Special Report

100 Best Albums of All Time

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70. The Fame (2008)
> Artist: Lady Gaga
> Copies sold in U.S.: 3 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 2

Lady Gaga broke through to international success with her dance-music infused debut “The Fame” in 2008. The release landed at No. 8 on Billboard’s year-end chart in 2009 and peaked on the Billboard 200 in early 2010 at No. 2.

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69. Spice (1996)
> Artist: Spice Girls
> Copies sold in U.S.: 7 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

The Spice Girls proved that girl power was big business with their 1996 smash debut “Spice.” The release hit No. 19 on Billboard’s list of the Top Pop Albums of the 1990s and has sold over 23 million copies worldwide.

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68. Licensed to Ill (1986)
> Artist: Beastie Boys
> Copies sold in U.S.: 10 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

“License to Ill” features some of the Beastie Boys’ best loved hits, including “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!),” “Brass Monkey,” “Girls,” and “No Sleep till Brooklyn.” In 1998, The Source Magazine added the album to its list of the 100 Best Rap Albums.

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67. Red (2012)
> Artist: Taylor Swift
> Copies sold in U.S.: 6 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

Taylor Swift topped the Billboard Top Country Albums and 200 chart with “Red” in 2012. It was her fourth studio album, and the singer revealed that she chose the title to reflect the colorful nature of her relationships at the time.

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66. Escape (1981)
> Artist: Journey
> Copies sold in U.S.: 9 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

Journey scored two top-10 hit singles with their 1981 release “Escape.” The highest charting track from this release was “Open Arms” at No. 2. “Don’t Stop Believin'” peaked at No. 9.

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65. Some Girls (1978)
> Artist: The Rolling Stones
> Copies sold in U.S.: 6 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

Critics lauded “Some Girls” as a return to classic form for The Rolling Stones, with Robert Christgau calling it their best offering since “Exile on Mainstreet.” Rolling Stone Magazine agreed, naming it number 270 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

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64. Meet the Beatles! (1964)
> Artist: The Beatles
> Copies sold in U.S.: 5 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

“Meet the Beatles!” was the band’s second full-length release. It was released in January of 1964 and sold over 4 million copies by the end of that year. The album features the classic track “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

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63. The Velvet Underground (1969)
> Artist: The Velvet Underground
> Copies sold in U.S.: N/A
> Billboard 200 peak position: 197

The Velvet Underground’s eponymous second album was considered a strong release following its 1968 debut, and it earned mostly positive reviews. Despite critical acclaim, the album failed to enter the Billboard 200 chart until 1985, when it peaked at No. 197.

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62. Steppenwolf (1968)
> Artist: Steppenwolf
> Copies sold in U.S.: 0.5 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 6

Steppenwolf’s self-titled debut brought the band to national fame with help from their hit single “Born to Be Wild.” The iconic song was included in the classic 1969 film “Easy Rider” starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.

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61. Pyromania (1983)
> Artist: Def Leppard
> Copies sold in U.S.: 10 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 2

“Pyromania” hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 1983 and has since sold over 10 million copies in the United States. Band member Joe Elliot also revealed in 2015 that Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott decided to break up his band after hearing an advanced copy of the album, claiming he could no longer compete.