Thursday, March 29, 2012

The All-Time Top 100 Albums According to Billboard








Billboard magazine has long been the leading authority in the music industry when it comes to charting music. They provide a means of gauging quantifiable success of music. The DMDB has aggregated five different Billboard lists which measure the best albums of all time based on various factors such as weeks on the chart, weeks at #1, and sales. See the resources at the bottom of the page. But now – here’s the list:





1. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
2. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
3. Whitney Houston/various artists The Bodyguard (soundtrack, 1992)
4. Carole King Tapestry (1971)
5. The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
6. Bee Gees/various artists Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
7. Garth Brooks Ropin’ the Wind (1991)
8. Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (1985)
9. MC Hammer Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)
10. Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)





11. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
12. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
13. South Pacific (cast album, 1949)
14. West Side Story (soundtrack, 1961)
15. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (soundtrack, 1984)
16. My Fair Lady (cast album, 1956)
17. The Sound of Music (cast album, 1959)
18. Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 1987)
19. The Music Man (cast album, 1957)
20. Hair (cast album, 1967)





21. Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl (1988)
22. Gigi (soundtrack, 1958)
23. Mary Poppins (soundtrack, 1964)
24. The Kingston Trio At Large (1959)
25. Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995)
26. Andy Williams Days of Wine and Roses (1963)
27. Mariah Carey Mariah Carey (1990)
28. REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity (1980)
29. Santana Supernatural (1999)
30. Henry Mancini Music from Peter Gunn (soundtrack, 1959)




31. Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
32. Foreigner 4 (1981)
33. Mariah Carey Music Box (1993)
34. E Greatest Hits (1974)
35. Eagles Hotel California (1976)
36. Elvis Presley G.I. Blues (soundtrack, 1960)
37. Harry Belafonte Calypso (1956)
38. Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii (soundtrack, 1961)
39. Billy Ray Cyrus Some Gave All (1992)
40. The Police Synchronicity (1983)





41. The Monkees More of the Monkees (1967)
42. Vanilla Ice To the Extreme (1990)
43. James Horner Titanic (soundtrack, 1997)
44. Men at Work Business As Usual (1982)
45. Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
46. The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night (soundtrack, 1964)
47. George Michael Faith (1987)
48. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
49. The Monkees The Monkees (1966)
50. Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall (live, 1961)




51. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987)
52. Grease (soundtrack, 1978)
53. Backstreet Boys Millenium (1999)
54. Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet (1986)
55. Peter Frampton Frampton Comes Alive! (1975)
56. The Kingston Trio Sold Out (1960)
57. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965)
58. Around the World in 80 Days (soundtrack, 1957)
59. Whitney Houston Whitney (1987)
60. Elvis Presley Elvis Presley (1956)





61. Mitch Miller & His Gang Sing Along with Mitch (1958)
62. Def Leppard Hysteria (1987)
63. The Beatles Meet the Beatles! (1964)
64. Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (1983)
65. Miami Vice (television soundtrack, 1985)
66. The Lion King (soundtrack, 1994)
67. Lawrence Welk Calcutta! (1961)
68. Enoch Light/Terry Snyder & the All Stars Persuasive Percussion (1960)
69. Footloose (soundtrack, 1984)
70. Hootie & the Blowfish Cracked Rear View (1994)





71. Usher Confessions (2004)
72. Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985)
73. No Doubt Tragic Kingdom (1995)
74. Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
75. The Beatles The Beatles (aka ‘The White Album’) (1968)
76. The Singing Nun The Singing Nun (1963)
77. Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1985)
78. Eric Clapton Unplugged (1992)
79. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass What Now My Love (1966)
80. The Eagles The Long Run (1979)





81. Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
82. The Kingston Trio Here We Go Again! (1959)
83. John Cougar Mellencamp American Fool (1982)
84. Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
85. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
86. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
87. South Pacific (soundtrack, 1958)
88. Metallica Metallica (1991)
89. Garth Brooks No Fences (1990)
90. The Sound of Music (1965)





91. Pearl Jam Ten (1991)
92. Kenny G Breathless (1992)
93. Camelot (cast album, 1960)
94. Patsy Cline 12 Greatest Hits (1973)
95. Peter, Paul & Mary Peter, Paul & Mary (1962)
96. Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (1980)
97. Exodus (soundtrack, 1961)
98. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
99. Johnny Mathis Johnny’s Greatest Hits (1958)
100. Mario Lanza The Student Prince (1954)






Resources and Related Links:

  • Billboard’s “Top 100 Albums of All Time” (11/1/94)

    This special list was compiled for the magazine’s 100th anniversary issue.

  • Billboard’s Biggest #1 Albums in U.S. Chart History (11/15/10)

    List especially created by Dave’s Music Database. Ranks albums in the rock and pre-rock era based on weeks at #1. Sources: Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Albums, 1955-2009 (7th edition) and Top Pop Hits 1940-1954.

  • Billboard’s 100th anniversary issue. “Top 100 Albums All-Time” (1994)

  • Billboard’s “Albums of Longevity” (page 969) from Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Albums, 1955-2009 (7th edition: 2010)

    Top 50 list of albums which have charted more than 175 weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart.

  • Billboard’s “Best Selling Albums” (page 970) from Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Albums, 1955-2009 (7th edition: 2010)

    A list of all albums certified by the RIAA to have sold 10 million or more copies.


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