Top 10 Best-Selling Albums of the ’60s

Curious about the 10 best-selling albums of the '60s? You might be amazed to discover that The Beatles own a whopping six spots on the list, and Led Zeppelin claims two spots. The other two entries may surprise you as well. Here are the top 10 best-selling albums of the '60s according to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) sales figures for the United States.

  1. The Beatles: "The Beatles." Released in 1968 and also known as the "White Album," this album has sold 9 million copies in the United States alone. To some, this is the Beatles' best album of all time, containing hits such as "Revolution 1," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da."

  2. Led Zeppelin: "Led Zeppelin II." The band's second studio album, released in 1969, sold 12 million copies in the U.S. It includes some of their most popular singles such as "Whole Lotta Love" and "Ramble On," and ranks as the second best-selling album of the '60s.

  1. The Beatles: "Abbey Road." The Beatles' 1969 release, the final album they recorded, sold 12 million copies in the U.S. Hits included on this, their final opus, include "Come Together," "Here Comes the Sun," and "Something."

  1. The Beatles: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." This experimental album released in 1967 sold 11 million copies in the U.S. Released to both popular and critical acclaim, the album includes the hits "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "When I'm Sixty-Four," and the title track. It sold enough copies to garner it a spot among the top 10 best-selling albums of the '60s.

  1. Patsy Cline: "Greatest Hits." Released in 1967, five years after Cline's death, this greatest hits compilation went on to sell 10 million copies in the U.S. It ranks as one of the best-selling albums by a female country music artist, and includes "Sweet Dreams" and "Walkin' After Midnight."

  1. Led Zeppelin: "Led Zeppelin 1." The band's debut album in 1968 sold 8 million copies in the U.S. and established them as a counterculture, heavy metal band. It includes the hits "Good Times Bad Times" and "Communication Breakdown," and is the quintessential album for many of Zep's fans. It holds the number 6 spot among the10 best-selling albums of the '60s.

  1. The Beatles: "Magical Mystery Tour." Faring much better than the 1967 film from whence it came, the Beatles' album sold 6 million copies in the U.S. It included the title track, "Penny Lane," and "Strawberry Fields Forever." and stands as the seventh best-selling album of the '60s.

  1. Nat King Cole: "The Christmas Song." Crooner Nat King Cole released this, one of the best-loved Christmas albums of all time, in 1963. To many, Cole's version of the title track is the best holiday song of all time. The album sold 6 million copies in the U.S., giving it the eighth spot among the 10 best-selling albums of the '60s.

  1. The Beatles: "Rubber Soul." The band's sixth studio album, released in 1965, sold 6 million copies in the U.S. The album, which has a folk-rock feeling to it, includes the hits "In My Life," "Norwegian Wood," and "Michelle."

  1. The Beatles: "Meet the Beatles." The Beatles' second U.S. release in 1964 sold 5 million copies in that country. It includes a slew of hits, including "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "All My Loving," and sold enough copies to become the 10th best-selling album of the '60s.

 

 

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