History Main / HitlessHitAlbum

22nd Jun '16 6:21:29 AM gewunomox
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* Many albums featuring EpicRocking taken to its extreme (albums with side-length album tracks throughout, or are one (or two) continuous album-length composition(s) interrupted only by album sides like [[JethroTull Jethro Tull's]] ''Thick As A Brick'' and ''A Passion Play'', or [[{{Yes}} Yes']] two-record-set ''Tales From Topographic Oceans'', have reached the #1 position on the album charts (or Top 10) with absolutely ''no'' commercial considerations, can be considered this.

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* Many albums featuring EpicRocking taken to its extreme (albums with side-length album tracks throughout, or are one (or two) continuous album-length composition(s) interrupted only by album sides like [[JethroTull Jethro Tull's]] ''Thick As A Brick'' and ''A Passion Play'', or [[{{Yes}} Yes']] Music/{{Yes}}' two-record-set ''Tales From Topographic Oceans'', have reached the #1 position on the album charts (or Top 10) with absolutely ''no'' commercial considerations, can be considered this.
22nd Jun '16 4:19:29 AM gewunomox
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* {{Arcade Fire}}'s 2007 album ''Neon Bible'' reached number 2 on the Billboard 200. ''The Suburbs'' reached number 1 three years later and '''won''' "Album of the Year" at the Grammy Awards. Neither of the two albums had any songs enter the Billboard Hot 100.

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* {{Arcade Fire}}'s Music/ArcadeFire's 2007 album ''Neon Bible'' reached number 2 on the Billboard 200. ''The Suburbs'' reached number 1 three years later and '''won''' "Album of the Year" at the Grammy Awards. Neither of the two albums had any songs enter the Billboard Hot 100.
21st Jun '16 8:23:44 PM gewunomox
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* Music/IronMaiden has had an interesting history with this trope. They never got much support from the mainstream, and have only ever had #1 single ever, "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter", which ironically comes from what is often considered their worst album ''No Prayer For the Dying'' (at least from people tolerant of the Blaze era). ''Powerslave'' and ''Somewhere in Time'' we're blazingly popular despite not having any really huge hits (the closest thing to a hit from that era was "Wasted Years"). ''Fear of the Dark'', the 1992 last album before BruceDickinson's temporary departure was a huge hit, but there was not a single song that could remotely be considered a hit. Much of the same can be said about their post-2000 tenure, with 2010's ''The Final Frontier'' having no hit singles yet debuting at #1 in ''a whopping 29 countries''.

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* Music/IronMaiden has had an interesting history with this trope. They never got much support from the mainstream, and have only ever had #1 single ever, "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter", which ironically comes from what is often considered their worst album ''No Prayer For the Dying'' (at least from people tolerant of the Blaze era). ''Powerslave'' and ''Somewhere in Time'' we're blazingly popular despite not having any really huge hits (the closest thing to a hit from that era was "Wasted Years"). ''Fear of the Dark'', the 1992 last album before BruceDickinson's Music/BruceDickinson's temporary departure was a huge hit, but there was not a single song that could remotely be considered a hit. Much of the same can be said about their post-2000 tenure, with 2010's ''The Final Frontier'' having no hit singles yet debuting at #1 in ''a whopping 29 countries''.
18th Jun '16 9:54:45 AM UltimateLazer
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* Music/{{Korn}}'s debut album ''[[Music/KornAlbum Korn]]'' takes it to an extreme. None of its single charted anywhere in the US, yet it went quadruple platinum and sold over ten million copies worldwide. More importantly, it spawned an [[NuMetal an entire genre]] that would later take over the rock music world in the late '90s and early '00s.

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* Music/{{Korn}}'s Music/{{Korn}} more-or-less defines this trope.
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debut album ''[[Music/KornAlbum Korn]]'' takes it to an extreme. None of its single charted anywhere in the US, yet it went quadruple platinum and sold over ten million copies worldwide. More importantly, it spawned an [[NuMetal an entire genre]] that would later take over the rock music world in the late '90s and early '00s.'00s.
** ''Life is Peachy'' debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts and sold over six million copies. Not only did it not produce a charting single on the Hot 100, all of its singles failed to even blip on the rock charts.
** ''Follow the Leader'' produced their first radio hit on rock with "Freak on a Leash", and debuted at #1, selling over 14 million albums worldwide. However, not one song off the album even charted on the Hot 100.
** ''Issues'' became their second album to debut at #1, and sold over 13 million copies. It's sole Hot 100 entry was "Falling Away from Me", which peaked at #99.
** Overall, they've sold over 40 million records, yet have only managed to scrape one Top 40 song with "Did My Time", and only had six entries on the bottom of the Hot 100. They do however, have numerous hits on rock radio, but in a twist, much of those hits came ''after'' their peak in the late-'90s/early-'00s.
3rd May '16 2:00:52 PM aye_amber
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* Despite not having an official single, {{Radiohead}}'s ''Music/KidA'' was their first album to reach number one on the US Billboard 200, and was also number one in the UK, Canada, France, Ireland and New Zealand. Several songs from the album were sent out as promos to radio stations though, and of these, "Optimistic" received enough radio play to get to number 10 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.

