Albums from the 1980s

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This page lists the top albums of the 1980s in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page. A list of the hit songs of the 1980s can be found here.

Over the course of the 1980s the passion for "real music" that had driven punk was ground out of the music business by synthasisers, manufactured groups and using the conversion to CDs to force fans to repurchase from the back-catalogue. The top 50 chart acts of the 1980s were:

#1: Prince #2: Madonna #3: U2 #4: Michael Jackson #5: Bruce Springsteen
#6: Phil Collins #7: Dire Straits #8: Queen #9: The Police #10: The Rolling Stones
#11: Billy Joel #12: The Eurythmics #13: The Cure #14: David Bowie #15: Whitney Houston
#16: Elton John #17: Duran Duran #18: Iron Maiden #19: Barbra Streisand #20: The Smiths
#21: Lionel Richie #22: Paul McCartney #23: AC/DC #24: Van Halen #25: Depeche Mode
#26: Genesis #27: Bon Jovi #28: Rod Stewart #29: Simple Minds #30: Culture Club
#31: Tina Turner #32: John Lennon #33: Talking Heads #34: REM #35: Diana Ross
#36: John Cougar Mellencamp #37: Foreigner #38: George Michael #39: Elvis Costello #40: Tears For Fears
#41: The Pet Shop Boys #42: Pat Benatar #43: Def Leppard #44: Peter Gabriel #45: Stevie Wonder
#46: Abba #47: Kiyoko Matsuda #48: Wham! #49: Guns n' Roses #50: Pink Floyd
# Artist Album Title Year Chart Entries
1 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)
2 U2 The Joshua Tree 1987 UK 1 - Mar 1987 (160 weeks), Billboard 1 - Apr 1987 (106 weeks) (9 weeks at number 1) (35 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 9 weeks - Apr 1987, Library of Congress artifact added 2013 (1987), Canada 1 for 17 weeks - 1987, Germany 1 for 6 weeks - May 1987, Germany 1 - Mar 1987 (32 weeks), Europe num 1 for 17 weeks - Apr 1987, Austria 1 - Apr 1987 (15 months), Switzerland 1 - Mar 1987 (37 weeks), Sweden 1 - Mar 1987 (37 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 8 - Mar 1987, Holland free40 1 of 1987, Grammy in 1987, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014 (1987), BEA 1 of 1987, US 10 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 1995), UK 6 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1992), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1994), Diamond in Canada (certified in Oct 1987), US CashBox 2 of 1987, France Best 2 of 1987, Channel4 2, France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Nov 1995), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), UK Radio2 3, Norway 4 - Mar 1987 (40 weeks), Italy 4 of 1987, RS Reader's 4, US BB 5 of 1987, Australia (Kent) 5 of 1987 (peak 3), NARM 5, Defin200 5 (1987), France (InfoDisc) 6 of 1987 (peak 1, 58 weeks), WTMD 7, WXPN 7 (1987), PopVortex 9 (1987), New Zealand 10 of all time (1987, 14 X Platinum), US sales 10 M (according to RIAA), Vinyl Surrender 12 of all time, Belgium 15 of all time (1987), DMDB 15, Global 19 - 24 M claimed, Radio Caroline 20 (1987), Virgin 25, UK 26 of all time (2.7 M claimed) (1987), Rolling Stone 26, UK all time album 35 (1987), Acclaimed 36 (1987), Fox101 37, Worldwide 46 - 16 M, Guiness 48, Internet 55 - 18 M claimed (1987), Billboard200 127, RYM 11 of 1987, KEXP 8, AVrev 9, WFUV 30, Xgau rating B (1987)
3 Bruce Springsteen Born In The USA 1984 UK 1 - Jun 1984 (130 weeks), Billboard 1 - Jun 1984 (128 weeks) (7 weeks at number 1) (70 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1985, US 1 of 1985, US num 1 for 7 weeks - Jul 1984, US BB 1 of 1984, Canada 1 for 13 weeks - 1984, Germany 1 for 11 weeks - Jul 1985, Germany 1 - Jul 1984 (59 weeks), Austria 1 - Jul 1984 (17 months), Switzerland 1 - Jun 1984 (58 weeks), Norway 1 - Apr 1984 (66 weeks), Sweden 1 - Jun 1984 (63 weeks), Australia num 1 for 8 weeks - Oct 1984, New Zealand 1 for 15 - Nov 1984, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012 (1984), US 15 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1995), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jul 1985), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1989), Diamond in Canada (certified in Jul 1985), Australia (Kent) 2 of 1985 (peak 1), US sales 15 M (according to RIAA), Grammy in 1984 (Nominated), Italy 3 of 1985, France Best 3 of 1984, Billboard200 5, New Zealand 6 of all time (1984, 16 X Platinum), BEA 6 of 1984, Global 7 - 27 M claimed, Melody Maker 9 of 1984, Holland free40 12 of 1984, France (InfoDisc) 19 of 1985 (peak 2, 21 weeks), Worldwide 21 - 20 M, Fox101 25, RS100 28, Internet 31 - 24 M claimed (1984), UK Radio2 34, Finland 47 of all time (claimed 108,048) (1984), DMDB 54, NARM 56, Defin200 56 (1984), RS Reader's 64, Guiness 70, WXPN 80 (1984), Radio Caroline 82 (1984), Rolling Stone 85, PopVortex 99 (1984), WTMD 145, Acclaimed 148 (1984), RYM 39 of 1984, AVrev 59, Xgau rating A+ (1984)
4 Dire Straits Brothers In Arms 1985 UK 1 - May 1985 (228 weeks), Billboard 1 - Jun 1985 (83 weeks) (4 weeks at number 1) (25 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 9 weeks - Aug 1985, Canada 1 for 18 weeks - 1985, Germany 1 for 1 week - Jun 1985, Germany 1 - May 1985 (58 weeks), Austria 1 - Jun 1985 (22 months), Switzerland 1 - May 1985 (71 weeks), Norway 1 - May 1985 (46 weeks), Sweden 1 - May 1985 (52 weeks), Australia num 1 for 34 weeks - May 1985, Australia (Kent) 1 of 1985 (peak 1), New Zealand 1 for 21 - Jun 1985, New Zealand 1 of all time (1985, 24 X Platinum), France (InfoDisc) 1 of 1985 (peak 1, 76 weeks), Brit best album 1987, US 9 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1996), UK 13 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1997), France Diamond (certified by SNEP Sep 1994), Diamond in Canada (certified in Apr 1986), Grammy in 1985 (Nominated), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1985), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1988), US BB 3 of 1985, BEA 3 of 1985, Global 4 - 29 M claimed, UK 4 of all time (4.0 M claimed) (1985), US 5 of 1986, Holland free40 5 of 1985, France Best 6 of 1985, US CashBox 7 of 1985, UK all time album 8 (1985), US sales 9 M (according to RIAA), Radio Caroline 10 (1985), UK Radio2 12, Italy 22 of 1985, Internet 26 - 25 M claimed (1985), Worldwide 31 - 19 M, Finland 38 of all time (claimed 115,250) (1985), Channel4 47, Vinyl Surrender 66 of all time, Guiness 68, WTMD 76, Fox101 83, DMDB 84, NARM 89, Defin200 89 (1985), Belgium 92 of all time (1985), Billboard200 98, WXPN 172 (1985), Rolling Stone 351, Acclaimed 566 (1985), RYM 46 of 1985, AVrev 45, Xgau rating B- (1985)
5 Prince Purple Rain 1984 Billboard 1 - Jul 1984 (101 weeks) (23 weeks at number 1) (35 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 24 weeks - Aug 1984, Library of Congress artifact added 2011 (1984), Canada 1 for 13 weeks - 1984, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Aug 1984, Holland free40 1 of 1984, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 (1984), BEA 1 of 1984, US 13 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 1996), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in May 1990), US sales 13 M (according to RIAA), Grammy in 1984 (Nominated), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1993), US BB 3 of 1984, Sweden 3 - Aug 1984 (27 weeks), Norway 4 - Sep 1984 (17 weeks), Germany 5 - Oct 1984 (22 weeks), US CashBox 6 of 1984, UK 7 - Jul 1984 (91 weeks), Switzerland 7 - Aug 1984 (32 weeks), France Best 7 of 1984, Austria 8 - Jan 1985 (5 months), Australia (Kent) 13 of 1984 (peak 1), Melody Maker 13 of 1984, NARM 16, Defin200 16 (1984), DMDB 22, PopVortex 32 (1984), RS100 39, Global 41 - 19 M claimed, Guiness 44, Acclaimed 49 (1984), France (InfoDisc) 53 of 1984 (peak 8, 15 weeks), Worldwide 54 - 15 M, Internet 55 - 18 M claimed (1984), WXPN 64 (1984), RS Reader's 66, Rolling Stone 72, Virgin 72, Belgium 76 of all time (1984), Billboard200 110, WTMD 110, RYM 7 of 1984, AVrev 43, KEXP 87, Xgau rating A- (1984)
6 Michael Jackson Bad 1987 UK 1 - Sep 1987 (148 weeks), Billboard 1 - Sep 1987 (150 weeks) (6 weeks at number 1) (39 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 6 weeks - Sep 1987, Canada 1 for 1 week - 1987, Germany 1 for 11 weeks - Sep 1987, Germany 1 - Sep 1987 (127 weeks), Europe num 1 for 18 weeks - Oct 1987, Austria 1 - Oct 1987 (22 months), Switzerland 1 - Sep 1987 (54 weeks), Norway 1 - Sep 1987 (24 weeks), Sweden 1 - Sep 1987 (40 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 1 - Sep 1987, Japan 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1987, France (InfoDisc) 1 of 1987 (peak 1, 102 weeks), US 8 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 1994), UK 13 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jul 1992), Germany 4 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1995), Grammy in 1987 (Nominated), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1988), Europe Platinum (certified by IFIP in 2009), US BB 3 of 1987, US 5 of 1988, US CashBox 6 of 1988, BEA 6 of 1987, Italy 7 of 1987, UK all time album 9 (1987), UK 9 of all time (3.6 M claimed) (1987), Global 10 - 26 M claimed, US sales 8 M (according to RIAA), Australia (Kent) 16 of 1987 (peak 2), Internet 20 - 27 M claimed (1987), Guiness 23, Worldwide 24 - 20 M, UK Radio2 40, Australia (ARIA) 43 of 1988, Billboard200 138, Rolling Stone 202, Acclaimed 1616 (1987), RYM 84 of 1987, AVrev 94, Xgau rating B+ (1987)
7 The Police Synchronicity 1983 UK 1 - Jun 1983 (48 weeks), Billboard 1 - Jul 1983 (75 weeks) (17 weeks at number 1) (40 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 17 weeks - Jul 1983, Canada 1 for 23 weeks - 1983, Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Jul 1983, New Zealand 1 for 3 - Aug 1983, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1983), US 8 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 2001), BEA 2 of 1983, Grammy in 1983 (Nominated), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Aug 1983), US CashBox 3 of 1983, US 3 of 1983, US BB 3 of 1983, Norway 3 - Jun 1983 (20 weeks), Germany 4 - Jul 1983 (20 weeks), Sweden 4 - Jun 1983 (30 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1983), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1984), Italy 6 of 1983, Melody Maker 8 of 1983, Australia (Kent) 9 of 1983 (peak 1), US sales 8 M (according to RIAA), Austria 11 - Aug 1983 (3 months), Switzerland 15 - Nov 1983 (4 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 18 of 1983 (peak 6, 63 weeks), Holland free40 26 of 1983, Fox101 52, Channel4 65, Global 68 - 14 M claimed, DMDB 71, WXPN 75 (1983), PopVortex 76 (1983), WTMD 83, Virgin 91, Defin200 119 (1983), Billboard200 124, Acclaimed 217 (1983), Rolling Stone 455, RYM 35 of 1983, AVrev 33, KEXP 423, Xgau rating B+ (1983)
8 Paul Simon Graceland 1986 UK 1 - Sep 1986 (108 weeks), Library of Congress artifact added 2006 (1986), Canada 1 for 4 weeks - 1987, Europe num 1 for 1 week - Mar 1987, Switzerland 1 - Oct 1986 (40 weeks), Australia num 1 for 5 weeks - Oct 1986, New Zealand 1 for 3 - Nov 1986, Grammy in 1986, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012 (1986), US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1995), UK 5 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jun 1988), US 2 of 1987, Germany 2 - Jan 1987 (38 weeks), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1988), Billboard 3 - Sep 1986 (105 weeks) (24 weeks in top 10), Austria 3 - Mar 1987 (8 months), BEA 3 of 1986, US CashBox 4 of 1987, Australia (Kent) 4 of 1987 (peak 1), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), US BB 6 of 1987, Vatican 7 of all time, Norway 13 - Sep 1986 (4 weeks), Sweden 13 - Sep 1986 (26 weeks), Holland free40 13 of 1986, WTMD 13, Italy 15 of 1987, France Best 15 of 1986, WXPN 18 (1986), France (InfoDisc) 19 of 1987 (peak 1, 28 weeks), US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), UK Radio2 23, DMDB 39, Vinyl Surrender 41 of all time, Virgin 43, UK 51 of all time (2.2 M claimed) (1986), RS100 56, PopVortex 57 (1986), Acclaimed 67 (1986), Rolling Stone 81, NARM 83, Defin200 83 (1986), Channel4 84, Guiness 93, RYM 4 of 1986, WFUV 13, AVrev 37, Xgau rating A (1986)
9 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 1985 Billboard 1 - Mar 1985 (162 weeks) (14 weeks at number 1) (37 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1986, US 1 of 1986, US num 1 for 14 weeks - Mar 1986, US BB 1 of 1986, Canada 1 for 17 weeks - 1986, Norway 1 - Jan 1986 (28 weeks), Sweden 1 - Feb 1986 (33 weeks), Australia num 1 for 11 weeks - Jun 1986, Australia (Kent) 1 of 1986 (peak 1), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1985), US 13 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1999), UK 4 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 1989), Diamond in Canada (certified in Mar 1987), UK 2 - Dec 1985 (119 weeks), Germany 2 - Jan 1986 (50 weeks), Switzerland 2 - Dec 1985 (33 weeks), US sales 13 M (according to RIAA), Grammy in 1985 (Nominated), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1986), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1988), Austria 9 - Feb 1986 (9 months), Billboard200 11, Global 34 - 20 M claimed, Internet 34 - 23 M claimed (1985), Italy 43 of 1987, NARM 46, Defin200 46 (1985), Worldwide 47 - 16 M, France (InfoDisc) 51 of 1986 (peak 13, 5 weeks), US Longest Running Album 81 1985 (163 weeks), Rolling Stone 254, Acclaimed 1591 (1985), RYM 194 of 1985, Xgau rating C (1984)
10 Guns n' Roses Appetite For Destruction 1987 Billboard 1 - Aug 1987 (167 weeks) (5 weeks at number 1) (50 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 5 weeks - Aug 1988, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Jun 1989, US 18 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 2008), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Aug 1989), Diamond in Canada (certified in Jul 1992), Argentina 6 X Platinum (1991), US sales 18 M (according to RIAA), BEA 2 of 1987, France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Nov 1997), Austria 3 - May 1989 (10 months), US CashBox 4 of 1988, US BB 4 of 1988, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1990), UK 5 - Aug 1987 (174 weeks), US 5 of 1989, Switzerland 7 - Feb 1989 (36 weeks), RS Reader's 7, Norway 9 - Feb 1989 (27 weeks), Channel4 9, Germany 11 - Apr 1989 (23 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 11 of 1989, Worldwide 17 - 22 M, Internet 26 - 25 M claimed (1987), DMDB 28, Sweden 32 - Oct 1988 (4 weeks), NARM 32, Defin200 32 (1987), Global 34 - 20 M claimed, PopVortex 39 (1987), Belgium 48 of all time (1987), Italy 52 of 1989, Fox101 60, Rolling Stone 61, Acclaimed 62 (1987), Billboard200 65, Radio Caroline 70 (1987), WTMD 70, WXPN 84 (1987), RYM 6 of 1987, AVrev 28, Xgau rating B- (1987)
