60. Cooleyhighharmony (1991)
> Artist: Boyz II Men
> Copies sold: 9 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 133
The R&B group from Philadelphia is known for its a capella harmonies. Their debut album, “Cooleyhighharmony,” was a critical and commercial success, reaching 9 million album sales in December of 1995. Hit singles from the album on the Billboard Hot 100 included “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” (No. 2) and “MotownPhilly (No. 3). The group won the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 1992 Grammy Awards.
59. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
> Artist: Eminem
> Copies sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 189
Nine of Eminem’s albums reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200, including 2013’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2.” In the album, the Detroit-bred rapper references his older hits — such as “Cleaning Out My Closet” and “Stan” — while touching on his success and modern life. The album also features one of his biggest hits, “The Monster” featuring Rihanna, which spent four weeks at No. 1.
58. Seal (1994)
> Artist: Seal
> Copies sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 181
The eponymously named album from the British singer-songwriter reached 4 million in album sales two years after it was released. The biggest hit from the album is titled “Kiss From a Rose,” and it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Aug. 26, 1995. Seal was nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of Album of the Year and Best Pop Album for the record. Another song from the album, “Prayer For The Dying,” reached No. 21 on the Hot 100 on Aug. 6, 1994.
57. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015)
> Artist: Drake
> Copies sold: 2 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 197
Whether this Drake effort is a studio album or a mixtape has been debated, but its popularity is not in doubt: It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and broke the first-week streaming record on Spotify with more than 17.3 million streams in three days’ time (the previous record was also Drake’s: 15.146 million streams for “Nothing Was the Same”).
56. Beauty Behind The Madness (2015)
> Artist: The Weeknd
> Copies sold: 3 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 185
Canadian performer The Weeknd reached three times platinum with the album “Beauty Behind The Madness” in August 2016, just eight months after the recording was released. The album produced two Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits, “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” A third song from the album, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
55. The Stranger (1977)
> Artist: Billy Joel
> Copies sold: 10 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 137
“The Stranger” was a breakthrough album for “Piano Man” Billy Joel. After the weak sales of his previous album, “Turnstiles,” his record label Columbia Records was reportedly considering dropping him. Working with legendary producer Phil Ramone — whose credits range from John Coltrane to Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra — Joel came up with this certified hit. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, yielded five singles (four of which made the top 40 on the Hot 100 chart), and won Grammy Awards in 1978 for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (for one of the singles, “Just the Way You Are”).
54. …Baby One More Time (1999)
> Artist: Britney Spears
> Copies sold: 14 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 103
The marriage of Britney Spears’ performance and the production work of Max Martin, who also worked extensively with the Backstreet Boys, was a winning combination. Spears’ debut album spent six weeks at No. 1 and is certified 14 times platinum. It also propelled the young singer to superstardom, due in part to the iconic music videos released of songs from the record.
53. Sports (1983)
> Artist: Huey Lewis & The News
> Copies sold: 7 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 160
Certified seven-times platinum, “Sports” was the source of four top-10 hits: “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” “If This Is It,” and “The Heart of Rock and Roll.” The album itself reached the No. 1 slot on the Hot 100 chart. A two-disc 30th anniversary edition of the album was released in 2013.
52. No Jacket Required (1985)
> Artist: Phil Collins
> Copies sold: 12 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 123
Featuring guest appearances by Sting, Peter Gabriel, and others, this album by former Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins produced four hit singles, two of which — “Sussudio” and “One More Night” — rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “No Jacket Required” won three Grammy Awards in 1986, including Album of the Year.
51. Escape (1981)
> Artist: Journey
> Copies sold: 9 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 152
Four hit singles came out of this chart-topping album: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Still They Ride,” and “Open Arms.” Certified nine-times platinum, it remains the Journey’s best-selling studio album, outrun only by its “Greatest Hits” offering. Atari released a video game inspired by the album, “Journey Escape,” in 1982.