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Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - Top 200 Highest Selling Albums in Australia

This was a mammoth job! Listed below are the Top 200 Highest Selling Albums in Australian music history. Sales are up to the present day. Sales for around 190 of the albums listed are correct (Aria accreditations), the others are calculated estimates. I've contacted several record companies/ARIA re the actual sales of these albums. Let's see if they get back to me.

Notable albums missing from this list include: The Sound of Music (76 weeks at No.1), Sgt Peppers (30 weeks), Abbey Road, The White Album and South Pacific. I suspect that record companies didn't keep accurate sales figures for albums pre 1970.

Anyways - enjoy!

 Highest Selling Albums in Australia WW salesReleasedHPTop 100Acc.Sales
         
1Whispering JackJohn Farnham Oct 20 861(25)137▲241,730,000
2Bat Out of HellMeat Loaf#6 43mOct 21 771 (8)241▲241,700,000
3Brothers in ArmsDire Straits#23 30mMay 13 851(34)106▲171,240,000
4The Best of ABBAABBA Nov 3 751(16)70▲171,210,000
5ThrillerMichael Jackson#1 56mNov 30 821(11)114▲161,150,000
6Come On OverShania Twain#10 40mNov 1 971(20)165▲161,140,000
7Innocent EyesDelta Goodream Mar 21 031(29)92▲161,120,000
821Adele#40 27mJan 19 111(32)155▲141,030,000
9Greatest HitsQueen#48 25mNov 1 812113▲141,030,000
10Jagged Little PillAlanis Morissette#12 34mJun 13 951(10)136▲141,020,000
11Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd#3 50mMar 1 732123▲141,020,000
12GreaseSoundtrack#39 28mApr 14 781 (9)133▲141,010,000
13ArrivalABBA Nov 22 761 (8)35▲13960,000
14Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen#22 30mJun 4 841 (8)111▲13950,000
15Rumours Fleetwood Mac#9 40mFeb 7 771 (8)116▲13950,000
16Recurring DreamCrowded House Jun 4 961 (8)178▲13940,000
17Falling Into YouCeline Dion#15 32mMar 8 961 (4)91▲13930,000
18Back in Black AC/DC#2 51mJul 25 801 (1)85▲13920,000
19Savage GardenSavage Garden Mar 4 971(19)106▲12890,000
20The Immaculate CollectionMadonna#27 30mNov 9 901 (5)214▲12880,000
21ABBA GoldABBA #33 28mDec 21 921 (2)203▲12870,000
22Music BoxMariah Carey#16 32mAug 31 931(18)89▲12860,000
23The Very Best of the EaglesThe Eagles Jul 11 942135▲12850,000
24FunhouseP!nk Oct 24 081 (9)107▲12850,000
25Saturday Night FeverSoundtrack#8 40mNov 15 771(13)77▲11830,000
26Cross Road (Best of…)Bon Jovi Oct 11 941 (2)145▲11810,000
27Come Away with Me Norah Jones#41 26mFeb 26 021 (9)180▲11800,000
28The Wall Pink Floyd#31 30mNov 30 791 (4)91▲11800,000
29Dirty DancingSoundtrack#17 32mAug 21 871 (8)75▲11790,000
30I'm Not DeadP!nk Apr 4 061 (2)207▲11790,000
31Age of ReasonJohn Farnham Aug 1 881 (8)47▲11780,000
32Forrest GumpSoundtrack Jun 28 941 (3)94▲11770,000
33Hot August Night Neil Diamond Dec 11 721(29)191▲10760,000
34I Dreamed a DreamSusan Boyle Nov 29 091(11)71▲10750,000
351The Beatles#18 31mNov 13 001 (9)136▲10750,000
36DangerousMichael Jackson#13 33mNov 26 911 (6)128▲10740,000
37Man of ColoursIcehouse Sep 21 871(11)56▲10730,000
38Don’t AskTina Arena Nov 21 941 (1)101▲10730,000
