Much more than manipulating sound for human enjoyment, good music can stir an epic range of emotions, actions, and memories down to a melody. Not to mention the role of music both as a rite of passage and as a way of life for millions – if not billions – of people. It’s no wonder that many of us associate specific songs or albums with important times, memories, people and events, so much so that one could arguably compile a lifetime soundtrack without overthinking it.
Naturally, much of these soundtrack-like songs or albums are built around the teenage years, when music’s ability to capture an emotional state seems to run deepest. By extension, the songs and albums themselves often become snapshots of the era in which they were released, encompassing everything from cultural trends to dance moves to fashion statements. The creators of the album – the musicians and the producers – who for the most part reflect or even dictate the standards of their respective times, are at the origin of this notion.
Do you remember the best album of the year you graduated from high school? Stacker analyzed Billboard data to determine exactly that, looking at the top-selling album of each year since 1956. Sales data was not included until 1992 when Nielsen’s SoundScan began collecting numbers. computerized.
In chronological order from 1956 to 2020, we bring you the best-selling album from the year you graduated from high school.
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