An album title that makes reference to the album's position in the chronological order of album releases by the artist. This generally only counts full-length studio albums; the numbers are usually (but not always) off if you count EPs and live albums. In some cases, this will only be one title among other non-numbered titles, but in other cases there are multiple, often consecutive, numbered titles.
The main reason for this is to give a sense of weight, history, context and inevitability to the albums. The name suggests (but does not guarantee) that the album is not just a lone work, but part of a wider body that will likely tie together consistent themes. It echoes the cantos and books of epic poetry, and thus has a great deal of appeal to musicians influenced by these sources, although it can come across as pretentious or facetious if handled poorly.
Some albums simply have the band's name followed by a number (in which case this overlaps with Numbered Sequels), but others are more clever with it, using a phrase related to the number.
- Big Star - #1 Record
- Colosseumnote - Chapter 1: Delirium
- Hurt - Vol. I note
- Traveling Wilburys - Volume 1 note
- Johnny Winter - First Winter
- ZZ Top - ZZ Top's First Album
- The Bee Gees - Bee Gees' 1st note
- Colosseumnote - Chapter 2: Numquam
- Paul McCartney - McCartney II note
- The Protomen - Act II: The Father of Death
- The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones No. 2 (second UK album)
- Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf the Second
- Queen II
- Billy Talent II
- The Beatles - The Beatles' Second Album (second Capitol US album)
- Van Halen II (Van Halen III, however, is their 11th, and the name is due to Gary Cherone being the third singer)
- Garbage - Version 2.0
- Hurt - Vol. II
- The Kinleys - II
- Foreigner - Double Vision
- Camper Van Beethoven - II & III. The title is something of a joke, although the band have commented that because it was recorded over two different stretches of time in the same year, they think of it as both their second and third album.
- The Calling - Two
- The Presidents Of The United States Of America II
- Joey + Rory - Album Number Two
- Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II
- Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II
- Earshot - Two
- Darker My Love - 2
- Lee Brice - Hard 2 Love
- TD Cruze - The Savage Beast 2
- Boyz II Men - II
- Public Image Ltd. - Second Edition (Not only the second album released, but also the second version of the album and the band.)
- Electric Light Orchestra IInote
- Styx II
- Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping
- Santana - Santana IIInote
- Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy
- Slipknot - Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), casting their demo Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat into Canon Discontinuity.
- Stinking Lizaveta - III
- Billy Talent III
- Gaelic Storm - Tree (as in, three-in-an-Irish-accent)
- Alter Bridge - AB III
- Joe Nichols - III (actually his fourth album, but his obscure, independent first album is Canon Discontinuity)
- Boston - Third Stage
- Sugababes - Three
- Colosseumnote - Chapter 3: Parasomnia
- Marcy Playground - MP3 (also something of a Pun-Based Title, because, you know, MP3)
- Portishead - Third
- Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers
- Shiny Toy Guns - III
- Deep Forest - III: Comparsa
- Sash! - Trilenium
- Demon Hunter - The Triptych
- The Script - #3
- Electric Light Orchestra - On the Third Day
- Cypress Hill - III (Temples of Boom)
- Roger Miller - The 3rd Time Around
- ZZ Top - Tres Hombres
- The James Gang - Thirds
- The Jackson Five - Third Album
- Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Four Wheel Drive
- Beyoncé - 4
- Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
- Bloc Party - Four
- J Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only
- Cypress Hill - IV
- Diamond Rio - IV
- E-Type - Euro IV Ever
- Foreigner - 4
- Godsmack - IV
- Kamelot - The Fourth Legacy
- Miranda Lambert - Four the Record
- One Direction - Four
- Sash! -S4!Sash!
- Seal - Seal IV
- Cat Stevens - Catch Bull at Four (Actually his sixth album but, by pure coincidence, his fourth with both Island Records and A&M Records) note
- Stone Temple Pilots - No. 4
- Stratovarius - Fourth Dimension
- The Verve - Forth
- J.J. Cale - 5
- HammerFall - Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken
- Hollywood Undead - Five (often stylized as V)
- Live - V (fifth album under the name Live)
- Maroon 5 - V
- Steve Miller Band - Number 5
- Relient K - Five Score and Seven Years Ago
- Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
- Spock's Beard - V
- Symphony X - V: The New Mythology Suite
- The Beatles - Beatles VI (see: Second Album)
- Black Label Society - Hangover Music, Vol VI
- Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
- Five Finger Death Punch - Got Your Six
- Tom Paxton - 6
- Steeleye Span has Now We Are Six, which has a double meaning: not only is it their sixth album, but their first album recorded with a six-member lineup.
