Best selling albums in the United States Of America

The list of the best-selling albums in the United States based on the Records Association of America (RIAA) certifications, as well as data from Nielsen Soundscan and BMG Music Club. Nielsen Soundscan began tracking sales data for Nielsen on March 1, 1991 (unlike the RIAA, these numbers do not include club sales).

The best-selling album in the United States is compilation Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 by Eagles with sales of 38 million copies. Michael Jackson’s 33x platinum Thriller is the best-selling studio album in the United States. Also, Thriller became the first album to receive 20x and 30x platinum certification (see Timeline below).

Dreaming of You by Selena has received the highest certification for Spanish-language albums, going 59 times platinum for 3.540.000 copies sold (see Latin below). 21 by British singer Adele is the best-selling album in the United States in the 21st century with 14 million copies sold. Since 2000 only 13 albums have reached the 10 million mark.

1 RIAA certification
2 List of best selling albums in the U.S.
3 Timeline of the highest certified album

RIAA certification

The RIAA certification was launched in 1958. Initially, the requirement for a Gold album represented $1 million in sales. Soundtrack Oklahoma! became the first Gold album certified by RIAA. In 1975, this method of certifying sales was abolished, and certifications were instead based on unit sales: sales of 500.000 were awarded Gold. In 1976 RIAA introduce the Platinum award for sales of one million albums. The first Platinum album certified by the RIAA was compilation Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 by Eagles. Multi-platinum awards for sales of 2 million or more have been awarded since 1984. On March 16, 1999, the RIAA launched the Diamond Album for sales of 10 million copies. Since February 2016, the RIAA include “on-demand audio and video streams and a track sale equivalent” units: 1.500 strams = 10 downloaded tracks = 1 album.

For Latin music, the RIAA launched a new award in 2000 – Los Premios de Oro y De Platino. Latin music is considered to be a release in which more than 50% of the songs are recorded in Spanish. Currently, Disco De Oro (gold) is awarded for 30.000 copies, Disco De Platino for 60.000, Diamante for 600.000.

Since 1992, the RIAA has counted every disc in multi-disc albums. That is, to achieve platinum status, a double album needs 500 thousand instead of a million, a triple one – 333 thousand, a box set of 10 discs – 100 thousand. For example: Pink Floyd’s The Wall went 23 times platinum for sales of 11.5 million, not 23 million. The Golden Road (1965-1973) box set of 12 discs by The Grateful Dead went gold for 41,667 sales instead of 500 thousand. The required sales threshold for any certification depends on the number of discs in the set:

Units in setGoldPlatinum2x P3x P4x P5x P6x P7x P8x P9x PDiamond
2250 К500 К1 М1.5 М2 М2.5 М3.0 М3.5 М4 М4.5 М5 М
3166 К333 К666 К1 М1.333 М1.666 М2 М2.333 М2.666 М3 М3.333 М
4125 К250 К500 К750 К1 М1.25 М1.5 М1.75 М2 М2.25 М2.5 М
5100 К200 К400 К600 К800 К1 М1.2 М1.4 М1.6 М1.8 М2 М
683.3 К166 К333 К500 К666 К833 К1 М1.166 М1.333 М1.500 М1.666 М
771.4 К142 К285 К428 К571 К714 К857 К1 М1.142 М1.285 М1.428 М
862.5 К125 К250 К375 К500 К625 К750 К875 К1 М1.125 М1.25 М
955.5 К111 К222 К333 К444 К555 К666 К777 К888 К1 М1.111 М
1050 К100 К200 К300 К400 К500 К600 К700 К800 К900 К1 М

