Monday, April 3, 2017

The Longest-Charting Albums in U.S. Chart History

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List first posted March 5, 2013; updated April 1, 2017.

These figures are drawn from the Billboard 200 and catalog charts. Figures change on a weekly basis, as there are some albums, such as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or Bob Marley’s Legend, which consistently rank among each week’s top 200 best sellers. In the event of ties, albums are listed based on most overall points in the Dave’s Music Database. Albums with 150+ weeks are listed.

1. Pink Floyd…Dark Side of the Moon (1973), 905 weeks
2. Johnny Mathis…Johnny’s Greatest Hits (1958), 490 weeks
3. My Fair Lady (cast album, 1956, 480 weeks
4. Bob Marley & the Wailers…Legend (1984), 461 weeks
5. Journey…Greatest Hits (1988), 452 weeks
6. Metallica…Metallica (aka ‘The Black Album’) (1991), 422 weeks
7. South Pacific (cast album, 1949), 400 weeks
8. Guns N’ Roses…Greatest Hits (2004), 391 weeks
9. Patsy Cline…12 Greatest Hits (1973), 376 weeks
10. Nirvana…Nevermind (1991), 353 weeks

11. Eminem…Curtain Call: The Hits (2005), 332 weeks
12. Phantom of the Opera – Highlights (cast album, 1988), 331 weeks
13. Adele…21 (2011), 317 weeks
14. Carole King…Tapestry (1971), 316 weeks
15. Bruno Mars…Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010), 315 weeks
16. Eminem…The Eminem Show (2002), 311 weeks
17. Creedence Clearwater Revival…Chronicle (1976), 306 weeks
18. Johnny Mathis…Heavenly (1959), 295 weeks
19. Michael Jackson…Thriller (1982), 290 weeks
20. Oklahoma! (soundtrack, 1955), 283 weeks

21. Zac Brown Band…The Foundation (2008), 283 weeks
22. Enigma…mcmxc a.d. (1990), 282 weeks
23. The King and I (soundtrack, 1956), 277 weeks
24. Tennessee Ernie Ford…Hymns (1957), 277 weeks
25. The Sound of Music (cast album, 1959), 276 weeks
26. Led Zeppelin…Led Zeppelin IV (1971), 270 weeks
27. Eminem…Recovery (2010), 270 weeks
28. Lana Del Rey…Born to Die (2012), 267 weeks
29. Camelot (cast album, 1960), 265 weeks
30. The Rolling Stones…Hot Rocks 1964-71 (1971), 265 weeks

31. Queen…Greatest Hits (1981), 264 weeks
32. The Beatles…1 (2000), 264 weeks
33. South Pacific (soundtrack, 1958), 262 weeks
34. Pearl Jam…Ten (1991), 259 weeks
35. Phantom of the Opera (cast album, 1986), 255 weeks
36. AC/DC…Back in Black (1980), 253 weeks
37. Johnny Cash…The Legend of Johnny Cash (2005), 253 weeks
38. The Music Man (cast album, 1957), 245 weeks
39. Taylor Swift…Taylor Swift (2006), 244 weeks
40. Van Morrison…Best of (1990), 242 weeks

41. Enya…Shepherd Moons (1991), 238 weeks
42. The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965), 235 weeks
43. Imagine Dragons…Night Visions (2012), 233 weeks
44. Mantovani…Film Encores (1957), 231 weeks
45. Kendrick Lamar…Good Kid, m.A.A.D. City (2012), 229 weeks
46. Garth Brooks…No Fences (1990), 224 weeks
47. Garth Brooks…Garth Brooks (1989), 224 weeks
48. Taylor Swift…Fearless (2008), 221 weeks
49. Led Zeppelin…Mothership (2007), 217 weeks
50. Mumford & Sons…Sigh No More (2009), 216 weeks

51. Fleetwood Mac…Rumours (1977), 214 weeks
52. Kenny G…Breathless (1992), 214 weeks
53. Florida Georgia Line…Here’s to the Good Times (2012), 214 weeks
54. Drake…Take Care (2011), 211 weeks
55. Michael Jackson…Number Ones (2003), 209 weeks
56. Katy Perry…Teenage Dream (2010), 209 weeks
57. The Beatles…Abbey Road (1969), 207 weeks
58. Fiddler on the Roof (cast album, 1964), 206 weeks
59. Adele…19 (2008), 206 weeks
60. Nickelback…All the Right Reasons (2005), 205 weeks

61. Mitch Miller & the Gang…Sing Along with Mitch (1958), 204 weeks
62. Ed Sheeran…Plus (+) (2011), 203 weeks
63. Michael Bolton…Soul Provider (1989), 202 weeks
64. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers…Greatest Hits (1993), 199 weeks
65. West Side Story (soundtrack, 1961), 198 weeks
66. Lynyrd Skynyrd…Skynyrd’s Innyrds (1989), 198 weeks
67. The Kingston Trio…The Kingston Trio (1958), 195 weeks
68. The Beatles…Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), 192 weeks
69. West Side Story (cast album, 1957), 191 weeks
70. Michael Jackson…The Essential (2005), 189 weeks

