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Adele's 25 Was the Best Selling Album of 2015

Each year, one album taps into the hearts and ears of the public on its way to topping the Billboard year-end album chart.

Times have changed, though. In the 2010s, superstars like Adele and Taylor Swift have dominated the charts, while in the 1950s and early 1960s, musical soundtracks and Broadway cast recordings tended to top the list.

Billboard has been tracking the top album of the year since 1956. From 1992 onward, total album sales were recorded by Nielsen SoundScan.

Before that, the top album chart was "based on a survey of representative retail outlets that determined a ranking" and was "not a tally of actual sales."

Business Insider compiled all the best-selling albums and their respective notable singles, dating back to 1956, so you can see, and hear, which album was the soundtrack to your birth year (so long as you're between the ages of 1 and 60).

Check out which album made it to the top of each year below:

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Best selling album from every year

2015: Adele — "25"

Copies sold: 7,441,000  

Notable singles: "Hello," "When We Were Young"

Photo: Columbia Records

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2014: Taylor Swift — "1989"

Copies sold: 3,661,000  

Notable singles: "Shake It Off," "Blank Space," "Bad Blood"

Photo: Big Machine Records

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2013: Justin Timberlake — "The 20/20 Experience"

Copies sold: 2,430,000

Notable singles: "Suit & Tie," "Mirrors"

Photo: RCA Records

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2012: Adele - "21"

Copies sold: 4,410,000

Notable singles: "Someone Like You," "Set Fire to the Rain," "Rumour Has It"

Photo : Colombia Records

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2011: Adele - "21"

Copies sold: 5,824,000

Notable singles: "Rolling in the Deep"

Photo : Colombia Records

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2010: Eminem — "Recovery"

Copies sold: 3,415,000

Notable singles: "Not Afraid," "Love The Way You Lie"

Photo: Aftermath Entertainment

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2009: Taylor Swift — "Fearless"

Copies sold: 3,217,000

Notable singles: "Love Story," "You Belong With Me"

Photo : Big Machine Records

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2008: Lil Wayne — "Tha Carter III"

Copies sold: 2,874,000

Notable singles: "Lollipop," "A Milli"

Photo : Cash Money/Universal Motown

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2007: Josh Groban — "Noël"

Copies sold: 3,699,000

Notable single: "The First Noel (feat. Faith Hill)"

Photo: Reprise Records

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2006: "High School Musical" (Soundtrack)

Copies sold: 3,719,000

Notable single: "Breaking Free"

Photo: Walt Disney Records

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2005: Mariah Carey — "The Emancipation of Mimi"

Copies sold: 4,969,000

Notable singles: "We Belong Together," "Shake It Off"

Photo: Island Def Jam

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2004: Usher — "Confessions"

Copies sold: 7,979,000

Notable singles: "Burn," "Confessions Pt. II," "Yeah!"

Photo: Arista Records

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2003: 50 Cent — "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"

Copies sold: 6,536,000

Notable singles: "In da Club," "21 Questions"

Photo: Shady Records/Aftermath Entertainment

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2002: Eminem — "The Eminem Show"

Copies sold: 7,608,000

Notable singles: "Without Me," "Sing For The Moment"

Photo: Aftermath Entertainment

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2001: Linkin Park — "Hybrid Theory"

Copies sold: 4,813,000

Notable single: "In The End"

Photo: Warner Bros Records

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2000: NSYNC — "No Strings Attached"

Copies sold: 9,936,000

Notable singles: "Bye Bye Bye," "It's Gonna Be Me"

Photo: Jive Records

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1999: Backstreet Boys — "Millennium"

Copies sold: 9,446,000

Notable singles: "I Want It That Way," "Larger Than Life"

Photo:Jive Records

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1998: James Horner and Celine Dion — "Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture"

Copies sold: 9,338,000

Notable single: "My Heart Will Go On" 

Photo: Sony Classical

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1997: Spice Girls — "Spice"

Copies sold: 5,302,000

Notable singles: "Wannabe," "Say You'll Be There"

Photo: Virgin Records

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1996: Alanis Morissette — "Jagged Little Pill"

Copies sold: 7,380,000

Notable singles: "You Oughta Know," "Hand In My Pocket"

Photo: Reprise Records

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1995: Hootie and the Blowfish — "Cracked Rear View"

Copies sold: 7,020,000

Notable singles: "Hold My Hand," "Only Wanna Be With You"

Photo: Atlantic Records

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1994: Elton John/Hans Zimmer — "The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"

Copies sold: 4,934,000

Notable singles: "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," "Circle of Life"

Photo: Walt Disney Records

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1993: Whitney Houston/Various Artists — "The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album"

