US Bestselling Box Sets since 1991

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Postby Sagan » Sun Jan 04, 2004 11:27 am

Here are the biggest Box Sets in the US according to Soundscan (March 1991 - December 2003).
A Box Set must contain at least 3 discs. The list is not comprehensive, especially for the first few years of the Soundscan era, when it tracked only about 75% of the sales.


Highest sales (sets)

(rank, sales in '000s, artist, title (label, year) - discs)

01 780 Jimmy Buffett Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads (MCA, 1992) - 4
02 645 Bob Marley Songs of Freedom (Island, 1992) - 4
03 548 Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge (Elektra, 1993) - 5
04 426 Aerosmith Pandora's Box (Legacy, 1997) - 3
05 294 Eagles 1972-99 Selected Works (Elektra, 2000) - 4
06 279 Bruce Springsteen Tracks (Legacy, 1998) - 4
07 229 Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3 (Legacy, 1997) - 3
08 221 Led Zeppelin Complete Studio Recordings (Atlantic, 1993) - 10
09 194 Various Ken Burns' Jazz (Legacy, 2000) - 5
10 185 Patsy Cline Collection (MCA, 1991) - 4
11 178 Doors Box Set (Elektra, 1997) - 4
12 177 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Playback (MCA, 1995) - 6
13 166 Stevie Ray Vaughan SRV (Legacy, 2000) - 3
14 163 Jimi Hendrix Experience Jimi Hendrix Experience (MCA, 2000) - 4
15 122 Kiss The Box Set (Mercury, 2001) - 5
16 119 Various The Doo Wop Box (Rhino, 1994) - 4
17 118 Grateful Dead So Many Roads (Arista, 1999) - 5
18 118 John Lennon Anthology (Capitol, 1998) - 4
19 118 Stevie Wonder At the Close of a Century (Motown, 1999) - 4
20 117 Beach Boys Thirty Years of ... (Capitol, 1993) - 5
21 102 Alice in Chains Music Bank (Legacy, 1999) - 3
22 097 Monkees Music Box (Rhino, 2001) - 4
23 092 Who 30 Years of Maximum R&B (MCA, 1994) - 4
24 079 Fleetwood Mac 25 Years: The Chain (WB, 1992) - 4
25 072 Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul (Rhino, 1992) - 4
26 070 Simon & Garfunkel The Columbia Studio Recordings (Legacy, 2001) - 5
27 069 Phil Spector Back to Mono (Abkco, 1991) - 4
28 063 Elvis Presley Today, Tomorrow & Forever (RCA, 2002) - 4
29 062 Santana Dance of the Rainbow Serpent (Legacy, 1997) - 3
30 056 Aerosmith Box of Fire (Legacy, 1994) - 13
31 056 Elvis Presley Artist of the Century (RCA, 1999) - 3
32 052 Various Nuggets Vol. 1 (Rhino, 1998) - 4
33 049 Grateful Dead The Golden Road (Rhino, 2001) - 12
34 049 Janis Joplin Box of Pearls (Legacy, 1999) - 5
35 045 Various Have a Nice Decade (Rhino, 1998) - 7
36 045 Otis Redding The Definitive (Rhino, 1993) - 4
37 044 Enya Only Time: The Collection (Rhino, 2002) - 4
38 036 Doors Complete Studio Recordings (Elektra, 1999) - 7
39 036 Alice Cooper The Life and Crimes of ... (Rhino, 1999) - 4
40 035 Genesis Archive #1 (Atlantic, 1998) - 4
41 035 Pat Benatar Synchronistic Wanderings (Capitol, 1999) - 3
42 033 Grand Funk Railroad Thirty Years of Funk (Capitol, 1999) - 3
43 032 Jefferson Airplane Loves You (RCA, 1992) - 3
44 031 Cream Those Were the Days (Polydor, 1997) - 4
45 031 Buffalo Springfield Box Set (Rhino, 2001) - 4
46 030 Temptations Emperors of Soul (Motown, 1994) - 5
47 026 Various Beg, Scream & Shout (Rhino, 1997) - 6
48 025 Isley Brothers It's Your Thing (Legacy, 1999) - 3
49 024 Cat Stevens Box Set (A&M, 2001) - 4
50 024 Ray Charles Genius & Soul, 1949-1993 (Rhino, 1997) - 5
51 024 Police Message in a Box (A&M, 1993) - 4
52 024 Al Green Anthology (Right Stuff, 1997) - 4
53 022 Various 80s Pop Culture Box (Rhino, 2002) - 7
54 022 Various The Disco Box (Rhino, 1999) - 4
55 020 Various Loud, Fast and Out of Control (Rhino, 1999) - 4
56 020 Various Cowabunga: The Surf Box (Rhino, 1996) - 4
57 019 Various Nuggets, Vol. 2 (Rhino, 2001) - 4
58 018 Iron Maiden Eddie's Archive (Legacy, 2002) - 6
59 018 Various Hot Rods & Custom Classics (Rhino, 1998) - 4
60 018 Doobie BrothersL ong Train Runnin' (Rhino, 1999) - 4
61 016 Hank Williams The Complete (Mercury, 1998) - 9
62 016 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy, 2001) - 6
63 016 Herbie Hancock The Herbie Hancock Box (Legacy, 2002) - 4
64 016 Kenny Rogers Through the Years (Capitol, 1991) - 4
65 015 Various The Funk Box (Hip-o, 2000) - 4
66 015 Everly Brothers Heartaches and Harmonies (Rhino, 1994) - 4
67 014 Yes In a Word (Rhino, 2002) - 5
68 014 Electric Light Orchestra Flashback (Legacy, 2000) - 3
69 012 Various The '70s Soul Experience (Rhino, 2001) - 6
70 012 Supremes Supremes (Motown, 2000) - 5
71 011 Deep Purple Shades: 1968-1998 (Rhino, 1999) - 4
72 010 Linda Ronstadt Box Set (Elektra, 1999) - 4
73 007 Rod Stewart Reason to Believe (Mercury, 2002) - 3
74 006 Carpenters Essential Collection (A&M, 2002) - 4
75 005 Various Supernatural Fairy Tales (Rhino, 1996) - 5
76 004 Frank Sinatra The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings (Reprise,1998) - 20
77 002 Miles Davis Complete Montreux 1973-1991 (Legacy, 2002) - 20
78 001 Elvis Presley The Collection (RCA, 1999) - 30
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Postby Sagan » Sun Jan 04, 2004 11:30 am

