Some of the most iconic albums in music history really set the bar high for artists today by holding the record for the longest consecutive reign on top the Billboard charts. These record-setting streaks still remain unmatched today as the top 10 albums with the most straight weeks at No.1!
1. West Side Story – Soundtrack (1962-63), 54 weeks
In addition to having the record for the most consecutive weeks spent at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the popular soundtrack to West Side Story also won the Grammy for Best Sound Track – Original Cast and was certified triple platinum for being the best selling album of the ’60s.
2. Thriller – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] (1983-84), 37 weeks
The King of Pop’s iconic album remains the best selling album of all time with sales over 110 million copies with its huge hits “Thriller,” Billie Jean” and “Beat It.”
3. Calypso – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Harry Belafonte[/lastfm] (1956-57), 31 weeks
With the help of his hugely popular and catchy tune “Day-O,” this album was the first full length gramophone LP to sell over a million copies.
4. South Pacific – Soundtrack (1958-59), 31 weeks
Tying with Harry Belafonte at 31 weeks is the soundtrack to the hit musical South Pacific that starred Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr and Ray Walston.
5. Rumours – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Fleetwood Mac[/lastfm] (1977-78), 31 weeks
The 11th studio album from the rock group, it became their biggest-selling album with over 40 million copies thanks to their hits like “Go Your Own Way” and “Dreams.”
6. Saturday Night Fever – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bee Gees[/lastfm]/Soundtrack (1978), 24 weeks
Driven mainly by The Bee Gees’ breakout original tracks featured in the disco-era movie starring John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever became to go-to soundtrack for the disco phenomenon.
7. Purple Rain – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Prince and the Revolution[/lastfm] (1984-85), 24 weeks
Regarded as one of the best pop/soundtrack albums of all time by numerous magazines like Rolling Stone and Time, Prince’s classic album featured all original songs written by him and has sold over 20 million copies.
8. Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]MC Hammer[/lastfm] (1990), 21 weeks
The rapper’s third album that helped make MC Hammer a house hold name in the ’90s was so successful in large part of his mega-hit “U Can’t Touch This.”
9. The Bodyguard – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Whitney Houston[/lastfm]/Soundtrack (1992-93), 20 weeks
No other soundtrack has been to stomp Whitney Houston’s record for the best-selling soundtrack of all time accompanying the film of the same name.
10. Blue Hawaii – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm] (1961-62), 20 weeks
The King’s 14th studio album and soundtrack to the movie of the same name, Blue Hawaii is the second best-selling album of the ’60s, following West Side Story.