Grammy Award for Album of the Year

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Grammy Award for Album of the Year
Awarded forquality vocal or instrumental recording albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Currently held byBillie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2020)
Websitegrammy.com

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales, chart position, or critical reception."[1] Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys, and it is one of the general field awards alongside Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year, presented annually since the 1st Annual Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.[2]

(Featured) artists, songwriters, producers, recording engineers/mixers and mastering engineers who are credited with less than 33% of playing time do not receive a statuette, but a Winners Certificate.[3]

Album of the Year is related to but is conceptually different from Record of the Year or Song of the Year:

  • Album of the Year is awarded for a whole album, and the award is presented to the artist, songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer for that album. In this context, "album" means a recorded collection of songs (a multi-track LP, CD, or download package), not the individual songs or their compositions.
  • Record of the Year is awarded for a single or for one track from an album. This award goes to the performing artist, the producer, recording engineer and/or mixer for that song. In this sense, "record" means a particular recorded song, not its composition or an album of songs.
  • Song of the Year is also awarded for a single or individual track, but the recipient of this award is the songwriter who actually wrote the lyrics and/or melodies to the song. "Song" in this context means the song as composed, not its recording.

History and description[edit]

Although it was originally presented to the artist alone, the award is now presented to the main artist, the featured artist(s), the producer, the engineer and/or mixer and the mastering engineer. In 1962, the award name was extended to Album of the Year (other than classical) but, in 1965, the shorter name returned. It was not until 1968, 1969, 1999, 2011, and 2014 that the award was won by a rock, country, hip hop, indie and electronic album respectively. As of 2012, classical albums are eligible for this award, with the award for Best Classical Album being discontinued (although no classical album has been nominated in this category since).

The honorees through its history have been:

  • 1959–1965: Artist only.
  • 1966–1998: Artist and producer.
  • 1999–2002: Artist, producer, and recording engineer or mixer.
  • 2003–2017: Artist, producer, mastering engineer, and recording engineer or mixer.
  • 2018–present: Artist, producer, songwriter, mastering engineer, and recording engineer or mixer.

The category expanded to include eight nominees in 2019.[4]

Achievements[edit]

Tom Coyne (as mastering engineer) is the biggest winner in this category with four wins. He is followed by Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon (as performers), David Foster, Phil Ramone, Daniel Lanois, Ryan Tedder (as record producers), Mike Piersante, Tom Elmhirst, Serban Ghenea & John Hanes (as engineers/mixers), Bob Ludwig (as mastering engineer) with three victories each. Ludwig, Coyne, Ghenea, and Hanes are the only people to win the award three consecutive years. Paul McCartney leads all performers with nine nominations: five as a member of The Beatles, three for solo albums, and one as a member of Wings. Sinatra leads solo performers with eight nominations, seven for solo albums and one for a duet album. Barbra Streisand have the most nominations amongst female artists with six nods. McCartney and Simon are the only artists with nominations in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s.

The first woman to win the award was Judy Garland in 1962, for Judy at Carnegie Hall. Taylor Swift was the first solo female artist to win the award twice. She and Adele are the only women to win the award more than once for their own albums, winning for Fearless and 1989; and 21 and 25, respectively (Swift was also nominated for Red). In addition, Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones and Alison Krauss are all tied with Swift and Adele with two wins overall, each winning as lead artist for their respective albums, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Come Away with Me and Raising Sand (Krauss' collaboration album with Robert Plant); Hill won her second as a producer of her collaboration on Santana's Supernatural (featured artists on non-soundtrack albums did not share in the award before 2008), while Jones won as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters, and Krauss was featured on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack. Also, for their own albums, besides Swift and Adele, only two female artists have received nominations after previously winning (Barbra Streisand nominated again for People, My Name Is Barbra, Color Me Barbra, Guilty and The Broadway Album, after winning previously for The Barbra Streisand Album; and Bonnie Raitt nominated again for Luck of the Draw and Longing in Their Hearts, after winning previously for Nick of Time).

Billie Eilish is the youngest main artist to win in the category, winning for her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? in 2020 at the age of 18. She surpassed Taylor Swift who won in 2010 at the age of 20 for her second album Fearless. The Peasall Sisters, Sarah, Hannah and Leah, are the category's youngest credited winners, winning for their contributions to the O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack at the ages of 13, 9, and 7 respectively. Leah Peasall is the youngest winner of any Grammy in any category.[5] The youngest person to make an appearance on an Album of the Year is Stevie Wonder's daughter Aisha Morris who appeared on "Isn't She Lovely?" off the album Songs in the Key of Life as an infant.[6]

Christopher Cross and Billie Eilish are the only main artists to receive the Grammys for Album of the Year as well as Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist in a single ceremony. Adele is the first artist to win the award for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist, non-consecutively, and first woman to accomplish this feat. Only five artists have won both Album of the Year and Best New Artist in the same year: Bob Newhart (The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart in 1961), Christopher Cross (Christopher Cross in 1981), Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999), Norah Jones (Come Away with Me in 2003) and Billie Eilish (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? in 2020).

Frank Sinatra's Come Dance with Me! was the first album by a traditional pop artist to win, Stan Getz's & João Gilberto's Getz/Gilberto was the first by a jazz artist, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band the first by a rock and roll artist, Glen Campbell's By the Time I Get to Phoenix the first by a country artist, Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill the first by a hip hop artist, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs the first by an indie rock artist, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories the first by an electronic music artist.

Only two artists have won the award in two consecutive years, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. Sinatra had wins in 1966 and 1967 and Wonder followed with wins in 1974 and 1975. Additionally, Lauryn Hill also won as a producer in 2000, after winning previously in 1999 as an artist and producer; Bruno Mars won as an artist and producer in 2018, after winning previously in 2017 as a producer. Wonder and Sinatra both won the most Grammys for Album of the Year within a decade. Sinatra had victories in 1960, 1966 and 1967, while Wonder winning in 1974, 1975 and 1977.

Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga are the only artists to receive three nominations in a row for consecutive years for Album of the Year. In addition, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Kanye West and Lady Gaga are the only performers with three nominations for consecutive albums in this category. West and Gaga being the only solo artists to receive nomination for their first three albums. Additionally, The Beatles hold the record for most consecutive years being nominated for Album of the Year, with five.

Stevie Wonder and Adele are the only artists to win the award for consecutive studio albums in this category, winning for Innervisions and Fulfillingness' First Finale and Songs in the Key of Life; and 21 and 25, respectively.

Quincy Jones, Lauryn Hill and Bruno Mars are the only performers to win the award both as the main credit artists and as a record producers, winning as lead artists for their respective albums: Back on the Block, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and 24K Magic; and as a producers for Thriller by Michael Jackson, Supernatural by Santana, and 25 by Adele, respectively.