Copies sold: 5,460,000

Notable single: "I Will Always Love You"

Photo: Arista Records

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1992: Billy Ray Cyrus — "Some Gave All"

Copies sold: 4,832,000

Notable singles: "Achy Breaky Heart"


Photo: Mercury Records
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1991: Mariah Carey — "Mariah Carey"

Notable singles: "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time"
 

Photo: Colombia Records

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1990: Janet Jackson — "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814"

Notable singles: "Miss You Much," "Rhythm Nation"
 

Photo: A&M Records

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1989: Bobby Brown — "Don't Be Cruel"

Notable single: "My Prerogative"
 

Photo: MCA Records

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1988: George Michael — "Faith"

Notable singles: "One More Try," "Father Figure"
 

Photo: Colombia Records

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1987: Bon Jovi — "Slippery When Wet"

Notable singles: "You Give Love A Bad Name," "Livin' On A Prayer"
 

Photo: Mercury Records

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1986: Whitney Houston — "Whitney Houston"

Notable singles: "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love Of All"
 

Photo: Arista Records

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1985: Bruce Springsteen — "Born in the U.S.A."

Notable singles: "Dancing In The Dark," "Born In The U.S.A."
 

Photo: Colombia Records

1984: Michael Jackson — "Thriller"

Notable singles:  "Billie Jean," "Beat It"

Photo: Epic Records

1983: Michael Jackson — "Thriller"

Notable singles: "Thriller," "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"

Photo: Epic Records

1982: Asia — "Asia"

Notable single: "Heat of the Moment"
 

Photo: Geffen Records

1981: REO Speedwagon — "Hi Infidelity"

Notable singles: "Keep on Loving You," "Take It on the Run"
 

Photo: Epic Records

1980: Pink Floyd — "The Wall"

Notable singles: "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)"

Photo: Colombia Records


 

1979: Billy Joel — "52nd Street"

Notable single: "My Life"
 

Photo: CBS Records

1978: "Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track"

Notable singles: "How Deep Is Your Love," "Stayin' Alive"
 

Photo: RSO Records

1977: Fleetwood Mac — "Rumours"

Notable singles: "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop"
 

Photo: Warner Bros. 

1976: Peter Frampton — "Frampton Comes Alive!"

Notable single: "Show Me The Way"
 

Photo: A&M Records

1975: Elton John — "Elton John's Greatest Hits"

Notable singles: "Your Song," "Daniel"
Photo: MCA Records

1974: Elton John — "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"

Notable single: "Bennie and the Jets"
 

Photo: MCA Records

1973: War — "The World Is a Ghetto"

Notable single: "The Cisco Kid"
 

Photo: United Artists Records

1972: Neil Young — "Harvest"

Notable single: "Heart of Gold"
 

Photo: Reprise Records

1971: "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Notable single: "Superstar"
 

Photo: MCA Records

1970: Simon and Garfunkel — "Bridge over Troubled Water"

Notable singles: "Bridge over Troubled Water," "The Boxer"
 

Photo: Colombia Records

1969: Iron Butterfly — "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

Notable single: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"
 

Photo: Atco

1968: The Jimmy Hendrix Experience — "Are You Experienced"

Notable singles: "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady"


Photo: Track Records

1967: The Monkees — "More of The Monkees"

Notable single: "I'm A Believer"
 

Photo: Colgems Records

1966: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass — "Whipped Cream & Other Delights"

Notable single: "A Taste of Honey"
 

Photo: A&M Records

1965: "Mary Poppins (Original Soundtrack)"

Notable singles: "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"
 

Photo: Walt Disney Records


 

1964: "Hello, Dolly! (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "Hello, Dolly!"
 

Photo: RCA Victor Records

1963: "West Side Story (Soundtrack)"

Notable single: "I Feel Pretty"
 

Photo: United Artists Records

1962: "West Side Story (Soundtrack)"

Notable single: "Maria"
 

Photo: United Artists Records

1961: "Camelot (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "If Ever I Would Leave You"

Photo: Colombia Records

1960: "The Sound of Music (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "Do-Re-Mi," "The Sound of Music"
 

Photo: Colombia Masterworks

1959: Henry Mancini — "Music from Peter Gunn"

Notable single: "Peter Gunn"
 

Photo: RCA Victor Records

1958: "My Fair Lady (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "With A Little Bit of Luck"

Photo: Colombia Records

1957: "My Fair Lady (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "The Rain in Spain"

Photo: Colombia Records

1956: Harry Belafonte — "Calypso"

Notable singles: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," "Jamaica Farewell"
 

Photo: RCA Victor Records

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