Album artist 7 - Madonna

Search this site with Google

Madonna Region Profile

Madonna Chart Profile

This page lists the album chart runs of Madonna. A list of songs by Madonna can be found here. The albums are listed with the most widely successful first.

By our calculation clearly the most successful female music artist of all time. For example in terms of the number of years on top of the song and album charts.

# Artist Album Title Year Chart Entries
1 Madonna True Blue 1986 UK 1 - Jul 1986 (85 weeks), Billboard 1 - Jul 1986 (81 weeks) (5 weeks at number 1) (24 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 5 weeks - Aug 1986, Canada 1 for 14 weeks - 1986, Germany 1 for 8 weeks - Aug 1986, Germany 1 - Jul 1986 (29 weeks), Europe num 1 for 10 weeks - Jan 1987, Switzerland 1 - Jul 1986 (37 weeks), Australia num 1 for 2 weeks - Aug 1986, New Zealand 1 for 2 - Jul 1986, Italy 1 of 1986, France (InfoDisc) 1 of 1986 (peak 1, 83 weeks), US 7 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1995), UK 7 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1992), France Diamond (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1987), Diamond in Canada (certified in Jun 1987), Norway 2 - Jul 1986 (26 weeks), Sweden 2 - Jul 1986 (21 weeks), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), US BB 3 of 1986, Austria 3 - Aug 1986 (12 months), US CashBox 7 of 1986, Australia (Kent) 10 of 1986 (peak 1), US sales 7 M (according to RIAA), Holland free40 20 of 1986, Internet 38 - 22 M claimed (1986), Global 58 - 16 M claimed, Worldwide 58 - 15 M, UK Radio2 64, Billboard200 179, Acclaimed 1102 (1986), RYM 133 of 1986, Xgau rating B (1986)
2 Madonna Like A Prayer 1989 UK 1 - Apr 1989 (70 weeks), Billboard 1 - Apr 1989 (77 weeks) (6 weeks at number 1) (16 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 6 weeks - Apr 1989, Canada 1 for 6 weeks - 1989, Germany 1 for 4 weeks - May 1989, Germany 1 - Apr 1989 (24 weeks), Europe num 1 for 7 weeks - Apr 1989, Austria 1 - Apr 1989 (8 months), Switzerland 1 - Apr 1989 (26 weeks), Norway 1 - Apr 1989 (24 weeks), Sweden 1 - Apr 1989 (28 weeks), Japan 1 for 1 week - Apr 1989, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1997), UK 4 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Feb 1995), France 2 X Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1989), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), Australia (ARIA) 6 of 1989, US CashBox 7 of 1989, Italy 7 of 1989, Channel4 8, BEA 8 of 1989, US BB 13 of 1989, France (InfoDisc) 19 of 1989 (peak 1, 36 weeks), UK Radio2 35, RS Reader's 62, Global 82 - 12 M claimed, Internet 108 - 14 M claimed (1989), Rolling Stone 237, Acclaimed 363 (1989), RYM 41 of 1989, Xgau rating B+ (1989)
3 Madonna Like A Virgin 1984 UK 1 - Nov 1984 (152 weeks), Billboard 1 - Dec 1984 (94 weeks) (3 weeks at number 1) (32 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1985, Germany 1 for 1 week - Sep 1985, Germany 1 - Jan 1985 (51 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 8 - Jul 1985, US 10 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 1998), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 1985), France 2 X Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Diamond in Canada (certified in Jul 1992), US CashBox 2 of 1985, Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1985), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), US 3 of 1985, Austria 3 - Feb 1985 (10 months), Switzerland 3 - Dec 1984 (25 weeks), Sweden 3 - Nov 1984 (47 weeks), Australia (Kent) 3 of 1985 (peak 2), US BB 6 of 1985, Norway 6 - Feb 1985 (22 weeks), Italy 7 of 1985, France (InfoDisc) 8 of 1985 (peak 5, 42 weeks), US sales 10 M (according to RIAA), Melody Maker 13 of 1984, Internet 46 - 20 M claimed (1984), Global 47 - 18 M claimed, UK Radio2 47, Worldwide 59 - 15 M, Defin200 164 (1984), Acclaimed 905 (1984), RYM 144 of 1984, AVrev 95, Xgau rating B (1984)
4 Madonna Ray Of Light 1998 UK 1 - Mar 1998 (102 weeks), Canada 1 for 1 week - 1998, Germany 1 for 6 weeks - Mar 1998, Germany 1 - Mar 1998 (54 weeks), Europe num 1 for 2 weeks - Mar 1998, Switzerland 1 - Mar 1998 (48 weeks), Norway 1 - Mar 1998 (53 weeks), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Mar 1998, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Mar 1998, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 2000), UK 6 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 2003), France 3 X Platinum (certified by SNEP Jul 2001), Germany 3 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2000), Europe 7 x Platinum (certified by IFIP in 2002), Billboard 2 - Mar 1998 (78 weeks) (7 weeks in top 10), Austria 2 - Apr 1998 (10 months), Sweden 2 - Mar 1998 (59 weeks), Grammy in 1998 (Nominated), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1998), France (InfoDisc) 3 of 1998 (peak 2, 92 weeks), BEA 8 of 1998, Australia (ARIA) 10 of 1998, Italy 15 of 1998, US BB 22 of 1998, UK Radio2 24, RS Reader's 29, Global 58 - 16 M claimed, Internet 83 - 15 M claimed (1998), Worldwide 86 - 12 M, Rolling Stone 363, Acclaimed 517 (1998), RYM 80 of 1998
