How Katy Perry didn’t win “Artist of the Year” at the recent American Music Awards is beyond me? The fact Taylor Swift beat her out just proves how much of a joke the AMAs have become over the years. The woman had a stellar year without a doubt. As each day goes by, Perry is racking up accolades not seen in years. She was the first artist to equal Michael Jackson’s feat of achieving five straight chart toppers from the same album. He did it with “Bad” and she with “Teenage Dream“.

Now, Katy has another achievement to brag about. The “Firework” singer joins a short and prestigious list of artists who’ve landed six Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits from one album. Throughout the chart’s 53-year history, only five artists have done this. Two of them even achieved the feat twice, bringing the total of albums to a relatively small seven. With Perry’s “The One That Got Away” breaking into the Top 10, “Teenage Dream” now joins this illustrious group. She’s the first artist since 1993 to pull this impressive trick off and only the second female to do so. Check out who else made the list.

I’ve listed all the albums that spawned at least six Top 10 hits. In addition, I’ve embedded my favorite track from each hit-making album. Some definitely proved harder then some. Without further ado, let’s take a trip down chart history memory lane.

Michael Jackson

Album: Thriller, Released 1982

Number of Top 10 Singles: 7

Top 10 Singles: The Girl Is Mine (2), Billie Jean (1), Beat It (1), Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (5), Human Nature (7), P.Y.T. (10), Thriller (4)

If you read my post listing my favorite Michael Jackson songs, you know that “P.Y.T.” is my all-time favorite. It’s not his best-selling or most popular, but for some reason it’s my favorite. So the natural choice for me to highlight would be that song, but I decided to go another route and pick another music video to highlight. “Thriller” was the next obvious pick. The video’s choreography is as popular today as it was decades ago. Now that’s timeless.

Bruce Springsteen

Album: Born In The USA, Released 1984

Number of Top 10 Singles: 7

Top 10 Singles: Dancing in the Dark (2), Cover Me (7), Born in the U.S.A. (9), I’m on Fire (6), Glory Days (5), I’m Goin’ Down (9), My Hometown (6)

Picking my favorite from this album was a no-brainer. “Dancing In The Dark” is such a classic plus it feature a very young Courtney Cox. That being said, “I’m on Fire” was a close second for me. The line where he sings about his “sheets soaking wet” still makes me giggle. It brings out the child in me.

Michael Jackson

Album: Bad, Released 1987

Number of Top 10 Singles: 6

Top 10 Singles: I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (1), Bad (1), The Way You Make Me Feel (1), Man In The Mirror (1), Dirty Diana (1), Smooth Criminal (7)

For me it was between “Smooth Criminal” and “The Way You Make Me Feel“. In the end, I picked the latter because older sis LaToya makes a cameo in it. She’s one of Jackson’s love interests BFFs. Plus, who doesn’t love a fire hydrant spraying water scene. Side note, does anyone else think MJ is a bit stalkerish in the clip?

George Michael

Album: Faith, Released 1987

Number of Top 10 Singles: 6

Top 10 Singles: I Want Your Sex (2), Faith (1), Father Figure (1), One More Try (1), Monkey (1), Kissing A Fool (5)

Before Georgie was soliciting for random sex at parks all across the world, dude was a genius at writing catchy pop hits. “Faith” is hands down one of my favorite albums of all-time. Picking just one to highlight was one of the more difficult ones. I could’ve chosen “Monkey” since I copied his suspender/hat look or “Faith” because it showed off George’s youthful bubble butt. Alas, I chose “Father Figure” because the video was sleek, sexy and a bit haunting.

Janet Jackson

Album: Rhythm Nation 1814, Released 1989

Number of Top 10 Singles: 7

Top 10 Singles: Miss You Much (1), Rhythm Nation (2), Escapade (1), Alright (4), Come Back To Me (2), Black Cat (1), Love Will Never Do (Without You) (1)

Of course, my girl Janet made it. Just like the previous album, picking just one hit song to highlight was painful. I chose “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” because it was the first time Janet showed off her sexy side. Plus it was directed by the late/great Herb Ritts and upcoming models Antonio Sabato Jr. and Djimon Hounsou.

Janet Jackson

Album: janet, Released 1993

Number of Top 10 Singles: 6

Top 10 Singles: That’s The Way Love Goes (1), If (4), Again (1), Because of Love (10), Any Time, Any Place (2), You Want This (8)

Two for two for my girl. She would’ve had three albums on this list, but “Control” yielded only five Top 10 hits. Too bad “The Pleasure Principle” topped out at No. 14. Oh well, back to this album. One hundred percent I had to pick “That’s The Way Love Goes“. DUH!!! I must’ve played this several thousand times during that summer. Also, the clip features a pre-J.Lo, Jennifer Lopez doing *gasp* backup. LOL.

Katy Perry

Album: Teenage Dream, Released 2010

Number of Top 10 Singles: 6

Top 10 Singles: California Gurls (1), Teenage Dream (1), Firework (1), E.T. (1), Last Friday Night (1), The One That Got Away (10)

When the single “Teenage Dream” first came out, I wasn’t a fan. But the more I heard it, the more I loved it. The song’s genius mastery became clear. You can tell a song is really well written if it can transcend all genres. I’ve heard multiple covers with different arrangements of this song and they’ve all been great. In addition, the music video features the ultra-sexy John Kloss.

Who knew when “California Gurls” hit radio, it would be the beginning of radio dominance by Perry? Certainly not me. If her latest single manages to hit No. 1, she’ll surpass Michael Jackson’s once-untouchable record of most number ones off a single album. Has hell frozen over?

What are your favorites from each album? I’d love to read them. Post them all below after you cast your vote in the following poll.

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