100 Best Pop Albums of All Time

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10. The Beatles [White Album] (1968)
> Artist: The Beatles
> Copies sold: 24 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 199

“The Beatles” is also known as the “White Album,” and it is among the group’s most provocative works. It was recorded in 1968 as creative differences were fraying the group. Included on the double album are stream-of-consciousness efforts like “Revolution 9” and the searing guitar in the song “Helter Skelter.” The single “Revolution” was the biggest hit from the album, reaching No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album reached 24 million in sales this past February, the most of any Beatles album.

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9. 1 (2002)
> Artist: The Beatles
> Copies sold: 11 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 360

The album title tells it all — it includes every Beatles song that topped the Billboard chart, from “Love Me Do” to “The Long And Winding Road.” “1” inhabited the Billboard 200 for 360 weeks. With the Beatles, you are never short of superlatives. With “1” reaching No. 1 atop the Billboard 200, the Beatles were the only performers who had an album climb to the top position in the U.S. in four decades –1960s, 1970s, 1990s, and 2000s.

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8. The Eminem Show (2002)
> Artist: Eminem
> Copies sold: 10 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 357

Eminem’s first two albums provided not only numerous hits, but also frequent publicity-driving controversies — hence the title of the rapper’s third LP, “The Eminem Show.” The album delivered catchy rap-driven pop tracks, including “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” and “Without Me.”

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7. Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010)
> Artist: Bruno Mars
> Copies sold: 5 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 414

Multi-instrumentalist Bruno Mars turned heads with his debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans.” In addition to holding songwriting credits on every track, Mars played the majority of instruments. The result is a laid back modern classic that spent an impressive 414 weeks on the Billboard 200.

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6. Rumours (1977)
> Artist: Fleetwood Mac
> Copies sold: 20 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 314

Fleetwood Mac’s blockbuster hit album about addiction and heartbreak went 20 times platinum in 2014, 37 years after its release. It features the band’s only Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Dreams” and includes such familiar Fleetwood Mac tunes as “Go Your Own Way,” “You Make Loving Fun,” and “Second Hand News.” “Rumours” is one of eight albums on this list that spent at least 300 weeks on the Billboard 200.

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5. Curtain Call: The Hits (2005)
> Artist: Eminem
> Copies sold: 7 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 437

The Detroit rapper’s greatest hits album reached the 7-million sales plateau in October 2016, 11 years after its release. “Curtain Call: The Hits” was on the Billboard 200 for 437 weeks. Among the singles that cracked the Billboard Hot 100 was “Lose Yourself,” which topped the chart on Nov. 9, 2002. Other Hot 100 hits included are “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” “The Real Slim Shady,” and “Just Lose It.”

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4. 21 (2011)
> Artist: Adele
> Copies sold: 14 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 407

Adele’s sophomore album turned the singer into an international superstar, with its lead track, “Rolling In The Deep,” topping the singles charts in 11 countries. The recording won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.

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3. Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) (1976)
> Artist: Eagles
> Copies sold: 38 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 266

“Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” album from the Eagles surged past Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” last August to become the best selling album of all time in the United States. The RIAA said the album, released in 1976, was certified 38 times platinum, meaning sales and streams of the recording climbed to 38 million copies. Among the hits on the Eagles album are “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy.”

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2. Thriller (1982)
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Copies sold: 33 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 359

Michael Jackson earned his title as “King of Pop” with his sixth solo album, “Thriller.” The album is packed with hits, seven of which made it to the top 10. The album is the second best selling of all time, behind only Eagles’ “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.”

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1. Journey’s Greatest Hits (1988)
> Artist: Journey
> Copies sold: 15 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 556

The San Francisco rockers top this list of best pop albums with their greatest hits collection, which has spent an eye-popping 556 weeks on the Billboard 200 and reached 15 million copies sold in April of 2008. Among the best-known songs of the collection are “Any Way You Want It,” “Separate Ways,” and the anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’,” whose popularity soared after it was played on the final episode of the hit crime show “The Sopranos.”