Adele’s ’21’ is being credited as the greatest album ever according to Billboard

Known for her power and emotions, Adele is a powerhouse that other musicians simply can’t keep up with.

This is definitely the case as Billboard has declared Adele’s Grammy-winning 2011 album “21” the greatest album ever, beating out some of the music world’s top talent.

This announcement marks the first time that Billboard has ever ranked the top albums and artists of all time on its 200 albums chart and the results are sure to cause some criticism from music lovers.

Using a very specific list of criteria, the music ranking conglomerate has declared Adele‘s 21 to be the greatest album ever, while The Beatles are ranked as the top artist.

“Albums are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at the lower reaches of the chart earning the least,” says Billboard, explaining its ranking system.

“Adele’s blockbuster 21 tops the Billboard 200’s all-time albums ranking, fueled not only by the set’s 24 nonconsecutive weeks atop the list (the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a woman), but also its lengthy chart run in the upper reaches of the tally.”

Below Adele’s 21 on the Billboard 200 recap is the soundtrack to The Sound of Music, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015. The album, led by the film’s star Julie Andrews, spent two weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200, and earned a record 109 weeks in the top 10.

Coming in third is Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which spent 37 weeks at No. 1 on the chart in 1983-84.

Adele’s follow-up album, “25,” is due to be released on Nov. 20. The first single “Hello” has already broken records for digital sales and music video views.

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