The Top World Music Albums of 1997

These are the most popular recordings of 1997, according to Billboard Magazine.
Source: The Associated Press.

1. "Riverdance," Bill Whelan (Celtic Heartbeat-AG)

2. "Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance," Roman Hardimon (Philips)

3. "Celtic Christmas II," Various Artists (Wyndham Hill)

4. "The Book of Secrets," Loreena McKennitt (Warner)

5. "The Best of the Gipsy Kings," Gipsy Kings (Nonesuch-AG)

6. "Compas," Gipsy Kings (Nonesuch-Atlantic-AG)

7. "Red Hot & Rio," Various Artists (Antilles-Verve)

8. "Santiago," The Chieftans (RCA-Victor)

9. "Celtic Pride," Column MacDireachtaigh & The Irish Ceili Band (Retro)

10. "N Dis Life," Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Big Boy)

11. "Cabo Verde," Cesario Evora (Nonesuch-AG)

12. "Legends," James Glaway & Phil Coulter (RCA Victor)

13. "Riverdance," Bill Whelan (Celtic Heartbeat-Universal)

14. "Tierra Gitana," Gipsy Kings (Nonesuch-AG)

15. "Romanza," Andrea Bocelli (Philips)

(Copyright 1997, Billboard)