Who has the most number one songs on an album?

The answer is at the bottom! Watch this video as you scroll down.

What is an album?

An album is a full-length collection of songs released together as a package, from which, one or more songs are released as ‘singles’ promoted to become pop hits or hits in other music formats on radio or streaming sites.

Full-length traditionally means a collection of at least eight songs, typically ten. The term comes from the original album format, the 33 1/3 RPM (rounds-per-minute) 12 inch long-playing (LP) record, which could hold less than an hour of sound. This same understanding of album remained when physical formats shifted to 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, and digital works.

For the purpose of this question, these albums must be new, original works mostly by a single act or artist, not compilations, and not bonus-sized packages. I will call these “regular albums.’
For the final answer, read through to the end.

Michael Jackson was first with five.

Michael Jackson was the first artist to have a regular album with five number one hits. In 1987, Michael Jackson released the album Bad. Here are the number ones from Bad.

Michael Jackson Bad album cover

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You

Bad

The Way You Make Me Feel

Man In The Mirror

Dirty Diana

All the pop charts at the time agreed, Cashbox, Tunecaster, Radio & Records, and Billboard.

Alanis Morissette ties Michael Jackson.

The debut album Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette was a huge blockbuster. Here are the five number one songs from this album.

Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill album cover

You Oughta Know

Hand In My Pocket

Ironic

You Learn

Head Over Feet

Charts became quite scattered in the 1990s. None of these five songs became number one songs on Cashbox or Billboard. Two of these songs did not even make the famous 100-position charts. At Radio & Records, the first two missed number one, but the last three became number one songs. All five became number one songs on the Tunecaster Pop Top 20.

Additionally, All I Really Want received some pop airplay and peaked at number 5 on the Rock Top 20.

“If there was one time-marker that represented modern rock’s peak in popularity it was an album called Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette… You Oughta Know… blasted its way to the top. It became one of the biggest hits of the year and the album tied with Hootie & The Blowfish for biggest selling album of the year. Each album sold 15 million copies, which was unheard of in modern rock.” Alex Cosper, The Rise of Alternative Radio. Chapter 7.

And the winner is . . .

Katy Perry with six number one songs!

Katy Perry Firework album cover

California Gurls

Teenage Dream

Firework

E.T.

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

The One That Got Away

Katy Perry had six number one songs from her album Firework on most major charts, Tunecaster Pop Top 20, Mediabase Top 40, and the Billboard Pop songs chart.

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