Thursday, December 3, 2020

Top 100 Country Albums of All Time

First posted 3/17/2010; last updated 12/3/2020.

Country Music:

The Top 100 Albums

This was originally posted as a top 20 list on Facebook and then expanded for the DMDB blog. 38 lists (sources at bottom of page) focused on country albums were aggregated to create this list. Albums making 4 or more lists were ranked and averaged with their overall overall status in Dave’s Music Database.

Check out other best-of-genre/category lists here.

1. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (1968)
2. Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
3. Garth Brooks No Fences (1990)
4. Garth Brooks Ropin’ the Wind (1991)
5. Shania Twain Come on Over (1997)
6. Gram Parsons Grievous Angel (1974)
7. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
8. Willie Nelson Red-Headed Stranger (1975)
9. Various artists O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
10. The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

11. Johnny Cash At San Quentin (live, 1969)
12. Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces (1998)
13. Dixie Chicks Home (2002)
14. Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004)
15. Shania Twain The Woman in Me (1995)
16. Dixie Chicks Fly (1999)
17. Kenny Rogers The Gambler (1978)
18. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972)
19. Hank Williams 40 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1947-53, released 1978)
20. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)

21. Chris Stapleton Traveller (2015)
22. Johnny Cash American Recordings (1994)
23. The Flying Burrito Brothers The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)
24. Lady Antebellum Need You Now (2010)
25. Taylor Swift Speak Now (2010)
26. Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park (2013)
27. Garth Brooks In Pieces (1993)
28. Clint Black Killin’ Time (1989)
29. Billy Ray Cyrus Some Gave All (1992)
30. Garth Brooks The Hits (compilation: 1989-1993)

31. Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (compilation: 1977-80, released 1980)
32. Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)
33. Faith Hill Breathe (1999)
34. Taylor Swift Red (2012)
35. LeAnn Rimes Blue (1996)
36. Alan Jackson A Lot about Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love (1992)
37. Randy Travis Always and Forever (1987)
38. Alabama Mountain Music (1982)
39. Willie Nelson Always on My Mind (1982)
40. Randy Travis Storms of Life (1986)

41. Dolly Parton Coat of Many Colors (1971)
42. Waylon Jennings Honky Tonk Heroes (1973)
43. Garth Brooks Double Live (1998)
44. Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline (1969)
45. Taylor Swift Taylor Swift (2006)
46. Dwight Yoakam Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (1986)
47. Patsy Cline 12 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1957-63, released 1973)
48. Tim McGraw Not a Moment Too Soon (1994)
49. Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors (1973)
50. George Strait Blue Clear Sky (1996)

51. Steve Earle Guitar Town (1986)
52. Garth Brooks The Chase (1992)
53. Garth Brooks Sevens (1997)
54. Eric Church Chief (2011)
55. Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson (aka “Me and Bobby McGee”) (1970)
56. Gretchen Wilson Here for the Party (2004)
57. Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (1959)
58. Alabama The Closer You Get (1983)
59. Miranda Lambert Revolution (2009)
60. Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way (2006)

61. Grateful Dead American Beauty (1970)
62. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (2018)
63. Waylon Jennings Greatest Hits (compilation: 1968-78, released 1979)
64. Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball (1995)
65. Brad Paisley Time Well Wasted (2005)
66. John Denver Back Home Again (1974)
67. Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (2016)
68. Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, & Jessi Colter Wanted! The Outlaws (1976)
69. Toby Keith Shock ‘n Y’all (2003)
70. Jason Aldean My Kinda Party (2011)

71. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou Harris Trio (1987)
72. Shania Twain Up! (2002)
73. Elvis Presley Moody Blue (1977)
74. Alabama Feels So Right (1981)
75. Alan Jackson Drive (2002)
76. Brooks & Dunn Brand New Man (1991)
77. Lyle Lovett Pontiac (1987)
78. Buck Owens & His Buckaroos Carnegie Hall Concert (live, 1966)
79. Tim McGraw Greatest Hits (compilation: 1994-99, released 2000)
80. Miranda Lambert Platinum (2014)

81. Kenny Chesney When the Sun Goes Down (2004)
82. Loretta Lynn Coal Miner’s Daughter (soundtrack, 1980)
83. George Jones I Am What I Am (1980)
84. Alan Jackson Greatest Hits Volume 2 and Some Other Stuff (compilation: 1996-2003, released 2003)
85. Tammy Wynette D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1968)
86. Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007)
87. Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman (1968)
88. Garth Brooks Garth Brooks (1989)
89. Alan Jackson Greatest Hits Collection (compilation: 1990-95, released 1995)
90. Luke Bryan Crash My Party (2013)

