Best selling albums in Canada

The list of the best selling albums in Canada is based on Music Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Recording Industry Association) certifications and Nielsen Soundscan figures. Music Canada has been certifying recordings since 1975. SoundScan began tracking sales data for Billboard in Canada in 1996.

The best-selling album in Canada is Michael Jackson’s Thriller which sold over 2.7 million copies (according to Billboard, 2.4 million sold by 1986; 350,000 since 1995, according to Soundscan). Some publications suggest that the Thriller has already crossed the three million mark. Accourding to Soundscan 2017 report Shania Twain’s Come on Over is the best selling album in Canada since SoundScan began tracking sales.

1 Certification levels
2 List of best-selling albums in Canada

Certification levels

Certifications for albums released in Canada depend upon their release date. In July 2017, Music Canada updated the Album Award guidelines to include Track Equivalent Album (TEA) and Stream Equivalent Album (SEA) units toward Certification. 1500 on-demand audio streams = 10 track downloads = 1 unit toward Certification.

DateGoldPlatinumDiamond
Before May 1, 200850 000100 0001 000 000
Since May 1,200840 00080 000800 000

Note: in the early 90s, a rule was introduced according to which in albums consisting of several discs (double, triple, box sets), each disc is counted. That is, a double album needs not 50,000 copies to become Gold, but 25,000, a triple – 16,667, a box set of 10 discs – 5,000.

