List of best-selling albums in the United States
This is a list of the best-selling albums in the United States based on RIAA certification. The criteria are that the album must have been published (including self-publishing by the artist), and the album must have shipped at least 10 million units in the United States, achieving in RIAA terminology a diamond certification. Groupings are based on different certification benchmarks, the highest being for certification of at least 20–29 times platinum, and the lowest being for certification of 10–14 times platinum. Albums are listed in order of certification by highest to lowest, and order of release date by earliest to most recent.
As a result of the RIAA's methodology of counting each disc in a multi-disc set as one unit toward certification, most double albums on the list—such as Pink Floyd's The Wall and Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below—have been certified with a number double the number of copies sold. Such albums have their "real" shipments indicated. Conversely, the certification level for double albums that fit onto one compact disc such as the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack reflect the actual number of copies sold. Some notable double LPs that would appear on this list if counted as two units are the Grease soundtrack (8x Platinum), Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (7× Platinum) and Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! (6× Platinum).
The albums in this list are ordered first by number of platinum awards received, then by number of copies, not discs, shipped, and finally by artist name and album title.
20–29× Platinum 
|1982||Michael Jackson||Thriller||Epic||29,000,000||29× Platinum|
|1976||Eagles||Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)||Asylum||(6,973,000)||29× Platinum|
|1971||Led Zeppelin||Led Zeppelin IV||Atlantic||23,000,000||23× Platinum|
|1985||Billy Joel||Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II||Columbia||11,500,000||23× Platinum|
|1979||Pink Floyd||The Wall||Columbia/Capitol||11,500,000||23× Platinum|
|1980||AC/DC||Back in Black||Atlantic||22,000,000||22× Platinum|
|1998||Garth Brooks||Double Live||Capitol Nashville||10,500,000||21× Platinum|
|1997||Shania Twain||Come On Over||Mercury Nashville||(17,520,000)||20× Platinum|
15–19× Platinum 
|1977||Fleetwood Mac||Rumours||Warner Bros.||19,000,000||19× Platinum|
|1968||The Beatles||The Beatles (White Album)||Apple||9,500,000||19× Platinum|
|1987||Guns N' Roses||Appetite for Destruction||Geffen||18,000,000||18× Platinum|
|1976||Boston||Boston||Epic Records||17,000,000||17× Platinum|
|1990||Garth Brooks||No Fences||Capitol Nashville||(9,010,000)||17× Platinum|
|1992||Soundtrack / Whitney Houston||The Bodyguard||Arista||(13,370,000)||17× Platinum|
|1973||The Beatles||1967–1970||Capitol||8,500,000||17× Platinum|
|1995||Alanis Morissette||Jagged Little Pill||Maverick||(15,170,000)||16× Platinum|
|1976||Eagles||Hotel California||Asylum||16,000,000||16× Platinum|
|1974||Elton John||Greatest Hits||Polydor||16,000,000||16× Platinum|
|1994||Hootie & the Blowfish||Cracked Rear View||Atlantic||(11,565,000)||16× Platinum|
|1975||Led Zeppelin||Physical Graffiti||Swan Song||8,000,000||16× Platinum|
|1988||Journey||Greatest Hits||Columbia||15,000,000||15× Platinum|
|1973||Pink Floyd||The Dark Side of the Moon||Capitol||(9,502,000)||15× Platinum|
|1977||Soundtrack / Bee Gees||Saturday Night Fever||RSO||15,000,000||15× Platinum|
|1984||Bruce Springsteen||Born in the U.S.A.||Columbia||15,000,000||15× Platinum|
|1973||The Beatles||1962–1966||Capitol||7,500,000||15× Platinum|
10–14× Platinum 
Albums released near or soon after March 1, 1991, the date Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album sales, likely had a significant portion of their sales go untracked. When tracking began, Nielsen SoundScan only had 40% coverage of album sales.
See also 
- List of best-selling albums
- Lists of best-selling albums by country
- List of best-selling music artists
- List of best-selling singles
- Top ten best-selling albums of the Nielsen SoundScan era (United States)
- Best-selling albums by year in the United States
- List of best-selling hip hop albums in the United States
- List of best-selling Latin albums in the United States
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