Top 10 Best Selling Albums of all times

Many a times, a classic track from the good old times would come to my mind and I end up scrolling my playlist. This morning, it was this beautiful one ” I want it that way” from Backstreet Boys. While listening, I thought of juggling a bit to prepare a list of Top 10 Best Selling Albums of all times for all my readers. So, Here it is, based on the ranking from RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

Michael Jackson – Thriller

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 Topping our list of Top 10 Best Selling Albums of all times is the 1982 classic Thriller, by the King of Pop Michael Jackson. With a whopping 110 Million copies sold out, the album comprises nine hit tracks by the legend including “Billy Jean”, “Beat It” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin”. Released worldwide by CBS Records, it was the sixth studio album by the American Singer. Thriller won the title “Album of the Year” in 1984 along with 7 other Grammy awards.

  • Album Sales: 110 Million
  • Release Date : November 30, 1982
  • Genre: Pop, Post-Disco, Rock and Funk
  • Producer: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones
  • Buy on Amazon.

AC/DC – Back in Black 

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7th studio album from the celebrated Australian Hard Rock band AC/DC, Back in Black was released by Albert Productions and Atlantic Records. It was the first album from the band, after the untimely demise of the lead singer Bon Scott. With Brian Johnson as the new lead, the instantly chart-topping album bears an all-black cover showing grief for Scott. Recorded in Bahamas and mixed in New York, the album comprises the key tracks “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Back in Black”.

  • Album Sales: 49 Million (bagging the 2nd best selling album title)
  • Release Date : July 25, 1980
  • Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Arena Rock
  • Producer: Robert John “Mutt” Lange
  • Buy on Amazon.

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

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Nothing can match the theme based album from the renowned English rock band Pink Floyd, The Dark Side Of The Moon revolves around issues like madness, conflict, mental health, time and death. With a Billboard record of 14 years in a row, it is the third best selling album in the world. Packed in one of the most famous album covers of all time, uniquely designed by Storm Thorgeson, it is the ninth album comprising of the amazing tracks “Time” and “Us and Them”.

  • Album Sales: 45 Million
  • Release Date : March 1, 1973
  • Genre: Progressive Rock
  • Producer: Pink Floyd
  • Buy on Amazon.

Meat Loaf  – Bat Out of hell

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Composed by Jim Steinman, Bat Out of Hell is American rock singer Marvin Lee Aday’s (better known as Meat Loaf)debut studio album. The album took almost 4 years in the making followed by release from Cleveland International under the label Epic Records. However, Bat Out of Hell did not rose to prominence immediately, rather faced around 2 years of sheer rejection. A combination of urban rock opera and the musical skills of progressive-rock players, it received huge following after a Saturday Night Live performance in US. Bat Out of Hell has received RIAA’s platinum certification for a total of 14 times.

  • Album Sales: 43 Million
  • Release Date : October 21, 1977
  • Genre: Hard Rock, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal
  • Producer: Todd Rundgren
  • Buy on Amazon.

Eagles – Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975 

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Grabbing a place in the Top 5 best selling albums is the Grammy-winning Band Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975. In 2018, the album is said to have surpassed Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the best-selling album for over 10 years, in USA. An RIAA-certified 38x platinum album now, it was released by Asylum Records back in 1976. Comprising the super famed peppy tracks “One of These Nights” and “Best Of My Love” amongst 8 other singles, it is the the first compilation album by Eagles.

  • Album Sales: 42 Million
  • Release Date : March 1, 1973
  • Genre: Rock, Country Rock
  • Producer: Glyn Johns, Bill Szymczyk
  • Buy on Amazon.

Various Artists – Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

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The Original Soundtrack from the 1987 movie, Dirty Dancing was released by RCA Records. Clinging to the Billboard Records for almost 4 month, the album is packed with hits like Medley and Jennifer Warnes’ “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life”, Carmen’s “Hungry Eyes”,  Swayze’s “She’s Like the Wind”, and the Contours’ 1962 “Do You Love Me”.

  • Album Sales: 42 Million
  • Release Date : August 4, 1987
  • Genre: Soft Rock, Pop Rock, R&B
  • Producer: Jimmy Ienner
  • Buy on Amazon.

Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard Soundtrack

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Having won the 1992 Album of the Year Grammy award, The Bodyguard Soundtrack sung by Whitney Houston and various other artists, is another best selling album of all times. Released by Arista Records, the album is known for Whitney’s cover of the epic ballad “I Will Always Love You” originally by Dolly Parton.

  • Album Sales: 42 Million
  • Release Date : November 17, 1992
  • Genre: Pop, R&B
  • Producer: Whitney Houston, Clive Davis
  • Buy on Amazon.

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

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Released by Warner Bros. records in California, Rumours was the 11th studio album of  the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Titled as the Album of the Year by Grammy Award in 1978, the album had seen the toughest times in the making. With all the five members of the band going through a rough patch in their relationships, Rumours is imbued with heart wrenching lyrics penned by the band members.

  • Album Sales: 40 Million
  • Release Date : February 4, 1977
  • Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock
  • Producer: Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut
  • Buy on Amazon.

Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack

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The iconic soundtrack from the 1978 movie, Saturday Night Fever made it to our Top 10 best selling albums of all times, with classic hits like “Stayin’ Alive”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Night Fever”, and “More Than A Woman”. Topping the Billboard charts for over 120 weeks since its release, the album has also been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress for its cultural thrust. Additionally, it honored Barry Gibb for penning four hits in a row.

  • Album Sales: 40 Million
  • Release Date : November 15, 1977
  • Genre: Disco
  • Producer: Arif Mardin
  • Buy on Amazon.

Backstreet Boys – Millennium

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Holding a total of five Grammy Awards nominations, Millennium  is the third studio album of the American Pop group, Backstreet Boys. With blockbusters like “I Want It That Way”, “Larger than Life” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely”, the diamond-selling album sold half-a-million copies the very first day of its release.

  • Album Sales: 40 Million
  • Release Date : May 18, 1999
  • Genre: Pop, Dance Pop, Teen Pop, R&B
  • Producer: Max Martin, Kristian Lundin
  • Buy on Amazon.

 

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