Highest sales (discs)

(rank, sales in '000s, artist, title (label, year) - discs)

01 3120 Jimmy Buffett Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads, (MCA, 1992) - 4
02 2740 Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge (Elektra, 1993) - 5
03 2580 Bob Marley Songs of Freedom (Island, 1992) - 4
04 2210 Led Zeppelin Complete Studio Recordings (Atlantic, 1993) - 10
05 1278 Aerosmith Pandora's Box (Legacy, 1997) - 3
06 1176 Eagles 1972-99 Selected Works (Elektra, 2000) - 4
07 1116 Bruce Springsteen Tracks (Legacy, 1998) - 4
08 1062 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Playback (MCA, 1995) - 6
09 0970 Various Ken Burns' Jazz (Legacy, 2000) - 5
10 0740 Patsy Cline Collection (MCA, 1991) - 4
11 0728 Aerosmith Box of Fire (Legacy, 1994) - 13
12 0712 Doors Box Set (Elektra, 1997) - 4
13 0687 Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3 (Legacy, 1997) - 3
14 0652 Jimi Hendrix Experience Jimi Hendrix Experience (MCA, 2000) - 4
15 0610 KISS The Box Set (Mercury, 2001) - 5
16 0590 Grateful Dead So Many Roads (Arista, 1999) - 5
17 0588 Grateful Dead The Golden Road (Rhino, 2001) - 12
18 0585 Beach Boys Thirty Years of . . . (Capitol, 1993) - 5
19 0498 Stevie Ray Vaughan SRV (Legacy, 2000) - 3
20 0476 Various The Doo Wop Box (Rhino, 1994) - 4
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Postby Sagan » Sun Jan 04, 2004 11:32 am

Highest Grossing Box-sets

(rank, est.gross in $ millions, artist, title (label, year) - discs)

01 42.1 Jimmy Buffett Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads, (MCA, 1992) - 4
02 34.8 Bob Marley Songs of Freedom (Island, 1992) - 4
03 29.6 Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge (Elektra, 1993) - 5
04 25.9 Led Zeppelin Complete Studio Recordings (Atlantic, 1993) - 10
05 15.9 Eagles 1972-99 Selected Works (Elektra, 2000) - 4
06 15.3 Aerosmith Pandora's Box (Legacy, 1997) - 3
07 12.6 Bruce Springsteen Tracks (Legacy, 1998) - 4
08 10.5 Various Ken Burns' Jazz (Legacy, 2000) - 5
09 10.3 Jimi Hendrix Experience Jimi Hendrix Experience (MCA, 2000) - 4
10 10.0 Patsy Cline Collection (MCA, 1991) - 4
11 09.6 Doors Box Set (Elektra, 1997) - 4
12 09.0 Stevie Ray Vaughan SRV (Legacy, 2000) - 3
13 08.5 Grateful Dead So Many Roads (Arista, 1999) - 5
14 08.3 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Playback (MCA, 1995) - 6
15 08.2 Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3 (Legacy, 1997) - 3
16 08.2 Kiss The Box Set (Mercury, 2001) - 5
17 07.9 John Lennon Anthology (Capitol, 1998) - 4
18 07.5 Various The Doo Wop Box (Rhino, 1994) - 4
19 06.8 Beach Boys Thirty Years of . . . (Capitol, 1993) - 5
20 06.6 Grateful Dead The Golden Road (Rhino, 2001) - 12
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Postby Sagan » Sun Jan 04, 2004 11:33 am