List of best selling albums in the United States

Самый продаваемый альбом в США - сборник Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 Eagles с тиражом 38 миллионов копий.
Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 by Eagles is the best-selling album in the U.S.
RANKARTISTALBUMAWARDSALES
1EAGLESTHEIR GREATEST HITS 1971-197538P38.000.000
2MICHAEL JACKSONTHRILLER33P33.000.000
3EAGLESHOTEL CALIFORNIA26P26.000.000
4AC/DCBACK IN BLACK25P25.000.000
5LED ZEPPELINLED ZEPPELIN IV23P23.550.000
6PINK FLOYDDARK SIDE OF THE MOON15P21.871.000
7HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISHCRACKED REAR VIEW21P21.000.000
8FLEETWOOD MACRUMOURS20P20.000.000
9SHANIA TWAINCOME ON OVER20P20.000.000
10GUNS N’ ROSESAPPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION18P18.400.000
11GARTH BROOKSNO FENCES18P18.000.000
12WHITNEY HOUSTONTHE BODYGUARD (SOUNDTRACK)18P18.000.000
13BOSTONBOSTON17P17.653.000
14ELTON JOHNELTON JOHN’S GREATEST HITS (1974)17P17.000.000
15JOURNEYGREATEST HITS15P16.858.000
16METALLICAMETALLICA16P16.594.000
17ALANIS MORISSETTEJAGGED LITTLE PILL16P16.000.000
18BEE GEESSATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (SOUNDTRACK)16P16.000.000
19BRUCE SPRINGSTEENBORN IN THE U.S.A.15P15.600.000
20BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERSLEGEND15P15.000.000
21SANTANASUPERNATURAL15P15.000.000
22SOUNDTRACKGREASE8P14.900.000
23SIMON & GARFUNKELSIMON & GARFUNKEL’S GREATEST HITS14P14.864.000
24MEAT LOAFBAT OUT OF HELL14P14.600.000
25PRINCEPURPLE RAIN (SOUNDTRACK)13P14.500.000
26ADELE2114P14.000.000
27BACKSTREET BOYSBACKSTREET BOYS14P14.000.000
28BRITNEY SPEARS…BABY ONE MORE TIME14P14.000.000
29ELVIS PRESLEYELVIS’ CHRISTMAS ALBUM / IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME10P + 4P14.000.000
30GARTH BROOKSROPIN’ THE WIND14P14.000.000
31STEVE MILLER BANDGREATEST HITS 1974-197814P14.000.000
32THE BEATLESABBEY ROAD12P14.000.000
33BACKSTREET BOYSMILLENNIUM13P13.840.000
34BON JOVISLIPPERY WHEN WET12P13.364.000
35WHITNEY HOUSTONWHITNEY HOUSTON13P13.274.000
36DIXIE CHICKSWIDE OPEN SPACES13P13.000.000
37PEARL JAMTEN13P13.000.000
38CAROLE KINGTAPESTRY10P12.934.000
39THE BEATLES111P12.907.000
40NSYNCNO STRINGS ATTACHED11P12.695.000
41EMINEMTHE EMINEM SHOW10P12.665.000
42THE BEATLESSGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND11P12.566.000
43LED ZEPPELINLED ZEPPELIN II12P12.517.000
44DEF LEPPARDHYSTERIA12P12.500.000
45SOUNDTRACKDIRTY DANCING11P12.489.000
46PINK FLOYDTHE WALL23P12.135.000
47BOYZ II MENII12P12.000.000
48JEWELPIECES OF YOU12P12.000.000
49KENNY GBREATHLESS12P12.000.000
50KENNY ROGERSKENNY ROGERS’ GREATEST HITS12P12.000.000
51MATCHBOX TWENTYYOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU12P12.000.000
52PHIL COLLINSNO JACKET REQUIRED12P12.000.000
53SHANIA TWAINTHE WOMAN IN ME12P12.000.000
54THE BEATLESTHE BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM)24P12.000.000
55TLCCRAZYSEXYCOOL12P12.000.000
56TOM PETTYGREATEST HITS12P12.000.000
57U2THE JOSHUA TREE10P12.000.000
58BRITNEY SPEARSOOPS!…I DID IT AGAIN10P11.847.000
59JAMES TAYLORJAMES TAYLOR’S GREATEST HITS11P11.800.000
60CELINE DIONFALLING INTO YOU11P11.799.000
61CREEDHUMAN CLAY11P11.700.000
62AEROSMITHAEROSMITH’S GREATEST HITS 1973 – 198811P11.500.000
63BILLY JOELGREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II23P11.500.000