91. Patsy Cline Showcase (1962)
92. Tammy Wynette Stand by Your Man (1969)
93. Willie Nelson Stardust (1978)
94. Alabama Greatest Hits (compilation: 1980-86, released 1986)
95. Alabama Roll On (1984)
96. Tim McGraw Everywhere (1997)
97. Rosanne Cash Seven Year Ache (1981)
98. Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (2014)
99. Kenny Rogers Kenny (1979)
100. Uncle Tupelo No Depression (1990)


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Country Music: Albums of the Year

First posted 9/16/2020; updated 12/3/2020.

Country Music:

Albums of the Year

Since 1967, both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association have handed out awards for Album of the Year. The Grammys gave a country album award in 1965 and 1966, but then discontinued it until 1995. The American Music Awards have given out a Country Album of the Year award since 1974. Finally, Dave’s Music Database has acknowledged the best country album of the year since 1965. This page will show which albums won for any of the four awards each year.

Check out other annual picks for album of the year here.

2019:
  • ACM: Luke Combs What You See Is What You Get
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty
  • CMA: Maren Morris Girl
  • DMDB: Various Artists Country Music (box set: 1928-2002)
  • Grammy: Tanya Tucker While I’m Living

2018:
2017:
  • ACM: Chris Stapleton From a Room: Volume 1
  • AMA: Keith Urban Ripcord
  • CMA: Chris Stapleton From a Room: Volume 1
  • DMDB: Luke Combs This One’s for You
  • Grammy: Chris Stapleton From a Room: Volume 1

2016:
  • ACM: Miranda Lambert The Weight of These Wings
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Storyteller
  • CMA: Eric Church Mr. Misunderstood
  • DMDB: Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  • Grammy: Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

2015:
  • ACM: Chris Stapleton Traveler
  • AMA: Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes
  • CMA: Chris Stapleton Traveler
  • DMDB: Chris Stapleton Traveler
  • Grammy: Chris Stapleton Traveler

2014:
  • ACM: Miranda Lambert Platinum
  • AMA: Brantley Gilbert Just As I Am
  • CMA: Miranda Lambert Platinum
  • DMDB: Miranda Lambert Platinum
  • Grammy: Miranda Lambert Platinum

2013:
  • ACM: Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park
  • AMA: Taylor Swift Red
  • CMA: Blake Shelton Based on a True Story
  • DMDB: Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park
  • Grammy: Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park

2012:
  • ACM: Eric Church Chief
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Blown Away
  • CMA: Eric Church Chief
  • DMDB: Taylor Swift Red
  • Grammy: Zac Brown Band Uncaged

2011:
  • ACM: Miranda Lambert For the Record
  • AMA: Taylor Swift Speak Now
  • CMA: Jason Aldean My Kind of Party
  • DMDB: Jason Aldean My Kind of Party
  • Grammy: Lady Antebellum Own the Night

2010:
  • ACM: Lady Antebellum Need You Now
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Play On
  • CMA: Miranda Lambert Revolution
  • DMDB: Taylor Swift Speak Now
  • Grammy: Lady Antebellum Need You Now

2009:
  • ACM: Miranda Lambert Revolution
  • AMA: Taylor Swift Fearless
  • CMA: Taylor Swift Fearless
  • DMDB: Miranda Lambert Revolution
  • Grammy: Taylor Swift Fearless

2008:
  • ACM: Taylor Swift Fearless
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride
  • CMA: George Strait Troubadour
  • DMDB: Taylor Swift Fearless
  • Grammy: George Strait Troubadour

2007:
  • ACM: Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Some Hearts
  • CMA: George Strait It Just Comes Natural
  • DMDB: Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Grammy: Vince Gill These Days

2006:
2005:
  • ACM: Brad Paisey Time Well Wasted
  • AMA: Tim McGraw Live Like You Were Dying
  • CMA: Lee Ann Womack There’s More Where That Came From
  • DMDB: Carrie Underwood Some Hearts
  • Grammy: Alison Krauss & Union Station Lonely Runs Both Ways

2004:
  • ACM: Keith Urban Be Here
  • AMA: Toby Keith Shock’n Y’All
  • CMA: Kenny Chesney When the Sun Goes Down
  • DMDB: Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose
  • Grammy: Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose

