100 Best Pop Albums of All Time

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80. Fleetwood Mac (1975)
> Artist: Fleetwood Mac
> Albums sold: 7 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 168

This is actually the second Fleetwood Mac album called simply “Fleetwood Mac.” (The first one, released in 1968, included Mick Fleetwood and John McVie but not Lindsay Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, or Christine McVie.) Interestingly, it took this iteration more than a year after its release to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Three Top 20 singles came out of the album, including “Rhiannon,” “Say You Love Me,” and “Over My Head.” In 2018, the band released a four-disc deluxe edition of the album, including demos, singles mixes, and live performances.

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79. Montevallo (2014)
> Artist: Sam Hunt
> Albums sold: 3 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 214

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 214 weeks on the Billboard 200.

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78. Views (2016)
> Artist: Drake
> Albums sold: 4 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 201

Kanye West was among the producers working on this album, Drake’s fourth studio recording. Though it received mixed reviews, “Views” topped the Billboard 200 for 13 nonconsecutive weeks and became the first album in history to be streamed 1 billion times on Apple Music.

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77. + (2012)
> Artist: Ed Sheeran
> Albums 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 collaborations with artists such as One Direction and Taylor Swift.

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76. Forever Your Girl (1988)
> Artist: Paula Abdul
> Albums sold: 7 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 175

It’s unsurprising that Paula Abdul has an ear for catchy dance music, considering her career as a dancer and choreographer prior to emerging as a pop musician. “Forever Your Girl” was the first of two albums Abdul released that would hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, the other being 1991’s “Spellbound.” “Forever Your Girl” features four No. 1 hit songs: “Straight Up,” “Opposites Attract,” “Cold Hearted,” and its title track, “Forever Your Girl.”

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75. 19 (2008)
> Artist: Adele
> Albums sold: 3 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 218

The title of Adele’s debut album was also her age at the time when it was released. “19” 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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74. Some Hearts (2005)
> Artist: Carrie Underwood
> Albums sold: 8 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 157

“American Idol” star Carrie Underwood made her debut with this album, which became the best selling country album in the United States for two years running — 2006 and 2007 — as well as the best selling album of any kind in the U.S. in 2006. “Some Hearts” was the best selling solo female debut album in country music history and the fastest selling country album debut since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales. The record garnered three Grammy Awards for Underwood in 2007, including Best New Artist.

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73. Slippery When Wet (1986)
> Artist: Bon Jovi
> Albums sold: 12 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 118

The reliable hit-makers from Sayreville, New Jersey, who became one of the largest arena-rock acts of the 1980s, have produced six No.1 albums on the Billboard 200, and “Slippery When Wet” was their first. It went 12x platinum in 1995. The album generated the band’s first two No. 1 hits — “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” — as well as the Top 10 single “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

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72. Tailgates & Tanlines (2011)
> Artist: Luke Bryan
> Albums 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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71. Pieces Of You (1995)
> Artist: Jewel
> Albums sold: 12 million
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 114

Jewel (born Jewel Kilcher), the folk singer who grew up in Alaska, lived out of her van on the West Coast as she struggled to build a singing career. She used that experience to craft heartfelt music to become one of the most popular female performers of the 1990s. Jewel had a string of four platinum albums. “Pieces Of You” was her first and her biggest, going 12x platinum in 2006 and climbing to No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Included on the album is one of her two Top 10 hits, the double-single “Foolish Games/You Were Meant For Me.”