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Billboard Names Adele's "21" the Greatest Album of All Time

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(Photo : GETTY IMAGES/Neil Mockford) Adele's first album '21' has been named Billboard's greatest album of all times.

Based on chart position dating to 1963, Billboard magazine has named Adele's Grammy award-winning 2011 album "21" the greatest of all time. The Oscar-winning soundtrack for the 1965 Julie Andrews-led movie "The Sound of Music" comes in second, spending 109 weeks in the Billboard 200 top 10. "21" was on top of the Billboard 200 album charts for 24 weeks and in the top 10 for 78 weeks.

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The British singer's new and follow-up album "25" is scheduled for release this November 20th, but the album's first single "Hello" has already broken music video view records as well as records for digital sales. Before the release of her current album, Adele had been on hiatus for 3 years to concentrate on raising a family.

Billboard magazine's rankings is based on a descending point system which would award the highest value depending on the number of weeks that an album spends on the number 1 position. Changes in chart-ranking methodology these past years were being considered.

Although the Beatles have an impressive record of 19 number 1 hits, the group only placed 54th on the all-time great album charts with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The 1967 album was at the top for 15 weeks straight. Despite not having the title of greatest album of all time, the iconic band was named the top act of all time, followed by The Rolling Stones.

On the other hand, Taylor Swift, who has four albums which were number 1 on the charts, ranked number 8 on the greatest acts list. The magazine noted that Swift is the only act among the all-time top 30 to have begun with a chart-topping career since 2000.

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