No new rock album cracked Billboard’s Top 200 at year-end


Billboardend-of-year album chart shows no new rock records for 2021, with Queen’s 1981 The biggest hits compilation ranked as the best-selling LP of its kind in the last 12 months.

The four-decade-old track appears in 23rd place in the Top 200. Only five other rock releases highlight the top 100: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors (1977), Voyage of The biggest hits (1988), AC / DC Back in black (1980), Nirvana no matter (1991) and Black Album by Metallica (1991).

Last year only Ozzy Osbourne hit the top 200 with a new rock album – and barely, like his Ordinary man landed at No.199.

During this time, Billboard lists the Foo Fighters as the best-selling lead rock artist, followed by Ayron Jones, Mammoth WVH, Greta Van Fleet and Five Finger Death Punch. Maneskin leads the New Rock Artists category, followed by Surf Curse, Nessa Barrett, Sueco and Beach Bunny.

It’s been two decades since a rock album was the top-selling track of the year, in the form of Linkin Park’s debut album in 2001, Hybrid theory. However, at that time, sales figures were calculated via the number of physical disks sold across all physical formats. In the present era, a more complex accounting system is used. “BillboardYear-end musical recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on weekly charts from November 21, 2020 to November 13, 2021, ”the organization noted. “Rankings… reflect equivalent album units, distribution, sales or streaming. “

Michael Jackson’s Polar remains the best-selling album of all time, followed by Back in black, Whitney Houston The bodyguard soundtrack, Meat Loaf’s Beats out of hell and eagles The biggest hits.

BillboardBest-selling rock albums of 2021

23. Queen – The biggest hits
34. Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
66. Travel – The biggest hits
68. AC / DC – Back in black
97. Nirvana – no matter
99. Metallica – Black album

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