Every album that has hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this year (so far)

Callie Ahlgrim
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Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande both released new albums this year that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Beth Garrabrant / Dave Meyers
  • So far this year, 29 different albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, though only seven have managed to hang on for more than one week.

  • "Fine Line" by Harry Styles took the first top spot of the year.

  • Taylor Swift's "Folklore" is the year's longest-running chart-topper with eight nonconsecutive weeks.

  • "Be" by BTS currently holds the top spot, marking the band's second No. 1 album in 2020 alone.

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Notching a No. 1 album is one of the biggest achievements in today's modern musical landscape — and it's grown ever more unpredictable with the rise of streaming and the decline of pure sales.

Billboard began publishing a weekly albums chart in 1956. After a variety of iterations, the Billboard 200 adopted its current name in 1992.

Today, the chart's weighted formula — which combines metrics like merchandise bundles, streams, YouTube views, and pure sales via Nielsen to calculate "equivalent units" — is roundly recognized as the most reliable ranking of the most popular albums in the US.

So far this year, 29 different albums have claimed the top spot, though only seven of those have managed to hang on for more than one week.

Keep scrolling for a complete list in chronological order, updated weekly.

1. "Fine Line" by Harry Styles

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"Fine Line" was released on December 13, 2019. Erskine Records/Columbia

Harry Styles' 2019 album "Fine Line" debuted at No. 1, then kicked off 2020 on top of the chart for its second straight week.

2. "JackBoys" by JackBoys and Travis Scott

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"JackBoys" was released on December 27, 2019. Cactus Jack/Epic

"JackBoys," Travis Scott's compilation project with his label mates, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on the chart dated January 11, 2020.

3. "Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial" by Roddy Rich

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"Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial" was released on December 6, 2019. Bird Vision/Atlantic Records

Roddy Rich's 2019 debut album returned to No. 1 on the chart dated January 18, 2020, for its second nonconsecutive week on top.

"Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial" would go on to spend two more nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in February, for a total of four weeks on top.

4. "Rare" by Selena Gomez

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"Rare" was released on January 10, 2020. Interscope Records

"Rare" debuted on top of the chart dated January 25, 2020, marking Selena Gomez's third No. 1 album.

5. "Music to Be Murdered By" by Eminem

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"Music to Be Murdered By" was released on January 17, 2020. Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records

"Music to Be Murdered By" debuted on top of the chart dated February 1, 2020, marking Eminem's historic 10th No. 1 album.

6. "Funeral" by Lil Wayne

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"Funeral" was released on January 31, 2020. Young Money/Republic Records

"Funeral" debuted on top of the chart dated February 15, 2020, marking Lil Wayne's fifth No. 1 album.

7. "Changes" by Justin Bieber

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"Changes" was released on February 14, 2020. Def Jam Recordings

"Changes" debuted on top of the chart dated February 29, 2020, marking Justin Bieber's seventh No. 1 album.

8. "Map of the Soul: 7" by BTS

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"Map of the Soul: 7" was released on February 21, 2020. BigHit Entertainment

"Map of the Soul: 7" debuted on top of the chart dated March 7, 2020, marking BTS' fourth No. 1 album.

9. "My Turn" by Lil Baby

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"My Turn" was released on February 28, 2020. Quality Control/Motown/Capitol Music Group

Lil Baby's sophomore album debuted on top of the chart dated March 14, 2020.

"My Turn" would return to No. 1 in June for four consecutive weeks, making it the year's longest leader with five weeks in total.

10. "Eternal Atake" by Lil Uzi Vert

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"Eternal Atake" was released on March 6, 2020. Atlantic Recording Corporation

"Eternal Atake" debuted on top of the chart dated March 21, 2020, marking Lil Uzi Vert's second No. 1 album.

The album remained at No. 1 for a second consecutive week.

11. "After Hours" by The Weeknd

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"After Hours" was released on March 20, 2020. XO Records/Republic Records

The Weeknd's fourth studio album debuted on top of the chart dated April 4, 2020.

"After Hours" remained at No. 1 for an entire month, becoming the first album to notch four consecutive weeks at No. 1 since Drake's "Scorpion" in 2018.

12. "Blame It on Baby" by DaBaby

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"Blame It on Baby" was released on April 17, 2020. SouthCoast/Interscope Records

"Blame It on Baby" debuted on top of the chart dated May 2, 2020, marking DaBaby's second No. 1 album.

13. "38 Baby 2" by YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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"38 Baby 2" was released on April 24, 2020. Never Broke Again/Atlantic Records

"38 Baby 2" debuted on top of the chart dated May 9, 2020, marking YoungBoy Never Broke Again's second No. 1 project.