List of best-selling albums in Canada

Michael-Jackson-Thriller-1982
Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the best-selling album in Canada
RankArtistAlbumAwardTotal Sales
1MICHAEL JACKSONTHRILLER2D + 1G2 750 000
2ALANIS MORISSETTEJAGGED LITTLE PILL2D2 442 000
3FLEETWOOD MACRUMOURS2D2 400 000
4PINK FLOYDDARK SIDE OF THE MOON2D2 350 000
5MEAT LOAFBAT OUT OF HELL2D2 145 000
6EAGLESTHEIR GREATEST HITS 1971-19752D2 128 000
7LED ZEPPELINLED ZEPPELIN IV2D2 000 000
8SHANIA TWAINCOME ON OVER2D2 000 000
9SHANIA TWAINTHE WOMAN IN ME2D2 000 000
10ADELE212D1 600 000
11METALLICAMETALLICA1D1 500 000
12GUNS N’ ROSESAPPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION1D1 422 000
13PINK FLOYDTHE WALL2D1 360 000
14AC/DCBACK IN BLACK1D1 331 000
15THE BEATLESABBEY ROAD1D1 306 000
16ABBAGOLD – GREATEST HITS1D + 3P1 300 000
17SOUNDTRACKDIRTY DANCING1D1 233 000
18BRYAN ADAMSRECKLESS1D + 1P1 226 000
19GREEN DAYDOOKIE1D1 220 000
20THE BEATLES11D1 215 000
21U2THE JOSHUA TREE1D1 203 000
22DIRE STRAITSBROTHERS IN ARMS1D1 165 000
23ERIC CLAPTONUNPLUGGED1D1 156 000
24SUPERTRAMPCRIME OF THE CENTURY1D1 132 000
25ANDREA BOCELLIROMANZA1D1 130 000
26SHANIA TWAINUP!2D1 129 000
27SUPERTRAMPBREAKFAST IN AMERICA1D1 129 000
28NIRVANANEVERMIND1D1 122 000
29BRUCE SPRINGSTEENBORN IN THE U.S.A.1D1 072 000
30THE TRAGICALLY HIPUP TO HERE1D1 050 000
31THE BEATLESSGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND8P1 040 000
32ACE OF BASEHAPPY NATION/THE SIGN1D1 000 000
33AEROSMITHGET A GRIP1D1 000 000
34ALANNAH MYLESALANNAH MYLES1D1 000 000
35AMANDA MARSHALLAMANDA MARSHALL1D1 000 000
36AQUAAQUARIUM1D1 000 000
37AVRIL LAVIGNELET GO1D1 000 000
38BACKSTREET BOYSBACKSTREET BOYS1D1 000 000
39BACKSTREET BOYSBACKSTREET’S BACK1D1 000 000
40BACKSTREET BOYSMILLENNIUM1D1 000 000
41BARENAKED LADIESGORDON1D1 000 000
42BEE GEESSATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (SOUNDTRACK)1D1 000 000
43BILLY RAY CYRUSSOME GAVE ALL1D1 000 000
44BON JOVICROSS ROAD1D1 000 000
45BON JOVISLIPPERY WHEN WET1D1 000 000
46BOSTONBOSTON1D1 000 000
47BRITNEY SPEARS…BABY ONE MORE TIME1D1 000 000
48BRYAN ADAMSWAKING UP THE NEIGHBOURS1D1 000 000
49CELINE DIONALL THE WAY…A DECADE OF SONG1D1 000 000
50CELINE DIONCELINE DION1D1 000 000
51CELINE DIONFALLING INTO YOU1D1 000 000
52CELINE DIONLET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE1D1 000 000
53CELINE DIONTHE COLOUR OF MY LOVE1D1 000 000
54CELINE DIONTHESE ARE SPECIAL TIMES1D1 000 000
55COREY HARTBOY IN THE BOX1D1 000 000
56CULTURE CLUBCOLOUR BY NUMBERS1D1 000 000
57DEF LEPPARDHYSTERIA1D1 000 000
58EAGLESHOTEL CALIFORNIA1D1 000 000
59ELTON JOHNELTON JOHN’S GREATEST HITS (1974)1D1 000 000
60EMINEMTHE EMINEM SHOW1D1 000 000
61GARTH BROOKSTHE HITS1D1 000 000
62GEORGE MICHAELFAITH1D1 000 000
63GUNS N’ ROSESUSE YOUR ILLUSION I1D1 000 000
64HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISHCRACKED REAR VIEW1D1 000 000
65HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWSSPORTS1D1 000 000
66INXSKICK1D1 000 000
67KENNY ROGERSKENNY ROGERS’ GREATEST HITS1D1 000 000
68LED ZEPPELINLED ZEPPELIN I1D1 000 000
69LIONEL RICHIECAN’T SLOW DOWN1D1 000 000
70MADONNALIKE A VIRGIN1D1 000 000
71MADONNATRUE BLUE1D1 000 000
72MILLI VANILLIGIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE1D1 000 000
73NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCKHANGIN’ TOUGH1D1 000 000
74NO DOUBTTRAGIC KINGDOM1D1 000 000
75NORAH JONESCOME AWAY WITH ME1D1 000 000
76OUR LADY PEACECLUMSY1D1 000 000
77PHIL COLLINSFACE VALUE1D1 000 000
78PHIL COLLINSNO JACKET REQUIRED1D1 000 000
