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Billboard has been tracking the top album of the year since 1956. From 1992 onward, total album sales were recorded by Nielsen SoundScan.

Before that, the top album chart was “based on a survey of representative retail outlets that determined a ranking” and was “not a tally of actual sales.”

Business Insider compiled all the best-selling LPs and their respective notable singles, dating back to 1956, so readers can see, and hear, which was the soundtrack to your birth year (so long as one is between between the ages of 1 and 60).
 
Elton’s name is mentioned three times, starting in 1994. That’s when Elton and Hans Zimmer’s The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released. It wound up selling 4,934,000 copies.
 
In 1975, the pop maestro’s Greatest Hits album came out, and included notable singles like Your Song and Daniel.
 
A year earlier saw the release of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, with Bennie And The Jets among the more memorable singles.
 
Usher; Eminem; Adele; Josh Groban; Taylor Swift; 50 Cent; Mariah Carey; Justin Timberlake; the Monkees; Jimi Hendrix Experience; the Backstreet Boys; the Spice Girls; Michael Jackson; George Michael and Peter Frampton are among the other performers who made the grade.