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Bruce Springsteen Is First Artist with a Billboard Top 5 Album in Each of Last Six Decades

on November 02, 2020, 11:25am

Bruce Springsteen’s new album Letter to You will debut at No. 2 on the November 3rd edition of the Billboard 200. As Billboard confirms, this makes him the first artist to score a Top 5 album in each of the last six decades.

Letter to You opens with 96,000 album equivalents sold, the best numbers The Boss has earned since 2014. It sold especially well on vinyl, with 18,000 LPs moved. That’s the second-most weekly vinyl sales of the year, following 26,000 copies of Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush.

Including studio efforts, live albums, and greatest hits compilations, this is Springsteen’s 21st Top-5 release of his career. The others were 1975’s Born to Run (No. 3), 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, (No. 5), 1980’s The River (No. 1), 1982’s Nebraska (No. 3), 1984’s Born in the U.S.A. (No. 1), 1986’s Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1975-1985 (No. 1), 1987’s Tunnel of Love (No. 1), 1992’s Human Touch (No. 2) and Lucky Town (No. 3 ), 1995’s Greatest Hits (No. 1), 2001’s Live in New York City (No. 5), 2002’s The Rising (No. 1), 2005’s Devils & Dust (No. 1), 2006’s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (No. 3), 2007’s Magic (No. 1), 2009’s Working On a Dream (No. 1), 2012’s Wrecking Ball (No. 1), 2014’s High Hopes, (No. 1), 2016’s Chapter and Verse (No. 5 ), and 2019’s Western Stars (No. 2).

Earlier this year, Bob Dylan set a similar mark by becoming the first artist with a Top 40 album in each of the last six decades.

Springsteen hasn’t been promoting Letter to You so much as he’s been promoting democracy. As one of the most active Trump critics of the last year, The Boss has narrated a Joe Biden ad, used his radio program to yearn for a return to America’s glory days, and said that democracy can’t “stand another four years of Trump’s custodianship.” He also recently released a Letter to You making-of documentary.