I think there’s something fascinating regarding learning about successful artists and their highest achievements. In this article, I’ve gathered some cool info about seven of the best-selling music albums of all time, so we can marvel and be inspired by these forces of nature.
The highest selling album ever is ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson, which comes as no surprise at number one. This groundbreaking masterpiece is relevant even today, and it still sells like hot bread even if more than thirty years have passed since its release in ‘82. The album sold more than 60 million copies all around the world.
Another album that is just as loved today as it was in 1980 when it hit the market is ‘Back in Black’ by AC/DC. The hard rock body of work became an instant classic, and the leading singles can still be heard on today’s radio stations. The band claims it sold at least fifty million CDs, although only 26 are certified.
Yet another rock band that made history is Pink Floyd. With their album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’, and with its iconic cover, they managed to sell more than forty million copies. Or so they claim, as the market only certified 25 million, which is still impressive. All the singles from this album went platinum.
It seems like rock is still on this list, with the iconic band Meat Loaf, which in ‘77 took the charts by storm and with hit singles like ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’, they transformed the music industry. Their second album, ‘Bat Out of Hell’ managed to make its way towards becoming the fourth most successful album of all times by selling a little bit over twenty-two million copies.
At number five, we have a movie soundtrack. And I am pretty sure you know what I am talking about. Whitney Houston and her legendary movie ‘The Bodyguard’, stole the hearts of thousands of people, who in total bought more than thirty million CDs. It still is the highest selling soundtrack of the century. Her solo albums were just as successful, despite the tragic turn the artist’s life took.
The Eagles fly straight to number six on our list with the compilation ‘Their Greatest Hits’, which despite containing only old songs, it sold forty million copies throughout the years. The album included beloved classics such as ‘Take It Easy’ and ‘Tequila Sunrise’. You can still find this album in stores today, and it received many awards, which were all very well deserved.
And the last album on this list is a bit of a personal choice. I wanted to include the current best selling album because all the other ones are classics, and I wanted something that even young kids can relate to. It comes as no shocker that the best selling album of the last few years is ‘21’ by the international superstar, Adele. The ballad-filled work of art sold 25 million copies and broke all kinds of records.