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From '21' to 'Faith,' Here Are Different Albums With the Same Title to Top Billboard 200

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As previously reported, Pop Smoke’s Faith enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1 this week. In 1988, George Michael’s album of the same name topped the chart for 12 weeks, on its way to winning a Grammy for album of the year.

Faith is the 15th title to repeat at No. 1, with the exact same formatting and spelling, since the Billboard 200 began publishing on a regular weekly basis in March 1956. The repeaters include generic titles that you might expect to see repeat at No. 1 (Greatest Hits, Unplugged) and others that are such distinctive words that you might not (Kamikaze, Epiphany).

This phenomenon isn't unique to albums. As Gary Trust reported in June 2020, 16 pairs of different songs with the exact same title that have reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 since its inception in August 1958. Actually, in one of those cases, it’s not a pair. Three different songs titled “My Love” have reached the top spot on the Hot 100 -- by Petula Clark (1966), Paul McCartney & Wings (1973) and Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. (2006).

There is also one exact-match album title that has reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 three times: Greatest Hits. Elton John (1974), Bruce Springsteen (1995) and The Notorious B.I.G. (2007) have all topped the chart with collections that carried that simple and unadorned title.

Here is the full list of album titles that have repeated at No. 1, in alphabetical order, followed by some near-misses:

Believe

Disturbed, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Oct. 5, 2002, one week at No. 1

Justin Bieber, July 7, 2012, one week

Chapter V

Staind, Aug. 27, 2005, one week

Trey Songz, Sept. 8, 2012, one week

Epiphany

T-Pain, June 23, 2007, one week

Chrisette Michele, May 23, 2009, one week

Faith

George Michael, Jan. 16, 1988, 12 weeks

Pop Smoke, July 21, 2021, one week (so far)

4

Foreigner, Aug, 22, 1981, 10 weeks

Beyoncé, July 16, 2011, two weeks

Greatest Hits

Elton John, Nov. 30, 1974, 10 weeks

Bruce Springsteen, March 18, 1995, two weeks

The Notorious B.I.G., March 24, 2007, one week

Hello, Dolly!

Original cast (starring Carol Channing), June 6, 1964, one week

Louis Armstrong, June 13, 1964, six weeks

Kamikaze

Twista, Feb. 14, 2004, one week

Eminem, Sept. 15, 2018, one week

Music

Carole King, Jan. 1, 1972, three weeks

Madonna, Oct. 7, 2000, one week

Now

Maxwell, Sept. 8, 2001, one week

Shania Twain, Oct. 21, 2017, one week

Revival

Selena Gomez, Oct. 31, 2015, one week

Eminem, Jan. 3, 2018, one week

The Sound of Music

Original cast (starring Mary Martin), Jan. 25 1960, 16 weeks

Movie soundtrack (starring Julie Andrews), Nov. 13, 1965, two weeks

A Star Is Born

Movie soundtrack (Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson), Feb. 12, 1977, six weeks

Movie soundtrack (Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper), Oct. 20, 2018, four weeks

21

Omarion, Jan. 13, 2007, one week

Adele, March 12, 2011, 24 weeks

Unplugged

Eric Clapton, March 13, 1993, three weeks

Alicia Keys, Oct. 29, 2005, one week

Close Calls

Just for fun, here are some close calls, where the titles don’t quite match. The differences range from a punctuation mark or formatting choice (“and” or “&”) to the addition of a word or two. We’re only looking at pairs of albums by different artists, which omits many similar-titled albums by Chicago, The Beatles, Lil Wayne, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Migos, Led Zeppelin and Metallica. We made an exception to that rule so we could include a Madonna coupling that was too good to leave out (see last entry).

Here We Go Again!, The Kingston Trio, 1959; Here We Go Again, Demi Lovato, 2009

Black and Blue, The Rolling Stones, 1976; Black & Blue, Backstreet Boys, 2000

Frozen, movie soundtrack, 2014; Frozen II, movie soundtrack, 2019

High School Musical, TV soundtrack, 2006; High School Musical 2, TV soundtrack, 2007

Fore!, Huey Lewis & the News, 1986; IV, Godsmack, 2006; Four, One Direction, 2014; and the above-listed 4’s

Around the World in 80 Days, movie soundtrack, 1957; Around the World in a Day, Prince & the Revolution, 1985

The Breakthrough, Mary J. Blige, 2006; Breakthrough, Colbie Caillat, 2009

The Gift, Susan Boyle, 2010; The Gifted, Wale, 2013

Back Home Again, John Denver, 1974; Home Again, New Edition, 1996; Home, Dixie Chicks, 2002

Dangerous, Michael Jackson, 1991; Dangerous Minds movie soundtrack, 1995; Dangerous: The Double Album, Morgan Wallen, 2021

Double Fantasy, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1980; Double Live, Garth Brooks, 1998; Double Up, R. Kelly, 2007

American Pie, Don McLean, 1972; American Fool, John Cougar, 1982; American Life, Madonna, 2003; American Idiot, Green Day, 2004; American Gangster, Jay-Z, 2007; American Dream, LCD Soundsystem, 2017; American V: A Hundred Highways, Johnny Cash, 2006; American Beauty / American Psycho, Fall Out Boy, 2015

Untitled, Nas, 2008; untitled unremastered, Kendrick Lamar, 2016

Merry Christmas, Bing Crosby, 1957; Christmas, Michael Buble, 2011

Carnival, original cast, 1961; Carnival Ride, Carrie Underwood, 2007

Purple Rain, Prince & the Revolution movie soundtrack, 1984; Purple, Stone Temple Pilots, 1994

Spirit, Leona Lewis, 2008; Free Spirit, Khalid, 2019

Ricky, Ricky Nelson, 1958; Ricky Martin, Ricky Martin, 1999

Hotel California, Eagles, 1977; California, Blink-182, 2016

1 - The Beatles, 2000; #1s, Destiny's Child, 2005

Bad Girls, Donna Summer, 1979; Bad Boys II, movie soundtrack, 2003

Electric Ladyland, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968; Electric Youth, Debbie Gibson, 1989

Out of Time, R.E.M., 1991; Out of Exile, Audioslave, 2005

I Am…, Nas, 1999; I Am…Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé, 2008

Not Fragile, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1974; The Fragile, Nine Inch Nails, 1999

True Blue, Madonna, 1986; Turn Blue, The Black Keys, 2014

The Wall, Pink Floyd, 1980; Walls, Kings of Leon, 2016

Like a Virgin, Madonna, 1985; Like a Prayer, Madonna, 1989