The Biggest of 2017: Billboard Reveals the Top Music of the Year

by VVN Music

When all is said and done, it has been a pretty decent year for veteran artists in the world of music.

While only a few new releases by those artists struck a chord (albums by Jay-Z, Linkin Park, The Rolling Stones, Kenny Chesney, Gorillaz), there were many more from previous years that sold well throughout the year.

The biggest album of the year by a veteran artist was actually released in 2016, Metallica's Hardwired...To Self Destruct which came in at 12 overall. The second biggest, Keith Urban's Ripcord (#27) was from the same year.

The biggest that was actually released in 2017 was Jay-Z's 4:44 which came in at 36. The second Guardians of the Galaxy mix of 70's songs was at 43.

Overall, 41 of the top 200 was by a veteran artist with Garth Brooks and Eminem each having three while Metallica, Beyonce, Linkin Park and The Beatles each having two.

Also of note is the age of a few of the top selling albums of the year.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles (#141) is 50 years old, Abbey Road by the Beatles (#138) is 48 years old, Chronicle by Creedence Clearwater Revival (#133) is 41 years old, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac (#155) is 40 years old and Legend by Bob Marley & the Wailers (#73) is 33 years old.

For each of the charts, here are the top three with veteran artists that charted lower:

Billboard 200 Albums
  • 001. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 002. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  • 003. Starboy - The Weeknd
  • 012. Hardwired...To Self Destruct - Metallica
  • 027. Ripcord - Keith Urban
  • 036. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 043. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists
  • 071. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 073. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • 075. The Eminem Show - Eminem
  • 076. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem
  • 078. Greatest Hits - 2Pac
  • 082. This is Acting - Sia
  • 090. One More Light - Linkin Park
  • 092. Greatest Hits - Journey
  • 094. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 095. Metallica (Black Album) - Metallica
  • 111. Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
  • 116. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • 125. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists
  • 126. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson
  • 132. Live in No Shoes Nation - Kenny Chesney
  • 133. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • 135. Greatest Hits I, II & III - Queen
  • 138. Abbey Road - Beatles
  • 139. Humanz - Gorillaz
  • 140. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses
  • 141. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
  • 146. Christmas - Michael Buble
  • 147. The Ultimate Collection - Garth Brooks
  • 149. 1 - Beatles
  • 155. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
  • 158. 4Ever - Prince
  • 165. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 168. Recovery - Eminem
  • 169. Greatest Hits - Notorious B.I.G.
  • 177. Concrete & Gold - Foo Fighters
  • 178. [Hybrid Theory] - Linkin Park
  • 183. Nevermind - Nirvana
  • 185. Christmas Together - Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
  • 188. Now - Shania Twain
  • 196. Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope - Reba McEntire
  • 197. Beyonce - Beyonce
  • 198. The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks
Hot 100 Songs
  • 01. "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
  • 02. "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
  • 03. "That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars
  • 20. "Starboy" - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
  • 34. "I Feel It Coming" - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
  • 49. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake
  • 50. "Mi Gente" - J Balvin & Willy William Featuring Beyonce
  • 74. "Feels" - Calvin Harris Featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean
  • 100. "The Fighter" - Keith Urban Featuring Carrie Underwood
Top 40 Rock Albums
  • 01. Hardwired...To Self Destruct - Metallica
  • 02. Evolve - Imagine Dragons
  • 03. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
  • 04. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists
  • 07. One More Light - Linkin Park
  • 09. Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
  • 10. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • 11. Greatest Hits - Journey
  • 14. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists
  • 15. Humaz - Gorillaz
  • 16. Metallica (Black Album) - Metallica
  • 18. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
  • 19. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • 20. [Hybrid Theory] - Linkin Park
  • 21. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses
  • 22. Greatest Hits I, II & III - Queen
  • 23. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
  • 25. 1 - Beatles
  • 27. Abbey Road - Beatles
  • 28. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 29. Concrete & Gold - Foo Fighters