- Iris - Six
- Apocalyptica - 7th Symphony
- D - 7th Rose (named such because it was the band's seventh anniversary; the fact that it was also their seventh album was an afterthought)
- Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
- The Moody Blues - Seventh Sojourn (which is actually the eighth Moody Blues album, but only the seventh by the then-current lineup)
- Yngwie Malmsteen - The Seventh Sign
- Garth Brooks - Sevens
- Sugababes - Sweet 7
- Pat Benatar - Seven the Hard Way
- George Strait - #7
- Lamb of God - VII: Sturm und Drang (presumably, this is discounting the sole album they made under the name Burn the Priest)
- Enrique Iglesias - 7
- In Extremo - 7
- Anthrax - Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
- Bathory - Octagon
- J.J. Cale - #8
- Dream Theater - Octavarium
- Incubus - 8
- The Moody Blues - Octave (see above)
- Styx - Pieces of Eight
- Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - Alpert's Ninth
- Procol Harum - Procol's Ninth
- Trace Adkins - X
- J.J. Cale - Number Ten
- Fates Warning - FWX
- Iron Maiden - The X Factor
- Marillion - Radiat10n
- Spock's Beard - X
- Kylie Minogue - X
- Neal McCoy XII
- Anvil - This Is Thirteen (Yeah, they managed to use this trope while continuing to have alliterative Idiosyncratic Episode Naming)
- The Cure - 4:13 Dream (as for the "4" in the title? It refers to the fact that the record marked the first time that the band had been a quartet since the 1990 remix album Mixed Up)
- Megadeth - TH1RT3EN
- Elton John - 21 at 33 (33 was Elton's age at the time. The total includes live albums and compilations.)
Artists with Numerous Examples
- Almost every album by Chicago is simply titled with the band's name followed by the number.
- Soul-Junk's entire catalogue is like this, but the system takes some explaining. His first album was titled 1950. Every subsequent full-length album was numbered counting up from there, while his EP's have been numbered counting backwards from 1950.
- Russian nu-metal band Slot has also followed this trend, with all of their Russian-language album releases - with the exception of their anniversary compilation album #SLOT 15 - taking on a chronological number: "Slot 1", "2 войны" (Two Wars), "Тритини" (Trinity), "4Ever", "F5", "Шестой" (Sixth) and Septima.
- Every full album from Morning Musume. Some examples are: First Time, 4th Ikimasshoi!, No. 5, Rainbow 7, Sexy8Beat, and 10 My Me.
- Hello! Project albums in general have this; Berryz Koubou, C-ute and S/mileage currently all do the same, and many of H!P's former soloists did as well until leaving the label.
- Led Zeppelin's first three albums: Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin III.... The fourth album is commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV but it really has no title at all.
- Meat Loaf and his Bat Out Of Hell trilogy, which is linked principally by the involvement of songwriter Jim Steinman.
- Nine Inch Nails and its "Halo numbers", which are attached in chronological order to both its album and its single releases.
- Irish folk group The Chieftains titled nearly all of their first ten studio albums The Chieftains __, with the accompanying numeral for each. (The lone exception was their sixth album, Bonaparte's Retreat.)
- Autechre's discography features, to name just a few examples from many, the Tri Repetae, LP 5 and Exai(Roman numerals for 11) albums and the EP 5 and Move of Ten EP's.
- Focus have Focus II (though it's better known under its original title Moving Waves), Focus III and Focus 8, their second, third, and eighth studio albums - well, the title of Focus 8 apparently renders a collaboration album with PJ Proby non-canon. Somewhat interestingly, all three of these albums also have title tracks.
- Soft Machine have Volume Two, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Six, and Seven.
- Brad Paisley has two examples in Part II and 5th Gear.
