List of best-selling albums by country

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This is a list of the best selling albums by country based on the information and certifications provided by the respective national charts.

Argentina[edit]

Year Artist Album Label Sales Certification[1]
1991 Luis Miguel Romance WEA Latina 960,000 16 × platinum[2]
1999 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II (DVD) Universal 720,000 12 × platinum
1997 Luis Miguel Romances WEA Latina 660,000 11 × platinum[3]
1999 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I (DVD) Universal 600,000 10 × platinum

Australia[edit]

Rank Year Album Artist Award Sales Source
1 1977 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 25 × Platinum 1,750,000 [4]
2 1986 Whispering Jack John Farnham 24 × Platinum 1,680,000 [5]
3 1997 Come on Over Shania Twain 18 × Platinum 1,260,000 [6][7]
4 2003 Innocent Eyes Delta Goodrem 15 × Platinum 1,200,000 [8][9]
5 1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 17 × Platinum 1,190,000 [10]
1992 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 18 × Platinum 1,260,000 [11]

Austria[edit]

Year Title Artist Certification Shipments[12]
1982 Thriller Michael Jackson 8x Platinum 400,000
2002 Mensch Herbert Grönemeyer 8x Platinum 320,000
2013 Farbenspiel Helene Fischer 18x Platinum 270,000
1985 Geld oder Leben! Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung 5x Platinum 250,000
1985 Grenzenlos STS 5x Platinum 250,000

Belgium[edit]

Rank Record Artist Year Sales
1 Helmut Lotti Goes Classic Helmut Lotti 1995 600,000[13]
2 Helmut Lotti Goes Classic II Helmut Lotti 1996 500,000[14][15]
3 ABBA Gold ABBA 1992 350,000[16]
4 Bocelli Andrea Bocelli 1995 350,000[17]
5 Helmut Lotti Goes Classic III Helmut Lotti 1996 350,000[14]

Brazil[edit]

Rank Record Artist Year Sales
1 Músicas para Louvar ao Senhor Father Marcelo Rossi 1998 3,328,468[18][19]
2 Xou da Xuxa 3 Xuxa 1988 3,216,000[18][19]
3 Leandro & Leonardo (Pense em Mim) Leandro & Leonardo 1990 3,145,814[18][19]
4 Só pra Contrariar (Depois do Prazer) Só Pra Contrariar 1997 2,984,384[18][19]
5 4º Xou da Xuxa Xuxa 1989 2,920,000[18][19]

Canada[edit]

Rank Year Title Artist Certification Units Sales[20]
1 1982 Thriller Michael Jackson 2x Diamond 2,455,000[21]
2 1997 Come on Over Shania Twain Diamond 1,930,000
3 2011 21 Adele Diamond 1,500,000[22]
4 1997 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion Diamond 1,490,000
5 1992 The Bodyguard Soundtrack Whitney Houston Diamond 1,318,000

Chile[edit]

Rank Year Artist Album Sales
1 1993 Illapu En estos días 175,000[23]
2 2003 María José Quintanilla Mexico lindo y querido 160,000[24]
3 1984 Los Prisioneros La voz de los '80 101,000[25]
4 1986 Los Prisioneros Pateando piedras 100,000[26]
4 1989 Sexual Democracia Buscando chilenos 100,000[27][28]
4 1990 Los Prisioneros Corazones 100,000[28]
4 1991 La Ley Doble Opuesto 100,000[27]
4 1995 Los Tres MTV Unplugged 100,000[27]
4 2010 Los Vásquez Contigo pop y cebolla 100,000[29]

China[edit]

Legend
pink Physical album
purple Digital album
Best-selling albums in China
Rank no. Year of release Album Artist Number of copies sold Ref.
1 2020 Light Xiao Zhan 36,236,107 [30]
2 1986 A Voice on the Ocean Fei Xiang 20,000,000 [31][32]
3 2019 Young Cai Xukun 13,602,755+ [33]
4 2016 Growing Wild Li Yuchun 6,649,000 [34]
5 2019 Honey Lay 3,916,114 [35]
6 2016 Xplore Lu Han 3,663,000 [36]
7 2019 Π-volume.1 Lu Han 3,446,000 [37]
8 2015 Reloaded Lu Han 3,359,000 [38]

Colombia[edit]

