was updated. A biweekly (though with a few gaps), 15-position Best-Selling Popular Albums chart appeared in 1955. With the increase in album sales as the early 1950s format wars stabilized into market dominance by 45 RPM singles and long-playing twelve-inch albums, with 78 RPM record and long-playing ten-inch album sales decreasing dramatically, Billboard premiered a weekly Best-Selling Popular Albums chart on March 24, 1956. The position count varied anywhere from 10 to 30 albums. The first number-one album on the new weekly list was Belafonte by Harry Belafonte. The chart was renamed to Best-Selling Pop Albums later in 1956, and then to Best-Selling Pop LPs in 1957.

Beginning on May 25, 1959, Billboard split the ranking into two charts Best-Selling Stereophonic LPs for stereo albums (30 positions) and Best-Selling Monophonic LPs for mono albums (50 positions). These were renamed to Stereo Action Charts (30 positions) and Mono Action Charts (40 positions) in 1960. In January 1961, they became Action Albums—Stereophonic (15 positions) and Action Albums—Monophonic (25 positions). Three months later, they became Top LPs—Stereo (50 positions) and Top LPs—Monaural (150 positions).

On August 17, 1963, the stereo and mono charts were combined into a 150-position chart called Top LPs. On April 1, 1967, the chart was expanded to 175 positions, then finally to 200 positions on May 13, 1967. In February 1972, the album chart's title was changed to Top LPs & Tape; in 1984, it was retitled Top 200 Albums; in 1985, it was retitled again to Top Pop Albums; in 1991, it became The Billboard 200 Top Albums; and it was given its current title of The Billboard 200 on March 14, 1992.

From the end of 1970 to 1985, Billboard also printed a Bubbling Under the Top LPs albums chart paired with the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 singles chart. This chart listed albums that had not yet charted on what was then the Top LPs & Tape chart.

Catalog albums

In 1960, Billboard began concurrently publishing album charts which ranked sales of older or mid-priced titles. These Essential Inventory charts were divided by stereo and mono albums, and featured titles that had already appeared on the main stereo and mono album charts. Mono albums were moved to the Essential Inventory—Mono chart (25 positions) after spending 40 weeks on the Mono Action Chart, and stereo albums were moved to the Essential Inventory—Stereo chart (20 positions) after 20 weeks on the Stereo Action Chart.

In January 1961, the Action Charts became Action Albums—Monophonic (24 positions), and Action Albums—Stereophonic (15 positions). Albums appeared on either chart for up to nine weeks, then were moved to an Essential Inventory list of approximately 200 titles, with no numerical ranking. This list continued to be published until the consolidated Top LPs chart debuted in 1963.

In 1982, Billboard began publishing a Midline Albums chart (alternatively titled Midline LPs) which ranked older or mid-priced titles. The chart held 50 positions and was published on a bi-weekly (and later tri-weekly) basis.

On May 25, 1991, Billboard premiered the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. The criteria for this chart were albums that were more than 18 months old and had fallen below position 100 on the Billboard 200. An album needed not have charted on the Billboard 200 at all to qualify for catalog status.

Starting with the issue dated December 5, 2009, however, the catalog limitations which removed albums over 18 months old, that have dropped below position 100 and have no currently-running single, from the Billboard 200 was lifted, turning the chart into an all-inclusive list of the 200 highest-selling albums in the country (essentially changing Top Comprehensive Albums into the Billboard 200). A new chart that keeps the previous criteria for the Billboard 200 (dubbed Top Current Albums) was also introduced in the same issue.

Holiday albums

Billboard has adjusted its policies for Christmas and holiday albums several times. The albums were eligible for the main album charts until 1963, when a Christmas Albums list was created. Albums appearing here were not listed on the Top LPs chart. In 1974, this rule was reverted and holiday albums again appeared within the main list.

In 1983, the Christmas Albums chart was resurrected, but a title's appearance here did not disqualify it from appearing on the Top Pop Albums chart. In 1994, the chart was retitled Top Holiday Albums. As of 2009, the chart holds 50 positions and is run for several weeks during the end-of-calendar-year holiday season. Its current policy allows holiday albums to concurrently chart on the Top Holiday Albums list and the Billboard 200.

