Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The RIAA's Top-Selling Albums of All Time

The Recording Industry Association of America's Top-Selling Albums of All Time*

28 Million
· Eagles Their Greatest Hits 19711975, Eagles (Elektra)

26 Million
· Thriller, Michael Jackson (Epic)

23 Million
· The Wall, Pink Floyd (Columbia)

22 Million
· Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin (Swan Song)

21 Million
· Greatest Hits Volumes I & II, Billy Joel (Columbia)

19 Million
· Rumours, Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros.)
· Back in Black, AC/DC (Elektra)
· The Beatles, The Beatles (Capitol)
· Come On Over, Shania Twain (Mercury Nashville)

17 Million
· Boston, Boston (Epic)
· The Bodyguard (Soundtrack), Whitney Houston (Arista)

16 Million
· Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish (Atlantic)
· Greatest Hits, Elton John (Rocket)
· Hotel California, Eagles (Elektra)
· The Beatles 1967-1970, The Beatles (Capitol)
· No Fences, Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
· Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (Maverick)

15 Million
· Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)
· Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin (Swan Song)
· Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (Capitol)
· Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack), Bee Gees (Polydor/Atlas)
· The Beatles 1962-1966, The Beatles (Capitol)
· Appetite for Destruction, Guns 'N Roses (Geffen)
· Double Live, Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)

14 Million
· Supernatural, Santana (Arista)
· Backstreet Boys, Backstreet Boys (Jive)
· Ropin' the Wind, Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
· Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf (Epic)

13 Million
· Purple Rain (Soundtrack), Prince and the Revolution (Warner Bros.)
· Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston (Arista)
· Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live 19751985 (box set), Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (Columbia)
· Greatest Hits 1974-1978, Steve Miller Band (Capitol)
· Millennium, Backstreet Boys (Jive)
· Baby One More Time, Britney Spears (Jive)
· Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits, Simon & Garfunkel (Columbia)
· Metallica, Metallica (Elektra)

12 Million
· Wide Open Spaces, Dixie Chicks (Monument)
· Yourself or Someone Like You, Matchbox Twenty (Atlantic)
· No Jacket Required, Phil Collins (Atlantic)
· Hysteria, Def Leppard (Mercury)
· Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi (Mercury)
· II, Boyz II Men (Motown)
· Abbey Road, The Beatles (Capitol)
· Ten, Pearl Jam (Epic)
· Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)
· Breathless, Kenny G (Arista)
· Forrest Gump (Soundtrack) (Epic)
· Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits, Kenny Rogers (Capitol Nashville)
· Hot Rocks, The Rolling Stones (abkco)
· The Woman in Me, Shania Twain (Mercury Nashville)

11 Million
· James Taylor's Greatest Hits, James Taylor (Warner Bros.)
· CrazySexyCool, TLC (LaFace)
· Falling into You, Celine Dion (550 Music)
· Dirty Dancing (Soundtrack) (RCA)
· Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)
· Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (Capitol)
· Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. II, Eagles (Elektra)
· Pieces of You, Jewel (Atlantic)
· Titanic (Soundtrack) (Sony Classical)
· Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight (Single), Elton John (Rocket)
· Devil Without a Cause, Kid Rock (Lava)
· No Strings Attached, 'N Sync (Jive)

10 Million
· Fly, Dixie Chicks (Monument)
· Human Clay, Creed (Wind-Up Records)
· 'N Sync, 'N Sync (RCA)
· Let's Talk About Love, Celine Dion (550 Music/Epic)
· Tragic Kingdom, No Doubt (Trauma/Interscope)
· Life After Death, Notorious B.I.G. (Bad Boy/Arista)
· Best of the Doobies, Doobie Brothers (Warner Bros.)
· Dookie, Green Day (Reprise)
· The Stranger, Billy Joel (Columbia)
· Aerosmith's Greatest Hits, Aerosmith (Columbia)
· The Hits, Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
· Music Box, Mariah Carey (Columbia)
· Unplugged, Eric Clapton (Reprise)
· Tapestry, Carole King (Ode)
· Greatest Hits, Journey (Capitol)
· Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)
· The Immaculate Collection, Madonna (Warner Bros.)
· Like a Virgin, Madonna (Sire)
· Legend, Bob Marley & the Wailers (Island)
· Faith, George Michael (Columbia)
· Greatest Hits, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (MCA)
· Nevermind, Nirvana (DGC)
· The Lion King (Soundtrack) (Walt Disney)
· Can't Slow Down, Lionel Richie (Motown)
· Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, Hammer (Capitol)
· Daydream, Mariah Carey (Columbia)
· Van Halen, Van Halen (Warner Bros.)
· Eliminator, ZZ Top (Warner Bros.)
· The Joshua Tree, U2 (Island)
· 1984 (MCMLXXXIV), Van Halen (Warner Bros.)

*Through 6/25/2004.

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I thought AC/DC's Back in Black has already hit the 20 million mark. You shuld update your list. You probably have some other errors too!

Posted by: complaint | Feb 4, 2005 5:28:37 PM

Idiots. Ppl just straight copy a list from the riaa(record industry association of america that says august 2003. P.S. THATS NOT THE DATE! ac/dc's back in black has 21 million copies sold and is tied for 5th. Putting them in 6th place is an insult.

Posted by: nicky southwell | Jul 28, 2005 5:43:08 PM

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