39Tubular BellsMike Oldfield May 25 731 (4)54▲10730,000
40Led Zeppelin RemastersLed Zeppelin Oct 15 901 (1)160▲10730,000
41The War of the Worlds Jeff Wayne July 31 781 (7)89▲10730,000
42Yourself or Someone Like YouMatchbox 20 Oct 1 961 (6)108▲10710,000
43Only by the Night Kings of Leon Sep 19 081(14)138▲9690,000
44ChiselCold Chisel Oct 6 913161▲9680,000
45Greatest Hits Fleetwood Mac Dec 18 883107▲9680,000
46Forgiven, Not ForgottenThe Corrs Sep 25 951 (3)111▲9680,000
47Soul DeepJimmy Barnes Nov 17 911 (5)47▲9670,000
48Back to BedlamJames Blunt Oct 11 041(12)141▲9670,000
49Get BornJet Sep 22 031 (2)109▲9660,000
50The Sound of WhiteMissy Higgins Sep 13 041 (7)111▲9660,000
51Greatest Hits Bruce Springsteen Feb 28 951 (1)122▲9650,000
52Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin#11 38mNov 8 712 (8)45▲9640,000
53ABBA ABBA Apr 21 751(11)65▲9630,000
54Hotel CaliforniaThe Eagles Dec 13 761(12)52▲9630,000
55MetallicaMetallica#30 30mAug 25 911 (1)278▲9630,000
56Greatest Hits Robbie Williams Oct 25 041 (9)137▲9630,000
57The Eminem ShowEminem May 28 021 (6)81▲9630,000
58HIStoryMichael Jackson Jun 16 951 (3)138▲8620,000
59Throwing CopperLive Apr 24 941 (7)164▲8620,000
60CalifornationRed Hot Chili Peppers Jun 8 991 (1)123▲8610,000
61Best of 1980-1990U2 Nov 2 981 (5)226▲8610,000
62Greatest Hits Volume IIQueen Nov 17 91439▲8610,000
63So Far So Good Bryan Adams Nov 2 931(12)56▲8600,000
64UnpluggedEric Clapton Aug 25 921 (8)74▲8600,000
65GracelandPaul Simon Sep 22 861 (5)76▲8590,000
66Love Over Gold Dire Straits Sep 20 821(15)140▲8590,000
67Silk Degrees Boz Scaggs Mar 14 761(18)102▲8590,000
68Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)The Eagles#7 42mFeb 17 76372▲8590,000
69The Colour of My LoveCeline Dion Nov 9 931 (8)113▲8590,000
70Odyssey Number FivePowderfinger Sep 4 001 (2)117▲8590,000
71A New World Record ELO Sep 11 761 (9)78▲8580,000
72AffirmationSavage Garden Nov 9 991 (6)94▲8580,000
73Baby AnimalsBaby Animals Sep 15 911 (6)55▲8570,000
74TapestryCarole King#43 25mFeb 10 71358▲8570,000
75FeverKylie Minouge Oct 1 011 (5)87▲8570,000
76Chain ReactionJohn Farnham Sep 24 901 (5)51▲8560,000
77Rattle and Hum U2 Nov 8 881 (5)103▲8560,000
78Diesel and DustMidnight Oil Aug 2 871 (6)50▲8560,000
79The Greatest Hits: 1966-1992Neil Diamond May 19 921 (3)80▲8560,000
80Michael Bublé Michael Bublé  Feb 11 031 (2)189▲8560,000
81The Ultimate CollectionCCR Sept 9 903223▲7550,000
82KickINXS Oct 19 871 (1)89▲7550,000
83Barricades & BrickwallsKasey Chambers Sep 10 011 (2)107▲7540,000
84TenPearl Jam Aug 27 9111192▲7530,000
85Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman Apr 5 883 (7)86▲7530,000
86The Very Best of Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac Nov 11 0216314▲7530,000
87Wish You Were HerePink Floyd Sep 22 75 1 (4)54▲7520,000
88Like a VirginMadonna Dec 3 842 (4)72▲7520,000
89For the Working Class ManJimmy Barnes Dec 2 851 (7)71▲7520,000
90Let Go Avril Lavigne Jun 4 021 (7)61▲7520,000
91Business as Usual Men at Work Nov 9 811 (9)122▲7510,000
92Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie Oct 11 831 (3)119▲7510,000
