List of best-selling albums in Germany

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Germany is the third largest music market in the world, but in Europe, it is the largest.[1] This is a list of the best-selling albums in Germany that have been certified by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI). Since January 1, 2003, BVMI certifies an album platinum for the shipment of 200,000 copies across Germany. [2] All albums in this list must have been certified for more than a million copies.

Certifications for albums released in Germany depend upon their release date.

Gold and Platinum certification awards (Timeline)[edit]

Albums

Certification Before September 24, 1999 Before January 1, 2003 After January 1, 2003
Gold 250,000 150,000 100,000
Platinum 500,000 300,000 200,000
Sortable table
Year Title Artist Certification [3][4] Shipments
2002 Mensch Herbert Grönemeyer 21× Gold 3.15 million
1989 ...But Seriously Phil Collins 6× Platinum 3 million
1984 4630 Bochum Herbert Grönemeyer 11× Gold 2.75 million
1992 ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 10× Golddouble-dagger 2.5 million
1991 We Can't Dance Genesis 5× Platinum 2.5 million
1988 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman 9× Gold 2.25 million
1994 Over the Hump The Kelly Family 9× Gold 2.25 million
1991 Greatest Hits II Queen 9× Gold 2.25 million
2001 Best Of Andrea Berg 7× Platinum 2.1 million
1973 1962–1966 The Beatles 4× Platinum 2 million
1995 Bocelli Andrea Bocelli 4× Platinum 2 million
1987 Bad Michael Jackson 4× Platinum 2 million
1991 Dangerous Michael Jackson 4× Platinum 2 million
1987 Dirty Dancing O.S.T. - Various 4× Platinum 2 million
1995 Abenteuerland Pur 4× Platinum 2 million
1996 Alles Wolfgang Petry 4× Platinum 2 million
1981 Face Value Phil Collins 7× Gold 1.75 million
1988 Ö Herbert Grönemeyer 7× Gold 1.75 million
1994 Affentheater Marius Müller-Westernhagen 7× Gold 1.75 million
1979 The Wall Pink Floyd 7× Gold 1.75 million
1981 Greatest Hits Queen 7× Gold 1.75 million
1991 Joyride Roxette 7× Gold 1.75 million
1992 The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album Whitney Houston 3× Platinum 1.7 million
2000 1 The Beatles 11× Gold 1.65 million
2011 21 Adele 8× Platinum 1.6 million
1993 Happy Nation Ace Of Base 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1977 Saturday Night Fever Bee Gees 6× Golddagger 1.5 million
1997 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1995 The Lion King (Audio Book) Diverse 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1997 Eros Eros Ramazzotti 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1998 Ray Of Light Madonna 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1998 Westernhagen - Live Marius Müller-Westernhagen 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1993 Both Sides Phil Collins 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1995 HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Michael Jackson 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1982 Thriller Michael Jackson 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1985 No Jacket Required Phil Collins 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1990 Serious Hits... Live! Phil Collins 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1993 Seiltänzertraum Pur 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1995 Made In Heaven Queen 3× Platinum 1.5 million
2001 Swing When You're Winning Robbie Williams 5× Platinum 1.5 million
1973 1967-1970 The Beatles 3× Platinum 1.5 million
2010 Grosse Freiheit Unheilig 7× Platinum 1.4 million
1996 Falling into You Celine Dion 5× Gold 1.25 million
1979 Weihnachten mit Andrea Jürgens - Meine 20 schönsten Weihnachtslieder Andrea Jürgens 5× Gold 1.25 million
1979 Benjamin Blümchen und die Schule (Audio Book) Benjamin Blümchen 5× Gold 1.25 million
1988 Unplugged Eric Clapton 5× Gold 1.25 million
1977 Rumours Fleetwood Mac 5× Gold 1.25 million
1991 Use Your Illusion II Guns N' Roses 5× Gold 1.25 million
1998 Radio Maria Marius Müller-Westernhagen 5× Gold 1.25 million
1998 Back for Good Modern Talking 5× Gold 1.25 million
1978 Grease O.S.T. - Various 5× Gold 1.25 million
1997 Titanic James Horner 5× Gold 1.25 million
1991 Out of Time R.E.M. 5× Gold 1.25 million
1992 Automatic for the People R.E.M. 5× Gold 1.25 million
1987 Winterkinder Rolf Zuckowski 5× Gold 1.25 million
1991 Stars Simply Red 5× Gold 1.25 million
1984 Private Dancer Tina Turner 5× Gold 1.25 million
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise Vangelis 5× Gold 1.25 million
2006 Back To Black Amy Winehouse 6× Platinum 1.2 million
2007 Vom selben Stern Ich + Ich 6× Platinum 1.2 million
2008 Stadtaffe Peter Fox 6× Platinum 1.2 million
2006 Das große Leben Rosenstolz 11× Gold 1.1 million
1999 All the Way... A Decade of Song Celine Dion 7× Gold 1.05 million
2001 Elle'ments No Angels 7× Gold 1.05 million
  • Tracy Chapman's eponymous debut album was certified 9× Gold in 2010.[5] Since this album was released prior to September 24, 1999, every Gold certification it receives denotes 250,000 copies shipped. Thus at 9× Gold, 2.25 million copies of the album have been shipped across Germany.
  • 1 by The Beatles was certified 11× Gold in 2007.[6] Since this album was released prior to January 1, 2003, every Gold certification it receives denotes 150,000 copies shipped. Thus at 11× Gold, 1.65 million copies of the album have been shipped across Germany.

dagger Usually the BVMI does not give a 6× Gold certification, but a 3× Platinum instead.[7] The reason for this singular certification is unclear.

double-dagger Usually the BVMI does not give a 10× Gold certification, but a 5× Platinum instead.[7] The reason for this singular certification is unclear.

References[edit]

  1. ^   (2011-04-13). "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Deutschland drittgrößter Musikmarkt weltweit". Musikindustrie.de. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Richtlinien für die Verleihung von Gold/Platin Schallplatten und Awards (Guidelines for Gold and Platinum awards)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindstie. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". musikindustrie.de. 
  4. ^ "Highest Gold Platinum certifications as of 2008". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Tracy Chapman')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  6. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Beatles; '1')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  7. ^ a b "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold/Platin". musikindustrie.de. Retrieved 30 October 2011.