General consensus says that pop music originated sometime in the 1950s and onward, with heavy influence from rock 'n' roll.
Perhaps the catalyst was a young John Lennon first listening to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, and picking up a guitar in reverence. Or maybe, it began with Michael Jackson's mother insisting on waking him up to see his greatest musical inspiration, James Brown, perform on TV. Or maybe it was Madonna, watching David Bowie on stage at her first ever rock concert.
Though the definitive origin may be unclear, one thing is certain: Since its beginning, pop music has evolved into one of the most popular and influential genres of music — inspiring thousands of artists, singles and albums.
With this in mind, PrettyFamous, an entertainment research site by Graphiq, set out to discover the best pop albums ever. To do this, they collected all of the albums that have been nominated for or won a Grammy for best traditional pop vocal album, a Grammy for best pop vocal album or an American Music Award for favorite pop/rock album. Once the list was compiled, the albums were ranked by Album Score — a score out of 100 that takes into account album ratings from external sources, including AllMusic, Metacritic, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and many more. Ties were broken by number of ratings.
Both contemporary pop legends as well as icons of the past appear on this list. Michael Jackson solidifies his position as the undisputed King of Pop with four albums in the top 100. Queen of Pop Madonna earns three spots in the top 100 and Adele, Bob Dylan and Lady Gaga round out the rest with two albums each.
Note: These ratings are pulled from an album's Wikipedia page, so in the event that an album does not have a page, or its page does not have ratings, it will not be included on this list. Additionally, albums released before the Grammy Awards began in 1959 were not included.