Taylor Swift Becomes the Only Living Artist With Five Albums in the Top 10

Taylor Swift at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2023
Taylor Swift at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2023. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock (14095570bb)

Taylor Swift has broken more records than we can count throughout 2023, and she’s showing no signs of stopping. She charted five albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week, becoming the only living artist and the first since Prince to ever do so.

Swift’s most recent LP 1989 (Taylor’s Version) returned to No. 1, with 141,000 equivalent album units earned during its latest week on the chart. Four more of her former No. 1s also charted in the top 10, including Midnights at No. 3, Folklore at No. 5, Lover at No. 6, and Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) at No. 10.

There are several reasons behind Swift’s recent Billboard 200 domination. Like many titles on the chart this week, Swift’s albums experienced major gains due to retail promotions associated with Black Friday and holiday campaigns. The lack of major album releases around Thanksgiving also helped Swift’s old records climb up the charts.

Taylor Swift is the only artist after Prince to chart five albums in the top ten on the Billboard 200. He achieved this milestone following his death in 2016 when his albums The Very Best of Prince, the Purple Rain soundtrack, The Hits/The B-Sides, Ultimate Prince, and 1999 all made it to the top ten.