Special Report

Artists With the Most Hit Albums

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50. Bon Jovi
> Certified units: 35 million
> Most popular album: Slippery When Wet (1986)

Formed in Sayreville, New Jersey, rock band Bon Jovi — co-founded by lead singer Jon Bon Jofi — landed in the Top 40 with their first single, “Runaway.” In 1986, their third album, “Slippery When Wet,” included two No. 1 songs, “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.” The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted him in 2018.

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49. Britney Spears
> Certified units: 35 million
> Most popular album: …Baby One More Time (1999)

Dubbed “the Princess of Pop,” Britney Spears was a teenager when she released two of the best-selling albums of all time, “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops! … I Did It Again.” Spears has had six albums reach the top of the Billboard 200 list.

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48. Dave Matthews Band
> Certified units: 35 million
> Most popular album: Crash (1996)

Formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Dave Matthews Band built its huge following by touring and filling stadiums year after year. DMB has a large catalog of both studio and live albums. Although COVID-19 forced the jam band to cancel its tour dates in 2020, it is back on the road this year.

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47. Def Leppard
> Certified units: 36 million
> Most popular album: Hysteria (1987)

The English rock band Def Leppard released its last album, “Def Leppard,” in 2015. But it remains active, with a U.S. stadium tour scheduled for 2022. The group’s 1987 album “Hysteria” is one of the best-selling albums of all time. It was certified Platinum 12 times in the United States and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. In 2019, they became members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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46. Bob Dylan
> Certified units: 36 million
> Most popular album: Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits (1967)

Bob Dylan, the singer-songwriter who grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota, was named “the greatest songwriter of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine. His 1967 greatest hits album includes “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Positively 4th Street.” He has also released two more volumes of greatest hits, and his fans are urging him to do a fourth. Dylan has been a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since 1988.

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