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The 50 best-selling albums of all time

Business Insider
Business Insider
 2021-09-22

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The Eagles.

In 2018, The Eagles' greatest hits album, released in 1976, surpassed Michael Jackson's 1982 album "Thriller" to take the top spot on the Record Industry Association of America's (RIAA) list of the top selling albums of all time in the US.

The Eagles have the first and third best-selling albums of all time, with the band's "Hotel California" following "Thriller."

Other notable artists on the list include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Garth Brooks, who are all featured three times in the top 50.

Below is the list based on RIAA's data for the best-selling albums in US history (measured in "certified units" sold).

John Lynch contributed to a previous version of this post.

Check out the 50 best-selling albums of all time:

50. Led Zeppelin - "Led Zeppelin II"
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Certified units: 12 million

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49. Kenny Rogers - "Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits"
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Certified units: 12 million

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48. Kenny G - "Breathless"
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Certified units: 12 million

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47. Jewel - "Pieces of You"
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Certified units: 12 million

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46. Def Leppard - "Hysteria"
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Certified units: 12 million

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45. Celine Dion - "Falling Into You"
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Certified units: 12 million

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44. Boyz II Men - "II"
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Certified units: 12 million

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43. Bon Jovi - "Slippery When Wet"
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Certified units: 12 million

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42. Whitney Houston - "Whitney Houston"
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Certified units: 13 million

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41. The Chicks - "Wide Open Spaces"
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Certified units: 13 million

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40. Prince & The Revolution - "Purple Rain"
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Certified units: 13 million

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39. Pearl Jam - "Ten"
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Certified units: 13 million

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38. Carole King - "Tapestry"
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Certified units: 13 million

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37. Bruce Springsteen - "Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Live 1975-'85"
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Certified units: 13 million

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36. Backstreet Boys - "Millennium"
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Certified units: 13 million

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35. Steve Miller Band - "Greatest Hits 1974-1978"
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Certified units: 14 million

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34. Simon & Garfunkel - "Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits"
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Certified units: 14 million

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33. Meat Loaf - "Bat Out of Hell"
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Certified units: 14 million

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32. Garth Brooks - "Ropin' The Wind"
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Certified units: 14 million

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31. Britney Spears - "...Baby One More Time"
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Certified units: 14 million

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30. Backstreet Boys - "Backstreet Boys"
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Certified units: 14 million

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29. Adele - "21"
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Certified units: 14 million

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28. The Beatles - "The Beatles 1962-1966"
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Certified units: 15 million

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27. Santana - "Supernatural"
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Certified units: 15 million

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26. Pink Floyd - "Dark Side of the Moon"
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Certified units: 15 million

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25. Journey - "Greatest Hits"
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Certified units: 15 million

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24. Bruce Springsteen - "Born In The U.S.A."
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Certified units: 15 million

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23. Bob Marley & The Wailers - "Legend"
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Certified units: 15 million

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22. Metallica - "Metallica"
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Certified units: 16 million

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21. Led Zeppelin - "Physical Graffiti"
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Certified units: 16 million

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20. Bee Gees - "Saturday Night Fever" (Soundtrack)
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Certified units: 15 million

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19. Alanis Morisette - "Jagged Little Pill"
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Certified units: 16 million

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18. The Beatles - "The Beatles 1967-1970"
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Certified units: 17 million

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17. Elton John - "Greatest Hits"
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Certified units: 17 million

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16. Boston - "Boston"
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Certified units: 17 million

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15. Whitney Houston - "The Bodyguard" (Soundtrack)
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Certified units: 18 million

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14. Guns N' Roses - "Appetite for Destruction"
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Certified units: 18 million

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13. Garth Brooks - "No Fences"
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Certified units: 18 million

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12. Shania Twain - "Come On Over"
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Certified units: 20 million

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11. Fleetwood Mac - "Rumours"
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Certified units: 20 million

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10. Hootie & The Blowfish - "Cracked Rear View"
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Certified units: 21 million

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9. Garth Brooks - "Double Live"
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Certified units: 21 million

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8. Pink Floyd - "The Wall"
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Certified units: 23 million

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7. Led Zeppelin - "Led Zeppelin IV"
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Certified units: 23 million

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6. Billy Joel - "Greatest Hits Volume 1 & Volume 2"
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Certified units: 23 million

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5. The Beatles - "The Beatles" ("The White Album")
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Certified units: 24 million

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4. AC/DC - "Back In Black"
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Certified units: 25 million

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3. Eagles - "Hotel California"
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Certified units: 26 million

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2. Michael Jackson - "Thriller"
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Certified units: 34 million

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1. Eagles - "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)"
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Certified units: 38 million

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