100 Best Pop Albums of All Time

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90. Vessel (2013)
> Artist: Twenty One Pilots
> Copies sold: 2 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 168

“Vessel” was the third album by the Columbus, Ohio-based duo Twenty One Pilots. The album featured the singles “Holding on to You,” “House of Gold,” and “Car Radio.” “Vessel” reached 2 million in sales this past February, about six years after its release.

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89. Dangerous (1991)
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Copies sold: 8 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 119

Pop music idol Michael Jackson released his eighth studio album, in November 1991. “Dangerous” debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 1 within a week, and by January 1992 it had sold 7 million copies worldwide and was certified quadruple platinum for sales of over 4 million in the U.S. In 2018 this amount increased to 8 million.

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88. The Cars (1978)
> Artist: The Cars
> Copies sold: 6 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 139

The Boston-based band that rode the new wave trend in the late 1970s had its biggest success with its debut album “The Cars.” Seventeen years after its debut in 1978, “The Cars” was certified a six-time platinum album. Three singles were released from the album — “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” and “Good Times Roll” — all of which charted in the Billboard Hot 100.

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87. Country Grammar (2000)
> Artist: Nelly
> Copies sold: 10 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 104

“Country Grammar” was the Texas-born, St. Louis-based rapper’s first studio album. Four hit singles came out of the album, including the almost-title song (the single appended an unprintable slang expression to the album name). Six years after its release, “Country Grammar” became the ninth hip hop album ever certified diamond, having sold 10 million copies in the United States.

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86. Speak Now (2010)
> Artist: Taylor Swift
> Copies sold: 6 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 137

Seven years after its debut, Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” reached 6 million albums sold in December 2017. The album debuted at No. 1 on the on the Billboard 200. Six singles were released from “Speak Now,” and all either received a platinum or multi-platinum designation from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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85. Hozier (2014)
> Artist: Hozier
> Copies sold: 2 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 176

Irish R&B performer Andrew Hozier-Byrne, who records as Hozier, rocketed to international stardom with “Take Me to the Church,” a song from his first EP, originally released as a free download in late 2013. The following year, the song became the lead single from this eponymous album, Hozier’s first LP, and was nominated for a Grammy as Song of the Year in 2015.

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84. Like A Virgin (1984)
> Artist: Madonna
> Copies sold: 10 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 109

The pop icon who defied convention and helped define 1980s pop and dance music had a 10-time platinum album with “Like a Virgin,” after reaching 10 million in sales in 1998. The album featured hits such as the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping title song “Like a Virgin,” “Dress You Up,” and “Material Girl.”

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83. Mariah Carey (1990)
> Artist: Mariah Carey
> Copies sold: 9 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 113

Noted pop singer Mariah Carey’s self-titled debut studio album spent 11 of its 113 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart in the No. 1 position and was certified nine-times platinum, signifying U.S. sales of 9 million copies. Four singles from the album hit nNo. 1 consecutively on the Hot 100, tying a record set 20 years earlier by The Jackson 5.

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82. Songs About Jane (2002)
> Artist: Maroon 5
> Copies sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 158

“Songs About Jane” was Maroon 5’s debut studio album and the band’s biggest selling album to date, reaching 4 million in sales in 2005. The album generated five singles, among them “This Love,” which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Harder to Breathe,” and “She Will Be Loved.”

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81. Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)
> Artist: M.C. Hammer
> Copies sold: 10 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 108

Still one of the best selling rap albums of all time, spending 21 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, “Please Hammer” became the first hip-hop album to sell over 10 million copies. Its popularity is sometimes attributed to its accessibility, characterized by its sampling of earlier hits by Rick James, Prince, Marvin Gaye, and others.