64LINKIN PARKHYBRID THEORY11P11.453.000
65LED ZEPPELINHOUSES OF THE HOLY11P11.400.000
66MADONNATHE IMMACULATE COLLECTION10P11.202.000
67NORAH JONESCOME AWAY WITH ME10P11.190.000
68SOUNDTRACKTITANIC11P11.151.000
69ADELE2511P11.000.000
70DIXIE CHICKSFLY11P11.000.000
71EAGLESEAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II11P11.000.000
72KID ROCKDEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE11P11.000.000
73EMINEMTHE MARSHALL MATHERS LP10P10.901.000
74CELINE DIONLET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE10P10.740.000
75VAN HALENVAN HALEN10P10.700.000
76GARTH BROOKSDOUBLE LIVE21P10.500.000
77LIONEL RICHIECAN’T SLOW DOWN10P10.500.000
78NIRVANANEVERMIND10P10.396.000
79USHERCONFESSIONS10P10.373.000
80NSYNCNSYNC10P10.363.000
81DEF LEPPARDPYROMANIA10P10.238.000
82MADONNALIKE A VIRGIN10P10.100.000
83VAN HALEN198410P10.100.000
84ZZ TOPELIMINATOR10P10.100.000
85BEASTIE BOYSLICENSED TO ILL10P10.000.000
86BILLY JOELTHE STRANGER10P10.000.000
87BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BANDGREATEST HITS10P10.000.000
88CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVALCHRONICLE: 20 GREATEST HITS10P10.000.000
89ERIC CLAPTONUNPLUGGED10P10.000.000
90GARTH BROOKSGARTH BROOKS10P10.000.000
91GARTH BROOKSSEVENS10P10.000.000
92GARTH BROOKSTHE CHASE10P10.000.000
93GARTH BROOKSTHE HITS10P10.000.000
94GEORGE MICHAELFAITH10P10.000.000
95GREEN DAYDOOKIE10P10.000.000
96MARIAH CAREYDAYDREAM10P10.000.000
97MARIAH CAREYMUSIC BOX10P10.000.000
98MC HAMMERPLEASE HAMMER DON’T HURT ‘EM10P10.000.000
99MICHAEL JACKSONBAD10P10.000.000
100NELLYCOUNTRY GRAMMAR10P10.000.000
101NICKELBACKALL THE RIGHT REASONS10P10.000.000
102NO DOUBTTRAGIC KINGDOM10P10.000.000
103PATSY CLINEGREATEST HITS10P10.000.000
104R.E.O. SPEEDWAGONHI INFIDELITY10P10.000.000
105SOUNDTRACKTHE LION KING10P10.000.000
106TAYLOR SWIFTFEARLESS10P10.000.000
107THE DOOBIE BROTHERSBEST OF THE DOOBIES10P10.000.000
108METALLICAAND JUSTICE FOR ALL8P9.600.000
109JOURNEYESCAPE9P9.300.000
110CELINE DIONALL THE WAY…A DECADE OF SONG7P9.299.000
111CHRISTINA AGUILERACHRISTINA AGUILERA8P9.208.000
112FLEETWOOD MACGREATEST HITS8P9.198.000
11350 CENTGET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’9P9.000.000
114ACE OF BASEHAPPY NATION/THE SIGN9P9.000.000
115BILLY RAY CYRUSSOME GAVE ALL9P9.000.000
116BOYZ II MENCOOLEYHIGHHARMONY9P9.000.000
117DIRE STRAITSBROTHERS IN ARMS9P9.000.000
118EAGLESHELL FREEZES OVER9P9.000.000
119JANIS JOPLINGREATEST HITS9P9.000.000
120JOHN DENVERJOHN DENVER’S GREATEST HITS9P9.000.000
121MARIAH CAREYMARIAH CAREY9P9.000.000
122SOUNDTRACKFOOTLOOSE9P9.000.000
123SOUNDTRACKTOP GUN9P9.000.000
124TAYLOR SWIFT19899P9.000.000
125WHITNEY HOUSTONWHITNEY9P9.000.000
126WILL SMITHBIG WILLIE STYLE9P9.000.000
127THE BEATLES1967 – 197017P8.500.000
128LAURYN HILLTHE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL8P8.343.000
129QUEENGREATEST HITS I8P8.300.000
130SOUNDTRACKO BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?8P8.175.000
131THE POLICESYNCHRONICITY8P8.164.000
132PAULA ABDULFOREVER YOUR GIRL7P8.137.000
133EVANESCENCEFALLEN7P8.028.000
134RICKY MARTINRICKY MARTIN7P8.002.000
135AEROSMITHTOYS IN THE ATTIC8P8.000.000
136BACKSTREET BOYSBLACK & BLUE8P8.000.000
137CARRIE UNDERWOODSOME HEARTS8P8.000.000
138DESTINY’S CHILDTHE WRITING’S ON THE WALL8P8.000.000
