Bob Dylan's the first artist to achieve Top 40 LPs in 7 different decades

News 30/06/2020

Bob Dylan has set a new precedent for musicians since his surprise album release earlier this year, making him the first artist to ever reach the Top 40 of the Billboard album chart in each decade since 1960s.

Rough and Rowdy Ways debuted at No.2 last week, marking Dylan's highest chart entry since his No.1 2009 album, Together Through Life. The new 2020 album marked Dylan's 23rd top 10 LP and the 50th album to be in the Top 40.

In the '60s alone, Dylan had eight Top 40 album entries including The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963), The Times They Are a-Changin' (1964), Bringing It All Back Home (1965), Highway 61 Revisited (1965), Blonde on Blonde (1966), John Wesley Harding (1968), Nashville Skyline (1969).

Check out his latest album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, below.

In the '70s, he had a whopping 14 Top 40s albums that includes New Morning (1970) and Self Portrait (1970), Planet Waves (1974), Blood on the Tracks (1975), the Basement Tapes (1975) and more.

In the '80s, seven of Dylan's albums were also under the Top 40s - Saved (1980), Shot of Love (1981), Infidels (1983), Empire Burlesque (1985) and Oh Mercy (1989).

Four albums made it to the Top 40s in 1990 including albums like Under the Red Sky (1990) and Time Out of Mind (1997).

He then went on to achieved seven Top 40 albums such as Love and Theft (2001), Modern Ties (2006), Together Through Life (2009) and another nine albums in '2010s (Tempest (2012), Shadows in the Night (2015), Fallen Angels (2016)).

Out of all his LPs, Planet WavesBlood on the Tracks, DesireModern Times and Together Through Life peaked at Number One.