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List of best-selling albums in the United States

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This is a list of the best-selling albums in the United States based on Recording Industry Association of America certifications. The list includes all albums with a Diamond certification for shipments of 10 million units or more. Albums at the same certification level are listed alphabetically by artist.

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 the shipments of copies, not discs, 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 Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (8× Platinum), Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! (8× Platinum) and Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (8× Platinum).


Year Artist Album Label Certification date[1] Shipments (Sales) Certification[2]
1982 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson Thriller Epic February 1, 2016 32,000,000 32× Platinum
1976 Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) Asylum January 30, 2006 29,000,000 29× Platinum
1985 Joel, BillyBilly Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II Columbia October 26, 2011 11,500,000 23× Platinum
1971 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV Atlantic January 30, 2006 23,000,000 23× Platinum
1979 Pink Floyd The Wall Columbia January 29, 1999 11,500,000 23× Platinum
1980 AC/DC Back in Black Atlantic December 13, 2007 22,000,000 22× Platinum
1998 Brooks, GarthGarth Brooks Double Live Capitol Nashville November 1, 2006 10,500,000 21× Platinum
1977 Fleetwood Mac Rumours Warner Bros. October 3, 2014 20,000,000 20× Platinum
1997 Twain, ShaniaShania Twain Come On Over Mercury Nashville November 15, 2004 20,000,000 20× Platinum
1968 Beatles, TheThe Beatles The Beatles Capitol February 6, 2001 9,500,000 19× Platinum
1987 Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction Geffen September 23, 2008 18,000,000 18× Platinum
1976 Boston Boston Epic November 20, 2003 17,000,000 17× Platinum
1974 John, EltonElton John Greatest Hits Polydor April 28, 2016 17,000,000 17× Platinum
1990 Brooks, GarthGarth Brooks No Fences Capitol Nashville November 1, 2006 17,000,000 17× Platinum
1973 Beatles, TheThe Beatles 1967-1970 Capitol August 27, 2010 8,500,000 17× Platinum
1992 Soundtrack / Whitney Houston The Bodyguard Arista November 1, 1999 17,000,000 17× Platinum
1995 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill Maverick July 29, 1998 16,000,000 16× Platinum
1976 Eagles Hotel California Asylum March 20, 2001 16,000,000 16× Platinum
1994 Hootie & the Blowfish Cracked Rear View Atlantic March 31, 1999 16,000,000 16× Platinum
1975 Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti Swan Song January 30, 2006 8,000,000 16× Platinum
1991 Metallica Metallica Elektra December 13, 2012 16,000,000 16× Platinum
1977 Soundtrack / Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever RSO January 29, 1999 15,000,000 15× Platinum
1984 Marley and the Wailers, BobBob Marley and the Wailers Legend Island May 23, 2014 15,000,000 15× Platinum
1984 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. Columbia April 19, 1995 15,000,000 15× Platinum
1988 Journey Greatest Hits Columbia April 22, 2008 15,000,000 15× Platinum
1973 Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon Harvest June 4, 1998 15,000,000 15× Platinum
1999 Santana Supernatural Arista December 10, 2003 15,000,000 15× Platinum
1973 Beatles, TheThe Beatles 1962–1966 Capitol February 6, 2001 7,500,000 15× Platinum
1997 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys Jive April 5, 2001 14,000,000 14× Platinum
1999 Spears, BritneyBritney Spears ...Baby One More Time Jive July 19, 2004 14,000,000 14× Platinum
1991 Brooks, GarthGarth Brooks Ropin' the Wind Capitol Nashville September 23, 1998 14,000,000 14× Platinum
1977 Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell Epic April 5, 2001 14,000,000 14× Platinum
1972 Simon & Garfunkel Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits Columbia November 20, 2003 14,000,000 14× Platinum
1999 Backstreet Boys Millennium Jive February 7, 2001 13,000,000 13× Platinum
1986 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen Live/1975–85 Columbia July 23, 1999 4,333,333 13× Platinum
1991 Pearl Jam Ten Epic March 31, 2009 13,000,000 13× Platinum
1984 Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain Warner Bros. May 16, 1996 13,000,000 13× Platinum
1978 Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974–78 Capitol May 14, 2003 13,000,000 13× Platinum
1985 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston Whitney Houston Arista July 29, 1999 13,000,000 13× Platinum
1986 Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet Mercury October 10, 1995 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1994 Boyz II Men II Motown June 13, 1996 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1987 Def Leppard Hysteria Mercury August 17, 1998 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1998 Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces Monument February 20, 2003 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1995 Jewel Pieces of You Atlantic January 30, 2006 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1992 Kenny G Breathless Arista June 18, 1998 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1980 Rogers, KennyKenny Rogers Greatest Hits Liberty August 27, 1997 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1969 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II Atlantic November 15, 1999 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1996 Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You Atlantic October 22, 2001 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1985 Collins, PhilPhil Collins No Jacket Required Atlantic February 6, 2001 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1995 Twain, ShaniaShania Twain The Woman in Me Mercury Nashville December 1, 2000 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1994 Soundtrack Forrest Gump Epic February 4, 2000 6,000,000 12× Platinum
1969 Beatles, TheThe Beatles Abbey Road Apple February 6, 2001 12,000,000 12× Platinum
1971 Rolling Stones, TheThe Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971 London October 25, 2002 6,000,000 12× Platinum
1993 Petty and the Heartbreakers, TomTom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits MCA April 28, 2015 12,000,000 12× Platinum
2000 NSYNC No Strings Attached Jive May 10, 2001 11,000,000 11× Platinum
