Billboard 200

Billboard 200 is the most important American album charts published by Billboard magazine and every week an overview of the 200 best-selling albums of the accounting period in the United States offers.

  • 3.2.1 Most weeks at number one
  • 3.2.2 Most weeks in the hit parade
  • 4.1 artist with the most albums sold, according to RIAA counting
  • 4.2 Artists with most album certifications by RIAA
  • 4.3 Artists with most multi- platinum albums by the RIAA
  • 4.4 artist with the most RIAA platinum albums after
  • 4.5 artist with the most RIAA gold albums after
  • 4.6 Albums with the most RIAA platinum awards
  • 4.7 sales (since 1991)

Basis of calculation

The Billboard 200 is based solely on the sales of physical and digital albums and EPs in the United States. The payroll week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. On the following Thursday, datable to the following Saturday new issue is published, which is present on Fridays in printed form. The figures are collected by Nielsen SoundScan from dealers, which together make up about 90 % of the total U.S. market.


Billboard began in 1945 in order to release a album charts. Initially these comprised only five positions and has not been updated in a weekly rhythm. 1955 was largely a bi-weekly rhythm observed in which the 15 places appeared comprehensive list of Best - Selling Popular Albums. The first weekly singles chart was published on 24 March 1956 and was led by Harry Belafonte Belafonte album. In 1956, the hit parade in the best-selling pop album and 1957 in Best-selling Pop LPs has been renamed. In this time varied the length of the album charts, but never exceeded the length of 50 seats.

Since the end of 1959, there were two different lists for mono and stereo releases with 150 and 50 seats, which were summarized in 1963 in a comprehensive 150 positions overall list. In April 1967 the list to 25 places and expanded in May of the same year by an additional 25 seats, bringing its present length was reached. Andy Williams' Days of Wine and Roses was the first number-one album on the Billboard 200

By 1991 the charts created by dealer surveys. Since 26 May 1991, the sales data is calculated directly from Nielsen SoundScan and summarized. However, only new releases were conducted in the official charts from that date. Albums, was behind the publication of more than 18 months were included in the newly created Catalog charts as soon as they had left the Top 100 and no more album song was performed in one of the airplay charts.

In 2009, the scheme meant that after the death of Michael Jackson and soon after the re-release of the Beatles albums in digitally revised form the albums of this artist were indeed very much in demand and were among the best-selling albums, but not in the official Charts published. Therefore, it was decided at Billboard, eliminating the separation. Since November 22, 2009 all albums will be listed on the Billboard 200, which have been sold during the measuring period, regardless of the time of publication.

Records Charts

Most top ten albums

Most number-one albums

Maximum total number of weeks at number one


Most weeks at number one

Most weeks in the hit parade

Records sales

Artists with the most albums sold by RIAA counting

Artists with the most album certifications by RIAA

Artist with the most multi- platinum albums by the RIAA

Artist with the most platinum albums by the RIAA

Artist with the most RIAA gold albums after

Albums with the most RIAA platinum awards

Sales (since 1991)

  • Year with the most sales 2000: 785.14 million albums
  • 2013: 289.41 million albums
  • Week with the most sales 18 to 24 December 2000: 45.4 million albums
  • 6 to 12 January 2014: 4.25 million albums