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* Despite not having an official single, {{Radiohead}}'s Music/{{Radiohead}}'s ''Music/KidA'' was their first album to reach number one on the US Billboard 200, and was also number one in the UK, Canada, France, Ireland and New Zealand. Several songs from the album were sent out as promos to radio stations though, and of these, "Optimistic" received enough radio play to get to number 10 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.
24th Mar '16 2:36:34 PM Hossmeister
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* Music/SystemOfADown's ''Music/{{Toxicity}}'' went triple platinum, selling over 15 million copies, but none of the singles (the band's SignatureSong "Chop Suey!", the crossover hit "Aerials", or the TitleTrack "Toxicity") even graced the Top 40 chart. The band's first (and so far only) single to hit the chart was "B.Y.O.B." from ''Music/MezmerizeHypnotize'', even though ''both'' sides of the double album debuted at #1 months apart.
6th Mar '16 11:33:15 PM TokyoByNight
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* Music/{{Korn}}'s debut album ''[[Music/KornAlbum Korn]]'' takes it to an extreme. None of its single charted anywhere in the US, yet it went quadruple platinum and sold over ten million copies worldwide. More importantly, it spawned an [[NuMetal an entire genre]] that would later take over the rock music world in the late '90s and early '00s.
2nd Mar '16 8:11:19 AM gallium
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* Music/TheBeatles are the TropeMaker. In England in the 1960s singles were distinct from albums. Most of the Beatles' big radio hits were released as singles only and did not appear on album tracks. ''Music/WithTheBeatles'', ''Music/BeatlesForSale'', ''Music/RubberSoul'', ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'', and ''The Beatles'' ("Music/TheWhiteAlbum") were all hitless hit albums.



** ''Sgt. Pepper'' itself qualifies as an example, as there were no singles released from it in the UK or the US. However, several songs did become popular through radio airplay.
2nd Jan '16 3:20:38 AM Papercut1
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* Alabama Shakes' ''Sound & Color'' debut at #1 on the albums chart and sold over 700,000 copies. Its highest charting single "Don't Wanna Fight" only peaked at #13 -- on the alternative charts.
20th Dec '15 12:01:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* Artists with #1 albums on the Billboard 200 but no top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 include JoshGroban, Music/JillScott, the Decemberists, Amos Lee, Vampire Weekend, and IndiaArie.
* FairportConvention's seminal 1969 album "Liege and Lief" effectively ''invented'' the British folk-rock movement, although the album peaked at only #17 in the UK and did not contain any breakout singles.
* Sony's ''Super Hits'' albums are sometimes literal examples. Depending on the artist, the title can be BlatantLies most of them seemingly had their 9 or 10 tracks picked by throwing darts at a list of the artist's songs. For instance, KennyChesney's ''Super Hits'' disc was released in 2007, but the newest song on it is "What I Need to Do" from 2000. The biggest hit on it is the #2 "Me and You" from 1996, and 2 of the tracks weren't even singles.

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* Artists with #1 albums on the Billboard 200 but no top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 include JoshGroban, Music/JillScott, the Decemberists, Amos Lee, Vampire Weekend, and IndiaArie.
Music/IndiaArie.
* FairportConvention's Music/FairportConvention's seminal 1969 album "Liege and Lief" effectively ''invented'' the British folk-rock movement, although the album peaked at only #17 in the UK and did not contain any breakout singles.
* Sony's ''Super Hits'' albums are sometimes literal examples. Depending on the artist, the title can be BlatantLies most of them seemingly had their 9 or 10 tracks picked by throwing darts at a list of the artist's songs. For instance, KennyChesney's Music/KennyChesney's ''Super Hits'' disc was released in 2007, but the newest song on it is "What I Need to Do" from 2000. The biggest hit on it is the #2 "Me and You" from 1996, and 2 of the tracks weren't even singles.
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