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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Longest-Charting Albums in U.S. Chart History

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These figures are drawn from the Billboard 200 and catalog charts. Figures change on a weekly basis, as there are some albums, such as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or Bob Marley’s Legend, which consistently rank among each week’s top 200 best sellers. In the event of ties, albums are listed based on most overall points in the Dave’s Music Database. Albums with 150+ weeks are listed, making for roughly a top 100 list.

1. Pink Floyd…Dark Side of the Moon (1973), 823 weeks
2. Johnny Mathis…Johnny’s Greatest Hits (1958), 490 weeks
3. Patsy Cline…12 Greatest Hits (1973), 376 weeks
4. Phantom of the Opera – Highlights (cast album, 1988), 331 weeks
5. Carole King…Tapestry (1971), 309 weeks
6. Johnny Mathis…Heavenly (1959), 295 weeks
7. Oklahoma! (soundtrack, 1955), 283 weeks
8. Enigma…mcmxc a.d. (1990), 282 weeks
9. Metallica…Metallica (aka The Black Album) (1991), 281 weeks
10. The King and I (soundtrack, 1956), 277 weeks

11. Tennessee Ernie Ford…Hymns (1957), 277 weeks
12. The Sound of Music (cast album, 1959), 276 weeks
13. Camelot (cast album, 1960), 265 weeks
14. South Pacific (soundrack, 1958), 262 weeks
15. Guns N’ Roses…Greatest Hits (2004), 261 weeks
16. Nirvana…Nevermind (1991), 260 weeks
17. Led Zeppelin…Led Zeppelin IV (1971), 259 weeks
18. Bob Marley & the Wailers…Legend (1984), 255 weeks
19. Phantom of the Opera (cast album, 1986), 255 weeks
20. Pearl Jam…Ten (1991), 253 weeks

21. Journey…Greatest Hits (1988), 248 weeks
22. The Music Man (cast album, 1957), 245 weeks
23. Taylor Swift…Taylor Swift (2006), 244 weeks
24. The Rolling Stones…Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (1971), 243 weeks
25. Van Morrison…Best of (1990), 242 weeks
26. Enya…Shepherd Moons (1991), 238 weeks
27. The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965), 235 weeks
28. Mantovani…Film Encores (1957), 231 weeks
29. Garth Brooks…No Fences (1990), 224 weeks
30. Garth Brooks…Garth Brooks (1989), 224 weeks

31. Queen…Greatest Hits (1981), 219 weeks
32. Zac Brown Band…The Foundation (2008), 219 weeks
33. Taylor Swift…Fearless (2008), 215 weeks
34. Kenny G…Breathless (1992), 214 weeks
35. Fiddler on the Roof (cast album, 1964), 206 weeks
36. Mitch Miller & the Gang…Sing Along with Mitch (1958), 204 weeks
37. Michael Bolton…Soul Provider (1989), 202 weeks
38. West Side Story (soundtrack, 1961), 198 weeks
39. Lynyrd Skynyrd…Skynyrd’s Innyrds (1989), 198 weeks
40. The Kingston Trio…The Kingston Trio (1958), 195 weeks

41. West Side Story (cast album, 1957), 191 weeks
42. Bob Seger…Greatest Hits (1994), 188 weeks
43. Bonnie Raitt…Nick of Time (1989), 185 weeks
44. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1965), 185 weeks
45. Peter, Paul & Mary…Peter, Paul & Mary (1962), 185 weeks
46. The Beatles…Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), 184 weeks
47. ZZ Top…Eliminator (1983), 183 weeks
48. various artists…Oldies But Goodies (1959), 183 weeks
49. Kenny Rogers…Greatest Hits (1980), 181 weeks
50. Buddy Holly & the Crickets…The Buddy Holly Story (1959), 181 weeks

51. Rusty Warren…Knockers Up! (1960), 181 weeks
52. U2…Under a Blood Red Sky (1983), 180 weeks
53. U2…War (1983), 179 weeks
54. Eminem…Curtain Call: The Hits (2005), 179 weeks
55. Michael Jackson…Thriller (1982), 178 weeks
56. The Kingston Trio…From the Hungry I (1959), 178 weeks
57. Daughtry…Daughtry (2006), 176 weeks
58. Bette Midler…Beaches (soundtrack, 1989), 176 weeks
59. Andy Williams…Moon Rivers & Other Great Movie Themes (1962), 176 weeks
60. Paula Abdul…Forever Your Girl (1988), 175 weeks

61. John Denver…Greatest Hits (1973), 175 weeks
62. Adele…19 (2008), 174 weeks
63. Lynyrd Skynyrd…All Time Greatest Hits (2002), 174 weeks
64. Gigi (soundtrack, 1958), 172 weeks
65. Chicago…Chicago Transit Authority (1969), 171 weeks
66. Mitch Miller & the Gang…More Sing Along with Mitch (1958), 171 weeks
67. Michael Jackson…Off the Wall (1979), 170 weeks
68. Van Halen…Van Halen (1978), 169 weeks
69. The Beatles…1967-1970 (1973), 169 weeks
70. The Beatles…The Beatles (aka The White Album) (1968), 168 weeks

71. Creedence Clearwater Revival…Chronicle (1976), 168 weeks
72. Madonna…Madonna (1983), 168 weeks
73. Harry Belafonte…At Carnegie Hall (1959), 168 weeks
74. Miles Davis…Kind of Blue (1959), 167 weeks
75. Man of La Mancha (1965), 167 weeks
76. Black Crowes…Shake Your Money Maker (1990), 165 weeks
77. Dave Brubeck…Time Out (1959), 164 weeks
78. The Beatles…1962-1966 (1973), 164 weeks
79. Phil Collins…Face Value (1981), 164 weeks
80. Herp Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…Going Plaes (1965), 164 weeks

81. Whitney Houston…Whitney Houston (1985), 163 weeks
82. Herp Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…South of the Border (1965), 163 weeks
83. Norah Jones…Come Away with Me (2002), 162 weeks
84. Nat “King” Cole…Ramblin’ Rose (1962), 162 weeks
85. The Big Chill (soundtrack, 1983), 161 weeks
86. Alabama…Feels So Right (1981), 161 weeks
87. Lionel Richie…Can’t Slow Down (1983), 160 weeks
88. Nickelback…All the Right Reasons (2005), 159 weeks
89. Lady Gaga…The Fame (2008), 158 weeks
90. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers…Greatest Hits (1993), 158 weeks

91. Huey Lewis & the News…Sports (1983), 158 weeks
92. Anita Baker…Rapture (1986), 157 weeks
93. Maruice Jarre…Doctor Zhivago (soundtrack, 1966), 157 weeks
94. Herp Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…The Lonely Bull (1962), 157 weeks
95. The Beach Boys…Endless Summer (1974), 156 weeks
96. Fleetwood Mac…Rumours (1977), 153 weeks
97. Prince…1999 (1982), 153 weeks
98. The Police…Zenyatta Mondatta (1980), 153 weeks
99. Brooks & Dunn…Brand New Man (1991), 153 weeks
100. Mumford & Sons…Sigh No More (2009), 152 weeks

101. Bill Cosby…Why Is There Air? (1965), 152 weeks
102. Shania Twain…Come on Over (1997), 151 weeks
103. Mario Lanza…The Student Prince (soundtrack, 1954), 151 weeks
104. Hair (cast album, 1967), 151 weeks
105. Carrie Underwood…Some Hearts (2005), 151 weeks
106. Flower Drum Song (cast album, 1959), 151 weeks


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