The Top Top Albums


We've discussed the all-time best-selling albums, top rated TV shows and most popular video games. Today's light trivia list covers the albums that enjoyed the most weeks at number one on the Billboard 200.

1. (54 weeks) West Side Story — Soundtrack (1962)
2. (37 weeks) Thriller — Michael Jackson (1983)
3. (31 weeks) Calypso — Harry Belafonte (1956)
4. (31 weeks) South Pacific — Soundtrack (1958)
5. (31 weeks) Rumours — Fleetwood Mac (1977)
6. (24 weeks) Saturday Night Fever — Soundtrack (1978)
7. (24 weeks) Purple Rain — Prince and the Revolution (1984)
8. (21 weeks) Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em — MC Hammer (1990)
9. (20 weeks) The Bodyguard — Soundtrack (1992)
10. (19 weeks) Blue Hawaii — Elvis Presley (1961)

This information comes courtesy of the diligent people at, who also had many chart-related tidbits...

  • In 1991, Guns N' Roses scored a feat when the band's albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II debuted at the two highest spots of the Billboard 200, becoming the first act to do this. In 2004, Nelly equalled Guns N' Roses' feat by having his albums Suit and Sweat debut at numbers one and two.
  • As of 2006, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has been on the charts for over 1,500 weeks, or just about twenty-eight years. The album spent 741 of those weeks on the Billboard 200. The other weeks were spent on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. Its closest rival is Bob Marley's Legend, checking in at over 800 weeks (Billboard 200 and Top Pop Catalog Albums combined).
  • Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul spent sixty-four consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 before hitting number one, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number one spot.
  • At one point in early 1980, all nine albums released to that date by Led Zeppelin were on the Billboard 200 chart, the most albums by a single artist to chart at the same time.
  • The only EP to reach number one on the chart was Alice in Chains' Jar of Flies in 1994.