Oricon Albums Chart

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The Oricon Albums Chart is the Japanese music industry standard albums popularity chart issued daily, weekly, monthly and yearly by Oricon. Oricon originally published LP, CT, Cartridge and CD charts prior to the establishment of the Oricon Albums Chart on October 5, 1987. The Oricon Albums Chart's rankings are based on physical albums' sales.

A Digital Albums Chart based on download sales was established on November 19, 2016.[1] On December 24, 2018, Oricon introduced a Combined Albums Chart based on album-equivalent units. It counts physical sales, digital sales and streaming.[2]

Charts are published every Tuesday in Oricon Style and on Oricon's official website. Every Monday, Oricon receives data from outlets, but data on merchandise sold through certain channels does not make it into the charts. For example, the debut single of NEWS, a pop group, was released only through 7-Eleven stores, which are not covered by Oricon, and its sales were not reflected in the Oricon charts. Oricon's rankings of record sales are therefore not completely accurate.

Best-selling albums of all time[edit]

Rank Year Title Artist Sales
1 1999 First Love Hikaru Utada 7,650,215[3]
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
6 2001 A Best Ayumi Hamasaki 4,301,353
7 1996 Globe Globe 4,136,460
8 2002 Deep River Hikaru Utada 3,604,588
9 2000 Delicious Way Mai Kuraki 3,530,000
10 1998 Time to Destination Every Little Thing 3,520,330

See also[edit]


  1. ^ オリコン 新ランキング発表 アルバムDL数を集計…初回首位は宇多田ヒカル. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. November 16, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "オリコン、12月19日より合算ランキング開始集計詳細を発表". ORICON NEWS. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  3. ^ 歴代アルバムチャート Archived 2007-10-16 at archive.today

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