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    by » 10-08-08, 23:47

    - Originally based on RIAA certifications, although I didn't take into account their stupid rules such as counting the sales of a double-album twice...etc
    - In some cases I've added a sales estimate in parentheses, mostly when there's a big difference between the certification and actual sales (< 2 million) or to justify the rankings (when a 2x platinum album is above a 3xp album for ex.).


    1956



    MY FAIR LADY (original cast) : 3x platinum (5 million sold)
    ERNIE FORD - Hymns : platinum
    CAROUSEL (soundtrack) : platinum
    ELVIS PRESLEY - Elvis Presley : platinum
    ELVIS PRESLEY - Elvis : platinum
    HARRY BELAFONTE - Calypso : gold
    FRANK SINATRA - Songs For Swingin' Lovers : gold
    FRANK SINATRA - This Is Sinatra : gold
    HARRY BELAFONTE - Belafonte : gold
    THE KING & I (soundtrack) : gold

    1957



    ELVIS PRESLEY - Elvis' Christmas Album : 3x platinum
    FRANK SINATRA - A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra : platinum (2 million)
    JOHN COLTRANE - Blue Train : gold (2 million)
    NAT KING COLE - Love Is The Thing : platinum
    MUSIC MAN (original cast) : platinum
    ELVIS PRESLEY - Loving You : gold
    JOHNNY MATHIS - Warm : gold
    MANTOVANI - Film Encores : gold
    RAY CONNIFF - 'S Marvelous : gold
    WEST SIDE STORY (original cast) : gold

    1958



    ELVIS PRESLEY - Elvis' Golden Records : 6x platinum
    JOHNNY MATHIS - Merry Christmas : 5x platinum
    JOHNNY MATHIS - Greatest Hits : 3x platinum
    ERNIE FORD - Star Carol : platinum
    VAN CLIBURN - Tchaikovsky Concerto : platinum
    SOUTH PACIFIC (soundtrack) : gold
    FRANK SINATRA - Sings For Only The Lonely : gold
    FRANK SINATRA - Come Fly With Me : gold
    KINGSTON TRIO - Kingston Trio : gold
    MITCH MILLER & THE GANG - Sing Along : gold

    1959



    MILES DAVIS - Kind Of Blue : 4x platinum (at least 6 million)
    ELVIS PRESLEY - Elvis' Gold Records Volume 2 : 2x platinum
    DAVE BRUBECK - Time Out : platinum
    JOHNNY MATHIS - Heavenly : platinum
    RAY CONNIFF - Christmas With Conniff : platinum
    MARTY ROBBINS - Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs : platinum
    JOHN COLTRANE - Giant Steps : uncertified (1 million)
    JOHNNY MATHIS - More Greatest Hits : gold
    FRANK SINATRA - Come Dance With Me : gold
    THE SOUND OF MUSIC (original cast) : gold

    1960



    MILES DAVIS - Sketches Of Spain : gold (2 million)
    ELVIS PRESLEY - His Hand In Mine : platinum
    ELVIS PRESLEY - G.I. Blues : platinum
    KINGSTON TRIO - Sold Out : gold
    FRANK SINATRA - Nice 'N Easy : gold
    RAY CONNIFF - Memories : gold
    MITCH MILLER & THE GANG - Sentimental Sing Along : gold
    THE PLATTERS - Encore Of Golden Hits : gold
    MANTOVANI - Exodus : gold
    BILLY VAUGHN - Theme From A Summer Place : gold

    1961



    WEST SIDE STORY (soundtrack) : 3x platinum
    ELVIS PRESLEY - Blue Hawaii : 3x platinum
    JOHNNY HORTON - Greatest Hits : platinum
    FRANK SINATRA - All The Way : gold (1 million)
    RAY CHARLES - Genius + Soul = Jazz : uncertified (1 million)
    JOHN COLTRANE - My Favorite Things : uncertified (1 million)
    FRANK SINATRA - Sinatra's Swinging Session : uncertified (1 million)
    HARRY BELAFONTE - Jump Up Calypso : gold
    JOAN BAEZ - Volume 2 : gold
    LAWRENCE WELK - Calcutta : gold

    1962



    RAY CHARLES - Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music : gold (3 million)
    PETER, PAUL & MARY - Peter, Paul & Mary : 2x platinum
    HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS - The Lonely Bull : gold (2 million)
    RAY CHARLES - Greatest Hits : gold (2 million)
    TONY BENNETT - I Left My Heart In San Francisco : platinum
    NAT KING COLE - Ramblin' Rose : platinum
    RAY CONNIFF - We Wish You A Merry Christmas : platinum
    RAY CHARLES - Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music, vol. 2 : gold (1 million)
    THE BEACH BOYS - Surfin' Safari : uncertified (1 million)
    JOAN BAEZ - In Concert : gold