Rank Year Title Artist Sales
1 1993 Clásicos de la Provincia Carlos Vives 1,200,000[39]
2 1998 30 Grandes Éxitos Diomedes Díaz 1,000,000[40]
3 1996 Pies Descalzos Shakira 1,000,000[41]
4 1996 Mar Adentro Donato y Estefano 800,000[42]
5 1993 Título de Amor Diomedes Díaz & Juancho Rois 600,000[40]

Croatia[edit]

Year Title Artist Sales
1991 Da mi te zaljubit' u mene Magazin 50 000
1994 Second to none Electro Team 55 000
1996 Anno domini Electro Team 60 000
1996 Zovem te ja Danijela Martinović 80 000
1997 Mjesec iznad oblaka Petar Grašo 110 000
1998 To malo ljubavi Danijela Martinović 100 000
1998 Da si ti ja Magazin 120 000
1999 Ja samo pjevam Severina 50 000
2000 Dvi,tri riči Oliver Dragojević 50 000
2001 Ona to zna Ivana Banfić 60 000
2001 Mirakul Gibonni 60 000

Czech Republic[edit]

1994 to 2006[43]
Rank Year Title Artist
1 1996 Šmoulí-super-disko-šou various
2 2001 Rebelové OST various
3 1998 Cik-Cak Lunetic
4 1993 Snídaně v trávě Michal Tučný
5 1996 Pasáček hvězd František a Jan Nedvědovi

Finland[edit]

Rank Year Artist Album Sales[44]
1 1995 Jari Sillanpää Jari Sillanpää 272,942
2 1996 Eppu Normaali Repullinen hittejä 244,031
3 1988 Kirka Surun pyyhit silmistäni 214,196
4 1985 Dingo Kerjäläisten valtakunta 190,894
5 1992 Joel Hallikainen Joel Hallikainen 178,654

France[edit]

Rank Year Artist Album Certification[45] Sales[citation needed]
1 1995 Celine Dion D'eux Diamond 4,235,000
2 1982 Michael Jackson Thriller Diamond 3,760,000
3 1994 Francis Cabrel Samedi soir sur la Terre Diamond 3,385,000
4 1997 Andrea Bocelli Romanza Diamond 2,855,000
5 1998 Musical Notre-Dame de Paris Diamond 2,830,000

Germany[edit]

Rank Year Title Artist Certification[46][47] Shipments
1 2002 Mensch Herbert Grönemeyer 21 × Gold 3.15 million
2 1989 ...But Seriously Phil Collins 6 × Platinum 3 million
3 1984 4630 Bochum Herbert Grönemeyer 11 × Gold 2.75 million
4 1992 ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 10 × Golddouble-dagger 2.5 million
5 1991 We Can't Dance Genesis 5 × Platinum 2.5 million

India and Pakistan[edit]

The following list includes both Indian and Pakistani albums, due to their music industries being closely linked. The data mentioned may not be totally accurate due to lack of trusted resources*

Rank Year Album Artist(s) Sales Source
1 2007 Aap ka Surror Himesh 55,000,100 [48][49][50]
2 1990 Aashiqui Nadeem–Shravan 15,000,000 [51]
1984 Young Tarang Nazia and Zoheb 15,000,000 [52][53]
1995 Bolo Ta Ra Ra.. Daler Mehndi 15,000,000 [54][55]
3 1995 Billo De Ghar Abrar-ul-Haq 14,000,000 [56][57]
4 1997 Dil To Pagal Hai Uttam Singh 12,500,000 [58]
5 1996 Raja Hindustani Nadeem–Shravan 11,000,000 [59]
6 1981 Disco Deewane Nazia and Zoheb 10,500,000 [60]
7 1994 Hum Aapke Hain Kaun Raamlaxman 10,000,000 [61]
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1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Jatin–Lalit 9,000,000 [62][63]
1999 Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai Rajesh Roshan 9,000,000 [64]

Indonesia[edit]

Rank Year Artist Album Sales Sources
1 1990 Nike Ardilla Bintang Kehidupan 6,000,000 [65]
2 1995 Nike Ardilla Sandiwara Cinta 5,000,000 [66]
3 2004 Peterpan Bintang Di Surga 3,200,000 [67]
4 2001 Padi Sesuatu Yang Tetunda 2,000,000 [68]
5 2010 Indah Dewi Pertiwi Hipnotis 2,000,000 [69]
6 2012 Noah Seperti Seharusnya 1,900,000 [70]
7 2000 Jamrud Ningrat 1,800,000 [71]
8 2000 Sheila on 7 Kisah Klasik Untuk Masa Depan 1,700,000 [72]
9 2000 Dewa 19 Bintang Lima 1,700,000 [73]
10 2011 Rossa The Best of Rossa 1,500,000 [74]