139ELTON JOHNGOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD8P8.000.000
140FAITH HILLBREATHE8P8.000.000
141GARTH BROOKSFRESH HORSES8P8.000.000
142GARTH BROOKSIN PIECES8P8.000.000
143KENNY GMIRACLES: THE HOLIDAY ALBUM8P8.000.000
144LED ZEPPELINLED ZEPPELIN I8P8.000.000
145LED ZEPPELINPHYSICAL GRAFFITI16P8.000.000
146LIVETHROWING COPPER8P8.000.000
147MICHAEL BOLTONTIME, LOVE & TENDERNESS8P8.000.000
148MICHAEL JACKSONDANGEROUS8P8.000.000
149MICHAEL JACKSONOFF THE WALL8P8.000.000
150NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCKHANGIN’ TOUGH8P8.000.000
151NIRVANAMTV UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK8P8.000.000
152PETER FRAMPTONFRAMPTON COMES ALIVE!8P8.000.000
153SARAH MCLACHLANSURFACING8P8.000.000
154SIMON & GARFUNKELBRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER8P8.000.000
155STONE TEMPLE PILOTSCORE8P8.000.000
156TONI BRAXTONSECRETS8P8.000.000
157TONI BRAXTONTONI BRAXTON8P8.000.000
158U2ACHTUNG BABY8P8.000.000
159WHITESNAKEWHITESNAKE 19878P8.000.000
160JANET JACKSONJANET.6P7.933.000
161DR. DRE20016P7.723.000
162JIMMY BUFFETTSONGS YOU KNOW BY HEART7P7.700.000
163PINK FLOYDWISH YOU WERE HERE6P7.700.000
164HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWSSPORTS7P7.580.000
165LIMP BIZKITSIGNIFICANT OTHER7P7.578.000
166THE BEATLES1962 – 196615P7.500.000
167SPICE GIRLSSPICE7P7.483.000
168AC/DCHIGHWAY TO HELL7P7.388.000
169CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNGDEJA VU7P7.240.000
170ERIC CLAPTONTIMEPIECES: THE BEST OF ERIC CLAPTON7P7.240.000
171NATALIE COLEUNFORGETTABLE WITH LOVE7P7.225.000
172METALLICAMASTER OF PUPPETS6P7.214.000
173BON JOVINEW JERSEY7P7.130.000
174THE FUGEESTHE SCORE6P7.060.000
1753 DOORS DOWNTHE BETTER LIFE7P7.000.000
176AEROSMITHGET A GRIP7P7.000.000
177AEROSMITHPUMP7P7.000.000
178AVRIL LAVIGNELET GO7P7.000.000
179BILLY JOEL52ND STREET7P7.000.000
180BILLY JOELAN INNOCENT MAN7P7.000.000
181BILLY JOELGLASS HOUSES7P7.000.000
182BOBBY BROWNDON’T BE CRUEL7P7.000.000
183BONNIE RAITTLUCK OF THE DRAW7P7.000.000
184BOSTONDON’T LOOK BACK7P7.000.000
185CARPENTERSSINGLES 1969 – 19737P7.000.000
186COUNTING CROWSAUGUST & EVERYTHING AFTER7P7.000.000
187DAVE MATTHEWS BANDCRASH7P7.000.000
188EAGLESTHE LONG RUN7P7.000.000
189EMINEMCURTAIN CALL: THE HITS7P7.000.000
190ENYAA DAY WITHOUT RAIN7P7.000.000
191FLEETWOOD MACFLEETWOOD MAC7P7.000.000
192FOREIGNERDOUBLE VISION7P7.000.000
193FOREIGNERRECORDS7P7.000.000
194GUNS N’ ROSESUSE YOUR ILLUSION I7P7.000.000
195GUNS N’ ROSESUSE YOUR ILLUSION II7P7.000.000
196JACKSON BROWNERUNNING ON EMPTY7P7.000.000
197JANET JACKSONRHYTHM NATION 18146P7.000.000
198LINDA RONSTADTGREATEST HITS7P7.000.000
199LINKIN PARKMETEORA7P7.000.000
200MADONNATRUE BLUE7P7.000.000
201PEARL JAMVS.7P7.000.000
202PUFF DADDYNO WAY OUT7P7.000.000
203RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSBLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK7P7.000.000
204SANTANASANTANA’S GREATEST HITS7P7.000.000
205SAVAGE GARDENSAVAGE GARDEN7P7.000.000
206SHERYL CROWTUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB7P7.000.000
207SOUNDTRACKWAITING TO EXHALE7P7.000.000
208TAYLOR SWIFTRED7P7.000.000
209TAYLOR SWIFTTAYLOR SWIFT7P7.000.000
210THE CRANBERRIESNO NEED TO ARGUE7P7.000.000
211VANILLA ICETO THE EXTREME7P7.000.000
212THE BEATLESRUBBER SOUL6P6.970.000
