Phil Ramone's Top 50 Billboard Albums: From '52nd Street' to 'Album 1700'

Producer Phil Ramone inside A & R Studios  on March 16, 1977 in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo: Bobby Bank/WireImage)

In a career that spanned 50 years, Phil Ramone’s credit graced some of the rock era’s most celebrated albums, from Glass Houses to Graceland and from A Star Is Born to Flashdance.

Ramone, who died Saturday at age 79, was an engineer in the 1960s, working with Lesley Gore, Quincy Jones and Burt Bacharach. Ramone soon became one of the most celebrated producers in the music business, working with mega-stars like Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Tony Bennett, while also working with artists when they were just beginning their careers and didn’t have marquee-value names, like Phoebe Snow, B.J. Thomas and Jon Secada.

Billboard has compiled a list of the top 50 albums that include Ramone in the credits, in any of his multiple roles, whether it be engineer, producer, co-producer or consultant.  There are albums from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s – a diverse collection spanning six consecutive decades.

Ranked in order by peak position on The Billboard 200, 39 of the 50 reached the top 10 -- an odd coincidence, since on the list of Ramone’s top 50 singles according to performance on the Hot 100, exactly 39 had made the top 10.

In memory of a man who devoted his life to the industry he loved so much, here are Phil Ramone’s greatest hits.

1 52nd Street, Billy Joel (1978) No. 1 (eight weeks)
2 Glass Houses, Billy Joel (1980) No. 1 (six weeks)
3 A Star Is Born, OST (1977) No. 1 (six weeks)
4 Flashdance, OST (1983) No. 1 (two weeks)
5 Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles (2005) No. 1 (one week)
6 Still Crazy After All These Years, Paul Simon (1975) No. 1 (one week)
7 Duets II, Tony Bennett (2011) No. 1 (one week)
8 The Stranger, Billy Joel (1978) No. 2
9 Getz/Giberto, Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto (1964) No. 2
10 As Time Goes By…The Great American Songbook Vol. II, Rod Stewart (2003) No. 2
11 There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Paul Simon (1973) No. 2
12 Duets, Frank Sinatra (1993) No. 2
13 Ram, Paul McCartney (1971) No. 2
14 Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan (1975) No. 2
15 Graceland, Paul Simon (1987) No. 3
16 Duets: An American Classic, Tony Bennett (2006) No. 3
17 An Innocent Man, Billy Joel (1983) No. 4
18 It Had to Be You…The Great American Songbook, Rod Stewart (2002) No. 4
19 Phoebe Snow, Phoebe Snow (1974) No. 4
20 Rhythm of the Saints, Paul Simon (1990) No. 4
21 So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon (2011) No. 4
22 Into the Light, Gloria Estefan (1991) No. 5
23 Viva Duets, Tony Bennett (2013) No. 5
24 Greatest Hits, Volume I and Volume II, Billy Joel (1985) No. 6
25 Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls, Dionne Warwick (1968) No. 6
26 The Concert in Central Park, Simon and Garfunkel (1982) No. 6
27 Rock of Ages, The Band (1972) No. 6
28 ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!’, The Rolling Stones (1970) No. 6
29 The Nylon Curtain, Billy Joel (1982) No. 7
30 Breakaway, Art Garfunkel (1975) No. 7
31 Cuts Both Ways, Gloria Estefan (1989) No. 8
32 Songs in the Attic, Billy Joel (1981) No. 8
33 The Band, The Band (1970) No. 9
34 The Dirty Boogie, Brian Setzer Orhestra (1998) No. 9
35 Greatest Hits, Vol. III, Billy Joel (1997) No. 9     
36 Yentl, Barbra Streisand/OST (1984) No. 9
37 Duets II, Frank Sinatra (1994) No. 9           
38 Till I Loved You, Barbra Streisand (1988) No. 10
39 Colour Me Free!, Joss Stone (2009) No. 10
40 11-17-70, Elton John (1971) No. 11 [tie]
40 Vision Quest, OST (1985) No. 11 [tie]
42 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, B.J. Thomas (1970) No. 12
43 Sit Down Young Stranger, Gordon Lightfoot (1971) No. 12
44 Hot Streets, Chicago (1978) No. 12
45 One-Trick Pony, Paul Simon (1980) No. 12
46 Peter, Paul & Mommy, Peter, Paul & Mary (1969) No. 12
47 What’s New Pussycat? OST (1965) No. 14 [tie]
47 Late Again, Peter, Paul & Mary (1968) No. 14 [tie]
49 Jon Secada, Jon Secada (1993) No. 15
50 Album 1700, Peter, Paul & Mary (1967) No. 15

The top 50 albums with at least one credit for Phil Ramone are ranked in order of peak position on The Billboard 200. Albums with the same peak position are ranked in order of how many weeks they spent on the chart, except for albums that reached No. 1, which are first ranked by weeks in peak position and then weeks on the entire chart.