11 Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet 1986 Billboard 1 - Sep 1986 (117 weeks) (8 weeks at number 1) (46 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1987, US 1 of 1987, US num 1 for 8 weeks - Oct 1986, US BB 1 of 1987, Canada 1 for 8 weeks - 1987, Switzerland 1 - Sep 1986 (35 weeks), Norway 1 - Dec 1986 (20 weeks), Australia num 1 for 6 weeks - Jul 1987, New Zealand 1 for 8 - May 1987, US 12 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1995), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Aug 1993), Diamond in Canada (certified in Oct 1987), Austria 2 - Mar 1987 (8 months), US sales 12 M (according to RIAA), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1992), Sweden 3 - Sep 1986 (34 weeks), Australia (Kent) 3 of 1987 (peak 1), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1988), UK 6 - Sep 1986 (123 weeks), Germany 11 - Jan 1987 (27 weeks), Global 28 - 21 M claimed, Internet 31 - 24 M claimed (1986), Billboard200 33, NARM 44, Defin200 44 (1986), Worldwide 50 - 16 M, Vinyl Surrender 74 of all time, Fox101 77, RS Reader's 85, Radio Caroline 124 (1986), Acclaimed 590 (1986), RYM 68 of 1986, AVrev 83, Xgau rating B- (1986)
12 Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down 1983 UK 1 - Oct 1983 (154 weeks), Billboard 1 - Nov 1983 (145 weeks) (3 weeks at number 1) (58 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1984, US num 1 for 3 weeks - Dec 1983, Canada 1 for 1 week - 1983, Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1984, Australia (Kent) 1 of 1984 (peak 1), New Zealand 1 for 1 - May 1984, Grammy in 1984, US 10 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 1985), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 1985), Diamond in Canada (certified in Nov 1984), US BB 2 of 1983, Germany 2 - Dec 1983 (36 weeks), Sweden 2 - Nov 1983 (44 weeks), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1985), US 3 of 1984, Switzerland 3 - Dec 1983 (34 weeks), Norway 3 - Dec 1983 (30 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 3 of 1984 (peak 12, 52 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1984), US sales 10 M (according to RIAA), Austria 19 - Jan 1984 (1 month), Internet 38 - 22 M claimed (1983), Italy 40 of 1984, Global 41 - 19 M claimed, Billboard200 48, Guiness 60, Worldwide 61 - 14 M, US Longest Running Album 87 1983 (160 weeks), Defin200 135 (1983), Acclaimed 1811 (1983), Xgau rating B+ (1983)
13 Phil Collins No Jacket Required 1985 UK 1 - Mar 1985 (176 weeks), Billboard 1 - Mar 1985 (109 weeks) (7 weeks at number 1) (24 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 7 weeks - Mar 1985, Canada 1 for 8 weeks - 1985, Germany 1 for 9 weeks - Mar 1985, Germany 1 - Mar 1985 (27 weeks), Switzerland 1 - Mar 1985 (27 weeks), Norway 1 - Mar 1985 (15 weeks), Sweden 1 - Mar 1985 (14 weeks), Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - May 1985, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Apr 1985, Grammy in 1985, Brit best album 1986, US 12 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 2001), UK 6 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 1989), Germany 3 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2005), Diamond in Canada (certified in Apr 1986), US sales 12 M (according to RIAA), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), US CashBox 3 of 1985, Australia (Kent) 4 of 1985 (peak 1), US BB 5 of 1985, Austria 11 - Apr 1985 (4 months), Global 12 - 25 M claimed, France (InfoDisc) 16 of 1985 (peak 6, 26 weeks), Italy 18 of 1985, Worldwide 38 - 18 M, NARM 74, Defin200 74 (1985), Internet 83 - 15 M claimed (1985), Billboard200 130, RYM 161 of 1985, AVrev 70, Xgau rating C (1985)
14 George Michael Faith 1987 UK 1 - Nov 1987 (79 weeks), Billboard 1 - Nov 1987 (86 weeks) (12 weeks at number 1) (49 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1988, US 1 of 1988, US num 1 for 12 weeks - Jan 1988, Canada 1 for 5 weeks - 1987, Europe num 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1987, Grammy in 1988, US 10 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 1996), UK 4 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Sep 1993), Diamond in Canada (certified in Oct 1991), US BB 2 of 1988, Germany 3 - Nov 1987 (20 weeks), Norway 3 - Nov 1987 (14 weeks), Austria 4 - Dec 1987 (10 months), Switzerland 4 - Nov 1987 (32 weeks), Sweden 4 - Nov 1987 (27 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1988), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1988), France (InfoDisc) 7 of 1987 (peak 5, 60 weeks), US sales 10 M (according to RIAA), Australia (ARIA) 11 of 1988, Italy 20 of 1987, Global 41 - 19 M claimed, UK Radio2 43, Internet 73 - 16 M claimed (1987), Worldwide 73 - 13 M, Channel4 79, Billboard200 81, Defin200 158 (1987), Rolling Stone 480, Acclaimed 641 (1987), RYM 119 of 1987, Xgau rating B+ (1987)
15 U2 Rattle & Hum 1988 UK 1 - Oct 1988 (56 weeks), Billboard 1 - Oct 1988 (38 weeks) (6 weeks at number 1) (13 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 6 weeks - Nov 1988, Canada 1 for 13 weeks - 1988, Germany 1 for 6 weeks - Nov 1988, Germany 1 - Oct 1988 (15 weeks), Europe num 1 for 5 weeks - Oct 1988, Austria 1 - Nov 1988 (13 months), Switzerland 1 - Oct 1988 (27 weeks), Norway 1 - Oct 1988 (24 weeks), Australia num 1 for 5 weeks - Oct 1988, New Zealand 1 for 8 - Nov 1988, France Best 1 of 1988, US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 1995), UK 4 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1995), Sweden 2 - Oct 1988 (23 weeks), Holland free40 2 of 1988, Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1988), France Gold (certified by SNEP Nov 1995), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), Italy 7 of 1988, US BB 14 of 1988, Australia (ARIA) 18 of 1989, US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), France (InfoDisc) 31 of 1988 (peak 8, 18 weeks), US CashBox 39 of 1988, UK Radio2 61, Global 75 - 13 M claimed, WTMD 227, WXPN 340 (1988), Acclaimed 1280 (1988), RYM 184 of 1988, Xgau rating B+ (1988)
16 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)
17 Def Leppard Hysteria 1987 UK 1 - Aug 1987 (101 weeks), Billboard 1 - Aug 1987 (130 weeks) (6 weeks at number 1) (76 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 6 weeks - Jul 1988, US BB 1 of 1988, Canada 1 for 5 weeks - 1988, Norway 1 - Aug 1987 (25 weeks), Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Jul 1989, New Zealand 1 for 3 - Jul 1988, US 12 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1998), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1989), Diamond in Canada (certified in Nov 1988), Switzerland 2 - Aug 1987 (16 weeks), Sweden 2 - Aug 1987 (27 weeks), US sales 12 M (according to RIAA), US CashBox 3 of 1988, US 3 of 1988, Australia (ARIA) 3 of 1989, BEA 7 of 1987, Germany 10 - Aug 1987 (6 weeks), Billboard200 25, Global 28 - 21 M claimed, NARM 36, Defin200 36 (1987), Internet 65 - 17 M claimed (1987), Worldwide 66 - 14 M, France (InfoDisc) 83 of 1987 (peak 22, 2 weeks), RS Reader's 93, Rolling Stone 472, Acclaimed 589 (1987), RYM 45 of 1987, Xgau rating C (1987)
18 Phil Collins ... But Seriously 1989 UK 1 - Dec 1989 (68 weeks), Billboard 1 - Dec 1989 (90 weeks) (4 weeks at number 1) (20 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1989, Canada 1 for 11 weeks - 1990, Germany 1 for 17 weeks - Dec 1989, Germany 1 - Dec 1989 (48 weeks), Europe num 1 for 19 weeks - Dec 1989, Austria 1 - Dec 1989 (11 months), Switzerland 1 - Dec 1989 (52 weeks), Norway 1 - Dec 1989 (27 weeks), Sweden 1 - Nov 1989 (29 weeks), Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Nov 1989, New Zealand 1 for 5 - Jan 1990, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1994), UK 8 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1990), Germany 6 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1994), US CashBox 2 of 1990, US 2 of 1990, Grammy in 1990 (Nominated), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Italy 3 of 1990, US BB 5 of 1990, France (InfoDisc) 5 of 1989 (peak 1, 76 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 14 of 1990, UK 23 of all time (2.7 M claimed) (1989), Global 28 - 21 M claimed, UK all time album 37 (1989), Worldwide 72 - 13 M, Internet 83 - 15 M claimed (1989), Radio Caroline 135 (1989)
19 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)
20 AC/DC Back In Black 1980 UK 1 - Aug 1980 (46 weeks), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Mar 1981, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1980), US sales 22 M (according to RIAA), US 22 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 2007), France 2 X Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2003), Diamond in Canada (certified in Oct 1989), France (InfoDisc) 2 of 1980 (peak 1, 91 weeks), Internet 2 - 42 M claimed (1980), BEA 2 of 1980, Germany 3 - Aug 1980 (39 weeks), Australia (Kent) 3 of 1981 (peak 1), Billboard 4 - Aug 1980 (271 weeks) (23 weeks in top 10), US BB 4 of 1980, UK Gold (certified by BPI in Dec 1980), Fox101 4, Austria 7 - Sep 1980 (4 months), Norway 8 - Sep 1980 (23 weeks), Worldwide 9 - 25 M, Sweden 12 - Aug 1980 (10 weeks), Global 12 - 25 M claimed, NARM 17, Defin200 17 (1980), US CashBox 21 of 1980, DMDB 25, Switzerland 36 - Jul 2007 (16 weeks), D.Marsh 40 of 1980, UK Radio2 45, Italy 48 of 1981, PopVortex 56 (1980), RS Reader's 60, Rolling Stone 73, Acclaimed 107 (1980), WTMD 111, WXPN 143 (1980), RYM 5 of 1980, AVrev 44, KEXP 101, Xgau rating B- (1980)
21 Whitney Houston Whitney 1987 UK 1 - Jun 1987 (101 weeks), Billboard 1 - Jun 1987 (86 weeks) (11 weeks at number 1) (31 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 11 weeks - Jun 1987, Canada 1 for 6 weeks - 1987, Germany 1 for 11 weeks - Jul 1987, Germany 1 - Jun 1987 (19 weeks), Europe num 1 for 8 weeks - Aug 1987, Austria 1 - Jul 1987 (13 months), Switzerland 1 - Jun 1987 (20 weeks), Norway 1 - Jun 1987 (16 weeks), Sweden 1 - Jun 1987 (30 weeks), Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1987, New Zealand 1 for 2 - Jul 1987, US 9 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1995), UK 6 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1988), Italy 2 of 1987, Grammy in 1987 (Nominated), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1987), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1988), US BB 4 of 1987, US CashBox 6 of 1987, Australia (Kent) 9 of 1987 (peak 1), US sales 9 M (according to RIAA), France (InfoDisc) 17 of 1987 (peak 6, 34 weeks), Global 47 - 18 M claimed, UK 48 of all time (2.2 M claimed) (1987), Internet 52 - 19 M claimed (1987), Worldwide 78 - 13 M, Billboard200 159, Xgau rating C+ (1987)
22 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman 1988 UK 1 - May 1988 (153 weeks), US num 1 for 1 week - Aug 1988, Canada 1 for 9 weeks - 1988, Germany 1 for 3 weeks - Sep 1988, Germany 1 - Jul 1988 (44 weeks), Europe num 1 for 6 weeks - Sep 1988, Austria 1 - Sep 1988 (21 months), Switzerland 1 - Jul 1988 (45 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 4 - Mar 1989, Italy 1 of 1988, US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 2001), UK 8 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 2004), France Diamond (certified by SNEP Jun 2000), Germany 4 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2001), Billboard 2 - Apr 1988 (59 weeks) (16 weeks in top 10), Norway 2 - Jun 1988 (36 weeks), Sweden 2 - Jul 1988 (40 weeks), Grammy in 1988 (Nominated), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), France (InfoDisc) 3 of 1988 (peak 2, 90 weeks), France Best 5 of 1988, US CashBox 7 of 1988, Australia (ARIA) 7 of 1988, US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), BEA 10 of 1988, US BB 11 of 1988, UK 42 of all time (2.3 M claimed) (1988), Worldwide 74 - 13 M, WXPN 191 (1988), WTMD 219, Rolling Stone 261, Acclaimed 386 (1988), RYM 40 of 1988, Xgau rating B+ (1988)
23 Original Soundtrack Dirty Dancing 1987 Billboard 1 - Sep 1987 (94 weeks) (18 weeks at number 1) (47 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 18 weeks - Nov 1987, Canada 1 for 14 weeks - 1988, Germany 1 for 7 weeks - Feb 1988, Germany 1 - Dec 1987 (48 weeks), Europe num 1 for 7 weeks - Mar 1988, Austria 1 - Dec 1987 (15 months), Switzerland 1 - Nov 1987 (38 weeks), Australia num 1 for 8 weeks - Feb 1988, New Zealand 1 for 6 - Feb 1988, France (InfoDisc) 1 of 1990 (peak 1, 97 weeks), US 11 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1994), UK 5 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 1991), Germany 4 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1990), Diamond in Canada (certified in Aug 1988), US CashBox 2 of 1988, US 2 of 1988, Australia (ARIA) 2 of 1988, US sales 11 M (according to RIAA), US BB 3 of 1988, UK 4 - Oct 1987 (63 weeks), Sweden 4 - Nov 1987 (46 weeks), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Norway 6 - Nov 1987 (25 weeks), Internet 9 - 32 M claimed (1987), UK all time album 22 (1987), Worldwide 23 - 20 M, Italy 37 of 1988, UK 37 of all time (2.4 M claimed) (1987), Billboard200 60, NARM 99, Defin200 99 (1987), Xgau rating D (1987)
24 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)
25 Original Soundtrack Flashdance 1983 Billboard 1 - Apr 1983 (78 weeks) (2 weeks at number 1) (25 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 1983, Germany 1 for 8 weeks - Oct 1983, Germany 1 - Aug 1983 (24 weeks), Austria 1 - Oct 1983 (6 months), Switzerland 1 - Nov 1983 (18 weeks), Norway 1 - Jul 1983 (18 weeks), Sweden 1 - Jun 1983 (32 weeks), Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Aug 1983, Japan 1 for 11 weeks - Jul 1983, US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jun 1996), Grammy in 1983 (Nominated), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1983), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1984), US CashBox 4 of 1983, Italy 4 of 1983, UK Gold (certified by BPI in Sep 1983), Australia (Kent) 5 of 1983 (peak 1), US BB 8 of 1983, UK 9 - Jul 1983 (30 weeks), US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), France (InfoDisc) 15 of 1983 (peak 1, 57 weeks), Xgau rating B- (1983)
26 Peter Gabriel So 1986 UK 1 - May 1986 (76 weeks), Norway 1 - May 1986 (18 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 1 - Jul 1986, Holland free40 1 of 1986, France Best 1 of 1986, US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1996), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jul 1989), Billboard 2 - Jun 1986 (92 weeks) (11 weeks in top 10), Germany 2 - Jun 1986 (66 weeks), Austria 2 - Jun 1986 (6 months), Switzerland 2 - Jun 1986 (22 weeks), Sweden 2 - May 1986 (21 weeks), Grammy in 1986 (Nominated), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1990), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), BEA 4 of 1986, France (InfoDisc) 8 of 1986 (peak 12, 33 weeks), US CashBox 12 of 1986, US BB 13 of 1986, Italy 13 of 1986, US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), WXPN 52 (1986), Guiness 78, UK Radio2 81, Virgin 82, Vinyl Surrender 87 of all time, WTMD 91, Global 96 - 11 M claimed, Rolling Stone 187, Acclaimed 208 (1986), RYM 28 of 1986, AVrev 49, Xgau rating B- (1986)
