Bob Dylan is the First Artist to Have a Top 40 Album Every Decade Since The ’60s

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Bob Dylan just became the only artist to achieve a Top 40 album across six decades.

The music legend just released his new album, Rough and Rowdy Ways. The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard charts and simultaneously set an impressive new record.

The success of the album now makes Dylan the only artist in history to have achieved a Top 40 album in the U.S. in every decade since the 1960s. In total, that is six decades worth of Top 40 success.

Billboard reported: “Rough And Rowdy Ways debuted with 53,000 equivalent units—his highest chart position for over a decade since 2009’s chart-topping Together Through Life.”

In a 4.5* review, Rolling Stone said of the new album: “Dylan has brilliantly timed his new masterwork for a summer when the hard rain is falling all over the nation: a plague, a quarantine, revolutionary action in the streets, cities on fire, phones out of order. 

Rough and Rowdy Ways is his first batch of new songs in 8 years, and it’s an absolute classic—it has the bleak majesty of latter-day Dylan albums like Modern Times and Tempest, yet it goes beyond them, tapping even deeper into cosmic American mysteries.”