213EMINEMTHE SLIM SHADY LP4P6.946.000
214SHAGGYHOT SHOT6P6.824.000
215LIMP BIZKITCHOCOLATE STARFISH AND THE HOT DOG FLAVORED WATER6P6.762.000
216ABBAGOLD – GREATEST HITS6P6.675.000
217GREEN DAYAMERICAN IDIOT6P6.649.000
218CHICAGOCHICAGO IX – CHICAGO’S GREATEST HITS5P6.616.000
219NELLYNELLYVILLE6P6.505.000
220JOSH GROBANNOEL6P6.500.000
221NOTORIOUS B.I.G.LIFE AFTER DEATH11P6.480.000
222SUBLIMESUBLIME5P6.462.000
223CREEDWEATHERED6P6.458.000
224CREEDMY OWN PRISON6P6.445.000
225NICKELBACKSILVER SIDE UP6P6.354.000
226ALICIA KEYSSONGS IN A MINOR6P6.347.000
227KELLY CLARKSONBREAKAWAY6P6.306.000
228TIM MCGRAWGREATEST HITS VOL 16P6.275.000
229THE OFFSPRINGSMASH6P6.250.000
230FOREIGNER46P6.190.000
231MARIAH CAREYTHE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI6P6.086.000
232TIM MCGRAWNOT A MOMENT TOO SOON6P6.079.000
233GUNS N’ ROSESGREATEST HITS5P6.058.000
234DIXIE CHICKSHOME6P6.054.000
235BUSHSIXTEEN STONE6P6.043.000
236JOSH GROBANCLOSER5P6.032.000
237LEANN RIMESBLUE6P6.024.000
23850 CENTTHE MASSACRE6P6.000.000
239AC/DCDIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP6P6.000.000
240ALAN JACKSONA LOT ABOUT LIVIN’ (AND A LITTLE ‘BOUT LOVE)6P6.000.000
241ALAN JACKSONGREATEST HITS COLLECTION6P6.000.000
242ALAN JACKSONGREATEST HITS, VOL. II6P6.000.000
243BLUES TRAVELERFOUR6P6.000.000
244BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BANDNIGHT MOVES6P6.000.000
245BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BANDSTRANGER IN TOWN6P6.000.000
246BROOKS & DUNNBRAND NEW MAN6P6.000.000
247BRUCE SPRINGSTEENBORN TO RUN6P6.000.000
248CELINE DIONTHE COLOUR OF MY LOVE6P6.000.000
249CHICAGOCHICAGO 176P6.000.000
250CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNGSO FAR6P6.000.000
251CYNDI LAUPERSHE’S SO UNUSUAL6P6.000.000
252DAUGHTRYDAUGHTRY6P6.000.000
253DAVE MATTHEWS BANDUNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING6P6.000.000
254DON HENLEYTHE END OF THE INNOCENCE6P6.000.000
255DRAKETAKE CARE6P6.000.000
256DRAKEVIEWS6P6.000.000
257ELVIS PRESLEYELV1S: 30 #1 HITS6P6.000.000
258ELVIS PRESLEYELVIS’ GOLDEN RECORDS, VOLUME 16P6.000.000
259FAITH HILLFAITH6P6.000.000
260GENESISINVISIBLE TOUCH6P6.000.000
261GEORGE STRAITPURE COUNTRY (SOUNDTRACK)6P6.000.000
262INXSKICK6P6.000.000
263JOURNEYFRONTIERS6P6.000.000
264LADY GAGATHE FAME6P6.000.000
265LED ZEPPELININ THROUGH THE OUT DOOR6P6.000.000
266LED ZEPPELINLED ZEPPELIN III6P6.000.000
267MANNHEIM STEAMROLLERA FRESH AIRE CHRISTMAS6P6.000.000
268MANNHEIM STEAMROLLERMANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS6P6.000.000
269MARIAH CAREYMERRY CHRISTMAS6P6.000.000
270MELISSA ETHERIDGEYES I AM6P6.000.000
271MEN AT WORKBUSINESS AS USUAL6P6.000.000
272METALLICARIDE THE LIGHTNING6P6.000.000
273MICHAEL BOLTONSOUL PROVIDER6P6.000.000
274MILLI VANILLIGIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE6P6.000.000
275MOTLEY CRUEDR. FEELGOOD6P6.000.000
276NAT KING COLETHE CHRISTMAS SONG6P6.000.000
277NOTORIOUS B.I.G.READY TO DIE6P6.000.000
278PAUL SIMONGRACELAND5P6.000.000
279QUIET RIOTMETAL HEALTH6P6.000.000
280R. KELLY12 PLAY6P6.000.000
281RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSCALIFORNICATION6P6.000.000
282RIHANNAGOOD GIRL GONE BAD6P6.000.000
283SOUNDTRACKFLASHDANCE6P6.000.000
284SOUNDTRACKFORREST GUMP12P6.000.000
285SOUNDTRACKSPACE JAM6P6.000.000
286SOUNDTRACKTHE BIG CHILL6P6.000.000
