40 Biggest Albums of 2022 So Far — Will Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ Outperform Them All?

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Taylor Swift is set to drop her 10th studio album, “Midnights,” on Oct. 21. The singer-songwriter described the upcoming release as “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life.” And while it’s sure to please fans, how will it stack up against other top albums of the year?

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If Swift’s previous album releases are any indication, “Midnights” is poised to beat out them all. “Folklore,” which was released in 2020, was that year’s bestselling album in the U.S. and was the only album of that year to sell more than 1 million copies, Entertainment Weekly reported. The album also enabled Swift to surpass Whitney Houston for most cumulative weeks at No. 1 by a woman in the Billboard 200 chart, breaking a 33-year-old record. Her other 2020 release, “Evermore,” was also in the top 10 bestselling albums of 2020.

Swift has earned the distinction of having the bestselling album of the year a total of five times. In addition to “Folklore” being the No. 1 album of 2020, she had the bestselling albums of 2019, 2017, 2014 and 2009 with “Lover,” “Reputation,” “1989” and “Fearless,” respectively.

While it remains to be seen how Swift will shake up the album charts in 2022, here’s a look at the biggest albums of the year so far, according to Official Charts. Note that this chart was compiled using sales and streaming equivalent sales combined as of the end of the third quarter, so not all are 2022 releases:

  1. “Harry’s House,” Harry Styles
  2. “=,” Ed Sheeran
  3. “Sour,” Olivia Rodrigo
  4. “The Highlights,” The Weeknd
  5. “Between Us,” Little Mix
  6. “50 Years – Don’t Stop,” Fleetwood Mac
  7. “Curtain Call – The Hits,” Eminem
  8. “Divide,” Ed Sheeran
  9. “Greatest Hits,” Queen
  10. “Gold – Greatest Hits,” ABBA
  11. “30,” Adele
  12. “Diamonds,” Elton John
  13. “Fine Line,” Harry Styles
  14. “Time Flies – 1994-2009,” Oasis
  15. “Dawn FM,” The Weeknd
  16. “AM,” Arctic Monkeys
  17. “Gold Rush Kid,” George Ezra
  18. “Planet Her,” Doja Cat
  19. “Seventeen Going Under,” Sam Fender
  20. “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent,” Lewis Capaldi
  21. “We’re All Alone in This Together,” Dave
  22. “Rumours,” Fleetwood Mac
  23. “Legend,” Bob Marley & The Wailers
  24. “Number Ones,” Michael Jackson
  25. “Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa
  26. “Only Honest on the Weekend,” Becky Hill
  27. “1,” The Beatles
  28. “C’mon You Know,” Liam Gallagher
  29. “Certified Lover Boy,” Drake
  30. “Home Alone 2,” D-Block Europe
  31. “Elv1s – 30 Number 1 Hits,” Elvis Presley
  32. “What’s the Story Morning Glory,” Oasis
  33. “Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish
  34. “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” Kendrick Lamar
  35. “23,” Central Cee
  36. “Pier Pressure,” ArrDee
  37. “Legacy,” David Bowie
  38. “Folklore,” Taylor Swift
  39. “I Will Always Love You – The Best Of,” Whitney Houston
  40. “1989,” Taylor Swift
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Gabrielle joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings with her a decade of experience in the journalism industry. Before joining the team, she was a staff writer-reporter for People Magazine and People.com. Her work has also appeared on E! Online, Us Weekly, Patch, Sweety High and Discover Los Angeles, and she has been featured on “Good Morning America” as a celebrity news expert. 
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