List of best-selling albums in the United States

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This is a list of the best-selling albums in the United States based on RIAA certification. The criteria are that the album must have been published (including self-publishing by the artist), and the album must have shipped at least 10 million units in the United States. Groupings are based on different certification benchmarks, the highest being for certification of at least 20–29 times platinum, and the lowest being for certification of 10–14 times platinum. Albums are listed in order of certification (highest to lowest), and order of release date (earliest to most recent). This list contains any type of album, including studio, greatest hits, compilation, various artists, soundtrack and remix.

Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) by the Eagles is the album with the highest certification awarded in the United States, being certified 29× platinum which is a total of 29 million copies shipped to retail stores.

Please note that as a result of the RIAA's methodology of counting each disc in a multi-disc set as one unit toward certification, most double albums on the list, such as The Wall, Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II, Garth Brooks' Double Live, The White Album, Physical Graffiti, and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below have been certified for twice as many units than actual albums sold. Conversely, the certification level for double albums that fit onto one compact disc such as the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack reflect the actual number of albums sold. Other notable double LPs that would appear on this list if counted as two units are the Grease soundtrack (8x platinum), Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (7x platinum) and Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! (6x platinum).


[edit] 20 - 30 x platinum

Year Artist Album Label Certification[1]
1976 Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) Elektra Records 29× platinum
1982 Michael Jackson Thriller Epic Records 28× platinum
1971 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV Atlantic 23× platinum
1979 Pink Floyd The Wall Columbia/Capitol
1980 AC/DC Back in Black Atlantic 22× platinum
1998 Garth Brooks Double Live Capitol Nashville 21× platinum
1985 Billy Joel Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 Columbia
1997 Shania Twain Come on Over Mercury Nashville 20× platinum

[edit] 15 - 19 x platinum

Year Artist Album Label Certification[1]
1977 Fleetwood Mac Rumours Warner Bros. 19× platinum
1968 The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) Apple
1987 Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction Geffen 18× platinum
1976 Boston Boston Epic Records 17× platinum
1992 Whitney Houston The Bodyguard Arista
1990 Garth Brooks No Fences Capitol Nashville
1973 The Beatles 1967–1970 Capitol 16× platinum
1994 Hootie and the Blowfish Cracked Rear View Atlantic
1975 Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti Swan Song
1976 The Eagles Hotel California Asylum
1974 Elton John Greatest Hits Polydor
1995 Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill Maverick
1973 The Beatles 1962–1966 Capitol 15× platinum
1988 Journey Greatest Hits Columbia
1973 Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon Capitol
1977 Bee Gees and others Saturday Night Fever RSO
1984 Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. Columbia
1999 Santana Supernatural Arista