287SOUNDTRACKTHE LITTLE MERMAID6P6.000.000
288STONE TEMPLE PILOTSPURPLE6P6.000.000
289TAYLOR SWIFTSPEAK NOW6P6.000.000
290THE BEATLESMAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR6P6.000.000
291THE CARSTHE CARS6P6.000.000
292THE CARSTHE CARS GREATEST HITS6P6.000.000
293THE ROLLING STONESHOT ROCKS 1964-197112P6.000.000
294THE ROLLING STONESSOME GIRLS6P6.000.000
295THIRD EYE BLINDTHIRD EYE BLIND6P6.000.000
296TLCFANMAIL6P6.000.000
297TRACY CHAPMANTRACY CHAPMAN6P6.000.000
298USHERMY WAY6P6.000.000
299VAN HALEN51506P6.000.000
300WHAM!MAKE IT BIG6P6.000.000
301SHANIA TWAINUP!11P5.891.000
302THE BEATLESREVOLVER5P5.850.000
303COLDPLAYVIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS2P5.810.000
304NSYNCCELEBRITY5P5.758.000
305MEAT LOAFBAD OUT OF HELL II – BACK INTO HELL5P5.720.000
306OUTKASTSPEAKERBOXXX / THE LOVE BELOW11P5.717.000
307TINA TURNERPRIVATE DANCER5P5.689.000
308STAINDBREAK THE CYCLE5P5.665.000
309AMERICAHISTORY – AMERICA’S GREATEST HITS4P5.652.000
310POISONOPEN UP AND SAY … AHH5P5.650.000
311P!NKM!SSUNDAZTOOD5P5.627.000
312DMXIT’S DARK AND HELL IS HOT4P5.612.000
313KID ROCKCOCKY5P5.565.000
314CELINE DIONTHESE ARE SPECIAL TIMES5P5.557.000
315SOUNDTRACKCITY OF ANGELS5P5.521.000
316SNOOP DOGGDOGGYSTYLE4P5.483.000
317JANET JACKSONCONTROL5P5.477.000
318MICHAEL JACKSONNUMBER ONES4P5.443.000
319JAY-ZVOL 2…HARD KNOCK LIFE5P5.382.000
320JOHN MELLENCAMPAMERICAN FOOL5P5.360.000
3212PACGREATEST HITS10P5.351.000
322EMINEMENCORE4P5.343.000
323DEF LEPPARDVAULT – GREATEST HITS4P5.307.000
324MAROON 5SONGS ABOUT JANE4P5.306.000
325RASCAL FLATTSFEELS LIKE TODAY5P5.274.000
326SKID ROWSKID ROW5P5.260.000
327RUSHMOVING PICTURES4P5.250.000
328PHIL COLLINSFACE VALUE5P5.200.000
329SOUNDGARDENSUPERUNKNOWN5P5.200.000
330JOSH GROBANJOSH GROBAN4P5.165.000
331BONE THUGS ‘N HARMONYE. 1999 ETERNAL4P5.130.000
332BEYONCEDANGEROUSLY IN LOVE4P5.106.000
333METALLICALOAD5P5.102.000
334DR. DRETHE CHRONIC3P5.100.000
335PINK FLOYDANIMALS4P5.100.000
336VAN MORRISONTHE BEST OF VAN MORRISON4P5.092.000
337COLDPLAYA RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD4P5.080.000
338THE BEATLESMEET THE BEATLES!5P5.050.000
339PEARL JAMVITALOGY5P5.020.000
340THE OFFSPRINGAMERICANA5P5.015.000
3412PACALL EYEZ ON ME10P5.000.000
342AC/DCTHE RAZOR’S EDGE5P5.000.000
343AC/DCWHO MADE WHO5P5.000.000
344AEROSMITHPERMANENT VACATION5P5.000.000
345AIR SUPPLYAIR SUPPLY GREATEST HITS5P5.000.000
346ALABAMAGREATEST HITS5P5.000.000
347ALABAMAMOUNTAIN MUSIC5P5.000.000
348AMY GRANTHEART IN MOTION5P5.000.000
349ANITA BAKERRAPTURE5P5.000.000
350BAD COMPANYBAD COMPANY5P5.000.000
351BARBRA STREISANDA CHRISTMAS ALBUM5P5.000.000
352BARBRA STREISANDGREATEST HITS VOLUME II5P5.000.000
353BARBRA STREISANDGUILTY5P5.000.000
354BARBRA STREISANDMEMORIES5P5.000.000
355BILLY JOELRIVER OF DREAMS5P5.000.000
356BLINK-182ENEMA OF THE STATE5P5.000.000
357BOB DYLANBOB DYLAN’S GREATEST HITS5P5.000.000
358BOB DYLANBOB DYLAN’S GREATEST HITS VOLUME II5P5.000.000
359BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BANDAGAINST THE WIND5P5.000.000
360BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BANDLIVE BULLET5P5.000.000
361BON JOVICROSS ROAD4P5.000.000
362BONNIE RAITTNICK OF TIME5P5.000.000
363BOZ SCAGGSSILK DEGREES5P5.000.000
364BRANDYNEVER SAY NEVER5P5.000.000
365BREADTHE BEST OF BREAD5P5.000.000
366BROOKS & DUNNHARD WORKIN’ MAN5P5.000.000
