List of best-selling albums of the 2000s (century)

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This is a list of the best-selling albums of the 2000s, based on IFPI certification and Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking. 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 starting from January 1, 2000.

Units sold include physical copies and digital downloads.

Legend[edit]

Colors
Studio albums
Greatest hits and compilations
Soundtracks

30 million copies or more[edit]

Year Album Artist/s Nationality Worldwide sales
(in millions)
Ref(s)
2000 1 The Beatles  United Kingdom 31.0 [1]
2011 21 Adele  United Kingdom 35.0 [2]

20–29 million copies[edit]

Year Album Artist/s Nationality Worldwide sales
(in millions)
Ref(s)
2002 Come Away with Me Norah Jones  United States 27.0 [3]
2002 The Eminem Show Eminem  United States 27.0 [4]
2000 Hybrid Theory Linkin Park  United States 27.0 [5]
2000 Black & Blue Backstreet Boys  United States 24.0 [6]
2000 The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem  United States 21.0 [7]
2006 Back to Black Amy Winehouse  United Kingdom 20.0

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2015 25 Adele  United Kingdom 20.0 [9]
2004 Confessions Usher  United States 20.0 [10]
2000 Oops!... I Did It Again Britney Spears  United States 20.0 [11]
2002 Let Go Avril Lavigne  Canada 20.0 [12]

13–19 million copies[edit]

Year Album Artist/s Nationality Worldwide sales
(in millions)
Ref(s)
2003 Fallen Evanescence  United States 17.0 [13]
2008 Fearless Taylor Swift  United States 16.4 [14]
2000 A Day Without Rain Enya  Ireland 16.0 [15]
2000 Whitney: The Greatest Hits Whitney Houston  United States 16.0
2008 The Fame Lady Gaga  United States 16.0 [16]
2004 American Idiot Green Day  United States 15.0 [17]
2004 Breakaway Kelly Clarkson  United States 15.0 [18]
2002 A Rush of Blood to the Head Coldplay  United Kingdom 15.0 [19][20]
2000 No Strings Attached NSYNC  United States 15.0 [21]
2014 X Ed Sheeran  United Kingdom 14.0 [22]
2001 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket Blink-182  United States 14.0 [23]
2012 Red Taylor Swift  United States 13.8 [24]
2001 Laundry Service Shakira  Colombia 13.0 [25]
2001 Missundaztood Pink  United States 13.0 [26]
2005 X&Y Coldplay  United Kingdom 13.0 [20]

10–12 million copies[edit]

Year Album Artist/s Nationality Worldwide sales
(in millions)
Ref(s)
2002 Stripped Christina Aguilera  United States 13.0 [27][28]
2000 All That You Can't Leave Behind U2  Ireland 12.0 [29]
2001 Songs in A Minor Alicia Keys  United States 12.0 [30]
2002 A New Day Has Come Celine Dion  Canada 12.0 [31]
2003 Life for Rent Dido  United Kingdom 12.0 [32]
2004 Under My Skin Avril Lavigne  Canada 12.0 [33]
2003 Get Rich or Die Tryin'Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent  United States 12.0 [34]
2005 The Emancipation of Mimi Mariah Carey  United States 11.0 [35]
2000 Music Madonna  United States 11.0 [36]
2003 Dangerously in Love Beyoncé  United States 11.0 [37]
2004 Back to Bedlam James Blunt  United Kingdom 11.0 [38]
2005 All the Right Reasons Nickelback  Canada 11.0 [39]
2010 Speak Now Taylor Swift  United States 10.4 [40]
2014 1989 Taylor Swift  United States 10.1 [41]
2005 Confessions on a Dance Floor Madonna  United States 10.0 [42]
2001 Silver Side Up Nickelback  Canada 10.0 [39]
2002 Justified Justin Timberlake  United States 10.0 [43]
2002 Songs About Jane Maroon 5  United States 10.0 [44]
2006 FutureSex/LoveSounds Justin Timberlake  United States 10.0 [43]
2008 Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Coldplay  United Kingdom 10.0 [20]
2009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle  United Kingdom 10.0 [45]
2010 Recovery Eminem  United States 10.0 [46]

Best-selling album by year[edit]

The charts of the best-selling albums by year in the world are compiled by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry annually since 2001. These charts are published in their two annual reports, the Digital Music Report and the Recording Industry in Numbers. Both the Digital Music Report and the Recording Industry in Numbers were replaced in 2016 by the Global Music Report.[47]

Year Album Artist/s Nationality Sales
(in millions)
Source
2001 Hybrid Theory Linkin Park  United States 7.5 [48]
2002 The Eminem Show Eminem  United States 12.9 [49]
2003 Come Away with Me Norah Jones  United States 16.0 [50]
2004 Confessions Usher  United States 10.0 [51]
2005 X&Y Coldplay  United Kingdom 7.3 [52]
2006 High School Musical Various Artists 7.0 [53]
2007 High School Musical 2 Various Artists 6.0 [54]
2008 Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Coldplay  United Kingdom 5.8 [55]
2009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle  United Kingdom 6.4 [56]
2010 Recovery Eminem  United States 6.2 [57]
2011 21 Adele  United Kingdom 18.1 [49]
2012 8.3 [58]
2013 Midnight Memories One Direction United Kingdom UK /  Ireland 4.0 [59]
2014 Frozen Various Artists 9.0 [60]
2015 25 Adele  United Kingdom 17.4 [61]
2016 Lemonade Beyoncé  United States 2.5 [62]
2017 ÷ Ed Sheeran  United Kingdom 6.1 [63]

See also[edit]

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