Albums of the Decade Chart

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This page lists the biggest hit albums of each decade in the 92 source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described in the site generation page.

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# Artist Album Title Year Chart Entries
1 The Beatles 1 2000 UK 1 - Nov 2000 (53 weeks), Billboard 1 - Dec 2000 (233 weeks) (8 weeks at number 1) (20 weeks in top 10), US 1 of 2001, US num 1 for 8 weeks - Dec 2000, Canada 1 for 5 weeks - 2000, ODK Germany 1 - Dec 2000 (75 weeks) (10 weeks at number 1) (18 weeks in top 10), Germany 1 for 9 weeks - Dec 2000, Germany 1 - Nov 2000 (18 weeks), Europe num 1 for 9 weeks - Dec 2000, Austria 1 - Dec 2000 (9 months), Switzerland 1 - Nov 2000 (30 weeks), Norway 1 - Nov 2000 (35 weeks), Sweden 1 - Nov 2000 (18 weeks), Australia num 1 for 9 weeks - Nov 2000, Australia (ARIA) 1 of 2000, New Zealand 1 for 8 - Nov 2000, Japan 1 for 1 week - Nov 2000, US 10 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 2005), US (Sup) 11 x Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 2010), UK 8 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jul 2003), Germany 5 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2001), Canada Diamond (certified by CRIA in Feb 2001), Europe 9 x Platinum (certified by IFIP in 2007), Italy 3 of 2000, Japan 5 of all time (international albums) (sales 1.96), US BB 6 of 2000, Billboard 8 of the 2000s, New Zealand 9 of all time (2000, 15 X Platinum), US sales 10 M (according to RIAA), Worldwide 10 - 25 M, Global 12 - 25 M claimed, Internet 20 - 27 M claimed (2000), UK all time album 24 (2000), UK 24 of all time (2.7 M claimed) (2000), France (InfoDisc) 56 of 2000 (peak 1, 25 weeks), Billboard200 131, Chart2000.com album 6 of 2001
2 Metallica Metallica 1991 UK 1 - Aug 1991 (80 weeks), Billboard 1 - Aug 1991 (387 weeks) (4 weeks at number 1) (31 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 4 weeks - Aug 1991, Canada 1 for 5 weeks - 1991, ODK Germany 1 - Sep 1991 (147 weeks) (2 weeks at number 1) (8 weeks in top 10), Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1991, Germany 1 - Aug 1991 (57 weeks), Switzerland 1 - Aug 1991 (21 weeks), Norway 1 - Aug 1991 (27 weeks), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Aug 1991, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Aug 1991, US 14 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 2003), US (Sup) 15 x Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 2009), Diamond in Canada (certified in Aug 1998), Argentina 5 X Platinum (1991), US sales 14 M (according to RIAA), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Aug 1993), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Mar 1994), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1992), US CashBox 3 of 1992, US BB 3 of 1991, Sweden 4 - Aug 1991 (69 weeks), Belgium 4 of all time (1991), BEA 6 of 1991, Austria 7 - Sep 1991 (9 months), US Longest Running Album 9 1991 (281 weeks), NARM 14, Defin200 14 (1991), Melody Maker 16 of 1991, France (InfoDisc) 20 of 1991 (peak 19, 49 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 28 of 1991, Global 34 - 20 M claimed, Worldwide 34 - 18 M, Internet 38 - 22 M claimed (1991), Billboard200 40, RS Reader's 42, Italy 54 of 1991, DMDB 70, Finland 79 of all time (claimed 88,256) (1991), Virgin 88, Radio Caroline 185 (1991), Acclaimed 211 (1991), Rolling Stone 252, WTMD 335, WXPN 362 (1991), Chart2000.com album 77 of 2016, RYM 55 of 1991, AVrev 69
3 Michael Jackson Thriller 1982 UK 1 - Dec 1982 (217 weeks), Billboard 1 - Dec 1982 (268 weeks) (37 weeks at number 1) (78 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1983, US 1 of 1983, US num 1 for 37 weeks - Feb 1983, US BB 1 of 1983, Library of Congress artifact added 2007 (1982), Canada 1 for 13 weeks - 1983, ODK Germany 1 - Jan 1983 (164 weeks) (11 weeks at number 1) (52 weeks in top 10), Germany 1 for 11 weeks - Jun 1983, Germany 1 - Mar 1983 (147 weeks), Sweden 1 - Dec 1982 (72 weeks), Australia num 1 for 11 weeks - Jun 1983, Australia (Kent) 1 of 1983 (peak 1), New Zealand 1 for 11 - Jun 1983, Japan 1 for 2 weeks - Mar 1984, Italy 1 of 1983, France (InfoDisc) 1 of 1983 (peak 1, 113 weeks), Global 1 - 50 M claimed, Internet 1 - 54 M claimed (1982), Grammy in 1983, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1982), Brit best album 1984, BEA 1 of 1982, Worldwide 1 - 46 M, 2 x Diamond in Canada (certified in Apr 1984), US sales 28 M (according to RIAA), US 27 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 2005), US (Sup) 29 x Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 2009), UK 11 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jul 1992), Germany 3 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1995), Argentina Diamond (1982), UK Radio2 2, DMDB 2, Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1984), Europe Platinum (certified by IFIP in 2009), Austria 3 - Feb 1983 (22 months), Billboard200 3, NARM 3, Defin200 3 (1982), Switzerland 4 - Nov 1983 (52 weeks), Channel4 4, Norway 6 - Dec 1982 (45 weeks), Vatican 6 of all time, UK all time album 6 (1982), PopVortex 7 (1982), Japan 7 of all time (international albums) (sales 1.69), Melody Maker 7 of 1982, UK 8 of all time (3.6 M claimed) (1982), RS Reader's 12, New Zealand 14 of all time (1982, 12 X Platinum), Guiness 14, Rolling Stone 20, Australia (ARIA) 32 of 2009, Acclaimed 33 (1982), Vinyl Surrender 40 of all time, Belgium 44 of all time (1982), US Longest Running Album 55 1982 (178 weeks), Virgin 64, WTMD 74, Finland 78 of all time (claimed 88,667) (1982), RS100 85, Radio Caroline 89 (1982), WXPN 127 (1982), RYM 15 of 1982, AVrev 23, KEXP 122, Xgau rating A (1982)
