This is a tilt of the best-selling albums by year in the United States. Billboard magazine began publishing year-end lists for album sales in 1956. Until 1991, the Billboard album chart was based on a survey of spokesperson retail outlets that determined a rank, not a run of actual sales. hebdomadally surveys and year-end charts by Billboard and early publications such as immediately defunct Cash Box magazine sometimes differed. For case, during the 1960s and 1970s, the number-one album as determined by these two publications differed in 10 out of 20 years. From 1992 onwards, the Billboard year-end and weekly charts were calculated by Nielsen SoundScan. note that this slenderly differs from anterior Billboard year-end album charts, which were a standard of chart performances over twelve months from around December to November ( cutoff determined by Billboard ´s publication agenda ) rather than actual total sales .
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Harry Belafonte ‘s 1956 criminal record entitled Calypso was the first product to be recognized as a top-selling album for a year once Billboard magazine started tracking sales figures. Adele ‘s 2011 record 21 presently holds the title for the US ‘s top-selling digital album. american Pop/ R & B singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, singer Whitney Houston, British glam rock performer Elton John, knocker Eminem, british singer-songwriter Adele, and canadian artist Drake each have had two of their albums be top sellings in two separate years in the US. Pop singer Michael Jackson ‘s 1982 Thriller became the best-selling read in the nation for two straight years in the 1980s ( and late became the best-selling album of all time ). other albums to achieve the like accomplishment included the My Fair Lady Original Cast Recording from the murder 1956 Broadway production between 1957 and 1958, the original soundtrack of West Side Story between 1962 and 1963, and the album 21 by Adele between 2011 and 2012. That album, along with her follow-up 25 which was the best-selling album of 2015 and 2016, made Adele the lone artist to have the top-selling album of at least four disjoined years. however, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) by American rock group Eagles presently holds the title of the U.S. ‘s biggest-selling album, with a 38× Platinum certificate by the Recording Industry Association of America. Taylor Swift is the first artist to have the best-selling records of five different years with Fearless, 1989, Reputation, Lover, and Folklore in 2009, 2014, 2017, 2019, and 2020, respectively.
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1970s [edit ]
Two of Elton John ‘s albums each became the best-selling record in the 1970s .
1980s [edit ]
Thriller was the best-selling album for two years in a row.Michael Jackson ‘swas the best-selling album for two years in a row.
1990s [edit ]
british pop female child group Spice Girls had the best-selling album of 1997.
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2010s [edit ]
21 was the best-selling record of 2011 and 2012 while her third studio album Adele ‘s second studio albumwas the best-selling record of 2011 and 2012 while her third studio album 25 was the best-seller of 2015 and 2016, making her the only act to have their albums top four years in the same decade.
2020s [edit ]
Folklore by Fearless, 1989, Lover. Swift is the first act to have had a year’s top-selling album five different times. by Taylor Swift was the best-selling album of 2020, her fifth project to become the annual best-seller following Reputation and. Swift is the beginning act to have had a year ‘s top-selling album five different times.
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^[I] Each year is linked to the article about music that class .
- After Billboard began obtaining sales and airplay information from Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, the year-end charts are now calculated by a very straightforward cumulative total of yearlong sales points. This gives a more accurate picture of any given year’s most popular titles, as an entry that hypothetically spent nine weeks at number one in March could possibly have earned fewer cumulative points than one spending six weeks at number three in January. Albums at the peak of their popularity at the time of the November/December chart-year cutoff many times end up ranked lower than expected on a year-end tally, yet are ranked on the following year’s chart as well, as their cumulative points are split between the two chart years. Sometimes, the best-selling album of the year by Billboard is different than best-selling album of the year of Nielsen SoundScan, because Billboard calculates the year from December to November and Nielsen calculates the year from January to December.
- In this list, from 1956 to 1991, the Billboard year-end tracking was used. From 1992 to date, Nielsen SoundScan’s year-end tracking was used.
- Since 2015, Billboard and MRC Data (formerly Nielsen SoundScan) used album-equivalent units to determine the year’s top albums, thus there is a discrepancy between the best-selling album (based on pure sales) and the best-performing album (based on sales+streaming). For information regarding the best-selling albums in the MRC Data era (from 1991 to present), see List of best-selling albums in the United States of the Nielsen SoundScan era.