93A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay Sep 2 021 (1)161▲7510,000
94BreakawayKelly Clarkson Nov 30 042 (5)91▲7500,000
95NevermindNirvana#29 30mSep 24 912252▲7500,000
96FallenEvanescence May 19 031 (3)91▲7490,000
97The Very Best of Elton JohnElton John Oct 1 901 (1)168▲6480,000
98Grace Jeff Buckley Aug 23 949132▲6480,000
99Crowded House Crowded House Jun 3 861 (1)109▲6480,000
100The Essential Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Aug 1 051136▲6480,000
101Blood Sugar Sex MagicRed Hot Chili Peppers Sep 21 911 (2)126▲6480,000
102(What's the Story) Morning GloryOasis Oct 2 951 (5)86▲6480,000
103WatermarkEnya Sep 19 888217▲6470,000
104Slippery When WetBon Jovi#37 28mAug 18 861 (6)85▲6470,000
105Too Low for Zero Elton John May 3 832 (5)78▲6470,000
106Breakfast in AmericaSupertramp Mar 29 791 (6)56▲6460,000
107The Best of George MichaelGeorge Michael Dec 1 98275▲6460,000
108Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston Feb 14 851(11)125▲6460,000
109Bad Michael Jackson#5 44mSep 14 872 (4)70▲6460,000
110In ConcertCarreras & Pavarotti Jul 7 901 (4)69▲6460,000
111A Night on the Town Rod Stewart Jun 4 761(10)61▲6460,000
112History…Greatest HitsAmerica Dec 8 751171▲6460,000
113RêveriesRichard Clayderman Mar 16 7912178▲6460,000
114SpiceSpice Girls#38 28mNov 4 963113▲6460,000
115Pieces Of YouJewel Feb 28 955124▲6460,000
116FeelerPete Murray Jul 28 031 (5)126▲6460,000
117EastCold Chisel Jun 2 802 (8)73▲6450,000
118…But SeriouslyPhil Collins Nov 7 891 (3)73▲6450,000
119Temple of Low MenCrowded House Jul 3 881 (2)41▲6450,000
12010,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 Midnight Oil Nov 7 823174▲6450,000
121X & YColdplay Jun 13 051 (1)124▲6450,000
122AquariumAqua Mar 26 971 (2)73▲6450,000
123Let's Talk About LoveCeline Dion#19 31mNov 14 971 (5)72▲6450,000
124No AngelDido Jun 1 991 (8)123▲6450,000
125FearlessTaylor Swift Nov 24 082161▲6450,000
126The Best of The DoorsThe Doors May 12 913120▲6450,000
127The Very Best of Toni ChildsToni Childs Mar 14 961 (6)46▲6450,000
128Greatest HitsRed Hot Chili Peppers Nov 18 032125▲6450,000
129Vulture StreetPowderfinger Jul 14 031 (3)62▲6440,000
130No Need to ArgueCranberries Oct 3 941 (4)82▲6440,000
131Just As I AmGuy Sebastian Dec 15 031 (4)25▲6440,000
132Life For RentDido Oct 6 031 (2)100▲6440,000
133Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1Traveling Wilburys Oct 18 881 (2)59▲6440,000
134Reach Out: The Motown RecordHuman Nature Nov 14 051 (3)80▲6440,000
135The Blues BrothersSoundtrack Jun 26 801069▲6440,000
136SpiceworldSpice Girls Nov 3 97286▲6440,000
137Cocktail Soundtrack Jul 29 881 (5)33▲6440,000
138Revenge Eurythmics Jul 16 862 (9)58▲6440,000
139Two FiresJimmy Barnes Sep 9 901 (4)82▲6440,000
140Guilty Barbara Streisand Oct 13 801 (6)36▲6440,000
141EncoreEminem Nov 22 041 (1)44▲6440,000
142Monkey BusinessBlack Eyed Peas June 6 051 (3)77▲6440,000
143Colour by Numbers Culture Club Oct 18 831 (7)68▲6440,000
144ChristmasMichael Bublé  Oct 21 111 (8)24▲6440,000
145American IdiotGreen Day Sep 27 041 (2)102▲6440,000