Ireland[edit]

Irish Recorded Music Association's best selling albums[75]
Rank Year Album Artist
1 1998 White Ladder David Gray
2 1992 Gold: The Greatest Hits ABBA
3 1992 A Woman's Heart Various
4 1998 The Best of 1980–1990 U2
5 1994 Live at the Point Christy Moore
Irish Recorded Music Association certifications
Rank Year Album Artist Sales Certification[76]
1 1997 Talk on Corners The Corrs 300,000 20× Platinum[77]
2 2011 21 Adele 270,000 18× Platinum
3 2009 Crazy Love Michael Bublé 225,000 15× Platinum
4 1995 Forgiven, Not Forgotten The Corrs 195,000 13× Platinum[77]
5 2008 The Love Album Westlife 150,000 10× Platinum
6 1996 Spice Spice Girls 135,000 9× Platinum
6 2008 The Fame / The Fame Monster Lady Gaga 135,000 9× Platinum
7 1992 Unplugged Eric Clapton 120,000 8× Platinum[78]
7 1999 Unplugged The Corrs 120,000 8× Platinum[77]
7 2005 X&Y Coldplay 120,000 8× Platinum
7 2005 Face to Face Westlife 120,000 8× Platinum
7 2008 The Circus Take That 120,000 8× Platinum
7 2009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle 120,000 8× Platinum

Italy[edit]

Rank Year Artist Album Sales Sources[79]
1 1985 Claudio Baglioni La vita è adesso 3,800,000
2 1998 Mina, Adriano Celentano Mina Celentano 2,365,000
3 1999 Adriano Celentano Io non-so parlar d'amore 2,360,000
4 1999 Lunapop ...Squerez? 1,870,000
5 1981 Claudio Baglioni Strada facendo 1,850,000

Japan[edit]

Sales figure derived from data that the Oricon provided in 2007.[80]

Rank Year Title Artist Sales
1 1999 First Love Hikaru Utada 7,672,000
2 1998 B'z The Best "Pleasure" B'z 5,135,922
3 1997 Review Glay 4,875,980
4 2001 Distance Hikaru Utada 4,469,135
5 1998 B'z The Best "Treasure" B'z 4,438,742

Malaysia[edit]

Sales figure derived from various sources.[81][82][83][84][85][86][87]

Rank Year Title Artist Claimed sales Certifications Ref.
1 1996 Puji-Pujian Raihan 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 > 66 × Platinum [81]
2 1994 USA Ella 500,000 – 900,000 > 33 × Platinum [81]
3 1994 Bisa Berbisa Ukays 500,000 – 900,000 > 33 × Platinum [81]
4 1996 Dang Dang Dut Amelina, Iwan & Sheeda 500,000 – 900,000 > 33 × Platinum [81]
5 1997 Siti Nurhaliza Siti Nurhaliza 500,000 – 900,000 > 33 × Platinum [81]
6 1996 Kau Kunci Cintaku (Dalam Hatimu) Ramlah Ram 500,000 – 800,000 > 33 × Platinum [81]
7 1992 30110 Ella 500,000 – 800,000 > 33 × Platinum [81]
8 1997 Brutal XPDC 500,000 – 800,000 > 33 × Platinum [81]
9 1993 The Goodbye Kiss Jacky Cheung 500,000 – 800,000 > 33 × Platinum [86]
10 1995 Kesan Terbukti Kumpulan Slam 400,000 – 800,000 > 26 × Platinum [81]
11 1997 Cindai Siti Nurhaliza 400,000 – 800,000 > 26 × Platinum [81]
12 1998 Adiwarna Siti Nurhaliza 400,000 – 800,000 > 26 × Platinum
13 1995 Tajam Menikam Ukays 300,000 – 600,000 > 20 × Platinum
14 1999 The Best of Awie Awie 300,000 – 600,000 > 20 × Platinum
15 1996 Kembali Merindu Kumpulan Slam 300,000 – 600,000 > 20 × Platinum
16 1996 Terbaik Slam Kumpulan Slam 300,000 – 600,000 > 20 × Platinum
17 2009 Thank You Allah Maher Zain 300,000 – 500,000 > 20 × Platinum [85]
18 1989 Fenomena Search 300,000 – 500,000 > 20 × Platinum
19 1999 E.M.A.S Siti Nurhaliza 250,000 – 400,000 > 16 × Platinum [87]
20 1990 Karisma Search 250,000 – 400,000 > 16 × Platinum

