In the long history of the Billboard 200 (or its historical antecedents -- Billboard album charts date back to the '40s in one form or another), there have been surprisingly few solo artists to top the album chart under the age of 18. In fact, even going as far back as the '40s, just 10 solo artists have topped Billboard's primary album chart. To be clear, we're not including people who were in a band or duo that scored a No. 1 album -- nor are we including minors who contributed to No. 1 soundtracks.
So from recent Vine star Shawn Mendes reaching back to teen idol Ricky Nelson, here are 10 solo singers who topped the chart before turning 18.
First up is the most recent solo arti...
First up is the most recent solo artist to top the Billboard 200 under the age of 18: Shawn Mendes. The 16-year-old Vine star turned his mastery of the six-second social media format into a successful pop career, with his full-length debut, Handwritten, owning the chart for a week in April 2015.
Prior to Mendes, the last under-18 to...
Prior to Mendes, the last under-18 to top the Billboard 200 was Alpha Teen Idol Justin Bieber. His Christmas collection Under the Mistletoe netted the then-17-year-old singer the top slot on the Billboard 200 in 2011.
Justin Bieber is one of three solo ar...
Justin Bieber is one of three solo artists to top the Billboard 200 twice before turning 18. He first reached that height with My World 2.0 in 2010, which hit No. 1 when he was just 16.
Before Bieber, the previous five No. ...
Before Bieber, the previous five No. 1 albums from solo singers under 18 all came from Disney kids. First up (but chronologically last) is Demi Lovato, whose second album Here We Go Again hit No. 1 when she was 16 in 2009.
Before she dropped Bangerz (and her c...
Before she dropped Bangerz (and her clothes), Miley Cyrus saw Breakout become her second chart-topping album in 2008. The soon-to-be-former Hannah Montana was 15 at the time.
When Miley Cyrus was just breaking ou...
When Miley Cyrus was just breaking out of the Hannah Montana mold, she was a mere 14 years old. That didn't stop Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus from dominating the Billboard 200 in 2007.
Miley's Disney predecessor Hilary Duf...
Miley's Disney predecessor Hilary Duff scored her only No. 1 album (so far) when she was 15 with Metamorphosis, her proper debut album in 2003.
Presenting herself as the schoolgirl-...
Presenting herself as the schoolgirl-next-door gone bad, Britney Spears topped the Billboard 200 in 1999 with her massive-selling debut ...Baby One More Time. It wasn't entirely an act: She was only 17 at the time.
The third solo singer to score two No...
The third solo singer to score two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 before turning 18 is LeAnn Rimes. In 1997, her uplifting covers album You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs topped the chart when she was 15.
Released a year after her hit debut&n...
Released a year after her hit debut Blue peaked at No. 3, LeAnn Rimes' compilation album Unchained Melody: The Early Years became her first No. 1 in 1997. The rising country star was just 14 at the time.
Thanks to her cover of Tommy James an...
Thanks to her cover of Tommy James and the Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now," Tiffany -- the voice of the '80s mallrat generation -- reached No. 1 with her self-titled debut in 1988. She was 16 when Tiffany ruled for two weeks.
Twenty-five years prior to Tiffany's ...
Twenty-five years prior to Tiffany's chart-topper is our second-to-last album, coming from a young Stevie Wonder. Released back when he was known as "Little Stevie Wonder" but still (correctly) hailed as a genius, he topped the album chart in 1963 with Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius. Despite the title, he was actually 13 when the album hit No. 1.
Last on our list is the first solo si...
Last on our list is the first solo singer to score a No. 1 album before turning 18. Part teen idol, part early rock n' roll pioneer, Ricky Nelson hit No. 1 in 1958 with his debut album, Ricky. At the time, he was just 17. Part of the reason for his teenage success in an era where that wasn't the norm: Nelson played one of the sons on TV's immensely popular sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, which helped propel his career into the stratosphere early on.