The Ten Best Albums That Have Sold 10 Million Copies & the Five Worst.

The Ten Best Albums That Have Sold 10 Million Copies & the Five Worst. 

Posted: 3:43 pm Friday, September 30th, 2016

By Chase


HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 10:  Adele performs at Barclaycard Arena on May 10, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for September Management)

HAMBURG, GERMANY – MAY 10: Adele performs at Barclaycard Arena on May 10, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for September Management)

88 albums have sold at least 10 million copies, which qualifies them to be certified ‘Diamond’ by the Recording Industry Association of America.

It’s an exclusive club.  Over the past decade only two albums have joined, and they’re both by Adele: “21” and “25”.

“Billboard” went through the list and ranked all 88 from best to worst.  For the record, they DIDN’T include compilations like live albums, greatest hits, and some soundtracks . . . unless MOST of the set featured “contemporary material.”

Here’s the Top 10:

1.  Prince, “Purple Rain” . . . 1984 . . . 13x Platinum

2.  The Beatles, “Abbey Road” . . . 1969 . . . 12x Platinum

3.  Led Zeppelin, “Led Zeppelin 4” . . . 1971 . . .  23x Platinum

4.  Michael Jackson, “Thriller” . . . 1982. . .  32x Platinum

5.  Nirvana, “Nevermind” . . . 1991 . . . 10x Platinum

6.  The “Saturday Night Fever” Soundtrack . . . 1977. . . 15x Platinum

7.  TLC, “CrazySexyCool” . . . 1995 . . . 11x Platinum

8.  The Beatles, “The Beatles (The White Album)” . . . 1968 . . . 19x Platinum

9.  Madonna, “Like a Virgin” . . . 1984 . . . 10x Platinum

10.  Eminem, “The Marshall Mathers LP” . . . 2000 . . . 10x Platinum

 

And the five WORST were:

 

84.  Matchbox 20, “Yourself or Someone Like You” . . . 1996 . . . 12x Platinum

85.  The “Titanic” Soundtrack . . . 1997 . . . 11x Platinum

86.  Garth Brooks, “Sevens” . . . 1997 . . . 10x Platinum

87.  Creed, “Human Clay” . . . 1999 . . . 11x Platinum

88.  Kenny G, “Breathless” . . . 1992 . . . 12x Platinum

 

(Billboard.com has the whole list, along with brief write-ups on each.)

 

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