List of best-selling albums in Australia

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This is a list of best-selling albums in Australia that have been certified by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Since the 1970s, ARIA certified an album platinum for a shipment of 50,000 copies across Australia. In 1983, the number of copies required for a platinum album was raised to 70,000 copies.[1] All albums in this list released after 1982 must have won at least ten ARIA Platinum Awards (700,000 copies) or fourteen awards (700,000 copies) if released before 1983. This list is primarily based on the ARIA database, so it does not include some of the albums which were best-sellers before ARIA began tracking records.

According to ARIA certifications, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf is the best-selling album of all time in Australia with twenty-five times platinum, Whispering Jack by John Farnham is the second best-selling album and best-selling album for any local artist with twenty-four times platinum, Shania Twain's Come On Over holds record for the best-selling album by a female solo artist sharing the accolade with Australian act Delta Goodrem's debut Innocent Eyes with fifteen platinum certificates. The Best of ABBA by ABBA is the best-selling compilation album ever, while Madonna's The Immaculate Collection is the best-selling compilation album in solo artist category. All of these records (except for the best selling album of all time) are held by foreign artists.

Gold and Platinum certification awards (Timeline)[edit]

Albums

Certification Until 1983[2] Since 1983[1][3]
Gold 25,000 35,000
Platinum 50,000 70,000

Best-selling albums in Australia[edit]

(Initial listing is sorted by certified sales by release year.

Year Album Artist Nationality Award Sales Source
1977 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf United States 25× Platinum 1,750,000 [4]
1986 Whispering Jack John Farnham Australia 24× Platinum 1,680,000 [5]
1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits United Kingdom 17× Platinum 1,190,000 [6]
1992 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA Sweden 17× Platinum 1,190,000 [7]
1982 Thriller Michael Jackson United States 16× Platinum 1,120,000 [8]
1975 The Best of ABBA ABBA Sweden 22× Platinum 1,100,000 [9]
1997 Come On Over Shania Twain Canada 15× Platinum 1,050,000 [10]
2003 Innocent Eyes Delta Goodrem Australia 15× Platinum 1,050,000 [8][11]
1981 Greatest Hits Queen United Kingdom 15× Platinum 1,050,000 [4]
2011 21 Adele United Kingdom 14× Platinum 980,000 [12]
1995 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette Canada 14× Platinum 980,000 [10]
1973 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd United Kingdom 14× Platinum 980,000 [8]
1978 Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture Various Artists United States 14× Platinum 980,000 [13]
1984 Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen United States 13× Platinum 910,000 [8]
1996 Falling into You Celine Dion Canada 13× Platinum 910,000 [8]
1996 Recurring Dream − The Very Best of Crowded House Crowded House New Zealand / Australia 13× Platinum 910,000 [14]
1977 Rumours Fleetwood Mac United Kingdom 13× Platinum 910,000 [8]
1976 Arrival ABBA Sweden 18× Platinum 900,000 [9]
1980 Back in Black AC/DC Australia 12× Platinum 840,000 [15]
1990 The Immaculate Collection Madonna United States 12× Platinum 840,000 [16]
1993 Music Box Mariah Carey United States 12× Platinum 840,000 [8]
1997 Savage Garden Savage Garden Australia 12× Platinum 840,000 [17]
2003 The Complete Greatest Hits Eagles United States 12× Platinum 840,000 [5]
1987 Dirty Dancing Various Artists United States 11× Platinum 770,000 [8]
1994 Forrest Gump Various Artists United States 11× Platinum 770,000 [8]
1994 Cross Road Bon Jovi United States 11× Platinum 770,000 [14]
2002 Come Away with Me Norah Jones United States 11× Platinum 770,000 [12]
2006 I'm Not Dead P!nk United States 11× Platinum 770,000 [14]
2008 Funhouse P!nk United States 11× Platinum 770,000 [14]
1979 The Wall Pink Floyd United Kingdom 11× Platinum 770,000 [8]
1975 ABBA ABBA Sweden 14× Platinum 700,000 [9]
1990 Led Zeppelin Remasters Led Zeppelin United Kingdom 10× Platinum 700,000 [18]
1991 Dangerous Michael Jackson United States 10× Platinum 700,000 [8]
1994 Don't Ask Tina Arena Australia 10× Platinum 700,000 [8][19]
1996 Yourself or Someone Like You Matchbox Twenty United States 10× Platinum 700,000 [20]
2000 1 The Beatles United Kingdom 10× Platinum 700,000 [6]
2009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle United Kingdom 10× Platinum 700,000 [8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ARIA Accreditations". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Majors Fight Economics with Quirky Rock Originals". Billboard Vol. 94, No. 23. 1982-12-06. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  3. ^ Baker, Glenn A. (1986-11-15). "Pacing the Majors: Labels Try to Balance Pluses and Minuses in Year of Transition". Billboard Vol. 98, No. 46–. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
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  7. ^ "1999 Albums Accreditations". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
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  9. ^ a b c Glen Baker (8 November 1979). Billboard Magazine Volume 91, No. 36. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "2000 Albums Accreditations". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  11. ^ "Delta Goodrem Hits The Million Mark With "Innocent Eyes"!". Deltagoodrem.com.au. Retrieved 2 July 2007.
  12. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2012 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  13. ^ "ARIA Catalogue Albums Chart – 03/12/2012". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  14. ^ a b c d "2010 Album Accreditations - 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  16. ^ "ARIA Catalogue Albums Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  17. ^ "2001 Albums Accreditations". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  18. ^ "2007 Albums Accreditations". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  19. ^ "The all-time more than 500,000 sellers, according to ARIA accreditations". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 12 July 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  20. ^ http://www.ariacharts.com.au/chart/catalogue-albums/196

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