As previously reported, Taylor Swift‘s Folklore tops the Billboard 200 for the second week. It’s Swift’s sixth album to log two or more weeks on top of Billboard‘s flagship album chart, which puts her in very exclusive company. Since the Billboard 200 was introduced in March 1956, just 11 artists have released six or more albums that had multiple weeks at No. 1. The tally includes just two women—Swift and Barbra Streisand.
This feat is getting harder to accomplish, as more albums have just a single week on top. Kenny Chesney has had nine No. 1 albums—but not one of them managed a second week on top. Future has had seven No. 1 albums—again, without one album logging a second week in pole position.
Here’s the complete list of artists with six or more albums that logged multiple weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
The Beatles: All but three of the Fab Four’s 19 No. 1 albums spent multiple weeks on top. (They don’t call them Fab for nothing.) The group’s longest-running No. 1 albums are Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (15 weeks in 1967), the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack (14 weeks in 1964), Meet the Beatles! (11 weeks in 1964) and Abbey Road (11 weeks in 1969-70). As you can see, the exclamation point in Meet the Beatles! was well-deserved.
Elvis Presley: Eight of the King’s 10 No. 1 albums spent multiple weeks on top. His longest-running No. 1 albums are the Blue Hawaii soundtrack (20 weeks in 1961-62), his debut album Elvis Presley (10 weeks in 1956), the Loving You soundtrack (10 weeks in 1957) and the G.I. Blues soundtrack (10 weeks in 1960-61).
The Rolling Stones: Eight of The Stones’ nine No. 1 albums spent multiple weeks on top. The band’s longest-running No. 1 albums are its two most recent – Tattoo You (nine weeks in 1981) and Emotional Rescue (seven weeks in 1980). Its only album to be booted out of the top spot after just one week was It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (1974). It was dethroned by Elton John – Greatest Hits, to which it played runner-up for the next four weeks.
Garth Brooks: Seven of Brooks’ nine No. 1 albums spent multiple weeks on top – more than any other country artist. His longest-running No. 1s are Ropin’ the Wind (18 weeks in 1991-92), The Hits (eight weeks in 1994-95) and The Chase (seven weeks in 1992). Ropin’ made history as the first country album to enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1. It is, to this day, the country album with the longest run at No. 1.
Eminem: Eminem’s first seven (of 10) No. 1 albums spent multiple weeks on top. His longest-running No. 1 albums are The Marshall Mathers LP (eight weeks in 2000), Recovery (seven weeks in 2010) and The Eminem Show (six weeks in 2002).
Jay Z: Seven of Jay-Z’s 14 No. 1 albums spent multiple weeks on top – which puts him in a tie with Eminem for the most multiple-week-No. 1 albums by a rapper. His longest-running No. 1s are Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life (five weeks in 1998) and The Blueprint (three weeks in 2001).
Elton John: All seven of Captain Fantastic’s No. 1 albums spent multiple weeks on top. He’s the only artist with six or more No. 1 albums who never had a one-week No. 1. His longest-running No. 1 albums are the aforementioned Elton John — Greatest Hits (10 weeks in 1974-75), the classic double-disk album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (eight weeks in 1973) and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (seven weeks in 1975). Captain Fantastic made history as the first album to enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1.
Led Zeppelin: Six of the band’s seven No. 1 albums spent multiple weeks on top – more than any other hard rock band. The band’s longest-running No. 1 albums are Led Zeppelin II (seven weeks in 1969-70), In Through the Out Door (seven weeks in 1979) and Physical Graffiti (six weeks in 1975). Its only No. 1 to get sent packing after one week was the triple-disk live album How the West Was Won (2003).
Bruce Springsteen: Six of The Boss’ 11 No. 1 albums spent multiple weeks on top. His longest-running No. 1 albums are Born in the U.S.A. (seven weeks in 1984-85), Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live/1975-85 (seven weeks in 1986-87) and The River (four weeks in 1980). That live album, a five-disk box set, was the first album to enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1 since Stevie Wonder‘s Songs in the Key of Life 10 years earlier.
Barbra Streisand: Six of the legendary diva’s 11 No. albums spent multiple weeks on top. Her longest-running No. 1 albums are the A Star Is Born soundtrack, on which she shared billing with Kris Kristofferson (six weeks in 1977) and People (five weeks in 1964).
Taylor Swift: Six of Swift’s seven No. 1 albums spent multiple weeks on top. Her longest-running No. 1s are Fearless (11 weeks in 2008-09), 1989 (11 weeks in 2014-15) and Red (seven weeks in 2012-13). Swift’s only album to get the boot after just one week is Lover (2019).