As the site generation page explains the list of albums does not reflect the most popular albums of all time since there are variable levels of charts for different historical periods. There are a number of reasonable ways to compare artists of different periods, further down this page there is an analysis that examines the top albums for each year, but first we show what happens when you list the top artists of each year and tallying up the number of years each artist held the top slots.
Unlike the greatest song act chart there is a clear winner in the album acts. There are a number of surprises in the list.
Given The Beatles domination of this chart and the marginal lead that Elvis has over them in the singles version it is clear that any combined chart would put The Beatles as the world's greatest overall chart act of all time.
This analysis was done with data version 2.1.044
The figure above shows the order that results from looking at the actual albums rather than artist's success. Each album has been scored based on the position it reached in the overall year chart, 1.0 for the number 1, 0.5 for number 2 and so on, and each artist has been rated based on the number of albums reaching the number one slot, or top 5, or top 10 etc.
This plot really illustrates the domination that The Beatles had over the album charts while they were active.
This analysis was done with data version 1.10.0014