To date, there have been four "live" albums to win the award: Judy at Carnegie Hall, The Concert for Bangladesh and two MTV Unplugged albums (Eric Clapton's and Tony Bennett's), which were performed in front of an intimate, live audience. One television soundtrack recording was also the very first recipient: The Music from Peter Gunn. Two comedy albums have also triumphed in this category: The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart and The First Family. There have been three soundtrack compilation albums that have been successful, as well: Saturday Night Fever, The Bodyguard (though only Whitney Houston won for it as an artist) and O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

As of 2020, only six artists have won Album of the Year more than once as the main credited artist: Frank Sinatra (1960, 1966, 1967), Stevie Wonder (1974, 1975, 1977), Paul Simon (1976, 1987), U2 (1988, 2006), Taylor Swift (2010, 2016), and Adele (2012, 2017). Sinatra and Wonder both won the award three times as the main credited artist.[7]

Process[edit]

Members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominate their choices for album of the year. A list of the top twenty records is given to the Nominations Review Committee, a specially selected group of anonymous members, who then select the top five records to gain a nomination in the category in a special ballot.[8] The rest of the members then vote a winner from the five nominees.[9] In 2018, it was announced the number of nominated albums will be increased to eight.[10]

Recipients[edit]

Frank Sinatra was the first two-time winner and three-time winner. He won in 1960, 1966 and 1967.
Three-time winner Stevie Wonder won in 1974, 1975 and 1977.
Three-time winner Paul Simon won twice as the main credited artist, in 1976 and 1987.
U2 are the only group act to win twice, in 1988 and 2006.
Taylor Swift is looking towards the camera.
Taylor Swift is the first female act to win twice, in 2010 and 2016.
Two-time winner Adele won in 2012 and 2017.

1950s[edit]

Year[I] Album Artist(s)
1959
[11]
The Music from Peter Gunn Henry Mancini
Come Fly with Me Frank Sinatra
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook Ella Fitzgerald
Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely Frank Sinatra
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1, In B-Flat Minor, Op.23 Van Cliburn

1960s[edit]

Year[I] Album Artist(s) Production team
1960
[12]
Come Dance with Me! Frank Sinatra
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall Harry Belafonte
More Music From Peter Gunn Henry Mancini
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 Van Cliburn
Victory at Sea, Vol. I Robert Russell Bennett
1961
[13]
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart Bob Newhart
Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall Harry Belafonte
Brahms: Concerto Sviatoslav Richter
Nice 'n' Easy Frank Sinatra
Puccini: Turandot Erich Leinsdorf
Wild Is Love Nat King Cole
1962
[14]
Judy at Carnegie Hall Judy Garland
Breakfast at Tiffany's Henry Mancini
Genius + Soul = Jazz Ray Charles
Great Band with Great Voices Si Zentner & Johnny Mann Singers
The Nat King Cole Story Nat King Cole
West Side Story (Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Green
1963
[15]
The First Family Vaughn Meader Bob Booker & Earle Doud, producers
I Left My Heart in San Francisco Tony Bennett
Jazz Samba Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Ray Charles
My Son, the Folk Singer Allan Sherman
1964
[16]
The Barbra Streisand Album Barbra Streisand
Bach's Greatest Hits Ward Swingle & The Swingle Singers
Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests Andy Williams
Honey in the Horn Al Hirt
The Singing Nun Soeur Sourire
1965
[17]
Getz/Gilberto Stan Getz & João Gilberto
Cotton Candy Al Hirt
Funny Girl Various Artists Bob Merrill & Jule Styne, composers
People Barbra Streisand
The Pink Panther Henry Mancini
1966
[18]
September of My Years Frank Sinatra Sonny Burke, producer
Help! The Beatles George Martin, producer
My Name Is Barbra Barbra Streisand Bob Mersey, producer
My World Eddy Arnold Chet Atkins, producer
The Sound Of Music (Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various Artists Julie Andrews, featured artist; Neely Plumb, producer
1967
[19]
A Man and His Music Frank Sinatra Sonny Burke, producer
Color Me Barbra Barbra Streisand Bob Mersey, producer
Dr. Zhivago (Motion Picture Soundtrack) Maurice Jarre Jesse Kaye, producer
Revolver The Beatles George Martin, producer
What Now My Love Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss, producers
1968
[20]
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles George Martin,producer
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim Frank Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim Sonny Burke, producer
It Must Be Him Vikki Carr Tommy Oliver & Dave Pell, producers
My Cup Runneth Over Ed Ames Jim Foglesong, producer
Ode to Billie Joe Bobbie Gentry Kelly Gordon & Bobby Paris, producers
1969
[21]
By the Time I Get to Phoenix Glen Campbell Al De Lory, producer
Bookends Simon & Garfunkel Roy Halee & Simon & Garfunkel, producers
Feliciano! José Feliciano Rick Jarrard, producer
Magical Mystery Tour The Beatles George Martin, producer
A Tramp Shining Richard Harris Jimmy L. Webb, producer

1970s[edit]

Year[I] Album Artist(s) Production team
1970
[22]
Blood, Sweat & Tears Blood, Sweat & Tears James William Guercio, producer
Abbey Road The Beatles George Martin, producer
The Age of Aquarius The 5th Dimension Bones Howe, producer
Crosby, Stills & Nash Crosby, Stills & Nash Crosby, Stills & Nash, producers
Johnny Cash At San Quentin Johnny Cash Bob Johnston, producer
1971
[23]
Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel Roy Halee & Simon & Garfunkel, producers
Chicago Chicago James Guercio, producer
Close to You Carpenters Jack Daugherty, producer
Déjà Vu Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, producers
Elton John Elton John Gus Dudgeon, producer
Sweet Baby James James Taylor Peter Asher, producer
1972
[24]
Tapestry Carole King Lou Adler, producer
All Things Must Pass George Harrison George Harrison & Phil Spector, producers
Carpenters Carpenters Jack Daugherty, producer
Jesus Christ Superstar (London Production) Various Artists Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber, producers
Shaft Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes, producer
1973
[25]
The Concert for Bangla Desh George Harrison & Friends (Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton & Klaus Voormann) George Harrison & Phil Spector, producers
American Pie Don McLean Ed Freeman, producer
Jesus Christ Superstar (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Various Artists Tom Morgan, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber, producers
Moods Neil Diamond Tom Catalano & Neil Diamond, producers
Nilsson Schmilsson Nilsson Richard Perry, producer
1974
[26]
Innervisions Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder, producer
Behind Closed Doors Charlie Rich Billy Sherrill, producer
The Divine Miss M Bette Midler Ahmet Ertegun, Barry Manilow, Joel Dorn & Geoffrey Haslam, producers
Killing Me Softly With His Song Roberta Flack Joel Dorn, producer
There Goes Rhymin' Simon Paul Simon Paul Simon, Phil Ramone, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Studio, Paul Samwell-Smith & Roy Halee, producers
1975
[27]
Fulfillingness' First Finale Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder, producer
Back Home Again John Denver Milton Okun, producer
Band on the Run Paul McCartney and Wings Paul McCartney, producer
Caribou Elton John Gus Dudgeon, producer
Court and Spark Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell & Henry Lewy, producers
1976
[28]
Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon Paul Simon & Phil Ramone, producers
Between the Lines Janis Ian Brooks Arthur, producer
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy Elton John Gus Dudgeon, producer
Heart Like a Wheel Linda Ronstadt Peter Asher, producer
One of These Nights Eagles Bill Szymczyk, producer
1977
[29]
Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder, producer
Breezin' George Benson Tommy LiPuma, producer
Chicago X Chicago James Guercio, producer
Frampton Comes Alive! Peter Frampton Peter Frampton, producer
Silk Degrees Boz Scaggs Joe Wissert, producer
1978
[30]
Rumours Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat & Richard Dashut, producers
Aja Steely Dan Gary Katz, producer
Hotel California Eagles Bill Szymczyk, producer
JT James Taylor Peter Asher, producer
Star Wars John Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra George Lucas, producer
1979
[31]
Saturday Night Fever - Soundtrack[A] Various Artists Albhy Galuten, Arif Mardin, Bee Gees, Bill Oakes, Bobby Martin, Broadway Eddie, David Shire, Freddie Perren, Harry Wayne Casey, K.G. Productions, Karl Richardson, Ralph MacDonald, Richard Finch, Ron Kersey, Thomas J. Valentino & William Salter, producers
Even Now Barry Manilow Barry Manilow & Ron Dante, producers
Grease (Original Soundtrack) Various Artists Stockard Channing, Frankie Valli, Sha Na Na, Louis St. Louis, Cindy Bullens, Frankie Avalon, Olivia Newton-John, Jeff Conaway & John Travolta, featured artists; John Farrar, Karl Richardson, Barry Gibb & Albhy Galuten, producers
Running on Empty Jackson Browne Jackson Browne, producer
Some Girls The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, producers

