Tuesday, March 14, 2017

List of Billboard 200 Number Two Albums of 1977

While I was putting together a list of my top ten albums of 1977, I was again reminded of the impressive run that Fleetwood Mac's Rumours had atop the Billboard album chart. So I thought maybe the battle immediately beneath the top spot might be worth a look. With the exception of the July 16 issue in which it was in the #3 spot, Rumours spent March 19 - December 24 in one of the top 2 spots. I didn't find the list of #2 albums to be terribly interesting, but since I've done the work anyway, here it is. All the #1 albums spent time in the #2 position, but all the #2 albums didn't make it to the top spot.

Issue Date #1 #2
Jan 8Songs in the Key of LifeHotel California
Jan 15 Hotel California Songs in the Key of Life
Jan 22 Wings over America Hotel California
Jan 29 Songs in the Key of Life Wings over America
Feb 5 Hotel California A Star is Born
Feb 12 A Star Is Born Hotel California
Feb 19
Feb 26
March 5
March 12
March 19Rumours
March 26 Hotel California
April 2 Rumours Hotel California
April 9
April 16 Hotel California Rumours
April 23
April 30
May 7
May 14
May 21 Rumours Hotel California
May 28
June 4
June 11The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl
June 18
June 25Book of Dreams
July 2
July 9Barry Manilow Live
July 16 Barry Manilow Live I'm in You
July 23 Rumours
July 30
Aug 6
Aug 13CSN
Aug 20
Aug 27
Sept 3
Sept 10Star Wars Soundtrack
Sept 17
Sept 24
Oct 1Simple Dreams
Oct 8
Oct 15
Oct 22
Oct 29
Nov 5
Nov 12
Nov 19
Nov 26
Dec 3 Simple Dreams Rumours
Dec 10
Dec 17
Dec 24

1 comment :

  1. Still can't get over the fact that Barry Manilow Live outsold Rumours, if only for one week and it wasn't even its first week. Back then, albums would build momentum and then move up the chart based on touring, the release of singles, and TV appearances. For the last twenty years or so, albums have one big first week and then they virtually disappear. Establishing momentum or increasing sales is a lost art.

    Also interesting how Hotel California kept registering at Number One, flip-flopping with Rumours.

    Thanks for this