100 Best Pop Albums of All Time

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40. Number Ones (2003)
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Copies sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 222

“The King of Pop” racked up 13 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and they were all included in the 2003 release “Number Ones.” Among the songs are “Beat It,” Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” and “Billie Jean.” The album surged back to the top of the charts in 2009 after Jackson’s death.

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39. Montevallo (2014)
> Artist: Sam Hunt
> Copies sold: 3 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 211

Sam Hunt’s 2014 album “Montevallo” exemplifies the modern strand of pop-country, driven by big electronic beats and hand claps. The album, Hunt’s first full length, produced five singles and spent 211 weeks on the Billboard 200.

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38. Bad (1987)
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Copies sold: 10 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 171

This Michael Jackson classic, released almost five years after his previous album “Thriller,” was the source of five No. 1 singles, including the title song. “Bad” sold 7 million copies worldwide in its first week of release and became the No. 1 album in 25 countries. It lingered in the top five on the Billboard 200 chart for 38 weeks. Though it was nominated for six Grammys, it won only for Best Engineered Recording – Non Classical and Best Music Video.

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37. Blurryface (2015)
> Artist: Twenty One Pilots
> Copies sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 201

Twenty One Pilots draw influence from numerous genres, including reggae, rap, and rock, and blend it into infectious pop. The group’s fourth album, “Blurryface,” is the first album ever with all songs in it certified at least gold by the RIAA. This is due in large part to the huge number of streams the album has received on music platforms such as Spotify.

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36. Tailgates & Tanlines (2011)
> Artist: Luke Bryan
> Copies sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 214

The songs on Luke Bryan’s “Tailgates & Tanlines” range from classic country to pop-country, creating major mainstream success. The album spent 214 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 2. Four singles from the album charted in the top 40: “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Drunk on You,” and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.”

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35. 19 (2008)
> Artist: Adele
> Copies sold: 3 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 218

The title of Adele’s debut album was also her age when it was released. It won the English-born soul singer the Best New Artist Grammy in 2009. And a single from the album, “Chasing Pavements,” snagged that year’s Best Female Pop Vocal Performance award. Adele’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in 2008 is credited with having kick-started her career in the United States.

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34. The Fame (2008)
> Artist: Lady Gaga
> Copies sold: 3 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 219

Four international hit singles, including “Poker Face” and “Just Dance,” came out of this album, Lady Gaga’s first. Rolling Stone hailed “The Fame” as one of the 100 best debut albums of all time, and the Grammy Awards hailed it as Best Electronic/Dance Album, simultaneously honoring “Poker Face” as Best Dance Recording.

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33. Off The Wall (1979)
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Copies sold: 8 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 193

Jackson’s fifth studio album, “Off the Wall” marked two firsts for the now-controversial performer: It was his first recording for Epic Records, the label he stayed with for 30 years until his death, and the first Jackson album produced by the legendary Quincy Jones. One of the five singles released from the album, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” won the singer his first-ever Grammy Award — it was for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

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32. Backstreet Boys (1997)
> Artist: Backstreet Boys
> Copies sold: 14 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 133

One of the biggest musical trends to take hold during the 1990s was the rise of boy bands. While the Backstreet Boys weren’t the first of this type of group, they were one of the most popular. Their debut album has both ballads and more upbeat dance songs and includes the top-10 hits “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” and “All I Have to Give.”

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31. + (2011)
> Artist: Ed Sheeran
> Copies sold: 2 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 243

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran’s debut full-length album followed the release of five EPs. The album, which showcases Sheeran’s unique style of hip hop-influenced acoustic pop, helped propel him into the international spotlight, leading to his work with artists such as One Direction and Taylor Swift.