1980s[edit]

Year[I] Album Artist(s) Production team
1980
[32]
52nd Street Billy Joel Phil Ramone, producer
Minute by Minute The Doobie Brothers Ted Templeman, producer
The Gambler Kenny Rogers Larry Butler, producer
Bad Girls Donna Summer Giorgio Moroder & Pete Bellotte, producers
Breakfast in America Supertramp Peter Henderson & Supertramp, producers
1981
[33]
Christopher Cross Christopher Cross Michael Omartian, producer
Glass Houses Billy Joel Phil Ramone, producer
The Wall Pink Floyd Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie & Roger Waters, producers
Trilogy: Past Present Future Frank Sinatra Sonny Burke, producer
Guilty Barbra Streisand Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten & Karl Richardson, producers
1982
[34]
Double Fantasy John Lennon & Yoko Ono Jack Douglas, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, producers
Mistaken Identity Kim Carnes Val Garay, producer
Breakin' Away Al Jarreau Jay Graydon, producer
The Dude Quincy Jones Quincy Jones, producer
Gaucho Steely Dan Gary Katz, producer
1983
[35]
Toto IV Toto Toto, producers
American Fool John Cougar John Mellencamp & Don Gehman, producers
The Nightfly Donald Fagen Gary Katz, producer
The Nylon Curtain Billy Joel Phil Ramone, producer
Tug of War Paul McCartney George Martin, producer
1984
[36]
Thriller Michael Jackson Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones, producers
Let's Dance David Bowie David Bowie & Nile Rodgers, producers
An Innocent Man Billy Joel Phil Ramone, producer
Synchronicity The Police The Police & Hugh Padgham, producers
Flashdance: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture Various Artists Irene Cara, Shandi Sinnamon, Helen St. John, Karen Kamon, Joe Esposito, Laura Branigan, Donna Summer, Cycle V, Kim Carnes & Michael Sembello, featured artists; Giorgio Moroder, producer
1985
[37]
Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie James Anthony Carmichael & Lionel Richie, producers
She's So Unusual Cyndi Lauper Rick Chertoff, producer
Purple Rain Prince & The Revolution Prince & The Revolution, producers
Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin & Bruce Springsteen, producers
Private Dancer Tina Turner
1986
[38]
No Jacket Required Phil Collins Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins, producers
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits Neil Dorfsman & Mark Knopfler, producers
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston
The Dream of the Blue Turtles Sting Sting & Rick Chertoff, producers
We Are the World USA for Africa Quincy Jones, producer
1987
[39]
Graceland Paul Simon Paul Simon, producer
So Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel & Daniel Lanois, producers
Control Janet Jackson Janet Jackson, producer
The Broadway Album Barbra Streisand Peter Matz, producer
Back in the High Life Steve Winwood Russ Titelman & Steve Winwood, producers
1988
[40]
The Joshua Tree U2 Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois, producers
Whitney Whitney Houston Narada Michael Walden, producer
Bad Michael Jackson Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones, producers
Trio Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris George Massenburg, producer
Sign o' the Times Prince Prince, producer
1989
[41]
Faith George Michael George Michael, producer
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman David Kershenbaum, producer
Simple Pleasures Bobby McFerrin Linda Goldstein, producer
...Nothing Like the Sun Sting Sting & Neil Dorfsman, producers
Roll with It Steve Winwood Steve Winwood & Tom Lord-Alge, producers

1990s[edit]

