Top Country Albums
Top Country Albums is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. The 50-position chart lists the most popular country music albums in the country, calculated weekly by Nielsen Music based on physical sales along with digital sales and streaming. The chart was first published in the issue of Billboard dated January 11, 1964 under the title Hot Country Albums, when the number one album was Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash by Johnny Cash.
The chart changed its name to Top Country LP's in the issue of Billboard dated January 13, 1968, Top Country LPs (with no apostrophe) in the issue dated May 31, 1980, and Top Country Albums in the issue dated October 20, 1984.
From its launch until May 1991, the chart was compiled based on sales reports submitted by a representative sample of record stores nationwide. In 1991 the sales reports were replaced by electronic point of sale data. Since February 2017 the chart has been "based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums)".
Albums with most weeks at number oneEdit
The following albums have spent 30 or more weeks at number one, as of the chart dated October 30, 2021:
|Shania Twain||Come On Over|||
|Luke Combs||This One's for You|||
|43||Randy Travis||Always & Forever|||
|41||Garth Brooks||No Fences|||
|36||Morgan Wallen||Dangerous: The Double Album|
|35||Original soundtrack||O Brother, Where Art Thou?|||
|35||Luke Combs||What You See Is What You Get|
|34||Billy Ray Cyrus||Some Gave All|||
|33||Garth Brooks||Ropin' The Wind|||
The figure for "Fearless" by Taylor Swift does not include the weeks spent at number one by Fearless (Taylor's Version), her 2021 complete re-recording of the album.
Artist with most number onesEdit
Artists with most cumulative weeks at number oneEdit
The followings acts have achieved at least 50 weeks at number one, as of the issue of Billboard dated May 1 2021.
Artists with most consecutive number one albumsEdit
The following artists have garnered the most consecutive number one albums on the Top Country Albums chart.
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