5 Madonna The Immaculate Collection 1990 UK 1 - Nov 1990 (209 weeks), Canada 1 for 9 weeks - 1990, Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Dec 1990, US 10 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 2001), UK 12 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 2003), France 2 X Platinum (certified by SNEP Jun 1997), Canada 7 X Platinum (certified by CRIA in Oct 2003), Billboard 2 - Dec 1990 (147 weeks) (13 weeks in top 10), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1996), Switzerland 3 - Nov 1990 (18 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 5 of 1990, Sweden 8 - Nov 1990 (24 weeks), Germany 10 - Dec 1990 (10 weeks), US sales 10 M (according to RIAA), UK 10 of all time (3.4 M claimed) (1990), UK all time album 11 (1990), France (InfoDisc) 13 of 1991 (peak 4, 50 weeks), Norway 14 - Nov 1990 (9 weeks), US CashBox 15 of 1991, Austria 15 - Dec 1990 (3 months), US BB 18 of 1991, Global 19 - 24 M claimed, Worldwide 27 - 19 M, Internet 34 - 23 M claimed (1990), Italy 48 of 1990, Finland 69 of all time (claimed 92,500) (1990), RS Reader's 98, Rolling Stone 278
6 Madonna Music 2000 UK 1 - Sep 2000 (40 weeks), Billboard 1 - Oct 2000 (55 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (6 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Oct 2000, Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 2000, Germany 1 for 3 weeks - Oct 2000, Germany 1 - Oct 2000 (20 weeks), Europe num 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 2000, Austria 1 - Oct 2000 (7 months), Switzerland 1 - Oct 2000 (28 weeks), Norway 1 - Sep 2000 (27 weeks), Sweden 1 - Sep 2000 (22 weeks), US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 2005), UK 5 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jun 2001), France 2 X Platinum (certified by SNEP Jul 2001), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2001), Canada 3 X Platinum (certified by CRIA in Jul 2001), Europe 5 x Platinum (certified by IFIP in 2002), Italy 8 of 2000, France (InfoDisc) 18 of 2000 (peak 1, 66 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 23 of 2000, US BB 31 of 2000, Melody Maker 35 of 2000, RS Reader's 52, UK Radio2 66, Internet 119 - 13 M claimed (2000), Billboard 159 of the 2000s, Rolling Stone 452, Acclaimed 1128 (2000)
7 Madonna Confessions On A Dance Floor 2005 UK 1 - Nov 2005 (44 weeks), Billboard 1 - Dec 2005 (37 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (3 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Dec 2005, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2005, Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Dec 2005, Germany 1 - Nov 2005 (19 weeks), Europe num 1 for 7 weeks - Nov 2005, Switzerland 1 - Nov 2005 (42 weeks), Norway 1 - Nov 2005 (25 weeks), Sweden 1 - Nov 2005 (7 weeks), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Nov 2005, UK 4 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 2007), France Diamond (certified by SNEP Oct 2006), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2006), Canada 5 X Platinum (certified by CRIA in Oct 2007), Europe 4 x Platinum (certified by IFIP in 2006), Austria 2 - Dec 2005 (6 months), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 2005), Italy 4 of 2006, France (InfoDisc) 16 of 2005 (peak 1, 80 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 28 of 2006, UK Radio2 37, US BB 40 of 2005
8 Madonna Hard Candy 2008 UK 1 - May 2008 (26 weeks), Billboard 1 - May 2008 (30 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (4 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - May 2008, Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 2008, Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 2008, Germany 1 - May 2008 (11 weeks), Switzerland 1 - May 2008 (29 weeks), Sweden 1 - May 2008 (23 weeks), Australia num 1 for 1 week - May 2008, Austria 2 - May 2008 (6 months), Norway 2 - May 2008 (14 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Sep 2008), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Dec 2008), Canada Platinum (certified by CRIA in Jun 2008), Europe Platinum (certified by IFIP in 2008), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 2008), Italy 10 of 2008, France (InfoDisc) 14 of 2008 (peak 1, 36 weeks), US BB 37 of 2008, Australia (ARIA) 47 of 2008
