Another look at our 100 best albums -- A shrimpy Prince, a Scrabulous Madonna, and more

Another look at our 100 best albums

Scrabulous: Madonna & Nirvana
When you play online Scrabble as often as we do, your brain starts whirring through potential point values whenever you see a long word. Take MADONNA and NIRVANA: two Scrabble-friendly seven-letter sequences that happen to be the names of artists featured here. Another thing the two have in common: Of the four letters shared in both M-A-D-O-N-N-A and N-I-R-V-A-N-A, here are eight legal options you can play, according to the official Scrabble dictionary…

rough, cindery lava

used before words beginning with a vowel sound

no; not

a round, flat bread

a collection of miscellaneous information about a particular subject

a former coin of India and Pakistan

a grandmother


Longest-Running No. 1 Albums

Purple Rain Prince and the Revolution
24 weeks

Synchronicity The Police
17 weeks

Faith George Michael
12 weeks

Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette
12 weeks

The Joshua Tree U2
9 weeks

The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem
8 weeks

Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
7 weeks

Appetite for Destruction Guns N’Roses
5 weeks

Vs. Pearl Jam
5 weeks

Artists Shorter Than Prince From the Past 25 Years

Prince: 5’2”

Sheena Easton: 5’1”

Shakira: 5’1”

Kylie Minogue: 5’0”

Lil’ Kim: 4’11”

Top Sellers
These albums have had at least 10 million in sales, reaching diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Shania TwainCome On Over
********** 20 Million **********

Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
******** 16 Million ********

Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
******** 15 Million *******

Guns N’Roses Appetite for Destruction
******** 15 Million *******

Metallica Metallica
******* 14 Million *******

Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain
******* 13 Million ******

TLC CrazySexyCool
****** 11 Million *****

George Michael Faith
***** 10 Million *****

Bob Marley and the Wailers Legend
***** 10 Million *****

U2 The Joshua Tree
***** 10 Million *****

Van Halen 1984
***** 10 Million *****

Number of Albums That Won Grammys : 58