Nielsen SoundScan

Since May 25, 1991, the Billboard 200's positions have been derived from Nielsen SoundScan sales data, as of 2008 contributed by approximately 14,000 music sellers. Because these numbers are supplied by a subset of sellers rather than record labels, it is common for these numbers to be substantially lower than those reported by the Recording Industry Association of America when Gold, Platinum and Diamond album awards are announced (RIAA awards reflect wholesale shipments, not retail sales).

Incorporation of streaming data and track sales

Beginning with the December 13, 2014 issue, Billboard updated the methodology of its album chart again, changing from a "pure sales-based ranking" to one measuring "multi-metric consumption". With this overhaul, the Billboard 200 includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales (as measured by Nielsen SoundScan) by way of a new algorithm, utilizing data from all of the major on-demand audio subscription services including Spotify, Beats Music, Google Play, and Xbox Music. Under the new methodology, ten track sales or 1,500 song streams from an album are treated as equivalent to one purchase of the album. Billboard will continue to publish a pure album sales chart, called Top Album Sales, that maintains the traditional Billboard 200 methodology, based exclusively on SoundScan's sales data.

Beginning on January 18, 2020, Billboard incorporated video and audio data from YouTube, along with visual plays from streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo, into the Billboard 200. The change has also impacted Billboard's genre-specific album charts.

Year-end charts

Billboard's "chart year" runs from the first week of December to the final week in November. This altered calendar allows for Billboard to calculate year-end charts and release them in time for its final print issue in the last week of December. Prior to Nielsen SoundScan, year-end charts were calculated by an inverse-point system based solely on an album's performance on the Billboard 200 (for example, an album would be given one point for a week spent at position 200, two points for a week spent at position 199... up to 200 points for each week spent at number one). Other factors including the total weeks on the chart and at its peak position were calculated into an album's year-end total.

After Billboard began obtaining sales information from Nielsen SoundScan, the year-end charts are now calculated by a very straightforward cumulative total of yearlong sales. This gives a more accurate picture of any given year's best-selling albums, as a title that hypothetically spent nine weeks at number one in March could possibly have sold fewer copies than one spending six weeks at number three in January. Albums at the peak of their popularity at the time of the November/December chart-year cutoff many times end up ranked lower than one would expect on a year-end tally, yet are ranked on the following year's chart as well, as their cumulative points are split between the two chart-years.

All-Time Billboard 200 achievements (1963–2015)

In 2015, Billboard magazine compiled a ranking of the 100 best-performing albums on the chart over the 52 years, along with the best-performing artists. Shown below are the top 10 albums and top 10 artists over the 52-year period of the Billboard 200, through October 2015. Also shown are the artists placing the most albums on the overall "all-time" top 100 album list.

Top 10 albums of All Time (1963–2015)

Rank Album Year released Artist(s) Peak and duration
1 21 2011 Adele #1 for 24 weeks
2 The Sound of Music 1965 Soundtrack #1 for 2 weeks
3 Thriller 1982 Michael Jackson #1 for 37 weeks
4 Fearless 2008 Taylor Swift #1 for 11 weeks
5 Born in the U.S.A. 1984 Bruce Springsteen #1 for 7 weeks
6 Ropin' the Wind 1991 Garth Brooks #1 for 18 weeks
7 Jagged Little Pill 1995 Alanis Morissette #1 for 12 weeks
8 Doctor Zhivago 1966 Soundtrack #1 for 1 week
9 All the Right Reasons 2005 Nickelback #1 for 1 week
10 Tapestry 1971 Carole King #1 for 15 weeks


Top 10 albums artists of All Time (1963–2015)

Rank Artist
1 The Beatles
2 The Rolling Stones
3 Barbra Streisand
4 Garth Brooks
5 Elton John
6 Mariah Carey
7 Herb Alpert
8 Taylor Swift
9 Chicago
10 Michael Jackson


Artists with the most albums on Billboard's Top 200 Albums of All Time (1963–2015)

