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List of best-selling albums of All-Time

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This is a list of the world’s best-selling albums of recorded music. To appear on the list, the figure must have been published by a reliable source and the album must have sold at least 20 million copies. This list can contain any types of album, including studio albums, extended plays, greatest hits, compilations, various artists, soundtracks and remixes. The figures given do not take into account the resale of used albums

 

ArtistAlbumReleasedGenreCertified copiesClaimed sales
Michael JacksonThriller1982Pop, rock, R&B47.3m66m
EaglesTheir Greatest Hits (1971–1975)1976Country rock, soft rock, folk rock41.2m51m
AC/DCBack in Black1980Hard rock26.1m50m
Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon1973Progressive rock24.2m45m
Meat LoafBat Out of Hell1977Hard rock, classic rock, Pop music21.5m43m
Whitney Houston / Various artistsThe Bodyguard1992R&B, soul, pop, soundtrack28.4m42m
EaglesHotel California1976Soft rock31.5m42m
Bee Gees / Various artistsSaturday Night Fever1977Disco21.6m40m
Fleetwood MacRumours1977Soft rock27.9m40m
Various artistsGrease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture1978Rock and roll14.4m38m
Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV1971Hard rock, heavy metal, folk rock29m37m
Michael JacksonBad1987Pop, funk, rock19.3m35m
Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill1995Alternative rock24.4m33m
Shania TwainCome On Over1997Country, pop29.6m33m
Celine DionFalling into You1996Pop, soft rock20.2m32m
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1967Rock18.2m32m
Various artistsDirty Dancing1987Pop, rock, R&B17.9m32m
Michael JacksonDangerous1991Rock, funk, pop17.3m32m
Adele212011Pop, soul25.3m31m
Celine DionLet's Talk About Love1997Pop, soft rock19.3m31m
The Beatles12000Rock23.4m31m
ABBAGold: Greatest Hits1992Pop, disco23m30m
MadonnaThe Immaculate Collection1990Pop, dance19.4m30m
The BeatlesAbbey Road1969Rock14.4m30m
Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.1984Heartland rock19.6m30m
Dire StraitsBrothers in Arms1985Roots rock, blues rock, soft rock17.7m30m
James HornerTitanic: Music from the Motion Picture1997Film score18.1m30m
MetallicaMetallica1991Heavy metal21.2m30m
NirvanaNevermind1991Grunge, alternative rock16.7m30m
Pink FloydThe Wall1979Progressive rock18.6m30m
SantanaSupernatural1999Latin rock20.5m30m
Guns N' RosesAppetite for Destruction1987Hard rock21.6m30m

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