2003:
  • ACM: Toby Keith Shock’n Y’All
  • AMA: Dixie Chicks Home
  • AMA: Toby Keith Unleashed
  • CMA: Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around
  • DMDB: Toby Keith Shock’n Y’All
  • Grammy: Various Artists Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers

2002:
  • ACM: Alan Jackson Drive
  • AMA: Tim McGraw Set This Circus Down
  • CMA: Alan Jackson Drive
  • DMDB: Dixie Chicks Home
  • Grammy: Dixie Chicks Home

2001:
2000:
1999:
  • ACM: Dixie Chicks Fly
  • AMA: Garth Brooks Sevens
  • CMA: Tim McGraw A Place in the Sun
  • DMDB: Dixie Chicks Fly
  • Grammy: Dixie Chicks Fly

1998:
1997:
  • ACM: George Strait Carrying Your Love with Me
  • AMA: George Strait Blue Clear Sky
  • CMA: George Strait Carrying Your Love with Me
  • DMDB: Shania Twain Come on Over
  • Grammy: Johnny Cash American II: Unchained

1996:
  • ACM: George Strait Blue Clear Sky
  • AMA: Garth Brooks The Hits (compilation: 1989-93, released 1994)
  • CMA: George Strait Blue Clear Sky
  • DMDB: LeAnn Rimes Blue
  • Grammy: Lyle Lovett The Road to Ensenada

1995:
1994:
  • ACM: Tim McGraw Not a Moment Too Soon
  • AMA: Alan Jackson A Lot About Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love
  • CMA: Various Artists Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles
  • DMDB: Johnny Cash American Recordings
  • Grammy: Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Stones in the Road

1993:
  • ACM: Alan Jackson A Lot About Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love
  • AMA: Reba McEntire For My Broken Heart
  • CMA: Vince Gill I Still Believe in You
  • DMDB: Garth Brooks In Pieces

1992:
1991:
  • ACM: Alan Jackson Don’t Rock the Jukebox
  • AMA: Reba McEntire Reba Live (live)
  • CMA: Garth Brooks No Fences
  • DMDB: Garth Brooks Ropin’ the Wind

1990:
  • ACM: Garth Brooks No Fences
  • AMA: Randy Travis Old 8 x 10
  • CMA: Kentucky Headhunters Pickin’ on Nashville
  • DMDB: Garth Brooks No Fences

1989:
  • ACM: Clint Black Killin’ Time
  • AMA: Randy Travis Always and Forever
  • CMA: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. 2
  • DMDB: Clint Black Killin’ Time

1988:
  • ACM: K.T. Oslin This Woman
  • AMA: Randy Travis Always and Forever
  • CMA: Hank Williams Jr. Born to Boogie
  • DMDB: Lyle Lovett Pontiac

1987:
  • ACM: Dolly Parton with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris Trio
  • AMA: Alabama Greatest Hits (compilation: 1980-86, released 1986)
  • CMA: Randy Travis Always and Forever
  • DMDB: Randy Travis Always and Forever

1986:
  • ACM: Randy Travis Storms of Life
  • AMA: Alabama 40 Hour Week
  • CMA: Ronnie Milsap Lost in the Fifties Tonight
  • DMDB: Steve Earle Guitar Town

1985:
  • ACM: George Strait Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?
  • AMA: Kenny Rogers Eyes That See in the Dark
  • CMA: George Strait Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?
  • DMDB: Alabama 40 Hour Week

1984:
  • ACM: Alabama Roll On
  • AMA: Alabama The Closer You Get
  • CMA: Anne Murray A Little Good News
  • DMDB: Alabama Roll On

1983:
  • ACM: Alabama The Closer You Get
  • AMA: Willie Nelson Always on My Mind
  • CMA: Alabama The Closer You Get
  • DMDB: Alabama The Closer You Get

1982:
1981:
  • ACM: Alabama Feels So Right
  • AMA: Kenny Rogers The Gambler
  • CMA: Don Williams I Believe in You
  • DMDB: Alabama Feels So Right

1980:
  • ACM: Urban Cowboy soundtrack
  • AMA: Kenny Rogers The Gambler
  • CMA: Loretta Lynn Coal Miner’s Daughter soundtrack
  • DMDB: Loretta Lynn Coal Miner’s Daughter soundtrack