    1963



    NAT KING COLE - The Christmas Song : 6x platinum
    ELVIS PRESLEY - Golden Records vol. 3 : platinum
    FRANK SINATRA - The Sinatra Christmas Album : gold (1 million)
    THE BEACH BOYS - Surfin' USA : gold (1 million)
    BOB DYLAN - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan : platinum
    THE BEACH BOYS - Little Deuce Coupe : platinum
    THE BEACH BOYS - Surfer Girl : gold (1 million)
    ANDY WILLIAMS - Christmas Album : platinum
    PATSY CLINE - The Patsy Cline Story : platinum
    HANK WILLIAMS - The Very Best Of : platinum

    1964



    THE BEATLES - Meet The Beatles ! : 5x platinum
    THE BEATLES - Hard Day's Night : 4x platinum
    THE BEATLES - Beatles' 65 : 3x platinum
    THE BEATLES - Second Album : 2x platinum
    THE BEATLES - Something New : 2x platinum
    FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (soundtrack) : 2x platinum
    HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS - South Of The Border : gold (2 million)
    THE BEACH BOYS - The Beach Boys In Concert : gold (2 million)
    THE BEATLES - Beatles For Sale : platinum
    SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. : platinum

    1965



    THE SOUND OF MUSIC (soundtrack) : gold (12 million)
    THE BEATLES - Rubber Soul : 6x platinum (8 million)
    HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS - Whipped Cream & Other Delights : gold (6 million)
    HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS - Going Places : gold (at least 4 million)
    VINCE GUARALDI - A Charlie Brown Christmas : 4x platinum
    THE BEATLES - Help! : 3x platinum
    JOHN COLTRANE - A Love Supreme : gold (2 million)
    THE BEATLES - VI : platinum
    BOB DYLAN - Highway 61 Revisited : platinum
    THE ROLLING STONES - Out Of Our Heads : platinum

    1966



    THE BEATLES - Revolver : 5x platinum (6 million)
    THE MONKEES - The Monkees : 5x platinum
    SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme : 3x platinum (5 million)
    HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS - What Now My Love : gold (4 million)
    DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (soundtrack) : gold (at least 3 million)
    SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Sounds Of Silence : 3x platinum
    BOB DYLAN - Blonde On Blonde : 2x platinum
    THE ROLLING STONES - Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) : 2x platinum
    THE BEACH BOYS - Best Of The Beach Boys : 2x platinum
    HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS - S.R.O. : gold (2 million)

    1967



    THE BEATLES - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band : 11x platinum (14 million)
    PATSY CLINE - Greatest Hits : 10x platinum
    THE BEATLES - Magical Mystery Tour : 6x platinum
    BARBRA STREISAND - A Christmas Album : 5x platinum
    BOB DYLAN - Greatest Hits : 5x platinum
    THE MONKEES - More Of The Monkees : 5x platinum
    JIMI HENDRIX - Are You Experienced ? : 5x platinum
    THE DOORS - The Doors : 4x platinum
    DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES - Greatest Hits : uncertified (3 million)
    ELVIS PRESLEY - How Great Thou Art : 3x platinum

    1968



    THE BEATLES - The Beatles : 19x platinum (11 million)
    IRON BUTTERFLY - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida : 4x platinum
    BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS - Blood, Sweat & Tears : 4x platinum
    JOHNNY CASH - At Folsom Prison : 3x platinum
    FRANK SINATRA - Greatest Hits : 2x platinum (3 million)
    SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Bookends : 2x platinum (3 million)
    THE DOORS - Waiting For The Sun : platinum (3 million)
    JIMI HENDRIX - Electric Ladyland : 2x platinum
    SIMON & GARFUNKEL - The Graduate (soundtrack) : 2x platinum
    BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY - Cheap Thrills : 2x platinum

    1969



    THE BEATLES - Abbey Road : 12x platinum (14 million)
    LED ZEPPELIN - II : 12x platinum
    LED ZEPPELIN - I : 8x platinum
    CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - Crosby, Stills & Nash : 4x platinum
    CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - Green River : 3x platinum
    JOHNNY CASH - At San Quentin : 3x platinum
    THE WHO - Tommy : 2x platinum (3 million)
    CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - Willy & The Poor Boys : 2x platinum (3 million)
    THE ROLLING STONES - Let It Bleed : 2x platinum (3 million)
    CHICAGO - Chicago Transit Authority : 2x platinum (3 million)

