Biggest of 2016: The Billboard Year-End Charts - Prince Has Biggest Album by a Veteran Artist

by VVN Music

We've reached the end of another chart year and Billboard has released their tallies of the biggest hits.

For veteran artists, the majority of big albums are in the realm of either collections or catalog studio albums. Very few new releases have made the year-end charts. For example, 38 albums by artists who have been recording for twenty years or longer made it on the Billboard year-end 200 but only twelve of the 38 contained new material.

In addition, the number of artists that made the Albums tally were rather restricted as both Eminem and Prince had four albums on the list while the Eagles, Red Hot Chili Peppers and David Bowie each had 2.

As would be expected, veteran artists fared very well on the Catalog Albums with 41 of the top 50. The positioning is a bit different, though, as only sales are taken into account instead of sales plus streaming which is used for the Billboard 200.

When all of the charts were taken into account, Bruce Springsteen was the veteran artist of the year although he was only 14 on the overall list (Adele was number 1). He was followed by Prince (#20), Justin Timberlake (#30), Guns N' Roses (#37) and Madonna (#45).

For the following charts, we will list the top albums for the year through as many positions as are available with the Billboard position in parenthesis.

ALBUMS
  1. The Very Best of Prince - Prince (14)
  2. Ripcord - Keith Urban (51)
  3. Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution (55)
  4. Blackstar - David Bowie (64)
  5. 1 - Beatles (66)
  6. California - Blink-182 (69)
  7. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (73)
  8. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers (77)
  9. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (81)
  10. The Eminem Show - Eminem (84)
  11. Best of Bowie - David Bowie (86)
  12. Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey (88)
  13. Metallica - Metallica (92)
  14. Damn Country Music - Tim McGraw (95)
  15. Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen (107)
  16. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (110)
  17. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (121)
  18. Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway - Barbra Streisand (127)
  19. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (133)
  20. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem (137)
  21. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - Eagles (146)
  22. Recovery - Eminem (148)
  23. This is What the Truth Feels Like - Gwen Stefani (150)
  24. The Very Best of the Eagles - Eagles (155)
  25. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (156)
  26. The Hits/The B-Sides - Prince (159)
  27. Back in Black - AC/DC (160)
  28. Nevermind - Nirvana (161)
  29. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers (165)
  30. Greatest Hits - Fleetwood Mac (173)
  31. Thriller - Michael Jackson (178)
  32. Greatest Hits 1970-2002 - Elton John (184)
  33. Dark Sky Island - Enya (191)
  34. Unleashed - Skillet (194)
  35. Revolution Road - Green Day (195)
  36. Letters From the Labyrinth - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (196)
  37. blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell (199)
  38. 1999 - Prince (200)
Billboard's #1 Album of the Year: 25 - Adele

CATALOG ALBUMS
  1. The Very Best of Prince - Prince (1)
  2. Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution (4)
  3. Metalica - Metalica (6)
  4. Best of Bowie - David Bowie (9)
  5. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (10)
  6. Master of Puppets - Metalica (11)
  7. Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey (12)
  8. 1 - Beatles (13)
  9. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - Eagles (14)
  10. ...And Justice For All - Metalica (15)
  11. 1999 - Prince (16)
  12. Off the Wall - Michael Jackson (17)
  13. Bad - Michael Jackson (18)
  14. Greatest Hits - Fleetwood Mac (19)
  15. Ride the Lightning - Metallica (20)
  16. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash (21)
  17. Ultimate - Prince (22)
  18. The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks (23)
  19. American Idiot - Green Day (24)
  20. The Hits/The B-Sides - Prince (25)
  21. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (26)
  22. The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam - Dwight Yoakam (27)
  23. The Very Best of the Eagles - Eagles (28)
  24. Thriller - Michael Jackson (29)
  25. Back in Black - AC/DC (30)
  26. 20 Greatest Hits - Merle Haggard (32)
  27. The Eminem Show - Eminem (33)
  28. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio (34)
  29. It's Christmas Time - Elvis Presley (36)
  30. Kill 'Em All - Metalica (37)
  31. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (38)
  32. Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses (39)
  33. Icon: Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton (41)
  34. Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel (42)
  35. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (43)
  36. Nevermind - Nirvana (44)
  37. Tapestry - Carole King (45)
  38. Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey (46)
  39. Prince - Prince (47)
  40. These Are Special Times - Celine Dion (48)
  41. Mis Numero Uno...40 Aniversario - Juan Gabriel (49)
SINGLES
  1. Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake (9)
  2. Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk (58)
  3. All the Way Up - Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Jay Z Featuring French Montana & Infared (87)
  4. No Limit - Usher Featuring Young Thug (90)
  5. Humble & Kind - Tim McGraw (96)
Billboard's #1 Single of the Year - Love Yourself - Justin Timberlake