Year[I] Album Artist(s) Production team
1990
[42]
Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt Don Was, producer
The End of the Innocence Don Henley Don Henley & Danny Kortchmar, producers
The Raw & the Cooked Fine Young Cannibals Fine Young Cannibals, producers
Full Moon Fever Tom Petty Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty & Mike Campbell, producers
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 Traveling Wilburys Otis Wilbury & Nelson Wilbury, producers
1991
[43]
Back on the Block Quincy Jones & Various Artists Quincy Jones, producer
...But Seriously Phil Collins Phil Collins & Hugh Padgham, producers
Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, Rhett Lawrence, Ric Wake, Narada Michael Walden, Ben Margulies & Walter Afanasieff, producers
Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em MC Hammer Felton Pilate & James Earley, producers
Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips Glen Ballard, producer
1992
[44]
Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole Andre Fischer, David Foster & Tommy LiPuma, producers
Heart in Motion Amy Grant Keith Thomas, Brown Bannister & Michael Omartian, producers
Luck of the Draw Bonnie Raitt Don Was & Bonnie Raitt, producers
Out of Time R.E.M. Scott Litt & R.E.M., producers
The Rhythm of the Saints Paul Simon Paul Simon, producer
1993
[45]
Unplugged Eric Clapton Russ Titelman, producer
Achtung Baby U2 Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno & Steve Lillywhite, producers
Beauty and the Beast Various Artists Howard Ashman, Alan Menken & Walter Afanasieff, producers
Diva Annie Lennox Stephen Lipson, producer
Ingenue k.d. lang Greg Penny, Ben Mink & k.d. lang, producers
1994
[46]
The Bodyguard - Original Soundtrack Album [B] Whitney Houston David Foster, Narada Michael Walden, L.A. Reid, Babyface & BeBe Winans, producers
Automatic for the People R.E.M. Scott Litt & R.E.M., producers
Kamakiriad Donald Fagen Walter Becker, producer
River of Dreams Billy Joel Danny Kortchmar, Billy Joel & Joe Nicolo, producers
Ten Summoner's Tales Sting Hugh Padgham & Sting, producers
1995
[47]
MTV Unplugged Tony Bennett David Kahne, producer
From the Cradle Eric Clapton Eric Clapton & Russ Titelman, producers
Longing in Their Hearts Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt & Don Was, producers
Seal Seal Trevor Horn, producer
The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994 José Carreras, Plácido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti with Zubin Mehta Tibor Rudas, producer
1996
[48]
Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette Glen Ballard, producer
Daydream Mariah Carey Walter Afanasieff, Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Dave Hall, David Morales & Manuel Seal, producers
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Michael Jackson Dallas Austin, Bill Bottrell, David Foster, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Rene Moore & Bruce Swedien, producers
Relish Joan Osborne Rick Chertoff, producer
Vitalogy Pearl Jam Brendan O'Brien & Pearl Jam, producers
1997
[49]
Falling into You Celine Dion Roy Bittan, Jeff Bova, David Foster, Humberto Gatica, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Rick Hahn, Dan Hill, John Jones, Aldo Nova, Rick Nowels, Steven Rinkoff, Billy Steinberg, Jim Steinman & Ric Wake, producers
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan, Flood & Alan Moulder, producers
Odelay Beck Beck Hansen & Dust Brothers, producers
The Score The Fugees Diamond D, Jerry "Te Bass" Duplessis, John Forté, Lauryn Hill, Shawn King, Prakazrel "Pras", Salaam Remi, Handel Tucker & Wyclef, producers
Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album Various Artists Babyface, producer
1998
[50]
Time Out of Mind Bob Dylan Daniel Lanois, producer
The Day Babyface Babyface, producer
Flaming Pie Paul McCartney Jeff Lynne, George Martin & Paul McCartney, producers
OK Computer Radiohead Nigel Godrich & Radiohead, producers
This Fire Paula Cole Paula Cole, producer
1999
[51]
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill, producer; Commissioner Gordon, Matt Howe, Storm Jefferson, Ken Johnston, Tony Prendatt, Warren Riker, Chris Theis & Johnny Wyndrx, engineers/mixers
Come on Over Shania Twain Robert John "Mutt" Lange, producer; Jeff Balding & Mike Shipley, engineers/mixers
The Globe Sessions Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, producer; Tchad Blake, Trina Shoemaker & Andy Wallace, engineers/mixers
Ray of Light Madonna Marius De Vries, Patrick Leonard, Madonna & William Orbit, producers; Jon Englesby, Pat McCarthy & David Reitzas, engineers/mixers
Version 2.0 Garbage Garbage, producers; Billy Bush, engineer/mixer

2000s[edit]