27 Bob Marley Legend, The Best Of Bob Marley 1984 UK 1 - May 1984 (424 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 4 - Aug 1984, US 10 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1999), UK 6 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1994), France Diamond (certified by SNEP Nov 1995), Argentina 8 X Platinum (1992), BEA 2 of 1984, Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1992), New Zealand 4 of all time (1984, 20 X Platinum), Billboard 5 - Aug 1984 (423 weeks) (1 week in top 10), Austria 7 - Jun 1984 (6 months), Norway 8 - Jul 1999 (13 weeks), Sweden 10 - Jun 1984 (31 weeks), US sales 10 M (according to RIAA), Germany 11 - Jun 1984 (7 weeks), US Longest Running Album 18 1984 (255 weeks), UK all time album 18 (1984), Australia (Kent) 21 of 1984 (peak 2), Switzerland 23 - Jun 1984 (10 weeks), Guiness 29, France (InfoDisc) 32 of 1991 (peak 1, 36 weeks), Worldwide 32 - 19 M, UK 33 of all time (2.5 M claimed) (1984), Italy 38 of 1984, WTMD 42, Rolling Stone 46, Australia (ARIA) 49 of 1994, PopVortex 60 (1984), Virgin 60, Internet 83 - 15 M claimed (1984), RS Reader's 92, US BB 145 of 2010, Radio Caroline 228 (1984), WFUV 43, KEXP 93, Xgau rating A (1984)
28 John Lennon Double Fantasy 1980 UK 1 - Nov 1980 (36 weeks), Billboard 1 - Dec 1980 (76 weeks) (8 weeks at number 1) (22 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 8 weeks - Dec 1980, Canada 1 for 10 weeks - 1981, Austria 1 - Feb 1981 (8 months), Norway 1 - Dec 1980 (33 weeks), Sweden 1 - Nov 1980 (27 weeks), Australia num 1 for 10 weeks - Dec 1980, Australia (Kent) 1 of 1981 (peak 1), New Zealand 1 for 4 - Mar 1981, Grammy in 1981, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1984), US 2 of 1981, Germany 2 - Dec 1980 (31 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Feb 1981), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1982), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1981), US CashBox 5 of 1981, US BB 9 of 1981, Italy 9 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 16 of 1980 (peak 2, 63 weeks), D.Marsh 17 of 1980, Holland free40 56 of 1980, WXPN 873 (1980), Acclaimed 963 (1980), RYM 164 of 1980, Xgau rating A (1980)
29 Culture Club Colour By Numbers 1983 UK 1 - Oct 1983 (56 weeks), Canada 1 for 12 weeks - 1984, Australia num 1 for 7 weeks - Oct 1983, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Nov 1983, Japan 1 for 1 week - Nov 1983, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1986), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Apr 1985), Diamond in Canada (certified in May 1984), Billboard 2 - Nov 1983 (59 weeks) (30 weeks in top 10), Norway 2 - Oct 1983 (20 weeks), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Sweden 3 - Nov 1983 (20 weeks), Australia (Kent) 3 of 1984 (peak 1), Switzerland 4 - Nov 1983 (15 weeks), US 5 of 1984, US BB 6 of 1984, Germany 6 - Nov 1983 (10 weeks), US CashBox 8 of 1984, France (InfoDisc) 12 of 1983 (peak 4, 66 weeks), Melody Maker 14 of 1983, Austria 17 - Dec 1983 (3 months), Italy 31 of 1983, Holland free40 45 of 1983, Acclaimed 1227 (1983), RYM 168 of 1983, Xgau rating B+ (1983)
30 Barbra Streisand Guilty 1980 UK 1 - Oct 1980 (82 weeks), Billboard 1 - Oct 1980 (49 weeks) (3 weeks at number 1) (18 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 3 weeks - Oct 1980, Canada 1 for 3 weeks - 1980, Austria 1 - Dec 1980 (7 months), Norway 1 - Oct 1980 (31 weeks), Sweden 1 - Oct 1980 (31 weeks), Australia num 1 for 6 weeks - Nov 1980, New Zealand 1 for 5 - Nov 1980, US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1989), Grammy in 1980 (Nominated), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Feb 1981), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1984), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1981), Italy 3 of 1981, Germany 4 - Nov 1980 (21 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 8 of 1980 (peak 1, 69 weeks), US BB 10 of 1980, US CashBox 15 of 1981, US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), Australia (Kent) 22 of 1980 (peak 1), Global 117 - 9 M claimed, Acclaimed 2774 (1980), RYM 145 of 1980, Xgau rating C+ (1980)
31 Bryan Adams Reckless 1985 Billboard 1 - Nov 1984 (69 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (30 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 2 weeks - Aug 1985, US BB 1 of 1985, Canada 1 for 4 weeks - 1985, New Zealand 1 for 6 - Oct 1985, Juno Award in 1985, US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1992), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in May 1992), Diamond in Canada (certified in Dec 1985), US 2 of 1985, Norway 2 - Jul 1985 (32 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1986), Sweden 5 - Nov 1984 (45 weeks), US CashBox 6 of 1985, UK 7 - Mar 1985 (115 weeks), Australia (Kent) 9 of 1985 (peak 2), Switzerland 10 - Dec 1984 (15 weeks), US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), Holland free40 64 of 1984, Global 82 - 12 M claimed, Billboard200 169, Acclaimed 2116 (1984), RYM 77 of 1984, Xgau rating C- (1985)
32 The Rolling Stones Tattoo You 1981 Billboard 1 - Sep 1981 (58 weeks) (9 weeks at number 1) (22 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 9 weeks - Sep 1981, Canada 1 for 7 weeks - 1981, Australia num 1 for 11 weeks - Sep 1981, New Zealand 1 for 2 - Sep 1981, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 2000), UK 2 - Sep 1981 (29 weeks), Austria 2 - Oct 1981 (3 months), Germany 3 - Sep 1981 (7 weeks), Norway 3 - Sep 1981 (20 weeks), Sweden 3 - Sep 1981 (26 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Sep 1981), US BB 7 of 1981, US CashBox 10 of 1981, Australia (Kent) 12 of 1981 (peak 1), Italy 27 of 1981, Holland free40 27 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 40 of 1981 (peak 1, 35 weeks), Fox101 79, German RS100 82, Rolling Stone 211, Radio Caroline 221 (1981), WTMD 478, WXPN 741 (1981), Acclaimed 1016 (1981), RYM 122 of 1981, AVrev 46, Xgau rating A- (1981)
33 Original Soundtrack Footloose 1984 Billboard 1 - Feb 1984 (66 weeks) (10 weeks at number 1) (20 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 10 weeks - Apr 1984, Canada 1 for 9 weeks - 1984, Switzerland 1 - Jun 1984 (18 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 8 - Jun 1984, Japan 1 for 1 week - Aug 1984, US 9 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 2001), Austria 2 - Jun 1984 (4 months), Norway 2 - Jun 1984 (16 weeks), France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Apr 1995), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1985), Germany 3 - Jun 1984 (16 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in May 1984), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1984), US CashBox 5 of 1984, UK 7 - Apr 1984 (25 weeks), US BB 9 of 1984, Sweden 10 - Apr 1984 (12 weeks), US sales 9 M (according to RIAA), Australia (Kent) 14 of 1984 (peak 2), France (InfoDisc) 35 of 1984 (peak 20, 30 weeks), Italy 45 of 1984, Defin200 134 (1984), Xgau rating C (1984)
34 Bon Jovi New Jersey 1988 UK 1 - Oct 1988 (47 weeks), Billboard 1 - Oct 1988 (76 weeks) (3 weeks at number 1) (21 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1988, Switzerland 1 - Oct 1988 (25 weeks), Sweden 1 - Oct 1988 (18 weeks), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Oct 1988, New Zealand 1 for 2 - Oct 1988, US 7 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1996), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Aug 1993), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1994), US 4 of 1989, Germany 4 - Oct 1988 (7 weeks), Norway 4 - Sep 1988 (19 weeks), US BB 5 of 1988, US sales 7 M (according to RIAA), Austria 14 - Nov 1988 (2 months), US CashBox 25 of 1988, Italy 47 of 1988, Global 75 - 13 M claimed, RYM 95 of 1988, Xgau rating C+ (1988)
35 Bruce Springsteen The River 1980 Billboard 1 - Nov 1980 (97 weeks) (4 weeks at number 1) (8 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 4 weeks - Nov 1980, Canada 1 for 4 weeks - 1980, Norway 1 - Oct 1980 (68 weeks), D.Marsh 1 of 1980, US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 2003), UK 2 - Oct 1980 (87 weeks), Sweden 2 - Oct 1980 (63 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 1981), France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Apr 1995), France (InfoDisc) 4 of 1980 (peak 3, 88 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1989), BEA 5 of 1980, US BB 14 of 1980, Holland free40 16 of 1980, US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), US CashBox 30 of 1980, RS100 63, Global 131 - 8 M claimed, WXPN 155 (1980), WTMD 163, Acclaimed 242 (1980), Rolling Stone 250, Radio Caroline 287 (1980), RYM 38 of 1980, Xgau rating A- (1980)
36 Paul McCartney Tug Of War 1982 UK 1 - May 1982 (26 weeks), Billboard 1 - May 1982 (30 weeks) (3 weeks at number 1) (9 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 3 weeks - May 1982, Canada 1 for 4 weeks - 1982, Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Jul 1982, Germany 1 - May 1982 (16 weeks), Norway 1 - May 1982 (25 weeks), Sweden 1 - May 1982 (23 weeks), Japan 1 for 1 week - Apr 1982, Austria 2 - May 1982 (7 months), Grammy in 1982 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jun 1982), UK Gold (certified by BPI in May 1982), Australia (Kent) 7 of 1982 (peak 2), France (InfoDisc) 12 of 1982 (peak 2, 68 weeks), Italy 13 of 1982, US CashBox 14 of 1982, US BB 19 of 1982, Holland free40 48 of 1982, RYM 95 of 1982, Xgau rating B (1982)
37 Sting ...Nothing Like The Sun 1987 UK 1 - Oct 1987 (47 weeks), Japan 1 for 1 week - Oct 1987, Brit best album 1988, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1991), Norway 2 - Oct 1987 (14 weeks), Grammy in 1988 (Nominated), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 1988), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1988), Austria 3 - Dec 1987 (13 months), Switzerland 3 - Oct 1987 (46 weeks), Italy 3 of 1988, Germany 4 - Nov 1987 (43 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 4 of 1987 (peak 3, 70 weeks), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Sweden 7 - Oct 1987 (10 weeks), Billboard 9 - Oct 1987 (51 weeks) (4 weeks in top 10), Holland free40 9 of 1987, France Best 16 of 1987, US BB 18 of 1987, US CashBox 20 of 1988, Australia (ARIA) 45 of 1988, Global 164 - 6 M claimed, WXPN 432 (1987), WTMD 592, Acclaimed 1889 (1987), RYM 67 of 1987, AVrev 58, Xgau rating B (1987)
38 Queen Queen's Greatest Hits I 1981 UK 1 - Nov 1981 (492 weeks), Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Dec 1981, Germany 1 - Nov 1981 (64 weeks), Austria 1 - Dec 1981 (14 months), New Zealand 1 for 5 - Nov 1981, UK all time album 1 (1981), UK 1 of all time (5.4 M claimed) (1981), US 8 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 2006), UK 11 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 1992), Germany 3 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1993), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1982), BEA 7 of 1981, Billboard 11 - Nov 1981 (261 weeks), Norway 21 - Nov 1981 (20 weeks), Australia (Kent) 23 of 1982 (peak 2), US Longest Running Album 31 1981 (219 weeks), Worldwide 33 - 18 M, US BB 48 of 1981, Global 51 - 17 M claimed, US CashBox 76 of 1982, Internet 83 - 15 M claimed (1981)
39 The Police Ghost In The Machine 1981 UK 1 - Oct 1981 (27 weeks), Canada 1 for 5 weeks - 1981, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Dec 1981, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 2001), Billboard 2 - Oct 1981 (109 weeks) (24 weeks in top 10), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1981), Germany 4 - Oct 1981 (8 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1981), Norway 5 - Oct 1981 (13 weeks), Melody Maker 5 of 1981, Sweden 6 - Oct 1981 (17 weeks), Holland free40 7 of 1981, US BB 8 of 1981, BEA 8 of 1981, Austria 11 - Dec 1981 (1 month), US CashBox 12 of 1982, Italy 12 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 46 of 1981 (peak 1, 32 weeks), Global 131 - 8 M claimed, WXPN 253 (1981), Rolling Stone 322, WTMD 637, Acclaimed 1255 (1981), RYM 113 of 1981, KEXP 471, Xgau rating B+ (1981)
40 Prince Sign 'O' The Times 1987 Switzerland 1 - Apr 1987 (21 weeks), France Best 1 of 1987, Holland free40 2 of 1987, Melody Maker 2 of 1987, Grammy in 1987 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1987), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Sep 1990), France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Austria 3 - May 1987 (6 months), Norway 3 - Apr 1987 (13 weeks), BEA 3 of 1987, UK 4 - Apr 1987 (32 weeks), Billboard 6 - Apr 1987 (57 weeks) (4 weeks in top 10), Sweden 6 - Apr 1987 (21 weeks), Italy 9 of 1987, Germany 11 - Apr 1987 (11 weeks), Virgin 19, US CashBox 23 of 1987, France (InfoDisc) 24 of 1987 (peak 4, 24 weeks), Acclaimed 26 (1987), US BB 33 of 1987, PopVortex 40 (1987), DMDB 41, Channel4 56, Belgium 65 of all time (1987), Guiness 84, Rolling Stone 93, Defin200 155 (1987), WXPN 266 (1987), WTMD 398, RYM 1 of 1987, KEXP 619, Xgau rating A+ (1987)
41 Fine Young Cannibals The Raw & The Cooked 1989 UK 1 - Feb 1989 (66 weeks), Billboard 1 - Mar 1989 (63 weeks) (7 weeks at number 1) (27 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 7 weeks - Jun 1989, Canada 1 for 16 weeks - 1989, Austria 1 - Mar 1989 (6 months), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Jul 1989, Brit best album 1990, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1989), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1989), US CashBox 2 of 1989, Switzerland 2 - Feb 1989 (23 weeks), Grammy in 1989 (Nominated), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1991), Germany 3 - Feb 1989 (21 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 4 of 1989, Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Sweden 5 - Feb 1989 (18 weeks), US BB 7 of 1989, Norway 19 - Mar 1989 (1 week), France (InfoDisc) 22 of 1989 (peak 11, 40 weeks), Italy 45 of 1989, WTMD 746, Acclaimed 1608 (1989), Xgau rating A- (1989)
42 Phil Collins Face Value 1981 UK 1 - Feb 1981 (274 weeks), Canada 1 for 3 weeks - 1981, Sweden 1 - Mar 1981 (30 weeks), US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1999), UK 5 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Apr 1995), Germany 3 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1993), Diamond in Canada (certified in Nov 1996), Germany 2 - Mar 1981 (27 weeks), Austria 3 - Apr 1981 (4 months), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Norway 5 - Mar 1981 (31 weeks), Billboard 7 - Mar 1981 (148 weeks) (10 weeks in top 10), Australia (Kent) 7 of 1981 (peak 2), US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), Italy 21 of 1981, US BB 25 of 1981, US CashBox 33 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 33 of 1981 (peak 1, 33 weeks), Holland free40 37 of 1981, Global 51 - 17 M claimed, Guiness 71, US Longest Running Album 79 1981 (164 weeks), Acclaimed 1676 (1981), RYM 149 of 1981
