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Top Selling Record Albums of All Time
Top Selling Record Albums of All Time (U.S. Sales) as of July, 2006    

Source: RIAA
(Arranged alphabetically in each 'million' section by Band name or Artist last name)

Greatest Rock Albums
Top 5 Albums by Artist
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29 Million Albums Sold
  • Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - Eagles (Elektra)

27 Million Albums Sold
  • Thriller - Michael Jackson (Epic)

23 Million Albums Sold
  • Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (Swan Song)
  • The Wall- Pink Floyd (Columbia)

21 Million Albums Sold
  • Back in Black - AC/DC (Elektra)
  • Greatest Hits Volumes I & II - Billy Joel (Columbia)

20 Million Albums Sold
  • Double Live - Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
  • Come On Over - Shania Twain (Mercury Nashville)

19 Million Albums Sold
  • The Beatles - The Beatles (Capitol)
  • Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros.)

17 Million Albums Sold
  • Boston - Boston (Epic)
  • The Bodyguard (Soundtrack) - Whitney Houston (Arista)

16 Million Albums Sold
  • The Beatles 1967-1970 - The Beatles (Capitol)
  • No Fences - Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
  • Hotel California - Eagles (Elektra)
  • Cracked Rear View - Hootie & the Blowfish (Atlantic)
  • Greatest Hits - Elton John (MCA)
  • Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin (Swan Song)
  • Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette (Maverick)

15 Million Albums Sold
  • The Beatles 1962-1966 - The Beatles (Capitol)
  • Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack) - Bee Gees (Polydor/Atlas)
  • Appetite for Destruction - Guns 'N Roses (Geffen)
  • Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd (Capitol)
  • Supernatural - Santana (Arista)
  • Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)

14 Million Albums Sold
  • Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys (Jive)
  • Ropin' the Wind - Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
  • Greatest Hits - Journey (Columbia)
  • Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf (Cleveland Intl.)
  • Metallica - Metallica (Elektra)
  • Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel (Columbia)
  • ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears (Jive)

13 Million Albums Sold
  • Millennium - Backstreet Boys (Jive)
  • Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston (Arista)
  • Greatest Hits 1974-1978 - Steve Miller Band (Capitol)
  • Purple Rain (Soundtrack) - Prince and the Revolution (Warner Bros.)
  • Bruce Springsteen & E St. Band Live 1975-1985 (Box set) - Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)

12 Million Albums Sold
  • Abbey Road - The Beatles (Apple)
  • Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi (Mercury)
  • II - Boyz II Men (Motown)
  • No Jacket Required - Phil Collins (Atlantic)
  • Hysteria - Def Leppard (Mercury)
  • Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks (Monument)
  • Pieces of You - Jewel (Atlantic)
  • Breathless - Kenny G (Arista)
  • Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)
  • Yourself or Someone Like You - matchbox twenty (Atlantic)
  • Ten - Pearl Jam (Epic)
  • Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits - Kenny Rogers (Liberty)
  • Hot Rocks - The Rolling Stones (London)
  • The Woman in Me - Shania Twain (Mercury Nashville)
  • Forrest Gump (Soundtrack) - Various Artists (Epic)

11 Million Albums Sold
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles (Capitol)
  • Human Clay - Creed (Wind-Up Records)
  • Falling Into You - Celine Dion (550 Music)
  • Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. II - Eagles (Asylum)
  • Devil Without a Cause - Kid Rock (Lava)
  • Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)
  • No Strings Attached - 'N Sync (Jive)
  • Speakerboxxx/the Love Below - Outkast (So So Def)
  • Dirty Dancing (Soundtrack) - Various Artists (RCA)
  • James Taylor's Greatest Hits - James Taylor (Warner Bros.)
  • CrazySexyCool - TLC (LaFace)
  • Up - Shania Twain (Mercury Nashville)
  • Titanic (Soundtrack) - Various Artists (Sony Classical)

10 Million Albums Sold
  • Aerosmith's Greatest Hits - Aerosmith (Columbia)
  • 1 - The Beatles (Capitol)
  • The Hits - Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
  • Daydream - Mariah Carey (Columbia)
  • Music Box - Mariah Carey (Columbia)
  • Unplugged - Eric Clapton (Reprise)
  • Greatest Hits - Patsy Cline (MCA Nashville)
  • Pyromania - Def Leppard (Mercury)
  • Let's Talk About Love - Celine Dion (550 Music/Epic)
  • Fly - Dixie Chicks (Monument)
  • Best of the Doobies - Doobie Brothers (Warner Bros.)
  • Dookie - Green Day (Reprise)
  • Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em - Hammer (Capitol)
  • The Stranger - Billy Joel (Columbia)
  • Come Away With Me - Norah Jones (Blue Note)
  • Tapestry - Carole King (Ode)
  • Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)
  • Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park (Warner Bros.)
  • Like a Virgin - Madonna (Sire)
  • The Immaculate Collection - Madonna (Warner Bros.)
  • Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (Island)
  • Faith - George Michael (Columbia)
  • 'N Sync - 'N Sync (RCA)
  • Nevermind - Nirvana (DGC)
  • Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt (Trauma/Interscope)
  • Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G. (Bad Boy/Arista)
  • Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (MCA)
  • Can't Slow Down - Lionel Richie (Motown)
  • The Lion King (Soundtrack) - (Walt Disney)
  • Oops! . . .I Did It Again - Britney Spears. (Jive)
  • The Joshua Tree - U2 (Island)
  • 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) - Van Halen (Warner Bros.)
  • Van Halen - Van Halen (Warner Bros.)
  • Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder (Motown)
  • Eliminator - ZZ Top (Warner Bros.)

