Juan Gabriel Dies at 66: His Biggest Albums, Songs & Tours

Juan Gabriel in 2015
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Juan Gabriel performs as part of his "Volver 2015" tour at Coliseo Jose M. Agrelot on March 1, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Iconic Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel died on Sunday (Aug. 28) at 66 of a heart attack, leaving behind a rich legacy of music that influenced generations of artists in Latin music and beyond. 

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His last album, Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes, was no exception. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart (dated Sept. 3) and will remain atop the chart for a second week. It was his fifth No. 1 album overall on the 23-year-old chart -- and fourth in just the last 18 months. He previously led the list with Los Duo, Los Duo 2, Juntos Otra Vez,  Mis Número 1 ... 40 Aniversario. No artist has come close to his chart rule in the past year-and-a-half on the Top Latin Albums chart -- his four No. 1s are twice the amount of the next-most leaders by an act (two -- by four different artists in that span). The four acts who earned two No. 1s in the last year-and-a-half are Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, Gloria Trevi, Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda and La Maquinaria Nortena.

Juan Gabriel Dies at 66

As we mourn Gabriel's death, take a look at his most successful albums, songs and tours. 

He charted 31 albums on the Top Latin Albums chart since it began in 1993 -- well after his career started in the early 1970s. Since 1991, when Nielsen Music began electronically tracking point-of-sale music purchases, Gabriel has sold 3 million albums in the U.S. On the Hot Latin Songs chart -- which launched in 1986 -- he also had a big presence. He notched 31 songs on the tally, including its first No. 1: “Yo No Sé Qué Me Pasó."

Juan Gabriel’s Top Albums
Rank, Title, Peak Position on Top Latin Albums Chart, Peak Date
1. Los Duo, No. 1 (for 7 weeks), March 7, 2015
2. Los Duo 2, No. 1 (7 weeks), Jan. 2, 2016
3. Juntos Otra Vez (with Rocio Durcal), No. 1 (2 weeks), May 24, 1997
4. Vestido De Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes, No. 1 (2 weeks — currently No. 1), Sept. 3, 2016
5. Mis Numero 1 - 40 Aniversario, No. 1 (1 week), Oct. 10, 2015
6. Abrazame Muy Fuerte, No. 2, Feb. 10, 2001
7. Juan Gabriel, No. 2, May 29, 2010
8. Los Gabriel - Cantan a Mexico (with Ana Gabriel), No. 3, April 19, 2008
9. La Historia Del Divo, No. 4, April 22, 2006
10. Mis 40 En Bellas Artes, No. 4, May 31, 2014

Juan Gabriel’s Top Songs
Rank, Title, Peak Position on Hot Latin Songs Chart, Peak Date
1. “Abrazame Muy Fuerte,” No. 1 (9 weeks), Jan. 27, 2001
2. “Pero Que Necesidad,” No. 1 (2 weeks), Aug. 27, 1994
3. “Debo Hacerlo,” No. 1 (1 week), April 16, 1988
4. “Ti Sigo Amando,” No. 1 (1 week), Oct. 4, 1997
5. “El Destino” (with Rocio Durcal), No. 1 (1 week), June 14, 1997
6. “Yo No Se Que Me Paso,” No. 1 (1 week), Oct. 4, 1986
7. “El Palo,” No. 1 (1 week), July 15, 1995
8. “Hasta Que Te Conoci,” No. 3, May 2, 1987
9. “Asi Fue,” No. 3, Feb. 28, 1998
10. “No Tengo Dinero” (A.B. Quintanilla III & Kumbia Kings featuring Juan Gabriel & El Gran Silencio), No. 5, April 12, 2003

Methodology: Gabriel’s top albums and songs are ranked by peak position on the Top Latin Albums and Hot Latin Songs charts (through the lists dated Sept. 10, 2016). If more than one title peaked at the same position, ties were broken by the number of weeks spent at the peak. If ties still remained, they were broken by the number of weeks on the chart, and then in the top 10 and/or the top 40, depending on where the title peaked.

The Mexican crooner was not only a chart-topping artist -- he was also a leader at the box office. In 2015, Juan Gabriel notched the highest-grossing Latin tour of 2015, raking in $31.8 million for 32 shows in the U.S. and Puerto Rico alone. 

Just last week, he kicked off his MeXXIco Es Todo Tour in the U.S. His last concert was Aug. 26 in Los Angeles at The Forum, performing for two hours straight accompanied by a full mariachi band, an orchestra, and a troupe of dancers -- proving he was always the ultimate showman.