Yearly Most Successful Female Album: The beginning (1960-1982)

An Officer And A Gentleman - Ein Offizier und ein Gentleman - Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes - D - 1982

1982 – Lost in Transition

The year 1981 was fantastic for female singers, as fantastic as the year 1982 was dreadful. During these 12 months, only two female one-hit wonders made the Top in the UK for a total of 3 weeks. In the US, the only 1982 release containing a female which topped charts was Up Where We Belong, a duet between Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. No female album made it to #1 in the US for the year while only a best of album of Barbra Streisand achieved the feat in the UK.

After such a terrible year, a new generation of female stars was needed. Two were getting started at the time: the young singers Janet Jackson and Celine Dion. They were still fairly anonymous, but this was poised to change…

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For 1970 would Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon. not be a contender as it contains her biggest hit “Big Yellow Taxi” which has over 117m streams on so would have a decent share of her compilation sales as compared to Diana’s debut as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough doesn’t even have 50m compared to Diana and Supremes tracks which have many more


Kind of disappointing how low Barbra Streisand stream is today considering how huge she was back then. Yet today even somebody like Cher and Tina Turner and Dolly Parton would outstream her by a significant margin, when I dont think any of those girls are even close to the total CSPC that she managed to produce.


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