9 Madonna I'm Breathless 1990 Germany 1 for 1 week - Jul 1990, Germany 1 - Jun 1990 (9 weeks), Europe num 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1990, Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1990, Japan 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 1990, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1990), UK 2 - Jun 1990 (20 weeks), Billboard 2 - Jun 1990 (25 weeks) (11 weeks in top 10), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Jul 1990), France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Switzerland 3 - Jun 1990 (16 weeks), Norway 4 - Jun 1990 (9 weeks), Sweden 4 - Jun 1990 (14 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1990), Austria 10 - Jun 1990 (5 months), Italy 18 of 1990, US BB 19 of 1990, US CashBox 22 of 1990, Australia (ARIA) 26 of 1990, France (InfoDisc) 29 of 1990 (peak 3, 26 weeks)
10 Madonna American Life 2003 UK 1 - May 2003 (19 weeks), Billboard 1 - May 2003 (14 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (2 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - May 2003, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2003, Germany 1 for 2 weeks - May 2003, Germany 1 - May 2003 (6 weeks), Europe num 1 for 3 weeks - May 2003, Switzerland 1 - May 2003 (19 weeks), Norway 1 - May 2003 (7 weeks), Sweden 1 - May 2003 (10 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 2003), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Aug 2003), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Jul 2003), Canada Platinum (certified by CRIA in Jun 2003), Europe Platinum (certified by IFIP in 2003), Austria 9 - May 2003 (3 months), France (InfoDisc) 12 of 2003 (peak 1, 84 weeks), Italy 35 of 2003, US BB 68 of 2003
11 Madonna Evita 1996 UK 1 - Nov 1996 (36 weeks), Europe num 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1997, Austria 1 - Nov 1996 (7 months), Switzerland 1 - Nov 1996 (30 weeks), US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1999), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1997), Europe 2 x Platinum (certified by IFIP in 1997), Billboard 2 - Nov 1996 (30 weeks) (8 weeks in top 10), Germany 2 - Nov 1996 (21 weeks), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2007), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1997), Norway 3 - Jan 1997 (19 weeks), Sweden 5 - Nov 1996 (20 weeks), Italy 15 of 1997, US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), US BB 25 of 1997, France (InfoDisc) 45 of 1996 (peak 2, 20 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 49 of 1997
12 Madonna Erotica 1992 Europe num 1 for 1 week - Nov 1992, Australia num 1 for 2 weeks - Nov 1992, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1993), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jun 1993), UK 2 - Oct 1992 (38 weeks), Billboard 2 - Nov 1992 (53 weeks) (4 weeks in top 10), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1993), Germany 5 - Nov 1992 (5 weeks), Switzerland 5 - Oct 1992 (13 weeks), Sweden 6 - Oct 1992 (13 weeks), Austria 11 - Nov 1992 (4 months), Norway 11 - Oct 1992 (4 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 30 of 1992, US BB 37 of 1992, Italy 40 of 1992, France (InfoDisc) 43 of 1992 (peak 1, 18 weeks), US CashBox 44 of 1993, RYM 200 of 1992
13 Madonna Who's That Girl 1987 Germany 1 for 1 week - Sep 1987, Germany 1 - Aug 1987 (11 weeks), Europe num 1 for 1 week - Sep 1987, France 2 X Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Norway 2 - Aug 1987 (10 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 1987), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1987), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), UK 4 - Aug 1987 (25 weeks), Switzerland 4 - Aug 1987 (12 weeks), Sweden 4 - Jul 1987 (15 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1987), Austria 5 - Sep 1987 (4 months), Billboard 7 - Aug 1987 (28 weeks) (3 weeks in top 10), Italy 11 of 1987, France (InfoDisc) 15 of 1987 (peak 2, 32 weeks), US BB 29 of 1987, US CashBox 30 of 1987, Xgau rating C- (1987)
14 Madonna Something To Remember 1995 Austria 1 - Nov 1995 (5 months), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Nov 1995, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 2000), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Apr 1997), Europe 3 x Platinum (certified by IFIP in 1997), Germany 2 - Dec 1995 (18 weeks), France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Nov 1995), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1996), UK 3 - Nov 1995 (29 weeks), Switzerland 3 - Nov 1995 (25 weeks), Sweden 3 - Nov 1995 (19 weeks), Billboard 6 - Nov 1995 (34 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Norway 6 - Nov 1995 (21 weeks), Italy 13 of 1995, Australia (ARIA) 19 of 1995, US BB 36 of 1995, Finland 67 of all time (claimed 93,043) (1995), France (InfoDisc) 89 of 1995 (peak 6, 11 weeks)
