From Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' to Taylor Swift's '1989': Albums with Five Top 10 Hot 100 Hits
With Taylor Swift's 1989 recently celebrating its first birthday, the unstoppable album has joined an exclusive Billboard chart club. The set is the latest to send five songs into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, a testament to its enduring iron grip on popular music. (The album hasn't left the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart since debuting at No. 1 on Nov. 15, 2014.)
Launching five (or more) top 10 songs on the Hot 100 is a rare feat that tests an album's longevity and depth. Naturally, scoring five top 10 top hits requires a quintet of viable tracks that can earn strong support via radio and sales (and, more recently, streaming, as well), while holding listeners' interest often a year or more after an album's initial release.
Thus, only a select number of albums have crossed the five-top 10s milestone, starting with Michael Jackson's Thriller. The behemoth set spun seven songs into the chart's upper region during its historic run in 1982-84.
Once Thriller's hot streak waned, its record showing had ignited a wildfire that blazed throughout the '80s. Between 1983 and 1989, 12 more albums entered the illustrious fellowship, encapsulating genres such as pop (Madonna, George Michael), R&B (Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson) and rock (Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen).
The flood of such hit-packed albums eased in the '90s and 2000s, but some artists have still proven capable of the achievement. In the 2010s, the consistency of two superstar projects, Swift's 1989 and, in 2010-12, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, have successfully granted them membership, elevating the divas to a new tier of chart stardom.
Check out the accompanying photo gallery below for our rundown of the elite albums that have generated five or more top 10 hits on the Hot 100, with complete information on each single's peak position.