Billboard Names Adele’s 21 As ‘The Greatest Album Of All Time’

With her new album on the way, Adele’s previous record 21 has been named as ‘the greatest album of all time’ by Billboard Magazine. It beat The Sound Of Music soundtrack and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which came in second and third respectively. They also celebrate The Beatles as the top artist of all time.

Adele’s 2011 album swept the world off its feet, with heart-wrecking breakup songs and iconic ballads, immediately topping the charts and sending Adele straight into the realm of superstardom According to the Telegraph UK, “21 is estimated to have sold 30 million copies worldwide to date and is this century’s biggest selling album.”

Billboard states that, “Adele’s blockbuster 21 tops the Billboard 200’s all-time albums ranking, fueled not only by the set’s 24 nonconsecutive weeks atop the list (the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a woman), but also its lengthy chart run in the upper reaches of the tally.”

Now, four years later, we’re about to hear 25. The first single, Hellohas dominated the online media, the radio and pretty much every chart in the world since its hugely anticipated release. She says the track is about missing home, rather than a relationship. “It’s about a yearning for the other side of me. When I’m away, I really, really miss my life at home,” she told i-d.

Adele also mentioned that she had trouble writing the some of the songs for 25. “They were good pop songs, but I was just trying to bang it out, I didn’t want to think about it. And, you know, it got rejected. My manager was like, ‘This isn’t good enough.’”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rick Ross admitted his love for Adele, saying that 25 “may be one of the biggest records in the history of our time.”

If you won’t be able to get this highly anticipated album on Friday, don’t worry, all eleven tracks will also be available to stream via Spotify, Rdio and Tidal.

25 will be released on November 20th through XL.