43 Tears For Fears Songs From The Big Chair 1985 Billboard 1 - Apr 1985 (68 weeks) (3 weeks at number 1) (20 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 5 weeks - Jul 1985, Canada 1 for 13 weeks - 1985, Germany 1 for 1 week - Apr 1985, Germany 1 - Mar 1985 (12 weeks), US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 1995), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Feb 1986), UK 2 - Mar 1985 (81 weeks), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), US CashBox 4 of 1985, US BB 4 of 1985, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1991), Switzerland 5 - Mar 1985 (16 weeks), Australia (Kent) 6 of 1985 (peak 5), Holland free40 10 of 1985, BEA 10 of 1985, France Best 11 of 1985, France (InfoDisc) 14 of 1985 (peak 12, 31 weeks), Norway 17 - Apr 1985 (3 weeks), US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), Austria 22 - Apr 1985 (1 month), Sweden 25 - Mar 1985 (6 weeks), Italy 29 of 1985, Billboard200 180, WXPN 838 (1985), WTMD 867, Acclaimed 1662 (1985), RYM 39 of 1985, Xgau rating B (1985)
44 Men At Work Business As Usual 1982 UK 1 - Jan 1983 (44 weeks), Billboard 1 - Jul 1982 (90 weeks) (15 weeks at number 1) (31 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 15 weeks - Nov 1982, Canada 1 for 3 weeks - 1982, Norway 1 - Feb 1983 (23 weeks), Australia num 1 for 9 weeks - Dec 1981, Australia (Kent) 1 of 1982 (peak 1), New Zealand 1 for 10 - Feb 1982, US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1994), US 2 of 1983, UK Platinum (certified by BPI in May 1983), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1983), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1985), US CashBox 5 of 1983, US BB 5 of 1983, US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), Germany 15 - Aug 1983 (46 weeks), Sweden 15 - Feb 1983 (18 weeks), Italy 35 of 1983, Holland free40 44 of 1982, France (InfoDisc) 75 of 1983 (peak 16, 31 weeks), Billboard200 102, RYM 195 of 1981, Xgau rating B+ (1982)
45 Prince Batman 1989 UK 1 - Jul 1989 (20 weeks), Billboard 1 - Jul 1989 (36 weeks) (6 weeks at number 1) (10 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 6 weeks - Jul 1989, Canada 1 for 1 week - 1989, Europe num 1 for 7 weeks - Jul 1989, Switzerland 1 - Jul 1989 (19 weeks), US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1989), Norway 2 - Jul 1989 (12 weeks), Sweden 2 - Jun 1989 (16 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 1989), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Germany 3 - Jul 1989 (15 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1990), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Austria 7 - Aug 1989 (5 months), Italy 12 of 1989, US CashBox 14 of 1989, Holland free40 19 of 1989, US BB 20 of 1989, France (InfoDisc) 20 of 1989 (peak 1, 36 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 49 of 1989, Global 153 - 7 M claimed, Xgau rating B+ (1989)
46 INXS Kick 1988 Canada 1 for 1 week - 1988, Australia (ARIA) 1 of 1988, New Zealand 1 for 2 - Aug 1988, US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1997), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1989), Diamond in Canada (certified in Nov 1991), Billboard 3 - Nov 1987 (79 weeks) (22 weeks in top 10), US 4 of 1988, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1991), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), US CashBox 5 of 1988, US BB 7 of 1988, France Best 7 of 1988, UK 9 - Nov 1987 (103 weeks), US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), Germany 11 - Mar 1988 (10 weeks), Austria 15 - Apr 1988 (3 months), Sweden 21 - Feb 1988 (16 weeks), Switzerland 25 - Dec 1987 (3 weeks), Italy 67 of 1988, WTMD 636, WXPN 751 (1987), Acclaimed 1387 (1987), RYM 78 of 1987, Xgau rating B (1988)
47 Tina Turner Private Dancer 1984 Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 1984, Austria 1 - Dec 1984 (15 months), US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 1987), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jun 1986), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1991), UK 2 - Jun 1984 (147 weeks), Germany 2 - Aug 1984 (70 weeks), Grammy in 1984 (Nominated), Billboard 3 - Jun 1984 (92 weeks) (38 weeks in top 10), Switzerland 3 - Jun 1984 (88 weeks), US BB 4 of 1984, US 5 of 1985, Norway 5 - Oct 1984 (10 weeks), Sweden 7 - Jun 1984 (32 weeks), US CashBox 9 of 1985, Australia (Kent) 17 of 1984 (peak 7), US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), Guiness 25, Holland free40 67 of 1984, Global 68 - 14 M claimed, France (InfoDisc) 71 of 1984 (peak 14, 6 weeks), Billboard200 183, Acclaimed 647 (1984), RYM 95 of 1984, Xgau rating A- (1984)
48 U2 The Unforgettable Fire 1984 UK 1 - Oct 1984 (131 weeks), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Oct 1984, New Zealand 1 for 3 - Nov 1984, France Best 1 of 1984, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 1995), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Apr 1987), Holland free40 3 of 1984, France Gold (certified by SNEP Oct 1985), Norway 6 - Oct 1984 (4 weeks), Sweden 6 - Oct 1984 (18 weeks), BEA 7 of 1984, Melody Maker 8 of 1984, Billboard 12 - Oct 1984 (118 weeks), Germany 14 - Oct 1984 (5 weeks), Virgin 15, Guiness 18, Switzerland 24 - Nov 1984 (3 weeks), Italy 37 of 1985, US BB 39 of 1984, US CashBox 46 of 1984, UK Radio2 48, Vinyl Surrender 48 of all time, RS Reader's 53, PopVortex 70 (1984), WXPN 93 (1984), WTMD 113, Acclaimed 425 (1984), RYM 47 of 1984, KEXP 334, Xgau rating B+ (1984)
49 Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 1989 Billboard 1 - Oct 1989 (108 weeks) (4 weeks at number 1) (35 weeks in top 10), US 1 of 1990, US num 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1989, Australia num 1 for 4 weeks - Feb 1991, US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1992), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1990), US CashBox 3 of 1990, UK 4 - Sep 1989 (43 weeks), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), US BB 5 of 1989, US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), Australia (ARIA) 13 of 1991, Switzerland 23 - Oct 1989 (1 week), Sweden 24 - Oct 1989 (12 weeks), Billboard200 94, Global 117 - 9 M claimed, Rolling Stone 275, Acclaimed 2152 (1989), RYM 110 of 1989, Xgau rating A- (1989)
50 The Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill 1986 Billboard 1 - Nov 1986 (149 weeks) (7 weeks at number 1) (19 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 7 weeks - Mar 1987, Melody Maker 1 of 1986, US 9 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 2001), US 3 of 1987, UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jun 1987), US CashBox 5 of 1987, BEA 5 of 1986, Holland free40 6 of 1986, UK 7 - Jan 1987 (40 weeks), US BB 8 of 1987, US sales 9 M (according to RIAA), Sweden 30 - Sep 1987 (2 weeks), NARM 31, Defin200 31 (1986), WTMD 95, Virgin 97, Acclaimed 173 (1986), Rolling Stone 217, WXPN 300 (1986), RYM 46 of 1986, KEXP 269, Xgau rating A+ (1986)
51 Bruce Springsteen Tunnel Of Love 1987 UK 1 - Oct 1987 (33 weeks), Billboard 1 - Oct 1987 (44 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (10 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Nov 1987, Canada 1 for 1 week - 1987, Norway 1 - Oct 1987 (22 weeks), Sweden 1 - Oct 1987 (20 weeks), US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1988), Switzerland 2 - Oct 1987 (30 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1987), Germany 3 - Oct 1987 (26 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1987), Austria 6 - Nov 1987 (3 months), Holland free40 7 of 1987, France Best 12 of 1987, US BB 15 of 1987, Italy 18 of 1987, US CashBox 26 of 1987, France (InfoDisc) 35 of 1987 (peak 5, 18 weeks), WXPN 225 (1987), Rolling Stone 475, WTMD 479, Acclaimed 618 (1987), RYM 77 of 1987, Xgau rating A (1987)
52 Wham! Make It Big 1984 UK 1 - Nov 1984 (72 weeks), Billboard 1 - Nov 1984 (66 weeks) (3 weeks at number 1) (25 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 3 weeks - Mar 1985, Switzerland 1 - Nov 1984 (23 weeks), Norway 1 - Nov 1984 (19 weeks), Australia num 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1985, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Feb 1985, US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1994), UK 4 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1987), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1985), Sweden 3 - Nov 1984 (21 weeks), US 4 of 1985, Austria 4 - Dec 1984 (5 months), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1985), US CashBox 5 of 1985, Germany 5 - Dec 1984 (15 weeks), US BB 8 of 1985, Italy 9 of 1985, US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), France (InfoDisc) 19 of 1984 (peak 5, 36 weeks), Australia (Kent) 20 of 1985 (peak 1), Xgau rating B (1984)
53 Janet Jackson Control 1986 Billboard 1 - Mar 1986 (105 weeks) (2 weeks at number 1) (36 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 2 weeks - Jul 1986, US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1989), US CashBox 2 of 1986, US BB 2 of 1986, Grammy in 1986 (Nominated), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in May 1987), US 5 of 1987, UK 8 - Apr 1986 (72 weeks), US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), Holland free40 21 of 1986, Switzerland 28 - Aug 1986 (5 weeks), Billboard200 72, NARM 87, Defin200 87 (1986), Global 153 - 7 M claimed, Acclaimed 629 (1986), RYM 144 of 1986, Xgau rating B (1986)
54 Traveling Wilburys The Traveling Wilburys Volume I 1988 Canada 1 for 9 weeks - 1989, Australia num 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1989, Australia (ARIA) 1 of 1989, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1994), Canada 6 X Platinum (certified by CRIA in May 2003), Norway 2 - Nov 1988 (25 weeks), Sweden 2 - Nov 1988 (32 weeks), Grammy in 1989 (Nominated), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 1989), Billboard 3 - Nov 1988 (53 weeks) (22 weeks in top 10), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1993), Switzerland 6 - Dec 1988 (21 weeks), US CashBox 9 of 1989, US BB 9 of 1989, Germany 10 - Mar 1989 (16 weeks), UK 16 - Nov 1988 (35 weeks), Holland free40 17 of 1988, WXPN 343 (1988), WTMD 538, Acclaimed 1607 (1988), RYM 32 of 1988, Xgau rating A- (1988)
55 Huey Lewis & The News Fore! 1986 Billboard 1 - Sep 1986 (61 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (26 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Oct 1986, Canada 1 for 3 weeks - 1986, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Nov 1986, Japan 1 for 1 week - Sep 1986, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1988), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Sep 1987), Switzerland 4 - Sep 1986 (18 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1987), Germany 5 - Sep 1986 (14 weeks), Norway 6 - Sep 1986 (14 weeks), Sweden 7 - Sep 1986 (8 weeks), UK 8 - Sep 1986 (52 weeks), US CashBox 16 of 1986, Austria 22 - Dec 1986 (2 months), US BB 35 of 1986, Xgau rating B- (1986)
56 Original Soundtrack Top Gun 1986 Billboard 1 - Jun 1986 (93 weeks) (4 weeks at number 1) (19 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 5 weeks - Jul 1986, Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1986, Germany 1 - Sep 1986 (17 weeks), Switzerland 1 - Aug 1986 (24 weeks), US 9 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 2000), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1989), France 2 X Platinum (certified by SNEP May 2001), Austria 2 - Oct 1986 (7 months), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1987), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1988), US CashBox 3 of 1986, Sweden 3 - Aug 1986 (22 weeks), UK 4 - Oct 1986 (46 weeks), US BB 7 of 1986, Norway 7 - Sep 1986 (11 weeks), US sales 9 M (according to RIAA), Australia (Kent) 19 of 1986 (peak 3), Italy 22 of 1986, France (InfoDisc) 28 of 1986 (peak 5, 13 weeks), Defin200 117 (1986)
57 Foreigner 4 1981 Billboard 1 - Jul 1981 (81 weeks) (10 weeks at number 1) (34 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 10 weeks - Aug 1981, France (InfoDisc) 1 of 1981 (peak 6, 110 weeks), US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1991), US BB 2 of 1981, Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1984), US 3 of 1982, US CashBox 4 of 1981, Germany 4 - Oct 1981 (54 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Apr 1982), UK 5 - Jul 1981 (60 weeks), US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), Australia (Kent) 15 of 1982 (peak 3), Holland free40 38 of 1981, Billboard200 46, Fox101 61, Acclaimed 2575 (1981), RYM 109 of 1981
58 Genesis Invisible Touch 1986 UK 1 - Jun 1986 (96 weeks), Canada 1 for 1 week - 1986, New Zealand 1 for 1 - Nov 1986, US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jun 1996), UK 4 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Dec 1989), Germany 2 - Jun 1986 (62 weeks), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1987), Billboard 3 - Jun 1986 (84 weeks) (25 weeks in top 10), Norway 3 - Jun 1986 (14 weeks), US BB 4 of 1986, Switzerland 4 - Jun 1986 (27 weeks), Sweden 4 - Jun 1986 (15 weeks), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1988), Austria 5 - Aug 1986 (8 months), France (InfoDisc) 7 of 1986 (peak 8, 35 weeks), Australia (Kent) 8 of 1986 (peak 3), US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), US CashBox 11 of 1986, Italy 24 of 1986, Global 65 - 15 M claimed, Xgau rating C+ (1986)
59 Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl 1989 Billboard 1 - Jul 1988 (173 weeks) (10 weeks at number 1) (64 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1989, US num 1 for 10 weeks - Oct 1989, US BB 1 of 1989, Australia num 1 for 1 week - May 1990, US 7 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1990), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Jun 1990), UK 3 - Apr 1989 (39 weeks), US 3 of 1989, Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Sweden 6 - Mar 1989 (20 weeks), US sales 7 M (according to RIAA), Switzerland 15 - Apr 1989 (12 weeks), Norway 17 - Apr 1989 (3 weeks), Billboard200 19, Australia (ARIA) 20 of 1990, France (InfoDisc) 43 of 1989 (peak 12, 26 weeks), US Longest Running Album 60 1988 (175 weeks), Xgau rating C (1988)
60 Asia Asia 1982 Billboard 1 - Apr 1982 (64 weeks) (9 weeks at number 1) (27 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1982, US 1 of 1982, US num 1 for 9 weeks - May 1982, US BB 1 of 1982, Canada 1 for 5 weeks - 1982, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1995), Norway 4 - Apr 1982 (15 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Oct 1982), Germany 6 - Jun 1982 (21 weeks), UK 11 - Apr 1982 (38 weeks), Austria 13 - Jul 1982 (1 month), Sweden 27 - May 1982 (8 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 49 of 1982 (peak 9, 30 weeks), Holland free40 69 of 1982, Italy 75 of 1982, Billboard200 95, Radio Caroline 240 (1982), RYM 120 of 1982, Xgau rating C- (1982)
