Source Album Charts
The "Chart Entries" listing for each album documents which charts it appeared in. So for example an entry of "UK 1 - Jun 1967, US CashBox 5 of 1967, Global 19 - 24 M claimed, Internet 9 - 32 M claimed 1967, US Gold (cerified by RIAA in Oct 1978), Rolling Stone 1" would indicate that the album:
A complete set of the strings used (and which charts generated them) can be found at the end of this page.
The way that a total score for each album is derived from the chart entries is the same as that described for songs. This set of results was generated 6 Apr 2020 21:46 GMT and is version 2.8.0042. The 92 album source charts that contributed were:
The chart above shows how the 177,937 items in the album charts varies with the declared year. The profiles of each of the 92 album charts is shown below.
The following list shows the templates used for each input chart so you can identify the exact source for each entry.
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Previous Comments (newest first)
27 Sep 2016
Thought-provoking post - I loved the analysis - Does anyone know where I mightget access to a template IRS 8832 version to type on ?
23 Nov 2014
#5 - The Sickness
This album hit the Billboard charts in 2000 (#29-103 weeks). A good source of data on Billboard data would be Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Albums". But you may have to buy the book.
Buying the book would have two problems, first it would not be in a usable form, secondly we wouldn't want to break his copyright.
If you know somewhere we can get the actual data we'd like to know about it.
18 Jun 2013
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the MusicID impact site.info is my favorite website now
30 Aug 2012
Dutch charts of february/march 1994
I am trying to identify a song which used to be frequently shown on MTV in 1994 between february and march, in Holland. It is in Dutch language of which I only remember the rhtyhm and video. Is it possible to get these charts?
Look in the Song Charts page, it provides links to the original Dutch charts we use.
6 May 2012
At "Steve Miller Band's Greatest Hits 1974-1978" is Diamond Certification in Canada written two times
You are right. We have two different sources for the CRIA certifications, one lists all certificates since 2001 and the other lists all albums that got Diamond. These two lists overlap (with sone records that reached Diamond after 2001).
We have now made one of the charts only those records that reached Diamond before 2001, so the results should be more consistent.
Thanks for pointing that out
14 Jan 2012
weekly US charts
Thanks for doing this site. Are you aware of any databases that provide weekly chart positions for specific albums and singles over a specified period of time? I'm interested in tracking the US chart positions for each Beatles album during the 1960s (so, for example, the US chart position for Revolver each week after it was released through 1969). Record sales would be a sufficient alternative for chart positions.
Thanks for any help!
All our sources are listed on the source charts page. You might be able to do what you want with the Bullfrog data.
26 Sep 2011
Here are some suggestions for new chart data: 1.KEXP's Top 903 Albums - www.kexp.org/top2008 2.WFUV 90 Essential Songs - www.wfuv.org under Music: Bests and Essentials Lists 3.WFUV 90 Essential Albums - www.wfuv.org under Music: Bests and Essentials Lists
We feel that all three of those charts are somewhat questionable, being all time charts based on "listner votes". However our instinct is to include charts unless there is a good reason for not doing so.
We've added the charts, but made it so they don't contribute to the overall score (the positions are noted on the entries of course).
Thanks for the suggestion
23 Jun 2011
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10 Jun 2011
Sorry but Infodisc is not trustable at all.
Only top.france.free.fr is based on singles sales and under control of french IFPI.
Given the obvious mistakes in that source we would agree that Infodisc does not seem like a good source. However until we have too many sources for the French charts we feel that we have to keep it.
The site you mention does appear to have some valid charts, we have added it to the lists. Thanks for the suggestion.
22 Apr 2011
Stop hack the program!!!
15 Mar 2011
I really enjoy your site. +I could spend hours here, being a chart nut.
Being Canadian, I was a little disappointed that you ware using the Chum charts.
They were a consistent source; however, a little limiting.
They were only a Top 30 chart from Toronto. In 1979, they went to a rock edge and did not give a fair representation of hits in Canada. We did have a national hits magazine, RPM. It was out from 1964 - 2000. I suppose all previous years, are done now and archived.
Just thought I would pass this along.
Thanks for all your hard work.
Thanks for the encouragement. We would also prefer to use the RPM chart for Canada, unfortunately we don't have a source we can use. The national archives you linked to (which we have looked at before) have weekly charts as scanned images, which of course, can't easily be processed for example to extract chart runs.
If you know of anywhere where this data is available as text, a spreadsheet, or a database we'd be happy to add it.
29 Dec 2010
Hello, great site, currently used some of the chart info for wikipedia however some other contributors believe this site is not a valid source of chart positions. Any way I can prove this site is valid, what sources does this site use? Thanks.
All the charts used on the site are listed on the "Song Charts" page (or "Album Charts" page), most of them linked to original sources.
