Biggest of 2015: Billboard - A Bunch of 70's Recordings Get the Top Album by Veteran Artists (and They Were #2 Last Year)

No matter how you look at it, 2015 was the year of Taylor Swift. She has the top album of the year with 1989 along with three major hit singles. Not so close behind were artists like Ed Sheeran, the Weeknd, Drake and One Direction.

On the veteran front, it was a much different story. No one artist stood out although there were some who were successful in their respective genres. In country, it was Kenny Chesney, a regular to the crown, who was also the top veteran artist of the year overall according to Billboard coming in at 22 on their overall Top Artists list. The Rolling Stones were the biggest in rock (#32 on the overall list) although they didn't have any major hit records beyond a reissue of Sticky Fingers. U2 were just two places behind. In soul/R&B, it was Dr. Dre who surprised the world with his Compton album which capitalized on the biopic smash Straight Outta Compton.

But the top album by a veteran artist(s) overall goes to a bunch of recordings from the 70's, The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 which comes in at number 21 overall for the year. What is even more amazing about his album was it was the number 2 album by a veteran artist(s) LAST year, too, and number 19 overall. Who would have thought that an album that starts with Blue Suede's Hooked on a Feeling and travels through the music of the often maligned 70's would have the staying power to go 2-1 on the year-end charts.

Here, we present the placings of veteran artists (those who have been recording for twenty years or more) on the Billboard 2015 year-end charts in a variety of major categories. The overall chart topper for the year is shown in parenthesis).

