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Top Selling Albums of All Time

Top Selling Albums of All Time

The King of Pop's 'Thriller' is undoubtedly one of the top selling albums of all time (US and worldwide sales). Read on to go through a list of the top selling albums as of now...
Stephen Rampur
It is believed that there are certain determinants for including an album in the list of top selling albums of all time. The criteria are that the number of album sales need to be published by a trusted source, and should have sold a minimum of 20 million copies all over the world. Note that along with albums from original artists and musicians; the list may even contain compilations, remixes, greatest hits, and other kinds of albums. If you are thinking about the top selling albums ever (US or worldwide sales), Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is not to be missed at all, as this is the record making one with around 110 million copies sold the world over. Those wanting to know about the top selling albums (UK sales), 'Greatest Hits' by Queen tops the list.
List of Top Selling Albums of All Time
In the following list, those with album sales of over 20 million are included. Note that the album sale numbers are approximate figures. Artists like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Meat Loaf, and Pink Floyd are considered to be the best selling artists in the history of the music industry.
Artist / Band Album Sales Figures
Michael Jackson Thriller 110 million
AC/DC Back in Black 49 million
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell 43 million
Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) 42 million
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon 45 million
Backstreet Boys Millennium 40 million
Bee Gees and Various Artists Saturday Night Fever 40 million
Shania Twain Come On Over 39 million
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 32 million
Michael Jackson Dangerous 32 million
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 31 million
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. 30 million
Whitney Houston and Various Artists The Bodyguard 44 million
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV 37 million
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill 33 million
Celine Dion Falling into You 32 million
Mariah Carey Music Box 32 million
Bee Gees Spirits Having Flown 30 million
Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love 31 million
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms 30 million
Madonna The Immaculate Collection 30 million
Pink Floyd The Wall 30 million
Michael Jackson Bad 30 million
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction 28 million
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time 25 million
Mariah Carey Daydream 25 million
Queen Greatest Hits 25 million
Backstreet Boys Black & Blue 24 million
Madonna True Blue 24 million
ABBA ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits 28 million
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet 28 million
Santana Supernatural 27 million
Nirvana Nevermind 26 million
U2 The Joshua Tree 25 million
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 25 million
Spice Girls Spice 23 million
Billy Ray Cyrus Some Gave All 20 million
Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again 20 million
Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers 20 million
George Michael Faith 20 million
Janet Jackson Janet 20 million
Michael Jackson Off the Wall 20 million
Prince & The Revolution Purple Rain 20 million
Usher Confessions 20 million
Def Leppard Hysteria 20 million
Tina Turner Private Dancer 20 million
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory 24 million
Ace of Base Happy Nation/The Sign 23 million
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory? 22 million
Cher Believe 20 million

You must be recognizing most of the artists in the listed table of the top selling albums. There are many professional magazines and websites which are reliable sources for determining the current standing of album sales; few of which are Billboard and Apple iTunes. One of the top selling albums of all time (Billboard 200 rankings) is 'The Gift' by Susan Boyle. Remember that the rankings on Billboard 200 charts change weekly.