Year[I] Album Artist(s) Production team
2000
[52]
Supernatural Santana Clive Davis, Jerry Duplessis, Dust Brothers, Alex González, Charles Goodan, Stephen M. Harris, Lauryn Hill, Art Hodge, Wyclef Jean, Fher Olvera, K. C. Porter, Dante Ross & Matt Serletic, producers; Mike Couzzi, Benny Faccone, Steve Farrone, Steve Fontano, David Frazer, Jim Gaines, John Gamble, Commissioner Gordon, Andy Grassi, John Karpowich, Glenn Kolotkin, Tom Lord-Alge, Jeff Poe, Tony Prendatt, Anton Pukshansky, Warren Riker, Jim Scott, John Seymour, Matty Spindel, T-Ray, Chris Theis, David Thoener & Alvaro Villagra, engineers/mixers
FanMail TLC Dallas Austin, producer; Carlton Lynn, engineer/mixer
Fly Dixie Chicks Blake Chancey & Paul Worley, producers; John Guess & Billy Sherrill, engineers/mixers
Millennium Backstreet Boys Kristian Lundin, Max Martin, Rami Yacoub, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Stephen Lipson, Timmy Allen, Mattias Gustafsson, Edwin "Tony" Nicholas & Eric Foster White, producers; Kristian Lundin, Max Martin, Bo Reimer, Daniel Boom, Rami Yacoub, Chris Trevett, George Spatta, Adam Barber, Heff Moraes, Dawn Reinholtz, Devon Kirkpatrick, Mick Guzauski, Stephen George, Adam Blackburn, John Bates & Carl Robinson, engineers/mixers
When I Look in Your Eyes Diana Krall Tommy LiPuma & Johnny Mandel, producers; Al Schmitt, engineer/mixer
2001
[53]
Two Against Nature Steely Dan Walter Becker & Donald Fagen, producers; Phil Burnett, Roger Nichols, Dave Russell & Elliot Scheiner, engineers/mixers
Kid A Radiohead Radiohead, producers; Nigel Godrich, engineer/mixer
The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem Jeff Bass, Mark Bass, Dr. Dre, Eminem & The 45 King, producers; Rich Behrens, Mike Butler, Chris Conway, Rob Ebeling, Michelle Forbes, Richard Segal Huredia, Steve King, Aaron Lepley, James McCrone, Akane Nakamura & Lance Pierre, engineers/mixers
Midnite Vultures Beck Beck Hansen, Dust Brothers, Tony Hoffer & Mickey Petralia, producers; Tony Hoffer, Mickey Petralia & Michael Patterson, engineers/mixers
You're the One Paul Simon Paul Simon, producer; Andy Smith, engineer/mixer
2002
[54]
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack [C] Various Artists T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante & Peter Kurland, engineer/mixers; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer
Acoustic Soul India.Arie India.Arie, Mark Batson, Carlos "Six July" Broady, Blue Miller & Bob Power, producers; Mark Batson, Carlos "Six July" Broady, Kevin Haywood, Avery Johnson, George Karas, Jim Lightman, Blue Miller, Mark Niemiec, Bob Power, Mike Shipley, Alvin Speights, Mike Tocci & Dave Way, engineers/mixers
All That You Can't Leave Behind U2 Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois, producers; Brian Eno, Steve Fitzmaurice, Julian Gallagher, Mike Hedges, Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Tim Palmer, Richard Rainey & Richard Stannard, engineers/mixers
Love and Theft Bob Dylan Jack Frost, producer; Chris Shaw, engineer/mixer
Stankonia OutKast Earthtone III, Organized Noize & Antonio "LA" Reid, producers; Jarvis Blackshear, Leslie Brathwaite, Josh Butler, Ralph Cacciurri, John Frye, Mark "DJ Exit" Goodchild, Carl Mo, Kevin Parker, Neal H. Poguep, Richard H. Segal, Kenneth Stallworth, Matt Still, Jason Stokes, Bernasky Wall & Derrick Williams, engineers/mixers
2003
[55]
Come Away with Me Norah Jones Norah Jones, Arif Mardin, Jay Newland & Craig Street, producers; S. Husky Huskolds & Jay Newland, engineers/mixers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer
The Eminem Show Eminem Jeff Bass, Dr. Dre, Eminem & Denaun Porter, producers; Steve Baughman, Mauricio "Veto" Iragorri & Steve King, engineers/mixers; Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, mastering engineer
Home Dixie Chicks Dixie Chicks & Lloyd Maines, producers; Gary Paczosa, engineer/mixer; Robert Hadley & Doug Sax, mastering engineers
Nellyville Nelly Jason "Jay E" Epperson, Just Blaze, The Neptunes, The Trackboyz & Waiel "Wally" Yaghnam, producers; Steve Eigner, Brian Garten, Russ Giraud, Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Greg Morgenstein, Matt Still & Rich Travali, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, mastering engineer
The Rising Bruce Springsteen Brendan O'Brien, producer; Nick Didia & Brendan O'Brien, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
2004
[56]
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below OutKast André 3000 & Antwon "Big Boi" Patton, producers; Vincent Alexander, Chris Carmouche, Kevin "KD" Davis, Reggie Dozier, John Frye, Robert Hannon, Padraic Kernin, Moka Nagatani, Pete Novak, Brian Paturalski, Neal Pogue, Dexter Simmons, Matt Still & Darrell Thorp, engineers/mixers; Brian Gardner & Bernie Grundman, mastering engineers
Elephant The White Stripes Jack White, producer; Liam Watson & Jack White, engineers/mixers; Noel Summerville, mastering engineer
Fallen Evanescence Dave Fortman & Ben Moody, producers; Jay Baumgardner, Dave Fortman & Jeremy Parker, engineers/mixers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer
Justified Justin Timberlake Brian McKnight, The Neptunes, Scott Storch, Timbaland & The Underdogs, producers; Andrew Coleman, Jimmy Douglass, Serban Ghenea, Dabling Harward, Steve Penny, Dave "Hard Drive" Pensado, Dave "Natural Love" Russell, Timbaland & Chris Wood, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers Jr., mastering engineer
Under Construction Missy Elliott Craig Brockman, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Erroll "Poppi" McCalla, Nisan & Timbaland, producers; Jeff Allen, Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya, Josh Butler, Senator Jimmy D, Guru, Timbaland & Mike Wilson, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers Jr., mastering engineer
2005
[57]
Genius Loves Company Ray Charles & Various Artists John Burk, Terry Howard, Don Mizell, Phil Ramone & Herbert Waltl, producers; Robert Fernandez, John Harris, Terry Howard, Pete Karam, Joel Moss, Al Schmitt & Ed Thacker, engineers/mixers; Robert Hadley & Doug Sax, mastering engineers
American Idiot Green Day Billie Joe Armstrong, Rob Cavallo, Mike Dirnt & Tré Cool, producers; Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean, engineers/mixers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer
The College Dropout Kanye West Kanye West, producer; Eddy Schreyer, engineer/mixer; Eddy Schreyer, mastering engineer
Confessions Usher Bobby Ross Avila, Valdez Brantley, Bryan-Michael Cox, Vidal Davis, Destro Music, Jermaine Dupri, Andre Harris, Rich Harrison, IZ, Jimmy Jam, Just Blaze, James Lackey, Terry Lewis, Juan Johnny Najera, Pro J, Usher Raymond, Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith, Aaron Spears, Arthur Strong, Thicke & James "Big Jim" Wright, producers; Ian Cross, Kevin "KD" Davis, Vidal Davis, Vince DeLorenzo, Jermaine Dupri, Blake Eisman, Brian Frye, John Frye, Serban Ghenea, Andre Harris, John Horesco IV, Ken Lewis, Matt Marrin, Manny Marroquin, Tony Maserati, Pro J, Donnie Scantz, Jon Smeltz, Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith, Phil Tan, The Trak Starz, Mark Vinten & Ryan West, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, mastering engineer
The Diary of Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Vidal Davis, Easy Mo Bee, Andre Harris, Alicia Keys, Kumasi, Timbaland, Kanye West & Dwayne "D. Wigg" Wiggins, producers; Tony Black, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Vincent Dilorenzo, Russ Elevado, Manny Marroquin, Walter Millsap III, Ann Mincieli & Pat Viala, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, Jr., mastering engineer
2006
[58]
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb U2 Brian Eno, Flood, Daniel Lanois, Jacknife Lee, Steve Lillywhite & Chris Thomas, producers; Greg Collins, Flood, Carl Glanville, Simon Gogerly, Nellee Hooper, Jacknife Lee & Steve Lillywhite, engineers/mixers; Arnie Acosta, mastering engineer
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Paul McCartney Nigel Godrich, producer; Darrell Thorp, engineer/mixer; Alan Yoshida, mastering engineer
The Emancipation of Mimi Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, Young Genius, Scram Jones, The Legendary Traxster, LRoc, The Neptunes, James Poyser, Manuel Seal, Kanye West & James "Big Jim" Wright, producers; Dana Jon Chappelle, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Frye, Brian Garten, John Horesco IV, Manny Marroquin, Mike Pierce, Phil Tan & Pat "Pat 'Em Down" Viala, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, Jr., mastering engineer
Late Registration Kanye West Jon Brion, Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, Just Blaze, Devo Springsteen & Kanye West, producers; Craig Bauer, Tom Biller, Andrew Dawson, Mike Dean, Anthony Kilhoffer, Manny Marroquin, Richard Reitz & Brian Sumner, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Gwen Stefani André 3000, Dallas Austin, Dr. Dre, Nellee Hooper, Jimmy Jam, Tony Kanal, Terry Lewis, The Neptunes, Linda Perry & Johnny Vulture, producers; André 3000, Andrew Coleman, Greg Collins, Ian Cross, Dr. Dre, John Frye, Simon Gogerly, Mauricio "Veto" Iragorri, Matt Marin, Colin "Dog" Mitchell, Pete Novak, Ian Rossiter, Rick Sheppard, Mark "Spike" Stent, Phil Tan & Johnny Vulture, engineers/mixers; Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, mastering engineer
2007
[59]
Taking the Long Way Dixie Chicks Rick Rubin, producer; Richard Dodd, Jim Scott & Chris Testa, engineers/mixers; Richard Dodd, mastering engineer
Continuum John Mayer Steve Jordan & John Mayer, producers; John Alagia, Michael Brauer, Joe Ferla, Chad Franscoviak, Manny Marroquin & Dave O'Donnell, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer
FutureSex/LoveSounds Justin Timberlake Nate (Danga) Hills, Jawbreakers, Rick Rubin, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass, Serban Ghenea, Padraic Kerin, Jason Lader, Andrew Scheps, Timbaland & Ethan Willoughby, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, Jr., mastering engineer
St. Elsewhere Gnarls Barkley Danger Mouse, producer; Ben H. Allen, Danger Mouse & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Mike Lazer, mastering engineer
Stadium Arcadium Red Hot Chili Peppers Rick Rubin, producer; Ryan Hewitt, Mark Linette & Andrew Scheps, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
2008
[60]
River: The Joni Letters Herbie Hancock Leonard Cohen, Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, Corinne Bailey Rae, Luciana Souza & Tina Turner, featured artists; Herbie Hancock & Larry Klein, producers; Helik Hadar, engineer/mixer; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer
Back to Black Amy Winehouse Mark Ronson & Salaam Remi, producers; Tom Elmhirst, Gary Noble & Franklin Socorro, engineers/mixers; Mark Ronson, mastering engineer
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace Foo Fighters Gil Norton, producer; Adrian Bushby & Rich Costey, engineers/mixers; Brian Gardner, mastering engineer
Graduation Kanye West Dwele, Lil Wayne, Mos Def & T-Pain, featured artists; Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, Eric Hudson, Brian "Allday" Miller, Nottz, Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds, Gee Roberson, Toomp & Kanye West, producers; Bruce Beuchner, Andrew Dawson, Mike Dean, Anthony Kilhoffer, Greg Koller, Manny Marroquin, Nottz Raw, Tony Rey, Seiji Sekine, Paul Sheehy & D. Sloan, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
These Days Vince Gill John Anderson, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Diana Krall & The Del McCoury Band, featured artists; Vince Gill, John Hobbs & Justin Niebank, producers; Neal Cappellino & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers; Adam Ayan, mastering engineer
2009
[61]
Raising Sand Robert Plant & Alison Krauss T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer
In Rainbows Radiohead Nigel Godrich, producer; Nigel Godrich, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Hugo Nicolson & Richard Woodcraft, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Tha Carter III Lil Wayne Babyface, Brisco, Fabolous, Jay-Z, Kidd Kidd, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, D. Smith, Static Major, T-Pain & Bobby Valentino, featured artists; Alchemist, David Banner, Vaushaun "Maestro" Brooks, Cool & Dre, Andrews "Drew" Correa, Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford, Darius "Deezle" Harrison, Jim Jonsin, Mousa, Pro Jay, Rodnae, Skillz & Play, D. Smith, Swizz Beatz, Robin Thicke, T-Pain & Kanye West, producers; Angel Aponte, Joshua Berkman, Andrew Dawson, Joe G, Darius "Deezle" Harrison, Fabian Marasciullo, Miguel Scott, Robin Thicke, Julian Vasquez & Gina Victoria, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Coldplay Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael H. Brauer, Markus Dravs, John O'Mahoney, Rik Simpson & Andy Wallace, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Year of the Gentleman Ne-Yo Chuck Harmony, Ne-Yo, Polow Da Don, StarGate, Stereotypes, Syience, Shea Taylor & Shomari "Sho" Wilson, producers; Kirven Arrington, Jeff Chestek, Kevin "KD" Davis, Mikkel Eriksen, Jaymz Hardy Martin, III, Geno Regist, Phil Tan & Tony Terrebonne, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, Jr., mastering engineer