Number of
Artist Albums (ranking)
5 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (54), A Hard Day's Night (105), 1 (131), Abbey Road (135), Meet the Beatles! (187)
4 Taylor Swift Fearless (4), Taylor Swift (18), 1989 (64), Red (140)
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II (146), Houses of the Holy (185), Led Zeppelin IV (194), In Through the Out Door (198)
3 Michael Jackson Thriller (3), Bad (138), Off the Wall (149)
Nickelback All the Right Reasons (9), Silver Side Up (162), Dark Horse (182)
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (11), The Bodyguard (23), Whitney (159)
Herb Alpert Whipped Cream & Other Delights (13), Going Places (44), What Now My Love (170)
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (39), Honky Château (145), Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (175)
Mariah Carey Mariah Carey (50), The Emancipation of Mimi (52), Music Box (87)
Janet Jackson Control (72), Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (94), Janet (119)
2 Garth Brooks Ropin' the Wind (6), No Fences (29)
Fleetwood Mac Rumours (15), Fleetwood Mac (74)
Celine Dion Falling into You (21), Let's Talk About Love (164)
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon (31), The Wall (92)
Creed Human Clay (34), Weathered (181)
Santana Supernatural (36), Abraxas (114)
Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys (42), Millennium (70)
Eminem The Eminem Show (56), Recovery (93)
Boyz II Men II (61), Cooleyhighharmony (129)
Green Day American Idiot (73), Dookie (172)
Nelly Country Grammar (85), Nellyville (174)
John Denver John Denver's Greatest Hits (86), Back Home Again (193)
Chicago Chicago II (89), Chicago V (165)
The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D (96), Monkey Business (134)
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (97), The 20/20 Experience (200)
Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (106), Babel (116)
Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (107), As I Am (128)
NSYNC No Strings Attached (111), 'N Sync (137)
The Monkees The Monkees (132), More of the Monkees (156)
Eagles The Long Run (148), One of These Nights (155)
Billy Joel Glass Houses (168), 52nd Street (191)


Artist milestones

Most number-one albums

Albums Artist Ref.
19 The Beatles
14 Jay-Z
12 Drake
11 Barbra Streisand
Bruce Springsteen
Taylor Swift
10 Elvis Presley
Kanye West
  • As a musician, Paul McCartney has the most number-one albums, with 27. This includes 19 albums from his work with The Beatles, 3 solo albums, and 5 albums as a part of his 1970s group Wings. John Lennon is in second place with 22, including 19 albums with the Beatles, 2 solo albums, and 1 album credited to him and his wife Yoko Ono. George Harrison had 19 number-one albums with The Beatles and 2 as a solo artist.
  • Barbra Streisand is the only artist to have number 1 albums in six different decades. Her first was the 1964 album People and her most recent was the 2016 album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, with a few weeks shy of 52 years between the two hitting number 1.

Most number-one albums in a calendar year

Albums Artist Year Ref.
4 The Monkees 1967
3 Elvis Presley 1957
The Kingston Trio 1960
Elvis Presley 1961
The Beatles 1964
The Beatles 1965
The Beatles 1966
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 1966
Elton John 1975
Garth Brooks 1998
Glee Cast 2010
Taylor Swift 2021

Most consecutive number-one studio albums

Number Act Ref.
11 Jay-Z
Taylor Swift
10 Eminem
Kanye West
9 The Beatles
8 The Rolling Stones
7 Dave Matthews Band
6 Elton John
Justin Bieber
J. Cole

Most consecutive studio albums to debut at number one

Number Act Ref.
11 Taylor Swift
10 Eminem
Kanye West
7 Dave Matthews Band
6 Justin Bieber
5 Disturbed
Lady Gaga
  • On May 1, 2016, Beyoncé became the only artist to have her first six studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, following the release of her sixth studio album Lemonade, surpassing DMX. Following the release of Renaissance and its debut atop the August 7, 2022, chart, she extended that record, becoming the only artist to debut her first seven albums atop the chart.
  • On April 3, 2021, Justin Bieber became the first male act to have his first 6 studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, following the release of his sixth studio album Justice.