15 Madonna Madonna, The First Album 1983 US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 2000), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1985), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1994), UK 6 - Feb 1984 (123 weeks), Billboard 8 - Sep 1983 (153 weeks) (5 weeks in top 10), Australia (Kent) 10 of 1984 (peak 10), US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), Austria 28 - Nov 1985 (1 month), US BB 32 of 1984, US CashBox 41 of 1984, France (InfoDisc) 49 of 1987 (peak 9, 8 weeks), US Longest Running Album 72 1983 (168 weeks), Acclaimed 1594 (1983), RYM 67 of 1983, Xgau rating A- (1983)
16 Madonna Bedtime Stories 1994 Australia num 1 for 1 week - Nov 1994, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 2005), Europe 2 x Platinum (certified by IFIP in 1998), UK 2 - Nov 1994 (27 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1994), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2007), Billboard 3 - Nov 1994 (48 weeks) (2 weeks in top 10), Germany 4 - Nov 1994 (24 weeks), Sweden 5 - Oct 1994 (17 weeks), Switzerland 7 - Nov 1994 (27 weeks), Austria 10 - Nov 1994 (5 months), US CashBox 30 of 1995, Italy 30 of 1994, France (InfoDisc) 34 of 1994 (peak 2, 22 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 36 of 1994, US BB 47 of 1994
17 Madonna Celebration 2009 UK 1 - Oct 2009 (36 weeks), Canada 1 for 1 week - 2009, Germany 1 - Oct 2009 (5 weeks), Switzerland 2 - Oct 2009 (12 weeks), Sweden 2 - Oct 2009 (7 weeks), Norway 3 - Oct 2009 (8 weeks), Austria 4 - Oct 2009 (1 month), US (Sup) Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 2009), Billboard 7 - Oct 2009 (17 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Australia (ARIA) 73 of 2009
18 Madonna Ghv2: greatest Hits , Volume 2 2001 UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 2001), Europe 2 x Platinum (certified by IFIP in 2001), UK 2 - Nov 2001 (7 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 2001), France Platinum (certified by SNEP May 2002), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2001), Canada Platinum (certified by CRIA in Nov 2001), Germany 3 - Nov 2001 (7 weeks), Switzerland 3 - Nov 2001 (11 weeks), Norway 5 - Nov 2001 (13 weeks), Austria 6 - Dec 2001 (3 months), Billboard 7 - Dec 2001 (18 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Sweden 23 - Nov 2001 (8 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 44 of 2002, France (InfoDisc) 44 of 2001 (peak 2, 39 weeks), Italy 63 of 2001, US BB 85 of 2001
19 Madonna You Can Dance 1987 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1988), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 1987), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1988), UK 5 - Nov 1987 (17 weeks), Norway 7 - Dec 1987 (9 weeks), Sweden 10 - Nov 1987 (14 weeks), Switzerland 11 - Nov 1987 (10 weeks), Germany 13 - Dec 1987 (3 weeks), Austria 13 - Jan 1988 (1 month), Italy 13 of 1987, Billboard 14 - Dec 1987 (22 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 26 of 1987 (peak 2, 22 weeks), US BB 47 of 1988, Xgau rating A- (1987)
20 Madonna MDNA 2012 Billboard 1 - Apr 2012 (13 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (2 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Apr 2012, Canada 1 for 1 week - 2012, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Apr 2012, Germany 3 - Apr 2012 (3 weeks)
21 Madonna The Confessions Tour 2007 Germany 2 - Feb 2007 (4 weeks), Switzerland 2 - Feb 2007 (12 weeks), UK 7 - Feb 2007 (4 weeks), Sweden 8 - Feb 2007 (5 weeks), Billboard 15 - Feb 2007 (6 weeks), Norway 15 - Feb 2007 (8 weeks), Italy 32 of 2007, France (InfoDisc) 72 of 2007 (peak 2, 22 weeks)
22 Madonna I'm Going To Tell You A Secret 2006 France Gold (certified by SNEP Oct 2006), Switzerland 7 - Jul 2006 (11 weeks), Germany 8 - Jul 2006 (1 week), UK 18 - Jul 2006 (3 weeks), Austria 29 - Jul 2006 (1 month), Billboard 33 - Jul 2006 (4 weeks), Italy 56 of 2006
23 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2010 Billboard 10 - Apr 2010 (4 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Germany 11 - Apr 2010 (1 week), UK 17 - Apr 2010 (3 weeks)
24 Madonna Rebel Heart 2015 Billboard 2 - Mar 2015 (11 weeks) (1 week in top 10)
25 Madonna Remixed and revisited 2003 Italy 86 of 2004, Billboard 115 - Dec 2003 (1 week)
26 Madonna MDNA World Tour 2013 Billboard 90 - Sep 2013 (1 week)

