Michael Nesmith, who passed away on Friday (December 10) at the age of 78, and his associates Monkees – Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz – set a record in 1967 that no other artist could match: They became the first and only artist to have four number-one albums on the Billboard 200 in a calendar year.
They came out on top as the year kicked off with their debut album, Monkeys, spent the last eight weeks of 1966 at number 1. Monkeys spent the first five weeks of 1967 at the top of the chart, until it was replaced on 11 February by the group’s second set of photos, More Monkees. That album has been at the top for 18 weeks in a row.
After a week hiatus by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana – you’ll read more about them soon – The Monkees’ third album, Headquarters, took #1 for one week in June before spending the next 11 weeks at #2 behind The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. (Hot as 1967’s The Monkees, Sgt. Chili is a watershed album.) The Monkees returned to the top in December with Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., spent the last five weeks of the year at number 1.
Since March 1956, when the Billboard 200 began to be released on a weekly basis, no one else has had four number-one albums in a calendar year. And only seven artists have three top albums in a calendar year. The Beatles achieved this feat three times. Elvis Presley did it twice. This is a full report.
Elvis Presley (1957): Elvis, which spent the last four weeks of 1956 at #1 on Best-Selling Pop Albums, held at #1 for the fifth week as the new year began. The Love you The soundtrack topped the charts for 10 consecutive weeks, from July to September. Elvis .’s Christmas Album was number 1 for the last three weeks of 1957 (and the fourth week of January 1958).
Kingston trio (1960): This folk/pop trio may not be as famous today as some other artists, but they were very successful in their time. Here We Go Again!, which held number 1 on best-selling single LPs for the last three weeks of 1959, remained at number one on Single Action Albums for the first five weeks of 1960. Sold out had 10 consecutive weeks at the top from May to July. The same chain spent five consecutive weeks at the top of that chart in September and October.
Elvis Presley (1961): The GI Blues soundtrack, which peaked in the top four of the Mono Action Album in December 1960, remained at the top for another six weeks in 1961. Something for everyone held the No. 1 spot for three weeks in August and September. The Blue Hawaii soundtrack spent the last three weeks of the year at number 1 (and topped the list for an additional 17 weeks in 1962).
The Beatles (1964): Fab Four was the first to have three number-one albums in one year, following the August 1963 merger of the separate mono and stereo charts into a single list. Meet The Beatles! spent 11 consecutive weeks at the top from February to April. It was replaced at the top on May 2nd by The Beatles’ second album, spent five weeks in the lead. The group returned to No. 1 in July with A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack, had 14 weeks at the top, through October 24.
The Beatles (1965): Beatles ’65 spent nine consecutive weeks at the top, from January to March. Beatles VI spent six consecutive weeks at the top in July and August. The Help! The soundtrack topped the charts for nine straight weeks from September to November.
Herb Alpert & Tijuana Coin (1966): This orchestra has reached its peak this year. Whipped cream & other delicious food, which spent the last five weeks of 1965 at number 1, remained at the top for three consecutive weeks in 1966. Toothpaste – famous for one of the sexiest album covers of that era or any era – was replaced at number 1 on March 5 by Going places, had six consecutive weeks at the top. After a week hiatus by Mamas & the Papas, What is it now my love led in May and topped for nine consecutive weeks, ending September 3.
The Beatles (1966): Rubber soul had six consecutive weeks at number 1 in January and February. “Yesterday and today, featuring the 1965 ballad perhaps the Beatles’ most beloved song, spent 5 weeks at the top in July and August. After a week hiatus by Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass – they’re back! – Revolver was number one for six consecutive weeks in September and October.
The Monkees (1967): Details above.
Elton John (1975): The best movies of Elton John, spent the last five weeks of 1974 at the top, also spending the first five weeks of 1975 at the top. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, which in June became the first album (by anyone) to enter the Billboard 200 at number 1, having spent seven consecutive weeks at the top of the chart. Rock of the Westies, in November became the second album to debut at number 1, leading for three weeks.
Actor Glee (2010): Glee, by most measures, the biggest TV/music crossover since Monkeys, had three number-one albums in just eight weeks in May and June. Glee: Music, The Power of Madonna topped for a week in May. Glee: The Music, Episode 3: Those Who Came Before led for two weeks in June. Glee: Music, Journey to the Regions had a topping week in June.
Taylor Swift (In 2021): Swift is the only female solo artist to reach three number-one albums in a calendar year. Always, which hit #1 in the final week of 2020, leading for an additional three weeks in 2021. Fearless (Taylor’s version) spent two weeks on top. Red (Taylor’s version) spent a week at the top before being replaced by Adele’s 30.
https://www.billboard.com/music/chart-beat/the-monkees-billboard-chart-record-still-stands-1235008332/ The Monkees set a Billboard chart record in 1967 That Still Stands – Billboard