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Ranking of the Most Sold Music Albums of All Time
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Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Madonna, Frank Sinatra... you probably think that the greatest names in music history are also the ones who have sold the most albums throughout their careers. This doesn"t always hold true though. In this ranking you will see how there are many other singers that are not as well-known that have snuck in at top positions. In any case, it is very likely that sales are influenced by the modern habit of downloading music digitally instead of buying a physical album. Here are the most sold albums in history, from the birth of recording to the present day.

Albumcolumns columns Units
1Michael Jackson - ThrillerMichael Jackson - Thriller140,000,000
2AC/DC - Back in BlackAC/DC - Back in Black42,000,000
3The Eagles - GREATEST HITS 1971-1975The Eagles - GREATEST HITS 1971-197542,000,000
4Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard (soundtrack)Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard (soundtrack)42,000,000
5Backstreet Boys - MillenniumBackstreet Boys - Millennium40,000,000
6Bee Gees - Saturday Night FeverBee Gees - Saturday Night Fever40,000,000
7Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon40,000,000
8Shania Twain - Come on OverShania Twain - Come on Over39,000,000
9Meat Loaf - Bat out of HellMeat Loaf - Bat out of Hell37,000,000
10The Beatles - Sgt. Pepperīs Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles - Sgt. Pepperīs Lonely Hearts Club Band32,000,000
11Celine Dion - Falling into YouCeline Dion - Falling into You32,000,000
12Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV32,000,000
13Mariah Carey - Music BoxMariah Carey - Music Box32,000,000
14Dirty Dancing (album)Dirty Dancing (album)32,000,000
15Celine Dion - Letīs Talk About LoveCeline Dion - Letīs Talk About Love31,000,000
16Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little PillAlanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill30,000,000
17Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys (album)Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys (album)30,000,000
18The Beatles - Beatles 1 (disco)The Beatles - Beatles 1 (disco)30,000,000
19The Beatles - Abbey RoadThe Beatles - Abbey Road30,000,000
20Bee Gees - Spirits Having FlownBee Gees - Spirits Having Flown30,000,000
21Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.30,000,000
22James Horner - Titanic (soundtrack)James Horner - Titanic (soundtrack)30,000,000
23Dire Straits - Brothers in ArmsDire Straits - Brothers in Arms30,000,000
24Fleetwood Mac - RumoursFleetwood Mac - Rumours30,000,000
25Michael Jackson - BadMichael Jackson - Bad30,000,000
26Michael Jackson - DangerousMichael Jackson - Dangerous30,000,000
27Bon Jovi - Slippery When WetBon Jovi - Slippery When Wet28,000,000
28Guns Nī Roses - Appetite for DestructionGuns Nī Roses - Appetite for Destruction28,000,000
29ABBA - Gold: Greatest HitsABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits26,000,000
30Hootie & The Blowfish - Cracked Rear ViewHootie & The Blowfish - Cracked Rear View26,000,000
31Nirvana - NevermindNirvana - Nevermind26,000,000
32Britney Spears - Baby One More TimeBritney Spears - Baby One More Time25,000,000
33Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-VidaIron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida25,000,000
34Mariah Carey - DaydreamMariah Carey - Daydream25,000,000
35Queen - Greatest Hits (Queen)Queen - Greatest Hits (Queen)25,000,000
36Carlos Santana - SupernaturalCarlos Santana - Supernatural25,000,000
37U2 - The Joshua TreeU2 - The Joshua Tree25,000,000
38Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston (album)Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston (album)25,000,000
39Backstreet Boys - Black & BlueBackstreet Boys - Black & Blue24,000,000
40Linkin Park - Hybrid TheoryLinkin Park - Hybrid Theory24,000,000
41Michael Crawford - The Phantom of the OperaMichael Crawford - The Phantom of the Opera24,000,000
42Ace of Base - Happy Nation / The SignAce of Base - Happy Nation / The Sign23,000,000
43Spice Girls - SpiceSpice Girls - Spice23,000,000
44Carole King - TapestryCarole King - Tapestry22,000,000
45Madonna - The Immaculate CollectionMadonna - The Immaculate Collection22,000,000
46Metallica - Metallica (album)Metallica - Metallica (album)22,000,000
47Dido - No AngelDido - No Angel21,000,000
48Madonna - Like A VirginMadonna - Like A Virgin21,000,000
49Adele - 21Adele - 2120,000,000
50Bob Marley - Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & The WailersBob Marley - Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers20,000,000
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