1979:
  • ACM: Larry Gatlin Straight Ahead
  • AMA: Kenny Rogers Ten Years of Gold (compilation: 1967-77, released 1978)
  • CMA: Kenny Rogers The Gambler
  • DMDB: Kenny Rogers Kenny

1978:
  • ACM: The Oak Ridge Boys Y’All Come Back Saloon
  • AMA: Dolly Parton New Harvest…First Gathering
  • CMA: Ronnie Milsap It Was Almost Like a Song
  • DMDB: Kenny Rogers The Gambler

1977:
  • ACM: Kenny Rogers Kenny Rogers
  • AMA: Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy
  • CMA: Ronnie Milsap Live
  • DMDB: Elvis Presley Moody Blue

1976:
  • ACM: Mickey Gilley Gilley’s Smoking
  • AMA: John Denver Back Home Again
  • CMA: Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, & Jessi Colter Wanted! The Outlaws
  • DMDB: Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, & Jessi Colter Wanted! The Outlaws

1975:
  • ACM: Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn Feelins’
  • AMA: Olivia Newton-John Let Me Be There
  • CMA: Ronnie Milsap A Legend in My Time
  • DMDB: Willie Nelson Red-Headed Stranger

1974:
  • ACM: John Denver Back Home Again
  • AMA: Charley Pride A Sunshiny Day with Charley Pride
  • CMA: Charlie Rich Very Special Love Songs
  • DMDB: Gram Parsons Grievous Angel

1973:
  • ACM: Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors
  • CMA: Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors
  • DMDB: Gram Parsons G.P.

1972:
  • ACM: Donna Fargo The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.
  • CMA: Merle Haggard Let Me Tell You About a Song
  • DMDB: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken

1971:
  • ACM: Freddie Hart Easy Loving
  • CMA: Ray Price I Won’t Mention It Again
  • DMDB: Dolly Parton Coat of Many Colors

1970:
  • ACM: Ray Price For the Good Times
  • CMA: Merle Haggard Okie from Muskogee
  • DMDB: Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson (aka “Me and Bobby McGee”)

1969:
1968:
1967:
  • ACM: Glen Campbell Gentle on My Mind
  • CMA: Jack Greene There Goes My Everything
  • DMDB: Glen Campbell By the Time I Get to Phoenix

1966:
  • DMDB: Buck Owens Carnegie Hall Concert
  • Grammy: Roger Miller The Return of Roger Miller

1965:
  • DMDB: Eddy Arnold My World
  • Grammy: Roger Miller Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Top 100 R&B/Soul Albums of All Time

First posted 8/11/2011; last updated 12/2/2020.

R&B/Soul:

The Top 100 Albums

This list was devised by aggregating more than 50 best-of lists focused on R&B and soul albums. These figures were averaged with the albums’ overall status in Dave’s Music Database to create this list. Note: there are references in the comments section to albums no longer on this list because of revisions.

Check out other best-of-genre/category lists here.

1. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)
2. Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
3. Stevie Wonder Innervisions (1973)
4. Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
5. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
6. James Brown Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, 1962)
7. Aretha Franklin I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
8. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)
9. Sly & the Family Stone There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)
10. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (1984)

11. Otis Redding Otis Blue (1965)
12. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
13. Aretha Franklin Lady Soul (1968)
14. Curtis Mayfield Superfly (1972)
15. Stevie Wonder Talking Book (1972)
16. Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (1985)
17. Usher Confessions (2004)
18. Boyz II Men II (1994)
19. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
20. Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On (1973)

21. Various artists (Whitney Houston et al) The Bodyguard (soundtrack, 1992)
22. Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
23. TLC Crazy Sexy Cool (1994)
24. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
25. Parliament Mothership Connection (1976)
26. Janet Jackson Control (1986)
27. Bobby Brown Don’t Be Cruel (1988)
28. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
29. Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul (1969)
30. Al Green I’m Still in Love with You (1972)

31. Michael Jackson Dangerous (1991)
32. Sly & the Family Stone Stand! (1969)
33. Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
34. Michael Jackson Bad (1987)
35. Earth, Wind & Fire That’s the Way of the World (1975)
36. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
37. Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (1983)
38. D’Angelo Brown Sugar (1995)
39. Erykah Badu Baduizm (1997)
40. Prince 1999 (1982)

