Top 10 best-selling albums of all time: From Thriller to Back In Black, here’s the most updated list

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The music industry has evolved over time, with newer and different genres, styles, and art taking over the world. But there have also been legends and icons whose music transcends over decades and generations and continues to remain on top. We’re talking about artists whose albums remain the best-selling of all time.

These are some of the albums that have remained in the top ten, with the occasional fluctuation in ranks. It includes albums from the greats such as Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, and AC/DC. So, let’s take a look at the top 10 best-selling albums of all time.

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, better known as the king of pop, tops this list with his album ‘Thriller’. It was his sixth studio album, released in 1982. The 9-track album produced his biggest hits, including Billie Jean, Beat It, P.Y.T., and the title track Thriller. This album is said to have sold 51.2 certified copies globally, with 70 million claimed sales thus far.

No. of copies sold: 70 million

Back In Black – AC/DC

AC/DC’s Back In Black was released just two years before Thriller in 1980. It’s known to have sold 50 million copies with a record of 30.1 certified sales globally. Back In Black features popular tracks that every 80s and 90s kid can easily sing along to. This includes hits like Shoot to Thrill, You Shook Me All Night Long, and Back In Black, which was also part of Iron Man 2’s soundtrack collated by AC/DC. The five-man rock band is still going strong and continues to play at different venues up until now.

No. of copies sold: 50 million

The Bodyguard Soundtrack – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard Soundtrack takes the third spot with 45 million copies sold globally. As the name suggests, this is a soundtrack for the movie The Bodyguard, and it was released in 1992. Whitney Houston even had a role in the movie, which stars Kevin Costner as ‘The Bodyguard’. The album isn’t entirely Houston’s tracks, though, as the first side features her songs, while the second side has titles from various artists.

No. of copies sold: 45 million

The Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon also sold 45 million copies with 24.8 certified sales. The album art is also one that takes space in every Pink Floyd or rock fan’s wall. Despite having been released decades ago in 1973, The Dark Side Of The Moon is still one of the most popular albums globally and continues to remain popular. It’s the English rock band’s eighth studio album, featuring eight songs in total.

No. of copies sold: 45 million

Their Greatest Hits – Eagles

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This is Eagles’ first compilation album featuring songs from their first four albums. It was released in 1976 and includes a total of ten tracks that were released between 1972 and 1975. Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits features popular titles, including Take It Easy, Desperado, and Tequila Sunrise. This album is known to have sold 45 copies globally and 41.2 certified copies.

No. of copies sold: 45 million

Bat Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf

Bat Out Of Hell is Meat Loaf’s debut album, released in 1977. A total of 43 million copies were sold globally, with 22 certified copies. The interesting part of this album is that it has only seven tracks but a total runtime of over 46 minutes. The title track, Bat Out Of Hell is 9 minutes 50 seconds long, something one cannot expect in this day and age. The album was also developed from Neverland, a musical depicting a futuristic rock version of Peter Pan.

No. of copies sold: 43 million

Hotel California – Eagles

The Eagles are back on the list with Hotel California, which can easily be considered as one of the most popular songs in the world. It’s the fifth studio album released in 1976 by the American rock band. There’s a total of nine songs in the album, with Hotel California undoubtedly being the most popular track. The Eagles is known to have sold 44 million copies of Hotel California globally and 41.2 certified sales.

No. of copies sold: 42 million

Come On Over – Shania Twain

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Shania Twain’s Come On Over album is one that’s quite popular with 80s and 90s kids. Come On Over is Shania Twain’s third studio album, released in 1997. It’s a country-pop album with a total of 16 tracks. Some of the popular songs include From This Moment On, Man! I Feel Like a Woman!, You’re Still the One, and That Don’t Impress Me Much. The album is known to have sold 40 million copies with 30.4 certified sales globally.

No. of copies sold: 40 million

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

Rumours is also one of the oldest albums in the list, having been released back in 1977. It’s the eleventh studio album by Fleetwood Mac. The album cover is also quite popular, with Stevie Nicks holding hands with the band’s drummer Mick Fleetwood, who’s resting his foot on a stool. There’s a total of 11 songs in Rumours with a total runtime of 38 minutes and 55 seconds. A total of 40 million copies have been sold globally, with 30.3 certified sales.

No. of copies sold: 40 million

Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack – Bee Gees

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Another soundtrack album in the list is Saturday Night Fever by the Bee Gees. It’s a soundtrack album for the movie with the same name starring John Travolta. The Bee Gees have a total of six songs in the album, which features a total of 17 tracks. You can find some of their most popular hits like Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, and Night Fever. The album sold a total of 40 million copies with 22.1 certified sales.

No. of copies sold: 40 million

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