What was the greatest chart album of all time?
The approach taken to decide the greatest chart success of an album is
similar to that for the greatest song.
First all the scores are added up, then they are adjusted to remove any
systematic bias that comes from the fact that more charts are available
for recent periods. Of course albums didn't exist before 1947 so our charts
only start in 1950. Notice that this list does not indicate
the albums with the highest total sales
(which cannot be known) but rather the albums with the most success in the charts.
Once the album's adjusted scores are reviewed it is
clear that some of them stand out as runaway successes. Here is the final
list, the biggest album hits of all time:
The data here was calculated off-line from data
1.8.0049. The way the scores are adjusted has been slightly
refined so the order is different from our previous listings
(especially for the lower numbered entries). We believe that
this new ordering provides a better estimate of success.
As with all the complex calculations described on the site you can decide to try a
different approach. If your analysis shows something
interesting tell us about it.
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