List of Billboard 200 number-one albums of 1990

The highest-selling albums and EPs in the United States are ranked in the Billboard 200, which is published by Billboard magazine. The data are compiled by Nielsen Soundscan based on each album's weekly physical and digital sales.[1] In 1990, 8 albums occupied the peak position on the chart.

Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em, the third and most popular album (and second major-label release) by MC Hammer, had the longest run among the releases that reached peak position in 1990, spending 21 non-consecutive weeks in the top position (18 of these weeks were consecutive). Its popularity was due primarily to the runaway single, "U Can't Touch This". However, it was criticized for its sampling of other artists' songs.[2] "U Can't Touch This" sampled "Super Freak" by Rick James; "Dancin' Machine" sampled the Jackson 5; "Have You Seen Her" is a semi-cover of The Chi-Lites song; "Help the Children" interpolates Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"; "Pray" and "She's Soft and Wet" sample the Prince hits "When Doves Cry" and "Soft and Wet" respectively.

The album raised rap music to a new level of popularity. It was the first hip-hop album certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over ten million.[3] It remains one of the genre's all-time best-selling albums.[4] To date, the album has sold over 18 million copies worldwide.[5][6][7][8]

According to Guinness World Records, the album cost just $10,000 to produce.

Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 was the best performing and best-selling album of 1990 despite not reaching number-one at any point during the year. The album achieved 4 weeks atop the chart during 1989.[9]

Chart historyEdit

Issue date Album Artist(s) Reference
January 6 ...But Seriously Phil Collins
January 13 Girl You Know It's True Milli Vanilli
January 20 ...But Seriously Phil Collins
January 27
February 3 Forever Your Girl Paula Abdul
February 10
February 17
February 24
March 3
March 10
March 17
March 24
March 31
April 7 Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt
April 14
April 21
April 28 I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got Sinéad O'Connor
May 5
May 12
May 19
May 26
June 2
June 9 Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em MC Hammer
June 16
June 23
June 30 Step by Step New Kids on the Block
July 7 Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em MC Hammer
July 14
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1
September 8
September 15
September 22
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10 To the Extreme Vanilla Ice
November 17
November 24
December 1
December 8
December 15
December 22
December 29

See alsoEdit


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