List of best-selling albums in Canada

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This is a list of the best-selling albums in Canada that have been certified by the Music Canada, formerly known as Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA).

Album certifications[edit]

Music Canada provides "certifications" for album sales, similar to the RIAA's. The certification levels for albums released after May 1, 2008 are:

  • Gold: 40,000 units (previously 50,000)
  • Platinum: 80,000 units (previously 100,000)
  • Diamond: 800,000 units (previously 1,000,000) [1]

Note: Multi-Platinum certification refers to albums that have sold 160,000 units or more (i.e. 160,000 is double Platinum) but have not yet sold 800,000 units (Diamond certification).

Best-selling albums in Canada[edit]

Since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began
Rank Year Title Artist Certification Units Sales[2]
1 1997 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion 4x Diamond 3,200,000
2 1996 Falling into You Celine Dion 2x Diamond 2,675,000
3 1982 Thriller Michael Jackson 2x Diamond 2,455,000[3]
4 1997 Come On Over Shania Twain 2x Diamond 2,000,000
5 1993 The Colour of My Love Celine Dion 2x Diamond 2,000,000
6 1998 These Are Special Times Celine Dion 2x Diamond 2,000,000
7 1995 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette 2x Diamond 2,000,000
8 1992 Celine Dion Celine Dion Diamond 1,500,000
9 2002 Up! Shania Twain Diamond 1,500,000
10 1996 All the Way... A Decade of Song Celine Dion Diamond 1,488,000
11 2011 21 Adele Diamond 1,477,000[4]
12 1992 The Bodyguard Soundtrack Whitney Houston Diamond 1,318,000
13 1997 Big Shiny Tunes 2 Various Artists Diamond 1,233,000
14 1997 Romanza Andrea Bocelli Diamond 1,130,000
15 2000 1 The Beatles Diamond 1,120,000
16 2002 Up! Shania Twain Diamond 1,100,000
17 1997 Aquarium Aqua Diamond 1,090,000
18 1997 Surfacing Sarah McLachlan Diamond 1,080,000
19 2015 25 Adele Diamond 1,000,000[5]

Best-selling albums by year[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Performing artist(s) Nationality Album Sales Ref.
2010 Eminem United States Recovery 480,000 [6]
2011 Adele United Kingdom 21 850,000 [7]
2012 Adele United Kingdom 21 457,000 [8]
2013 Eminem United States The Marshall Mathers LP 2 242,000 [9]
2014 Taylor Swift United States 1989 314,000 [10]
2015 Adele United States 25 734,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Music Canada. "Certification Definitions". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  2. ^ "BILLBOARD’S TOP TITLES & ARTISTS OF THE NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN ERA". Businesswire.com. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  3. ^ Artist STEVE MCLEAN (13 January 2014). "Music Canada Sales Certifications=Artist STEVE MCLEAN". Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  4. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2012/06/06/19845736.html
  5. ^ Cross, Alan (3 May 2016). "Adele's 25 Has Now Sold 1m Copies In Canada". FYI Music. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Williams, John (August 18, 2010). "Eminem retakes No. 1 on charts". Toronto Sun. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ John Williams (December 21, 2011). "CANOE - JAM! Music - Artists - Buble, Michael : Buble breaks own sales mark". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ Bliss, Karen. "Adele, Gotye Top SoundScan Year-End Charts in Canada". Billboard.biz. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Canada’s Digital Music Sales Rise in 2013 Unlike the U.S.; Eminem, Robin Thicke Among Top Selling Artists". Billboard.biz. January 10, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ Bliss, Karen (January 27, 2015). "Nielsen: Canada Loved Taylor Swift, Streaming Music and, Yep, Vinyl in 2014". Billboard.com. Retrieved June 7, 2015. 

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