Billboard 200 Albums (1989 - Taylor Swift)
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (#21)
  2. Compton - Dr. Dre (#45)
  3. Rock or Bust - AC/DC (#46)
  4. Man Against Machine - Garth Brooks (#50)
  5. Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers - Bob Marley & the Wailers (#70)
  6. Greatest Hits - Fleetwood Mac (#71)
  7. Greatest Hits - Journey (#78)
  8. First Kiss - Kid Rock (#80)
  9. The Big Revival - Kenny Chesney (#84)
  10. Partners - Barbra Streisand (#101)
  11. Back in Black - AC/DC (#114)
  12. Before This World - James Taylor (#115)
  13. Black Messiah - D'Angelo and the Vanguard (#118)
  14. Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (#125)
  15. Sonic Highways - Foo Fighters (#126)
  16. Sundown Highway Town - Tim McGraw (#128)
  17. Greatest Hits - Foo Fighters (#146)
  18. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (#148)
  19. Rebel Heart - Madonna (#151)
  20. The Endless River - Pink Floyd (#152)
  21. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (#155)
  22. Unbreakable - Janet Jackson (#159)
  23. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (#163)
  24. The London Sessions - Mary J. Blige (#164)
  25. Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You - Queen (#171)
  26. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (#174)
  27. Cold Beer Conversation - George Strait (#178)
  28. Cass County - Don Henley (#179)
  29. Master of Puppets - Metallica (#182)
  30. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd (#183)
  31. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium - George Strait (#185)
  32. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. (#186)
  33. It's the Girls! - Bette Midler (#187)
  34. Southern Style - Darius Rucker (#189)
  35. Love Somebody - Reba McEntire (#193)
Hot 100 Songs (Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars)
  1. Fourfiveseconds - Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney
  2. I Don't Mind - Usher Featuring Juicy J
  3. Downtown  - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz
  4. El Perdon (Forgiveness) - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
Catalog Albums (Christmas - Michael Buble)
  1. Greatest Hits - Fleetwood Mac (#2)
  2. Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers - Bob Marley & the Wailers (#4)
  3. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd (#6)
  4. Greatest Hits - Journey (#8)
  5. The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks (#10)
  6. Back in Black - AC/DC (#11)
  7. Master of Puppets - Metallica (#13)
  8. The Very Best of Travis Tritt - Travis Tritt (#18)
  9. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. (#22)
  10. Bad - Michael Jackson (#24)
  11. Greatest Hits - Foo Fighters (#25)
  12. The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam - Dwight Yoakam (#26)
  13. Devil Without a Cause - Kid Rock (#28)
  14. ...and Justice For All - Metallica (#30)
  15. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (#31)
  16. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin (#33)
  17. Metallica - Metallica (#34)
  18. Icon: Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton (#35)
  19. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash (#36)
  20. American Idiot - Green Day (#37)
  21. Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones (#38)
  22. Thriller - Michael Jackson (#40)
  23. It's Christmas Time - Elvis Presley (#41)
  24. Ultimate Hits - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (#43)
  25. Family - Lynyrd Skynyrd (#44)
  26. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio (#45)
  27. Super Hits - Willie Nelson (#48)
Pop Songs (Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars)
  1. Fourfiveseconds - Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney (#44)
Adult Contemporary Songs (Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran)
  1. Take a Picture of This - Don Henley (#37)
Adult Pop Songs (Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon)
  • No Veteran Artists in Top 50
Rock Albums (Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists)
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (#1)
  2. Rock or Bust - AC/DC (#4)
  3. First Kiss - Kid Rock (#8)
  4. Sonic Highways - Foo Fighters (#13)
  5. The Endless River - Pink Floyd (#14)
  6. Morning Phase - Beck (#21)
  7. Lost in the River - The New Basement Tapes (#23)
  8. Strangers to Ourselves - Modest Mouse (#24)
  9. The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden (#26)
  10. Shadows in the Night - Bob Dylan (#29)
  11. Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour (#35)
  12. The Pale Emperor - Marilyn Manson (#41)
  13. Ride Out - Bob Seger (#42)
  14. 1989 - Ryan Adams (#44)
  15. Repentless - Slayer (#54)
  16. Crosseyed Hearts - Keith Richards (#49)
  17. The Tracker - Mark Knopfler (#61)
  18. Elvis Presley Forever - Elvis Presley (#69)
  19. Trust Fall (Side A) (EP) - Incubus (#73)
  20. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney (#75)
Hard Rock Albums (Rock or Bust - AC/DC)
  1. Rock or Bust - AC/DC (#1)
  2. Sonic Highways - Foo Fighters (#3)
  3. The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden (#10)
  4. The Pale Emperor - Marilyn Manson (#11)
  5. Repentless - Slayer (#17)
  6. Trust Fall (Side A) (EP) - Incubus (#23)
  7. Sol Invictus - Faith No More (#25)
  8. Tokyo Dome Live in Concert - Van Halen (#27)
  9. Psychic Warfare - Clutch (#35)
  10. Def Leppard - Def Leppard (#39)
  11. World on Fire - Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
Hot Rock Songs (Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon)
  1. Dreams - Beck (#26)
  2. Lampshades on Fire - Modest Mouse (#40)
  3. Something For Nothing - Foo Fighters (#46)
  4. Heavy is the Head - Zac Brown Band Featuring Chris Cornell (#51)
  5. First Kiss - Kid Rock (#52)
  6. Congregation - Foo Fighters (#69)
  7. Coming For You - The Offspring (#85)
Mainstream Rock Songs (Failure - Breaking Benjamin)
  1. Heavy is the Head - Zac Brown Band Featuring Chris Cornell (#7)
  2. Something For Nothing - Foo Fighters (#14)
  3. Congregation - Foo Fighters (#17)
  4. Coming For You - The Offspring (#18)
  5. Bent to Fly - Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators (#21)
  6. Stars - Sixx:A.M. (#24)
  7. Nearly Forgotten My Broken Heart - Chris Cornell (#30) 