61 REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity 1981 Billboard 1 - Dec 1980 (101 weeks) (15 weeks at number 1) (30 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 1 of 1981, US 1 of 1981, US num 1 for 15 weeks - Feb 1981, Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 1981, US 9 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1995), US BB 3 of 1981, UK 6 - Apr 1981 (29 weeks), US sales 9 M (according to RIAA), Norway 17 - Apr 1981 (9 weeks), Sweden 25 - Aug 1981 (8 weeks), Fox101 43, Billboard200 66, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Jun 1981), Xgau rating B- (1980)
62 David Bowie Let's Dance 1983 UK 1 - Apr 1983 (56 weeks), Norway 1 - Apr 1983 (24 weeks), Sweden 1 - May 1983 (22 weeks), Australia num 1 for 1 week - Apr 1983, New Zealand 1 for 8 - May 1983, Germany 2 - May 1983 (21 weeks), Austria 2 - May 1983 (7 months), Grammy in 1983 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jun 1983), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in May 1983), Billboard 4 - Apr 1983 (68 weeks) (16 weeks in top 10), Australia (Kent) 4 of 1983 (peak 1), France (InfoDisc) 8 of 1983 (peak 1, 70 weeks), US CashBox 9 of 1983, US BB 12 of 1983, Switzerland 17 - Nov 1983 (4 weeks), Italy 36 of 1983, Holland free40 46 of 1983, UK Radio2 56, Acclaimed 1029 (1983), RYM 158 of 1983, Xgau rating B (1983)
63 New Kids On The Block Hangin' Tough 1989 Billboard 1 - Sep 1988 (130 weeks) (2 weeks at number 1) (45 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1989, US 8 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 1990), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jun 1990), UK 2 - Dec 1989 (41 weeks), US 2 of 1989, US CashBox 4 of 1989, US BB 4 of 1989, Germany 4 - Feb 1990 (11 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1990), Norway 6 - Jan 1990 (15 weeks), Austria 10 - Feb 1990 (4 months), US sales 8 M (according to RIAA), Switzerland 19 - Feb 1990 (4 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 28 of 1989, France (InfoDisc) 60 of 1990 (peak 43, 16 weeks), Global 75 - 13 M claimed, Billboard200 88, Xgau rating C+ (1988)
64 Sade Diamond Life 1984 Germany 1 for 10 weeks - Nov 1984, Germany 1 - Sep 1984 (31 weeks), Austria 1 - Oct 1984 (10 months), Switzerland 1 - Aug 1984 (35 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 4 - Sep 1984, France (InfoDisc) 1 of 1984 (peak 1, 62 weeks), Brit best album 1985, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1995), UK 4 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1987), UK 2 - Jul 1984 (99 weeks), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1984), Billboard 5 - Feb 1985 (67 weeks) (10 weeks in top 10), Italy 7 of 1984, Melody Maker 10 of 1984, US CashBox 16 of 1985, Sweden 18 - Sep 1984 (27 weeks), Norway 20 - Feb 1985 (1 week), US BB 22 of 1985, Radio Caroline 148 (1984), Defin200 180 (1984), Acclaimed 1489 (1984), RYM 54 of 1984, Xgau rating B (1985)
65 Prince Lovesexy 1988 UK 1 - May 1988 (32 weeks), Europe num 1 for 1 week - May 1988, Switzerland 1 - May 1988 (12 weeks), Sweden 1 - May 1988 (19 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 2 - Jun 1988, Norway 2 - May 1988 (18 weeks), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Aug 1989), France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Austria 3 - Jun 1988 (8 months), France Best 3 of 1988, Germany 4 - May 1988 (9 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1988), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1989), Holland free40 5 of 1988, Italy 9 of 1988, Billboard 11 - May 1988 (20 weeks), Melody Maker 12 of 1988, France (InfoDisc) 32 of 1988 (peak 9, 20 weeks), US CashBox 35 of 1988, US BB 43 of 1988, Acclaimed 2019 (1988), RYM 100 of 1988, Xgau rating B+ (1988)
66 The Cure Disintegration 1989 Melody Maker 1 of 1989, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 2004), Germany 2 - May 1989 (17 weeks), UK 3 - May 1989 (27 weeks), BEA 3 of 1989, Switzerland 4 - May 1989 (15 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in May 1989), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1989), Austria 5 - Jun 1989 (6 months), France Best 5 of 1989, Norway 7 - May 1989 (7 weeks), Sweden 10 - May 1989 (6 weeks), Holland free40 10 of 1989, Billboard 12 - May 1989 (56 weeks), Italy 20 of 1989, Vinyl Surrender 23 of all time, US CashBox 27 of 1989, Belgium 31 of all time (1989), France (InfoDisc) 35 of 1989 (peak 3, 28 weeks), US BB 39 of 1989, WTMD 93, Virgin 94, WXPN 96 (1989), Acclaimed 319 (1989), Rolling Stone 326, RYM 2 of 1989, KEXP 21, Xgau rating C+ (1989)
67 The Human League Dare! 1981 UK 1 - Oct 1981 (72 weeks), Sweden 1 - Nov 1981 (32 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 3 - Jun 1982, Holland free40 1 of 1981, UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Apr 1985), Australia (Kent) 2 of 1982 (peak 3), BEA 2 of 1981, Billboard 3 - Feb 1982 (38 weeks) (9 weeks in top 10), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jul 1982), Norway 6 - Jan 1982 (26 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 6 of 1982 (peak 5, 78 weeks), Melody Maker 9 of 1981, US BB 20 of 1982, US CashBox 28 of 1982, Italy 62 of 1982, UK Radio2 77, Channel4 100, Acclaimed 214 (1981), RYM 41 of 1981, Xgau rating B- (1981)
68 Roxy Music Avalon 1982 UK 1 - Jun 1982 (57 weeks), Norway 1 - Jun 1982 (27 weeks), Sweden 1 - Jun 1982 (36 weeks), Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Jul 1982, New Zealand 1 for 5 - Jun 1982, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 1992), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Jun 1982), Germany 4 - Jun 1982 (16 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1984), Austria 5 - Jul 1982 (4 months), Australia (Kent) 5 of 1982 (peak 1), France (InfoDisc) 5 of 1982 (peak 4, 75 weeks), BEA 5 of 1982, Melody Maker 7 of 1982, Holland free40 9 of 1982, Italy 49 of 1982, Billboard 53 - Jun 1982 (27 weeks), WXPN 108 (1982), WTMD 214, Rolling Stone 307, Acclaimed 377 (1982), RYM 38 of 1982, KEXP 250, Xgau rating A- (1982)
69 Metallica Master Of Puppets 1986 Library of Congress artifact added 2015 (1986), US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jun 2003), BEA 2 of 1986, UK Gold (certified by BPI in Dec 1987), US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), Sweden 14 - Mar 1986 (8 weeks), Belgium 16 of all time (1986), Switzerland 18 - Mar 1986 (6 weeks), Billboard 29 - Mar 1986 (129 weeks), Norway 30 - Jun 2003 (7 weeks), UK 41 - Mar 1986 (4 weeks), NARM 75, Defin200 75 (1986), RS Reader's 87, Global 131 - 8 M claimed, Rolling Stone 167, Acclaimed 175 (1986), WTMD 344, WXPN 395 (1986), RYM 3 of 1986, AVrev 78, Xgau rating B- (1986)
70 Lionel Richie Dancing On The Ceiling 1986 Billboard 1 - Aug 1986 (58 weeks) (2 weeks at number 1) (20 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1986, Norway 1 - Aug 1986 (10 weeks), US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 1987), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1987), UK 2 - Aug 1986 (53 weeks), Switzerland 2 - Aug 1986 (11 weeks), Sweden 2 - Aug 1986 (14 weeks), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1988), Germany 5 - Sep 1986 (8 weeks), US BB 6 of 1986, Austria 10 - Sep 1986 (4 months), France (InfoDisc) 15 of 1986 (peak 7, 24 weeks), Australia (Kent) 24 of 1986 (peak 2), US CashBox 42 of 1986, Italy 44 of 1986, Global 131 - 8 M claimed, Xgau rating B+ (1986)
71 Billy Joel Glass Houses 1980 Billboard 1 - Mar 1980 (73 weeks) (6 weeks at number 1) (25 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 6 weeks - Jun 1980, Canada 1 for 8 weeks - 1980, US 7 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1994), Norway 2 - Mar 1980 (31 weeks), Australia (Kent) 2 of 1980 (peak 2), Grammy in 1980 (Nominated), US CashBox 3 of 1980, US BB 3 of 1980, US 4 of 1980, Austria 4 - Apr 1980 (6 months), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jun 1980), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1983), Sweden 6 - Mar 1980 (18 weeks), UK 9 - Mar 1980 (24 weeks), US sales 7 M (according to RIAA), Holland free40 22 of 1980, France (InfoDisc) 91 of 1980 (peak 21, 24 weeks), Billboard200 168, RYM 105 of 1980, Xgau rating B- (1980)
72 Rick Astley Whenever You Need Somebody 1988 UK 1 - Nov 1987 (34 weeks), Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1988, Germany 1 - Dec 1987 (24 weeks), Europe num 1 for 3 weeks - Jan 1988, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Apr 1988, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1991), UK 4 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jun 1988), Switzerland 2 - Nov 1987 (14 weeks), Sweden 2 - Nov 1987 (20 weeks), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1988), Hong Kong Platinum (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Austria 3 - Jan 1988 (6 months), Norway 4 - Dec 1987 (11 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 4 of 1988, Billboard 10 - Jan 1988 (58 weeks) (2 weeks in top 10), Italy 10 of 1988, France (InfoDisc) 21 of 1988 (peak 5, 30 weeks), US CashBox 30 of 1988, US BB 38 of 1988, Xgau rating D+ (1987)
73 Sting The Dream Of The Blue Turtles 1985 Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Apr 1986, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 1994), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Feb 1992), Billboard 2 - Jul 1985 (44 weeks) (8 weeks in top 10), Italy 2 of 1985, Grammy in 1985 (Nominated), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1987), UK 3 - Jun 1985 (64 weeks), France Best 3 of 1985, Germany 4 - Jul 1985 (37 weeks), Norway 4 - Jul 1985 (21 weeks), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1988), Sweden 5 - Jul 1985 (28 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 5 of 1985 (peak 4, 48 weeks), Switzerland 6 - Jul 1985 (22 weeks), Australia (Kent) 7 of 1986 (peak 1), Holland free40 8 of 1985, US BB 11 of 1985, US CashBox 12 of 1985, Austria 13 - Aug 1985 (4 months), WXPN 502 (1985), WTMD 697, Acclaimed 1046 (1985), RYM 63 of 1985, Xgau rating C+ (1985)
74 Pink Floyd The Final Cut 1983 UK 1 - Apr 1983 (25 weeks), Germany 1 for 3 weeks - Apr 1983, Germany 1 - Apr 1983 (12 weeks), Norway 1 - Apr 1983 (13 weeks), Sweden 1 - Apr 1983 (20 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 1 - Apr 1983, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1997), Austria 3 - Apr 1983 (3 months), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Mar 1983), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1990), Billboard 6 - Apr 1983 (23 weeks) (5 weeks in top 10), France (InfoDisc) 7 of 1983 (peak 1, 77 weeks), BEA 7 of 1983, Holland free40 9 of 1983, Italy 11 of 1983, US CashBox 24 of 1983, US BB 32 of 1983, WXPN 614 (1983), RYM 111 of 1983, Xgau rating C+ (1983)
75 Billy Joel An Innocent Man 1983 New Zealand 1 for 3 - Jan 1984, US 7 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 1994), UK 3 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Apr 1985), UK 2 - Sep 1983 (95 weeks), Grammy in 1983 (Nominated), Billboard 4 - Aug 1983 (104 weeks) (30 weeks in top 10), US 4 of 1984, US BB 4 of 1983, Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1985), Australia (Kent) 6 of 1984 (peak 3), Norway 9 - Aug 1983 (6 weeks), US sales 7 M (according to RIAA), US CashBox 12 of 1984, Holland free40 32 of 1983, Sweden 39 - Aug 1983 (2 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 62 of 1983 (peak 11, 36 weeks), Global 82 - 12 M claimed, Radio Caroline 179 (1983), RYM 74 of 1983, Xgau rating B+ (1983)
76 U2 War 1983 UK 1 - Mar 1983 (148 weeks), US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 1995), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1992), France 2 X Platinum (certified by SNEP Jan 1990), Sweden 2 - Mar 1983 (14 weeks), Holland free40 2 of 1983, BEA 3 of 1983, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1990), France (InfoDisc) 6 of 1983 (peak 4, 72 weeks), Billboard 12 - Mar 1983 (166 weeks), Norway 15 - Apr 1983 (2 weeks), US CashBox 32 of 1983, RS Reader's 49, US BB 52 of 1983, US Longest Running Album 53 1983 (179 weeks), UK Radio2 68, WXPN 129 (1983), WTMD 151, Rolling Stone 221, Acclaimed 278 (1983), RYM 27 of 1983, KEXP 209, Xgau rating B+ (1983)
77 ZZ Top Eliminator 1983 US 10 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1996), UK 4 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 2004), France 2 X Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Diamond in Canada (certified in Jun 1992), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1993), UK 3 - Apr 1983 (137 weeks), Billboard 9 - Apr 1983 (170 weeks) (4 weeks in top 10), US sales 10 M (according to RIAA), Switzerland 11 - Nov 1983 (20 weeks), Holland free40 12 of 1983, Norway 13 - Apr 1983 (7 weeks), Sweden 13 - Apr 1983 (26 weeks), US CashBox 17 of 1984, US BB 17 of 1983, Australia (Kent) 20 of 1984 (peak 2), France (InfoDisc) 25 of 1983 (peak 4, 57 weeks), Fox101 33, US Longest Running Album 47 1983 (183 weeks), Worldwide 69 - 13 M, Defin200 142 (1983), Rolling Stone 396, Acclaimed 735 (1983), RYM 71 of 1983, Xgau rating B+ (1983)
78 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead 1986 BEA 1 of 1986, UK 2 - Jun 1986 (26 weeks), Holland free40 2 of 1986, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Sep 1990), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Nov 2004), Vinyl Surrender 5 of all time, Melody Maker 6 of 1986, Virgin 10, Channel4 20, German RS100 22, Belgium 25 of all time (1986), Acclaimed 30 (1986), Sweden 39 - Jun 1986 (2 weeks), DMDB 49, PopVortex 58 (1986), Guiness 62, WTMD 63, Billboard 70 - Jul 1986 (36 weeks), RS Reader's 86, Italy 87 of 1986, WXPN 92 (1986), Rolling Stone 216, RYM 1 of 1986, KEXP 16, Xgau rating B+ (1986)
79 Toto Toto IV 1982 Canada 1 for 5 weeks - 1983, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Apr 1983, Grammy in 1982, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1991), Norway 2 - Apr 1982 (36 weeks), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Apr 1995), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1991), UK 4 - Feb 1983 (30 weeks), Billboard 4 - Apr 1982 (82 weeks) (22 weeks in top 10), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Apr 1983), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1984), US BB 6 of 1982, Germany 12 - Aug 1982 (38 weeks), Italy 15 of 1982, Sweden 17 - Apr 1982 (34 weeks), Australia (Kent) 21 of 1983 (peak 1), France (InfoDisc) 21 of 1982 (peak 16, 56 weeks), US CashBox 25 of 1983, Holland free40 53 of 1982, Radio Caroline 87 (1982), Acclaimed 1514 (1982), RYM 147 of 1982, Xgau rating B- (1982)
80 Bonnie Raitt Nick Of Time 1989 Billboard 1 - Apr 1989 (185 weeks) (3 weeks at number 1) (11 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 3 weeks - Apr 1990, Grammy in 1989, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015 (1989), US 5 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1998), Holland free40 5 of 1989, US BB 16 of 1990, US CashBox 20 of 1990, US sales 5 M (according to RIAA), US Longest Running Album 43 1989 (185 weeks), UK 51 - Apr 1990 (5 weeks), Defin200 137 (1989), Rolling Stone 229, WXPN 302 (1989), WTMD 503, Acclaimed 938 (1989), Xgau rating B (1989)