2010s[edit]

Year[I] Album Artist(s) Production team
2010
[62]
Fearless Taylor Swift Colbie Caillat, featured artist; Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers; Hank Williams, mastering engineer
Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King Dave Matthews Band Jeff Coffin, Tim Reynolds & Rashawn Ross, featured artists; Rob Cavallo, producer; Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean, engineers/mixers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer
The E.N.D. The Black Eyed Peas Apl.de.ap, Jean Baptiste, Printz Board, DJ Replay, Funkagenda, David Guetta, Keith Harris, Mark Knight, Poet Name Life, Frederick Riesterer & will.i.am, producers; Dylan "3D" Dresdow, Padraic "Padlock" Kerin & will.i.am, engineers/mixers; Chris Bellman, mastering engineer
The Fame Lady Gaga Flo Rida, Colby O'Donis & Space Cowboy, featured artists; Brian & Josh, Rob Fusari, Martin Kierszenbaum, RedOne & Space Cowboy, producers; 4Mil, Robert Orton, RedOne, Dave Russell & Tony Ugval, engineers/mixers; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
I Am... Sasha Fierce Beyoncé Shondrae "Mr. Bangledesh" Crawford, Ian Dench, D-Town, Toby Gad, Sean Garrett, Amanda Ghost, Jim Jonsin, Beyoncé Knowles, Rico Love, Dave McCracken, Terius Nash, Radio Killa, Stargate, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Ryan Tedder & Wayne Wilkins, producers; Jim Caruana, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Toby Gad, Kuk Harrell, Jim Jonsin, Jaycen Joshua, Dave Pensado, Radio Killa, Mark "Spike" Stent, Ryan Tedder, Brian "B-LUV" Thomas, Marcos Tovar, Miles Walker & Wayne Wilkins, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
2011
[63]
The Suburbs Arcade Fire Arcade Fire & Markus Dravs, producers; Arcade Fire, Mark Lawson & Craig Silvey, engineers/mixers; Mark Lawson, mastering engineer
The Fame Monster Lady Gaga Beyoncé, featured artist; Ron Fair, Fernando Garibay, Tal Herzberg, Rodney Jerkins, Lady Gaga, RedOne, Teddy Riley & Space Cowboy, producers; Eelco Bakker, Christian Delano, Mike Donaldson, Paul Foley, Tal Herzberg, Rodney Jerkins, Hisashi Mizoguchi, Robert Orton, Dan Parry, Jack Joseph Puig, RedOne, Teddy Riley, Dave Russel, Johnny Severin, Space Cowboy, Mark Stent, Jonas Wetling & Frank Wolff, engineers/mixers; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
Need You Now Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum & Paul Worley, producers; Clarke Schleicher, engineer/mixer; Andrew Mendelson, mastering engineer
Recovery Eminem Kobe, Lil Wayne, Pink & Rihanna, featured artists; Alex Da Kid, Victor Alexander, Boi-1da, Nick Brongers, Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee, DJ Khalil, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jason Gilbert, Havoc, Emile Haynie, Jim Jonsin, Just Blaze, Magnedo7, Mr. Porter, Robert Reyes, Makeba Riddick & Script Shepherd, producers; Alex Da Kid, Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee, Kal “Boogie” Dellaportas, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mauricio “Veto” Iragorri, Just Blaze, Robert Marks, Alex Merzin, Matthew Samuels, Joe Strange, Mike Strange & Ryan West, engineers/mixers; Brian “Big Bass” Gardner, mastering engineer
Teenage Dream Katy Perry Snoop Dogg, featured artist; Ammo, Benny Blanco, Dr. Luke, Kuk Harrell, Max Martin, Stargate, C. “Tricky” Stewart, Sandy Vee & Greg Wells, producers; Steve Churchyard, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland, Jaycen Joshua, Damien Lewis, Chris O’Ryan, Carlos Oyanedel, Paris, Phil Tan, Brain Thomas, Lewis Tozour, Miles Walker, Emily Wright & Andrew Wuepper, engineers/mixers; Brian Gardner, mastering engineer
2012
[64]
21 Adele Jim Abbiss, Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin, Fraser T Smith, Ryan Tedder & Dan Wilson, producers; Jim Abbiss, Philip Allen, Beatriz Artola, Ian Dowling, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Fidelman, Dan Parry, Steve Price, Mark Rankin, Andrew Scheps, Fraser T. Smith & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
Born This Way Lady Gaga Paul Blair, DJ Snake, Fernando Garibay, Lady Gaga, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Jeppe Laursen, RedOne & Clinton Sparks, producers; Fernando Garibay, Lady Gaga, Bill Malina, Trevor Muzzy, RedOne, Dave Russell, Justin Shirley Smith, Horace Ward & Tom Ware, engineers/mixers; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars B.o.B, Cee Lo Green & Damian Marley, featured artists; Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee, Needlz & The Smeezingtons, producers; Ari Levine & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Stephen Marcussen, mastering engineer
Loud Rihanna Drake, Eminem & Nicki Minaj, featured artists; Ester Dean, Alex Da Kid, Kuk Harrell, Mel & Mus, Awesome Jones, Makeba Riddick, The Runners, Sham, Soundz, Stargate, Chris "Tricky" Stewart, Sandy Vee & Willy Will, producers; Ariel Chobaz, Cary Clark, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Alex Da Kid, Josh Gudwin, Kuk Harrell, Jaycen Joshua, Manny Marroquin, Dana Nielsen, Chad "C-Note" Roper, Noah "40" Shebib, Corey Shoemaker, Jay Stevenson, Mike Strange, Phil Tan, Brian "B-Luv" Thomas, Marcos Tovar, Sandy Vee, Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva, Miles Walker & Andrew Wuepper, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Wasting Light Foo Fighters Butch Vig, producer; James Brown & Alan Moulder, engineers/mixers; Joe LaPorta & Emily Lazar, mastering engineers
2013
[65]
Babel Mumford & Sons Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Blunderbuss Jack White Jack White, producer; Vance Powell & Jack White, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Channel Orange Frank Ocean André 3000, John Mayer & Earl Sweatshirt, featured artists; Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean & Pharrell Williams, producers; Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Philip Scott, Mark "Spike" Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar & Vic Wainstein, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
El Camino The Black Keys The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
Some Nights Fun. Janelle Monáe, featured artist; Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One & TommyD, producers; Jeff Bhasker, Pete Bischoff, Jeff Chestek, Andrew Dawson, Emile Haynie, Manny Marroquin, Sonny Pinnar & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
2014
[66]
Random Access Memories Daft Punk Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams & Pharrell Williams, featured artists; Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
The Blessed Unrest Sara Bareilles Sara Bareilles, Mark Endert & John O'Mahony, producers; Jeremy Darby, Mark Endert & John O'Mahony, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City Kendrick Lamar Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock, Jay-Z, MC Eiht & Anna Wise, featured artists; DJ Dahi, Hit-Boy, Skhye Hutch, Just Blaze, Like, Terrace Martin, Dawaun Parker, Pharrell Williams, Rahki, Scoop DeVille, Sounwave, Jack Splash, Tabu, Tha Bizness & T-Minus, producers; Derek Ali, Dee Brown, Dr. Dre, James Hunt, Mauricio "Veto" Iragorri, Mike Larson, Jared Scott, Jack Splash & Andrew Wright, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi & Brian Gardner, mastering engineers
The Heist Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Ab-Soul, Ben Bridwell, Ray Dalton, Eighty4 Fly, Hollis, Mary Lambert, Buffalo Madonna, Evan Roman, Schoolboy Q, Allen Stone, The Teaching & Wanz, featured artists; Ryan Lewis, producer; Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Amos Miller, Reed Ruddy & Pete Stewart, engineers/mixers; Brian Gardner, mastering engineer
Red Taylor Swift Gary Lightbody & Ed Sheeran, featured artists; Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker & Dan Wilson, producers; Joe Baldridge, Sam Bell, Matt Bishop, Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Taylor Johnson, Jacknife Lee, Steve Marcantonio, Manny Marroquin, Justin Niebank, John Rausch, Eric Robinson, Pawel Sek, Jake Sinclair, Mark "Spike" Stent & Andy Thompson, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Hank Williams, mastering engineers
2015
[67]
Morning Phase Beck Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Beyoncé Beyoncé Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Drake, Jay-Z & Frank Ocean, featured artists; Ammo, Boots, James Fauntleroy, Noel "Detail" Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Hit-Boy, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Caroline Polachek, Rey Reel, Noah "40" Shebib, Ryan Tedder, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Key Wane, Pharrell Williams & Patrick Wimberly, producers; Boots, Noel Cadastre, Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Rob Cohen, Andrew Coleman, Chris Godbey, Justin Hergett, James Krausse, Mike Larson, Jonathan Lee, Tony Maserati, Ann Mincieli, Caroline Polachek, Andrew Scheps, Bart Schoudel, Noah "40" Shebib, Ryan Tedder, Stuart White & Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, James Krausse & Aya Merrill, mastering engineers