41. Anita Baker Rapture (1986)
42. Beyoncé Lemonade (2016)
43. Toni Braxton Toni Braxton (1993)
44. Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove (1978)
45. Beyoncé Beyoncé (2013)
46. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (2003)
47. Al Green Let’s Stay Together (1972)
48. Alicia Keys The Diary of… (2003)
49. Al Green Call Me (1973)
50. Destiny’s Child The Writing’s on the Wall (1999)

51. Various Artists (Bee Gees et al) Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
52. Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974)
53. War The World Is a Ghetto (1972)
54. Mary J. Blige What’s the 411? (1992)
55. Various Artists (Whitney Houston et al) Waiting to Exhale (soundtrack, 1995)
56. Mariah Carey Mariah Carey (1990)
57. Toni Braxton Secrets (1996)
58. D’Angelo & the Vanguard Black Messiah (2014)
59. Janet Jackson janet. (1993)
60. Isaac Hayes Shaft (soundtrack, 1971)

61. Mary J. Blige My Life (1994)
62. R. Kelly 12 Play (1993)
63. Curtis Mayfield Curtis (1970)
64. Funkadelic Maggot Brain (1971)
65. Etta James Tell Mama (1968)
66. Stevie Wonder Hotter Than July (1980)
67. Maxwell Urban Hang Suite (1996)
68. Rick James Street Songs (1981)
69. Boyz II Men Cooleyhighharmony (1991)
70. The Isley Brothers 3 + 3 (1973)

71. Mariah Carey Daydream (1995)
72. Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis (1969)
73. Sly & the Family Stone Fresh (1973)
74. En Vogue Funky Divas (1992)
75. Mariah Carey Butterfly (1997)
76. Mary J. Blige The Breakthrough (2005)
77. Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club (aka “One Night Stand”) (live, 1963)
78. The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness (2015)
79. Al Green Greatest Hits (1975)
80. Natalie Cole Unforgettable…With Love (1991)

81. Gladys Knight & the Pips Imagination (1973)
82. Beyoncé I Am…Sasha Fierce (2008)
83. Bill Withers Still Bill (1972)
84. Prince Dirty Mind (1980)
85. Jill Scott Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (2000)
86. James Brown Sex Machine (live, 1970)
87. Sade Diamond Life (1984)
88. Sade Promise (1985)
89. The O’Jays Ship Ahoy (1973)
90. Bruno Mars 24K Magic (2016)

91. The Miracles Going to a Go-Go (1965)
92. Jodeci Forever My Lady (1991)
93. Soul II Soul Club Classics Vol. I (aka “Keep on Movin’”) (1989)
94. Otis Redding The Dock of the Bay (1968)
95. Diana Ross Diana (1980)
96. Guy Guy (1988)
97. Donny Hathaway Everything Is Everything (1970)
98. Sam Cooke Night Beat (1963)
99. Maxwell Black Summer’s Night (2009)
100. Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear (1978)


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Monday, November 30, 2020

R&B: Albums of the Year

First posted 11/30/2020.

R&B:

Albums of the Year

This page consolidates the R&B Album of the Year awards as given by the American Music Awards (1974-present), the Grammys (1995-present), and Soul Train (1997-2004, 2009-present). The Grammys also had a Best Contemporary R&B Album category (2003-2011) and Best Progressive R&B Award (2013-present). Also included is the album each year from 1967 to present which rates highest in Dave’s Music Database.

Check out other annual picks for album of the year here.

