Billboard Publishes the 200 Biggest Albums From 1963 to Today

As part of their Greatest of All Time issue, Billboard has named the 200 "Greatest" Albums of All Time.

The new, first time ever, list is based on the Billboard 200 Albums from the chart of August 17, 1963, when the magazine combined their separate mono and stereo album charts, through October 10, 2015. An inverse point system was used with number 1 getting the greatest points through the lowest at position 200.

Adjustments were made in point values for different years based on changing chart methodologies. In reviewing the list, remember that this is based on Billboard chart positions and NOT on sales, so there is quite a significant difference between this tally and the RIAA's list of the best selling albums of all-time.

Adele's 21 tops the list based on its amazing run in the top twenty albums for more than a year at a time when most albums would hit the upper reaches of the charts and be gone within a couple of weeks. It was 21 that ushered in the era of major British artists hanging for long periods near the top of the charts including Ed Sheeran (X at number 113) and Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour at number 99).

The Sound of Music soundtrack is at number 2, another album that stayed at the top or near number 1 for a couple of years in the mid-60's. It is one of 17 soundtrack albums, including a few single artist soundtrack albums, along with three Broadway Original Cast albums in the top two hundred.

Michael Jackson's Thriller, one of the two biggest selling albums of all-time according to the RIAA, is at number 3. Interestingly, the other, the Eagles' Greatest Hits didn't make the list even though The Long Run and One of These Nights are included.

Speaking of Greatest Hits, only three are included, John Denver's Greatest Hits at 86, the Beatles' 1 at 131 and Diana Ross and the Supremes' Greatest Hits at 171.

The Beatles are on the list five times with Sgt. Pepper (#54), A Hard Day's Night Soundtrack (#105), 1 (#131), Abbey Road (#135) and Meet the Beatles! (#187) but the Rolling Stones have none.

Taylor Swift has four as do Led Zeppelin, although the highest Zeppelin album is Led Zeppelin II at 146. Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Elton John, Janet Jackson and Nickelback each have three while a host of artists have two.

Here's the top 100:
  1. 21 - Adele
  2. The Sound of Music - Soundtrack
  3. Thriller - Michael Jackson
  4. Fearless - Taylor Swift
  5. Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
  6. Ropin' the Wind - Garth Brooks
  7. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
  8. Doctor Zhivago - Soundtrack
  9. All the Right Reasons - Nickelback
  10. Tapestry - Carole King
  11. Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
  12. The Fame - Lady Gaga
  13. Whipped Cream & Other Delights - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
  14. Come on Over - Shania Twain
  15. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
  16. Confessions - Usher
  17. Frozen - Soundtrack
  18. Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift
  19. Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
  20. Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus
  21. Falling Into You - Celine Dion
  22. Some Hearts - Carrie Underwood
  23. The Bodyguard - Whitney Houston
  24. Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em - M.C. Hammer
  25. Hysteria - Def Leppard
  26. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
  27. Daughtry - Daughtry
  28. [Hybrid Theory] - Linkin Park
  29. No Fences - Garth Brooks
  30. Cracked Rear View - Hootie and the Blowfish
  31. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
  32. Fallen - Evanescence
  33. Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi
  34. Human Clay - Creed
  35. Mary Poppins - Soundtrack
  36. Supernatural - Santana
  37. Night Visions - Imagine Dragons
  38. Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton
  39. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
  40. Metallica - Metallica
  41. ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
  42. Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys
  43. Saturday Night Fever - Soundtrack
  44. Going Places - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
  45. Ten - Pearl Jam
  46. 4 - Foreigner
  47. Escape - Journey
  48. Can't Slow Down - Lionel Richie
  49. Spice - Spice Girls
  50. Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey
  51. High School Musical - Soundtrack
  52. The Emancipation of Mimi - Mariah Carey
  53. Blood Sweat & Tears - Blood Sweat & Tears
  54. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band - Beatles
  55. Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars
  56. The Eminem Show - Eminem
  57. Time, Love & Tenderness - Michael Bolton
  58. Let's Go - Avril Lavigne
  59. Jesus Christ Superstar - Various Artists 
  60. Dirty Dancing - Soundtrack
  61. II - Boyz II Men
  62. In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
  63. Rock N Roll Jesus - Kid Rock
  64. 1989 - Taylor Swift
  65. Appetite For Destruction - Guns N Roses
  66. Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon
  67. Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt
  68. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
  69. Breakfast in America - Supertramp
  70. Millennium - Backstreet Boys
  71. Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus
  72. Control - Janet Jackson
  73. American Idiot - Green Day
  74. Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
  75. Girl You Know It's True - Milli Vanilli
  76. Here's to the Good Times - Florida Georgia Line
  77. Breakaway - Kellie Clarkson
  78. My World 2.0 - Justin Bieber
  79. Unplugged - Eric Clapton
  80. The Lion King - Soundtrack
  81. Faith - George Michael
  82. Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown
  83. Hotshot - Shaggy
  84. Wilson Phillips - Wilson Phillips
  85. Country Grammar - Nelly
  86. John Denver's Greatest Hits - John Denver
  87. Music Box - Mariah Carey
  88. Hangin' Tough - New Kids on the Block
  89. Chicago II - Chicago
  90. Hello, Dolly! - Original Cast
  91. The Sign - Ace of Base
  92. The Wall - Pink Floyd
  93. Recovery - Eminem
  94. Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 - Janet Jackson
  95. Asia - Asia
  96. The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
  97. FutureSex/LoveSounds - Justin Timberlake
  98. Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
  99. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
  100. The Dutchess - Fergie
The full list of 200 can be seen at Billboard.com

The magazine also totaled all of the points each artist earned for their entire catalog, compiling a list of the 100 biggest album artists 1963 to today.

The Beatles top the list based on all of their charted albums followed by the previously mentioned Rolling Stones who have charted many albums, just not any long enough to make the previous list. Barbra Streisand is at three followed by Garth Brooks and Elton John.

Here's the top 40:
  1. Beatles
  2. 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
  11. Led Zeppelin
  12. Bruce Springsteen
  13. Rod Stewart
  14. Eminem
  15. Whitney Houston
  16. Billy Joel
  17. Madonna
  18. Santana
  19. Eagles
  20. Fleetwood Mac
  21. Bob Dylan
  22. Stevie Wonder
  23. Celine Dion
  24. Eric Clapton
  25. Neil Diamond
  26. John Denver
  27. Pink Floyd
  28. Janet Jackson
  29. Prince
  30. Carole King
  31. Miley Cyrus
  32. Nickelback
  33. Tim McGraw
  34. Van Halen
  35. Beach Boys
  36. U2
  37. Adele
  38. Elvis Presley
  39. Britney Spears
  40. Usher
Once again, the full list can be found at Billboard.com.

1 comment

RockMan said...

This list made me cringe!

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