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Friday, May 22, 2015

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

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List first posted March 5, 2013; updated May 22, 2015.

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.

1. Pink Floyd…Dark Side of the Moon (1973), 905 weeks
2. Johnny Mathis…Johnny’s Greatest Hits (1958), 490 weeks
3. My Fair Lady (cast album, 1956, 480 weeks
4. South Pacific (cast album, 1949), 400 weeks
5. Patsy Cline…12 Greatest Hits (1973), 376 weeks
6. Bob Marley & the Wailers…Legend (1984), 362 weeks
7. Journey…Greatest Hits (1988), 354 weeks
8. Metallica…Metallica (aka ‘The Black Album’) (1991), 345 weeks
9. Phantom of the Opera – Highlights (cast album, 1988), 331 weeks
10. Guns N’ Roses…Greatest Hits (2004), 312 weeks

11. Carole King…Tapestry (1971), 309 weeks
12. Johnny Mathis…Heavenly (1959), 295 weeks
13. Nirvana…Nevermind (1991), 293 weeks
14. Oklahoma! (soundtrack, 1955), 283 weeks
15. Zac Brown Band…The Foundation (2008), 283 weeks
16. Enigma…mcmxc a.d. (1990), 282 weeks
17. The King and I (soundtrack, 1956), 277 weeks
18. Tennessee Ernie Ford…Hymns (1957), 277 weeks
19. The Sound of Music (cast album, 1959), 276 weeks
20. Led Zeppelin…Led Zeppelin IV (1971), 270 weeks

21. Camelot (cast album, 1960), 265 weeks
22. South Pacific (soundrack, 1958), 262 weeks
23. Pearl Jam…Ten (1991), 259 weeks
24. Phantom of the Opera (cast album, 1986), 255 weeks
25. Queen…Greatest Hits (1981), 253 weeks
26. The Rolling Stones…Hot Rocks 1964-71 (1971), 250 weeks
27. The Music Man (cast album, 1957), 245 weeks
28. Taylor Swift…Taylor Swift (2006), 244 weeks
29. Van Morrison…Best of (1990), 242 weeks
30. Eminem…Curtain Call: The Hits (2005), 239 weeks

31. Enya…Shepherd Moons (1991), 238 weeks
32. The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965), 235 weeks
33. Mantovani…Film Encores (1957), 231 weeks
34. Michael Jackson…Thriller (1982), 229 weeks
35. Creedence Clearwater Revival…Chronicle (1976), 226 weeks
36. 37. Garth Brooks…No Fences (1990), 224 weeks
38. Garth Brooks…Garth Brooks (1989), 224 weeks
39. Bruno Mars…Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010), 224 weeks
40. Taylor Swift…Fearless (2008), 221 weeks

41. Adele…21 (2011), 219 weeks
42. Mumford & Sons…Sigh No More (2009), 216 weeks
43. Kenny G…Breathless (1992), 214 weeks
44. Eminem…The Eminem Show (2002), 213 weeks
45. Michael Jackson…Number Ones (2003), 209 weeks
46. Katy Perry…Teenage Dream (2010), 209 weeks
47. Fiddler on the Roof (cast album, 1964), 206 weeks
48. Nickelback…All the Right Reasons (2005), 205 weeks
49. Mitch Miller & the Gang…Sing Along with Mitch (1958), 204 weeks
50. Michael Bolton…Soul Provider (1989), 202 weeks

51. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers…Greatest Hits (1993), 199 weeks
52. West Side Story (soundtrack, 1961), 198 weeks
53. Lynyrd Skynyrd…Skynyrd’s Innyrds (1989), 198 weeks
54. The Beatles…1 (2000), 195 weeks
55. The Kingston Trio…The Kingston Trio (1958), 195 weeks
56. Led Zeppelin…Mothership (2007), 195 weeks
57. The Beatles…Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), 192 weeks
58. West Side Story (cast album, 1957), 191 weeks
59. Johnny Cash…The Legend of Johnny Cash (2005), 190 weeks
60. Eminem…Recovery (2010), 188 weeks

61. Bob Seger…Greatest Hits (1994), 188 weeks
62. Luke Bryan…Tailgates & Tanlines (2011), 187 weeks
63. Bonnie Raitt…Nick of Time (1989), 185 weeks
64. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965), 185 weeks
65. Peter, Paul & Mary…Peter, Paul & Mary (1962), 185 weeks
66. Fleetwood Mac…Rumours (1977), 184 weeks
67. ZZ Top…Eliminator (1983), 183 weeks
68. various artists…Oldies But Goodies (1959), 183 weeks
69. Kenny Rogers…Greatest Hits (1980), 181 weeks
70. Buddy Holly & the Crickets…The Buddy Holly Story (1959), 181 weeks

