Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ breaks top 10 all-time record on Billboard 200 chart

Morgan Wallen‘s Dangerous: The Double Album has broken the record for most weeks in Top 10 on it Billboard 200 chart among albums by a single artist.

The former No. 1 set amasses an 86th consecutive week in the top 10 on the chart (dated September 17, rising from No. 5 to No. 2), surpassing the 85 non-consecutive weeks accomplished by Peter, Paul and Mary‘s self-titled album in 1962-64. The latter album spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 in 1962–63 and included in the top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit “If I Had a Hammer”.

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Dangerous debuted at the top of Jan. 23, 2021-dated chart and spent its first 10 weeks at No. 1. It has only fallen out of the weekly top 10 once since charting. It includes two Hot 100 top 10s and seven top 10s on Billboardis Hot Country Songs chart, including No. 1s “7 Summers” and “Wasted on You.”

Seven albums still have more weeks in the top 10 than Dangerous – and all are multi-artist soundtracks and cast recordings. See the list below.

Since the Billboard 200 began publishing on a regular weekly basis, with the chart charting on March 24, 1956, the album with the most weeks in the top 10 is the original cast recording of My Fair Lady, with 173 weeks in the top 10 between 1956-60. The seven albums with the most weeks in the top 10 are all cast recordings or film soundtracks. (See list below.)

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the United States based on multimetric consumption measured in equivalent album units, compiled by Luminate. The units include album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Sept. 17, 2022 dated chart will be published in full at Billboard‘s website on Tuesday (Sept. 13). For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Albums with the most weeks in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart (March 24, 1956 onward)
Weeks in Top 10, Artist, Title, Year First Reached Top 10
173, original cast, My Fair Lady1956
109, Soundtrack, The sound of music1965
106, Soundtrack, West Side Story1962
105, original cast, The sound of music1960
90, Soundtrack, the South Pacific1958
87, original cast, Camelot1961
87, Soundtrack, Oklahoma!1956
86, Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album2021
85, Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Paul and Mary1962
84, Adele, 212011
84, Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA1984
(through the chart from September 17, 2022).

Dangerous has been a monster hit on the Billboard 200, becoming one of only four country albums to spend at least 10 weeks at No. 1 on the chart. It also ended 2021 as the year-end No. 1 album on the Billboard 200.

Dangerous debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Jan. 23, 2021, and has only left the weekly top 10 once, on Jan. 1, 2022-dated chart as it was squeezed out by a number of older holiday albums (typical of the season on the chart).

on Feb. 2, 2021, midway through the album’s fourth week of release, a video surfaced showing Wallen using the N-word. He subsequently issued an apology. The reaction from the industry was swift, and his music was removed from dozens of high-profile playlists on streamers, and several radio groups dropped his music. But on the Billboard 200, the album posted a gain in units earned during its fourth week and held at No. 1. Wallen spent 2021 out of the spotlight, but has been embraced by streamers and country radio (he recently notched his seventh top 10 on the Country Airplay chart, dated Aug. 27). So is he donated at least $500,000 to charities, including the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville and Rock Against Racism. Earlier in 2022, Wallen performed at the Billboard Music Awards (May 15), marking his first appearance at a major awards show since he was caught on video using the veil. At the awards ceremony, he took home the trophy for Best Male Country Artist. (In 2021, he won three Billboard Music Awards, but that was it not invited to accept them during broadcast.)

A little history on the Billboard 200 chart: The list began publishing as a regular weekly event with the chart from March 24, 1956, where Harry Belafontes Belafonte was no. 1 album in the US At the time, the chart had only 10 places and was named the best-selling pop album. (Its name would only change a week later to Best Selling Popular Albums.)

Before March 24, 1956, Billboard had tracked the album’s popularity, but not consistently. The first overall album chart appeared 11 years earlier, on March 24, 1945. This chart was released on an irregular basis until it became a weekly program, starting with the March 24, 1956 issue of Billboard magazine.

Notably, for just over four years (between May 25, 1959–August 10, 1963), the album chart was split into two separate charts, each tracking the sales of mono or stereo recorded albums. These two charts were named best-selling monophonic LPs and best-selling stereophonic LPs. The names of the charts would change slightly over time, but Billboard would release two charts for mono and stereo albums until Aug. 10, 1963. The following week, Aug. 17, 1963, the mono and stereo charts were folded back into one unified chart.

The chart would grow to 200 positions in 1967. In 1992, and after a series of name changes, the chart would settle on its current name, the Billboard 200.

For the above list of albums with the most weeks in the top 10, if an album placed on both the mono and stereo charts, its total weeks in the top 10 is its total across both charts (without duplicating weeks). So if an album was in the top 10 on both the mono and stereo charts in the same week, it counts as one week in the top 10.

Regarding how the Billboard 200 chart is compiled… through the chart dated May 18, 1991, the chart ranked the week’s best-selling album in the United States, based on reports obtained from record stores. On the chart dated May 25, 1991, the chart began using electronically monitored sales information from SoundScan, Inc. (now known as Luminate).

The chart would continue to rank the best-selling album of the week, by traditional album sales, until December. 6, 2014-dated chart. The following week (December 13, 2014), the list changed again, becoming a multimetric popularity chart ranking overall consumption measured in equivalent album units. The units include album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.

Because of how the Billboard 200 is now compiled — where a long tracklist can help amass big streaming totals — an album that Dangerous (which debuted with 30 songs and was later re-released with three bonus tracks) capitalizes heavily on the continued weekly streams of its hefty tracklist. Many albums on the Billboard 200 now have long track lists. In 2022, across the 18 No. 1 albums, the average album length is 20 tracks.

Additionally, older albums (known as catalog albums; generally defined today as titles that are 18 months old or older) were mostly restricted from entering the Billboard 200 from May 25, 1991-Nov. 28, 2009. From Dec. 5, 2009-onward, catalog and current (new/recently released) albums chart together on the Billboard 200. Today, older albums regularly spend hundreds of weeks on the chart—such as Journey’s Greatest hits (more than 700 weeks) and Eminem’s Curtain Call: The Hits (almost 600). Based on its track record so far, one would imagine Dangerous could be on the Billboard 200 for hundreds of weeks to come.

Research assistance by Paul Haney from Record research.

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