100 Best Pop Albums of All Time

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20. Hotel California (1976)
> Artist: Eagles
> Albums sold: 26 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 114

“Hotel California” is the Eagles’ top-selling regular album in the U.S., and was certified 26x platinum in 2018. The album has strong pop hooks and includes beloved singles such as “Hotel California” and “New Kid in Town,” both of which hit No. 1 on the Hot 100. The album won the band two Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year.

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19. Ten (1991)
> Artist: Pearl Jam
> Albums sold: 13 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 261

Released during the summer of 1991, Pearl Jam’s debut album is among the most essential releases in the grunge and alternative rock genres. “Ten” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and is the band’s most commercially successful record, thanks in part to the strength of singles “Alive,” “Even Flow,” and “Jeremy.”

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18. Take Care (2011)
> Artist: Drake
> Albums sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 366

The ubiquitous Canadian rapper’s second studio album, “Take Care” features guest appearances from Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, AndrĂ© 3000, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, and other notables. It debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, spawned four Top 40 singles, and won the Grammy for Best Rap Album in 2012.

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17. Tapestry (1971)
> Artist: Carole King
> Albums sold: 10 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 318

The second album from singer-songwriter Carole King proved to be her most enduring work. A widely loved album of emotional pop music, “Tapestry” hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in June 1971, and stayed on the chart for a total of 318 weeks. The combined singles “It’s Too Late” and “I Feel The Earth Move” also hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.

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16. Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010)
> Artist: Bruno Mars
> Albums sold: 5 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 460

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 459 weeks on the Billboard 200 — amongst the most of those albums on this list.

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15. Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (1971)
> Artist: The Rolling Stones
> Albums sold: 12 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 324

The Rolling Stones’ “Hot Rocks 1964-1971” covers many highlights from the band’s early years. The album opens with the Top 10 hit “Time Is on My Side” and covers 20 more fan favorites such as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Get Off of My Cloud,” and “Street Fighting Man.” The double-LP is the Stones’ most highly certified album, having sold 12 million copies in the U.S.

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14. Abbey Road (1969)
> Artist: The Beatles
> Albums sold: 12 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 351

The Beatles album with the iconic cover of the Fab Four crossing Abbey Road debuted in October of 1969. It includes the double-sided hit “Something”/”Come Together,” which peaked at No. 1 on Nov. 29, 1969. There are elements of blues and progressive rock on the album that also features Moog synthesizers. It would be the last studio album on which all four would collaborate.

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13. Greatest Hits (2004)
> Artist: Guns N’ Roses
> Albums sold: 5 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 496

The Los Angeles-based hard rockers led by singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash parlayed songs about sex and drugs into platinum record sales. Their “Greatest Hits,” one of seven Guns N’ Roses albums to reach the Billboard 200 Top 10, went 5x platinum in 2011. The compilation contains such songs as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (their lone No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100), and “Patience.”

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12. Greatest Hits (1993)
> Artist: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
> Albums sold: 12 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 347

Florida rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who provided much of the soundtrack of the 1980s, had their biggest album success with their “Greatest Hits” collection, which racked up 12 million in sales. “Greatest Hits” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and was one of 13 Top 10 albums for the group. Included on the record are their three Top 10 singles, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Free Fallin’,” and “Don’t Do Me Like That.”

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11. The Beatles [White Album] (1968)
> Artist: The Beatles
> Albums sold: 24 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 213

“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 was certified 24x platinum in February 2019, the highest selling Beatles album.