Mexico[edit]

Nine of the ten best-selling albums of all time in Mexico are from national artists.[88]

Rank Year Title Artist Sales
1 1984 Las mañanitas Pedro Infante 20,000,000[89]
2 1984 Recuerdos, Vol. II Juan Gabriel 8,000,000
3 1982 20 Triunfadoras José José 7,500,000
4 1991 Romance Luis Miguel 7,250,000
5 1986 Hoy platiqué con mi gallo Vicente Fernandez 7,000,000

New Zealand[edit]

Rank Album Artist Released Number of times
certified platinum
1 The Best of ABBA ABBA 1975 24[90]
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1985 24[90]
3 Come on Over Shania Twain 1997 21[91]
4 Legend Bob Marley and the Wailers 1984 20[90]
5 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 1977 17[90]

Philippines[edit]

The Philippine Association of the Record Industry or PARI is the organization responsible for awarding record certifications in the Philippines since 1999. Here are the top 10 of the 40 best-selling albums in the country.

Legend
pink Released before PARI began awarding certifications
purple Released after PARI began awarding certifications
Rank Album Artist Release Year Sales Certification Ref.
1 Christmas in Our Hearts Jose Mari Chan 1990 800,000 Diamond[92] [93]
2 Constant Change[nb 1] Jose Mari Chan 1989 800,000 Diamond[92] [94]
3 Westlife Westlife 2000 500,000 [95]
4 R2K Regine Velasquez 1999 480,000 [96]
5 Cutterpillow Eraserheads 1995 400,000 [97]
6 Jaya Jaya 1996 360,000 [98]
8 Nina Live! Nina 2005 300,000 Diamond[92] [99]
7 Popstar: A Dream Come True Sarah Geronimo 2003 296,800 [100]
9 Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 2010 300,000 [101]
10 Coast to Coast Westlife 2000 280,000 [95]

Portugal[edit]

Romania[edit]

South Korea[edit]

Rank Artist Title Year Sales Sources
1 BTS Map of the Soul: 7 2020 4,691,941 [102]
2 BTS Map of the Soul: Persona 2019 4,241,440 [103]
3 BTS Be 2020 3,722,703 [104]
4 BTS Love Yourself: Answer 2018 3,113,463 [105]
5 BTS Butter 2021 2,955,990 [106]
6 Kim Gun-mo Wrongful Encounter 1995 2,860,000 [107]
7 Lee Moon-sae When Love Passes By 1987 2,850,000 [108]
8 BTS Love Yourself: Tear 2018 2,768,370 [109]
9 BTS Love Yourself: Her 2017 2,712,079 [110]
10 Lee Moon-sae Standing Under the Shade of a Roadside Tree 1988 2,580,000 [108]

Serbia[edit]

  • The following statistic doesn't show actual sales figures, but the circulation of the albums released since June 2006
Rank Year Artist Album Circulation[111] Record label
1 2007 Seka Aleksić "Kraljica" 300,000 Grand Production
2008 Lepa Brena "Uđi slobodno..."
2 Jelena Karleuša "JK Revolution" 280,000 City Records

Spain[edit]

Rank Year Artist Album Certification Sales Sources
1 1997 Alejandro Sanz Más 22 × Platinum 2,200,000 [112]
2 1994 Laura Pausini Laura Pausini 11× Platinum 1,300,000 [113][114]
3 1988 Mecano Descanso Dominical 13 × Platinum 1,300,000 [115]
2000 Alejandro Sanz El Alma al Aire 13 × Platinum 1,300,000 [116]
2002 David Bisbal Corazón latino 13 × Platinum 1,300,000 [117]
6 2002 Luciano Pavarotti Tutto Pavarotti 12 × Platinum 1,200,000 [118]
2000 La Oreja de Van Gogh El viaje de Copperpot 11 × Platinum 1,200,000 [119][120]

Switzerland[edit]

Year Title Artist Certification Shipments[121]
1992 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 10× Platinum 500,000
1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 6× Platinum+Platinum 350,000
1997 Romanza Andrea Bocelli 7× Platinum 350,000
1982 Thriller Michael Jackson 6× Platinum 300,000
1997 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion 6× Platinum 300,000
1981 Greatest Hits Queen 5× Platinum 250,000
1987 Dirty Dancing Various Artists 5× Platinum 250,000
1989 ...But Seriously Phil Collins 5× Platinum 250,000
1991 Greatest Hits II Queen 5× Platinum 250,000
1991 Dangerous Michael Jackson 5× Platinum 250,000
1992 The Bodyguard Whitney Houston / Various Artists 5× Platinum 250,000
1998 Uf u dervo Gölä & Band 5× Platinum 250,000