Girl Pharrell Williams Alicia Keys & Justin Timberlake, featured artists; Pharrell Williams, producer; Leslie Brathwaite, Adrian Breakspear, Andrew Coleman, Jimmy Douglas, Hart Gunther, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Mike Larson, Stephanie McNally, Alan Meyerson, Ann Mincieli & Kenta Yonesaka, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch Punch & Eg White, producers; Michael Angelo, Graham Archer, Steve Fitzmaurice, Simon Hale, Darren Heelis, James Murray, Jimmy Napes, Mustafa Omer, Dan Parry, Steve Price & Eg White, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineers
x Ed Sheeran Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco, Jake Gosling, Johnny McDaid, Rick Rubin & Pharrell Williams, producers; Andrew Coleman, Jake Gosling, Matty Green, William Hicks, Tyler Sam Johnson, Jason Lader, Johnny McDaid, Chris Sclafani, Mark Stent & Geoff Swan, engineers/mixers; Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineer
2016
[68]
1989 Taylor Swift Jack Antonoff, Nathan Chapman, Imogen Heap, Max Martin, Mattman & Robin, Ali Payami, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Ryan Tedder & Noel Zancanella, producers; Jack Antonoff, Mattias Bylund, Smith Carlson, Nathan Chapman, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Imogen Heap, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Brendan Morawski, Laura Sisk & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd Lana Del Rey, Labrinth & Ed Sheeran, featured artists; DannyBoyStyles, Ben Diehl, Labrinth, Mano, Max Martin, Stephan Moccio, Carlo Montagnese, Ali Payami, Che Pope, Jason Quenneville, Peter Svensson, Abel Tesfaye & Kanye West, producers; Jay Paul Bicknell, Mattias Bylund, Serban Ghenea, Noah Goldstein, John Hanes, Sam Holland, Jean Marie Horvat, Carlo Montagnese, Jason Quenneville & Dave Reitzas, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Dave Kutch, mastering engineers
Sound & Color Alabama Shakes Alabama Shakes & Blake Mills, producers; Shawn Everett, engineer/mixer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar Bilal, George Clinton, James Fauntleroy, Ronald Isley, Rapsody, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat & Anna Wise, featured artists; Taz Arnold, Boi-1da, Ronald Colson, Larrance Dopson, Flying Lotus, Fredrik "Tommy Black" Halldin, Knxwledge, Koz, Lovedragon, Terrace Martin, Rahki, Sounwave, Tae Beast, Thundercat, Whoarei & Pharrell Williams, producers; Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Thomas Burns, James "The White Black Man" Hunt, 9th Wonder & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
Traveller Chris Stapleton Dave Cobb & Chris Stapleton, producers; Vance Powell, engineer/mixer; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
2017
[69]
25 Adele Danger Mouse, Samuel Dixon, Paul Epworth, Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Ariel Rechtshaid, Shellback, The Smeezingtons & Ryan Tedder, producers; Julian Burg, Austen Jux Chandler, Cameron Craig, Samuel Dixon, Tom Elmhirst, Declan Gaffney, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Jan Holzner, Michael Ilbert, Chris Kasych, Greg Kurstin, Charles Moniz, Liam Nolan, Alex Pasco, Mike Piersante, Ariel Rechtshaid, Rich Rich, Dave Schiffman & Matt Wiggins, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers
Lemonade Beyoncé James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd & Jack White, featured artists; Vincent Berry II, Ben Billions, James Blake, BOOTS, Jonny Coffer, DannyBoyStyles, Mike Dean, Alex Delicata, Diplo, Derek Dixie, Kevin Garrett, Diana Gordon, HazeBanga, Hit-Boy, Just Blaze, King Henry, Beyoncé Knowles, Ezra Koenig, Jeremy McDonald, MeLo-X, Mike Will Made-It, Pluss & Jack White, producers; Mike Dean, Jaycen Joshua, Greg Koller, Tony Maserati, Lester Mendoza, Vance Powell, Joshua V. Smith & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
Purpose Justin Bieber Big Sean, Diplo, Halsey, Travis Scott & Skrillex, featured artists; The Audibles, Axident, Justin Bieber, Big Taste, Benny Blanco, Blood, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Scott "Scooter" Braun, Mike Dean, Diplo, Gladius, Nico Hartikainen, Mark "The Mogul" Jackson, Steve James, Ian Kirkpatrick, Maejor, MdL, Skrillex, Jeremy Snyder & Soundz, producers; Simon Cohen, Diplo, Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Josh Gudwin, Jaycen Joshua, Manny Marroquin, Chris 'Tek' O'Ryan, Johannes Rassina, Gregg Rominiecki, Chris Sclafani, Skrillex, Dylan William & Andrew Wuepper, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Randy Merrill, mastering engineers
A Sailor's Guide to Earth Sturgill Simpson Sturgill Simpson, producer; Geoff Allan, David Ferguson & Sean Sullivan, engineers/mixers; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer
Views Drake dvsn, Future, Kyla, PartyNextDoor, Rihanna & Wizkid, featured artists; Brian Alexander Morgan, Axlfolie, Beat Bully, Boi-1da, Cardo, Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee, Daxz, DJ Dahi, Frank Dukes, Maneesh, Murda Beatz, Nineteen85, Ricci Riera, Allen Ritter, Noah "40" Shebib, Southside, Sevn Thomas, Jordan Ullman, Kanye West, Wizkid & Young Exclusive, producers; Noel Cadastre, Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Seth Firkins, David "Prep" Bijan Huges & Noah "40" Shebib, engineers/mixers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
2018
[70]
24K Magic Bruno Mars Shampoo Press & Curl, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers/mixers; Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
"Awaken, My Love!" Childish Gambino Donald Glover & Ludwig Göransson, producers; Bryan Carrigan, Chris Fogel, Donald Glover, Ludwig Göransson, Riley Mackin & Ruben Rivera, engineers/mixers; Donald Glover & Ludwig Göransson, songwriters; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer
DAMN. Kendrick Lamar DJ Dahi, Sounwave & Anthony Tiffith, producers; Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, James Hunt & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Kendrick Duckworth, Dacoury Natche, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
4:44 Jay-Z Jay-Z & No I.D., producers; Jimmy Douglass & Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, engineers/mixers; Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
Melodrama Lorde Jack Antonoff & Lorde, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Laura Sisk, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff & Ella Yelich-O'Connor, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer
2019
[71]
Golden Hour Kacey Musgraves Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, producers; Craig Alvin & Shawn Everett, engineers/mixers; Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers
Beerbongs & Bentleys Post Malone Louis Bell & Post Malone, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Louis Bell & Austin Post, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
Black Panther: The Album, Music from and Inspired By Various Artists Kendrick Lamar, featured artist; Kendrick Duckworth & Sounwave, producers; Matt Schaeffer, engineer/mixer; Kendrick Duckworth & Mark Spears, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
By the Way, I Forgive You Brandi Carlile Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Dave Cobb & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
Dirty Computer Janelle Monáe Chuck Lightning & Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate "Rocket" Wonder, producers; Mick Guzauski, Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate "Rocket" Wonder, engineers/mixers; Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Taylor Parks & Janelle Monáe Robinson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
H.E.R. H.E.R. Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr., David 'Swagg R'Celious' Harris, H.E.R., Walter Jones & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Darhyl Camper Jr. & H.E.R., songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
Invasion of Privacy Cardi B Leslie Brathwaite & Evan LaRay, engineers/mixers; Belcalis Almanzar & Jorden Thorpe, songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
Scorpion Drake Noel Cadastre, Noel "Gadget" Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters; Chris Athens, mastering engineer

