Yearly Most Successful Female Album: The Divas (1983-1998)

Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion. Our celebration of women wouldn’t be the same without these Divas. Thanks to them, female singers moved from the seat of honor to the iron throne with Madonna playing the role of Cersei. Their incredible results led labels to bet bigger on women. Soon, the likes Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Enya and Shania Twain seize the opportunity.

As a reminder, guidelines of this articles can be found on the first chapter here.

This second part starts with 1983, the debut year of Madonna. It goes until 1998, just before the arrival of a new generation of divas. The Big Four superstars mentioned in the introduction dominate many years from this period, but there is as many as 4 other females who took over the crown for a year, feel free to guess them all! Enough talks, let’s start!

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In 1984 – Madonna – Like A Virgin page, your wrote”This led the LP to over 21 million sales to date, the second oldest female album to break 20 million after Carole King‘s Tapestry.” But according to CSPC: Barbra Streisand Popularity Analysis, Guilty (1989) generated 23 million equivalent album sales in total in 2018


JohnWill, 21 million is the album sales only, not the equivalent album sales total. The equivalent album sales total for Like a Virgin is closer to 40 million.


Could you put the popularity analysis of Tracy Chapman, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper or Gloria Estefan? They really were icons and best sellers of the 80s-90s, I think they would be a good complement to your lists.