71. Bob Seger…Greatest Hits (1994), 188 weeks
72. Luke Bryan…Tailgates & Tanlines (2011), 187 weeks
73. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965), 185 weeks
74. Bonnie Raitt…Nick of Time (1989), 185 weeks
75. Peter, Paul & Mary…Peter, Paul & Mary (1962), 185 weeks
76. Eagles…Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1976), 183 weeks
77. ZZ Top…Eliminator (1983), 183 weeks
78. Eagles…The Very Best of (2003), 183 weeks
79. Luke Bryan…Crash My Party (2013), 183 weeks
80. various artists…Oldies But Goodies (1959), 183 weeks

81. Kenny Rogers…Greatest Hits (1980), 181 weeks
82. Tupac Shakur (“2pac”)…Greatest Hits (1998), 182 weeks
83. Buddy Holly & the Crickets…The Buddy Holly Story (1959), 181 weeks
84. Rusty Warren…Knockers Up! (1960), 181 weeks
85. U2…Under a Blood Red Sky (1983), 180 weeks
86. U2…War (1983), 179 weeks
87. Lady Gaga…The Fame (2008), 178 weeks
88. Drake…Nothing Was the Same (2013), 178 weeks
89. The Kingston Trio…From the Hungry I (1959), 178 weeks
90. Daughtry…Daughtry (2006), 176 weeks

91. Bette Midler…Beaches (soundtrack, 1989), 176 weeks
92. Andy Williams…Moon Rivers & Other Great Movie Themes (1962), 176 weeks
93. Paula Abdul…Forever Your Girl (1988), 175 weeks
94. John Denver…Greatest Hits (1973), 175 weeks
95. Michael Jackson…Off the Wall (1979), 174 weeks
96. Lynyrd Skynyrd…All Time Greatest Hits (2002), 174 weeks
97. Gigi (soundtrack, 1958), 172 weeks
98. Chicago…Chicago Transit Authority (1969), 171 weeks
99. Mitch Miller & the Gang…More Sing Along with Mitch (1958), 171 weeks
100. Zac Brown Band…You Get What You Give (2010), 171 weeks

101. Blake Shelton…Loaded: The Best of (2010), 170 weeks
102. Eminem…The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), 169 weeks
103. Van Halen…Van Halen (1978), 169 weeks
104. The Beatles…1967-1970 (1973), 169 weeks
105. Jason Aldean…My Kinda Party (2010), 169 weeks
106. The Beatles…The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968), 168 weeks
107. Madonna…Madonna (1983), 168 weeks
108. Harry Belafonte…At Carnegie Hall (1959), 168 weeks
109. Miles Davis…Kind of Blue (1959), 167 weeks
110. Man of La Mancha (1965), 167 weeks

111. Eminem…The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013), 166 weeks
112. Black Crowes…Shake Your Money Maker (1990), 165 weeks
113. Nickelback…Dark Horse (2008), 165 weeks
114. The Beatles…1962-1966 (1973), 164 weeks
115. Dave Brubeck…Time Out (1959), 164 weeks
116. Phil Collins…Face Value (1981), 164 weeks
117. Herp Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…Going Plaes (1965), 164 weeks
118. BeyoncĂ©… BeyoncĂ© (2013), 164 weeks
119. Guns N’ Roses…Appetite for Destruction (1987), 163 weeks
120. Whitney Houston…Whitney Houston (1985), 163 weeks

121. Bruno Mars…Unorthdox Jukebox (2012), 163 weeks
122. Herp Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…South of the Border (1965), 163 weeks
123. Norah Jones…Come Away with Me (2002), 162 weeks
124. Linkin Park…Hybrid Theory (2000), 162 weeks
125. Nat “King” Cole…Ramblin’ Rose (1962), 162 weeks
126. Alabama…Feels So Right (1981), 161 weeks
127. The Big Chill (soundtrack, 1983), 161 weeks
128. Lionel Richie…Can’t Slow Down (1983), 160 weeks
129. Amy Winehouse…Back to Black (2006), 158 weeks
130. Huey Lewis & the News…Sports (1983), 158 weeks

131. Anita Baker…Rapture (1986), 157 weeks
132. Maruice Jarre…Doctor Zhivago (soundtrack, 1966), 157 weeks
133. Herp Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…The Lonely Bull (1962), 157 weeks
134. The Weeknd…Trilogy (2012), 157 weeks
135. The Beach Boys…Endless Summer (1974), 156 weeks
136. Prince…1999 (1982), 153 weeks
137. The Police…Zenyatta Mondatta (1980), 153 weeks
138. Brooks & Dunn…Brand New Man (1991), 153 weeks
139. Blake Shelton…Red River Blue (2011), 153 weeks
140. Beastie Boys…Licensed to Ill (1986), 152 weeks

141. Bill Cosby…Why Is There Air? (1965), 152 weeks
142. Shania Twain…Come on Over (1997), 151 weeks
143. Hair (cast album, 1967), 151 weeks
144. Mario Lanza…The Student Prince (soundtrack, 1954), 151 weeks
145. Carrie Underwood…Some Hearts (2005), 151 weeks
146. Flower Drum Song (cast album, 1959), 151 weeks


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