The 100 best-selling albums of all time

An in-depth look at the best-selling albums in music history

November 18, 2020

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What’s the best album of all time? That’s a topic for another day. What’s the most popular album of all time? Well, that’s an argument that can be backed up with data.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is an organization that represents America’s recording industry. Through its certification program, it helps track total sales of albums, singles, and everything in between. Heard of a platinum record? Then you’ve heard of an RIAA certification.

“Originally conceived to honor artists and track sound recording sales, Gold & Platinum Awards have come to stand as a benchmark of success for any artist,” the RIAA’s website states. On this site, the RIAA also compiled the best-selling albums of all time.

Using data from the RIAA, here are the 100 best-selling albums of all time.

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