100 Best Pop Albums of All Time

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90. Unorthodox Jukebox (2012)
> Artist: Bruno Mars
> Albums sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 203

“Unorthodox Jukebox,” the second studio album from Bruno Mars, features a variety of styles from the Honolulu-born singer and songwriter, including reggae, rock, and soul. The album remained on the Billboard 200 for 203 weeks and produced the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits “Locked Out Of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.”

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89. Millennium (1999)
> Artist: Backstreet Boys
> Albums sold: 13 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 93

Riding a wave of success from their debut album, the Backstreet Boys released “Millenium” in the United States less than two years later. The album set the record for first week sales in the U.S., selling 1.1 million copies upon its release. “I Want It That Way,” the first single from the record, spent 31 weeks on the Hot 100.

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88. Falling Into You (1996)
> Artist: Celine Dion
> Albums sold: 11 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 113

Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” proves that pop isn’t just for teenagers. The adult contemporary pop album covers numerous love songs and dance pop numbers and includes the hit “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” which spent 30 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at No. 2.

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87. Crazysexycool (1994)
> Artist: TLC
> Albums sold: 12 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 119

TLC — whose original members were Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas — became the first girl group in history to be awarded diamond status by the RIAA, meaning 10 million albums sold. “CrazySexyCool” has sold more than 23 million copies worldwide, and the Rolling Stone named it one of the 500 greatest albums ever made.

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86. Fly (1999)
> Artist: Dixie Chicks
> Albums sold: 10 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 131

The 12-time Grammy winning country women’s group from Dallas released the first of their five platinum albums in 1999. It was the first of the group’s three LPs that went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. “Fly” spawned songs such as “Goodbye Earl,” about a woman who takes revenge on an abusive husband that reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Ready to Run.”

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85. The Stranger (1977)
> Artist: Billy Joel
> Albums sold: 10 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 137

“The Stranger” was a breakthrough album for Piano Man Billy Joel. After weak sales of his previous album “Turnstiles,” Columbia Records was reportedly considering dropping him. Working with legendary producer Phil Ramone — whose credits range from John Coltrane to Paul Simon to 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”).

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84. The Woman In Me (1995)
> Artist: Shania Twain
> Albums sold: 12 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 107

Canadian country queen Shania Twain had begun perfecting her brand of country pop years before her most successful album “Come on Over” (1997) with the release of “The Woman In Me” in 1995. It was the first of her collaborations with producer, songwriter, and the singer’s one-time spouse Robert John “Mutt” Lange. Notable tracks from the album include “Any Man of Mine” and “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”

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83. Led Zeppelin II (1969)
> Artist: Led Zeppelin
> Albums sold: 12 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 117

The British rockers are considered by music historians to be the most consequential hard rock band. “Led Zeppelin II” was the second of their 18 platinum albums and the first of their seven No. 1 LPs on the Billboard 200. They wrote the songs for “Led Zeppelin II” while touring to promote songs from their debut album. Virtually every one of the nine songs on the album is heard frequently on classic rock stations, including “Ramble On,” “Heartbreaker,” “The Lemon Song,” and their lone Top 10 song “Whole Lotta Love.”

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82. Number Ones (2003)
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Albums 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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81. Escape (1981)
> Artist: Journey
> Albums sold: 9 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 152

This chart-topping album spawned four hit singles: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Still They Ride,” and “Open Arms.” Certified 9x platinum, it remains 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.