146Greatest Hits…So Far!!!P!nk Nov 12 101(13)104▲6440,000
147Band on the RunWings  Dec 5 731 (7)112▲6430,000
148The Best of Van MorrisonVan Morrison Apr 29 901 (3)274▲6430,000
149Moulin RougeSoundtrack May 8 011(11)58▲6430,000
150The Hits of Summer 2003Various Nov 25 02224▲6430,000
151The Swing INXS Apr 2 841 (5)105▲6430,000
152Memories Barbara Streisand Dec 7 81763▲6430,000
153The Phantom of the OperaLondon Cast  Feb 21 872188▲6420,000
154The Truth About LoveP!nk Sep 14 121 (5)14▲6420,000
155It's TimeMichael Bublé  Feb 8 052142▲6420,000
156RomanzaAndrea Bocelli Dec 12 962172▲6420,000
157HarvestNeil Young Feb 14 721 (1)64▲6420,000
158The Joshua Tree U2#50 25mMay 23 873 (4)110▲6420,000
159Middle Of NowhereHanson Jun 8 971 (2)53▲5410,000
160Use Your Illusion IIGuns N' Roses Sep 17 911 (3)109▲5410,000
161An Innocent ManBilly Joel Aug 29 83389▲5410,000
162The Best of Rod StewartRod Stewart Dec 25 89766▲5410,000
163…ish1927 Nov 21 881 (4)63▲5410,000
164The BodyguardSoundtrack#4 45mNov 17 921 (5)83▲5410,000
1651967-1970The Beatles Oct 24 93872▲5400,000
166MTV Unplugged in New YorkNirvana Nov 13 941 (3)133▲5400,000
167Romeo + JulietSoundtrack Oct 29 961 (9)73▲5400,000
168Simple DreamsLinda Ronstadt Sep 8 771 (5)82▲5400,000
169The Very Best of Rod StewartRod Stewart Dec 3 01592▲5400,000
170DaydreamMariah Carey#47 25mOct 3 951 (1)53▲5400,000
171Left Of The MiddleNatalie Imbruglia Mar 15 981 (3)78▲5400,000
172Call Me IrresponsibleMichael Bublé  May 1 071 (5)97▲5400,000
173Mellon Collie & the Infinite SadnessSmashing Pumpkins Oct 24 951 (2)98▲5390,000
174Bat out of Hell II: Back into HellMeat Loaf Sep 14 931 (4)43▲5390,000
175Americana The Offspring Nov 23 981 (5)68▲5390,000
176Highlights from the Main EventAnthony Warlow Nov 30 981 (2)42▲5390,000
1771962-1966The Beatles Oct 24 93948▲5390,000
178Crazy LoveMichael Bublé  Oct 19 091 (6)89▲5390,000
179FutureSex/LoveSoundsJustin Timberlake Sep 12 061 (1)96▲5390,000
180Little Creatures Talking Heads Jun 10 852 (5)56▲5380,000
181Hybrid TheoryLinkin Pink Oct 24 002116▲5390,000
182The CommitmentsSoundtrack Aug 13 91274▲5380,000
183ReflectorKilling Heidi Mar 12 001 (7)56▲5380,000
184TitanicSoundtrack #26 30mNov 18 971(11)63▲5380,000
185FaithGeorge Michael#44 25mOct 30 873 (3)52▲5380,000
186BarnestormingJimmy Barnes Dec 5 881 (3)28▲5380,000
187Greatest HitsGuns N' Roses Mar 29 046218▲5380,000
188DookieGreen Day Feb 1 941 (3)101▲5380,000
189Laundry ServiceShakira Nov 13 011 (8)69▲5380,000
190Sunrise Over SeaJohn Butler Trio Mar 15 041 (4)66▲5380,000
191That's What I'm Talking AboutShannon Noll Feb 16 041 (4)48▲5380,000
192Full HouseJohn Farnham Nov 17 91224▲5380,000
193Achtung BabyU2 Dec 1 911 (1)92▲5380,000
194By The WayRed Hot Chili Peppers Jul 15 021 (4)57▲5380,000
195Off the WallMichael Jackson Aug 10 791 (2)83▲5380,000
196Glass HousesBilly Joel Mar 10 802 (8)47▲5380,000
197#1'sMichael Jackson Nov 23 036118▲5370,000
198Freight Train Heart Jimmy Barnes Dec 21 871 (5)64▲5370,000
199Double FantasyJohn Lennon  Nov 17 801(10)45▲5370,000
200Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John Oct 5 731 (3)82▲5370,000