Most cumulative weeks at number one

List of acts with the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since August 17, 1963.


Most top-10 albums

The following artists are the only ones with 30 or more top-10 albums:

Note: As a musician, Paul McCartney has the most top 10 albums, with 51. This includes 32 with The Beatles, 7 albums with the group Wings, 1 album credited to him and his first wife Linda McCartney, and 11 solo albums.

Most albums in the top 10 simultaneously

Most albums in the top 200 simultaneously

Album milestones

Most weeks at number one

Weeks Album Artist Year(s) Source
54 West Side Story Various artists 1962–63
37 Thriller Michael Jackson 1983–84
31 Rumours Fleetwood Mac 1977–78
South Pacific Various artists 1958–59
Calypso Harry Belafonte 1956–57
24 21 Adele 2011–12
Purple Rain Prince and the Revolution 1984–85
Saturday Night Fever Bee Gees/Various artists 1978
21 Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em MC Hammer 1990
20 The Bodyguard Whitney Houston/Various artists 1992–93
Blue Hawaiiɤ Elvis Presley 1961–62

† The West Side Story soundtrack ran for 53 weeks at number one on the stereo album chart; it was number one for twelve weeks on the mono album chart.

‡ The South Pacific soundtrack ran for 28 weeks at number one on the stereo album chart; it was number one for three weeks on the mono album chart.

ɤ This is the Blue Hawaii album's run on the mono album chart; it was number one for four weeks on the stereo album chart.

  • Tapestry by Carole King holds the record for most consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 for any one album by a female solo artist with 15 weeks.

Most weeks on the chart

Note that totals are for the main albums chart only, catalog chart totals are not factored in.
(*) indicates that the album is currently charting.
Weeks Album Artist Source
962 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
757* Legend Bob Marley and the Wailers
739* Journey's Greatest Hits Journey
686* Metallica Metallica
616* Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits Creedence Clearwater Revival
606* Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem
601* Nevermind Nirvana
600* Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses
598* Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars
548* Thriller Michael Jackson
544 21 Adele
542* Back in Black AC/DC
529 1 The Beatles
525* Good Kid, M.A.A.D City Kendrick Lamar
517* Greatest Hits Queen
507* Take Care Drake
503* Rumours Fleetwood Mac
490† Johnny's Greatest Hits Johnny Mathis
488* Greatest Hits Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
480† My Fair Lady Original Cast Recording

† Pre-Billboard 200 and Billboard 200

Largest jumps to number one

  1. (176–1) Life After DeathThe Notorious B.I.G. (April 12, 1997)
  2. (173–1) VitalogyPearl Jam (December 24, 1994)
  3. (157-1) Fearless (Taylor's Version)Taylor Swift (October 16, 2021)
  4. (156–1) In RainbowsRadiohead (January 19, 2008)
  5. (137–1) Ghetto DMaster P (September 20, 1997)
  6. (122–1) More of The MonkeesThe Monkees (February 11, 1967)
  7. (120-1) Call Me If You Get LostTyler, the Creator (April 30, 2022)
  8. (112–1) MP da Last Don – Master P (June 20, 1998)
  9. (98–1) Beatles '65The Beatles (January 9, 1965)
  10. (74–1) EvermoreTaylor Swift (June 12, 2021)

Largest drops from number one

  1. (1–169) This House Is Not for SaleBon Jovi (March 17, 2018)
  2. (1–139) Call Me If You Get LostTyler, the Creator (May 7, 2022)
  3. (1–111) CourageCeline Dion (December 7, 2019)
  4. (1–97) Science FictionBrand New (September 16, 2017)
  5. (1–88) IridescenceBrockhampton (October 13, 2018)
  6. (1–77) Madame XMadonna (July 6, 2019)
  7. (1–62) Boarding House ReachJack White (April 14, 2018)
  8. (1–59) Wonderful WonderfulThe Killers (October 21, 2017)
  9. (1–56) American DreamLCD Soundsystem (September 30, 2017)
  10. (1–45) Help Us StrangerThe Raconteurs (July 13, 2019)


  • The album Music to Be Murdered By by Eminem has the largest rise for an album that did not top the chart. On January 2, 2021, it jumped from number 199 the previous week to number 3 on the chart.
  • The album Hello from Las Vegas by Lionel Richie has the largest drop for an album that did not top the chart. On September 7, 2019, it disappeared from the chart having debuted the previous week at number 2.