81 Aerosmith Pump 1989 Australia num 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1990, US 7 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1995), UK 3 - Sep 1989 (26 weeks), US 4 of 1990, UK Gold (certified by BPI in Oct 1989), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1994), Billboard 5 - Sep 1989 (110 weeks) (30 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 8 of 1990, US BB 8 of 1989, Sweden 8 - Sep 1989 (25 weeks), Switzerland 9 - Oct 1989 (7 weeks), Norway 9 - Sep 1989 (8 weeks), US sales 7 M (according to RIAA), Germany 13 - Oct 1989 (3 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 19 of 1990, Melody Maker 30 of 1989, Global 68 - 14 M claimed, Italy 81 of 1989, Radio Caroline 211 (1989), Acclaimed 896 (1989), RYM 90 of 1989, AVrev 91, Xgau rating B+ (1989)
82 Fleetwood Mac Tango In The Night 1987 UK 1 - Apr 1987 (114 weeks), Sweden 1 - Apr 1987 (43 weeks), US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 2000), UK 8 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 2004), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1995), Germany 2 - May 1987 (41 weeks), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1989), Australia (Kent) 6 of 1987 (peak 5), Billboard 7 - May 1987 (57 weeks) (6 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 7 of 1987, Switzerland 7 - May 1987 (22 weeks), Norway 10 - May 1987 (9 weeks), US BB 16 of 1987, Holland free40 18 of 1987, Australia (ARIA) 36 of 1988, UK 44 of all time (2.3 M claimed) (1987), Italy 53 of 1988, France (InfoDisc) 67 of 1987 (peak 25, 6 weeks), Radio Caroline 81 (1987), Global 103 - 10 M claimed, RYM 109 of 1987, Xgau rating B+ (1987)
83 Genesis Genesis 1983 UK 1 - Oct 1983 (51 weeks), Germany 1 for 1 week - Dec 1983, Germany 1 - Oct 1983 (20 weeks), US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jun 1996), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1987), Switzerland 2 - Nov 1983 (31 weeks), Norway 2 - Oct 1983 (22 weeks), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1987), Austria 7 - Jan 1984 (4 months), Billboard 9 - Oct 1983 (50 weeks) (3 weeks in top 10), France (InfoDisc) 10 of 1983 (peak 2, 64 weeks), Sweden 12 - Oct 1983 (12 weeks), US CashBox 23 of 1984, US BB 26 of 1983, Italy 32 of 1983, Holland free40 47 of 1983, Global 82 - 12 M claimed, RYM 144 of 1983
84 Tina Turner Foreign Affair 1989 UK 1 - Sep 1989 (78 weeks), Germany 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1989, Germany 1 - Oct 1989 (39 weeks), Europe num 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1989, Austria 1 - Oct 1989 (14 months), Switzerland 1 - Oct 1989 (51 weeks), Norway 1 - May 1988 (22 weeks), Sweden 1 - Oct 1989 (27 weeks), UK 5 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Aug 1991), Germany 2 x Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1990), Italy 3 of 1989, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1989), France (InfoDisc) 17 of 1989 (peak 11, 42 weeks), Billboard 31 - Oct 1989 (21 weeks), Finland 85 of all time (claimed 86,556) (1989), Global 153 - 7 M claimed, Xgau rating B- (1989)
85 The Pretenders The Pretenders 1980 UK 1 - Jan 1980 (35 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016 (1980), Sweden 2 - Feb 1980 (20 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Aug 1982), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Apr 1981), Melody Maker 5 of 1980, Billboard 9 - Jan 1980 (78 weeks) (4 weeks in top 10), BEA 10 of 1980, Holland free40 14 of 1980, France (InfoDisc) 15 of 1980 (peak 4, 72 weeks), D.Marsh 20 of 1980, Australia (Kent) 23 of 1980 (peak 6), Norway 24 - Mar 1980 (6 weeks), US BB 36 of 1980, RS100 42, US CashBox 58 of 1980, Italy 68 of 1980, German RS100 79, WXPN 110 (1980), Rolling Stone 155, Acclaimed 162 (1980), WTMD 170, RYM 13 of 1980, KEXP 257, Xgau rating A- (1979)
86 Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985 1986 Billboard 1 - Nov 1986 (26 weeks) (7 weeks at number 1) (11 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 7 weeks - Nov 1986, Canada 1 for 7 weeks - 1986, US 13 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1999), Sweden 2 - Nov 1986 (14 weeks), US sales 13 M (according to RIAA), Norway 3 - Nov 1986 (11 weeks), UK 4 - Nov 1986 (9 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Nov 1986), France Gold (certified by SNEP May 2001), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1988), Switzerland 6 - Nov 1986 (13 weeks), Germany 8 - Dec 1986 (7 weeks), Austria 8 - Dec 1986 (2 months), France Best 11 of 1986, US BB 19 of 1986, Italy 39 of 1986, Acclaimed 1879 (1986), RYM 16 of 1986, Xgau rating A- (1986)
87 Huey Lewis & The News Sports 1984 Billboard 1 - Oct 1983 (95 weeks) (1 week at number 1) (42 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 1 week - Jun 1984, US 7 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1987), Diamond in Canada (certified in Aug 1988), US CashBox 2 of 1984, US 2 of 1984, US BB 2 of 1984, UK Gold (certified by BPI in Mar 1986), Norway 6 - Nov 1984 (14 weeks), US sales 7 M (according to RIAA), UK 23 - Sep 1985 (24 weeks), Sweden 40 - Dec 1984 (3 weeks), US Longest Running Album 91 1983 (158 weeks), Billboard200 122, Radio Caroline 203 (1983), RYM 119 of 1983, Xgau rating B+ (1983)
88 Van Halen 5150 1986 Billboard 1 - Apr 1986 (63 weeks) (3 weeks at number 1) (14 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 3 weeks - Apr 1986, Canada 1 for 1 week - 1986, US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in May 2004), Sweden 2 - Apr 1986 (17 weeks), US CashBox 4 of 1986, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1993), Norway 5 - Apr 1986 (10 weeks), US BB 9 of 1986, US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), Germany 11 - Jun 1986 (15 weeks), Austria 13 - May 1986 (1 month), UK 16 - Apr 1986 (18 weeks), Switzerland 16 - Apr 1986 (8 weeks), Australia (Kent) 21 of 1986 (peak 5), Fox101 72, Acclaimed 2435 (1986), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Jun 1986), RYM 105 of 1986, Xgau rating C+ (1986)
89 Kim Carnes Mistaken Identity 1981 Billboard 1 - May 1981 (51 weeks) (4 weeks at number 1) (12 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1981, Canada 1 for 5 weeks - 1981, Norway 1 - Jun 1981 (29 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 3 - Jul 1981, Grammy in 1981 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1981), Germany 3 - Jul 1981 (14 weeks), Sweden 4 - May 1981 (28 weeks), US CashBox 17 of 1981, US BB 18 of 1981, UK 26 - Jun 1981 (16 weeks), Italy 29 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 31 of 1981 (peak 1, 38 weeks)
90 Terence Trent D'Arby Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby 1987 UK 1 - Jul 1987 (67 weeks), Europe num 1 for 8 weeks - Jan 1988, Switzerland 1 - Aug 1987 (52 weeks), Australia num 1 for 5 weeks - May 1988, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1988), UK 5 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Sep 1988), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1988), Billboard 4 - Oct 1987 (58 weeks) (8 weeks in top 10), Germany 4 - Aug 1987 (40 weeks), Austria 4 - Sep 1987 (12 months), Norway 4 - Aug 1987 (10 weeks), Sweden 5 - Jul 1987 (31 weeks), Italy 5 of 1988, US CashBox 8 of 1988, Australia (ARIA) 8 of 1988, France (InfoDisc) 10 of 1987 (peak 8, 54 weeks), Holland free40 12 of 1988, US BB 15 of 1988, France Best 17 of 1987, Acclaimed 1213 (1987), RYM 126 of 1987, Xgau rating B+ (1987)
91 The Police Zenyatta Mondatta 1980 UK 1 - Oct 1980 (31 weeks), Canada 1 for 1 week - 1980, Australia num 1 for 1 week - Mar 1981, US 2 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 2001), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 1980), Italy 4 of 1980, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1980), Billboard 5 - Oct 1980 (152 weeks) (21 weeks in top 10), Germany 5 - Oct 1980 (27 weeks), D.Marsh 6 of 1980, Sweden 8 - Oct 1980 (23 weeks), US BB 10 of 1981, Australia (Kent) 11 of 1981 (peak 1), Austria 14 - Dec 1980 (4 months), Norway 16 - Oct 1980 (7 weeks), US CashBox 21 of 1981, France (InfoDisc) 26 of 1980 (peak 1, 55 weeks), Holland free40 55 of 1980, US Longest Running Album 98 1980 (153 weeks), WTMD 249, WXPN 270 (1980), Acclaimed 850 (1980), RYM 53 of 1980, Xgau rating B (1980)
92 Rush Moving Pictures 1981 BEA 1 of 1981, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1995), Juno Award in 1982 (Nominated), UK 3 - Feb 1981 (12 weeks), Billboard 3 - Mar 1981 (74 weeks) (14 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 11 of 1981, US BB 13 of 1981, Holland free40 31 of 1981, Sweden 32 - Feb 1981 (2 weeks), Norway 34 - Mar 1981 (3 weeks), Global 164 - 6 M claimed, WTMD 268, WXPN 335 (1981), Acclaimed 919 (1981), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Feb 1981), RYM 2 of 1981, AVrev 54
93 Simply Red A New Flame 1989 UK 1 - Feb 1989 (90 weeks), Europe num 1 for 4 weeks - Mar 1989, Switzerland 1 - Feb 1989 (33 weeks), New Zealand 1 for 7 - Jun 1989, UK 7 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Apr 1995), Germany 2 - Feb 1989 (30 weeks), Austria 2 - Mar 1989 (12 months), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1989), Norway 4 - Mar 1989 (27 weeks), Sweden 4 - Feb 1989 (30 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1989), Italy 5 of 1989, France (InfoDisc) 8 of 1989 (peak 2, 58 weeks), Australia (ARIA) 10 of 1989, Holland free40 21 of 1989, Billboard 22 - Mar 1989 (39 weeks), Global 153 - 7 M claimed, Xgau rating C+ (1988)
94 Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual 1984 Canada 1 for 2 weeks - 1985, US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1997), Grammy in 1984 (Nominated), Billboard 4 - Dec 1983 (88 weeks) (21 weeks in top 10), Norway 4 - Mar 1984 (13 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jul 1985), France Gold (certified by SNEP Apr 1995), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1990), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1985), US BB 5 of 1984, Austria 5 - Jan 1985 (4 months), US CashBox 7 of 1984, Switzerland 8 - Jun 1984 (30 weeks), Australia (Kent) 8 of 1985 (peak 3), US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), UK 16 - Feb 1984 (32 weeks), Sweden 22 - Mar 1984 (12 weeks), Italy 77 of 1984, Rolling Stone 494, WTMD 664, Acclaimed 874 (1983), RYM 48 of 1983, Xgau rating A (1983)
95 Tracy Chapman Crossroads 1989 UK 1 - Oct 1989 (16 weeks), Germany 1 for 4 weeks - Nov 1989, Germany 1 - Oct 1989 (22 weeks), Europe num 1 for 5 weeks - Nov 1989, New Zealand 1 for 7 - Oct 1989, Switzerland 2 - Oct 1989 (28 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1989), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Nov 1989), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Oct 2001), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1990), Austria 3 - Nov 1989 (6 months), Norway 3 - Oct 1989 (7 weeks), Hong Kong Gold (certified by IFPI-HK in 1990), Sweden 8 - Oct 1989 (12 weeks), Billboard 9 - Oct 1989 (26 weeks) (4 weeks in top 10), Italy 14 of 1989, US BB 40 of 1989, France (InfoDisc) 41 of 1989 (peak 2, 24 weeks), US CashBox 47 of 1989, RYM 157 of 1989, Xgau rating B (1989)
96 Sade Promise 1985 UK 1 - Nov 1985 (31 weeks), Billboard 1 - Dec 1985 (45 weeks) (2 weeks at number 1) (16 weeks in top 10), US num 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1986, Switzerland 1 - Nov 1985 (22 weeks), US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1997), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 1986), Germany 2 - Nov 1985 (21 weeks), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Apr 1995), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 1986), Sweden 4 - Nov 1985 (24 weeks), Austria 6 - Dec 1985 (7 months), Norway 6 - Nov 1985 (16 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 7 of 1985 (peak 3, 44 weeks), US CashBox 8 of 1986, Italy 10 of 1985, US BB 11 of 1986, Australia (Kent) 18 of 1986 (peak 9), RYM 94 of 1985, Xgau rating B (1986)
97 Metallica ...and Justice For All 1988 US 8 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jun 2003), UK 4 - Sep 1988 (6 weeks), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1992), BEA 4 of 1988, Germany 5 - Sep 1988 (5 weeks), Sweden 5 - Sep 1988 (8 weeks), Billboard 6 - Sep 1988 (118 weeks) (4 weeks in top 10), Switzerland 7 - Sep 1988 (7 weeks), Norway 8 - Sep 1988 (5 weeks), US sales 8 M (according to RIAA), US BB 30 of 1988, US CashBox 31 of 1988, Belgium 39 of all time (1988), Italy 88 of 1988, Defin200 114 (1988), Global 117 - 9 M claimed, Acclaimed 1086 (1988), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Oct 1988), RYM 16 of 1988, AVrev 55, Xgau rating C+ (1988)
98 Def Leppard Pyromania 1983 US 10 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 2004), Billboard 2 - Feb 1983 (121 weeks) (38 weeks in top 10), US CashBox 2 of 1983, US BB 6 of 1983, BEA 8 of 1983, US sales 10 M (according to RIAA), UK 18 - Mar 1983 (8 weeks), Sweden 23 - Feb 1983 (6 weeks), Fox101 27, Holland free40 38 of 1983, Global 75 - 13 M claimed, NARM 86, Defin200 86 (1983), Rolling Stone 384, Acclaimed 632 (1983), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Oct 1985), RYM 29 of 1983, Xgau rating C (1983)
99 Van Halen 1984 (mcmlxxxiv) 1984 Canada 1 for 4 weeks - 1984, US 10 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1999), Billboard 2 - Jan 1984 (79 weeks) (27 weeks in top 10), Germany Platinum (certified by BMieV in 2009), Sweden 4 - Jan 1984 (18 weeks), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Jul 1987), US BB 7 of 1984, Switzerland 7 - Feb 1984 (20 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 9 of 1984 (peak 5, 43 weeks), US sales 10 M (according to RIAA), US CashBox 11 of 1984, Germany 11 - Mar 1984 (19 weeks), Norway 12 - Jan 1984 (5 weeks), UK 15 - Feb 1984 (25 weeks), Austria 15 - Apr 1984 (1 month), Fox101 35, Holland free40 47 of 1984, Italy 78 of 1984, Defin200 102 (1984), WXPN 660 (1984), Acclaimed 775 (1984), RYM 37 of 1984, AVrev 13, Xgau rating B+ (1984)
100 Prince 1999 1982 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1982), US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1999), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Oct 2008), US 5 of 1983, Billboard 7 - Nov 1982 (154 weeks) (12 weeks in top 10), Melody Maker 7 of 1982, BEA 10 of 1982, US CashBox 18 of 1983, US BB 24 of 1983, UK 30 - Sep 1984 (21 weeks), Holland free40 67 of 1982, PopVortex 85 (1982), NARM 85, Defin200 85 (1983), US Longest Running Album 97 1982 (153 weeks), Rolling Stone 163, Acclaimed 183 (1982), WXPN 438 (1982), RYM 23 of 1982, AVrev 92, KEXP 645, Xgau rating A- (1982)