79RICKY MARTINRICKY MARTIN1D1 000 000
80SANTANASUPERNATURAL1D1 000 000
81SARAH MCLACHLANSURFACING1D1 000 000
82SAVAGE GARDENSAVAGE GARDEN1D1 000 000
83SOUNDTRACKCOCKTAIL1D1 000 000
84SOUNDTRACKGREASE1D1 000 000
85SOUNDTRACKTHE LION KING1D1 000 000
86SOUNDTRACKTITANIC1D1 000 000
87SPICE GIRLSSPICE1D1 000 000
88SPICE GIRLSSPICEWORLD1D1 000 000
89STEVE MILLER BANDGREATEST HITS 1974-19781D1 000 000
90THE TRAGICALLY HIPFULLY COMPLETELY1D1 000 000
91THE TRAGICALLY HIPROAD APPLES1D1 000 000
92TOM COCHRANEMAD MAD WORLD1D1 000 000
93U2ACHTUNG BABY1D1 000 000
94VARIOUS ARTISTSBIG SHINY TUNES 21D1 000 000
95VARIOUS ARTISTSOH WHAT A FEELING (JUNO AWARDS 25TH ANNIVERSARY)1D1 000 000
96WHITNEY HOUSTONTHE BODYGUARD (SOUNDTRACK)1D1 000 000
97WHITNEY HOUSTONWHITNEY HOUSTON1D1 000 000
98ZZ TOPELIMINATOR1D1 000 000
99EMINEMTHE MARSHALL MATHERS LP8P941 000
100GUNS N’ ROSESUSE YOUR ILLUSION II9P900 000
101LED ZEPPELINLED ZEPPELIN II9P900 000
102MEAT LOAFBAD OUT OF HELL II – BACK INTO HELL9P900 000
103NIRVANAMTV UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK9P900 000
104SOUNDTRACKFLASHDANCE9P900 000
105QUEENGREATEST HITS I3P850 000
106COUNTING CROWSAUGUST & EVERYTHING AFTER7P831 000
107MICHAEL BUBLEIT’S TIME6P823 000
108ADELE251D800 000
109AEROSMITHBIG ONES8P800 000
110COLLECTIVE SOULCOLLECTIVE SOUL8P800 000
111CYNDI LAUPERSHE’S SO UNUSUAL8P800 000
112ENYAA DAY WITHOUT RAIN8P800 000
113JEWELPIECES OF YOU8P800 000
114MATCHBOX TWENTYYOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU8P800 000
115MC HAMMERPLEASE HAMMER DON’T HURT ‘EM8P800 000
116MICHAEL BUBLECHRISTMAS1D800 000
117MUSICALTHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (HIGHLIGHTS)8P800 000
118NICKELBACKSILVER SIDE UP8P800 000
119OASIS(WHAT’S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY8P800 000
120SOUNDTRACKTHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA8P800 000
121THE OFFSPRINGAMERICANA8P800 000
122TLCCRAZYSEXYCOOL8P800 000
123VARIOUS ARTISTSBIG SHINY TUNES 38P800 000
124VARIOUS ARTISTSBIG SHINY TUNES 48P800 000
125SHAGGYHOT SHOT7P788 000
126SHANIA TWAINGREATEST HITS6P757 000
127TOM PETTYFULL MOON FEVER6P750 000
128SOUNDTRACKFOOTLOOSE6P738 000
129PEARL JAMTEN7P730 000
130KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTONONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS5P726 000
131JAMES BLUNTBACK TO BEDLAM6P721 000
132U2THE BEST OF 1980 – 19906P721 000
133DR. DRE20015P708 000
134AEROSMITHPUMP7P700 000
135CELINE DIOND’EUX7P700 000
136CELINE DIONUNISON7P700 000
137DEF LEPPARDPYROMANIA7P700 000
138DIANA KRALLTHE LOOK OF LOVE7P700 000
139EAGLESHELL FREEZES OVER7P700 000
140EVANESCENCEFALLEN7P700 000
141GARTH BROOKSNO FENCES7P700 000
142LAURYN HILLTHE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL7P700 000
143LIVETHROWING COPPER7P700 000
144MADONNARAY OF LIGHT7P700 000
145MADONNATHE IMMACULATE COLLECTION7P700 000
146MARIAH CAREYDAYDREAM7P700 000
147MARIAH CAREYMARIAH CAREY7P700 000
148MARIAH CAREYMUSIC BOX7P700 000
149MICHAEL BOLTONTIME, LOVE & TENDERNESS7P700 000
150MICHAEL JACKSONBAD7P700 000
151NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCKSTEP BY STEP7P700 000
152NICKELBACKALL THE RIGHT REASONS7P700 000
153NSYNCNO STRINGS ATTACHED7P700 000
154PAULA ABDULFOREVER YOUR GIRL7P700 000
155PHIL COLLINSBUT SERIOUSLY7P700 000
156R.E.M.AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE7P700 000
157R.E.M.OUT OF TIME7P700 000
158SOUNDTRACKARMAGEDDON7P700 000
159SOUNDTRACKCITY OF ANGELS7P700 000
160TEARS FOR FEARSSONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR7P700 000