Longest climbs to number one in the SoundScan era

Here are the albums to complete the 10 longest rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since the adoption of Nielsen Music data in 1991.

Weeks to no. 1 Artist Album Date reached no. 1
63 Various Artists O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack March 23, 2002
53 The Kid Laroi F*ck Love August 7, 2021
52 Live Throwing Copper May 6, 1995
49 No Doubt Tragic Kingdom December 21, 1996
46 Norah Jones Come Away with Me January 25, 2003
44 Hootie & The Blowfish Cracked Rear View May 27, 1995
40 Prince The Very Best of Prince May 7, 2016
31 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton February 26, 1994
28 Celine Dion Falling into You October 5, 1996
27 Eric Clapton Unplugged March 13, 1993
  • Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul spent 64 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 before hitting number one in 1989, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number-one spot.

Albums to top the Billboard 200 by artists who have never appeared on the Hot 100

Artist Album Year Source
Van Cliburn Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 1958
Bob Newhart The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart 1960
Bob Newhart The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! 1961
Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall
Vaughn Meader The First Family 1962
Frank Fontaine Songs I Sing on the Jackie Gleason Show 1963
Blind Faith Blind Faith 1969
Pantera Far Beyond Driven 1994
Bob Carlisle Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace) 1997
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals 1998
Marilyn Manson The Golden Age of Grotesque 2003
Il Divo Ancora 2006
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone 2008
Vampire Weekend Contra 2010
The Decemberists The King Is Dead 2011
Amos Lee Mission Bell
TobyMac Eye on It 2012
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City 2013
Lecrae Anomaly 2014
Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter
Brand New Science Fiction 2017
LCD Soundsystem American Dream
Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride 2019
Slipknot We Are Not Your Kind
SuperM SuperM – The 1st Mini Album
Stray Kids Oddinary 2022

Note: Newhart, Meader, and Fontaine's albums were all #1 on the mono chart, but not on the stereo chart. Garland is listed on a technicality; she has 17 pop hits, but all were from 1939 to 1955, all before the 1958 establishment of the Hot 100.

