Adele’s ’21’ becomes Billboard’s ‘Greatest Album Of All Time’

The 'all-time chart' places the singer's 2011 album ahead of releases by Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift

Adele‘s 2011 album ’21’ has been crowned Billboard’s Greatest Album Of All Time, placing it ahead of releases by Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift.

The singer, who recently broke records with her comeback single ‘Hello’, was awarded the accolade after a comprehensive rundown of album chart history since 1963.

According to the chart, ’21”s unparalleled performance in the charts was enough to beat back Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’. But in second place was the original soundtrack for Julie Andrews film The Sound of Music.

Meanwhile, The Beatles were named top overall act, holding records for number of Number One albums (19) and total weeks spent in the top spot (132). The Rolling Stones sit in second place, while Barbara Streisand came third. See the full list here.

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Adele’s third album ’25’ is released next Friday (November 20) and follows her recent chart-topping lead single ‘Hello’.

‘Hello’ debuted at Number One in the US Singles Chart, shifting 1.1 million downloads in its first week alone in the US.

It is Adele’s fourth Number One single in the US and the first song by a female artist to go straight in at top spot in the States since Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ in 2013.

The singer-songwriter’s record-breaking song became the biggest UK chart-topper in three years, as well as setting a new one-week streaming record, racking up over 7.32 million listens in its first week.