2020:
  • AMA: The Weeknd After Hours
  • DMDB: The Weeknd After Hours
  • Grammy: Anderson.Paak Ventura
  • Grammy – Progressive: Lizzo Cuz I Love You
  • Soul Train: Summer Walker Over It
2019:
  • AMA: Khalid Free Spirit
  • DMDB: Lizzo Cuz I Love You
  • Grammy: H.E.R. H.E.R.
  • Grammy – Progressive: The Carters (Jay-Z & Beyoncé) Everything Is Love
  • Soul Train: Lizzo Cuz I Love You
2018:
  • AMA: XXXTentacion 17
  • DMDB: Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer
  • Grammy: Bruno Mars 24K Magic
  • Grammy – Progressive: The Weeknd Starboy
  • Soul Train: H.E.R. H.E.R.
2017:
  • AMA: Bruno Mars 24K Magic
  • DMDB: Kendrick Lamar Damn.
  • Grammy: Lalah Hathaway Lalah Hathaway Live
  • Grammy – Progressive: Beyoncé Lemonade
  • Soul Train: Bruno Mars 24K Magic
2016:
  • AMA: Rihanna Anti
  • DMDB: Beyoncé Lemonade
  • Grammy: D’Angelo & the Vanguard Black Messiah
  • Grammy – Progressive: The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
  • Soul Train: Beyoncé Lemonade
2015:
  • AMA: The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
  • DMDB: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
  • Grammy: Toni Braxton & Babyface Love, Marriage & Divorce
  • Grammy – Progressive: Pharrell Williams GIRL
  • Soul Train: The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
2014:
  • AMA: Beyoncé Beyoncé
  • DMDB: D’Angelo & the Vanguard Black Messiah
  • Grammy: Alicia Keys Girl on Fire
  • Grammy – Progressive: Rihanna Unapologetic
  • Soul Train: Beyoncé Beyoncé
2013:
  • AMA: Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
  • DMDB: Beyoncé Beyoncé
  • Grammy: Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio
  • Grammy – Progressive: Frank Ocean Channel Orange
  • Soul Train: Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City
2012: 2011:
  • AMA: Rihanna Loud
  • DMDB: Beyoncé 4
  • Grammy: John Legend & the Roots Wake Up!
  • Grammy – Contemporary: Usher Raymond v. Raymond
  • Soul Train: Chris Brown F.A.M.E.
2010:
  • AMA: Usher Raymond v. Raymond
  • DMDB: Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
  • Grammy: Maxwell Black Summer’s Night
  • Grammy – Contemporary: Beyoncé I Am…Sasha Fierce
  • Soul Train: Usher Raymond v. Raymond
2009:
  • AMA: Michael Jackson Number Ones
  • DMDB: Maxwell Black Summer’s Night
  • Grammy: Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson
  • Grammy – Contemporary: Mary J. Blige Growing Pains
  • Soul Train: Beyoncé I Am…Sasha Fierce
2008:
  • AMA: Alicia Keys As I Am
  • DMDB: Beyoncé I Am…Sasha Fierce
  • Grammy: Chaka Khan Funk This
  • Grammy – Contemporary: Ne-Yo Because of You
2007: 2006: 2005: 2004: 2003: 2002: 2001:
  • AMA: Toni Braxton The Heat
  • DMDB: Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor
  • Grammy: D’Angelo Voodoo
  • Soul Train: Dr. Dre 2001
2000: 1999: 1998: 1997: 1996: 1995: 1994:
  • AMA: Various Artists (Whitney Houston et al) The Bodyguard (soundtrack)
  • DMDB: Boyz II Men II
1993: 1992:
  • AMA: Luther Vandross Power of Love
  • DMDB: Various Artists (Whitney Houston et al) The Bodyguard (soundtrack)
1991: 1990: 1989: 1988: 1987: 1986:
  • AMA: Kool & the Gang Emergency
  • DMDB: Janet Jackson Control
1985: 1984: 1983: 1982:
  • AMA: Rick James Street Songs
  • DMDB: Michael Jackson Thriller
1981: 1980: 1979: 1978: 1977: 1976: 1975: 1974: 1973: 1972: 1971: 1970: 1969:
  • DMDB: Sly & the Family Stone Stand!
1968: 1967:

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Pop: Top 100 Albums

First posted 11/22/2020; updated 11/29/2020.

Pop:

The Top 100 Albums

There are no inarguable terms to define rock music – or R&B, or country, or dance, or any other genre. Perhaps the most baffling, though, is pop music. Why? Because it’s an amalgam of all other genres. Just take a glance at the top ten on this list. Michael Jackson shows up with a couple of R&B/dance-oriented albums. Fleetwood Mac makes an appearance with classic rock. The Bee Gees and others give us their spin on disco. Carole King shows why she reigned supreme at the forefront of the singer/songwriter movement of the ‘70s. Alanis Morissette serves up a slice the kind of alternative rock which became mainstream in the ‘90s while Adele gives us a dose of blue-eyed British soul.

About the only rules for the albums that make this top 100 pop list are that the album be big. Maybe it was a monster on the album chart, racking up weeks and weeks at #1, like Thriller or Adele’s 21. Maybe it never topped the chart, like Shania Twain’s Come on Over, but sold tens of millions of copies. Maybe it did like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and stayed on the charts for hundreds of weeks.

Some of these albums, like George Michael’s Faith or Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, threw multiple songs to the top of the pop charts. Others never landed a #1 song, but put song after song in the top 10 (Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A.. In some cases, an album didn’t chart any songs at all (The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s), but were still blockbusters.

