God is back on top of the Billboard 200, thanks to DJ Khaled’s God Did album. It’s the seventh set that includes the name of the deity in its title to reach No. 1 on Billboard‘s flagship albums chart. The first was Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s The Lord’s Prayer, which hit No. 1 in 1960. We could point out that that gives God a 62-year span of No. 1 albums, but frankly 62 years is nothing for the Almighty.
By contrast, the devil is name-checked in the titles of just two No. 1 albums – D12’s Devil’s Night (2001) and Bruce Springsteen’s Devils and Dust (2005). There was also nearly an eighth No. 1 album with the name of the deity in its title – Kanye West’s 2013 album originally titled set to be titled Thank God for Drugs, before ultimately being released as Yeezus.
It’s a different story with their respective domains. Hell is far more popular in titles of No. 1 albums, with mentions in the titles of four top-charting albums, compared to just one that mentions heaven. The No. 1 albums with hell in their titles are Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993), Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over (1994), DMX’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998) and Bad Meets Evil’s Hell: The Sequel (2011).
The only No. 1 album with the word “heaven” in is title is Johnny Mathis’ Heavenly, a 1959 collections of ballads, including this one that most definitely lives up to the boast in the title. Two No. 1 albums do have the word “paradise” in their titles, however: Styx’s Paradise Theater (1981) and Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise (2015). Several other No. 1 albums have Biblical words or references in their titles, including Eagles’ Long Road out of Eden (2007), Adam Lambert’s Trespassing (2012), and J. Cole’s Born Sinner (2013).
Here are all the No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 that include some version of the deity’s name in their titles. (We’re also counting titles with ‘Jesus’ included, since in the Christian religion, Jesus (a.k.a Lord) is the son of God.) The list is in chronological order.