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Forum - Other Charts: Australia - Non ARIA - Half million selling albums in Australia

Hi y'all!

I have recently compiled a list of all of the albums that have sold over half a million copies in Australia.

The list below includes estimates based on accreditations reported since 1990, year end charts, and various sales infos I could gather from Noise11 and Billboard books. I may have forgotten a few albums as catalogue sales and albums from the 70s are much harder to gauge:

PositionTitleActRelease dateEstimates
     
1Bat Out Of HellMeat Loaf19771 775 000
2Whispering JackJohn Farnham19861 710 000
3Come On OverShania Twain19971 260 000
4Brothers In ArmsDire Straits19851 255 000
5ABBA GoldABBA19921 225 000
6ThrillerMichael Jackson19821 165 000
7Greatest HitsQueen19811 150 000
821Adele20111 140 000
9GreaseSoundtrack19781 120 000
10Jagged Little PillAlanis Morissette19951 115 000
11The Best Of ABBAABBA19751 110 000
12Innocent EyesDelta Goodrem20031 095 000
13Dark Side Of The MoonPink Floyd19731 060 000
14ChristmasMichael Bublé20111 060 000
15RumoursFleetwood Mac1977995 000
16Born In The USABruce Springsteen1984945 000
17Falling Into YouCéline Dion1996935 000
18The Very Best Of The EaglesThe Eagles1994935 000
19The Immaculate CollectionMadonna1990930 000
20ArrivalABBA1976925 000
21Recurring Dream: The Very Best Of Crowded HouseCrowded House1996910 000
22Back In BlackAC/DC1980890 000
23FunhouseP!nk2008885 000
24MetallicaMetallica1991880 000
25Savage GardenSavage Garden1997875 000
26Music BoxMariah Carey1993850 000
27Saturday Night FeverSoundtrack1977850 000
28Hot August NightNeil Diamond1972810 000
29The WallPink Floyd1979810 000
30Come Away With MeNorah Jones2002800 000
31Dirty DancingSoundtrack1987800 000
321The Beatles2000795 000
33I'm Not DeadP!nk2006795 000
34Forrest GumpSoundtrack1994790 000
35Greatest HitsFleetwood Mac1988790 000
36Cross Road: The Best Of Bon JoviBon Jovi2010780 000
37Musical Version Of The War Of The WorldsJeff Wayne1978780 000
38So Far So GoodBryan Adams1993775 000
39Yourself Or Someone Like YouMatchbox Twenty1996755 000
40TapestryCarole King1971750 000
41Only By The NightKings Of Leon2008750 000
42Man Of ColoursIcehouse1987745 000
43The Ultimate CollectionCreedence Clearwater Revival1989730 000
44DangerousMichael Jackson1991725 000
45GracelandPaul Simon1986715 000
46I Dreamed A DreamSusan Boyle2009715 000
47The Eminem ShowEminem2002715 000
48Don't AskTina Arena1994710 000
4925Adele2015705 000
50ChiselCold Chisel1991705 000
51RemastersLed Zeppelin1990705 000
52Get BornJet2003700 000
53The Best Of Van MorrisonVan Morrison1990700 000
54The Sound Of WhiteMissy Higgins2004700 000
55Best Of 1980-1990U21998695 000
56LegendBob Marley & The Wailers1984685 000
57Symbols / Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin1971685 000
58NevermindNirvana1991675 000
59Back To BedlamJames Blunt2004670 000
60Hotel CaliforniaThe Eagles1976655 000
61Forgiven, Not ForgottenThe Corrs1995650 000
62Soul DeepJimmy Barnes1991650 000
63XEd Sheeran2014645 000
64Greatest HitsGuns N Roses2004640 000
65KickINXS1987630 000
66The Truth About LoveP!nk2012630 000
67Throwing CopperLive1994630 000
68The Colour Of My LoveCéline Dion1993625 000
69CalifornicationRed Hot Chili Peppers1999620 000
70Essential Michael JacksonMichael Jackson2005620 000
71Greatest HitsRobbie Williams2004620 000
72Slippery When WetBon Jovi1986620 000
73Greatest Hits IIQueen1991615 000
74Michael BubléMichael Bublé2003615 000
75ABBAABBA1975610 000
76FallenEvanescence2003610 000
77The Very Best Of Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac2002610 000
78AffirmationSavage Garden1999605 000
79HIStory: Past, Present & Future - Book 1Michael Jackson1995600 000
80Odyssey Number FivePowderfinger2000600 000
81Greatest Hits… So Far!!!P!nk2010595 000
82Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975The Eagles1976595 000
83Remember Cat StevensCat Stevens1999595 000
84LiveAC/DC1992590 000
85Phantom Of The OperaSoundtrack1988590 000
86The Age Of ReasonJohn Farnham1988590 000
87T.N.T.AC/DC1975580 000
88Greatest HitsRed Hot Chili Peppers2003575 000
89UnpluggedEric Clapton1992575 000
90HarvestNeil Young1972565 000
91The Very Best Of Elton JohnElton John1990565 000
92(What's The Story) Morning GloryOasis1995565 000
93The Greatest Hits 1966-1992Neil Diamond1992560 000
94The Best Of The DoorsThe Doors1985560 000
95Rattle And HumU21988555 000
96Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman1988555 000
97Let GoAvril Lavigne2002550 000
98Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles1967550 000
99Appetite For DestructionGuns N Roses1988550 000
100GraceJeff Buckley1994535 000
101A Rush Of Blood To The HeadColdplay2002535 000
102TenPearl Jam1991535 000
10330 #1 HitsElvis Presley2002530 000
104FeverKylie Minogue2001530 000
105Greatest HitsBon Jovi2010530 000
106Barricades And BrickwallsKasey Chambers2001525 000
107Wish You Were HerePink Floyd1975525 000
1081989Taylor Swift2014520 000
109Chain ReactionJohn Farnham1990520 000
110MTV Unplugged In New YorkNirvana1994515 000
111For The Working Class ManJimmy Barnes1985515 000
112The BodyguardSoundtrack1992515 000
113WatermarkEnya1988515 000
11410, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1Midnight Oil1982505 000
115BreakawayKelly Clarkson2004505 000
116Diesel And DustMidnight Oil1987505 000
117FeelerPete Murray2003505 000
118FearlessTaylor Swift2008505 000
119Like A VirginMadonna1984500 000
120RomanzaAndrea Bocelli1997500 000

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Great!!! Thanks, Innocent_Eyes!
You're welcome Borderwolf Must admit that I had completely forgotten about this thread lol.
Just a question: I've seen in the past two different sources for the 7th platinum for Harvest, one said October 2002, one said March 2010.
On which of these sources is based your estimate?
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Harvest was certified 7 x Platinum in October 2002 even though it does not appear on the ARIA website for some reason.

You can find it on page 29 of the issue 662 available on the Pandora website.

That's why I'm surprised I have been so conservative about it. I have re-calculated my estimations and found 565,000 units.
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I've just updated the list of the half million selling albums in Australia I initially posted back in 2016.

Some figures have been re-adjusted such as Madonna's The Immaculate Collection.

A few albums have also been added such as The Bodyguard soundtrack or Grace as I underestimated their catalogue sales or forgot them at first.

Keep in mind that they're just my estimations. I may have forgotten a few albums.

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