2020s[edit]

Year[I] Album Artist(s) Production team
2020
[72]
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Billie Eilish Finneas O'Connell, producer; Rob Kinelski & Finneas O'Connell, engineers/mixers; Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters; John Greenham, mastering engineer
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) Lizzo Ricky Reed, producer; Manny Marroquin & Ethan Shumaker, engineers/mixers; Eric Frederic & Melissa Jefferson, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Father of the Bride Vampire Weekend Ezra Koenig & Ariel Rechtshaid, producers; John DeBold, Chris Kasych, Takemasa Kosaka, Ariel Rechtshaid & Hiroya Takayama, engineers/mixers; Ezra Koenig, songwriter; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer
I, I Bon Iver Brad Cook, Chris Messina & Justin Vernon, producers; Zach Hansen & Chris Messina, engineers/mixers; BJ Burton, Brad Cook & Justin Vernon, songwriters; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer
I Used to Know Her H.E.R. David "Swagg R'Celious" Harris, H.E.R., Walter Jones & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Sam Ashworth, Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman, David "Swagg R'Celious" Harris & H.E.R., songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
Norman Fucking Rockwell! Lana Del Rey Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, producers; Jack Antonoff & Laura Sisk, engineers/mixers; Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
7 Lil Nas X Joe Grasso, engineer/mixer; Montero Lamar Hill, songwriter; Eric Lagg, mastering engineer
Thank U, Next Ariana Grande Tommy Brown, Ilya, Max Martin & Victoria Monet, producers; Serban Ghenea & Brendan Morawski, engineers/mixers; Tommy Brown, Ariana Grande, Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Victoria Monet, Tayla Parx & Ilya Salmanzadeh, songwriters; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

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