10 Fastest Selling Albums In The World

The 10 fastest selling albums in the world are the tender that lit the spark, that flamed cash registers into life with hot album sales around the world. Read on to see if the following album picks ignite pleasant memories for you. 

  1. The Beatles 1. What do the songs, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Yesterday,” and “We Can Work It Out,” all have in common? The answer is each song reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom, or the United States, and appears on the album in order of its release date. In the album’s first week of release 3.6 million copies were sold. “1,” ranks No. 1 as the fastest selling album in history.
  2. Thriller by Michael Jackson. In the first week of release the Thriller album sold 166,000 copies, and went platinum within two months of its November 30, 1982 release date. The eight Grammy Award winner ranks as the No. 1 best-selling album worldwide. Two album tracks later released as singles were “Beat It,” and “Billie Jean.” 
  3. The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem. The Marshall Mathers LP sold 1.76 million copies in its debut week shattering all previous first week sales for the rap music genre. Three of the most notable album tracks are “The Way I Am,” The Real Slim Shady,” and “Stan.”
  4. The Bodyguard” soundtrack album. Whitney Houston is featured in both “The Bodyguard” movie, and movie soundtrack. The soundtrack album was released on November 17, 1992, and went platinum in its debut week with more than 1 million copies sold.  Other artists on the album include Joe Cocker, and Kenny G. The most recognizable tracks on the album are, “I Will Always Love You,” “I Have Nothing,” and “I’m Every Woman.” 
  5. Millennium by The Backstreet Boys. “Millennium” was released on November 18, 1999, and sold 2.2 million copies worldwide during its debut week. The album produced four singles; “I Want It That Way,” The One,” “Show Me,” and “The Meaning of Lonely.” 
  6. A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles. Music industry sources report a four day album soundtrack sales figure in the United States alone at one million placing it among the fastest-selling albums of the 60’s. The soundtrack LP was released on July 10, 1964.
  7. Rubber Soul by The Beatles. “Rubber Soul” was released on December 3, 1965, and music industry sources place nine day sales in the United States at 1.2 million copies. Notable album tracks include, “Michelle,” and “In My Life.” 
  8. Dangerous by Michael Jackson. The album was released on November 26, 1991, and sold 326,500 copies in its debut week in the United States, and 2 million copies were shipped within a two month period. Notable album tracks are “Jam,” “Remember the Time, Heal the World, and Black or White.”
  9. I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle. Boyle made her world debut on “Britain’s Got Talent” reality talent show, and from the moment she sang the first notes of “I Dreamed a Dream,” from “Les Misérables” she won the hearts of the judges, and people around the world. Boyle’s first album release I Dreamed a Dream debuted worldwide at No. 1 on November 23, 2009.
  10. Let It Be by The Beatles. The Beatles twelfth studio collaborative album was released on May 8, 1970.  Music industry sources quickly placed Let It Be in the platinum plus category reporting that 3.2 million copies shipped within the first two weeks of its release. Notable album tracks include, “Let It Be,” and “The Long and Winding Road.”
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