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The success of Adele's smash new album 25 is unprecedented, for a couple of reasons.

According to Nielsen SoundScan data, it has sold¬†more copies‚ÄĒnearly 3.4 million‚ÄĒin its first week of release¬†than any album released since 1991, the year sales tracking began. And not just by a little bit: by 40% more than the previous No. 1.

25 is also just the 20th album to sell more than 1 million copies in its first week of release since 1991.

Going through the other albums on that list will make you nostalgic for a simpler time in the world. Below is the list, in ascending order of units sold, compiled from Nielsen Soundscan data. And here is a Spotify playlist featuring the leading singles from each album (non-Spotify artists' songs have been replaced with tasteful covers):


20. ¬†Lil Wayne ‚ÄĒ "Tha Carter III"

Year released: 2008

One-week units sold: 1,006,000

Lead single: "Lollipop"

19. ¬†Norah Jones ‚ÄĒ "Feels Like Home"

Year released: 2004

One-week units sold: 1,022,000

Lead single: "Sunrise"

18. ¬†Taylor Swift ‚ÄĒ "Speak Now"

Year released: 2010

One-week units sold: 1,047,000

Lead single: "Mine"

17. ¬†Limp Bizkit ‚ÄĒ "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water"

Year released: 2000

One-week units sold: 1,055,000

Lead single: "Take A Look Around"

16. ¬†Whitney Houston ‚ÄĒ "The Bodyguard"¬†Official Soundtrack

Year released: 1992

One-week units sold: 1,061,000

Lead single: "I Will Always Love You"

15. ¬†Garth Brooks ‚ÄĒ "Double Live"

Year released: 1998

One-week units sold: 1,085,000

Lead single:¬†n/a ‚ÄĒ but here's his live version of the Billy Joel song "Shameless" which went to No. 1 on the U.S. and Canadian Country charts and No. 71 in the U.K.

14. ¬†Usher ‚ÄĒ "Confessions"

Year released: 2004

One-week units sold: 1,096,000

Lead single: "Yeah!"

13. ¬†Lady Gaga ‚ÄĒ "Born This Way"

Year released: 2011

One-week units sold: 1,108,000

Lead single: "Born This Way"

12. ¬†Backstreet Boys ‚ÄĒ "Millennium"

Year released: 1999

One-week units sold: 1,134,000

Lead single: "I Want It That Way"

11. ¬†50 Cent ‚ÄĒ "The Massacre"

Year released: 2005

One-week units sold: 1,141,000

Lead single: "Disco Inferno"

10. ¬†Taylor Swift ‚ÄĒ "Red"

Year released: 2012

One-week units sold: 1,208,000

Lead single: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

9. ¬†The Beatles ‚ÄĒ "1"

Year released: 2000

One-week units sold: 1,259,000

Lead single: n/a ‚ÄĒ but here's "She Loves You" live in color from 1963

8. ¬†Taylor Swift ‚ÄĒ "1989"

Year released: 2014

One-week units sold: 1,287,000

Lead single: "Shake It Off"

7. ¬†Britney Spears ‚ÄĒ "Oops!‚ĶI Did It Again"

Year released: 2000

One-week units sold: 1,319,000

Lead single: "Oops!…I Did It Again"

6. ¬†Eminem ‚ÄĒ "The Eminem Show"

Year released: 2002

One-week units sold: 1,322,000

Lead single: "Without Me"

5. ¬†Backstreet Boys ‚ÄĒ "Black & Blue"

Year released: 2000

One-week units sold: 1,591,000

Lead single: "Shape Of My Heart"

4. ¬†Eminem ‚ÄĒ "The Marshall Mathers LP"

Year released: 2000

One-week units sold: 1,760,000

Lead single: "The Real Slim Shady"

3. ¬†NSYNC ‚ÄĒ "Celebrity"

Year released: 2001

One-week units sold: 1,880,000

Lead single: "Pop"

2. ¬†NSYNC ‚ÄĒ "No Strings Attached"

Year released: 2000

One-week units sold: 2,416,000

Lead single: "Bye Bye Bye"

1. ¬†Adele ‚ÄĒ "25"

Year released: 2015

One-week units sold: 3,378,000

Lead single: "Hello"

Rob covers business, economics and the environment for Fusion. He previously worked at Business Insider. He grew up in Chicago.