Every album that hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2020

Taylor Swift/YouTubeTaylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ was the year’s most successful album, according to the Billboard 200.
  • In 2020, 32 different albums hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
  • Only seven artists managed to stay on top for more than one week: Roddy Rich, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, The Weeknd, Juice WRLD, Taylor Swift (twice), and Ariana Grande.
  • Swift’s “Folklore” was the year’s longest-running No. 1 with eight nonconsecutive weeks.
  • Swift’s “Evermore” finished the year in the top spot, marking the singer’s eighth career No. 1 album.
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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, detailing an artist’s popularity, in 1956. After a variety of iterations, the Billboard 200, which ranks the 200 most popular albums and EPs in the US, 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 recognised as the most reliable ranking of albums in the US.

In 2020, 32 different albums claimed the top spot, though only eight of those managed to hang on for more than just one week.

Keep scrolling for a complete list in chronological order.


1. “Fine Line” by Harry Styles

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

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

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

“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

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

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

Interscope Records‘Rare’ was released on January 10, 2020.

“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

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

“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

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

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


7. “Changes” by Justin Bieber

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

“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

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

“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

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

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 (at that time) with five weeks in total.


10. “Eternal Atake” by Lil Uzi Vert

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

“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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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


17. “Wunna” by Gunna

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

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


18. “Chromatica” by Lady Gaga

Interscope‘Chromatica’ was released on May 29, 2020.

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

Republic Records‘Positions’ was released on October 30, 2020.

“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

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

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


29. “Be” by BTS

BigHit Entertainment‘Be’ was released on November 20, 2020.

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


30. “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo” by Bad Bunny

Rimas Entertainment LLC‘El Ultimo Tour del Mundo’ was released on November 27, 2020.

“El Ultimo Tour del Mundo” debuted on top of the chart dated December 12, 2020, marking Bad Bunny’s second top-five album in 2020 alone – and beating his own record for the highest-charting all-Spanish-language album ever, set when “YHLQMDLG” peaked at No. 2 in March.

“El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo” is the first all-Spanish-language album to reach No. 1 in the 64-year history of the Billboard 200.


31. “Wonder” by Shawn Mendes

Island Records/UMG‘Wonder’ was released on December 4, 2020.

“Wonder” debuted on top of the chart dated December 19, 2020, marking Shawn Mendes’ fourth No. 1 album.


32. “Evermore” by Taylor Swift

Beth Garrabrant/Taylor Swift‘Evermore’ was released on December 11, 2020.

“Evermore” debuted on top of the chart dated December 26, 2020, marking Swift’s eighth No. 1 album and second in 2020 alone.

With “Folklore” charting steady at No. 3, Swift became the first woman in history to have two albums in the top three of the Billboard 200 in the same week.

She also set the record for the shortest gap in between No. 1 albums for a female artist, with just four months and 18 days separating the “Folklore” and “Evermore” debuts.

“Evermore” remained at No. 1 for a second consecutive week, wrapping up the year on top.

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