Not So Weird Company: 7 Other Great Artists Who Waited For A #1 Album

By: 07.23.14  •  4 Comments
Weird Al Yankovic

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Weird Al Yankovic released his first album in 1983. It took him until this week to get his first #1 with Mandatory Fun. That 31-year gap is impressive, because he’s still relevant enough to sell 104,000 copies, and sad, because the likes of Godsmack and Korn hit the top of the charts before him. I was curious to see how that three-decade-long interval compared to other artists, so I took a look at the Billboard 200 charts and kept track of how long it took for other respected singers and bands to either get their first #1 OR, and this is important, the space of time between #1 albums. Here’s what I found.


AC/DC In London

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For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981) — Black Ice (2008)
Years between: 27

Black Sabbath

Kerrang! Awards - Arrivals

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Black Sabbath (1970) — 13 (2013)
Years between: 43

Johnny Cash

Headshot of Johnny Cash Singing

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At San Quentin (1969) — American V: A Hundred Highways (2006)
Years between: 37

Ray Charles

Ray Charles Performing At Mic

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Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962) — Genius Loves Company (2004)
Years between: 42

Bob Dylan

17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show

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Desire (1976) — Modern Times (2006)
Years between: 30

Bonnie Raitt

Timbre Rock & Roots Festival 2013

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Didn’t have a #1 album until 1989’s Nick of Time, 18 years into her career


42nd Annual Grammy Awards - Press Room

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Santana III (1971) — Supernatural (1999)
Years between: 28

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