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* Music/TameImpala's 2015 album ''Currents'' debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and eventually went platinum, a rarity for an album in the '2010s that got minimal airplay, even on the alternative stations (though "The Less I Know the Better" became a hit four years on [=TikTok=]).

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* Music/TameImpala's 2015 album ''Currents'' debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and eventually went platinum, a rarity rare achievement for an album in the '2010s from TheNewTens that got minimal airplay, even on the alternative stations (though "The Less I Know the Better" became a hit four years on [=TikTok=]).

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* Music/TameImpala's 2015 album ''Currents'' debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and eventually went platinum, a rarity for an album in the '2010s that got minimal airplay, even on the alternative stations (though "The Less I Know the Better" became a hit four years on [=TikTok=]).


** Overall, 28 Gold or better albums. Only one US Top 40 song ever - "New World Man", from ''Signals'', which peaked at #21. 13 other singles that did make it on the charts, and 70 that didn't. Though quite a few of those did much better on the rock specific chart.
* Music/PinkFloyd defines this trope. ''Music/{{Ummagumma}}, Music/AtomHeartMother, Meddle, Music/WishYouWereHere'' and ''Music/{{Animals}}''. All either gold or (multi-)platinum, none have a US top-100 single. For the first half of their career, [[FaceOfTheBand Roger Waters]] certainly seemed to prefer it this way; when "Money" became their first significant hit single in America, he quickly became exhausted of hearing the new fans it won the band yelling for them to play it. The band's album tracks did get plenty of airplay on FM radio and still do on classic rock stations, despite never being released as singles. In their native UK, the earliest, Syd Barrett-fronted incarnation of the band had a Top 20 hit with their (standalone) debut single "Arnold Layne" in spring 1967, followed it with a Top 10 a couple of months later in "See Emily Play"... then charted precisely 0 singles in the next 12 years while they were having ''ten'' hitless Top 10 albums. They did not return to the singles chart until ''The Wall'' produced a huge Number One hit at the turn of the Eighties with "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)".

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** Overall, 28 Gold or better albums. Only one US Top 40 song ever - ever-- "New World Man", from ''Signals'', which peaked at #21. 13 other singles that did make it on the charts, and 70 that didn't. Though quite a few of those did much better on the rock specific chart.
* Music/PinkFloyd defines this trope. ''Music/{{Ummagumma}}, Music/AtomHeartMother, Meddle, Music/WishYouWereHere'' and ''Music/{{Animals}}''. All either gold or (multi-)platinum, none have a US top-100 single. ''Animals'' in fact didn't have ''any'' singles (though every one of its tracks did see either a promotional or unauthorized release in various parts of Europe). For the first half of their career, [[FaceOfTheBand Roger Waters]] certainly seemed to prefer it this way; when "Money" became their first significant hit single in America, he quickly became exhausted of hearing the new fans it won the band yelling for them to play it. The band's album tracks did get plenty of airplay on FM radio and still do on classic rock stations, despite never being released as singles. In their native UK, the earliest, Syd Barrett-fronted incarnation of the band had a Top 20 hit with their (standalone) debut single "Arnold Layne" in spring 1967, followed it with a Top 10 a couple of months later in "See Emily Play"... then charted precisely 0 singles in the next 12 years while they were having ''ten'' hitless Top 10 albums. They did not return to the singles chart until ''The Wall'' produced a huge Number One hit at the turn of the Eighties with "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)".

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* Music/LinkinPark's 2014 album ''The Hunting Party'' went platinum in spite of none of its singles touching the Hot 100, due to the band going towards a less mainstream-friendly HardRock sound after two electronically-driven albums, though several songs were hits on the rock charts.


* Music/FiveFingerDeathPunch's first four albums have gone gold in the USA (with the second through fifth albums peaking in the top 10), yet their only entry in the Hot 100 is 2011's "Under and Over It", a #77 hit. They do, however, have fourteen top 10 hits on the Mainstream Rock charts.

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* Music/FiveFingerDeathPunch's first four albums have gone gold in the USA (with the second through fifth albums peaking in the top 10), yet their they only entry in the have two Hot 100 is 2011's "Under and Over It", a #77 hit. entries. They do, however, have fourteen top 10 ten #1 hits on the Mainstream Rock charts.