2011 Adele 21 Columbia/XL January 26, 2015 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1980 Aerosmith Greatest Hits Columbia December 13, 2007 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1996 Dion, CelineCeline Dion Falling into You Epic November 20, 2001 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1999 Creed Human Clay Wind-up Records January 29, 2004 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1982 Eagles Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Asylum November 7, 2002 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1976 Taylor, JamesJames Taylor Greatest Hits Warner Bros. August 7, 1996 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1998 Kid Rock Devil Without a Cause Atlantic April 17, 2003 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1973 Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy Atlantic November 15, 1999 11,000,000 11× Platinum
2003 Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below LaFace, Arista May 30, 2006 5,500,000 11× Platinum
2002 Twain, ShaniaShania Twain Up! Mercury Nashville September 23, 2004 5,500,000 11× Platinum
1997 Soundtrack Titanic Epic February 3, 2000 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1987 Soundtrack Dirty Dancing RCA January 24, 1994 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1967 Beatles, TheThe Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Capitol January 10, 1997 11,000,000 11× Platinum
2000 Beatles, TheThe Beatles 1 Apple March 8, 2010 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1994 TLC CrazySexyCool LaFace July 2, 1999 11,000,000 11× Platinum
1998 NSYNC *NSYNC RCA January 5, 2000 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1996 2Pac All Eyez On Me Death Row Records July 23, 2014 5,000,000 10× Platinum
1998 2Pac Greatest Hits Interscope June 23, 2011 5,000,000 10× Platinum
1986 Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill Def Jam March 4, 2015 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1977 Joel, BillyBilly Joel The Stranger Columbia September 26, 2003 10,000,000 10× Platinum
2000 Spears, BritneyBritney Spears Oops!... I Did It Again Jive January 24, 2005 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1971 King, CaroleCarole King Tapestry ODE July 17, 1995 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1997 Dion, CelineCeline Dion Let's Talk About Love Epic November 3, 1999 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1976 Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle, Vol. 1 Fantasy May 25, 2016 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1983 Def Leppard Pyromania Mercury July 8, 2004 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1999 Dixie Chicks Fly Monument June 25, 2002 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1976 Doobie Brothers Best of The Doobies Warner Bros. August 7, 1996 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1970 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley Elvis' Christmas Album RCA Camden/Pickwick September 9, 2011 10,000,000 10× Platinum
2000 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP Aftermath March 9, 2011 10,000,000 10× Platinum
2002 Eminem The Eminem Show Aftermath March 7, 2011 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1992 Clapton, EricEric Clapton Unplugged Reprise May 16, 1996 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1989 Brooks, GarthGarth Brooks Garth Brooks Capitol November 1, 2006 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1994 Brooks, GarthGarth Brooks The Hits Liberty November 11, 1998 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1997 Brooks, GarthGarth Brooks Sevens Capitol Nashville November 1, 2006 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1987 Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael Faith Columbia December 20, 1996 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1994 Green Day Dookie Reprise February 8, 1999 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1990 MC Hammer Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em Capitol April 15, 1991 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1990 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Boxed Set Atlantic March 2, 2001 2,500,000 10× Platinum
2000 Linkin Park Hybrid Theory Warner Bros. January 7, 2005 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1983 Richie, LionelLionel Richie Can't Slow Down Motown December 19, 1985 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1984 Madonna Like a Virgin Sire May 21, 1998 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1990 Madonna The Immaculate Collection Sire October 11, 2001 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1995 Carey, MariahMariah Carey Daydream Columbia December 18, 1998 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1993 Carey, MariahMariah Carey Music Box Columbia November 5, 1997 10,000,000 10× Platinum
2000 Nelly Country Grammar Universal July 21, 2016 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1991 Nirvana Nevermind DGC Records March 24, 1999 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1995 No Doubt Tragic Kingdom Interscope February 5, 1999 10,000,000 10× Platinum
2002 Jones, NorahNorah Jones Come Away with Me Blue Note February 15, 2005 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1991 The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death Bad Boy January 6, 2000 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1973 Cline, PatsyPatsy Cline Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits Decca September 22, 2005 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1991 Smashing Pumpkins, TheThe Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Virgin August 28, 2012 5,000,000 10× Platinum
1994 Soundtrack The Lion King Walt Disney September 13, 1995 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1976 Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life Motown March 29, 2005 5,000,000 10× Platinum
1985 Doors, TheThe Doors The Best of the Doors Elektra February 15, 2007 5,000,000 10× Platinum
1987 U2 The Joshua Tree Island September 11, 1995 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1991 Usher Confessions Arista November 7, 2008 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1984 Van Halen 1984 Warner Bros. February 8, 1999 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1978 Van Halen Van Halen Warner Bros. August 7, 1996 10,000,000 10× Platinum
1983 ZZ Top Eliminator Warner Bros. August 7, 1996 10,000,000 10× Platinum

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