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Mammoth effort!
6Innocent EyesDelta Goodream Mar 21 20021 (29)91▲161,130,000

I think the date is wrong
94Let GoApril LavigneJun 4 20021 (7)61▲7510,000

Spelled Wrong, but good list
Very nice list Kev! By the way, isn't "The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac" up to 314 weeks now? Is that the record?
Great list...

Your right on the money Kev with pre 1970 albums in Australia, record companies didn't keep a very good account of album sales and shipments.

Though i remember reading somewhere that 1 in 5 Australian homes own at least one Beatles album....so if you take that into consideration, that's alot of Beatle albums sold in Australia....
This is a cool list Kev! A lot to ponder on though (I've never really looked at album cert's unless it's post 2000). In particular:

*I'm so surprised to see Rattle & Hum as U2's biggest studio album. I would have thought The Joshua Tree for sure.
*Great to see Brothers In Arms so high up - easily one of my favourite albums.
*Surprised that DSOTM misses the top ten. Does anyone know when was the last time that cert was updated?
*Only one Madonna studio album - sad that Like A Prayer or Ray Of Light didn't sell better.
*Cocktail Soundtrack???? Really!!??? Haha

That's enough for now ... but cool list!
The list has been updated as more accurate information has come to hand.

* The Dark Side of the Moon charted recently so I suspect it'll be accredited as a platinum X 15 album within the next 3 months. It has been at platinum X 14 since June 2011.

* Rattle and Hum spent 5 weeks at number 1, where as The Joshua Tree only peaked at #3.

* I was surprised by how many Michael Bublé albums Australians have purchased over the years. All 5 of his studio albums are in the all time Top 200 and have sold almost 2.2 million copies. Now that's a worry!

Interesting list and great work! Just a few things I disagree with:

+ ABBA Gold must have sold much more than 830,000 copies. It was last certified in June 1999. In went to spend 33 more weeks in the Top 50 until 2000. Not to mention the fact that it re-entered the chart in 2008 when it was re-released. I wouldn't be surprised if sales stood close to the million mark.

Continuing with ABBA, The Best Of ABBA can't have sold 1,250,000 units. The album had sold 1.1 million units by 1979 according to Billboard. I've read on several ABBA forums that the album was no longer available in stores from the early 1980's. I doubt that it sold much more after 1979 then.

Your estimations for the ABBA album look a bit too high as well IMO. The album had sold 570,000 units according to an RCA ad placed in billboard magasine in 1977. Once again, I doubt it's sold a lot more. I'd put it at 600,000 sales. ABBA's studio albums tend to sell close to nothing on catalogue.

+ The Truth About Love can't have sold 420,000 units. It was certified 5 x Platinum two weeks ago but thhere must be some copies in the shelves out of the 350,000 units.

+ Talking about P!nk, I also doubt that Greatest Hits... So Far!!! sold 480,000 units given the 6 x Platinum cert. only happened a few weeks ago. Funhouse, on the other hand must have easily crossed the 840,000 mark, based on the figures supplied by AuspOp a few years ago.

+ Nirvana's self-titled set was certified 5 x Platinum in the middle of the 1990s. Given the huge catalogue sales it must have accumulated over the years, I wouldn't be surprised if actual sales were close to 600,000 units, if not more.

