Many of the biggest names in music continue to dominate the charts with major releases in 2017. Drake, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z have released commercially and critically successful albums that debuted at No. 1 and have remained on the Billboard 200 since their release.
2017 has also been a year of firsts for a few new breakout artists. Rapper Kodak Black’s “Project Baby 2” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 four months after his “Painting Pictures” debuted at No. 3. Similarly, Logic achieved his first No. 1 album with “Everybody,” and 21 Savage cracked the top 10 for the first time with “Issa Album,” which peaked at No. 2. And pop punk band Neck Deep finally reached its highest point on the charts with “The Peace And The Panic,” which peaked at No. 4 in early September.
To determine 2017’s most popular albums, 24/7 Wall St. created an index that consists of an album’s peak position on the Billboard 200, weeks spent on the Billboard 200, Metacritic ratings, and Wikipedia page views.