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Introduction

Which are the best-selling albums of all time?

Great albums are not easy to find and acquiring these records might indicate how involved a person is when it comes to music.

In this post, we will be dealing with albums that recorded high sales in the market. You might think that only great artists produced the best-selling records but however famous stars like Garth Brooks and Elton John also made it.

To simplify the search process for you, here is the list of the bestselling albums of all times:
 

20. Saturday Night Fever

Artist: Bee Gees

Sold: $15 Million

Starting the list for the best-selling albums of all time is Saturday Night Fever.

The album is owned by “Bee Gees” and has achieved landmark sales of over 40 million copies.

It is the official movie soundtrack of the film with the same name and it made enormous success in the United States and the United Kingdom.
 

19. Jagged Little Pill

Artist: Alanis Morisette

Sold: $17 Million

Coming in next on the list is Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morisette.

This best-selling album was produced in 1995 and it’s the third record created by the talented artist.

It made a diamond sales record and passed the 33 million mark in copies sold worldwide.

Her (Alanis Morisette) first two albums were released exclusively in Canada. This album is her third but it was released worldwide.

It has won a total of five Grammy Awards and has become a reputable album in the music industry.

18. 1967-1970

Artist: The Beatles

Sold: $17 Million

1967-1970 is a best-selling album by The Beatles.

The album was released in 1973 – three years after a long-run of production that stretched from 1967 to 1970.

The best-selling album topped the American Billboard chart and has also penetrated UK’s album chart board.

17. No Fences

Artist: Garth Brooks

Sold: $17 Million

Coming in next on the list, No Fences is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

No Fences is the best musical album produced by Garth Brooks.

This best-selling studio production is very successful in terms of sales and has topped billboards on different charts.

16. Greatest Hits

Artist: Elton John

Sold: $17 Million

Elton John has been releasing a host of albums but when the “Greatest Hits” resurfaced, a lot of eyebrows were raised.

The album topped the charts in UK and USA and had more than 24 million copies bought across the world.

It was publicly released in 1974 and is among the most prestigious album in the world.

15. Boston

Artist: Boston

Sold: $17 Million

Boston is a best-selling album that was released in 1976.

The Epic Records production garnered above 25 million sales since making its debut.

The album is the property of an American rock band that also goes by the same name.

14. The Bodyguard

Artist: Whitney Houston

Sold: $18 Million

Coming in next on the list, The Bodyguard by Whitney Houston is the 14th best-selling album of all time.

The studio record is the soundtrack of the movie which also goes by its name. The album throughout selling has been honored with “Platinum” and has won several awards.

13. Appetite for Destruction

Artist: Guns N’ Roses

Sold: $18 Million

From a humble beginning, Appetite for Destruction became one of the best-selling albums in history.

It started as mainstream spotlight before hitting the bank with sales measuring over 30 million copies.

The best-selling album is produced by Guns N’ Roses and is one of the dominant studio records in the United States.

12. Come On Over

Artist: Shania Twain

Sold: $20 Million

Come On Over is among the twelve best-selling albums in history.

The studio album is produced by Shania Twain – a Canadian-born music star. It has won several prestigious awards and is one of the greatest hits.

In a nutshell, this production is simply Shania Twain’s classics.

11. Rumors

Artist: Fleetwood Mac

Sold: $20 Million

Rumors is Fleetwood Mac’s best-selling album.

The British-American Rock band officially launched the production in 1977 and it went on to top the U.S. Billboard 200 charts.

The best-selling album has sold over 40 million copies. The 1978 best album of the year is a diamond-level classic.

10. Cracked Rear View

Artist: Hootie & The Blowfish

Sold: $21 Million

Cracked Rear View by Hootie & The Blowfish is one of the top best-selling albums of all time.

It topped the Billboard 200 chart and has become a major success in New Zealand and Canada.

The best-selling album is very outstanding and boosts sales which are above 22 million copies.

9. Double Live

Artist: Garth Brooks

Sold: $21 Million

Coming in next on the for the best-selling albums of all time is Double Live by Garth Brooks.

It is America’s first live record which was released in 1998. Particularly, the album has broken a lot of sales records and has left its footprint in the USA.

8. Back In Black

Artist: AC/DC

Sold: $22 Million

Back In Black is one of the best-selling albums in the world.

This album is a product of AC/DC’s and it features Brian Johnson – who was the vocalist.

1980 has reached a financial milestone of 50 million copies sales.

7. The Wall

Artist: Pink Floyd

Sold: $23 Million

Dominating both the US and UK charts, The Wall by Artist is the 7th best-selling album of all time.

The studio record was released in 1937 and has successfully become the second-best in terms of band exhibition. With 23 million copies sold worldwide, the album has hit much financial success.

6. Led Zeppelin IV

Artist: Led Zeppelin

Sold: $23 Million

Coming in next on the list is an album with no official and legal name – though, it is regarded as Led Zeppelin IV.

It is produced by Led Zeppelin and was released in 1971. The studio record has over 37 million records in sales and is one of the best-selling albums in history.
 

5. Greatest Hits Volume 1 & Volume 2

Artist: Billy Joel

Sold: $23 Million

Greatest Hits Volume 1 & Volume 2 is one of the incredible albums in history.

It sold over 11.5 million copies worldwide and has been highly regarded in the industry.

The record-selling album was released in 1985. It has been approved as a double diamond.

4. The White Album

Artist: The Beatles

Sold: $24 Million

Breaking in among the “top four” on the list, The White Album by The Beatles is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

It was released in 1968 and no description (of any sort) is on its cover page.

3. Hotel California

Artist: Eagles

Sold: $26 Million

Hotel California by the Eagles is the third best-selling album of all time.

The album was released in 1976 and is one of the greatest hits by the eagles. It is the band’s 5th album installation and has achieved sales of over 32 million copies.

2. Thriller

Artist: Michael Jackson

Sold For: 33 Million

Missing the top spot on the list, Thriller by Michael Jackson is the second best-selling album of all time.

The album is the 6th studio record installation of the legendary singer. It has won several awards – including 8 Grammy awards.

1. Their Greatest Hits

Artist: Eagles

Sold: $38 Million

Spanning from 1971 to 1975, Their Great Hits by the Eagles is the best-selling album of all time.

The album was released in 1976 and jas topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 for a good number of weeks.

It also holds the record for being the first certified RIAA Platinum album – an honor which was granted after passing a million sale mark.

Since its release, over 38 million copies have been sold and it has been selected by the Library of Congress for cultural and historical preservation.

Conclusion

Albums are a great hit and have some elements of quality and performance.

Those best-selling albums Listed above have won several awards and have dominated Billboard charts majorly in the USA and Canada.

Have you come across any of the albums on the list? How was the experience?

Quick Recap

  1. Their Greatest Hits by the Eagles
  2. Thriller by Micheal Jackson
  3. Hotel California by the Eagles
  4. The White Album by The Beatles
  5. Greatest Hits – Volume 1 & Volume 2 by Billy Joel
  6. Led Zeppelin IV (unofficial) by Led Zeppelin
  7. The Wall by Pink Floyd
  8. Back In Black by AC/DC
  9. Double Live by Garth Brooks
  10. Cracked Rear View by Hootie & The Blowfish
  11. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
  12. Come On Over by Shania Twain
  13. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’ Roses
  14. The Bodyguard by Whitney Houston
  15. Boston by Boston
  16. Greatest Hits by Elton John
  17. No Fences by Garth Brookes
  18. 1967-1970 by The Beatles
  19. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morisette
  20. Saturday Night Fever by Bee Gees

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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