+ Shania's Come On Over must have sold 1.2 million units. The album was last certified in January 2000 (15 x Platinum), when the album was still Top 5. The album remained in the Top 50 until September that year. It was also the 5th best selling country album of 2001.

+ Your estimations for Evanescence's Fallen are a bit too low IMO. You put it at #146 with 430,000 units. It was sitting at #15 on the ARIA Decade chart, three spots above Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream, which had sold 450,000 units at that point. The ARIA decade chart also only included charted weeks within the Top 100. You have to add all the sales when the album wasn't Top 100. Given Fallen must be a good catalogue seller, sales must be close to 550,000 units at this point. An 8 x Platinum cert. wouldn't surprise me.

+ Same for The Eminem Show. With all the weeks it has racked up on the Urban Albums chart, sales must be close to 650,000 units.

+ Some of Michael Bublé's albums look a bit underestimated.

Based on the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Year End Chart, Crazy Love must have sold 450,000 units. Same for It's Time. His self-titled debut has probably sold 560,000 units.

+ You've forgotten to include Future Sex / Love Sounds. It must have sold 420,000 units by now.

+ Guns N Roses' Appetite For Destruction should also be in the list. Based on YEC positions, it probably sold 270,000 units between 1989 and 1990. With all the catalogue sales it must have accumulated, I wouldn't be surprised if total sales were around the 450-500,000 mark.
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Cheers Innocent_Eyes. Good to see you're focused on accuracy!

With the estimated sales figures, most are based on Aria accreditations that I have seen. You and I can speculate on the actual sales (and we'd probably be right) but I'd rather wait until Aria releases their certs.

* ABBA Gold most likely has sold more...waiting to see the next Aria cert though.

* I've read in various books and online that The Best of ABBA sold over 1.2 million copies. It was reported by Glenn A Baker that Arrival sold over 950,000 and ABBA's self titled album over 700,000.

* Michael Bublé;s Crazy Love is still at ▲5, his self titled album at ▲7.

* The Christmas, The Truth About Love and Greatest Hits... So Far!!! albums would've reached those sales figures mentioned above by XMAS. Greatest Hits... So Far!!! is presently charting at #50 so it's probably only 440,000. Will alter.

* Fallen is still at ▲6.

* Agree, Aria needs to release an update cert for Nevermind. They really should update them quarterly not yearly.

* Appetite For Destruction had a similar chart run to Rêveries which has sold over 450,000 copies (really can't see how that happened but anyway...). Last cert I saw was ▲2. It's probably higher now. Aria?

* Come on Over still sits at ▲15 when really it's most likely ▲16. Aria...

I'm also trying to dig out the accurate sales figures for Bridge Over Troubled Water, Dynasty, No Jacket Required, Can't Slow Down, Color by Numbers, An Innocent Man, Business as Usual among others.

Also, I can't see how the Blues Brothers soundtrack, Guilty, Memories and Tapestry albums sold so many copies. All have had accreds though,

Thanks!
G'day, i noticed whilst having another geez at your list a mistake with two Beatles albums....that being thier two compilation albums "1962-1966" & "1967-1970", you've stated them as being released in 1993...when in fact they where originally released in 1973....
Thank you for reading my post BigKev!

In fact, it's up to the record company to apply ARIA for an accreditation.

Most of the time, Universal (and some other record companies) don't really re-certify their old albums, even their blockbusters, like Come On Over, ABBA Gold or Nevermind. Accreditations are a good indicator in regards to albums sales but they can be misleading in regards to old albums sometimes. Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits jumped directly from 4 x Platinum to 11 x Platinum in 2010 for instance. in 2009, a casual reader may have thought that it had only sold 280,000 units, when total sales were much higher.

Appetite For Destruction was certified 3 x Platinum in 1990. Time to update it Universal!

The Blues Brothers, Guilty, Memories and Tapestry may not have had big chart runs during their releases but they probably enjoyed big catalogue sales throughut the years.
Updated as of today. Top 200 Albums of all time.

