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What Does Adele Have in Common With Santana & ‘The Bodyguard’?

Adele's "25" marks a rare milestone with its latest week atop the Billboard 200.

As previously reported, Adele’s 25 rules the Billboard 200 chart for a 10th nonconsecutive week, as the monster set earned another 100,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 25, according to Nielsen Music.

With its 10 weeks on top, 25 moves into elite territory historically. Remarkably, 25 is just the fifth album released since 2000 to achieve 10 weeks at No. 1. The exclusive club:

25, Adele (released in 2015, 10 weeks at No. 1)
1989, Taylor Swift (2014, 11 weeks)
Frozen soundtrack (2013, 13 weeks)
21, Adele (2011, 24 weeks)
Fearless, Taylor Swift (2008, 11 weeks)


Impressively, Adele and Swift are two of only five acts with at least two albums to lead for at least 10 weeks each since the Billboard 200 combined its former stereo and mono albums charts into one overall tally in 1963. The pop divas stand alongside Whitney Houston, the Monkees and the Beatles.

Adele Tops Billboard Artist 100 for 10th Week

Houston managed the feat with her self-titled debut (14 weeks at No. 1), her second set, Whitney (11), and the soundtrack to The Bodyguard (20). The Monkees joined the club with their eponymous debut (13 weeks) and follow-up, More of the Monkees (18).

The Beatles stand apart from the crowd, as the Fab Four normally do, as the act owns four albums with at least 10 weeks at No. 1: Meet the Beatles! (11 weeks), A Hard Day’s Night (14), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (15) and Abbey Road (11). (It’s worth noting that the group also charted three albums with nine weeks in the penthouse: Beatles ’65, Help! and their self-titled set, usually referred to as The White Album.)

Meanwhile, check out this list:

Albums to top the Billboard 200 for 10 (or more) weeks and yield singles to top the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 (or more) weeks

The Bodyguard soundtrack, Whitney Houston: 20 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200
“I Will Always Love You”: 14 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100

Supernatural, Santana: 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200
“Smooth” (featuring Rob Thomas): 12 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100
“Maria, Maria” (featuring The Product G&B): 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100

25, Adele: 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200
“Hello”: 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100

As noted by insightful chart fan Alan Kase, 25 is the only the third album to spend 10 weeks or more at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and have (at least) one of its singles tally 10 weeks or more atop the Billboard Hot 100. “Hello” logged 10 weeks at No. 1 on the latter.

25 follows Santana’s 1999 release Supernatural, which led the Billboard 200 for 12 weeks, while two of its singles, “Smooth” and “Maria Maria,” earned 12 and 10 weeks atop the Hot 100, respectively, and 20-week Billboard 200 leader The Bodyguard, whose “I Will Always Love You” totaled 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1992-93.