We have seen some places where people claim that the data quoted here is invalid. Usually such comments have come from sources that don't provide any better data and often claim that "my private data shows the the MusicID impact site site is wrong" and then when asked refuse to share that data or say where it came from.
If anyone makes a constructive suggestion we will normally consider it. We can do little about the people on the internet that feel it is easier to criticise our site anonymously than to offer suggestions to us for how to improve it.
There are also fans of particular artists who believe it is valid to assert "your site says my artist had fewer hits than a rival, therefore it is wrong", there is little we can do (or wish to do) to break their self delusion.
We've not seen anyone on Wikipedia claim that our data is wrong and should not be used. If you know of a page where that is being claimed we'd like to know about it so we can contribute to the discussion. There are many Wikipedia pages that do use this data, anyone saying you shouldn't is, we suspect, in the minority.
Our position is that a link on each artist's Wikipedia discography page to the matching page here would be helpful to most Wikipedia users. Of course Wikipedia's "Conflict of Interests" rules mean that we wouldn't add such links ourselves.
Of course the suitability of this data for use on Wikipedia varies, for example the description of the "Global" chart explains why that data shouldn't be quoted there. The charts from Poland, France and Brazil should probably not be used, but the US, UK and Australian charts are definitely the best available.
8 Feb 2010
With this site's focus on music lists, you should also check out Dave's Music Database.
Website: DavesMusicDatabase.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daves-Music-Database/300371661944
Indeed, the site not only provides a good description of the most popular albums but its rankings also appear to be an objective combination of the most important source charts. Well worth checking out.
We have added his top 100 albums and top 100 songs lists as new charts
Thanks for the suggestion
2 Jan 2010
In my opinion i would only count Euro Chart and drop all european charts that contributes for euro chart. However i'd keep all results untill the 1st Euro Chart. If so, i also think you would have to increase the importance of the songs featured in euro chart like the US... These ones are surely the most important.
I guess it would be important too if you find any data for South Africa.
If by any chance you would think you could have any help, just let me know... Have a great new year!
Note: May I insist on you publishing the results you have for 2009? Like I said before, it would be very interesting how your chart improves... it would be more "dynamic".You can protect yourselves by puting a note like: "Chart not defenitive. Data still incoming. Return and check our upgrades"
As we have already discussed the European charts were included only after some discussion. The country charts are more extensive so if anything was to be removed it would have to be the less reliable Euro charts rather than the country ones.
Keeping the Euro charts does distort the results, but removing them would also distort them. We suspect that keeping them is the lesser of these two evils.
We, of course, already have one chart from South Africa, any additional data (for example album success in South Africa, charts from Mexico, China, India or Russia) is always welcome.
We will indeed continue to publish the 2009 results as we gather the data, but as we mentioned the volume of source charts won't be enough to give good results for a few years yet. The 2009 page already has a message that explains why its data is not reliable.
24 Dec 2009
Hi again :)
Just a doubt... if you consider "euro chart" you have to consider that it already considers charts from most of european countries. If you prefer country by country in europe you should not include Euro Chart.
Or try to find out which european countries are contributing for "Euro Chart" and stop counting them in your tables.
If not, european results are not very correct... For example, Holland counts in Euro Chart, songs that feature on both gets better performance here because they are in both charts.
I would like to get you more information but i'm not sure so it's not official... (i THINK) UK charts are also included in euro-chart and this chart began in the early 90's (NOT SURE)
Have fun... keep up this great hard work!
Your concern is a completely valid one. We share your doubt that the European Charts are "official" (or at least not systematically biased).
However the European Decade chart starts in 1930, where there are very few other charts. The other European charts start much later of course.
The site follows the ideas in the book "The Wisdom of Crowds", this claims that combining many different, unreliable, sources will lead to result that is more reliable than any of the originals. Provided that there is no systematic bias built into the selection of the sources.
You suggest that adding the European charts gives additional weight to results from the contributing countries. That is clearly correct. When we were considering adding these charts we asked ourselves if this was necessarily a bad thing. After all the very fact that so many charts are available for the countries of Europe does demonstrate that there is an interest in conveying that information.
So, yes, we agree that including the "European" charts does exaggerate an already existing over emphasis on European success, but we felt that this continued to reflect the data that is available and so is, just about, OK.
Of course we are aware that the current data includes slightly too much input from Europe, but this is a balance between getting the ratio's correct and the data that is available. We continue to try and redress this, for example we will be reluctant to add any new European charts, but historic charts from South America or Asia would be added immediately, if only we could find them.
Thanks for the input, this is an interesting subject that continues to provoke discussion
27 Oct 2009
Duplicate entry: Italy
The paragraph on Italy is listed twice... BTW, great site!
You are right, the description of the Italian album chart was included twice. The error has now been fixed.
Thank you for your input