I've added the estimated worldwide sales based on what our friends over at Wikipedia are telling us.

Accreditation's can jump from 9 to 12 X platinum (like Metallica's black album) so I believe Nevermind is higher than 5 X platinum.

If you believe an album should be higher or lower please let me know.

Enjoy!

 Highest Selling Albums in Australia* Australian ArtistsSales#Chart EntryHPAcc.Sales
         
1Bat Out of HellMeat Loaf435Jan 23 19781▲251,760,000
2Whispering Jack*John Farnham  Oct 20 19861▲241,740,000
3Brothers in ArmsDire Straits3024May 27 19851▲171,250,000
4ABBA Gold: Greatest HitsABBA2933Nov 9 19921▲171,230,000
5The Best of ABBAABBA  Dec 22 19751▲221,180,000
6ThrillerMichael Jackson651Dec 13 19821▲161,180,000
7Come On OverShania Twain409Nov 23 19971▲161,160,000
8Innocent Eyes*Delta Goodream  Mar 31 20031▲161,140,000
921Adele3021Jan 19 20111▲151,110,000
10Greatest HitsQueen2545Nov 16 19812▲151,100,000
11Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd463May 28 19732▲141,040,000
12Jagged Little PillAlanis Morissette3412Aug 13 19951▲141,030,000
13Grease*Soundtrack2836Jun 5, 19781▲141,020,000
14ChristmasMichael Bublé   Oct 24 20111▲13970,000
15Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen3023Jun 18 19841▲13970,000
16ArrivalABBA  Nov 22 19761▲19960,000
17Rumours Fleetwood Mac418Feb 7 19771▲13960,000
18Recurring Dream…The Very Best of*Crowded House  Jun 4 19961▲13950,000
19Falling Into YouCeline Dion3213Mar 8 19961▲13930,000
20The Immaculate CollectionMadonna2926Nov 9 19901▲12900,000
21Back in Black *AC/DC512Jul 25 19801▲12900,000
22Savage Garden*Savage Garden  Mar 4 19971▲12890,000
23Music BoxMariah Carey3216Aug 31 19931▲12880,000
24The Very Best of the EaglesThe Eagles  Jul 11 19942▲12870,000
25MetallicaMetallica2927Aug 25 19911▲12850,000
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Will be interesting to see how high Adeles 25 will end up. Also had no idea Rush Of Blood is now 7 Platinum. Also a bit surprised but glad that 21 didn't end up as the highest selling album of the 21st Century. Pink Floyd and Queen did really well for themselves to get over a million sales without ever going #1. I don't see anything ever stopping John Farnham and Meat Loaf, especially now days.
For Abba to have 2 of the top 5 highest selling albums shows what a huge impact their music had.
"Also a bit surprised but glad that 21 didn't end up as the highest selling album of the 21st Century"... even at 15xPlatinum, something tells "21" still has enough legs to beat "Innocent Eyes", which isn't currently selling anything like the numbers that "21" is still racking up (if it's still selling anything at all). Based on BigKev's original post, it's taken "Innocent Eyes" more than three years to have another 70k shipped or sold online, without any significant chart activity - meanwhile "21" has charted for 218 of the last 260 weeks. At any rate, even if Adele does catch up, there are still 83.9 years of the 21st century left, so plenty of time yet for someone else to steal the crown from her!
Innocent Eyes must have sold 1,080,000 copies between 2003-2004. Then, it charted for a mere 3 weeks in the Top 100 between 2005 and 2015. Hard sales must be slightly over 1.1 million copies.

Adele's 21 hard sales must range between 1.080-1.085 million. It is pretty much a given that 21 will end up catching sales of Innocent Eyes. May happen before the end of the year even though LP sales are collapsing.

BTW, you can add Bob Marley's Legend BigKev. It was last certified 4 x Platinum in 1991 and it must have accumulated huge catalogue sales within the past 25 years. Sales are probably over 600,000 units now.
Harvest is 7x Platinum (not 6), since 2002

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