161THE BLACK EYED PEASELEPHUNK7P700 000
162THE DOORSGREATEST HITS5P + 2P700 000
163TINA TURNERPRIVATE DANCER7P700 000
164TONI BRAXTONSECRETS7P700 000
165TRACY CHAPMANNEW BEGINNING7P700 000
166U2RATTLE AND HUM7P700 000
167VARIOUS ARTISTSMUCHDANCE 2000/2000 DANSE PLUS7P700 000
168VARIOUS ARTISTSMUCHDANCE 20017P700 000
169VARIOUS ARTISTSNOW! 37P700 000
170WHITNEY HOUSTONWHITNEY7P700 000
171WILSON PHILLIPSWILSON PHILLIPS7P700 000
172RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSCALIFORNICATION6P695 000
173AC/DCTHE RAZOR’S EDGE5P674 000
174NIRVANAIN UTERO6P674 000
175BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERSLEGEND2P664 000
176ELVIS PRESLEYELV1S: 30 #1 HITS5P657 000
177LADY GAGATHE FAME7P653 000
178ED SHEERANDIVIDE8P640 000
179ED SHEERANX8P640 000
180LINKIN PARKHYBRID THEORY5P636 000
181THE BEATLESTHE BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM)8P + 1G626 000
18250 CENTGET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’6P600 000
183ANNE MURRAYGREATEST HITS6P600 000
184BLUE RODEO5 DAYS IN JULY6P600 000
185BRUCE COCKBURNCHRISTMAS6P600 000
186BRYAN ADAMSSO FAR SO GOOD6P600 000
187BUSHSIXTEEN STONE6P600 000
188CELINE DIONA NEW DAY HAS COME6P600 000
189CHERBELIEVE6P600 000
190CHRISTINA AGUILERACHRISTINA AGUILERA6P600 000
191CREEDHUMAN CLAY6P600 000
192FINE YOUNG CANNIBALSTHE RAW & THE COOKED6P600 000
193GREEN DAYAMERICAN IDIOT6P600 000
194HEARTHEART6P600 000
195JOHN MELLENCAMPTHE LONESOME JUBILEE6P600 000
196JOSH GROBANNOEL6P600 000
197LIMP BIZKITCHOCOLATE STARFISH AND THE HOT DOG FLAVORED WATER6P600 000
198LIMP BIZKITSIGNIFICANT OTHER6P600 000
199METALLICAMASTER OF PUPPETS6P600 000
200MICHAEL JACKSONDANGEROUS6P600 000
201PRINCEPURPLE RAIN (SOUNDTRACK)6P600 000
202PUFF DADDYNO WAY OUT6P600 000
203R.E.M.MONSTER6P600 000
204RICHARD MARXREPEAT OFFENDER6P600 000
205ROXETTELOOK SHARP!6P600 000
206THE BLACK EYED PEASMONKEY BUSINESS6P600 000
207THE OFFSPRINGSMASH6P600 000
208THE TRAGICALLY HIPDAY FOR NIGHT6P600 000
209THE TRAVELING WILBURYSTHE TRAVELING WILBURYS VOLUME 16P600 000
210THE WALLFLOWERSBRINGING DOWN THE HORSE6P600 000
211USHERCONFESSIONS6P600 000
212VANILLA ICETO THE EXTREME6P600 000
213VARIOUS ARTISTSBIG SHINY TUNES 56P600 000
214VARIOUS ARTISTSMUCH DANCE 19976P600 000
215VARIOUS ARTISTSMUCHDANCE 19996P600 000
216WHAM!MAKE IT BIG6P600 000
217WILL SMITHBIG WILLIE STYLE6P600 000
218EMINEMENCORESOUNDSCAN594 000
219BRUCE SPRINGSTEENGREATEST HITS4P590 000
220JOSH GROBANCLOSER4P586 000
221METALLICAAND JUSTICE FOR ALL3P578 000
222GUNS N’ ROSESGREATEST HITS2P575 000
223COLDPLAYA RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD4P572 000
224EMINEMRECOVERYSOUNDSCAN569 000
225SOUNDTRACKTOP GUN5P565 000
226ABBA20TH CENTURY MASTERS – THE BEST OF ABBA1P562 000
227IMAGINE DRAGONSNIGHT VISIONS7P560 000
228COLDPLAYX&Y5P551 000
229JOSH GROBANJOSH GROBAN4P549 000
230VAN HALEN19845P542 000
231PHIL COLLINSHITS4P534 000
232SIMON & GARFUNKELSIMON & GARFUNKEL’S GREATEST HITS5P514 000
233JACK JOHNSONIN BETWEEN DREAMS3P512 000
234BLINK-182ENEMA OF THE STATE4P510 000
235THE SMASHING PUMPKINSSIAMESE DREAM4P508 000
236ABBAGREATEST HITS5P500 000
237AEROSMITHPERMANENT VACATION5P500 000
238ALICIA KEYSSONGS IN A MINOR5P500 000
239ANDREA BOCELLISOGNO5P500 000
240AVRIL LAVIGNEUNDER MY SKIN5P500 000
241BEE GEESSPIRITS HAVING FLOWN5P500 000
242BILLY IDOLREBEL YELL5P500 000
243BILLY JOEL52ND STREET5P500 000
244BILLY JOELGLASS HOUSES5P500 000
245BILLY JOELTHE STRANGER5P500 000
246BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BANDAGAINST THE WIND5P500 000
