The Weeknd turned 31 on Tuesday (Feb. 16), and Billboard is celebrating by toasting all of his projects.
The Canadian-Ethiopian superstar first came onto the scene with three NSFW alternative R&B mixtapes in 2011 — House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence — that he re-mixed and remastered the following year for his compilation album Trilogy.
He’s since notched four No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200: his 2015 sophomore album Beauty Behind the Madness, his third album Starboy, his fourth studio effort After Hours, and his 2018 EP My Dear Melancholy. Meanwhile, The Weeknd’s greatest-hits album The Highlights, which he released shortly before his sparkling Super Bowl LV halftime show performance, debuts at No. 2 on the albums tally this week (dated Feb. 20).
Billboard staffers ranked After Hours No. 3 on our 50 best albums of 2020 list for hitting “the sweet spot between the soul-corroding decadence of his Trilogy mixtapes, the melancholic, garbled melodies of My Dear Melancholy and the futuristic frenetic pop rhythms of Starboy” and for “projecting a gleefully basking The Weeknd directly into the bright luminescence of international superstardom.”
So which of the Starboy’s projects over the last decade shines the brightest? Vote below!