Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” Tops Billboard 200 Albums with 103,000 Units

Here’s how Taylor Swift’s prolific run of albums stacks up against the all-time greats, and what they got right — and wrong — in building their careers and enduring stardom.

Last week, Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” album debuted at No. one on the Billboard 200 with more than 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the week following its release, topping the list with 103,000 units, while simultaneously becoming the first album since 2004’s “Fearless” by a woman to top the Billboard 200 in its first week. In its first two weeks of release, “Reputation” has tallied more than 130,000 units to date in the U.S. (not to mention, in the U.K.).

In celebration of album’s release, Billboard asked several music industry heavyweights — most of whom have never even seen Swift herself — to rank Swift’s body of work against the all-time greats in music. The criteria used to determine these rankings was one’s track record of chart-topping albums, songwriting excellence, quality of promotion (as with the “Reputation” launch), and overall consistency of sales and album sales (releases are usually weighted more heavily when calculating this stat).

Let’s get right into it:

RANK ORDER: The All-Time Greatest Albums, Ranked

1. Taylor Swift

2. Beyoncé

3. Madonna

4. Michael Jackson

5. Nirvana

6. Eric Clapton

7. David Bowie

8. Madonna

9. Prince

10. Janet Jackson

11. Elton John

12. Britney Spears

13. Paul McCartney

14. U2

15. The Beatles

16. Nirvana

17. Madonna

18. Garth Brooks

19. Pink Floyd

20. The Eagles

21. The Rolling Stones

22. Mariah Carey

23. Michael Jackson

24. Madonna

25. Elvis Presley

26. Michael Jackson

27. Prince


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