Regardless of your musical tastes, a best-selling album is one of the most amazing achievements an artist can achieve. Creating a single- or double-length album, as well as combining songs into a special album, takes a lot of skill.
The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) tracks the best-selling albums in the United States. Their data includes certified copies sourced from online databases of local music industry associations. These certified copies are measured by the percentage of units sold that are certified. The higher the percentage, the more certified copies an album has. The number of certified copies increases with the age of the album.
The best-selling albums in the United States are listed below. They include studio albums and greatest hits collections. The number of units sold does not include resale of used albums.
The top-selling albums on the Billboard 200 are based on data from the RIAA. These albums include a mix of modern-era hits and classics. The top albums on the list are from the 1970s and 1980s.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller holds the top spot on the list. This album went on to sell 70 million copies worldwide. Thriller has won eight Grammy Awards. It also holds the title of being the first album to top the Billboard 200. It also held the number one spot on the Billboard 200 for more than 35 weeks.
The Beatles’ “White Album” has 24x platinum certification. It is the most successful album of all time.