Petty and the Heartbreakers first charted on the Billboard 200 when they released their self-titled album, featuring their seminal hits “American Girl” and “Breakdown,” way back in 1977.
Incredibly, 37 years isn’t the longest time an artist has had to wait to make the No. 1 album. Tony Bennett holds that bragging right after he waited 54 years. He finally earned the top slot with his 2011 album Duets II decades after he first appeared on the Billboard 200 in 1957 for Tony.