Albums of the Decade Chart

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This page lists the biggest hit albums of each decade in the 91 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, 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 Whitney Houston The Bodyguard 1993 Billboard 1 - Dec 1992 (155 weeks) (20 weeks at number 1) (42 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1993, US 1 of 1993, US num 1 for 20 weeks - Dec 1992, US BB 1 of 1993, Canada 1 for 8 weeks - 1993, Germany 1 for 11 weeks - Feb 1993, Germany 1 - Jan 1993 (37 weeks), Europe num 1 for 15 weeks - Jan 1993, Austria 1 - Dec 1992 (8 months), Switzerland 1 - Dec 1992 (30 weeks), Norway 1 - Jan 1993 (22 weeks), Sweden 1 - Dec 1992 (24 weeks), Australia num 1 for 5 weeks - Jan 1993, Australia (ARIA) 1 of 1993, New Zealand 1 for 8 - Jan 1993, Japan 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1993, France (InfoDisc) 1 of 1992 (peak 1, 108 weeks), Grammy in 1993, US 17 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1999), UK 7 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 1994), Germany 3 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1993), Diamond in Canada (certified in Sep 1993), US sales 17 M (according to RIAA), Worldwide 2 - 32 M, Global 3 - 30 M claimed, Internet 5 - 37 M claimed (1992), Japan 6 of all time (international albums) (sales 1.88), Italy 8 of 1993, Billboard200 23, UK 55 of all time (2.1 M claimed) (1992)
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, 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 Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever 1978 UK 1 - Mar 1978 (65 weeks), Billboard 1 - Dec 1976 (136 weeks) (24 weeks at number 1) (35 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1978, US 1 of 1978, US num 1 for 24 weeks - Jan 1978, US 70s 1 - Jan 1978 (8 months), US BB 1 of 1978, Library of Congress artifact added 2012 (1977), Canada 1 for 22 weeks - 1978, Germany 1 for 12 weeks - Jun 1978, Germany 1 - May 1978 (26 weeks), Austria 1 - Apr 1978 (10 months), Norway 1 - Mar 1978 (44 weeks), Sweden 1 - Mar 1978 (46 weeks), Australia num 1 for 14 weeks - Mar 1978, Australia (Kent) 1 of 1978 (peak 1), New Zealand 1 for 15 - Mar 1978, Japan 1 for 8 weeks - Jun 1978, Italy 1 of 1978, Grammy in 1978, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1977), D.Marsh 1 of 1977, US 15 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1999), Germany 3 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1978), Diamond in Canada (certified in Jun 1978), US sales 15 M (according to RIAA), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in May 1978), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1979), Internet 4 - 40 M claimed (1977), Global 5 - 28 M claimed, France (InfoDisc) 7 of 1978 (peak 1, 77 weeks), Vinyl Surrender 7 of all time, Worldwide 11 - 25 M, DMDB 29, NARM 40, Defin200 40 (1977), Billboard200 43, UK 54 of all time (2.2 M claimed) (1978), PopVortex 74 (1977), Channel4 80, Rolling Stone 131, Acclaimed 132 (1977), WTMD 180, WXPN 482 (1977), Xgau rating B+ (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, US Longest Running Album 46 1967 (184 weeks), Billboard200 54, France (InfoDisc) 89 of 1968 (peak 4, 52 weeks), 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), RYM 1 of 1959, WFUV 18, KEXP 49

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