List of Billboard 200 number-one albums
Billboard first began publishing an album chart on March 24, 1945. The chart expanded to 200 positions on the week ending May 13, 1967, and adopted its current name on March 14, 1992. Since May 25, 1991, the Billboard 200 positions have been derived from Nielsen SoundScan sales data, currently contributed by approximately 14,000 music retailers. In December 2014, Billboard updated the methodology of the Billboard 200 albums chart to also include on-demand streaming and digital track sales.
Starting on the issue dated January 18, 2020, Billboard updated the methodology to compile the chart again by incorporating video data from YouTube, along with visual plays from streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo.
Pre-Billboard 200 era
Billboard 200 era
- Trust, Gary (November 20, 2014). "Billboard 200 Makeover: Album Chart to Incorporate Streams & Track Sales". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 22, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- "Billboard 200 to Include Official Video Plays From YouTube, Streaming Services". Billboard. December 13, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.