Taiwan[edit]

Rank Year Title Artist Sales
1 1993 The Goodbye Kiss Jacky Cheung 1,360,000
2 1997 Bad Boy A-mei 1,250,000
3 1995 True Love Compilation Jacky Cheung 1,220,000
4 1992 The Words After Drunk Jody Chiang 1,160,000
5 1997 Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture James Horner 1,100,000
6 1996 Sisters A-mei 1,080,000
7 1996 How Could I Forget You? Jacky Cheung 1,050,000
8 1998 Love Like Pacific Ocean Richie Jen 1,020,000
9 1989 Talk to You, Listen to You Sarah Chen 970,000
10 1993 The New Butterfly Dream Huang An 940,000

Thailand[edit]

Year Title Artist Label Sales
1984 Made in Thailand Carabao (band) GMM Grammy 5,000,000+
1990 Boomerang Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
1990 Ninja Christina Aguilar GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1991 Prik-Kee-Nu Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 3,500,000+
1991 Jor-Ae-Bor Jetrin Wattanasin GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1992 Kwam-Lab-Sood-Korb-Fah Mai Charoenpura GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
1993 MEGADANCE 2 Jessica Jay ONPA 1,000,000+
1994 Red Beat Christina Aguilar GMM Grammy 3,500,000+
1994 Thor-Thong Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1994 Mr.Mos – Mai-Rak-Mai-Dai-Leaw Patiparn Pataweekarn GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1995 Amita Tata Young Tata Young GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1995 Feather & Flowers Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1996 6.2.12 Christina Aguilar Jetrin Wattanasin Patiparn Pataweekarn Tata Young Myria Benedetti UHT GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
1997 Siren Love Ruangsak Loychusak RS Public Company Limited 1,000,000+
1998 Thongchai Service Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1998 Entertainment Loso GMM Grammy 2,000,000+[122]
1999 DUNK Phunkorn Boonyachinda RS Public Company Limited 1,500,000+
1999 Tu-Pleng Saman Prajam Barn Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
2001 Smile Club Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 2,200,000+
2002 Chood-Rab-Kak Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 8,000,000+
2003 Soundshake Clash (Thai band) GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
2004 Bird-Sek Thongchai McIntyre Seksan Sukpimai GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
2005 Volume 1 Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
2006 Crashing Clash (Thai band) GMM Grammy 500,000+
2007 Save My Life Bodyslam (band) GMM Grammy 400,000+
2010 KRAAM Bodyslam (band) GMM Grammy 440,000+

[123][circular reference] [124][circular reference]

Turkey[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Key
Released before UK music recording certifications were introduced in April 1973
Best-selling albums in the UK
Position Album Artist Record label[a] Released[a] Chart
peak[a]
Copies sold Number of times
certified Platinum[b]
1 Greatest Hits Queen Parlophone October 1981 1 6,600,000 (Aug 2020)[127] 22×
2 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA Polydor September 1992 1 5,700,000 (Aug 2020)[127] 19×
3 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles Parlophone June 1967 1 5,400,000 (Aug 2020)[128] 18×
4 21 Adele XL January 2011 1 5,180,000 (Feb 2020)[129] 16×
5 (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis Creation October 1995 1 4,940,000 (Oct 2018)[128] 15×

United States[edit]

Rank Artist Album Shipments (sales) Certification[130][131]
1 Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) 38,000,000 38 × Platinum
2 Michael Jackson Thriller 34,000,000 34 × Platinum
3 Eagles Hotel California 26,000,000 26 × Platinum
4 AC/DC Back in Black 25,000,000 25 × Platinum
5 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV 24,000,000 24 × Platinum
6 Fleetwood Mac Rumours 20,000,000 20 × Platinum
7 Garth Brooks No Fences 18,000,000 18 × Platinum
8 Guns 'N Roses Appetite for Destruction 18,000,000 18 × Platinum

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The record labels, dates and chart peaks are those given by the OCC.[125]
  2. ^ The certifications are those given by the BPI as of 14 August 2016.[126]
  1. ^ Although Constant Change was released on 25 May 1989, the album had received its certification by PARI on 10 November 1990.

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