These 9 artists have had albums that topped the Billboard 200 chart both while they were still alive and after they passed.

John Lennon


Music legend John Lennon had two solo albums topping the Billboard 200 chart, ‘Imagine’ in 1971 and ‘Walls and Bridges’ in 1974. He was shot in 1980. However, after he passed, another album of him managed to reach No.1 on Billboard 200 chart. It was ‘Double Fantasy’.



The rapper had two No. 1 albums when he was still alive, ‘Me Against the World’ in 1995 and ‘All Eyez on Me’ in 1996. After his decease, three of his albums reached No.1 on Billboard 200 chart, including ‘The Don Killuminati – The 7 Day Theory’ in 1996, ‘Until the End of Time’ in 2001, and ‘Loyal to the Game’ in 2005.

Elvis Presley


The king rock and roll had two No. 1 albums, and one of which was released after he passed away – a collection of his hits in 2002. He passed in 1977 after a heart attack. Elvis was only 42 years old.

Ray Charles


Ray Charles had a No. 1 album titled ‘Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music’ in 1962, and a No. 1 album named “Genius Loves Company” in 2005. He passed away on June 10, 2004 due to complications from liver failure. Ray was 73 years old.

Johnny Cash


The country music legend had a No. 1 album titled ‘Johnny Cash at San Quentin’ in 1969. After his farewell, he had another No.1 product, ‘American V: A Hundred Highways’ in 2006, the last in a series of collaborations with producer Rick Rubin.

Johnny Cash passed away due to complications of diabetes. He was 71 years old.

Michael Jackson


The King of Pop had five No. 1 albums when he was alive, including the best-selling studio album of all time, ‘Thriller’. He didn’t make it after a cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009. Despite that, his later album, ‘Michael Jackson, This Is It’, released on October 26, 2009, still topped Billboard 200.



The talented artist had four No. 1 albums when he was active, including two albums he recorded with his band, Revolution. Prince passed away on April 21, 2016 because of an overdose. He was 57 years old.

After his sad ending, Prince had another album topping the Billboard 200 chart, titled ‘The Very Best of Prince’, in 2016.


Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, known by the stage name XXXTentacion, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He started writing music after being released from a juvenile rehabilitation center.


The rapper had a No. 1 album named ‘?’ in 2018. After being shot on June 18, 2018, his ‘Skins’ album also hit the top of Billboard 200. He was only 20 years old.

Juice WRLD

Jarad Anthony Higgins, known by his stage name Juice Wrld, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. His second album, released in 2019, earned the top position in the Billboard 200 chart.


Juice WRLD passed away due to a drug-related seizure on December 8, 2019, right when his career path was wide open. Recently, his posthumous album was released and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the biggest debut of 2020 to date.