Depending on where you live, the answer to this question may vary. The United States is by far the largest market for music. Therefore, the best selling album of all time is probably the one that is most successful there.
The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) uses data to determine the best selling albums of all time. To qualify for the best selling album list, an album must sell at least 20 million copies. In addition to physical copies, an album can also include extended plays, remixes, and soundtracks. It is important to note that albums that have sold more than 20 million copies have been certified by the RIAA.
The list is not exhaustive. Some of the greatest selling albums of all time have sold fewer than 20 million copies. The list also does not include albums sold through resale.
The Beatles, the Eagles, and Pink Floyd are some of the best selling albums of all time. While they each had a number of best-selling albums, only one of them achieved the top spot.
The Beatles’ 1967 – 1970 reached No. 2 on the UK album chart. Their White Album is a four-side extravaganza. It is considered one of the most popular and iconic albums of all time.
Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ has sold over 46 million copies worldwide. It has also spent over 16 years on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller is still the best-selling album of all time. It is currently the best-selling album of all time in the U.S. This is not a guarantee though. Record labels often claim higher sales than are actually certified.