Additional milestones

  • The first album to debut at number one was Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John. John repeated the same feat with the album Rock of the Westies – the second album to debut at number one – making John the first artist to have two consecutive studio albums debut at number one. Whitney Houston's second album Whitney was the first album by a female artist to debut at number one.
  • In the early 1960s, Bob Newhart had the accomplishment of having the number-one and number-two albums simultaneously on the Billboard albums chart, with The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart and The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! This feat was equaled by The Beatles multiple times. They did this twice in 1964 with Meet The Beatles! and Introducing... The Beatles, and then with A Hard Day's Night and Something New, followed in 1969 with the album The Beatles (commonly known as The White Album) and the soundtrack for the film Yellow Submarine. In 1991, Guns N' Roses held the top two with Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, in 2004, Nelly's Suit and Sweat and in 2017, Future's Future and Hndrxx.
  • The Sound of Music set the record of 109 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10 from May 1, 1965, to July 16, 1966, but only spent 2 weeks at number one on the Billboard 200.
  • The only EPs to reach number one on the chart are Alice in Chains's Jar of Flies in 1994, Linkin Park and Jay-Z's collaboration EP, Collision Course in 2004, the cast of the television series Glee with Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna and Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals in 2010, Bad Meets Evil's Hell: The Sequel in 2011, The Weeknd's My Dear Melancholy, in 2018, BTS' Map of the Soul: Persona, SuperM's SuperM – The 1st Mini Album in 2019, and Stray Kids' Oddinary and Maxident in 2022.
  • The first UK solo artist to debut at number one with a debut album is Leona Lewis on April 26, 2008, with the album Spirit. The first UK group to debut at number one with a debut album is One Direction on March 31, 2012, with the album Up All Night.
  • Justin Bieber became the first act in history to have five albums top the Billboard 200 at the age of 18, as Believe Acoustic debuted at number one on February 16, 2013. He also became the youngest solo artist to achieve this feat. Subsequently, Justin (25 years, 360 days) became the youngest solo artist to achieve seven number-one albums on the chart with Changes, breaking a 59-year-old record set by Elvis Presley at the age of 26. He further extended his record, after turning 27, by becoming the youngest soloist to have eight albums top the Billboard 200, following the release of his sixth studio album Justice, breaking yet another chart record held by Elvis Presley at the age of 29.
  • Oldest male to debut at number one: Tony Bennett on October 8, 2011 (85 years, 66 days old) with the album Duets II. He was born August 3, 1926. Later, he surpassed his own record when his collaborative album with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek debuted at number one on October 11, 2014 (88 years, 69 days old).
  • The issue dated July 11, 2009 was the first time any catalog album outsold the number-one album on the Billboard 200. Three of Michael Jackson's albums (Number Ones, The Essential Michael Jackson and Thriller) claimed positions 1–3 respectively on Top Pop Catalog Albums and Top Comprehensive Albums in the week following Jackson's death.
  • In 2012, Adam Lambert became the first openly gay musician to debut at No. 1 with his album Trespassing.
  • There have been 40 albums released on an independent label to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
  • Jackie Gleason, at least for a time, held the record for the most albums to top the Billboard 200 without charting any songs in the top 40 of the Hot 100; five of Gleason's mood music albums topped the Billboard 200 in the mid-1950s.
  • One Direction became the first group to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums when Midnight Memories debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 dated December 14, 2013. They later became the first group to debut at No. 1 with their first four albums when Four debuted atop the chart on November 26, 2014.
  • Led Zeppelin hold the record for the longest gap between an album returning to the Top 10. Led Zeppelin first hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Top LP's chart for the week ending May 17, 1969 and returned 45 years and 35 days later at No. 7, on the Billboard 200, for the week ending June 21, 2014.
  • On Nov 29, 2015, 25 by Adele registered the highest weekly sales figure for a number 1 album in the Billboard 200 chart history – with 3.38 million sold. 25 became the first album to sell a million copies in different weeks – with 1.11 million sold in its second week and 1.16 million sold in its fifth week on the chart.
  • On May 22, 2016, Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper became the first streaming-only album to chart on the Billboard 200, debuting at No. 8, with the album being streamed 57.3 million times in its first week, which was equivalent to 38,000 units sold.
  • On March 18, 2017, Future made history by achieving back-to-back No. 1 album debuts in successive weeks with Future and Hndrxx for the first time in the chart's history.
  • On June 2, 2018, BTS became the first Korean artist to reach No. 1 with their album Love Yourself: Tear.
  • Taylor Swift is the first and only act in Nielsen SoundScan history to have nine albums each sell at least 500,000 copies in a week, as of October 2022. Her albums Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, Reputation, Lover, Folklore, Red (Taylor's Version), and Midnights accumulated more than half a million sales in their first weeks.
  • On January 19, 2019, A Boogie wit da Hoodie's Hoodie SZN became the album with the lowest weekly sales figure for a number 1 album – with 1,000 sales. It subsequently did not sell enough to enter the sales-only Top 100 Album Sales chart. A week later the album broke its own record when it stayed at number 1 for a second week, selling 749 copies.
  • In 2017, Taylor Swift became the first artist to debut at the top of the chart with four albums that sold over one million copies within a week, accomplishing the feat with Speak Now, Red, 1989 and Reputation. In 2022, she extended the record to five with Midnights.
  • On November 2, 2020, Bruce Springsteen became the first artist to have an album reach the top 5 of the Billboard 200 in six different decades (1970s–2020s).

See also


  • Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Albums, 6th edition, ISBN 0-89820-166-7
  • Whitburn, Joel (1991). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Albums. Billboard Books (Revised and enlarged 2nd ed.). ISBN 0-8230-7534-6.
  • Additional information obtained can be verified within Billboard's online archive services and print editions of the magazine.

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