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

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

29 Million

  • Thriller, Michael Jackson (Epic)
  • Eagles: Their Greatest Hits, 1971–1975, Eagles (Asylum)

23 Million

  • Greatest Hits, Volumes I & II, Billy Joel (Columbia)
  • The Wall, Pink Floyd (Columbia)
  • Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)

22 Million

  • Back in Black, AC/DC (Epic)

21 Million

  • Double Live, Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)

20 Million

  • Come On Over, Shania Twain (Mercury Nashville)

19 Million

  • The Beatles, The Beatles (Capitol)
  • Rumours, Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros.)

18 Million

  • Appetite for Destruction, Guns 'N Roses (Geffen)

17 Million

  • The Beatles: 1967–1970, The Beatles (Capitol)
  • The Bodyguard (soundtrack), Whitney Houston (Arista)
  • Boston, Boston (Epic)
  • No Fences, Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)

16 Million

  • Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin (Swan Song)
  • Greatest Hits, Elton John (Island/Mercury)
  • Hotel California, Eagles (Elektra)
  • Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish (Atlantic)
  • Metallica, Metallica (Elektra)
  • Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (Maverick)

15 Million

  • Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (Capitol)
  • Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack), Bee Gees (Polydor/Atlas)
  • Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)
  • The Beatles: 1962–1966, The Beatles (Capitol)
  • Greatest Hits, Journey (Capitol)
  • Supernatural, Santana (Arista)

14 Million

  • Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits, Simon & Garfunkel (Columbia)
  • …Baby One More Time, Britney Spears (Jive)
  • Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf (Epic)
  • Backstreet Boys, Backstreet Boys (Jive)
  • Ropin' the Wind, Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)

13 Million

  • Ten, Pearl Jam (Epic)
  • Purple Rain (soundtrack), Prince and the Revolution (Warner Bros.)
  • Greatest Hits: 1974–1978, Steve Miller Band (Capitol)
  • Millennium, Backstreet Boys (Jive)
  • Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live: 1975–1985 (box set), Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (Columbia)
  • Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston (Arista)

12 Million

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

11 Million

  • Up!, Shania Twain (Mercury Nashville)
  • Human Clay, Creed (Wind-Up Records)
  • CrazySexyCool, TLC (LaFace)
  • Dirty Dancing (soundtrack) (RCA)
  • 1, The Beatles (Capitol)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (Capitol)
  • James Taylor's Greatest Hits, James Taylor (Warner Bros.)
  • Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. II, Eagles (Elektra)
  • Falling into You, Celine Dion (Epic)
  • No Strings Attached, 'N Sync (Jive)
  • Devil Without a Cause, Kid Rock (Lava)
  • Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)
  • Titanic (soundtrack) (Sony Classical)
  • Aerosmith's Greatest Hits, Aerosmith (Columbia)
  • Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Outkast (So So Def)

10 Million

  • 21, Adele (XL Recordings / Columbia)
  • 'N Sync, 'N Sync (RCA)
  • Life After Death, Notorious B.I.G. (Bad Boy/Arista)
  • Let's Talk About Love, Celine Dion (550 Music/Epic)
  • Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)
  • Greatest Hits, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (MCA)
  • The Stranger, Billy Joel (Columbia)
  • The Immaculate Collection, Madonna (Sire)
  • Like A Virgin, Madonna (Sire)
  • The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem (Interscope)
  • Th Eminem Show, Eminem (Interscope)
  • Fly, Dixie Chicks (Monument)
  • Eliminator, ZZ Top (Warner Bros.)
  • Best of the Doobies, Doobie Brothers (Warner Bros.)
  • Van Halen, Van Halen (Warner Bros.)
  • Faith, George Michael (Columbia)
  • Music Box, Mariah Carey (Columbia)
  • Unplugged, Eric Clapton (Reprise)
  • Can't Slow Down, Lionel Richie (Motown)
  • Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, Hammer (Capitol)
  • Tapestry, Carole King (Ode)
  • The Lion King (Soundtrack) (Walt Disney)
  • The Joshua Tree, U2 (Island)
  • Nevermind, Nirvana (DGC)
  • Legend, Bob Marley & the Wailers (Island)
  • Tragic Kingdom, No Doubt (Trauma/Interscope)
  • 1984 (MCMLXXXIV), Van Halen (Warner Bros.)
  • Dookie, Green Day (Reprise)
  • Daydream, Mariah Carey (Columbia)
  • Come Away With Me, Norah Jones (Blue Note)
  • Pyromania, Def Leppard (Mercury)
  • Greatest Hits, Patsy Cline (MCA)
  • Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park (Warner Bros.)
  • Oops!…I Did it Again, Britney Spears (Jive)
  • Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder (Motown)
  • 1, The Beatles (Capitol)
  • Greatest Hits, 2 PAC (Interscope)
  • Best of the Doors, the Doors (Elektra)
  • Garth Brooks, Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
  • Sevens, Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
  • The Hits, Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
  • Confessions, Usher (So So Def)
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinte Sadness, Smashing Pumpkins
  • Elvis' Christmas Album, Elvis
*Through 3/27/2014.

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