It is worth noting that more than a third of these albums were released in the ‘80s and then another 41 since the ‘80s, leaving only 23 pre-‘80s albums (10 in the ‘60s and 13 in the ‘70s). Why so many in the ‘80s? Thriller. Michael Jackson showed the world that an album could be milked for hits for a year or more and dozens of artists followed in that trajectory before the trend slowed in the 21st century.

Welcome to the world of pop music. All the different ingredients described above have been factored in – as well as an aggregate of a handful of lists focused on the best pop albums of all time (see sources at bottom of page) – to create the list you have before you. Hopefully there’s something here to fit your tastes. After all, pop is the great equalizer. It can bring disparate groups together because of a shared love of a particular album. Without further ado, here’s the top 100 pop albums of all time, as determined by Dave’s Music Database.

Check out other best-of-genre/category lists here.

1. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
2. George Michael Faith (1987)
3. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
4. Various artists (Bee Gees et al) Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
5. Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (1985)
6. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (1984)
7. Carole King Tapestry (1971)
8. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)
9. Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995)
10. Adele 21 (2011)

11. Shania Twain Come on Over (1997)
12. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
13. Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
14. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
15. Various artists (Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta et al) Grease (1978)
16. Def Leppard Hysteria (1987)
17. Taylor Swift 1989 (2014)
18. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
19. Usher Confessions (2004)
20. Madonna Like a Virgin (1984)

21. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
22. Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
23. Various artists (Whitney Houston et al) The Bodyguard (soundtrack, 1992)
24. Michael Jackson Bad (1987)
25. Various artists Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 1987)
26. Michael Jackson Dangerous (1991)
27. Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1985)
28. Lady Gaga The Fame (2008)
29. Whitney Houston Whitney (1987)
30. Mariah Carey Mariah Carey (1990)

31. Boyz II Men II (1994)
32. Mariah Carey Daydream (1995)
33. Janet Jackson janet. (1993)
34. Janet Jackson Control (1986)
35. Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (1983)
36. Spice Girls Spice (1996)
37. Madonna Like a Prayer (1989)
38. Tina Turner Private Dancer (1984)
39. Madonna True Blue (1986)
40. Katy Perry Teenage Dream (2010)

41. TLC Crazy Sexy Cool (1994)
42. Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl (1988)
43. Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox (2012)
44. Rihanna Loud (2010)
45. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
46. Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
47. Blondie Parallel Lines (1978)
48. Santana Supernatural (1999)
49. Mariah Carey Music Box (1993)
50. Celine Dion Falling into You (1996)

51. Taylor Swift Red (2012)
52. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (2003)
53. Backstreet Boys Millennium (1999)
54. Ace of Base The Sign (1993)
55. Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (2009)
56. Kelly Clarkson Breakaway (2004)
57. Lady Gaga Born This Way (2011)
58. INXS Kick (1987)
59. Destiny’s Child Survivor (2001)
60. Milli Vanilli Girl You Know It’s True (aka All or Nothing) (1989)

61. New Kids on the Block Hangin’ Tough (1988)
62. Wham! Make It Big (1984)
63. Fergie The Dutchess (2006)
64. Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips (1990)
65. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
66. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
67. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
68. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
69. Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985)
70. The Police Synchronicity (1983)

71. Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet (1986)
72. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
73. Billy Joel The Stranger (1977)
74. Britney Spears …Baby One More Time (1999)
75. Phil Collins …But Seriously (1989)
76. Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual (1983)
77. Foreigner 4 (1981)
78. Bobby Brown Don’t Be Cruel (1988)
79. Huey Lewis & the News Sports (1983)
80. Bon Jovi New Jersey (1988)

81. Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera (1999)
82. Huey Lewis & the News Fore! (1986)
83. T.I. Paper Trail (2008)
84. Ke$ha Animal (2010)
85. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
86. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987)
87. The Beatles Rubber Soul (1965)
88. Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)
89. Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
90. Paul Simon Graceland (1986)

91. The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
92. Adele 25 (2015)
93. M.C. Hammer Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)
94. Madonna Ray of Light (1998)
95. The Beatles Please Please Me (1963)
96. Drake Views (2016)
97. Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
98. Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present & Future – Book I (1995)
99. Bee Gees Spirits Having Flown (1979)
100. Various Artists (Whitney Houston et al) Waiting to Exhale (soundtrack, 1995)


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