ROCK ALBUMS
  1. Blackstar - David Bowie (4)
  2. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (6)
  3. California - Blink-182 (8)
  4. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers (10)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (16)
  6. Letters From the Labyrinth - Trans Siberian Orchestra (17)
  7. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon (19)
  8. Revolution Radio - Green Day (20)
  9. This House is Not For Sale - Bon Jovi (22)
  10. Unleashed - Skillet (23)
  11. Dystopia - Megadeth (24)
  12. Gore - Deftones (26)
  13. I Still Do - Eric Clapton (28)
  14. Dig in Deep - Bonnie Raitt (30)
  15. Santana IV - Santana (31)
  16. Weezer (White Album) - Weezer (33)
  17. The Serenity of Suffering - Korn (45)
  18. Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser - Rob Zombie
  19. Chapter & Verse - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band (48)
  20. Live at the Hollywood Bowl - Beatles (49)
  21. Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan (51)
  22. Love Riot - newsboys (54)
  23. R40 Live - Rush (55)
  24. 2 - Mudcrutch (58)
  25. Alone in the Universe - Jeff Lynne's ELO (59)
  26. Let Me Get By - Tedeschi Trucks Band (61)
  27. For All Kings - Anthrax (62)
  28. Johannesburg (EP) - Mumford & Sons With Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg
  29. Keep Me Singing - Van Morrison (68)
  30. Ties That Bind: The River Collection - Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (69)
  31. Schmilco - Wilco (71)
  32. Pure McCartney - Paul McCartney (73)
  33. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen (75)
Billboard's #1 Rock Album of the Year - Blurryface - twenty one pilots

COUNTRY ALBUMS
  1. Ripcord - Keith Urban (9)
  2. Damn Country Music - Tim McGraw (16)
  3. Cosmic Hallelujah - Kenny Chesney (24)
  4. Cass County - Don Henley (29)
  5. Pure & Simple - Dolly Parton (32)
  6. It's About Time - Hank Williams, Jr. (37)
  7. Cold Beer Conversation - George Strait (40)
  8. Down to My Last Bad Habit - Vince Gill (41)
  9. Full Circle - Loretta Lynn (44)
  10. We're All Somebody From Somewhere - Steven Tyler (52)
  11. Elvis: Ultimate Christmas - Elvis Presley (54)
  12. 35 Greatest Hits - Hank Williams, Jr. (57)
  13. Detour - Cyndi Lauper (59)
  14. Django & Jimmie - Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard (60)
  15. Reckless - Martina McBride (61)
  16. Hits & Hymns - Jimmy Fortune (64)
  17. Today is Christmas - LeAnn Rimes (65)
  18. Once Again at Christmas - Kenny Rogers (66)
  19. For Better or For Worse - John Prine (69)
Billboard's #1 Country Album of the Year - Traveler - Chris Stapleton

FOLK ALBUMS
  1. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon (6)
  2. Dig in Deep - Bonnie Raitt (7)
  3. Pure & Simple - Dolly Parton (11)
  4. Fallen Angel - Bob Dylan (13)
  5. Full Circle - Loretta Lynn (15)
  6. 2 - Mudcrutch (16)
  7. Johannesburg (EP) - Mumford & Sons With Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg (17)
  8. Schmilco - Wilco (20)
  9. Keep Me Singing - Van Morrison (21)
  10. The Ghosts of Highway 20 - Lucinda Williams (23)
  11. 1989 - Ryan Adams (24)
  12. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen (25)
Billboard's #1 Folk Album of the Year - Traveler - Chris Stapleton

BLUEGRASS ALBUMS
  1. Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... - Dwight Yoakam (1)
  2. So Familiar - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (3)
  3. Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years, Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (7)
  4. Rattle & Roar - The Earls of Leicester (11)
  5. Christmas Time - Rhonda Vincent (13)
R&B/HIP HOP ALBUMS
  1. Losing My Religion - Kirk Franklin (17)
  2. blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell (18)
  3. The Buffet - R. Kelly (24)
  4. Straight Outta Compton: Music From the Motion Picture - Soundtrack (26)
  5. What I'm Feelin' - Anthony Hamilton (35)
  6. Return of the Tender Lover - Babyface (42)
  7. Unbreakable - Janet (Jackson) (43)
  8. Hard II Love - Usher (45)
  9. Code Red - Monica (52)
  10. Compton - Dr. Dre (53)
  11. Dress to Impress - Keith Sweat (57)
  12. Hitnrun: Phase Two - Prince (64)
  13. And the Anonymous Nobody - De La Soul (66)
  14. Hitnrun: Phase One - Prince (74)
  15. Christmas With Friends - india.arie and Joe Sample (78)
  16. Coolaid - Snoop Dogg (86)
Billboard's #1 R&B/Hip Hop Album of the Year - Views - Drake

BLUES ALBUMS
  1. Dig in Deep - Bonnie Raitt (1)
  2. I Still Do - Eric Clapton (2)
  3. Let Me Get By - Tedeschi Trucks Band (4)
  4. Perfectamundo - Billy Gibbons and the BFG's (6)
  5. Memphis Rock and Roll - Melissa Etheridge (7)
  6. Born to Play Guitar - Buddy Guy (9)
  7. Pierced Arrow - The Rides (11)
  8. God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson - Various Artists (15)
JAZZ ALBUMS
  1. Ultimate Sinatra - Frank Sinatra (1)
  2. Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (3)
  3. Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin - Willie Nelson (4)
  4. Christmas With Friends - india.arie and Joe Sample (5)
  5. The Silver Lining: The Music of Jerome Kern - Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap (11)
  6. Bye Bye Blackbird (EP) - Frank Catalano, Jimmy Chamberlin, David Sanborn (12)
  7. God's Gonna Cut You Down (EP) - Frank Catalano, Jimmy Chamberlin (13)
  8. Ultimate Sinatra: The Centennial Collection - Frank Sinatra (14)
  9. Futuresoul - Boney James (16)
  10. A Very Swingin' Basie Christmas! - The Count Basey Orchestra (17)
  11. Wallflower - Diana Krall (18)
  12. American Tunes - Allan Toussaint (19)
  13. Everything's Beautiful - Miles Davis & Robert Glasper (22)
  14. Silver - Fourplay (23)
  15. A Voice on the Air: 1935-1955 - Frank Sinatra (25)

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