Taylor Swift Surpasses Elvis Presley as Soloist With Most Weeks Atop Billboard 200

Taylor Swift at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2023
Taylor Swift at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2023. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock (14095570bb)

Taylor Swift has been ruling the Billboard 200 chart throughout 2023, and she set a major record during her latest week on top. The Grammy-winning hitmaker returned to No. 1 with 1989 (Taylor’s Version), surpassing Elvis Presley for most weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart among soloists.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) soared back to No. 1 for its fifth non-consecutive week in the tracking week ending on December 28. It earned a total of 98,000 equivalent albums, including 61,000 in album sales, 36,000 SEA units (48.5 million official streams of the set’s songs), and 1,000 TEA units.

This marks the 68th week one of Swift’s albums returned atop the Billboard 200 chart, and this number is quite historic. She single-handedly broke Elvis Presley’s record for the most weeks at No. 1 by a solo artist, while the all-time record still belongs to The Beatles, with 132 weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart across 19 albums.

Swift reached the 68 mark after 13 of her chart-topping releases soared to No. 1 and spent one or more weeks on top. It all started with her 2008 sophomore album Fearless, which spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard 200, followed by Folklore (eight weeks), Red (seven weeks), and Speak Now and Midnights (six weeks each).