Pink Floyd‘s evergreen album The Dark Side of the Moon continues to hold the record, by far, for the most charted weeks on the Billboard 200: 917! The set, which was released in 1973 and spent a week at No. 1, continued to chart on a mostly regular basis through 1988.
After 1988, the set departed the tally, but returned in 2009 once the chart’s rules were altered to allow older albums (generally referred to as “catalog albums”) to rank on the weekly list. (Between May 1991 and December 2009, catalog albums were mostly barred from charting.)
The second-longest run on the Billboard 200 belongs to Bob Marley and the Wailers‘ greatest hits set Legend, with 386 weeks. Amazingly, the album never reached the top 10 until 2014, when the set vaulted to No. 5 after it was sale-priced in the Google Play store for just 99 cents.
Weeks on Billboard 200, Title, Artist, Peak Position, Date
917, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd, 1, 4/29/1973
386, Legend: The Best Of…, Bob Marley And The Wailers, 5, 9/20/2014
378, Journey’s Greatest Hits, Journey, 10, 2/11/1989
354, Metallica, Metallica, 1, 8/31/1991
333, Greatest Hits, Guns N’ Roses, 3, 4/10/2004
331, The Phantom Of The Opera: Highlights, Original London Cast Recording, 46, 1/4/1992
303, Nevermind, Nirvana, 1, 1/11/1992
290, The Foundation, Zac Brown Band, 9, 10/31/2009
282, MCMXC A.D., Enigma, 6, 5/4/1991
The list of titles with the most weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart was compiled from the charts dated Aug. 17, 1963 through Oct. 10, 2015. (Aug. 17, 1963 is the date when Billboard’s two separate pop album charts for stereo and mono recordings joined to become one all-encompassing weekly chart.)