Here is a list of top 20 best selling albums of all time, which have made everyone tap on their beats over and over again. They are so popular that even after completing decades of their launch, they are fresh in the listener’s minds, making listeners dance and sing along.
1. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)
This was the 6th studio album by Michael Jackson. It was released in 1982, and till date, it is the top-selling album of all times. The numbers in this album are dedicated to pop, disco, and rock genres. It has sold over 65 million since then, and the production cost was $750,000. It has some great numbers like Billie Jean, Beat It, and Human Nature. In 2003, it was ranked on 20th position on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
2. AC/DC: Back in Black (1980)
It is an album by an Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It is the 6th internationally launched album of the band. It was introduced in 1980 and has sold over 50 million copies. Some of its rocking numbers are You Shock Me All Night Long, Back in Black, and Hells Bells. In 2003, the album was ranked on 77th rank on the list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, by Rolling Stone magazine.
3. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
The Dark Side of the Moon was unveiled in 1973, and it is the eighth studio album by Pink Floyd, which is an English progressive rock band. The theme of the band is based on Barrett’s mental illness, greed, conflict, and the passage of time.
This album enjoyed an immediate and a huge success and remained a chartbuster for nearly 741 weeks. It sold over 50 million albums worldwide. Some of the songs that bagged fame were Money, the Great Gig in the Sky, and Breath.
4. Whitney Houston: The Bodyguard (1992)
The Bodyguard is an American romantic thriller movie, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. It was released in 1992. The original soundtrack album of the movie was a big hit and the top-selling album of all time, which was certified diamond in the United States. It sold nearly 45 million albums worldwide. It includes some of the romantic numbers, like I Will Always Love You, Queen of the Night, and Run to You.
5. Michael Jackson: Bad (1987)
Bad is the 7th studio album by pop star, Michal Jackson. It was released in1987 and sold over 45 million editions. It includes numbers of pop, funk, and rock genres. This album gave Jackson a huge commercial success and two Grammy Awards. In 2009, Bad was amongst the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time (MTV Generation) and ranked 202 in 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in the Rolling Stone magazine.
6. Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell (1977)
Bat Out of Hell was the second studio album of rock band, Meat Loaf from America, which was released in 1977. It is one of the top-selling albums of all times with a net sale of 43 million copies over the globe. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it 343 in the list of 500 Bestselling Albums in 2003. It also became famous for its unique cover concept.
Some singles from the album are Bat out of Hell, Heaven Can’t Wait, and For Crying out Loud.
7. Eagles: Their Greatest Hits (1976)
It is a compiled album of all the singles by the rock band, Eagles. It is one of the top-selling albums of all times and has sold over 42 million copies domestically and internationally. It includes some of the ever famous tracks like Desperado, Take It Easy, Already Gone, and Tequila Sunrise. It has been a chart-busting album in various magazines and record associations including, RIANZ, RPM, IFPI Hong Kong, BPI, and RIAA.
8. Bee Gees: Saturday Night Fever (1977)
It is an American dance movie, released in the year 1977 and starring John Travolta. The movie was a huge commercial success and extended the madness of disco music everywhere. The disco music given by rock band Bee Gees contributed to the success of the movie and added five stars to it, making it the top-selling album of all times. Its peppy soundtracks include Staying Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, More Than a Women, and You Should Be Dancing. It sold nearly 40 million of copies over the globe.
9. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)
The eleventh studio album of British-American rock band, Fleetwood Mac was recorded in 1976 and has a total sale of over 40 million albums. It has soft rock numbers, including Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, You Make Loving Fun, and Dreams.
“Rumours” was a huge success in 1978 and was also a Grammy Award’s winner. It has also won diamond certifications in many countries, selling nearly 40 million albums worldwide.
10. Shania Twain: Come On Over (1997)
Come on Over is the third studio album of popular Canadian singer, Shania Twain. It was recorded in 1997, and over 40 million copies of it were sold worldwide. The album basically includes soft numbers of pop, including country genre- You’re Still the One, From This Moment on, Come on Over, You’ve Got a Way, Honey, I’m Home and many more.
Come on Over is, in fact, the best selling album of all times that is ever recorded by a woman. The album immediately bagged the top position on Billboard after its release, and it stayed there for nearly 50 weeks.
11. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
This is the fourth album by rock band Led Zeppelin. No name is printed on the cover page of the album; hence, it is usually emphasized as “Led Zeppelin IV”. It contains many songs like the Black Dog, Rock and Roll, and Going to California, which made it a blockbuster and dragged it in the list of top selling albums of all time. It has a total sale of 37 million copies worldwide.