Comment on the contents of the 'Album artist 7 - Madonna' page
Subject: Email to Reply To (optional):  

Previous Comments (newest first)

27 Sep 2016

#12 - Evita

This made the Billboard Charts (#2 - 30 weeks). Probably listed under 'Movie Soundtracks'.

Data fixed, thanks


19 Jan 2015

Double Listing - Madonna, The First Album

#16 & #24 are the same.

Data fixed, thanks


5 Dec 2011

Isn't first of all true blue by Madonna been number one for over 30 weeks in the European charts? not 10 like you mention?

Not in the listing we have


12 Jun 2011

Of Course...

Commercial success does not indicate one act is better than another. Sites like Acclaimed Music- which compiles all sorts of best-of/critics features is a good outlet for that- and Madonna is the second-most acclaimed female acts, behind Aretha Franklin. Acts like Mimi Carey have not garnered very much in the ways of critical acclaim (on albums/singles lists, or artists ones).

For Madonna, the commercial success is just gravy atop her status as the most important and highly regarded female entertainer of the last 30 years.


20 Sep 2010

Madonna corrections

I found some errors in this page.

#'s 22, 23 and 24 are the same albums as #18

Thanks for the correction, the data has been fixed.


1 Jan 2010

Mariah vs. Madonna

Up to this point Madonna is still more successful around the world than she isin the U.S., and Mariah is still somewhat more successful in the U.S. than she is around the world.

Madonna continuously keeps making top ten hits even number 1's around Europe, Latin America, Canada, Australia and Asia. It's easy to prove that Madonna has had at least 2 top tens from each one of her albums in the UK, Canada, Australia and many more countries.

She also has scored at least 1 top ten from every of her albums in the U.S. except for her Celebration (2009), You Can Dance (1987), Remixed and Revisited (2004) and GHV2 (2001) albums, all of them are compilation albums and the last three didn't even had new world wide single releases made. Even her three soundtracks were able to spawn at least 1 top 10 each one. Madonna also has the most number ones and top ten's in the United World Chart, 29 top ten's and out of those 15 are number 1's and there is still more number ones and top tens to come, because United World Chart week by week keeps posting past charts.

On the other hand Mariah only has 18 top tens and out of those only 2 are number 1's in the United World Chart. Madonna managed to make her latest single Celebration to peak at No. 6 in the United World Chart where Mariah's not latest single but latest moderate successful single Obsessed peaked at No. 14. This shows how much of an impact charting in the U.S. and in the rest of the world does. This is why I respect and honor the methodologies that they used for these "countdowns".


18 Dec 2009

lol, you dont know mariah carey? words from an idiot are not taken into consideration

You know I think that user comment was maybe not quite serious. Your life would be easier if you moderated your responses a bit.

I'm surprised, most people I have met in Malaysia have a sense of humour.


14 Dec 2009

Totally true! Madonna is the most successful artist of the 90`s. I love Celine Dion, REM, and Prince, Who is Mariah Carey?


11 Nov 2009

RE: mariah vs madonna

ok.. so with ur computation.. u actually weighed north america and europe equally... and in fact according to your reply they are not equal and also aside from europe and north america, there are also other large markets like Japan where 7 of mariah's 90s album amassed million/s of sales each... and all other female intl artist that follows sell less than half of Mariah's... mariah's singles are also very successful in Japan...

so i kinda doubt the quoted statement below..