Biggest Box-sets (most discs)

(rank, number of disc, price in $, artist, title (label, year) - discs)

01 30 383 Elvis Presley The Collection (RCA, 1999) - 30
02 20 270 Frank Sinatra The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings (Reprise,1998) - 20
03 20 250 Miles Davis Complete Montreux 1973-1991 (Legacy, 2002) - 20
04 13 108 Aerosmith Box of Fire (Legacy, 1994) - 13
05 12 135 Grateful Dead The Golden Road (Rhino, 2001) - 12
06 10 117 Led Zeppelin Complete Studio Recordings (Atlantic, 1993) - 10
07 09 153 Hank Williams The Complete (Mercury, 1998) - 9
08 07 099 Doors Complete Studio Recordings (Elektra, 1999) - 7
09 07 090 Various Have a Nice Decade (Rhino, 1998) - 7
10 07 090 Various 80s Pop Culture Box (Rhino, 2002) - 7
11 06 090 Various Beg, Scream & Shout (Rhino, 1997) - 6
12 06 090 Iron Maiden Eddie's Archive (Legacy, 2002) - 6
13 06 090 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy, 2001) - 6
14 06 090 Various The '70s Soul Experience (Rhino, 2001) - 6
15 06 047 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Playback (MCA, 1995) - 6
16 05 080 Various Supernatural Fairy Tales (Rhino, 1996) - 5
17 05 072 Grateful Dead So Many Roads (Arista, 1999) - 5
18 05 067 Kiss The Box Set (Mercury, 2001) - 5
19 05 067 Temptations Emperors of Soul (Motown, 1994) - 5
20 05 063 Ray Charles Genius & Soul, 1949-1993 (Rhino, 1997) - 5
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Postby pagronek » Sun Jan 04, 2004 3:17 pm

Great info. Thanks.
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Postby Robbie » Sun Jan 04, 2004 4:03 pm

Sagan, do you know what the rules are about boxed sets sold through music clubs? Do their sales get counted? Some labels sell quite a few copies of artist box sets through exclusive licensing deals with the likes of Time Warner which aren't allowed to be sold in stores but I've never seen them on the BB Top 200.
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Postby HolidayGuy » Sun Jan 04, 2004 5:16 pm

Excellent info. What about Prince's The Hits/The B-SIdes? It had entered the chart at #19 in its debut week- of course, its chart life was short, but I would have thought it would have a decent tally.

When Billboard first started using SS for the charts, its coverege was about 50%- it's gradually grown since. SS has, however, alwats estimated sales for the percentage it didn't track (that would be a littleloppy in the first few years, though).

Have you posted any other similar-type best info?
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Postby Hanboo » Sun Jan 04, 2004 10:09 pm

Very interesting, although the list is not complete of course.
Where did you get this from ?
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Postby Sagan » Mon Jan 05, 2004 9:00 pm

Hanboo wrote:Very interesting, although the list is not complete of course.
Where did you get this from ?
Most info comes from an article in USA Today, which appeared a couple of months ago.
The rest has differemts sources like various forums and websites.
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Postby Sagan » Mon Jan 05, 2004 9:21 pm

Robbie wrote:Sagan, do you know what the rules are about boxed sets sold through music clubs? Do their sales get counted? Some labels sell quite a few copies of artist box sets through exclusive licensing deals with the likes of Time Warner which aren't allowed to be sold in stores but I've never seen them on the BB Top 200.
I understand that none of the records which are sold through music clubs are included in the Soundscan reports.
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Postby Sagan » Tue Jan 06, 2004 4:44 pm

HolidayGuy wrote:Excellent info. What about Prince's The Hits/The B-SIdes? It had entered the chart at #19 in its debut week- of course, its chart life was short, but I would have thought it would have a decent tally.
I've got no sales info on that set.
Does it have 3 discs or more? It's a glaring omission if it does.