  • 30. Nevermind - Nirvana
  • 36. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 39. Back in Black - AC/DC
Top 20 Hard Rock Albums
  • 01. Hardwired...To Self Destruct - Metallica
  • 02. Metallica - Metallica
  • 03. [Hybrid Theory] - Linkin Park
  • 04. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses
  • 05. Greatest Hits I, II & III - Queen
  • 06. Concrete & Gold - Foo Fighters
  • 08. Greatest Hits - Journey
  • 09. Mothership - Led Zeppelin
  • 10. Back in Black - AC/DC
  • 11. Greatest Hits - Foo Fighters
  • 13. Meteora - Linkin Park
  • 14. ...and Justice For All - Metallica
  • 15. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 16. Masters of Puppets - Metallica
  • 17. Greatest Hits - Aerosmith
  • 18. Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection - Bon Jovi
  • 19. Feed the Machine - Nickelback
  • 20. Greatest Hits - Queen
Top 20 Americana/Folk Albums
  • 01. Traveller - Chris Stapleton
  • 02. From a Room: Volume 1 - Chris Stapleton
  • 03. Cleopatra - Lumaneers
  • 08. Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel
  • 17. Windy City - Alison Krauss
  • 18. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
Top 40 Country Albums
  • 01. Traveller - Chris Stapleton
  • 02. From a Room: Volume 1 - Chris Stapleton
  • 03. Ripcord - Keith Urban
  • 18. Live in No Shoes Nation - Kenny Chesney
  • 21. The Ultimate Collection - Garth Brooks
  • 30. Cosmic Hallelujah - Garth Brooks
  • 31. Christmas Together - Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
  • 33. Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope - Reba McEntire
  • 34. Now - Shania Twain
  • 36. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash
  • 39. The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks
Top 40 Country Songs
  • 01. "Body Like a Back Road" - Sam Hunt
  • 02. "In Case You Didn't Know" - Brett Young
  • 03. "Hurricane" - Luke Combs
  • 07. "The Fighter" - Keith Urban Featuring Carrie Underwood
  • 13. "Blue Ain't Your Color" - Keith Urban
  • 14. "God, Your Mama, and Me" - Florida Georgia Line Featuring Backstreet Boys
  • 32. "If I Told You" - Darius Rucker
  • 39. "All the Pretty Girls" - Kenny Chesney
Top 15 Bluegrass Albums
  • 01. Windy City - Alison Krauss
  • 02. Call Me Old Fashioned - Bradley Walker
  • 03. 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde - Old Crow Medicine Show
  • 04. Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • 05. Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars - Dwight Yoakam
  • 06. The Long Awaited Album - Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
  • 07. Way Out West - Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
  • 10. Bidin' My Time - Chris Hillman
  • 11. American Grandstand - Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary
Top 25 R&B Albums
  • 01. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
  • 02. Starboy - The Weeknd
  • 03. American Teen - Khalid
  • 08. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 13. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • 17. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson
  • 19. 4Ever - Prince
  • 21. Beyonce - Beyonce
  • 22. I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
  • 23. Strength of a Woman - Mary J. Blige
  • 24. Thriller - Michael Jackson
Top 25 R&B Songs
  • 01. "That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars
  • 02. "Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled Featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
  • 03. "25K Magic" - Bruno Mars
  • 04. "Starboy" - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
  • 06. "I Feel It Coming" - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
  • 12. "Feels" - Calvin Harris Featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean
  • 15. "Party" - Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Gucci Mane
  • 20. "Shining" - DJ Khaled Featuring Beyonce & Jay-Z
Top 25 Blues Albums
  • 01. Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
  • 02. TajMo - Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo'
  • 03. Chuck - Chuck Berry
  • 04. Roots of Blues - Various Artists
  • 05. Live From the Fox Oakland - Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • 06. Lay It On Down - Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
  • 07. Blues of Desperation - Joe Bonamassa
  • 09. Live at Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening - Joe Bonamassa
  • 10. Live at the Greek Theatre - Joe Bonamassa
  • 11. MEmphis Rock & Soul - Melissa Etheridge
  • 12. I Still Do - Eric Clapton
  • 14. Fire on the Floor - Beth Hart
  • 15. Dig in Deep - Bonnie Raitt
Top 25 Dance/Electronic Albums
  • 01. Memories: Do Not Open - Chainsmokers
  • 02. Collage (EP) - Chainsmokers
  • 03. Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 - Calvin Harris
  • 07. Demon Days - Gorillaz
  • 17. Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
Top 25 Dance Club Songs
  • 01. "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
  • 02. "Be the One" - Dua Lipa
  • 03. "Love on the Brain" - Rihanna
  • 04. "Let the World Be Ours Tonight" - Deborah Cox
  • 07. "Move Your Body" - Sia

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