Barbra Streisand returned to #1 on The Billboard 200 this week with Love Is The Answer, 45 years after she first topped the chart with People. Only one artist in chart history, Elvis Presley, has had a longer span of #1 albums.
Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater were in the final week of a Presidential election when Streisand first reached #1 on Oct. 31, 1964. Bonanza was the season's top-rated TV show. Hello, Dolly! was Broadway's biggest hit. Mary Poppins was on its way to becoming the year's top-grossing movie.
Streisand landed her first #1 album by knocking off the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night soundtrack. She returns to the top spot this week after winning a close contest with Paramore, whose lead singer, Hayley Williams, was born 18 years after the Beatles broke up.
Streisand is one of two dozen artists who have had #1 albums spanning 20 or more years. In a business where even highly successful acts often have just a few years at the top, these artists have managed to spend decadesRead More »from Chart Watch Extra: Pop Music’s Longevity Champs