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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Biggest #1 Albums in U.S. Chart History

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Originally posted on Facebook on 11/15/10 and then at DavesMusicDatabase.com on 2/4/12. Updated 5/16/15.

This is a list of the #1 albums of all time according to the Billboard charts. Albums are listed in order of most weeks at #1. In the event of ties (of which there are many), the album ranking highest in Dave’s Music Database is listed first and so on. Also, the year listed is when the album was released or first charted. Consequently, it may not indicate the actual year in which the album peaked at #1.

69 weeks:

1. South Pacific (cast album, 1949)

54 weeks:

2. West Side Story (soundtrack, 1961)

42 weeks:

3. Mario Lanza…The Student Prince (soundtrack, 1954)

39 weeks:

4. Bing Crosby…Merry Christmas (aka ‘White Christmas’) (1945)

37 weeks:

5. Michael Jackson…Thriller (1982)

31 weeks:

6. Fleetwood Mac…Rumours (1977)
7. South Pacific (soundtrack, 1958)
8. Harry Belafonte…Calypso (1956)

25 weeks:

9. Al Jolson…Songs He Made Famous (1947)
10. Jane Froman…With a Song in My Heart (1952)

24 weeks:

11. Prince & the Revolution…Purple Rain (soundtrack, 1984)
12. Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)

23 weeks:

13. Adele…21 (2011)
14. Jackie Gleason…Music for Lovers Only (1952)

21 weeks:

15. M.C. Hammer…Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)

20 weeks:

16. The Bodyguard (soundtrack, 1992)
17. Elvis Presley…Blue Hawaii (soundtrack, 1961)

19 weeks:

18. Show Boat (soundtrack, 1951)
19. Mario Lanza…The Great Caruso (soundtrack, 1951)

18 weeks:

20. Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 1987)
21. Garth Brooks…Ropin’ the Wind (1991)
22. The Monkees…More of the Monkees (1967)

17 weeks:

23. The Police…Synchronicity (1983)
24. Billy Ray Cyrus…Some Gave All (1992)
25. Doris Day…Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
26. Danny Kaye…Hans Christian Andersen (1953)

16 weeks:

27. Titanic (soundtrack, 1997)
28. The Sound of Music (cast album, 1959)
29. An American in Paris (soundtrack, 1951)
30. Vanilla Ice…To the Extreme (1990)
31. Andy Williams…Days of Wine and Roses (1963)
32. Glenn Miller…Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (1945)

15 weeks:

33. The Beatles…Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
34. Pink Floyd…The Wall (1979)
35. Carole King…Tapestry (1971)
36. My Fair Lady (cast album, 1956)
37. REO Speedwagon…Hi Infidelity (1980)
38. Men at Work…Business as Usual (1981)
39. The Kingston Trio…At Large (1959)
40. Eddie Fisher…I’m in the Mood for Love (1952)

14 weeks:

41. Stevie Wonder…Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
42. The Beatles…A Hard Day’s Night (soundtrack, 1964)
43. Whitney Houston…Whitney Houston (1985)
44. Ray Charles…Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
45. Mary Poppins (soundtrack, 1964)
46. Bob Newhart…The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (1960)
47. Exodus (soundtrack, 1961)
48. Al Jolson…Volume Three (1948)

13 weeks:

49. Hair (cast album, 1967)
50. Judy Garland…Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)
51. The Monkees…The Monkees (1966)
52. Frozen (soundtrack, 2013)
53. Enoch Light with Terry Snyder & the All Stars…Persuasive Percussion (1960)

12 weeks:

54. Alanis Morissette…Jagged Little Pill (1995)
55. Grease (soundtrack, 1978)
56. George Michael…Faith (1987)
57. Santana…Supernatural (1999)
58. The Music Man (cast album, 1957)
59. Vaughn Meader…The First Family (1962)
60. Henry Mancini…Breakfast at Tiffany’s (soundtrack, 1961)
61. The Kingston Trio…Sold Out (1960)
62. High Society (cast album, 1956)
63. The King Cole Trio…The King Cole Trio (1945)

11 weeks:

64. The Beatles…Abbey Road (1969)
65. Whitney Houston…Whitney (1987)
66. Mariah Carey…Mariah Carey (1990)
67. Taylor Swift…Fearless (2008)
68. The Beatles…Meet the Beatles! (1964)
69. Taylor Swift…1989 (2014)
70. Miami Vice (TV soundtrack, 1985)
71. Lawrence Welk…Calcutta! (1961)
72. Doris Day with Harry James & His Orchestra…Young Man with a Horn (soundtrack, 1950)
73. Glenn Milller…Plays Selections from the Film ‘The Glenn Miller Story’ (1954)
74. Three Little Words (soundtrack, 1950)

10 weeks:

75. Simon & Garfunkel…Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
76. Peter Frampton…Frampton Comes Alive! (1975)
77. Elton John…Greatest Hits (1974)
78. Elvis Presley…Elvis Presley (aka ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’) (1956)
79. Backstreet Boys…Millenium (1999)
80. The Lion King (soundtrack, 1994)
81. Elvis Presley…G.I. Blues (soundtrack, 1960)
82. Foreigner…4 (1981)
83. Footloose (soundtrack, 1984)
84. Henry Mancini…The Music from Peter Gunn (soundtrack, 1959)
85. Paula Abdul…Forever Your Girl (1988)
86. Gigi (soundtrack, 1958)
87. Kiss Me, Kate (cast album, 1948)
88. Elvis Presley…Loving You (soundtrack, 1957)
89. Around the World in 80 Days (soundtrack, 1957)
90. The Singing Nun…The Singing Nun (1963)
91. Glenn Miller…The Glenn Miller Story (soundtrack, 1954)
92. The Kingston Trio…String Along (1960)
93. Al Jolson…Souvenir Album (1947)

9 weeks: *

94. The Beatles…The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
95. U2…The Joshua Tree (1987)
96. Dire Straits…Brothers in Arms (1985)
97. Creedence Clearwater Revival…Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
98. Janis Joplin…Pearl (1971)
99. Usher…Confessions (2004)
100. The Beatles…Help! (soundtrack, 1965)
101. The Beatles…Beatles ‘65 (1964)
102. No Doubt…Tragic Kingdom (1995)
103. Eagles…The Long Run (1979)
104. The Rolling Stones…Tattoo You (1981)
105. Asia…Asia (1982)
106. John (Cougar) Mellencamp…American Fool (1982)
107. Simon & Garfunkel…The Graduate (soundtrack, 1968)
108. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…What Now My Love (1966)
109. Frank Sinatra…Nice ‘N Easy (1960)
110. Chicago…Chicago V (1972)
111. various artists…Stars for a Summer Night (1961)

* More than 100 albums are listed so that all those albums which spent 9 weeks at the top could be listed.


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