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A 'Heaven'-ly Return on the Billboard 200 Chart

Five Finger Death Punch's new album is the highest-charting effort in decades with "Heaven" in the title.

"Heaven" is high atop the pop albums chart for the first time since 1960.

The word heaven, that is.

This week, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1," by rock band Five Finger Death Punch, debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

It's the highest-charting album with "heaven" in its title since the Billboard 200 became an all-encompassing survey of both mono and stereo albums on Aug. 17, 1963.

Before 1963, we had two separate album charts that ranked mono and stereo albums. In that pre-combined chart era, the last time we had a "heaven"-ly set in the top two was on Feb. 1, 1960.

That week, Johnny Mathis' former No. 1 "Heavenly" ranked at No. 2 on the Top LP's - Mono Action Albums chart.

While the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 chart has been heaven-less for decades, "hell" has visited the top of the tally four times.

These "hell"-ish albums have reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200:

Meat Loaf, "Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell" (1993)
Eagles, "Hell Freezes Over" (1994)
DMX, "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot" (1998)
Bad Meets Evil, "Hell: The Sequel" (2011)

It's a different story altogether on the Billboard 200's sister songs chart, the Billboard Hot 100.

On the 55-year old Hot 100, no songs with the word "hell" in their title have even reached the top three. However, there been five No. 1-peaking "heaven" songs (plus another four that stalled in the No. 2 slot).

On the Hot 100, just one "hell" song -- the All-American Rejects' "Gives You Hell" -- even reached the top 10! It peaked at No. 4 in 2009.

As for the heavenly chart-toppers on the Hot 100, they are:

Bee Gees, "Too Much Heaven" (1979)
Bryan Adams, "Heaven" (1985)
Belinda Carlisle, "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (1987)
Carrie Underwood, "Inside Your Heaven" (2005)
Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven" (2012)