- She & Him's "main sequence" of albums are numbered Volume One, Volume Two, and Volume Three (so far). There's A Very She & Him Christmas between the second and third, but they don't seem to count that. They also ditched the pattern for their 2014 album Classics.
- Scott Walker's Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4
- Baroness' first two EPs are named First and Second, while their first album, A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk is sometimes known as Third
- Kanye West's first three albums are sequential chronological theme naming. First was The College Dropout, then when it was apparent he'd be a continuing artist came Late Registration (someone still going to school, at least), then came Graduation. What comes after Graduation? If you answered a Good-Ass Job, you'd be half right. The Call-Back title was the working title for the album 808's and Heartbreak, but during the album's creation, the theme was dropped on its last leg in favor of something a bit more literal.
- Every album by both the Bronx and their mariachi alter-egos Mariachi El Bronx is self-titled, and generally referred to by their number. They've released two as Mariachi El Bronx and they've announced the upcomign release of IV for the main band. Their reasoning is that they would rather have the focus be on the album art rather than a title.
- Bob James' One, Two, Three, BJ4, Lucky Seven, 12. There are also a couple of Stealth Pun examples: his fifth album (Heads) features a nickel on its cover (a nickel being a five-cent piece), while his sixth album (Touchdown) features a football on its cover (a touchdown being worth six points in football).
- Don Williams' first three albums were named Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3.
- '70s funk group Brass Construction numbered its first six albums I through VI.
- Gamma's Gamma 1, Gamma 2, Gamma 3 and Gamma 4.
- Down Low's third album was called Third Dimension, and the ones after that The 4th Level and Down Low V / Adrenaline. The latter was rejected by their record company, however, and the replacement album no longer followed the trend.
- The above-mentioned British Progressive Rock band Colosseum is a band example, in which the band broke up and was later relaunched under the name "Colosseum II". Each iteration of the band recorded several albums.
- Doujin group IOSYS has a Stealth Pun version of this trope: Their ninth Touhou arrange album is Touhou Hyousetsu Kashuu, an album devoted completely to the leitmotif of fan-favorite character Cirno. Where does the Stealth Pun example come in? Cirno is associated with the meme "(9)".
- America's Hat Trick is another Stealth Pun example; it's their third album, and "hat trick" is a sports term that denotes a player or team accomplishing a feat three times. (It also follows the band's Idiosyncratic Episode Naming convention of beginning several album titles with the letter "h".)
- Chickenfoot released an album titled Chickenfoot III. It is their second album.
- The Megas have a variation on this, where each album is labeled "DLN-(number)" (for Doctor Light Number, the original Robot Master serial number format). Notably, they include demoes, singles and the like among this count, so their debut album Get Equipped is DLN-02 due to coming after their initial homemade demo. The only exception is Scent Blasters, a digitally released song to promote Epic Scents' Mega Man air fresheners, which came between DLN-07 (the Fly on a Dog single) and DLN-08 (History Repeating: Red).
- Morbid Angel does a variation on this trope. Instead of using numbers, the first letter of the album reflects which number of album it is, A being 1 B being 2 etc.
- Monty Python's Previous Record and possibly Another Monty Python Record.
- Adele's studio albums are named 19, 21 and 25, for the ages she was when she started recording them.
- Weezer subverts this by having several albums named simply Weezer, commonly referred to by the color most predominant on their cover (The Blue Album, for example). Some see each self-titled album as representing a new chapter in their musical career.
- Six Feet Under released an album titled 13. It is their sixth album.
- Black Sabbath also released an album titled 13, but it was their nineteenth album.
- While Iron Maiden already has two above, the Continuity Nod on The Final Frontier comes on the Title Track, "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier".
- Roy D. Mercer, a Prank Call series created by Brent Douglas and Phil Stone, was released on seven albums titled How Big a Boy Are Ya? volumes 1 through 7 between 1997 and 2000. After that, they broke away from the theme.
- Queens of the Stone Age very narrowly averted this with their second album. Originally, it was going to be titled "II." However, just before release, the album's title was changed to "Rated R."
- Buffalo Springfield's third and final album was titled Last Time Around.
- C Block's third album was initially announced as Changes, but didn't actually made it to stores (presumably due to the eurorap fad being over). When it was finally made available for streaming/download a decade later, it was titled The Last Album.