9 Million Albums Sold
  • All Eyez on Me - 2 Pac (Death Row/Interscope)
  • Greatest Hits - 2 Pac (Interscope)
  • The Sign - Ace Of Base (Arista)
  • Licensed To Ill - Beastie Boys (Colombia)
  • Cooleyhighharmony - Boyz II Men (Motown)
  • Garth Brooks - Garth Brooks (Capitol)
  • Sevens - Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
  • Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey (Columbia)
  • Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus (Mercury)
  • John Denver's Greatest Hits - John Denver (RCA)
  • Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits (Warner Bros.)
  • The Best Of The Doors - The Doors (Elaktra)
  • The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem (Interscope)
  • Whitney - Whitney Houston (Arista)
  • Escape - Journey (Columbia)
  • Country Grammer - Nelly (Universal Records)
  • Elvis' Christmas Album - Elvis Presley (RCA Records)
  • Hi Infidelity - R.E.O. Speedwagon (Epic)
  • Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins (Virgin Records)
  • Big Willie Style - Will Smith (Columbia)
  • Confessions- Usher (So So Def)
  • Footloose (Soundtrack) - Various Artists (Columbia)
  • Top Gun (Soundtrack) - Various Artists (Columbia)
  • Great Band Era - Various Artists (Reader's Digest Music)

8 Million Albums Sold
  • Toys In The Attic - Aerosmith (Columbia)
  • Christina Aguilera - Christina Aguilera (RCA)
  • Black & Blue - Backstreet Boys (Jive)
  • The Beatles Anthology, Vol 1 - The Beatles (Capitol)
  • Time, Love & Tenderness - Michael Bolton (Columbia)
  • Toni Braxton - Toni Braxton (Laface)
  • Secrets - Toni Braxton (Laface)
  • The Chase - Garth Brooks (Liberty)
  • In Pieces - Garth Brooks (Capitol Nashville)
  • The Writing's On The Wall - Destiny's Child (Columbia)
  • Hell Freezes Over - Eagles (Geffen)
  • The Eminem Show - Eminem (Interscope)
  • Greatest Hits - Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros.)
  • Breathe - Faith Hill (Warner Bros.)
  • The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  • Bad - Michael Jackson (Epic)
  • R. - R. Kelly (Jive)
  • Miracles: The Holiday Album - Kenny G (Arista)
  • Led Zeppelin I - Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)
  • Throwing Copper - Live (Radioactive)
  • Surfacing - Sarah McLachlan (Arista)
  • And Justice For All - Metallica (Elektra)
  • Hangin' Tough - New Kids On The Block (Columbia)
  • Synchronicity - The Police (A&M)
  • Greatest Hits - Queen (Elektra)
  • Greatest Hits - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullett Band (Capitol)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel (Columbia)
  • Grease (Soundtrack) - Various Artists (RSO)
  • Core - Stone Temple Pilots (Atlantic)
  • Strait Out Of The Box - George Strait (MCA Nashville)
  • Achtung Baby - U2 (Island)
  • Whitesnake - Whitesnake (Geffen)

7 Million Albums Sold
  • Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul (Virgin)
  • Highway To Hell - AC/DC (Epic)
  • Get A Grip - Aerosmith (Geffen)
  • Pump - Aerosmith (Geffen)
  • New Jersey - Bon Jovi (Mercury)
  • Don't Look Back- BOSTON (Epic)
  • Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown (MCA)
  • Running On Empty - Jackson Browne (Asylum)
  • Songs You Know By Heart - Jimmy Buffett (MCA)
  • The Singles 1969 - 1973 - The Carpenters (A&M)
  • TimePieces/Best Of Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton (RSO)
  • Unforgettable With Love Natalie Cole - Natalie Cole (Electra)
  • August & Everything After - Counting Crows (Geffen)
  • No Need To Argue - The Cranberries (Island)
  • Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Atlantic)
  • Tuesday Night Music Club - Sheryl Crow (A&M)
  • No Way Out - P. Diddy and the Family (Bad Boy/Arista)
  • All The Way...A Decade Of Song - Celine Dion (550 Music/Epic)
  • The Long Run - Eagles (Asylum)
  • Live - Eagles (Asylum)
  • A Day Without Rain - Enya (Reprise)
  • Records - Foreigner (Atlantic)
  • Double Vision - Foreigner (Atlantic)
  • Use Your Illusion II - Guns 'n Roses (Geffen)
  • Use Your Illusion I - Guns 'n Roses (Geffen)
  • Off The Wall - Michael Jackson (Epic)
  • History: Past, Present & Future Book I - Michael Jackson (Epic)
  • Dangerous - Michael Jackson (Epic)
  • 52nd Street - Billy Joel (Columbia)
  • An Innocent Man - Billy Joel (Columbia)
  • Glass Houses - Billy Joel (Columbia)
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John (MCA)
  • Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits - Janis Joplin (Columbia)
  • Sports - Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)
  • Significant Other - Limp Bizkit (Interscope)
  • True Blue - Madonna (Sire)
  • Ricky Martin - Ricky Martin (C2/Columbia)
  • Crash - Dave Matthews Band (RCA Records)
  • Vs. - Pearl Jam (Epic)
  • Luck Of The Draw - Bonnie Raitt (Capitol)
  • Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Warner Bros.)
  • Greatest Hits - Linda Ronstadt (Asylum)
  • Santana's Greatest Hits - Santana (Columbia)
  • Savage Garden - Savage Garden (Columbia)
  • Waiting To Exhale (Soundtrack) - Various Artists (Arista)
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Soundtrack) - Various Artists (Lost Highway)
  • Spice - Spice Girls (Virgin)
  • To The Extreme - Vanilla Ice (SBK)

Disclaimer: There is nothing 'Official' about these lists. They are compiled by the 'editor' using the
stated criteria, and revised considering the competent suggestions of visitors to this website only.

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