Have you posted any other similar-type best info?
You guys always want more..
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Postby HolidayGuy » Tue Jan 06, 2004 4:50 pm

Of course, Sagan- when the info is that good, we're always left wanting more. :lol:

Prince's The Hits/The B-Sides was a 3-disc set, composed of the two Hits CDs and a CD of B-Sides (The Hits 1 and The Hits 2 also were released individually the same week). The Hits/The B-Sides entered at #10 and spent 12 weeks on the Billboard 200. It is certified platinum, therefore it shipped at least 333,000+ copies.
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Postby NothingFails » Sat Jan 10, 2004 7:24 pm

I have a hard time believing that Abba's Thank You For The Music, Pink Floyd's Shine On and Chicago's box set each didn't sell at least 1,000 copies in the US. I have the Abba and know a few people who have the Floyd and Chicago ones.
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Postby HolidayGuy » Thu Feb 12, 2004 10:21 pm

Sagan-

I got SoundScan info for Prince's 3-disc/tape set, The Hits/The B-Sides.

As of a few weeks back, it has scanned 600,777 unit.s Not too bad. I got my copy through one of the record clubs (which don't count toward SoundScan), for a discounted price. :)
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Postby aleko » Fri Feb 13, 2004 12:32 pm

Sagan,
Have you got sales figures for Elvis Costello's box set '2 1/2 Years'(4 CDs)? Thanks.
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Postby Dane » Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:50 pm

Sagan wrote:Here are the biggest Box Sets in the US according to Soundscan (March 1991 - December 2003).
Interesting list.
Have you got any numbers for AC/DC's "Bonfire". Released in 1997 (rereleased 2003) with 5 discs it reached platinum in 2001. So it should be around 200,000 sets sold.
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Postby bishop82 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:39 am

Nirvana should be on the list according to billboard. "With the Lights Out" was a quick hit, debuting at No. 19 on The Billboard 200. It was the biggest sales week for a boxed set since Garth Brooks' "The Limited Series" in 1998 and has shifted 429,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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Postby Dane » Thu Sep 22, 2005 6:34 am

bishop82 wrote:Nirvana should be on the list according to billboard. "With the Lights Out" was a quick hit, debuting at No. 19 on The Billboard 200. It was the biggest sales week for a boxed set since Garth Brooks' "The Limited Series" in 1998 and has shifted 429,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
I guess Garth Brooks should be on the list too then!

Other new Box sets for the list (besides Nirvana) could be Bon Jovi "100,000,000 mio fans..." and Ozzy Osbourne "Prince of darkness"
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Postby Ale » Thu Sep 22, 2005 1:25 pm

And what about:

The Pet sound sessions?

Chrystal ball (prince)?

The star wars Trilogy (6CD)?
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Postby mjgm84 » Fri Sep 23, 2005 8:46 pm

It depends whats on the Box, if its full of albums and hits it does well. Nirvana's Box was full of rare songs, unreleased songs, some b-sides, demo versions of known songs etc... but it did well for what it was.
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Postby nibblet » Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:46 am

I guess Jacko's 'Ultimate Colelction' (4 discs, 1 dvd) should be a contender too?
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Postby MJDangerous » Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:32 am

nibblet wrote:I guess Jacko's 'Ultimate Colelction' (4 discs, 1 dvd) should be a contender too?
This one sold 60-65k in USA.
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Postby evaorig » Sun Sep 25, 2005 1:56 pm

MJDangerous wrote:
nibblet wrote:I guess Michael Jackson's 'Ultimate Colelction' (4 discs, 1 dvd) should be a contender too?
This one sold 60-65k in USA.
Actually that sales figure is of 2 months ago so way of knowing what it's actual sales are now.
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Postby MJDangerous » Sun Sep 25, 2005 2:03 pm

evaorig wrote:
MJDangerous wrote:
nibblet wrote:I guess Michael Jackson's 'Ultimate Colelction' (4 discs, 1 dvd) should be a contender too?
This one sold 60-65k in USA.
Actually that sales figure is of 2 months ago so way of knowing what it's actual sales are now.
The Ultimate Collection sold 45k in 2004, 60k 2 months ago so only 15k in 6 months. I don't think that this box set sell well actually (even Thriller is selling really bad since 2 months), so I think that The Ultimate Collection sales are between 60k and 65k.
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Postby evaorig » Sun Sep 25, 2005 3:11 pm

MJDangerous wrote:
evaorig wrote:
MJDangerous wrote:
nibblet wrote:I guess Michael Jackson's 'Ultimate Colelction' (4 discs, 1 dvd) should be a contender too?
This one sold 60-65k in USA.
Actually that sales figure is of 2 months ago so way of knowing what it's actual sales are now.
The Ultimate Collection sold 45k in 2004, 60k 2 months ago so only 15k in 6 months. I don't think that this box set sell well actually (even Thriller is selling really bad since 2 months), so I think that The Ultimate Collection sales are between 60k and 65k.
"Thriller" is selling over a thousand coupies weekly and for a catalog album that is damn good. Most artists catalog albums who came out when MJ did don't remotely sell close to that. You need to define what you think is "bad" versus what is "good" as far as catalog sales. Furthermore you can't say what will sell or not sell well in the future depending on what kind of comeback that Michael Jackson has music wise.
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