This is the list of the 5 best-selling albums of all time. Enjoy it!
5) Millennium – Backstreet Boys
(1999 – Pop – 40 mln)
Millennium is the third album by the American boy band the Backstreet Boys. It was a highly anticipated follow-up to both their U.S. debut album, and their second internationally released album. It was their first album to be released in both the U.S. and internationally in the same form, at the same time. So Millennium in the United States holds the record for most shipments in one year, with 11 million in 1999. In addition, it was nominated for five Grammy Awards and spawned four Top 40 singles, including the single “I Want It That Way”. Millennium has since become one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 40 million copies worldwide.
4) Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf
(1977 – Hard Rock – 43 mln)
Bat Out of Hell is the second album and major-label debut by American rock singer Meat Loaf, as well as being his first collaboration with composer Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, released in October 1977 on Cleveland International/Epic Records. As a result, it is one of the best-selling albums in the history of recorded music, having sold over 43 million copies worldwide. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at number 343 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003.
3) The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
(1973 – Progressive Rock – 50 mln)
The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth album by the English rock band Pink Floyd. Originally released on 1 March 1973, on the label Harvest, it built on ideas explored in the band’s earlier recordings and live shows, but departs from instrumental thematic by founding member Syd Barrett. The album explores themes including conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett’s deteriorating mental state.
2) Back in Black – AC/DC
(1980- Hard Rock/Heavy Metal – 52 mln)
One of the best-selling albums is Back in Black, the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC. Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, the album was released on 25 July 1980 by Albert Productions and Atlantic Records. In conclusion by the late 1970s, AC/DC began to achieve significant popularity outside their native Australia, with high-energy live performances and a string of successful albums.
1) Thriller – Michael Jackson
(1982 – Pop – 66 mln)
Thriller is the sixth studio album by the American singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30, 1982 by Epic Records. It is the follow-up to Jackson’s critically and commercially successful fifth studio album Off the Wall (1979). Thriller explores genres similar to those of Off the Wall, including pop, post-disco, rock and funk. In conclusion, seven singles were released from the album, all of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. And in just over a year, Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales surpassing 65 million copies worldwide. As a result, it is the best-selling album in the United States, and has become the first album ever to be certified 32x multi-platinum for surpassing shipments of 32 million album-equivalent units. In conclusion, the album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including Album of the Year.