100 Best Pop Albums of All Time

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30. 25 (2015)
> Artist: Adele
> Copies sold: 11 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 169

Adele took nearly five years to complete her third album, “25,” following the release of her second, “21.” By the time of its release, fans had developed a strong desire for it. The album sold 3.38 million copies in its opening week — the top-selling one-week sales for an album since Nielsen began tracking that data in 1991. The ballad-laden record also spent 10 weeks in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200.

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29. Teenage Dream (2010)
> Artist: Katy Perry
> Copies sold: 3 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 236

Six singles came out of this Katy Perry album, starting with the Hot 100 No. 1 hit “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg. Four of the others also hit first place, making “Teenage Dream” only the second album in history to produce five No. 1 hits (the other being Michael Jackson’s “Bad”). Though it failed to win in any categories, the album and its singles were nominated for a total of seven Grammy Awards.

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28. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
> Artist: Bee Gees
> Copies sold: 16 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 137

The longevity of the Bee Gees is a testament to their ability to migrate from folksy, mainstream pop in the 1960s to the big-beat disco sounds of the 1970s, and the “Saturday Night Fever” album was their biggest triumph. “Saturday Night Fever” became the first soundtrack album to produce four No. 1 singles — “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” and “If I Can’t Have You.” The album topped the Billboard 200 for 24 consecutive weeks and became the first film soundtrack album to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

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27. Crash My Party (2013)
> Artist: Luke Bryan
> Copies sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 233

Critical reaction to this Luke Bryan album was mixed, but it did very well commercially — debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts, going platinum the month after it was released, and becoming the third best selling album of 2013. Six singles from “Crash My Party” (including the title track) were released over a 19-month period.

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26. In The Lonely Hour (2014)
> Artist: Sam Smith
> Copies sold: 2 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 247

The first studio album by English R&B and pop singer Sam Smith, “In the Lonely Hour” was named Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards. It was 2014’s third best selling album in the U.S. and second best seller in the U.K. Five singles from the album were released between 2013 and 2015, with the first later re-released. The entire album got a reboot in late 2015, with a dozen new tracks added.

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25. The Beatles: 1962-1966 (1973)
> Artist: The Beatles
> Copies sold: 15 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 175

The first of two Beatles anthology albums, also called the “Red Album,” was released in 1973 and reached 15 times platinum status in February 2001. The album, which spent 175 weeks on the Billboard 200, includes 26 songs from the Beatles’ early EMI recordings to their groundbreaking songs on the “Revolver” album. Twelve songs from the anthology reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Help!” and “I Feel Fine.”

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24. Whitney Houston (1985)
> Artist: Whitney Houston
> Copies sold: 13 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 176

Whitney Houston’s 1985 debut album introduced a new, enduring style of diva-pop. A mix of catchy R&B tunes and big ballads that Houston would come to be known for, the album features three No. 1 singles: “Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know,” and “Greatest Love of All.”

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23. The Essential Michael Jackson (2005)
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Copies sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 269

A retrospective look at Michael Jackson’s long career, this two-disc, 38-song compilation includes hits from his Jackson 5 days in the late 1960s up through his 2001 hit “You Rock My World.” In 2008, the year before Jackson’s death, an expanded limited edition of the album was released under the title “The Essential Michael Jackson 3.0,” with a third disc including seven more songs.

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22. Cracked Rear View (1994)
> Artist: Hootie & The Blowfish
> Copies sold: 21 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 129

The debut album from Hootie & The Blowfish was a smash success, being certified platinum 21 times. The album features several pop-rock anthems, including the group’s only top-10 hits: “Only Wanna Be With You,” “Let Her Cry,” and “Hold My Hand.”

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21. The Bodyguard (1992)
> Artist: Whitney Houston and others
> Copies sold: 18 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 155

This soundtrack album from the 1992 romantic thriller of the same name, starring Whitney Houston as a diva plagued by a stalker and Kevin Costner as the ex-Secret Service agent who protects her, includes six songs by Houston. The balance of the album features a range of performers, including Kenny G, Joe Cocker, and Curtis Stigers. Three singles from the album, all sung by Houston, won her the distinction of being the first female performer to have three songs in the top 20 at the same time. One of these, “I Will Always Love You” (written by Dolly Parton), spent 14 weeks in the No.1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.