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List of album releases by year

A Brief History: Definition of an Album[edit]

With advancing technology, the definition of an album has changed over the years. Prior to the invention of the LP (Long-Play) phonograph format in 1948. Releases were limited to around 3 minutes and would be considered "singles" today, with an A-Side and sometimes a B-Side of recorded music.

Occasionally, these records would be collected into books, resembling photo albums, and released as a means of offering a larger selection of an artist's repertoire to the public. These releases became the origin of the term "album".

The time length of the LP format set the standard length of an album's release even into the digital age, with some exceptions.

In 1949, the new technology brought about the 45, or 7-Inch, and would set the standard for releases of "singles".

How this affects these pages:

The albums listed on this site reflect the technology of the times. Therefore, albums listed prior to 1949 will include releases on the old phonograph format (78s) with shorter play times. However, there may be some overlap in formats after this time as LPs and 45s supercede the 78s.

Singles released on 45s or later formats will not be included on these pages unless it might also be considered an EP (Extended Play). For information on artist' singles, please visit the individual artist pages.

2020—2029[edit]

2020202120222023202420252026202720282029

2010—2019[edit]

2010201120122013201420152016201720182019

2000—2009[edit]

2000200120022003200420052006200720082009

1990—1999[edit]

1990199119921993199419951996199719981999

1980—1989[edit]

1980198119821983198419851986198719881989

1970—1979[edit]

1970197119721973197419751976197719781979

1960—1969[edit]

1960196119621963196419651966196719681969

1950—1959[edit]

1950195119521953195419551956195719581959

1940—1949[edit]

1940194119421943194419451946194719481949

1930—1939[edit]

1930193119321933193419351936193719381939

1920—1929[edit]

1920192119221923192419251926192719281929