* The only Music/GreenDay albums to have their songs reach the Billboard Top 40 are ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' (which produced three Top 20 singles) and ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown'' (which had "21 Guns" and "Know Your Enemy" both reach the Top 40) despite the fact that almost all of their albums have sold extremely well. Particularly notable is ''Music/{{Dookie}}'', which went Diamond (ten million copies sold) and never had any of its songs hit the Hot 100.

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* The only Music/GreenDay albums to have their songs reach the Billboard Top 40 are ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' (which produced three Top 20 singles) and ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown'' (which had "21 Guns" and "Know Your Enemy" both reach the Top 40) despite the fact that almost all of their albums have sold extremely well. Particularly notable is ''Music/{{Dookie}}'', which went Diamond (ten million copies sold) and never had any of its songs hit the Hot 100. Despite this, Green Day has had plenty of #1 hits on rock radio.

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* Music/TaylorSwift's surprise album ''Music/Folklore2020'' is one of the most critically acclaim and best selling album of 2020 (appeared at #1 on the Year End Album chart) but none of its single ended up on the Top 100 Song of the Year.


A very popular album goes gold, platinum, or even double platinum, without containing any hit songs on the singles chart. Songs may appear on genre-specific radio charts, but otherwise the album sells itself.

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A very popular album goes gold, platinum, or even double platinum, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin without containing any hit songs on the singles chart.chart]]. Songs may appear on genre-specific radio charts, but otherwise the album sells itself.


* Music/CledusTJudd's ''I Stoled This Record'' (1996) went gold even though ''none'' of its singles charted.

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* Music/CledusTJudd's ''I Stoled This Record'' (1996) went gold even though ''none'' of its singles charted. This was due in part to heavy music video rotation on Creator/{{CMT}}.



* Music/KaceyMusgraves has had three different albums do this, largely because of her PeripheryDemographic and her lack of play on country radio. ''Merry Go Round'' off of her 2013 album, ''Same Trailer Different Park'', is her top charter and only got to #10 on the country charts and #63 on the overall charts. The album itself peaked at #1 country album and #2 overall. Her sophomore 2015 album, ''Pageant Material'', was a #1 on Top Country Albums even though its lead single only got to #41 and the second single didn't even chart. Her 2018 album, ''Golden Hour'', debuted at #4 overall on Billboard but its only single that managed to crack the top 20 on the country charts is ''Rainbow'' and it only got to #98 overall. None of the other singles charted on it.

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* Music/KaceyMusgraves has had three different albums do this, largely because of her PeripheryDemographic and her lack of play on country radio. ''Merry Go Round'' off of her 2013 album, ''Same Trailer Different Park'', is her top charter and only got to #10 on the country charts and #63 on the overall charts. The album itself peaked at #1 country album and #2 overall. Her sophomore 2015 album, ''Pageant Material'', was a and ''Golden Hour'' are all #1 on Top Country Albums even though its lead single only got to #41 and top-five peaks on the second single didn't even chart. Her 2018 album, ''Golden Hour'', debuted at #4 overall on Billboard but its 200. Meanwhile her only major airplay hit was her debut single that managed to crack the top 20 on the country charts is ''Rainbow'' and it only got to #98 overall. None of the other singles charted on it. "Merry Go Round".


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* Tyler Childers' 2019 album ''Country Squire'' went to #1 on Top Country Albums despite none of its singles getting any airplay on country radio.
* Jason Isbell's ''The Nashville Sound'' (2017) and ''Reunions'' (2020) both were #1 country albums despite charting no singles between them.
* Julie Roberts' 2004 self-titled debut went gold entirely off her only hit single "Break Down Here".