367BRUCE SPRINGSTEENTHE RIVER5P5.000.000
368BRUNO MARSDOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS5P5.000.000
369BRYAN ADAMSRECKLESS5P5.000.000
370BRYAN ADAMSSO FAR SO GOOD5P5.000.000
371C&C MUSIC FACTORYGONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT5P5.000.000
372CHICAGOGREATEST HITS 1982-1989 / HEART OF CHICAGO5P5.000.000
373CHRISTOPHER CROSSCHRISTOPHER CROSS5P5.000.000
374DEANA CARTERDID I SHAVE MY LEGS FOR THIS?5P5.000.000
375DISTURBEDTHE SICKNESS5P5.000.000
376DMX…AND THEN THERE WAS X5P5.000.000
377EARTH, WIND & FIRETHE BEST OF EARTH WIND & FIRE VOL 15P5.000.000
378ELTON JOHNGREATEST HITS, VOLUME II5P5.000.000
379ELVIS PRESLEYALOHA FROM HAWAII5P5.000.000
380ELVIS PRESLEYELVIS (1973)5P5.000.000
381ENYASHEPHERD MOONS5P5.000.000
382FERGIETHE DUTCHESS5P5.000.000
383FLEETWOOD MACTHE DANCE5P5.000.000
384FOREIGNERFOREIGNER5P5.000.000
385FOREIGNERHEAD GAMES5P5.000.000
386GARTH BROOKSSCARECROW5P5.000.000
387GARTH BROOKSTHE ULTIMATE HITS10P5.000.000
388GRETCHEN WILSONHERE FOR THE PARTY5P5.000.000
389GUNS N’ ROSESG N’ R LIES5P5.000.000
390HANK WILLIAMS, JR.GREATEST HITS5P5.000.000
391HEARTHEART5P5.000.000
392JIMI HENDRIXARE YOU EXPERIENCED5P5.000.000
393JOHN MELLENCAMPSCARECROW5P5.000.000
394JOHNNY MATHISMERRY CHRISTMAS5P5.000.000
395KENNY CHESNEYGREATEST HITS5P5.000.000
396KENNY GDUOTONES5P5.000.000
397KENNY ROGERSTHE GAMBLER5P5.000.000
398KORNFOLLOW THE LEADER5P5.000.000
399LADY GAGATHE FAME MONSTER5P5.000.000
400LYNYRD SKYNYRDSKYNYRD’S INNYRDS5P5.000.000
401MADONNAMADONNA5P5.000.000
402MARIAH CAREY#1’S5P5.000.000
403MARIAH CAREYBUTTERFLY5P5.000.000
404MILES DAVISKIND OF BLUE5P5.000.000
405NATALIE MERCHANTTIGERLILY5P5.000.000
406NEIL DIAMONDTHE JAZZ SINGER (SOUNDTRACK)5P5.000.000
407NEIL YOUNGHARVEST4P5.000.000
408NIRVANAIN UTERO5P5.000.000
409OZZY OSBOURNEBLIZZARD OF OZ5P5.000.000
410PETER GABRIELSO5P5.000.000
411R. KELLYR. KELLY5P5.000.000
412RANDY TRAVISALWAYS & FOREVER5P5.000.000
413REBA MCENTIREGREATEST HITS, VOLUME II5P5.000.000
414SALT ‘N PEPAVERY NECESSARY5P5.000.000
415SANTANAABRAXAS5P5.000.000
416SISQOUNLEASH THE DRAGON5P5.000.000
417SLY & THE FAMILY STONESLY & THE FAMILY STONE’S GREATEST HITS5P5.000.000
418SPIN DOCTORSPOCKET FULL OF KRYPTONITE5P5.000.000
419STEVIE WONDERSONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE10P5.000.000
420TEARS FOR FEARSSONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR5P5.000.000
421THE BLACK CROWESSHAKE YOUR MONEY MAKER5P5.000.000
422THE CRANBERRIESEVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT, SO WHY CAN’T WE5P5.000.000
423THE DOORSGREATEST HITS2P + 3P5.000.000
424THE DOORSTHE BEST OF THE DOORS (1985)10P5.000.000
425THE MONKEESMORE OF THE MONKEES5P5.000.000
426THE MONKEESTHE MONKEES5P5.000.000
427THE POLICEEVERY BREATH YOU TAKE5P5.000.000
428THE SMASHING PUMPKINSMELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS10P5.000.000
429TOM PETTYFULL MOON FEVER5P5.000.000
430TRACY CHAPMANNEW BEGINNING5P5.000.000
431U2RATTLE AND HUM5P5.000.000
432VAN HALENVAN HALEN II5P5.000.000
433VINCE GILLI STILL BELIEVE IN YOU5P5.000.000
434WAYLON JENNINGSGREATEST HITS5P5.000.000
435WILLIE NELSONSTARDUST5P5.000.000
436WILSON PHILLIPSWILSON PHILLIPS5P5.000.000
437WYNONNA JUDDWYNONNA5P5.000.000
438ZAC BROWN BANDTHE FOUNDATION5P5.000.000
439ZZ TOPAFTERBURNER5P5.000.000

