Special Report

100 Best Pop Albums of All Time

Charles Stockdale

Pop music is deeply embedded in the fabric of American society. Whether it’s playing on the radio, television, or at the local shopping center, today’s top hits seem to be constantly blasting from speakers everywhere.

While pop originally grew out of rock and roll, it began to develop its own characteristics in the 1960s. Comprised primarily of short, catchy, melodic songs, pop’s greatest strength is its wide audience appeal. While some pop groups – such as NSYNC – appeal primarily to teenagers, more major players – such as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson – offer something for just about everyone.

By creating an index of album sales and Billboard performance, 24/7 Wall St. has determined the 100 best pop albums of all time.

Pop music has come to mean more than mere popularity. Generally, pop albums consist of singles-based music engineered for wide appeal on pop radio and pop television. Pop music often incorporates elements of dance, as well as heavily produced electronic components. Based on 24/7 Wall St.’s discretion, albums that did not meet these loose criteria were excluded from our analysis. As a result, a number of highly popular artists including Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, and Fleetwood Mac were culled from the final list.

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