"So no, sorry even if the scores are adjusted according to the size of themarket Mariah doesn't beat Madonna. We've tried a variety of different ways to look at the data and they all result in Madonna being above Mariah. Your intuition was just plain wrong. Of course this tells us that Madonna was more successful round the world in the 1990s, it does not prove that her music was in any way better."

No you're wrong we didn't weigh them equally, Europe got a weight of 9.01 and North America got 15.14 (based on the sales numbers).

So lets look at Japan. In Japan Madonna had 28 hit songs in the 1990s and Mariah had 25. Mariah's hits were slightly higher in the charts so her total score was 22.47 while Madonna's was 21.67. In other words Madonna scored 96% of Mariah's score. Now, in fact the sales of "International" music in Japan is only about 10% of the market, so Japan's factor should be 0.643, but lets be generous to Mariah and pretend that all $6.43B was "International" music.

If we add these results into the mix we get:

Madonna: 0.94*15.14 + 1*9.01 + 0.96*6.43 = 29.41 Mariah: 1*15.14 + 0.53*9.01 + 1*6.43 = 26.34

...and Madonna *still* beats Mariah.

It is possible that Mariah's albums outsold Madonna's in Japan in the 1990s. We have no reliable data that supports that, but it is possible. If the low percentage of "International" music is taken into account then Madonna could have sold absolutly nothing in Japan in the 1990s and her global total would still beat Mariah.

It doesn't matter how much you "doubt the quoted statement", it remains true even with the scores weighed by sales and with Japan included. Mariah was beaten by Madonna in the 1990s. As we said, we tried a variety of ways of looking at the data and Madonna wins every time.

The problem is that you clearly don't appreciate just how much more popular Madonna was in Europe in the 1990s.

Speaking personally (SH) I don't understand *why* she was so popular, her 1990s material doesn't sound good to me. But that's exactly the point, on this site no-one gets to vote the data determines the outcome, personal opinion doesn't have any influence. If the data didn't sometimes tell us something that is against initial expectation then we wouldn't have created the site.


16 Oct 2009

Mariah v Madonna in the 1990s

This site treats all the charts in the world equally... thats why, they comeup with Madonna no.1 and Mariah no.2.. if they would give higher regard to bigger markets like USA... Mariah wud take the top spot easily...

Your first comment is exactly right, all the charts are weighed equally in the standard calculation. If only the North American charts were counted Mariah would be the number 1, but of course that would hardly give us a reasonable view of the world's music.

You are also correct that the number of chart entries does over emphasise the European nations since each one of them contributes more entries than can be justified by their share of the world music market. This is a side effect of the fact that each European country has people who want to publish their particular national chart, while there is less incentive for the inhabitants of, for example, Wyoming to publish their own weekly state chart for the 1990s.

However those two facts don't necessarily mean that Mariah would take the top slot in any properly weighed summary, and certainly not "easily".

Since we have data immediately available for the success of songs in North America and Europe let's try a quick test with that. In North America Mariah Carey's total score for the 1990s was 84.75, Madonna's was 79.97 of course the absolute values are meaningless, but the relative difference gives us a measure of their performance, Madonna has 94% of Mariah's score.

In Europe Mariah Carey's total score for the 1990s was 90.35, Madonna's was 169.88 Mariah has 53% of Madonna's score.

According to the IFPI the biggest 10 music markets in 1999 were: USA $14.25B, Japan $6.43B, UK $2.91B, Germany $2.83B, France $1.98B, Canada $0.88B, Brazil $0.67B, Australia $0.66B, Spain $0.64B, Italy $0.64B Which gives North America $15.14B and Europe $9.01B (we'll ignore the smaller countries that would bring the Europe total to more than $14B).

If we give the top artist 1 and the lower one a proportional score and then scale by the number of billion dollars in each region Mariah gets 1*15.14 + 0.53*9.01 => 19.93 and Madonna gets 0.94*15.14 + 1*9.01 => 23.29

So no, sorry even if the scores are adjusted according to the size of the market Mariah doesn't beat Madonna. We've tried a variety of different ways to look at the data and they all result in Madonna being above Mariah. Your intuition was just plain wrong.

Of course this tells us that Madonna was more successful round the world in the 1990s, it does not prove that her music was in any way better.