‘Thriller’ Top Selling Album In History

By  //  October 28, 2012

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MUSIC HISTORY

Top Ten Best Selling Albums Worldwide (All-Time)

1. Thriller (1982)
Album Sales: 110 Million
Artist: Michael Jackson
Producer: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones
‘Thriller’ is the highest selling album of all-time, with numerous songs on the album going to #1.

2. Back in Black (1980)
Album Sales: 49 Million
Artist: AC/DC
Producer: Robert John “Mutt” Lange
With Brian Johnson taking over as the front man, this was the first AC/DC album after Bon Scott’s death.

3. Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Album Sales: 43 Million
Artist: Pink Floyd
Producer: Pink Floyd
Though Syd Barrett was gone, this album stayed on Billboard for a record 14 consecutive years until 1988.

4. Bat out of Hell (1977)
Album Sales: 43 Million
Artist: Meat Loaf
Producer: Todd Rundgren
An appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ helped the album receive a huge following in the USA.

5. Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 (1976)
Album Sales: 42 Million
Artist: Eagles
Producer: Glyn Johns, Bill Szymczyk
This was the first album to reach ‘platinum’ status and is the highest selling album of all-time in the USA.

6. Dirty Dancing Soundtrack (1987)
Album Sales: 42 Million
Artist: Various Artists
Producer: Jimmy Ienner
Many of the oldies from the movie were inspired from film producer Eleanor Bergstein’s personal collection.

7. The Bodyguard Soundtrack (1992)
Album Sales: 42 Million
Artist: Whitney Houston, Various Artists
Producer: Whitney Houston, Clive Davis
Whitney Houston’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” is the highlight of this soundtrack.

8. Rumours (1977)
Album Sales: 40 Million
Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Producer: Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut
The name of the album a reflection of band members writing about each other.

9. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977)
Album Sales: 40 Million
Artist: Bee Gees, Various Artists
Producer: Arif Mardin
With most recording done by the Bee Gees, this is the number one best-selling soundtrack of all-time.

10. Millennium (1999)
Album Sales: 40 Million
Artist: Backstreet Boys
Producer: Max Martin, Kristian Lundin
Debuting on Billboard at #1, Millennium sold almost half a million copies in the US on its first day.

EDITOR’S CHOICE
Yanni Live at the Acropolis


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