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28 Feb 2014

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erm what about.............. DIANA ROSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She was artist 35 of the 1980s

Remeber this listing combines album and song success


9 May 2013

I wonder if madonna was more successful in 80s than m.j!

In the 1980s - Madonna: 4 number one albums, Michael Jackson: 2. Madonna: 14 number one songs, Michael Jackson: 13

Our algorithm says that Madonna tops Jackson in the 1980s (easily), but we provide the data (in the CSV file), download that and see what the order is when you try your method


3 Apr 2012

u2

Hi, I was wondering why U2 are #3 on the 80s chart. I like the band and all, but their hits only started coming around 1984-1985, halfway into the decade and before then they only had New Year's Day at #10 in 1983.

Since this chart is based on chart success, how did U2 beat out so many other artists with only about a handful of Top 10s?

Thanks

As it mentions in the text this ordering is by total success (not just songs), the album success has been given three times the weight of single success, so the top artists here are those with both albums and singles in the charts.

If you want to discover who we rate most highly based only on singles success you can download the CSV file (from the versions page). A quick session in a spreadsheet program reveals that based solely on singles success (as listed in version 2.1.12) the top 5 artists of the 1980s were: 1: Madonna; 2: Michael Jackson; 3: Prince; 4: Phil Collins; 5: U2.

Of course that is using our selected approach, you might want to try a different criteria, that is exactly why we make the CSV data available. If you find anything interesting we'd like to hear about it.


24 Jan 2012

artist of 1980

Noticed that Def Leppard, Journey, John Mellencamp not represented even with monster albums in the era. Not popular elsewhere?

Indeed. Look at the artist's pages for these three artists (they all make the top 1000 artists in both album and song charts) you will see that they didn't have stunning success in the 1980s, but their continued success into later decades means that they do end up in the overall charts.


14 Jan 2012

Amazing I always thought Tom Petty Was pretty sucessful in the 1980's. Now that I think about it though I guess he never had a huge single or album. Great list and great website!


6 Jan 2012

This page is great!

While I thoroughly understand the arguments of the Michael Jackson fans (which I am also), your ranking system also makes complete sense.

Keep up the good work.


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.


3 Apr 2011

Michael Jackson

The reason I think Michaqel Jackson should be placed higher than number four for the 80s is these reasons:

- As mentioned, he won an unprecedented 8 grammy awards in one ceremony

- Despite the discredited 100 millions copies, whether it is 50 million or 100 million, it is still higher than any other album by a large margin.

- Furthermore, the album bad,is in some ways even more successful than thriller, generating 4 US number ones of one album, which was a record at the time. Furthermore, globally 9 out of the 10 original tracks were number one in one country or another.

- An arguemnt you presented was that he had no 'solo' hits in 1985. This is true. However I will argue that despite releasing less singles in the 80s than other artists, his ratio of successful singles to singles release is the highest. i.e. Prince made 6 studio albums in the 80s of which only 3 were number ones, and only one in the US/UK. Michael Jackson released 2 albums in that decade, both of which were number one and are in the list of best selling albums.

- Now i will list some artist you have labelled above Michael Jackson in the 80s and how many number one singles they achieved globally in the 80s; Prince 10 (out of 47), David Bowie 6 (out of 30), Rolling stones 3 (out of 22). Now Michael Jackson... 15 (out of 22). Feel free to challenge this information.

- I understand that Michael Jackson had a controversial private life but it often bothers me that people let this interfere with his musical success.

- If you consider many aspects of music to get your results, then I think its worth adding that Michael Jackson's Bad tour was the largest attending concert even, until that record was broken in 1993 and 1997, both by Michael Jackson again!

- Michael Jackson is also the artist to receive the most American music awards and is one of the highest awarded artists of all time and Guinness world records most successful artist of all time. Please reconsider... Thank You.

You have presented a reasoned argument with a number of interesting points. If we had a website that listed the "best" artists you're points would be valid. However on this website we use the number of entries in charts round the world as a measure of "success". We feel that this provides a measure that is more objective and less subject to individual biases (including especially our own biases).

Our goal on this page is to find ways to objectively measure how successfull each artist is. Considerations of individual award ceremonies or the success of individual albums in certain countries doesn't really cut it.

Just to clarify we don't list David Bowie or The Rolling Stones above Michael Jackson for the 1980s. In our 1980s list (based on the 1.08 data) the top four slots are 1: Prince, 2: Madonna, 3: U2, 4: Michael Jackson.

Your idea of masuring the proportion of all releases that became hits is an interesting one, we suspect that would work as an objective measure. We don't know how you'd gather a list of all songs released by every major artist in a selection of the countries of the world, but if you could do that we'd be interested to look at the results.

We have some sympathy with your claim that chart success is just one measure and, for example, live concert size might be an additional measure. However again we don't know where reliable figures can be obtained for a reasonable number of acts (we know lots of places where unreliable figures can be found for just a few acts).

So, we will continue to measure success by the number of hits in charts round the world, and by that measure Michael Jackson will continue to be below Prince for the 1980s.


19 Sep 2010

Michael Jackson and Madonna

It seems to me that people checking out this website expect to see a "Most Famous or Well Known Artist Countdown" instead of a statistically correct chart success countdowns, even if in your country people know more one artist, which makes you think he/she should be more successful than other artists don't forget there are almost 200 more countries in the world that may have a different favorite artist, which that doesn't matter anyways because what counts is how high the artists charted in all those countries.

Most of the time people don't even recognize the artist when he/she has a big hit in their country because they only listen to them on the radio, they may not have TV, even if they have TV is hard to recognize an artist more if they tremendously change their appearance, for example, Madonna tends to do so a lot.

Everyone who visits this website, please realize it is not "Sales Countdowns", "Popularity Countdowns" nor "Quantity of Awards Won by Artist Countdowns", it is "Singles and Albums Charting Success Countdowns" that are presented to you here. It is not this website's fault that Michael Jackson charted more poorly than other artists like Madonna, not only in the world, but even in the U.S.A. alone Madonna is more successful than Michael Jackson when it comes to chart success, although that doesn't take away the fact that Michael Jackson is in more tabloids, newspapers and articles because of his media invaded life.

