This Saturday is #RecordStoreDay
And in celebration, we decided to take a look back at the highest selling albums of all time!
We took a look through the RIAA’s data for the best-selling albums in history — measured in “certified units” sold – and broke down the top 10. Arguably, they may not all be on the list for “best” albums of all time, but the numbers don’t lie!
#10: The Beatles ~ The Beatles (1968)
Surprisingly, the #1 selling album from The Beatles only makes 10 on the list! Their 9th studio album, also known as “The White Album”, has sold a total of 19 million certified copies world wide and had 4 different sides to enjoy!
Memorable songs: Back in the U.S.S.R, Blackbird, Julia, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.
#9: Come On Over ~ Shania Twain (1997)
Number 9 on this list comes from the woman from Timmins, Ontario with 20 million certified copies sold! I don’t think there’s a person in Canada that hasn’t danced to at least one of these songs (or sung into a hairbrush) from Shania!
Memorable songs: Man! I Feel Like A Woman!, From This Moment On, You’re Still The One, That Don’t Impress Me Much.
#8: Rumours ~ Fleetwood Mac (1977)
Coming in at number 8 is the iconic 11th album from Fleetwood Mac, which has sold 20 million certified copies. When Mike Fleetwood calls it “the most important album we ever made”, you know it’s a good one!
Memorable songs: The Chain, Dreams, You Make Loving Fun, Go Your Own Way
#7: Double Live ~ Garth Brooks (1998)
Number 7 is the only live album that makes the list, but it’s probably one of the best (we say that, knowing how good Eric Clapton Unplugged is). The songs for the album are a collection of greatest hits compiled during his world tour through 1996-1998 and has sold 21 million certified copies!
Memorable songs: The Thunder Rolls, Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up), Friends In Low Places
#6: Back In Black ~ AC/DC (1980)
At number 6 is the seventh album from the famous Australian rock band; AC/DC. This iconic stadium rocks album is still heard all over the world at sports games, dances, karaoke and rolled down car windows! Their most well known album sold 22 million certified copies!
Memorable songs: Hells Bells, Shoot To Thrill, You Shook Me All Night Long, Back In Black
#5: The Wall ~ Pink Floyd (1979)
Number 5 is the iconic rock opera; The Wall from Pink Floyd. Adapted into a movie and made in countless cultural references, it went on to sell 23 million certified copies! Still recognized as one of the best albums of all time, Roger Waters still tours on it to this day! “How can you have any pudding, if you don’t eat your meat?”
Memorable songs: Another Brick In The Wall (Part 1), Hey You, Comfortably Numb, Run Like Hell
#4: Led Zeppelin IV ~ Led Zeppelin (1971)
Number 4 features hit after hit after hit, and is often regarded as the best and most influential rock and roll album of all time! The 4th album from the legendary Led Zeppelin sold 23 million certified copies, and ends every single high school dance to this day!
Memorable songs: Black Dog, Misty Mountain Top, Rock and Roll, Stairway To Heaven
#3: Greatest Hits Vol 1 & 2 ~ Billy Joel (1985)
Number 3 kinda counts as 2 albums, but Billy Joel put out so many hits, we’ll count this as one. Surprisingly the first greatest hits album to make the list, this double album went on to sell 23 million certified copies and features great Billy Joel songs from 1973 – 1985, as well as added tracks only available through the album (before you could download it off the internet).
Memorable songs: Piano Man, New York State Of Mind, Only The Good Die Young, It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
#2: Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) ~ the Eagles (1976)
At Number 2, Their Greatest Hits featured a compilation of Eagles hits (and their was a lot) from their first 4 albums. In 2017, it was chosen to be put in preservation in the National Recording Registry as being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” and has sold 29 million certified copies.
Memorable songs: Take It Easy, Witchy Woman, Desperado, Tequila Sunrise, Take It To The Limit
#1: Thriller ~ Michael Jackson (1982)
Number 1 goes to none other than the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson. Thriller redefined the music industry and is to this day, one of the most influential albums to ever be released. It won countless awards and received world wide fame after the release. It went on to sell a whopping 65 million certified copies, making it the highest selling album of all time!
Memorable songs: Wanna Be Startin’ Something, Beat It, Billy Jean, Thriller