The 100 Best Selling Albums of All Time (Updated for 2018)

What are the best-selling albums all time?  According to the Recording Industry Association America (RIAA), the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975  is now the top-selling album in history, with 38 million copies sold in the US alone.  Here’s the rest.

(Note: these are US-based numbers.  The RIAA counts an ‘album sale’ as either a direct album purchase, or the ‘album equivalent’ 10 downloaded singles from the same album, or 1,500 streams from the same album.)

1. Eagles, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975
(38 million).

2. Michael Jackson, Thriller
(33 million certified units).

3. Eagles, Hotel California
(26 million)

4. Billy Joel, Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II
(23 million)

5. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV
(23 million)

6. Pink Floyd, The Wall
(23 million)

7. AC/DC, Back In Black
(22 million)

8. Garth Brooks, Double Live
(21 million)

9. Hootie & The Blowfish, Cracked Rear View
(16 million)

10. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
(20 million)

11. Shania Twain, Come On Over
(20 million)

12. The Beatles, The Beatles
(19 million)

The 100 Best Selling Albums  All Time (Updated for 2018)

13. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
(18 million)

14. Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard (Soundtrack)
(18 million)

15. Boston, Boston
(17 million)

16. Elton John, Greatest Hits
(17 million)

17. Garth Brooks, No Fences
(17 million)

18. The Beatles, The Beatles 1967-1970
(17 million)

19. Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
(16 million)

20. Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack)
(16 million)

21. Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti
(16 million)

22. Metallica, Metallica
(16 million)The 100 Best Selling Albums  All Time (Updated for 2018)

23. Bob Marley & the Wailers, Legend
(15 million)

24. Bruce Springsteen, Born In the U.S.A.
(15 million)

25. Journey, Greatest Hits 
(15 million)

26. Pink Floyd, Dark Side the Moon
(15 million)

27. Santana, Supernatural
(15 million)

28. The Beatles, The Beatles 1962-1966
(15 million)

29. Adele, 21
(14 million)

30. Backstreet Boys, Backstreet Boys
(14 million)

The 100 Best Selling Albums  All Time (Updated for 2018) 31. Britney Spears, …Baby One More Time
(14 million)

32. Garth Brooks, Ropin’ the Wind
(14 million)

33. Meat Loaf, Bat Out Hell
(14 million)

34. Simon & Garfunkel, Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits
(14 million)

35. Steve Miller Band, Greatest Hits 1974-1978
(14 million)

36. Backstreet Boys, Millennium
(13 million)

37. Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live 1975-’85
(13 million)

38. Pearl Jam, Ten
(13 million)

39. Prince & the Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack)
(13 million)

40. Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston
(13 million)

41. Bon Jovi, Slippery When WetThe 100 Best Selling Albums  All Time (Updated for 2018)
(12 million)

42. Boyz II Men, II
(12 million)

43. Def Leppard, Hysteria
(12 million)

44. Dixie Chicks, Wide Open Spaces
(12 million)

45. Jewel, Pieces You
(12 million)

46. Kenny G, Breathless
(12 million)

47. Kenny Rogers, Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits
(12 million)

48. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II
(12 million)

49. Matchbox Twenty, Yourself or Someone Like You
(12 million)

50. Phil Collins, No Jacket Required
(12 million)

51. Shania Twain, The Woman In MeThe 100 Best Selling Albums  All Time (Updated for 2018)
(12 million)

52. Forest Gump (Soundtrack)
(12 million)

53. The Beatles, Abbey Road
(12 million)

54. The Rolling Stones, Hot Rocks
(12 million)

55. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits
(12 million)

56. ‘N Sync, No Strings Attached
(11 million)

57. Adele, 25
(11 million)

58. Aerosmith, Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits
(11 million)

59. Celine Dion, Falling Into You
(11 million)

60. Creed, Human Clay
(11 million)

61. Eagles, Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II
(11 million)

62. James Taylor, James Taylor’s Greatest HitsThe 100 Best Selling Albums  All Time (Updated for 2018)
(11 million)

63. Kid Rock, Devil Without a Cause
(11 million)

64. Led Zeppelin, Houses the Holy
(11 million)

65. Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory
(11 million)

66. Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death
(11 million)

67. Outkast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
(11 million)

68. Shania Twain, Up!
(11 million)

69. Dirty Dancing (Soundtrack)
(11 million)

70. Titanic (Soundtrack)
(11 million)

71. The Beatles, 1
(11 milllion)

72. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
(11 million)

73. TLC, Crazysexycool
(11 million)

74. ‘N Sync, ‘N SyncThe 100 Best Selling Albums  All Time (Updated for 2018)
(10 million)

75. 2 Pac, Greatest Hits
(10 million)

76. 2 Pac, All Eyez on Me
(10 million)

77. Beastie Boys, Licensed to Ill
(10 million)

78. Billy Joel, The Stranger
(10 million)

79. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Greatest Hits
(10 million)

80. Britney Spears, Oops!…I Did It Again
(10 million)

81. Carole King, Tapestry
(10 million)

82. Celine Dion, Let’s Talk About Love
(10 million)

83. Creedance Clearwater Revival, Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits
(10 million)

84. Def Leppard, PyromaniaThe 100 Best Selling Albums  All Time (Updated for 2018)
(10 million)

85. Dixie Chicks, Fly
(10 million)

86. Doobie Brothers, Best the Doobies
(10 million)

87. Elvis Presley, Elvis’ Christmas Album
(10 million)

88. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers EP
(10 million)

89. Eminem, The Eminem Show
(10 million)

90. Eric Clapton, Unplugged
(10 million)

91. Garth Brooks, The Ultimate Hits
(10 million)

92. Garth Brooks, Garth Brooks
(10 million)

93. Garth Brooks, The Hits
(10 million)

94. Garth Brooks, SevensThe 100 Best Selling Albums  All Time (Updated for 2018)
(10 million)

95. George Michael, Faith
(10 million)

96. Green Day, Dookie
(10 million)

97. Hammer, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em
(10 million)

98. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
(10 million)

99. Lionel Richie, Can’t Slow Down
(10 million)

100. Madonna, The Immaculate Collection
(10 million)

 


 

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