  8. Rock or Bust - AC/DC (#32)
  9. Deep Six - Marilyn Manson (#35)
  10. Outside - Foo Fighters (#41)
Folk Albums (Hozier - Hozier)
  1. Before This World - James Taylor (#2)
  2. Lost on the River - The New Basement Tapes (#4)
  3. Shadows in the Night - Bob Dylan (#6)
  4. 1989 - Ryan Adams (#13)
  5. Tracker - Mark Knopfler (#17)
  6. The Monsanto Years - Neil Young & Promise of Real (#20)
  7. The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan & the Band (#23)
  8. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone - Lucinda Williams (#25)
Country Albums (Montevallo - Sam Hunt)
  1. Man Against Machine - Garth Brooks (#5)
  2. The Big Revival - Kenny Chesney (#18)
  3. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium - George Strait (#19)
  4. Love Somebody - Reba McEntire (#21)
  5. Southern Style - Darius Rucker (#22)
  6. Cass County - Don Henley (#23)
  7. Cold Beer Conversation - George Strait (#25)
  8. Sundown Heaven Town - Tim McGraw (#28)
  9. Home For the Holidays - Darius Rucker (#30)
  10. Angels and Alcohol - Alan Jackson (#32)
  11. Django and Jimmie - Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard (#35)
  12. Now That's What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years - Various Artists (#40)
  13. Second Hand Heart - Dwight Yoakam (#43)
  14. Elvis Presley Forever - Elvis Presley (#48)
  15. Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites - Alabama (#53)
  16. Southern Drawl - Alabama (#56)
  17. Fuse - Keith Urban (#58)
  18. Prizefighter: Hit After Hit - Trisha Yearwood (#59)
  19. 35 Biggest Hits - Tim McGraw (#62)
  20. Damn Country Music - Tim McGraw (#67)
  21. 35 MPH Town - Toby Keith (#70)
  22. 35 Biggest Hits - Hank Williams, Jr. (#72)
  23. Still the One: Live in Las Vegas - Shania Twain (#73)
Hot Country Songs (Take Your Time - Sam Hunt)
  1. John Cougar, John Deer, John 3:16 - Keith Urban (#9)
  2. Save It For a Rainy Day - Kenny Chesney (#26)
  3. Shotgun Rider - Tim McGraw (#40)
  4. Diamond Rings & Old Barstools - Tim McGraw Featuring Catherine Dunn (#46)
  5. Homegrown Honey - Darius Rucker (#51)
  6. Raise 'Em Up - Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church (#55)
  7. Wild Child - Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter (#56)
  8. Til It's Gone - Kenny Chesney (#69)
  9. Top of the World - Tim McGraw (#70)
  10. Going Out Like That - Reba McEntire (#80)
  11. Somewhere in My Car - Keith Urban (#82)
Bluegrass Albums (The Phosphorescent Blues - Punch Brothers)
  1. Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions - Robert Earl Keen (#2)
  2. Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow - Ralph Stanley (#3)
  3. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (#4)
  4. The Earls of Leicester - Earls of Leicester (#8)
  5. So Familiar - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (#9)
  6. The Bluegrass Album - Alan Jackson (#11)
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (If You're Reading This It's Too Late - Drake)
  1. Compton - Dr. Dre (#8)
  2. Black Messiah - D'Angelo & the Vanguard (#12)
  3. The London Sessions - Mary J. Blige (#18)
  4. Unbreakable - Janet Jackson (#20)
  5. Forever Charlie - Charlie Wilson (#39)
  6. Game Changer - Johnny Gill (#49)
  7. Live: Her Greatest Performances - Whitney Houston (#50)
  8. The Past, The Present, The Future - Jodeci (#66)
  9. Bush - Snoop Dogg (#70)
  10. A Better Tomorrow - Wu-Tang Clan (#78)
  11. #1 to Infinity - Mariah Carey (#82)
  12. Art Official Age - Prince (#87)
  13. Sings the Great Diva Classics - Aretha Franklin (#89)
  14. Motown Christmas - Various Artists (#91)
  15. Hitnrun: Phase One - Prince (#93)
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (See You Again - Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
  1. Fourfiveseconds - Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney (#11)
  2. I Don't Mind - Usher Featuring Juicy J
Adult R&B Songs (Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) - The Weeknd)
  1. No Sleeep - Janet Jackson Featuring J. Cole
  2. Every Moment - Jodeci (#10)
  3. Really Love - D'Angelo & the Vanguard (#11)
  4. Goodnight Kisses - Charlie Wilson (#17)
  5. Game Changer - Johnny Gill (#19)
  6. Doubt - Mary J. Blige (#21)
  7. If You Lose Her - Joe (#26)
  8. Love Me Back - Kenny Lattimore (#27)
  9. Good Kisser - Usher (#29)
  10. Behind Closed Doors - Johnny Gill (#31)
  11. Whole Damn Year - Mary J. Blige (#32)
  12. Glory - Common & John Legend (#36)
  13. Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin (#37)
  14. We've Got Love - Babyface (#38)
  15. My Favorite Part of You - Charlie Wilson (#40)
  16. Just Right For Me - Monica Featuring Lil Wayne (#42)
Dance Club Songs (Something New - Axwell & Ingrosso)
  1. Living For Love - Madonna (#4)
  2. Right Now - Mary J. Blige (#7)
  3. B**** I'm Madonna - Madonna Featuring Nicki Minaj (#8)
  4. I'll Be There - Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers (#19)
  5. You Have to Believe - Dave Aude Featuring Olivia Newton-John and Chloe Lattanzi (#21)
  6. Deja Vu - Giorgio Moroder Featuring Sia (#23)
  7. Synergy - Sted-E, Hybrid Heights & Crystal Waters (#31)
  8. Mr. Put It Down - Ricky Martin Featuring Pitbull
  9. Right Here, Right Now - Girogio Moroder Featuring Kylie Minogue
  10. The Other Boys - NERVO Featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears & Nile Rodgers
Blues Albums (The Story of Sonny Boy Slim - Gary Clark, Jr.)
  1. A Fool to Care - Boz Scaggs (#5)
  2. Terraplane - Steve Earle & the Dukes (#6)
  3. Born to Play Guitar - Buddy Guy (#7)
  4. Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA: January 14, 2014 - Gregg Allman (#8)
  5. Step Back - Johnny Winter (#10)
  6. Bluesamericana - Keb' Mo' (#13)
  7. 10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - George Thorogood (#14)
  8. Bound by the Blues - Sonny Landreth (#15)
Reggae Albums (Water For Your Soul - Joss Stone)
  1. Easy Skanking in Boston 78 - Bob Marley & the Wailers (#2)
  2. Dub Side of the Mule (Deluxe) - Gov't Mule (#9)
  3. Strictly Roots - Morgan Herritage (#10)
  4. Dub Side of the Mule - Gov't Mule (#11)
  5. Dripping Blood - Carlene Davis (#13)
  6. Fly Rasta - Ziggy Marley (#15)
To see all of the year end charts, go to Billboard

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