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** Averted in the America where the American counterparts of their albums featured altered tracklists to feature the hit singles, only for the Beatles to demand Capitol Records to not do this beginning with ''Sgt. Pepper'' when this trope was played straight from that point on. They would, however, put out a compilation of singles from the post-''Magical Mystery Tour'' era after their breakup called ''Hey Jude''.
*** A notable exception is ''Music/MagicalMysteryTour''. It started in England as a double-EP, but when it came time to release it in America, Capitol decided to add all of the singles from the ''Sgt. Pepper'' era on the B-side, while the A-side featured the original EP with an altered tracklist. However, this was widely regarded as a smart move and became [[BetterThanCanon the preferred version for many, even in the band's native UK.]]


* In spite of Music/NineInchNails having released 3 multi-platinum albums in the USA, they have had only top 20 single, "The Day The Whole World Went Away", which isn't even one of their more well-known songs.

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* In spite of Music/NineInchNails having released 3 multi-platinum albums in the USA, they have had only one top 20 single, "The Day The Whole World Went Away", which isn't even one of their more well-known songs.


** A couple sounds about right. 1984's Grace Under Pressure hit #10 on the Billboard 200, though only one single (The Body Electric) charted...at #105. 2007's Snakes and Arrows debuted at #1 on the Billboard Rock and Internet Album charts, though none of the four singles broke the Top 10.

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** A couple sounds about right. 1984's Grace ''Grace Under Pressure Pressure'' hit #10 on the Billboard 200, though only one single (The ("The Body Electric) Electric") charted...at #105. 2007's Snakes ''Snakes and Arrows Arrows'' debuted at #1 on the Billboard Rock and Internet Album charts, though none of the four singles broke the Top 10.



** Overall, 28 Gold or better albums. Only one Top 40 song ever - New World Man which peaked at #21. 13 other singles that did make it on the charts, and 70 that didn't. Though quite a few of those did much better on the rock specific chart.

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** Overall, 28 Gold or better albums. Only one US Top 40 song ever - New "New World Man Man", from ''Signals'', which peaked at #21. 13 other singles that did make it on the charts, and 70 that didn't. Though quite a few of those did much better on the rock specific chart.


* All of Music/NorahJones' albums have gone platinum, and she has won multiple Grammys, but in the USA only one (her Diamond-selling debut album) has spawned anything that could be called a hit ("Don't Know Why", which only scraped the Top 40).

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* All of Music/NorahJones' albums have gone platinum, and she has won multiple Grammys, but in the USA only one ''Come Away with Me'' (her Diamond-selling debut album) has spawned anything that could be called a hit ("Don't Know Why", which only scraped the Top 40).


* Music/PinkFloyd defines this trope. ''Music/{{Ummagumma}}, Music/AtomHeartMother, Meddle, Music/WishYouWereHere'' and ''Music/{{Animals}}''. All either gold or (multi-)platinum, none have a US top-100 single. For the first half of their career, [[FaceOfTheBand Roger Waters]] certainly seemed to prefer it this way; when "Money" became their first significant hit single in America, he quickly became exhausted of hearing the new fans it won the band yelling for them to play it. The band's album tracks did get plenty of airplay on FM radio and still do on classic rock stations, despite never being released as singles.

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* Music/PinkFloyd defines this trope. ''Music/{{Ummagumma}}, Music/AtomHeartMother, Meddle, Music/WishYouWereHere'' and ''Music/{{Animals}}''. All either gold or (multi-)platinum, none have a US top-100 single. For the first half of their career, [[FaceOfTheBand Roger Waters]] certainly seemed to prefer it this way; when "Money" became their first significant hit single in America, he quickly became exhausted of hearing the new fans it won the band yelling for them to play it. The band's album tracks did get plenty of airplay on FM radio and still do on classic rock stations, despite never being released as singles. In their native UK, the earliest, Syd Barrett-fronted incarnation of the band had a Top 20 hit with their (standalone) debut single "Arnold Layne" in spring 1967, followed it with a Top 10 a couple of months later in "See Emily Play"... then charted precisely 0 singles in the next 12 years while they were having ''ten'' hitless Top 10 albums. They did not return to the singles chart until ''The Wall'' produced a huge Number One hit at the turn of the Eighties with "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)".


* Music/KaceyMusgraves' second album, ''Pageant Material'', was a #1 on Top Country Albums even though its lead single only got to #41 and second single didn't even chart.
* In 1992, Ricky Van Shelton released a gospel album titled ''Don't Overlook Salvation'', which certified gold despite producing no singles.

