As any musicmaker knows, it's already a tough task to score a hit on the Billboard Hot 100, which ranks the most popular tracks in the United States on a weekly basis. The act requires some blend of the following, if not all, key ingredients: a strong song, a charismatic artist, consistent promotion and marketing efforts, an engaged fan base, and maybe, an X-factor of a live performance, meme or other stroke of luck. To rise (and stay) at the top of the game, then, demands a consistency that only few artists ever achieve. But when artists catch fire, they can run off a string of hits in rapid fashion.
To that end, here's a roll call of artists who cemented their pop dominance by landing five or more top 10 hits from a single album. Not only does such a feat rest on the same qualities as above, but the album needs something special to command a mass audience for months at a time.
It should come as little surprise, then, that the first album to house five top 10s was Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album of all time. Since then, 27 albums have followed in the legendary LP's footsteps. For Jackson fans, we'll note that his album actually spun off seven top 10s, placing the album in a four-way tie with Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (1984-85) and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989-91) and Drake's Scorpion (2018) for the highest total.
Check out our rundown of albums that have produced five or more top 10 hits on the Hot 100. The who's-who covers pop, rock and R&B and includes superstars such as Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston and Katy Perry.