Special Report

100 Best Albums of All Time

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60. Sports (1983)
> Artist: Huey Lewis & the News
> Copies sold in U.S.: 7 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

Huey Lewis & the News self-produced “Sports” followed the release of their second album “Picture This.” The band celebrated the album’s 30th anniversary in 2013 with a national tour and a press release at the time that claimed the album was nearing RIAA diamond certification.

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59. Throwing Copper (1994)
> Artist: Live
> Copies sold in U.S.: 8 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

“Throwing Copper” was the second release from the Pennsylvania-based Live, and it vaulted them into superstardom. Five singles from the album broke into the top 20 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart with “Selling Drama” and “Lightning Crashes” hitting No. 1.

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58. Tommy (1969)
> Artist: The Who
> Copies sold in U.S.: 2 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 4

The Who’s 1969 rock opera “Tommy” was their fourth release and most ambitious to date. It was released to widespread critical acclaim, and fans snapped up copies, pushing the album to a gold certification from the RIAA by August of 1969.

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57. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)
> Artist: Iron Butterfly
> Copies sold in U.S.: 4 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 4

“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly represented the peak of psychedelic rock in the late 1960s. It led Billboard’s Top Albums of 1969 chart and has since gone on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide.

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56. Whitney (1987)
> Artist: Whitney Houston
> Copies sold in U.S.: 9 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

Whitney Houston had already won a Grammy by the time “Whitney” was released, but this was the album that made her a global superstar. The first four singles from this album all topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Houston the first female artist ever to earn the achievement.

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55. Pet Sounds (1966)
> Artist: The Beach Boys
> Copies sold in U.S.: 1 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 10

“Pet Sounds” was the Beach Boys’ 11th studio record and marked an experimental new approach from lead songwriter and producer Brian Wilson. Today, the album is considered one of the greatest in rock history, landing at No. 2 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was also enshrined at the Library of Congress in 2005.

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54. Bad (1987)
> Artist: Michael Jackson
> Copies sold in U.S.: 10 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

“Bad,” the pop icon’s seventh studio release, was set up for a challenge following the phenomenal success of “Thriller.” Within four years, however, the release had sold an eye-popping 25 million copies worldwide, making it the second highest-selling album of all time behind “Thriller.”

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53. Faith (1987)
> Artist: George Michael
> Copies sold in U.S.: 10 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

George Michael had already found international success as half of Wham! before going solo with his debut release “Faith.” The album brought Michael beyond the realm of teen pop and earned him the Album of the Year Grammy in 1988.

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52. The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
> Artist: Eminem
> Copies sold in U.S.: 10 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

“The Marshall Mathers LP” was controversial for its dark subject matter in 2000, but it still found massive critical and commercial success. The release finished the year at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart for 2000.

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51. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)
> Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins
> Copies sold in U.S.: 10 million
> Billboard 200 peak position: 1

Smashing Pumpkins’ sprawling 28-track release “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” was their third studio release and became their only No. 1 hit on the Billboard 200 chart. The release also earned the band seven Grammy nominations in 1997.