The 20 best-selling music albums in history


We are sure that you have many on your shelf, archived in MP3 format or in a Spotify list . They are the best-selling records in history . Great gems of music that have been massively purchased around the world. In the first place, because they are masterpieces; secondly, because all of them are part of the repertoire of the greatest . Among them could not miss Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Eagles, AC / DC or Michael Jackson . Today we want to review which are the 20 best-selling albums in history. In what position are your favorites?

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20. Led Zeppelin ”” “Physical Graffiti”

We inaugurate this ranking with Led Zeppelin and his legendary Physical Graffiti . Released on February 24, 1975, it was the group's first release on their own label, Swan Song Records. It was his sixth studio album. In all these years 15 million copies have been sold. It was a double album, which featured great songs like  Kashmir and In My Time Of Dying  or  Trampled Under Foot.

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19. Hootie & The Blowfish ”” “Cracked Rear View”

16 million units are targeted. Cracked Rear View of  Hootie & The Blowfish and although it was launched in 1994, soon became one of the best selling in history. Its members, Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim Sonefeld and Mark Bryan met at the University of South Carolina. They have recorded seven studio albums to date, but this was their biggest hit.


18. Eagles ”” “Hotel California”

Explanations are surely unnecessary. It was the Eagles' first album and was released back in 1976 . Aside from becoming the soundtrack for generations, Hotel California is a global anthem that everyone knows. They got 16 million copies.

Alanis Morisette

17. Alanis Morisette ”” “Jagged Little Pill”

With this album, released in 1995, Alanis moved away from the style with which she had been presented to the general public until then and which had a lot to do with pop. Jagged Little Pill  is made up of a total of 12 songs , plus a hidden theme, which turned Morissette's musical career 180 degrees . It is considered one of the most important albums in history for having reached 16 million units sold.

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16. Whitney Houston "" "The Bodyguard"

17 million units. These are the copies that Whitney Houston managed to sell of the original theme of The Bodyguard , the famous romantic movie starring Kevin Costner in 1992 and the late singer. In the United States she even got the Diamond certificate. A true unprecedented success.

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15. The Beatles ”” “The Beatles 1967-1970”

And in this list of super hits they could not be absent. The Beatles 1967 - 1970 is not the only one, but the data sing and this has been, without a doubt, one of the most successful albums of the Liverpool quartet . It is a compilation of the band that includes the most popular songs of those years. When the album came out in 1973 , they were already separated, but they participated in the selection of the songs, the photos and the design.

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14. Garth Brooks ”” “No Fences”

Garth Brooks has been rated as the artist who has achieved the most solo album sales in the United States, even ahead of Elvis Presley . It is one of the most sold albums of all time, with more than 160 million records. No Fences is one of his most highly rated works, with 17 million units sold, since it was released in 1990.

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13. Elton John ”” “Greatest Hits”

The best of Elton John is on Greatest Hits , an album released in 1974 of which 17 million copies have also been sold. There we find great songs like Your Song, Daniel, Honky Cat, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road or Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting. A true gem that no fan of the singer can miss.


12. Boston ”” “Boston”

The self-titled album of the American rock band led by Tom Scholz , Boston , reached a whopping 17 million units sold. It was the first of a long career that began in 1976 and has lasted until now, with a single that was decisive for success. We mean More Than a Feeling . Does it sound familiar?


11. Guns N 'Roses ”” “Appetite for Destruction”

And here is another mythical group that we cannot ignore. We are talking about Guns N'Roses and  Appetite for Destruction , their debut album, presented in 1987. The great fans of this group will appreciate it as a jewel and in fact, in 2003 it managed to take the position number 61 in the list of The 500 best albums of all time , produced by Rolling Stone magazine .

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10. The Beatles ”” “The Beatles” (“The White Album”)

The White Album - Another gem of music and The Beatles' tenth studio album . It was released in 1968 as a double album, with a striking white cover, posited as a drastic contrast to the earlier Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album . There we can find great pieces like Back in the USSR,  Blackbird or  Revolution . The quartet has since sold a whopping 19 million records .

Shania twain

09. Shania Twain ”” “Come On Over”

It is Shania Twain's third album . It was released in 1997 and broke countless records: it was the best-selling country album of all time and the best-selling of the 90s, by a female artist. And while her previous albums were hugely successful, with Come On Over Shania Twain broke her own record: 20 million records sold.

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08. Fleetwood Mac ”” “Rumors”

It was his most popular album and in fact, he managed to sell 20 million units worldwide. We are talking about Rumors , by the British and American rock band Fleetwood Mac . With this he won a Grammy Award and the band was reinforced with great hits such as Go Your Own Way, Dreams, You Make Loving Fun and Don't Stop .

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07. Garth Brooks ”” “Double Live”

And here is another Garth Brooks album that scores no more and no less than 21 million units sold. This time it is with Double Live , released in 1998 as the only album that this artist has live. It includes a two-disc compilation, with live songs recorded during Brooks' tour around the world between 1996 and 1998. In a short time it became one of the best-selling direct albums in the United States, even more than Pearl Jam or Eric Clapton with the 1992 Unplugged.


06. AC / DC ”” “Back In Black”

Were you wondering where your beloved AC / DC were ? Well, here you have it, with the legendary Back In Black and 22 million copies sold. It was introduced in 1980 and in this Brian Johnson first appears as vocalist , after the death of Bon Scott . By the way, the album is dedicated to him. It didn't take long for it to become one of the best-selling jobs in history. of the music.

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05. Pink Floyd ”” “The Wall”

Released in 1979, The Wall is the eleventh studio album by the legendary Pink Floyd . With 23 million copies sold, it is located in the fifth position of the ranking, and it is a double album that tells the life of a rock star named Pink: a kind of antihero who presents himself as the alter ego of Roger Waters, one of the members of the group.

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04. Led Zeppelin ”” “Led Zeppelin IV”


It has no title, but it is Led Zeppelin's fourth album : hence it is known as Led Zeppelin IV , continuing the progression of the previous albums. The album arose as a reaction to the bad reviews that your previous album caused you, with a more forceful sound and a success that was finally resounding. There we find great songs like Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll and Black Dog.

03. Billy Joel ”” “Greatest Hits Volume 1 & Volume 2”

The third position on the podium is Billy Joel , with  Greatest Hits Volume 1 & Volume 2 . We talk about 23 million units sold and great songs like To Make You Feel My Love, Hey Girl and Light as the Breeze, and in general, the best songs of his career.


02. Eagles ”” “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)”

And we are going for the second position, which in this case is occupied by the Eagles with Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) . By the dates you will guess that it is the first compilation of this group, which by the way reached the great figure of 29 million units sold. It is, in fact, the best-selling compilation album in the United States. There we can find a total of nine singles, in addition to the song Desperado , which had not been released as a single.

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01. Michael Jackson ”” “Thriller”

 And here is the king of kings. It's Michael Jackson and his legendary Thriller , the ill-fated artist's sixth studio album. It was released in November 1982  and mixes different genres, such as post-disco music, R&B, pop, and rock. Of the nine songs that make up the album, seven were released as singles and all reached number 1 on the charts. As if this were not enough, Thriller managed to clinch the record 8 Grammys in 1984 .

Via: Business Insider