14. "Here and Now" by Kenny Chesney

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"Here and Now" was released on May 1, 2020. Blue Chair/Warner Music Nashville

"Here and Now" debuted on top of the chart dated May 16, 2020, marking Kenny Chesney's ninth No. 1 album.

15. "Good Intentions" by Nav

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"Good Intentions" was released on May 8, 2020. XO/Republic Records

"Good Intentions" debuted on top of the chart dated May 23, 2020, marking Nav's second No. 1 project.

16. "High Off Life" by Future

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"High Off Life" was released on May 15, 2020. Freebandz/Epic Records

"High Off Life" debuted on top of the chart dated May 30, 2020, marking Future's seventh No. 1 album.

17. "Wunna" by Gunna

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"Wunna" was released on May 22, 2020. Young Stoner Life/300

"Wunna" debuted on top of the chart dated June 6, 2020, marking Gunna's first-ever No. 1 album.

18. "Chromatica" by Lady Gaga

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"Chromatica" was released on May 29, 2020. Interscope

"Chromatica" debuted on top of the chart dated June 13, 2020, marking Lady Gaga's sixth No. 1 album.

19. "Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon" by Pop Smoke

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"Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon" was posthumously released on July 3, 2020. Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic Records

"Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon" debuted on top of the chart dated July 18, 2020, marking Pop Smoke's first-ever No. 1 album.

The 20-year-old rapper was killed during a home invasion in February.

20. "Legends Never Die" by Juice WRLD

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"Legends Never Die" was posthumously released on July 10, 2020. Grade A/Interscope Records

"Legends Never Die" debuted on top of the chart dated July 25, 2020, marking Juice WRLD's second No. 1 album. The 21-year-old rapper died of an accidental overdose in December.

The album remained at No. 1 for a second consecutive week.

21. "Folklore" by Taylor Swift

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"Folklore" was released on July 24, 2020. Taylor Swift/Republic Records

"Folklore" debuted on top of the chart dated August 8, 2020, marking Taylor Swift's seventh No. 1 album.

According to Billboard, "Folklore" sold a whopping 846,000 equivalent units, making it the biggest week for any album since Swift's previous release, 2019's "Lover."

A vast majority of those units were pure sales — 615,000, to be exact — making "Folklore" the bestselling release of 2020 by far.

The album reigned at No. 1 for six straight weeks, surpassing Lil Baby's record for the year. It was the longest stretch for a No. 1 album since Drake's "Views" in 2016.

"Folkore" then returned to No. 1 for a seventh nonconsecutive week, surpassing Whitney Houston's longstanding record; it returned again in late October for an eighth.

Swift is now the only female artist in history with 48 cumulative weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

22. "Detroit 2" by Big Sean

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"Detroit 2" was released on September 4, 2020. Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam

"Detroit 2" debuted on top of the chart dated September 19, 2020, marking Big Sean's third No. 1 album.

23. "Top" by YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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"Top" was released on September 11, 2020. Never Broke Again/Artist Partner Group/Atlantic

"Detroit 2" debuted on top of the chart dated September 26, 2020, marking YoungBoy Never Broke Again's third No. 1 project in less than one year — breaking a record previously held by BTS.

24. "Tickets to My Downfall" by Machine Gun Kelly

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"Tickets to my Downfall" was released on September 25, 2020. EST19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope

"Tickets to My Downfall" debuted on top of the chart dated October 10, 2020, marking Machine Gun Kelly's first-ever No. 1 album.

25. "Savage Mode II" by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin

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"Savage Mode II" was released on October 2, 2020. Slaughter Boomin/Epic Records

"Savage Mode II" debuted on top of the chart dated October 17, 2020, becoming the second No. 1 album for both artists.

26. "What You See Is What You Get" by Luke Combs

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"What You See Is What You Get" was released on November 8, 2019. River House/Columbia Nashville

"What You See Is What You Get" originally debuted at No. 1 in November 2019, then returned to the top spot (on the chart dated November 7, 2020) after Luke Combs reissued a deluxe edition nearly one year later.

27. "Positions" by Ariana Grande

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"Positions" was released on October 30, 2020. Republic Records

"Positions" debuted on top of the chart dated November 14, 2020, marking Ariana Grande's fifth No. 1 album — and third in just two years, which is the fastest accumulation of three chart-topping studio albums ever by a female artist.

It remained atop the chart for a second consecutive week.

28. "Power Up" by AC/DC

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"Power Up" was released on November 13, 2020. Columbia Records/Leidseplein Presse, B.V.

"Power Up" debuted on top of the chart dated November 28, 2020, marking the band's third No. 1 album.

29. "Be" by BTS

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"Be" was released on November 20, 2020. BigHit Entertainment

"Be" debuted on top of the chart dated December 5, 2020, marking BTS' fifth No. 1 album and second in 2020 alone.

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