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    What Two Motown Albums Charted Sixty Weeks Or More On Billboard's LP Top 40?

    Pre-1986.....?

    To restate the question: Two of Motown's LP releases had a chart life span of more than sixty weeks (a year and a couple of months!) on the Top Forty rungs of Billboard's weekly Top LPs chart.

    --According to The Book Of Top 40 Albums by Joel Whitburn released 1986.--

    This is just a guessing challenge , so if you have that book , no cheating , please!!


    One album is more apparent , the other , not so much!

    Any guesses??

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    Ohhh cool I am first! My first guess would be What's Going On? As for the second I would assume it would be a Stevie album. How about "Talking Book?"

    If I had a third guess, it might be the Mahogany soundtrack.

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    Street Songs
    Songs in the Key of Life
    Lionel Richie
    Can't Slow Down
    ?

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    Diana (the 1980 album)?

    and edit: I agree with other posts above and below - Songs In The Key Of Life
    Last edited by calvin; 11-11-2020 at 01:34 PM.

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    “The woman in red“ soundtrack album?

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    Temptations greatest hits
    Diana Ross and the Supremes Greatest Hits

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    Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder
    Lady Sings The Blues - Diana Ross

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    Gotta be Stevie's "SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE".

    Hmmm. I'll also guess the Supremes "GREATEST HITS"?

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    The Supremes' Where Did Our Love Go? and Diana Ross And The Supremes Greatest Hits

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown View Post
    Pre-1986.....?

    To restate the question: Two of Motown's LP releases had a chart life span of more than sixty weeks (a year and a couple of months!) on the Top Forty rungs of Billboard's weekly Top LPs chart.

    --According to The Book Of Top 40 Albums by Joel Whitburn released 1986.--

    This is just a guessing challenge , so if you have that book , no cheating , please!!


    One album is more apparent , the other , not so much!

    Any guesses??
    what about the "Big Chill" Soundtrack ?
    and SITKOL by Stevie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zantellor View Post
    The Supremes' Where Did Our Love Go? and Diana Ross And The Supremes Greatest Hits

    I would have guessed that too, remembering that WDOLG had a very long life in the top album charts but checking my datas it was "only" in the top 40 from Oct 31, 1964 to Sept 25, 1965, so 48 weeks (but from Sept 19, 1964 to May 28, 1966 in Billboard's album charts - 165 weeks!).
    Their Greatest Hits was 47 weeks in the top 40 (and 89 weeks in the album charts).

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    The "sixty months" time frame does seem kind of arbitrary, but it looks like it was chosen to establish a list with a "Top 100" result.

    I'll let the intrigue go just a bit more before posting the answer, but you're on the right track.

    Albums had a much longer shelf life in the late fifties , early sixties. Less competition? That period occupies the top of the list until Micheal Jackson's THRILLER rates at #41 (91 weeks). {Correction Springsteen's BORN IN THE USA is at #36 (96 weeks)}.

    Only five(!) LPs are on the Top 100 that are from the 1970s.

    They are:

    #70 THE STRANGER Billy Joel ( 70 weeks)
    #74 TAPESTRY Carol King (68 weeks)
    #75 FLEETWOOD MAC Fleetwood Mac (68 weeks)
    #81 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (65 WEEKS)
    #87 DARK SIDE OF THE MOON Pink Floyd (63 weeks)

    That takes out several of the Motown guesses.....



    I didn't think to notice THE BIG CHILL originally , but checking, nope not there!!

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    We are still waiting lol.

    Ok one more. How about the Marvin/Diana album?

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    Temptations Greatest Hits
    Can't Slow Down

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    The two Motown representatives are:


    The Temptations- THE TEMPTATIONS GREATEST HITS ranks at #83 with 65 weeks in the album Top 40.
    Lionel Richie - CANT SLOW DOWN ranks at#58 with 78 weeks.




    The next album in line outside the Top 100 would be Stevie Wonder - SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE with 44 weeks in the LP Top 40.


    (yes its true, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER was also short of the 60 total Top 40 weeks and failed to make the list with 54 weeks)

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