Timeline of the highest certified album

How the best-selling album in the US changed according to the RIAA certification.

Note: the Multi-Platinum award was introduced only in 1984; 1P = 1 million.

ArtistAlbumCert.Date
Fleetwood MacRumours12xOctober 22, 1984
EaglesThriller20xOctober 30, 1984
Michael JacksonThriller21xMay 24, 1990
Michael JacksonThriller22xAugust 25, 1993
Michael JacksonThriller24xSeptember 29, 1994
EaglesTheir Greatest Hits 1971 – 197524xMarch 3, 1997
Michael JacksonThriller25xJuly 7, 1997
EaglesTheir Greatest Hits 1971 – 197525xJanuary 8, 1999
EaglesTheir Greatest Hits 1971 – 197526xNovember 10, 1999
Michael JacksonThriller26xOctober 30, 2000
EaglesTheir Greatest Hits 1971 – 197527xNovember 8, 2000
EaglesTheir Greatest Hits 1971 – 197528xNovember 7, 2002
EaglesTheir Greatest Hits 1971 – 197529xJanuary 30, 2006
Michael JacksonThriller29xAugust 21, 2009
Michael JacksonThriller30xDecember 16, 2015
Michael JacksonThriller32xFebruary 1, 2016
EaglesTheir Greatest Hits 1971 – 197538xAugust 20, 2018