Best-selling Hip-Hop and R&B albums for 2021

Guess who’s No. 1?

words by: Kai Acevedo
Dec 18, 2021

Bouncing back from the year that was 2020 wasn’t easy, but music helped many of us figure it all out. Speaking of music, 2021 has been a pretty good year. It’s nearing the end of 2021, so it’s a good time to look back at the albums we have been loving and listening to throughout the year.


Yeezus himself, Kanye West blessed fans and critics with his 10th No. 1 album, Donda. Drake showed us what was next with the record-breaking Certified Lover Boy. Tyler, the Creator sparked up early “album of the year” debates after the release of Call Me If You Get Lost.


Country star Morgan Wallen proved that controversy, nor cancel culture could kill his vibe by having the year’s top-selling album overall. Pop divas Adele, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift also sold hella records in 2021. Pop stars weren’t the only ones moving units in 2021.


16 out of the top 25 best-selling albums of the last 12 months are from artists who are classified as hip-hop and R&B acts. Lil Durk, Moneybagg Yo, Rod Wave, Polo G and other hip-hop heavyweights put up big numbers in 2021 also.


Wondering who else had a top-selling album this year? So far for 2021, these are the best-selling hip-hop and R&B albums.


1. Certified Lover Boy


1,516,000 records sold in 2021


2. Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon

Pop Smoke

1,349,000 records sold in 2021


3. Justice

Justin Bieber

1,306,000 records sold in 2021


4. Planet Her

Doja Cat

1,179,000 records sold in 2021


5. After Hours

The Weeknd

1,175,000 records sold in 2021


6. My Turn

Lil Baby

1,049,000 records sold in 2021


7. Soulfly

Rod Wave

1,016,000 records sold in 2021


8. A Gangsta’s Pain

Moneybagg Yo

992,000 records sold in 2021


9. Happier Than Ever

Billie Eilish

977,000 records sold in 2021


10. Legends Never Die

Juice WRLD

976,000 records sold in 2021


11. Hollywood’s Bleeding

Post Malone

938,000 records sold in 2021


12. The Voice

Lil Durk

920,000 records sold in 2021


13. The Off-Season

J. Cole

907,000 records sold in 2021


14. Hall of Fame

Polo G

904,000 records sold in 2021


15. The Highlights

The Weeknd

870,000 records sold in 2021


16. 30


839,000 records sold in 2021


17. Shiesty Season

Pooh Shiesty

838,000 records sold in 2021


18. Goodbye & Good Riddance

Juice WRLD

820,000 records sold in 2021


These are the top-selling hip-hop and R&B albums of 2021. Let us know if you were surprised by anything and which projects ended up on your album of the year list.


Check out the music that’s currently trending on TikTok too.