247BON JOVIKEEP THE FAITH5P500 000
248BON JOVINEW JERSEY5P500 000
249BONEY MNIGHTFLIGHT TO VENUS5P500 000
250BOYZ II MENII5P500 000
251BRITNEY SPEARSOOPS!…I DID IT AGAIN5P500 000
252BUSHRAZORBLADE SUITCASE5P500 000
253CHEAP TRICKCHEAP TRICK AT BUDOKAN5P500 000
254COLLECTIVE SOULHINTS, ALLEGATIONS AND THINGS LEFT UNSAID5P500 000
255DAVID BOWIELET’S DANCE5P500 000
256DESTINY’S CHILDTHE WRITING’S ON THE WALL5P500 000
257ENRIQUE IGLESIASENRIQUE5P500 000
258ENRIQUE IGLESIASESCAPE5P500 000
259FAITH HILLBREATHE5P500 000
260FLEETWOOD MACTANGO IN THE NIGHT5P500 000
261GARTH BROOKSFRESH HORSES5P500 000
262GARTH BROOKSIN PIECES5P500 000
263GARTH BROOKSROPIN’ THE WIND5P500 000
264GARTH BROOKSSEVENS5P500 000
265GARTH BROOKSTHE CHASE5P500 000
266GWEN STEFANILOVE, ANGEL, MUSIC, BABY5P500 000
267HANSONTHE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE5P500 000
268HEARTBRIGADE5P500 000
269HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWSFORE!5P500 000
270JANN ARDENLIVING UNDER JUNE5P500 000
271JENNIFER LOPEZON THE 65P500 000
272JOHN DENVERJOHN DENVER’S GREATEST HITS5P500 000
273JOHN MELLENCAMPAMERICAN FOOL5P500 000
274JOHN MELLENCAMPSCARECROW5P500 000
275JOHN MELLENCAMPUH-HUH5P500 000
276JULIO IGLESIAS1100 BEL AIR PLACE5P500 000
277JUSTIN TIMBERLAKEFUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS5P500 000
278KELLY CLARKSONBREAKAWAY5P500 000
279LOU BEGAA LITTLE BIT OF MAMBO5P500 000
280LOVERBOYLOVERBOY5P500 000
281MADONNACONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR5P500 000
282MADONNALIKE A PRAYER5P500 000
283MEN AT WORKBUSINESS AS USUAL5P500 000
284MUSICALNOTRE DAME DE PARIS5P500 000
285NEIL YOUNGHARVEST MOON5P500 000
286NELLY FURTADOLOOSE5P500 000
287NICKELBACKTHE LONG ROAD5P500 000
288OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHNGREATEST HITS VOLUME II5P500 000
289P!NKM!SSUNDAZTOOD5P500 000
290PAT BENATARCRIMES OF PASSION5P500 000
291PEARL JAMVITALOGY5P500 000
292PEARL JAMVS.5P500 000
293QUEENCLASSIC QUEEN5P500 000
294R.E.O. SPEEDWAGONHI INFIDELITY5P500 000
295RANDY TRAVISALWAYS & FOREVER5P500 000
296RIHANNAGOOD GIRL GONE BAD5P500 000
297ROD STEWARTOUT OF ORDER5P500 000
298ROGER WHITTAKERGREATEST HITS5P500 000
299ROXETTEJOYRIDE5P500 000
300ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRAHOOKED ON CLASSICS5P500 000
301SARAH MCLACHLANAFTERGLOW5P500 000
302SARAH MCLACHLANFUMBLING TOWARDS ECSTASY5P500 000
303SARAH MCLACHLANMIRRORBALL5P500 000
304SHAKIRALAUNDRY SERVICE5P500 000
305SHERYL CROWTHE VERY BEST OF SHERYL CROW5P500 000
306SINEAD O’CONNORI DO NOT WANT WHAT I HAVEN’T GOT5P500 000
307SOUNDTRACK8 MILE5P500 000
308SOUNDTRACKCOYOTE UGLY5P500 000
309SOUNDTRACKFORREST GUMP1D500 000
310SOUNDTRACKPRETTY WOMAN5P500 000
311SOUNDTRACKTHE SOUND OF MUSIC5P500 000
312THE BEATLES1962 – 19661D500 000
313THE BEATLES1967 – 19701D500 000
314THE CRANBERRIESNO NEED TO ARGUE5P500 000
315THE FUGEESTHE SCORE5P500 000
316THE RANKIN FAMILYFARE THEE WELL LOVE5P500 000
317THE SMASHING PUMPKINSMELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS1D500 000
318THE TRAGICALLY HIPTROUBLE AT THE HENHOUSE5P500 000
319TIFFANYTIFFANY5P500 000
320TROOPERHOT SHOTS5P500 000
321TWISTED SISTERSTAY HUNGRY5P500 000
322U2ALL THAT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND5P500 000
323U2HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB5P500 000
324VARIOUS ARTISTSNOW! 25P500 000
325VARIOUS ARTISTSSTAR ACADEMIE5P500 000
326WHITESNAKEWHITESNAKE 19875P500 000
327ZAMFIRTHE LONELY SHEPHERD5P500 000

See also. Best selling albums by country: