THE LATEST TOP 25 ALBUM SALES CHART IN AMERICA

By now, you may have heard that a recent audit of American album sales in all formats from vinyl to download has altered the list of the top-selling titles in this country.  Most notably, the Eagles “Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975” has vaulted past Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the #1 seller and The Eagles “Hotel California” has jumped up into the #3 position.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) audits and counts ‘record’ sales in the United States.  It is the agency that assigns Gold, Platinum, and Diamond awards to artists and regularly updates its charts of current and classic music.  Titles in America are accurately counted, whereas in foreign countries many of the agencies responsible do only a cursory job.  So, while worldwide album totals are estimated in many nations, the U.S. amounts are dependable. 

There are real reasons for the Eagles monumental sales increase: most notably the death of founding member Glenn Frey in 2016, which sparked a massive Eagles buying spree by fans who, perhaps updated their format from vinyl to CD or download, and newfound converts who purchased the band’s music for the first time.  

The Eagles have achieved unprecedented success: the band has sold 150 million albums worldwide, scored six #1 albums, and topped the singles charts five times. They have won six GRAMMY® Awards, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, in their first year of eligibility, and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016.

Here then is the latest list of the 25 top-selling albums in America.

     

  • #1   THE EAGLES              THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 – 1975          (1976)         38 million
  • #2   MICHAEL JACKSON  THRILLER                                                   (1982)         33 million
  • #3   THE EAGLES              HOTEL CALIFORNIA                                  (1976)         26 million
  • #4   BILLY JOEL                GREATEST HITS VOL. 1 & 2                       (1985)         23 million
  •                  (Double albums count 1 copy for each disc in the set)
  • #5   LED ZEPPELIN           LED ZEPPELIN (IV)                                     (1971)         23 million
  • #6   PINK FLOYD              THE WALL                                                 (1979)         23 million
  • #7   AC/DC                       BACK IN BLACK                                        (1980)         22 million
  • #8   GARTH BROOKS       DOUBLE LIVE                                            (1998)         21 million
  • #9   HOOTIE & BLOWFISH   CRACKED REAR VIEW                          (1994)         21 million
  • #10  FLEETWOOD MAC    RUMOURS                                               (1977)         20 million
  • #11  SHANIA TWAIN        COME ON OVER                                      (1997)         20 million
  • #12  THE BEATLES            THE BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM)                 (1968)        19 million
  • #13  GUNS N’ ROSES       APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION                  (1987)        18 million
  • #14  WHITNEY HOUSTON  THE BODYGUARD (Soundtrack)            (1992)        18 million
  • #15  BOSTON                   BOSTON                                                   (1976)        17 million
  • #16  ELTON JOHN           GREATEST HITS                                         (1974)        17 million
  • #17  GARTH BROOKS      NO FENCES                                               (1990)        17 million
  • #18  THE BEATLES           THE BEATLES 1967-1970                           (1973)        17 million
  • #19  ALANIS MORISETTE  JAGGED LITTLE PILL                                 (1995)        16 million
  • #20  BEE GEES                 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER                          (1977)        16 million
  • #21  LED ZEPPELIN         PHYSICAL GRAFFITI                                    (1975)       16 million
  • #22  METALLICA             METALLICA                                                 (1991)       16 million
  • #23  BOB MARLEY          LEGEND                                                      (1984)       15 million
  • #24  BRUCE SPREINGSTEEN    BORN IN THE U.S.A.                          (1984)       15 million
  • #25  JOURNEY                GREATEST HITS                                          (1988)       15 million    
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