Bruno Mars and Nirvana Tied For Third Longest Charting Albums in Billboard History
Both pop star Bruno Mars and rock band Nirvana are present on the current Billboard 200 with two titles that aren’t just the most successful of their careers, but some of the biggest of all time.
Nirvana’s Nevermind moved up to No. 166 this frame, while Mars’ debut full-length Doo-Wops & Hooligans narrowly holds on as it falls to No. 199. Both records have sat on the Billboard 200 charts for an incredible 450 weeks, a milestone that few releases in the history of the Billboard charts can claim.
Nevermind and Doo-Wops & Hooligans are now tied for the honor of the third-longest-charting projects in history. Only two titles have held on longer, and both are far ahead of these efforts. Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon leads the way with 945 weeks on the list, and Metallica’s self-titled breakthrough comes next, as it has now spent 551 frames on the tally. Both of those releases are still charting, and they won’t be disappearing any time soon.
According to Forbes
When including all releases, several compilations of the biggest hits by a certain artist or band have lived on the Billboard 200 for longer, though that’s less surprising, since fans typically gravitate toward those collections and buy them more consistently than traditional albums. Four titles—Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend (603 weeks), Journey’s Greatest Hits (593 weeks), Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits (491 weeks) and Eminem’s Curtain Call: The Hits (473 weeks)—have greater counts of how long they’ve remained on the chart. That means that when all titles are included, Nevermind and Doo-Wops & Hooligans move down to seventh place, which they occupy together.
The two albums have been competing with one another for a long time now, but one may soon pull ahead of the other, as it looks like Mars’ first big win may depart the Billboard 200. Even if that does happen, it’s unlikely it will disappear for long, and both titles are sure to add more weeks to their count in the future.