Among the top-selling albums of all time are records from rock legends like Metallica, Elton John and Taylor Swift. However, these artists have only been around for decades, and not every album on the list was released during their eras. Here are some of the best selling albums of all time, ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Aerosmith is by far the biggest selling American rock band of all time. They released five albums in the 1970s and signed with Columbia Records. The band became hard rock superstars and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In addition to being the band’s best selling album, the self-titled fourth album has sold over 23 million copies in the U.S.
“The Dark Side of the Moon” is an album by British rock band Pink Floyd. This album, released in 1973, explores conflict, greed, time and death. The album was partly inspired by the deteriorating health of lead singer Syd Barrett. The cover of the album is one of the most famous album covers in the world.
The Beatles’ “White Album” is one of the best selling albums of all time. The album, released in 1973, has a total of 24x platinum certification.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller album holds the record for the highest number of certified copies sold worldwide. The album has sold 25 million copies worldwide. The album has also been certified as 20x platinum in the U.S.