Billboard 200


May 23, 2022

Billboard 200 is an American music chart belonging to the music magazine Billboard.[1] Its objective is to offer a list of the two hundred best-selling albums of the week.[note 1] Often artists and musical groups are remembered for their "number one" on that list.[2] The list is based solely on sales (both physical and digital) of albums in the United States. The sales tracking week starts on Monday and ends on Sunday. Results are released the following Thursday with an issue date of Saturday of the following week.[1] In 2015, Billboard magazine made the Greatest of All-Time Billboard 200 Artists list, with the most successful artists, and placed The Beatles in first place.[3] Currently Elvis Presley is the artist with the most accumulated albums in the Billboard 200 with a total of 126. [4]


Billboard began an album chart in 1945. Initially only five positions long, the album chart was not released on a weekly basis, sometimes taking three to seven weeks before it was updated. Then Popular Albums appeared, in 1955, this list was updated every two weeks and only counted the fifteen albums with the highest sales in the region. With the "rock and roll explosion" on March 24, 1956, the list officially became weekly and now the top ten to thirty best-selling albums would be recognized. The first number one album was Harry Belafonte's Belafonte. The count was later renamed Best-Selling Pop Albums in late 1956 and Best-Selling Pop LP's the following year.[5] Beginning on May 25, 1959, Billboard divided the count into two lists, Best-Selling Stereophonic LPs for "stereo albums," this one counts thirty positions, and Best-Selling Monophonic LPs for "monaural albums," this count with fifty positions. These were renamed in 1960, under the names of Stereo Action Charts and Mono Action Charts (now with only forty positions). They did it simultaneously twice more now under the names Action Albums—Stereophonic and Action Albums—Monophonic, in January 1961, with fifteen and twenty-five positions respectively, and three months later as Top LPs—Stereo and Top LPs—Monaural, with fifty and fifty fifty, respectively.[5] On August 17, 1963, the stereo and monaural charts were merged into a single 150-position chart called Top LPs. On April 1, 1967, the list was expanded to 175 positions, and finally to 200 positions on May 13, 1967. In February 1972, the title of the list was changed to Top LPs & Tape, and in 1984 it was retitled Top 200 Albums and in 1985 it was renamed for the tenth time under the title of Top Pop Albums, and in 1991 it became the Billboard Top 200 Albums, later given its current Billboard 200 title, officially on March 14, 1992.[5]​[6]​

Artist milestones

Highest number of accumulated albums


Top 10 most successful of all time (1958–2019)


Most albums at No. 1


Most cumulative weeks at No. 1


Most consecutive albums at No. 1


Most albums in the top ten


See also

Billboard Hot 100 Canadian Albums




Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Albums (6th edition), USA: Record Research, p. 1433, ISBN 0-89820-166-7, retrieved 2013-05-15. Whitburn, Joel (1991), The Billboard Book of Top 40 Albums, New York: Billboard Books, p. 347, ISBN 0-8230-7534-6, retrieved 2013-05-15.

External Links

Current Billboard 200 - Top 100