I recently presented to you a bunch of Artists that had outstanding successes in Austria through their songs. Artists with 4 or more number 1 hits, 8 top ten hits in a decade or 16 top ten hits overall. With all these achievements, it's just right to call them the biggest stars that have shaped Austria's pop cultural landscape. With that said, we shouldn't forget that songs and singles are just one way for an artist to get commercial relevance - albums also play their role. Unlike my list about number 1 songs/singles, this time eight chart topping releases are necessary to be included. Why is that so? Because it occurs far more often that an artist has four number one albums than number one singles. If an artist that is already famous announces a new album, it becomes anticipated and often ends up on top of the charts. And when they are really huge, it happens with each or at least almost each of their full length records. On the other hand, many number one hit songs are by artists that would never have another song that popular. Those are artists people wouldn't buy an album by, but they collectively like and buy this one particular track, pushing songs by artists with a longer career back to the other top ten positions. Then there are certain artists of which people are anticipating their newest songs, but not their albums, and they end up with a bunch of highly charting songs and mediocre album sales. But then there is also the other way around: artists of which the singles or videos work mainly as a teaser for the album to come. The songs are well known and get many views on YouTube but dont chart highly. This happened especially often in the schlager genre, a genre that is advertised almost entirely through TV, on schlager shows, where artists of the genre perform their songs. Many people watch them and their tunes become famous, but people go and buy the album at a store, not the individual track, causing the album to shoot to the top, and the song to barely chart. Also the promotion of a new album through newspapers, radio or on tramway stations is a very big thing in Austria, so sometimes a big hit song off it is not necessary. And then there are a few artists of whose both single and album sales are equally strong. But overall, it is the norm that a very popular artist has more number one albums than singles. For the list, all album releases are counted, whether they are solo studio albums, collaborations, live albums, compilations, remix albums, whatever, as long as the artist is clearly stated as the main artist or one of the main artists. EPs are a special case. Some EPs, e.g. Erasure's “ABBA-esque”, topped the singles charts, others, e.g. Dat Adam's “Chrome” peaked at number one on the album charts. I will always go with whatever the official charts say.