71. Rusty Warren…Knockers Up! (1960), 181 weeks
72. U2…Under a Blood Red Sky (1983), 180 weeks
73. U2…War (1983), 179 weeks
74. The Kingston Trio…From the Hungry I (1959), 178 weeks
75. The Beatles…Abbey Road (1969), 176 weeks
76. AC/DC…Back in Black (1980), 176 weeks
77. Daughtry…Daughtry (2006), 176 weeks
78. Bette Midler…Beaches (soundtrack, 1989), 176 weeks
79. Andy Williams…Moon Rivers & Other Great Movie Themes (1962), 176 weeks
80. Paula Abdul…Forever Your Girl (1988), 175 weeks

81. John Denver…Greatest Hits (1973), 175 weeks
82. Adele…19 (2008), 175 weeks
83. Lynyrd Skynyrd…All Time Greatest Hits (2002), 174 weeks
84. Gigi (soundtrack, 1958), 172 weeks
85. Chicago…Chicago Transit Authority (1969), 171 weeks
86. Mitch Miller & the Gang…More Sing Along with Mitch (1958), 171 weeks
87. Zac Brown Band…You Get What You Give (2010), 171 weeks
88. Michael Jackson…Off the Wall (1979), 170 weeks
89. Lana Del Rey…Born to Die (2012), 170 weeks
90. Blake Shelton…Loaded: The Best of (2010), 170 weeks

91. Eminem…The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), 169 weeks
92. Van Halen…Van Halen (1978), 169 weeks
93. The Beatles…1967-1970 (1973), 169 weeks
94. Jason Aldean…My Kinda Party (2010), 169 weeks
95. The Beatles…The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968), 168 weeks
96. Madonna…Madonna (1983), 168 weeks
97. Harry Belafonte…At Carnegie Hall (1959), 168 weeks
98. Miles Davis…Kind of Blue (1959), 167 weeks
99. Man of La Mancha (1965), 167 weeks
100. Black Crowes…Shake Your Money Maker (1990), 165 weeks

101. Nickelback…Dark Horse (2008), 165 weeks
102. Eagles…Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1976), 164 weeks
103. The Beatles…1962-1966 (1973), 164 weeks
104. Dave Brubeck…Time Out (1959), 164 weeks
105. Phil Collins…Face Value (1981), 164 weeks
106. Herp Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…Going Plaes (1965), 164 weeks
107. Whitney Houston…Whitney Houston (1985), 163 weeks
108. Herp Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…South of the Border (1965), 163 weeks
109. Norah Jones…Come Away with Me (2002), 162 weeks
110. Nat “King” Cole…Ramblin’ Rose (1962), 162 weeks

111. Alabama…Feels So Right (1981), 161 weeks
112. The Big Chill (soundtrack, 1983), 161 weeks
113. Lionel Richie…Can’t Slow Down (1983), 160 weeks
114. Guns N’ Roses…Appetite for Destruction (1987), 158 weeks
115. Lady Gaga…The Fame (2008), 158 weeks
116. Huey Lewis & the News…Sports (1983), 158 weeks
117. Anita Baker…Rapture (1986), 157 weeks
118. Maruice Jarre…Doctor Zhivago (soundtrack, 1966), 157 weeks
119. Herp Alpert & the Tijuana Brass…The Lonely Bull (1962), 157 weeks
120. Linkin Park…Hybrid Theory (2000), 156 weeks

121. The Beach Boys…Endless Summer (1974), 156 weeks
122. Prince…1999 (1982), 153 weeks
123. The Police…Zenyatta Mondatta (1980), 153 weeks
124. Brooks & Dunn…Brand New Man (1991), 153 weeks
125. Blake Shelton…Red River Blue (2011), 153 weeks
126. Bill Cosby…Why Is There Air? (1965), 152 weeks
127. Shania Twain…Come on Over (1997), 151 weeks
128. Hair (cast album, 1967), 151 weeks
129. Mario Lanza…The Student Prince (soundtrack, 1954), 151 weeks
130. Carrie Underwood…Some Hearts (2005), 151 weeks
131. Flower Drum Song (cast album, 1959), 151 weeks


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