4 Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1977 UK 1 - Feb 1977 (474 weeks), Billboard 1 - Feb 1977 (203 weeks) (31 weeks at number 1) (52 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1977, US 1 of 1977, US num 1 for 31 weeks - Apr 1977, US 70s 1 - Mar 1977 (12 months), US BB 1 of 1977, Library of Congress artifact added 2017 (1977), Canada 1 for 20 weeks - 1977, Australia num 1 for 8 weeks - Apr 1977, New Zealand 1 for 9 - Sep 1977, Grammy in 1977, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003 (1977), 2 x Diamond in Canada (certified in Jun 1995), US 19 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 2003), UK 10 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 2000), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1994), US sales 19 M (according to RIAA), Fox101 2, BEA 2 of 1977, France Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1979), Australia (Kent) 3 of 1977 (peak 1), Radio Caroline 3 (1977), Vatican 4 of all time, UK Radio2 4, DMDB 6, Holland free40 7 of 1977, Global 7 - 27 M claimed, Worldwide 8 - 27 M, ODK Germany 9 - Jan 1978 (51 weeks) (4 weeks in top 10), D.Marsh 9 of 1977, PopVortex 10 (1977), Internet 12 - 30 M claimed (1977), UK all time album 12 (1977), UK 13 of all time (3.1 M claimed) (1977), Germany 14 - May 1978 (27 weeks), Billboard200 15, Norway 17 - Apr 1977 (2 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 17 of 1978 (peak 13, 76 weeks), Guiness 17, Sweden 19 - Feb 1977 (24 weeks), WTMD 22, NARM 24, Defin200 24 (1977), Austria 25 - Nov 1977 (1 month), Rolling Stone 25, Virgin 31, WXPN 36 (1977), Vinyl Surrender 42 of all time, RS Reader's 43, Acclaimed 53 (1977), Channel4 62, RS100 72, Belgium 72 of all time (1977), Australia (ARIA) 78 of 2013, US Longest Running Album 96 1977 (153 weeks), Chart2000.com album 75 of 2017, RYM 12 of 1977, AVrev 52, WFUV 84, Xgau rating A (1977)
5 The Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 UK 1 - Jun 1967 (190 weeks), Billboard 1 - Jun 1967 (194 weeks) (15 weeks at number 1) (33 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 15 weeks - Jul 1967, US BB 1 of 1967, Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1967), Germany 1 for 13 weeks - Jul 1967, Norway 1 - Jun 1967 (44 weeks), Australia num 1 for 30 weeks - Aug 1967, Australia (Kent) 1 of 1967 (peak 1), Italy 1 of 1967, Grammy in 1967, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1993 (1967), Rolling Stone 1, Brit best album 1977, Guiness 1, UK Radio2 1, NARM 1, WTMD 1, RS100 1, DMDB 1, BEA 1 of 1967, Defin200 1 (1967), US 11 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1997), US sales 11 M (according to RIAA), Radio Caroline 2 (1967), UK 2 of all time (4.8 M claimed) (1967), WXPN 2 (1967), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1993), PopVortex 3 (1967), UK all time album 3 (1967), Virgin 3, RS Reader's 3, D.Marsh 3 of 1967, Vinyl Surrender 3 of all time, US CashBox 5 of 1967, Fox101 5, Acclaimed 5 (1967), Channel4 7, Sweden 8 - Sep 2009 (4 weeks), Internet 9 - 32 M claimed (1967), Austria 14 - Sep 1978 (3 months), Belgium 14 of all time (1967), Global 19 - 24 M claimed, German RS100 23, Switzerland 29 - Sep 2009 (5 weeks), Worldwide 30 - 19 M, ODK Germany 37 - Aug 1987 (10 weeks), US Longest Running Album 46 1967 (184 weeks), Billboard200 54, Australia (ARIA) 70 of 2017, France (InfoDisc) 89 of 1968 (peak 4, 52 weeks), Chart2000.com album 98 of 2017, RYM 3 of 1967, AVrev 2, WFUV 4, KEXP 19
6 Miles Davis Kind of Blue 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992 (1959), BEA 1 of 1959, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 2002), US (Sup) 4 x Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 2008), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Jan 2000), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Apr 1998), Rolling Stone 12, Virgin 14, WXPN 14 (1959), WTMD 21, PopVortex 28 (1959), Guiness 28, NARM 34, Defin200 34 (1959), Acclaimed 37 (1959), Norway 40 - Jan 2003 (1 week), DMDB 46, RS Reader's 61, UK 70 - Mar 2001 (3 weeks), US Longest Running Album 74 1959 (167 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 83 of 2000 (peak 29, 25 weeks), ODK Germany 100 - Aug 2009 (2 weeks), RYM 1 of 1959, WFUV 18, KEXP 49

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