Top 10 Best-selling Albums

Updated May 20, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

The World's Most Beloved Music

Ever since humans mastered the art of recordingmusic performances, albums have become incredibly important. Out of the concert hall and the broadcast studio, people are able to acquire music to their taste at their convenience. Find out which albums people have picked above the rest.

(Note: Certified music sales are especially unreliable for older artists, as certification standards have changed over time. Artists active especially before and during the 1970's likely have higher total sales figures. The biggest discrepancy between certified sales and claimed sales is AC/DC's 1980 album Back in Black, which has 26.1million certified sales versus 50 million claimed sales.Infoplease has erred on the side of more conservative figures.)

RankTitleArtistCertified Sales1
1ThrillerMichael Jackson47.3
2Their Greatest Hits (1971?1975)The Eagles41.2
3Hotel CaliforniaThe Eagles31.5
4Come On OverShania Twain29.6
5Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin29.0
6The Bodyguard: Original SoundtrackWhitney Houston/Various Artists28.4
7RumoursFleetwood Mac27.9
8Back in BlackAC/DC26.1
10Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd24.2

Source:Certification-issuing agencies from 22 countries, including the U.S. (RIAA), U.K. (BPI), and Japan (RIAJ).

1. Figures given are in millions.

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