For all of those non-believers for this website's credibility please check out The United World Chart website, which is a statistically correct(without public vote) world chart countdown website since the creation of music charts, but they are still compiling all their charts to fill in the gaps, if you go to http://unitedworldchart.de/ you'll see what I'm talking about. If you do go to the United World Chart website make sure to click on the STATISTICS link, which you'll find in the left hand side under TRACKS, once you've clicked on STATISTICS make sure to click on ARTIST SECTION link so it'll list every single artist that has made it to the top ten in the United World Chart with a list of their respective songs that made it to the top ten or you can also go to this link http://www.mediatraffic.de/track-artists.htm to check that out as well.

If you are just looking for a statistically correct "Most Successful Artist of All Time Countdown", you will not find it here, but you will only find the "Most Successful Artist of Each Decade Countdown". For right now the closest thing to a "Most Successful Artist of All Time Countdown" would be The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, although it's ONLY U.S. statistics, NOT World statistics, but you can check it out at http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/top100-artists-20.shtml

Going back to the United World Chart subject, once you get to the United World Chart's STATISTICS link and click on the ARTIST SECTION link it's easy to tell that Madonna outnumbers everyone else having the most hits so far in the United World Chart, but there are still years that have not been put out of the archives so she's still not officially the best or most successful artist of all time, although there is a big possibility for her to be, since in the U.S. she's the second best act, just after the Beatles. But please remember, that does not mean she is the most talented, nor the most loved, nor the most creative, nor the most impacting artist of all time, it just emphasizes her success in the charts around the world. It is up to every single one of us to decide who is our favorite artist, and no one can take that away from us, but let's not try to implement our fanatic beliefs in this statistically correct website, this is all about numbers, not favoritism nor opinion. Also Madonna has been around for almost 30 years, whereas the Beatles were around for about a decade. Since the last single from Michael Jackson's Thriller, Michael Jackson was absent from the music scene in 1985, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 until his death, which contributes to the fact that he has not have as much chart success as Madonna, Prince, U2 or Mariah. Since her debut in 1982, Madonna has only been absent from the music scene in 2010 so far. Since his 1978 debut, Prince has only been absent from the music scene in 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2010 so far. Since their debut in 1980, U2 has been absent from the music scene in 1986, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2010 so far. And last, since her debut in 1990, Mariah has only been absent from the music scene in 2007. So all of those aforementioned acts certainly have less years of absence from the music scene than the late Michael Jackson.

As a last thought, PLEASE do not "attack" these people that are doing us a favor by really representing the world wide factual music charts information. They go as far back as the 1900's, what other website or book has been able to put all this information for everyone to see free of charge. So be grateful and appreciate all the facts and success of the music history that this website has to offer.

Thanks for the support.

One minor correction, we have not one but three different "Most Successful Artist of All Time Countdowns". Each using a slightly different approach and, of course, coming to slightly different conclusions. We don't emphasise those pages (which is why you didn't see them), because the CSV data allows each reader to do their own version of this calculation.


27 Aug 2010

michael jackson

okay,i want to give a rebuttal to the mj rebuttal.first of all, over his entire career, michael jackson has sold more than prince,madonna,mariah carey,and u2.according to all records,the lowest estimate of sales of mj is 300 million,and the highest is 750 million.i think the figure of 750 million is not the correct one,because its impoosible.but taking his lowest estimated career sale of over 300 million indicates one thing only,poeple loved mj while he was there ,more than they have loved prince,madonna,u2 or mariah carey.then how come,for christs he has sold more than this list of musical legends.how come a man who has sold this many albums be degraded in this way.prince havent reached the 100 million mark in terms of album sales whie madonna,mariahand u2 have estimates ranging from 200 to 250 million albums.also he has 372 major music awards,where is prince in the picture now.i am from the indian sub continent and from a third world country.here people +make less than 50 dollars a month,but still if you have a chance,come to this region and tell them"do you know michael jackson"and they would say yes.and followed by praises and applauses.do you think princes music could get the attention of this poor people.the people in this region cant even get food for a meal,leave alone hear music.my question to you is that,can you give a reason why this millions of poor people try to buy a mj cd instead of the listed artists i have mentioned.i am a local so you cant question the verification of the question.just answer it.also,ther arent any sources in the whole world which would say mj has sold less than madona,or prince or u2 or mariah carey.insted the RIAA itself puts mj in 11th position in the list of highest selling artists in the usa with a toal sales of 69 million in his whole career.this number is more than u2,madonna,prince or mariah carey.in terms of awards mj have won 372 major awards.among them he has 23 american music awrards and 13 grammys.only u2 has got more grammys than michael jackom from that list.michael jackson has 28 top ten hits,only madonna .beatles and elvis has more.michael jackson has 13 number one hits only mariah carey has more from that list.what do you think know,where is prince and the other artists.prince is not even in the list of the singers with most top ten hits.wow i wonder how can aperson who cranked out hits everyyear throughout 1980s and the 1990s could give 28 top ten hits.madonna i believe placed with 37 top ten hits and jusstifies the statement made in the mj rebuttle,marih carey record also signifies everything said in the mj rebuttls 21 july 2010,but u2 and prince.come on mj beats them hands down.let me tell you u2 and prince is not even on thelist of artist with most hundered entries and most top forty hits,so how come if they had a hit every year in the two decades of the 80s and 90s and they still dont make the list.i am saying again madonna and mariah both have more than 25 top ten hits and more than 12 no1 singles,so taking these two in consideration its justified.also mj had 13 number ones and 28 top ten hits right,so howcome according to you he was a jerk whos album output as low and didnt give enough hits.in the early 200s mj record saales were estimated to be more than 200 to 250 million albums,he got a world music award in the year 2000 for being artist of the millineum,in addition him getting this award was facilatated by the fact that estimates aroung that time pionetd that mj sold over 250 million records.look even madonna havent reched that mark in 2010,prince is miles away,while u2 and mariah linger in the 200 million mark in 2010.even if you consider 20 years in the music business,from 1979 to 2000,mj sold 200 to 250 million albums,which is more than what maiah,or u2 or prince has ever achieved.even more mj is the most downloaded artist in the internet according to nokia novi music store.i can just go on and on and tell you i how many ways mj is atlesat better than prince mariah carey and u2.madonna is parallel to him.another thing is that,i aam good in maths and i understand how complex calculations of these record sales can show a totally diiferent picture.please RIAA,do not consider just hits,consider sales and effect and everything that makes music so wonderful.in addition,dangerous sold over 32 million,pirince has very few albums whuch sold over 20 million,and the doudle disc cd sold 20 million.prince selling 20 million +copies of his album is the most rare thing in the whole world.prince accordinr to all estimates tough i am qouting wikipedia has sold over only"88 million albums" from the 1980s +till 2010.u2 has sold over 150 million and mariah over 175 million albums.evaluate on everything and then make alist.you can use math and do anything with it to show the false,but facts are facts deal with it.leave with it.oh,however didnt michael jackson sell over hundred million albums from 1990 to 2000.since his death he has sold over 30 million and counting.please evaluate on that and think.especially the RIAA

We get it, you prefer Michael Jackson to Prince, U2 and Madonna.

This site lists success in the charts, that's all it is based on. We employ a simple calculation to combine individual chart entries that is described in detail. There are no numbers to adjust, there are no factors to estimate, everything is driven by the chart data we have. Here no one gets to vote.

Doing that calculation leads to the results shown. If you can explain how the current calculation is unfair, or you can tell us which source charts discriminate against a particular artist we will listen to what you say.

However until you do that we have to continue to conclude that Michael Jackson did not have the largest number of chart hits in the 1980s.

We are not claiming in any way that U2 is better than Michael Jackson, that has to be a personal viewpoint. We don't believe claimed sales figures, and you acknowledge that claims for Jackson's sales range from 300 to an "imposible" 750 million. We don't even believe our own rough estimates of album sales.

You ask us to "do not consider just hits", well we don't know how to measure "sales and effect and everything that makes music so wonderful".

If you think that measuring an artist's success requires a consideration of things other than entries in the music charts then set up your own site. We happen to think that our metric comes closer to reflecting real historical trends, rather than being a subjective view dictated by more recent events.


21 Jul 2010

MJ rebuttal

I'm surprised at how many people have been so defensive about Michael Jackson, saying that he should have been the number 1 artist of the 80s. However, people forget that MJ only released two, yes, only two, albums in the 80s, while the other four artists, Prince, Madonna, U2 and Queen released several throughout the decade. I think Prince even released an album during every year of the 80s. so, while those other four artists were all cranking out hits for almost every year of the 80s, Michael only really had hits in '83 and '88, due to his low album output. Of course he was going to be outnumbered in the hit song department. For those who think he should have been on the 90s list, news flash, MJ released only one hit album in the early 90s before fading off the pop music map. And I remember no one cared about the double album he released in the mid or late 90s.


17 May 2010

MJ was #1

By the End of the 1980's Michael Jackson had the two biggest tours of the decade (Victory Tour with the Jacksons, and The Bad Tour solo), the two biggest selling albums of the decade (Thriller sold 50 million by the end of the decade, Bad sold about 25 million by the end of the decade) (and it dosn't hurt to mention that Thriller ALONE was #1 in the US for 37 weeks), more #1 hits than any other artist for the decade (according to billboard he had 9 #1's that decade, 10 if you include We Are The World). Plus, even if Madonna had 3 albums in the Top 100, MJ's Thriller outsold ALL of Madonnas albums combined. It was MJ's decision to release fewer albums overall. And was the biggest selling artist of the 80's, with an unprecedented sale of over 110 million records during the 80's. And he was also named many times over as the Artist and Entertainer of the decade as well.

So yes, MJ was defiantly the top artist of the decade. No one has come close to his success. Just becuase other artists have more chart entries, doesn't mean they were more successful.

A number of your individual claims are either clearly wrong or, at best, questionable. However that doesn't matter, the clue is in your last sentence, the rankings at this site are a measure of chart success. Its not just that chart entries count, they are the only thing that counts, nothing else matters at all.

You may claim that this is not a good measure of an artist's greatness, that's certainly a viable viewpoint. However if you are measuring "chart success" (which is what we are measuring) then chart entries are the only thing that indicates who comes out top.

If you had a reliable set of sources for tour success, album sales and artist of the decade nominations you could set up a web site that lists how different artists measured up and do your own ranking, but you don't and you haven't (Michael Jackson fan sites don't count)

You claim that, for you, Michael Jackson is the greatest artist, we would have to agree that is clearly your opinion. If someone else thought that Rick Astley was the greatest artist of the 1980s we would have to agree that was their opinion. However, if you were to claim Michael Jackson had the most worldwide chart success of the 1980s we would disagree, and have numbers to back us up. It is up to the reader to decide how much chart success should be considered when comparing different acts against each other.


10 Apr 2010

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was undeniably the biggest and most successful artist of the 80s! Why is he at #4?? His album Thriller sold 100 million copies and become the biggest selling album of all time! He also won 8 Grammy awards in a single night. Also he released Bad in '87 which was very successful. And I think he should have been mentioned in the 90s section. This is the most ridiculously stupid list I've ever seen. It was made by someone that knows nothing about this.

No, despite your outburst, by our metrics Michael Jackson was not the most successful artist of the 1980s. While he had some years of enormous success he failed to sustain it, for example he had no solo hits in 1985.

In our lists Michael Jackson is the 9th placed artist of the 1990s, we feel that qualifies as "being mentioned".

Thriller may have been the biggest selling album of all time, however quoting the widely discredited 100 million sales claim just confirms that are not being objective in your comments.

On this site actual facts are more important than mere opinion, and by that we mean anyone's opinion including our own.

The decade rankings were calculated with data from external sources that can be easily verified and the metrics used are clearly described. The calculation is automated and cannot be "adjusted" for any reason.

If you disagree with the result you either feel that the data is in some way invalid or that the metrics are unfairly emphasising particular acts. Tell us which data is wrong or which alternate metric should be used, then we'll take your comments seriously.

Saying this is the "most ridiculously stupid list I've ever seen" just makes you sound like a petulant teenager (except of course few modern teenagers are Michael Jackson fans)


24 Nov 2009

Michael Jackson

Am I seeing something wrong? I count 4 Jackson albums in your top 100. I don't see that many from any other artist, of course I just tabbed thru quickly.

You raise an interesting point. We feel that the "standard" list is too heavily dependant on the input charts that are available. There are about 4 times as many entries for the 1980s as there are for the 1960s, so more recent music is scored too highly.

So when contrasting acts and releases across the years we feel that it is better to compensate for this modern bias. The "real list" of top albums adjusts the scores to give what we feel is a better comparison across the years. In this list Michael Jackson has an entry at number 2, his next album is at number 47.

There are some good reasons for not adopting this approach for the standard lists. The way this adjustment is made works well for acts and releases that are at the top of the list. But it is not clear that it works so well for later, less widely supported, entries. In addition the simplicity of the standard score makes the standard list more transparent. Also it could be argued that the larger number of entries after 1980 reflect the fact that more people are interested in that era, hence music from then should be over emphasised.

In the standard list Michael Jackson does have four albums in the top 100, however The Beatles, Madonna and U2 all have six. If we were to believe that this list was a good measure of success then "REM" (with two entries) would have to rate better than The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Radiohead, Dire Straits and Guns & Roses (who all have just one). We suspect there are few people that would be prepared to argue for that view.

Of course you are free to disagree with our analysis, that is why we make the standard data available in CSV form. If you have a different way to summarise the data that illustrates an alternate view we would be interested to hear from you.


5 Sep 2009

Artist of 1980.

Michael Jackson should be the most successful artist of the 1980s having produced the most successful albums of all time. He also holds a record in the Guinness Book of World Records as The Most Successful of All Time.

First of all by any reasonable criteria Michael Jackson certainly didn't produce more than one album in the all time top 10, so the when you say "albums" you should rather use the word "album".

Secondly having the most successful album of an era is just one of the measures that are used here. Michael Jackson had 2 songs in the "1980s 100 songs" list, against Madonna's 5. He had 2 albums in the "1980s 100 albums" list, against Madonna's 3.

Finally even if we agreed that Michael Jackson's position in the "top artists of the 1980s" was too low we couldn't directly do anything about it within the rules of the website. The way that "success" is measured here is clearly defined and strictly follows a mechanical process, no-one gets to "adjust" the values later whatever their opinions. Even if one of the administrators wanted to boost his rating they couldn't, the best they could do would be to change the scoring mechanism. Prince, Madonna and U2 all had more number 1s in more countries than Michael Jackson in the 1980s, that is why they end up higher.