It was on the 66th place on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 Bestselling Albums of All Times. It has also achieved several certifications that include, CAPIF, ARIA, ABPD, SNEP, BVMI, NVPI, IFPI, BPI, and RIAA.
12. Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (1995)
Jagged Little Pill is the third studio album and first international album, released by Canadian-American recording artist Alanis Morissette in 1995. It was a huge success with a net sale of 33 million. It includes songs of post-grunge and alternative rock genre.
Alanis Morissette won five Grammy’s for this album, which made her the youngest debutant in the music industry, a record that she maintained for 14 years.
The famous tracks of the album are Ironic, You Ought to Know, Forgiven, Mary Jane and Right through You, Head over Feet, as well as two unreleased songs, No Avalon, and Superstar Wonderful Weirdos.
13. Michael Jackson: Dangerous (1991)
Released in 1991, this was the eighth studio album of American pop star, Michael Jackson. Nearly 32 million copies of this album were sold globally, which includes 20 million certified copies.
This album discovered a new and unique genre of music, New jack swing. Dangerous topped the music charts in almost nine countries, including various mind-blowing tracks like, Dangerous, Black and White, In the Closet, Jam, and many such numbers.
14. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
This is the 8th studio album by English rock and pop band- The Beatles. It released in 1967, and nearly 32 million copies were sold. It includes songs such as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, With a Little Help from My Friends, and A Day in the Life.
Sgt. Pepper acclaimed popularity all around the globe in countries like Australia, UK, North and South America, Africa, Europe, Japan, and even in the black market of Russia.
It has been awarded many accolades including, Album of the Year, best album cover and graphic presentation, best-engineered recording and contemporary album.
15. Celine Dion: Falling into You (1996)
Released in 1996, ‘Falling into You’ is the 4th English-language and 21st overall album of the Canadian singer, Celine Dion. This pop and soft rock numbered album sold over 32 million of its copies, winning three Grammy Awards, which made it a top-selling album of all times.
‘Falling into You’ has received several certifications from almost 21 countries. Some of its melodious and all-time hit songs are Fly, It’s All Coming Back to Me Now, Because You Loved Me, All by Myself, I Love You, Seduces Me, and many more.
16. Mariah Carey: Music Box (1993)
This is the third studio album by rock star Mariah Carey. Music Box was released in 1993 with few urban soundtracks and ballads. Over 32 million copies of its edition were sold and came on the top selling music albums of all times.
The first three singles from the album, Hero, Dream lover, and Without You were the chart-toppers worldwide, with the release of the album. Mariah Carey was also nominated for Grammy for the singles from this album in 1994 and 1995, but unfortunately, she did not win either time.
Music Box has received many certifications from 16 countries.
17. Dirty Dancing: Soundtrack (1987)
Dirty Dancing is originally the soundtrack from the massive box office’s hit movie, Dirty Dancing. The album was a huge success in the USA and sold over 32 million copies, maintaining its position in the best selling albums of all times.
The songs are of pop, rock, R&B, soft rock, and soul genres. The original edition of 1987 has a track listing of 12 songs, and in 2007, RCA Records re-released a twentieth-anniversary edition, which includes 27 songs in disc-1 and 7 in disc-2.
18. The Beatles: 1 (2000)
“1” is the compilation of all the songs sung by rock and pop band The Beatles, during 1962 and 1970 in USA and UK. It was a commercially successful album and sold with over 31 million copies. “1” is also considered as the fastest selling albums of all time.
It has received many accolades and certifications from all around the world. Some of its popular tracks are- Love Me Do, From Me to You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, I Feel Fine, Ticket to Ride, All You Need Is Love, Penny Lane, and many more.
19. Celine Dion: Let’s Talk About Love (1997)
The fifth English and overall twenty-third album of Celine Dion, Let’s Talk about Love was released in 1997. It includes some of the ever famous pop and soft rock numbers like The Massive Hit and My Heart Will Go On, which was featured in the movie Titanic. It has sold over 31 million copies globally.
This was a sequel to Celine’s previous album, Falling into You. Let’s Talk about Love has won an Academy and four Grammy Awards for best female pop vocal performance, record of the year, song of the year, and best song written. The songs of this album have been toppers on various chart albums of various countries, and have received the diamond, million, and platinum certifications and honors.
20. The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)
Abbey Road is the 11th studio album of the rock band The Beatles, released in 1969 before their break up. It was their last recorded album. However, it was recorded amidst the tension within the band, but commercially it came out as a successful album and is in the list of the top-selling albums of all times. It went for the selling of 30 million albums worldwide.
It has several single tracks, which were popular in various countries’ weekly and yearly charts. Some of its numbers are Come Together, Something, Oh! Darling, I Want You, Sun King, The End, Her Majesty, and Here Comes the Sun.