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* Music/KaceyMusgraves' second Music/KaceyMusgraves has had three different albums do this, largely because of her PeripheryDemographic and her lack of play on country radio. ''Merry Go Round'' off of her 2013 album, ''Same Trailer Different Park'', is her top charter and only got to #10 on the country charts and #63 on the overall charts. The album itself peaked at #1 country album and #2 overall. Her sophomore 2015 album, ''Pageant Material'', was a #1 on Top Country Albums even though its lead single only got to #41 and the second single didn't even chart.
chart. Her 2018 album, ''Golden Hour'', debuted at #4 overall on Billboard but its only single that managed to crack the top 20 on the country charts is ''Rainbow'' and it only got to #98 overall. None of the other singles charted on it.
* In 1992, Ricky Van Shelton released a gospel album titled ''Don't Overlook Salvation'', which certified gold despite producing no singles.


* 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.

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* Alabama Shakes' ''Sound & Color'' debut at #1 on the albums chart and sold over 700,000 copies. Its highest charting highest-charting single "Don't Wanna Fight" only peaked at #13 -- on the alternative charts.



* Despite not having an official single, 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.

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* Despite not having an official single, 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 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.



* Pistol Annies, a supergroup comprising Music/MirandaLambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley, got a #1 with their album ''Hell on Heels'' even though country radio never touched the single it got to #55 on the Hot 100 entirely from downloads. Even more impresively, ''Hell on Heels'' was a digital-only release until the CD was released in stores a few months later.

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* Pistol Annies, a supergroup comprising Music/MirandaLambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley, got a #1 with their album ''Hell on Heels'' even though country radio never touched the single it got to #55 on the Hot 100 entirely from downloads. Even more impresively, impressively, ''Hell on Heels'' was a digital-only release until the CD was released in stores a few months later.



* Before ''Stunt,'' Music/BarenakedLadies' most popular release in the US was the live album ''Rock Spectacle.'' It's still considered one of their best albums, and was rated platinum (over 1 million copies sold) in the United States, but only one song from the album charted at all ("Brian Wilson", at #68).

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* Before ''Stunt,'' Music/BarenakedLadies' most popular release in the US was the live album ''Rock Spectacle.'' It's still considered one of their best albums, albums and was rated platinum (over 1 million copies sold) in the United States, but only one song from the album charted at all ("Brian Wilson", at #68).



* Music/FrankZappa's albums weren't particularly best sellers, but some albums were well known in certain circles, despite not having any airplay whatsover on the radio or hit singles for that matter. A particular example is ''Music/FreakOut'' that got some notoriety with intellectuals, eccentrics and other progressive bands in the 1960s, without having any hit singles. Another example is ''Music/HotRats'', which became a huge success in the UK and the Netherlands, again without having any hits released. And Zappa's albums were particularly succesful in Eastern Europe during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, despite being forbidden or frowned upon by many of the regimes.

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* Music/FrankZappa's albums weren't particularly best sellers, but some albums were well known in certain circles, despite not having any airplay whatsover whatsoever on the radio or hit singles for that matter. A particular example is ''Music/FreakOut'' that got some notoriety with intellectuals, eccentrics and other progressive bands in the 1960s, without having any hit singles. Another example is ''Music/HotRats'', which became a huge success in the UK and the Netherlands, again without having any hits released. And Zappa's albums were particularly succesful successful in Eastern Europe during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, despite being forbidden or frowned upon by many of the regimes.



* Music/{{Nickelback}}'s seventh studio album, "Here and Now", peaked at #2 on Billboard, but the highest charting song, "When We Stand Together", only peaked at number 49.

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* Music/{{Nickelback}}'s seventh studio album, "Here and Now", peaked at #2 on Billboard, but the highest charting highest-charting song, "When We Stand Together", only peaked at number 49.



** Their 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.
** ''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.

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** Their debut album ''[[Music/KornAlbum Korn]]'' takes it to an extreme. None of its single singles 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.
** ''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, but all of its singles also failed to even blip on the rock charts.



** 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.

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** 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 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.

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