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100 Best Pop Albums of All Time

24/7 Tempo Logo By Charles B. Stockdale, John Harrington and Colman Andrews of 24/7 Tempo | Slide 1 of 101: People across the world love pop music. The best songs can be listened to again and again and can endure for years being played on the radio and on television. As implied by its name, pop music is music that produces the most popular -- the most hit -- songs. These songs tend to have catchy melodies, memorable lyrics, and energetic rhythms, often suited for dancing. And while pop music often focuses on single songs -- reaching the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 is a sure sign of a hit -- artists have consistently released popular music albums throughout recent history. 24/7 Tempo has identified the 100 best pop albums of all time based on an album's performance on the Billboard 200 chart, which ranks the weekly 200 most popular albums across all genres, and on the album's lifetime sales as reported by the Recording Industry Association of America. While new pop music is constantly being released, many of the best pop albums are older, dating back to the 1980s, '70s, and '60s. Numerous beloved artists active during these decades have stood the test of time and continue to win over new fans. Here is the most famous band formed each year since 1957. Of course, some newer albums have joined the ranks of the best pop albums of all time as well, with artists such as Drake, Rihanna, and Adele selling millions of records and dominating the pop charts. Here are the best pop songs of the past year.

People across the world love pop music. The best songs can be listened to again and again and can endure for years being played on the radio and on television.

As implied by its name, pop music is music that produces the most popular -- the most hit -- songs. These songs tend to have catchy melodies, memorable lyrics, and energetic rhythms, often suited for dancing. And while pop music often focuses on single songs -- reaching the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 is a sure sign of a hit -- artists have consistently released popular music albums throughout recent history.

24/7 Tempo has identified the 100 best pop albums of all time based on an album's performance on the Billboard 200 chart, which ranks the weekly 200 most popular albums across all genres, and on the album's lifetime sales as reported by the Recording Industry Association of America.

While new pop music is constantly being released, many of the best pop albums are older, dating back to the 1980s, '70s, and '60s. Numerous beloved artists active during these decades have stood the test of time and continue to win over new fans. Here is the most famous band formed each year since 1957.

Of course, some newer albums have joined the ranks of the best pop albums of all time as well, with artists such as Drake, Rihanna, and Adele selling millions of records and dominating the pop charts. Here are the best pop songs of the past year.

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