Gone But Not Forgotten: Which Artists Have The Most Popular Posthumous Albums?

  • Janis Joplin “Pearl”

    [Photo Credit: Columbia Records]
  • Ray Charles

    [Photo Credit: EMI]
  • Amy Winehouse

    [Photo Credit: Island Records]
  • Tupac Shakur “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory”

    [Photo Credit: Death Row/Interscope Records]
  • Nirvana “MTV Unplugged”

    [Photo Credit: Getty Images]
  • TLC “3D”

    [Photo Credit: Arista/LaFace Records]
  • Michael Jackson

    [Photo Credit: Epic Records]
  • Jimi Hendrix “The Cry Of Love”

    [Photo Credit: Polydor Records]
  • Selena “Dreaming Of You”

    [Photo Credit: EMI]
  • The Notorious B.I.G. “Life After Death”

    [Photo Credit: Bad Boy Records]

It always hits fans hard when they lose beloved music artists, especially when the deaths come unexpectedly. Fortunately, artists have troves of tunes fans can sift through to remind them of the hits they love. But when we all can rally around new releases after the artists have passed away, there are times when we tend to flock to those final bits of music.

Even though some posthumous releases don’t hold up over time, we’re always willing to take that initial listen in the wake of an artist’s death. So who’s managed to mobilize their fans after they’ve died?

We took a look at posthumous albums that made it into the Top 10 following an artist’s death (though stars like Aaliyah and John Lennon received notable sales bumps when they tragically passed away just after releasing LPs). Hop into our gallery to see who’s popularity lived on through their the musical output.

[Photo Credit: Epic/Polydor/EMI]