[edit] 10 - 14 x platinum

Year Artist Album Label Certification[1]
1991 Garth Brooks Ropin' the Wind Capitol Nashville 14× platinum
1977 Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell Epic Records
1997 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys Jive
1999 Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time Jive
1991 Metallica Metallica Elektra
1972 Simon & Garfunkel Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits Columbia
1984 Prince Purple Rain Warner Bros. 13× platinum
1985 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Arista
1978 Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits (1974–1978) Capitol
1986 Bruce Springsteen Live/1975-85 Columbia
1999 Backstreet Boys Millennium Jive
1991 Pearl Jam Ten Epic Records
1996 Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You Atlantic 12× platinum
1985 Phil Collins No Jacket Required Atlantic
1994 Boyz II Men II Motown
1969 The Beatles Abbey Road Apple
1980 Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits Liberty
1994 Various Artists Forrest Gump Epic Records
1972 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks, 1964–1971 London
1998 Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces Monument
1987 Def Leppard Hysteria Mercury Records
1986 Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet Mercury Records
1992 Kenny G Breathless Arista
1995 Shania Twain The Woman in Me Mercury Nashville
1995 Jewel Pieces of You Atlantic
1969 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II Atlantic
2002 Shania Twain Up! Mercury Nashville 11× platinum
2000 *NSYNC No Strings Attached Jive
1999 Creed Human Clay Wind-up Records
1967 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Capitol
1998 Kid Rock Devil Without a Cause Atlantic Records
1996 Celine Dion Falling Into You Epic Records
1973 Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy Atlantic
2003 Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below LaFace, Arista
1976 James Taylor Greatest Hits Warner Bros.
1982 Eagles Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Asylum
1994 TLC CrazySexyCool LaFace
1987 Soundtrack Dirty Dancing RCA
1997 Various Artists Titanic Epic Records
1980 Aerosmith Greatest Hits Columbia
1987 George Michael Faith Columbia 10× platinum
1984 Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend Island
1983 Def Leppard Pyromania Mercury Records
1977 Billy Joel The Stranger Columbia
2002 Norah Jones Come Away With Me Blue Note
1990 MC Hammer Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em Capitol
1967 Patsy Cline Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits Decca
1992 Eric Clapton Unplugged Reprise Records
1997 Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love Epic Records
1999 Dixie Chicks Fly Monument Records
1976 Doobie Brothers Best of The Doobies Warner Bros.
1969 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Atlantic Records
2000 Linkin Park Hybrid Theory Warner Bros.
1993 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits MCA
1995 No Doubt Tragic Kingdom Trauma Records
1994 Green Day Dookie Reprise Records
1991 Nirvana Nevermind DGC
1990 Madonna The Immaculate Collection Sire
1984 Madonna Like a Virgin Sire
1971 Carole King Tapestry ODE
1983 Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down Motown
1985 The Doors The Best of The Doors Elektra
1997 The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death Bad Boy Records/Arista
1994 Soundtrack The Lion King Disneyland
1983 ZZ Top Eliminator Warner Bros.
2000 Britney Spears Oops!… I Did It Again Jive
1987 U2 The Joshua Tree Island
1993 Mariah Carey Music Box Columbia
1989 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks Capitol
1978 Van Halen Van Halen Warner Bros.
2004 Usher Confessions Arista
1995 Mariah Carey Daydream Columbia
1976 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life Motown
1997 Garth Brooks Sevens Capitol Nashville
1994 Garth Brooks The Hits Liberty Records
1984 Van Halen 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) Warner Bros.
2000 The Beatles 1 Capitol

[edit] Certification records in the US

Artist Record Certifications[1]
Eagles Highest selling album by a group - Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) 29× platinum
Michael Jackson Highest selling album by a solo artist and pop artist, highest selling studio album - Thriller 28× platinum
Led Zeppelin Highest selling album by a hard rock group - Led Zeppelin IV 23× platinum
Pink Floyd Highest selling album by a progressive rock group - The Wall
Pink Floyd Highest selling soundtrack - The Wall
Billy Joel Highest selling album by a male Rock artist - Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 21× platinum
Garth Brooks Highest selling live album - Double Live 20× platinum
Shania Twain Highest selling non-live Country album - Come on Over
Shania Twain Highest selling album by a female artist - Come on Over
Guns N' Roses Highest selling debut album by a Rock group - Appetite for Destruction 18× platinum
Backstreet Boys Highest selling album by a Pop group - Backstreet Boys 14× platinum
Britney Spears Highest selling album by a female Pop artist and debut - ...Baby One More Time
Britney Spears Highest selling album by a Teenager - ...Baby One More Time
Metallica Highest selling album by a heavy metal group - Metallica
Whitney Houston Highest selling Female R&B debut - Whitney Houston 13× platinum
Pearl Jam Highest selling album by an alternative rock/grunge group - Ten
Matchbox 20 Highest selling album by a post-grunge group - Yourself Or Someone Like You 12× platinum
Boyz II Men Highest selling album by an R&B act - II
Outkast Highest selling album by a Rap group - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 11× platinum
TLC Highest selling album by a Female R&B group - CrazySexyCool
Kid Rock Highest selling album by rap solo artist- Devil Without A Cause
Green Day Highest selling album by a punk pop group - Dookie 10× platinum
Madonna Highest selling Female Compilation - The Immaculate Collection

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