10 Best-Selling Albums Of All Time
These popular records are the 10 best-selling albums of all time. Most of the 10 best-selling albums of all time were released in the 70s and 80s, along with a few from the 90s. No record from this decade has yet cracked the list of 10 best-selling albums of all time.
(tie) Michael Jackson's "Thriller," released by Epic Records in 1982. Jackson's sixth album included hits like "Billie Jean," "Beat It," and of course, the title track. This best-selling album of all time is estimated to have sold 78 to 110 million copies worldwide, and is certified 29 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Eagles, "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975," released by Asylum Records in 1976. The band's fifth album sold more than 49 million copies internationally, making it the second best-selling album of all time. It includes well-known classics like "Witchy Woman," "Desperado," and "Take it Easy."
(tie) Pink Floyd, "The Wall," released by Columbia Records in 1979. One of two double albums among the best-selling albums of all time, the eleventh studio album by Pink Floyd includes hits "Comfortably Numb," "Another Brick in the Wall," and "Hey You." It has been certified 23 times platinum by the RIAA.
Led Zeppelin, "Led Zeppelin IV," released by Atlantic Records in 1971. In addition to "Stairway to Heaven," perhaps the band's best-known song, it also features "Black Dog" and "Going to California." The 37 million units it sold worldwide make this fourth on the list of best-selling albums of all time.
- AC/DC, "Back in Black," released by Epic Records in 1980. This best-selling album was the first released without the band's singer Bon Scott, who died at age 33. In addition to the title track, it features hits like "Hell's Bells" and "You Shook Me All Night Long." This best-selling album of all time is certified 22 times platinum by the RIAA.
(tie) Garth Brooks, "Double Live," released by Capitol Records in 1999. This is the only live recording on the list of 10 best-selling albums of all time. Taped during Brooks' second world tour in 1998, the album is certified 21 times platinum by the RIAA.
Billy Joel, "Greatest Hits Volume I and II," released by Columbia in 1985. This collection of the singer's well-loved hits includes "Piano Man," "Captain Jack," "My Life," and many, many more. A companion third disc of hits was released in 1997.
- Shania Twain, "Come On Over," released by Mercury Nashville in 1997. The country singer's third album is certified 20 times platinum by the RIAA. It spawned 12 singles, 11 of which were top five hits in her Canadian homeland.
(tie) Fleetwood Mac, "Rumours," released by Warner Bros. in 1977. The band's eleventh album was filled with the shadows of romantic breakups between the band members, and received widespread critical acclaim. To date, it has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
The Beatles, "The Beatles," released by Apple in 1968. This double album, commonly known as "The White Album," was the band's ninth studio album and the first put out by their own label. It includes beloved songs like "Julia," "Dear Prudence," and "Blackbird."