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(Boursier.com) — This ranking presents the best-selling musical albums in the world. It includes studio and live albums, compilations and soundtracks. These figures are estimated sales, so they are not “official”.
13 – Mariah Carey: Music box
Several artists are in thirteenth place with more than 32 million records sold. “Music box” by Mariah Carey takes pride of place. The RnB singer released this album in 1993.
13 – Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles is a classic. It is one of the most influential records in history. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it number one on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
13 – Eagles: Hotel California
The Eagles’ “Hotel California” ranks the same. The rock band founded in 1970 in Los Angeles released this CD in 1976.
13 – Dirty Dancing
The soundtrack of the film “Dirty Dancing” released in 1987 met with real success. She spent 18 weeks in first place on the Billboard 200 (an organization that counts album sales in the United States). The disc has also sold 32 million copies.
13 – Celine Dion: Falling Into Love
“Falling Into Love” is the sixteenth studio album by Canadian singer Celine Dion. It was released in 1996. It remains one of the biggest hits in music history with an estimated 32 million sales.
12 – Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill
“Jagged Little Pill” is Alanis Morrissette’s third studio album. Released in 1995, its success comes from the introspective side of the titles. The artist delivers here all his frustration and his anger. The disc won the Grammy Award for album of the year and sold 33 million copies.
11 – Adele: 21
The singer Adèle collects successes. In 2011, “21” is no exception. The singles “Rolling Into Deep”, “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” announced this triumph. More than 35 million people bought this CD.
10 – Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin are a British rock band founded in London in 1968 by Jimmy Page. “Led Zeppelin IV” is as its name suggests their fourth album, released in 1971. The CD includes many classics like “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll” or Stairway to Heaven. With more than 37 million copies sold, it is the tenth most sold album of all time.
7 – Shania Twain: Come On Over
Shania Twain is a Canadian country singer. “Come on Over” emerged in 1997 and broke several records. It is the best-selling country album in history as well as the best-selling album by a solo female artist. It is certified 20 times platinum (in the United States) with more than 40 million sales.
7 – Fleetwood Mac: Rumors
Fleetwood Mac is an American-British rock band formed in 1967 in London. “Rumors” was their eleventh album, released in 1977. It won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and remains the band’s best-known production. Forty million copies have been sold since its release.
7 – Bee Gees: Saturday Night Fever
“Saturday Night Fever” is the soundtrack to the eponymous film released in 1978. The group, made up of three brothers, popularized Disco. The CD met with immediate success. It also won the Grammy Award for album of the year and its sales are now estimated at over 40 million.
6 – Eagles: Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)
The Californians make a second appearance in this list. This compilation includes the best titles of the group between 1971 and 1975, it was released in 1976. This disc is the first to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It is today 29 times. Forty-two million copies have been sold around the world.
5 – Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell
Meat Loaf is an American rock singer and actor. His first album “Bat Out of Hell” appeared in 1977. The disc was well received by the public since it remained on the British charts for almost ten years. Sales are estimated at 43 million copies.
4 – The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album
“The Bodyguard” is the best-selling soundtrack in history. The film features a story between Whitney Houston and her bodyguard, Kevin Costner. With six titles interpreted, including the mythical “I Will Always Love You”, it raises the actress to the rank of world superstar. Since its release in 1994, between 44 and 45 million copies of this compilation have been purchased.
3 – Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
In 1973, “The Dark Side of the Moon” dedicated Pink Floyd. The members of the group bring a new style of music with Psychedelic and Progressive Rock. To produce this album, the musicians use new techniques still unknown at the time, such as analog synthesizers. The record remains in the Billboard 200 for a record period of 933 weeks, or 18 years! Sales estimates range from 45 to 50 million.
2 – ACDC: Back in Black
In 1980, the legendary Hard Rock group, ACDC, released the album “Back in Black.” On this disc Brian Johnson replaces the former singer Bon Scott who died tragically. The disc is therefore a form of homage. The success is gigantic since it flows to more than 50 million copies.
1 – Michael Jackson: Thriller
The King of Pop closes this ranking. “Thriller” was released in 1982 and Michael Jackson then became a true icon. He is the first artist to use music videos as a means of promotion. The eponymous video is considered the greatest of all time. The singer outclasses the other artists and this chart with more than 66 million sales!