    1970



    ELVIS PRESLEY - Elvis' Christmas Album : 13x platinum
    SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Bridge Over Troubled Water : 8x platinum
    CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - Déjà Vu : 7x platinum
    LED ZEPPELIN - III : 6x platinum
    SANTANA - Abraxas : 5x platinum
    SLY & THE FAMILY STONE - Greatest Hits : 5x platinum
    CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - Cosmo's Factory : 4x platinum (5 million)
    BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid : 4x platinum (5 million)
    VAN MORRISON - Moondance : 3x platinum (5 million)
    THE BEATLES - Let It Be : 4x platinum

    1971



    LED ZEPPELIN - IV : 23x platinum
    CAROLE KING - Tapestry : 10x platinum (13 million)
    THE ROLLING STONES - Hot Rocks : 12x platinum (8 million)
    CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - 4 Way Street : 4x platinum
    JANIS JOPLIN - Pearl : 4x platinum
    THE CARPENTERS - Carpenters : 4x platinum
    THE ROLLING STONES - Sticky Fingers : 3x platinum (4 million)
    MARVIN GAYE - What's Going On : gold (4 million)
    THE WHO - Who's Next : 3x platinum (4 million)
    THE DOORS - L.A. Woman : 2x platinum (4 million)

    1972



    SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Greatest Hits : 14x platinum
    NEIL YOUNG - Harvest : 4x platinum (7 million)
    THE ROLLING STONES - Exile On Main St : platinum (4 million)
    ELTON JOHN - Honky Château : platinum (4 million)
    CHICAGO - V : 2x platinum (3 million)
    STEVIE WONDER - Talking Book : uncertified (3 million)
    ELVIS PRESLEY - Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden : 3x platinum
    THE CARPENTERS - A Song For You : 3x platinum
    NEIL DIAMOND - Hot August Night : 2x platinum (3 million)
    DAVID BOWIE - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars : gold (3 million)

    1973



    PINK FLOYD - The Dark Side Of The Moon : 15x platinum (21 million)
    LED ZEPPELIN - Houses Of The Holy : 11x platinum
    JOHN DENVER - Greatest Hits : 9x platinum
    JANIS JOPLIN - Greatest Hits : 7x platinum (9 million)
    THE BEATLES - 1967-1970 : 17x platinum (8 million)
    ELTON JOHN - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road : 8x platinum
    THE CARPENTERS - The Singles 1969-1973 : 7x platinum
    THE BEATLES - 1962-1966 : 15x platinum (7 million)
    BREAD - The Best Of Bread : 5x platinum
    ELVIS PRESLEY - Aloha From Hawaii : 5x platinum

    1974



    ELTON JOHN - Greatest Hits : 16x platinum
    SANTANA - Greatest Hits : 7x platinum
    CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - So Far : 6x platinum
    BAD COMPANY - Bad Company : 5x platinum
    NEIL DIAMOND - His 12 Greatest Hits : 4x platinum
    GRATEFUL DEAD - Skeletons From The Closet : 3x platinum
    THE BEACH BOYS - Endless Summer : 3x platinum
    AEROSMITH - Get Your Wings : 3x platinum
    JOHN DENVER - Back Home Again : 3x platinum
    JIM CROCE - Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits : platinum (3 million)

    1975



    AEROSMITH - Toys In The Attic : 8x platinum
    LED ZEPPELIN - Physical Graffiti : 16x platinum (8 million)
    PINK FLOYD - Wish You Were Here : 6x platinum (7 million)
    FLEETWOOD MAC - Fleetwood Mac : 5x platinum (7 million)
    CHICAGO - Greatest Hits : 5x platinum (7 million)
    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Born To Run : 6x platinum
    AMERICA - History-Greatest Hits : 4x platinum
    EAGLES - One Of These Nights : 4x platinum
    CAT STEVENS - Greatest Hits : 4x platinum
    KISS - Alive : gold (4 million)

    1976



    EAGLES - Greatest Hits 71-75 : 29x platinum
    BOSTON - Boston : 17x platinum
    EAGLES - Hotel California : 16x platinum
    JAMES TAYLOR - Greatest Hits : 11x platinum (15 million)
    DOOBIE BROTHERS - Best Of : 10x platinum
    CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - Chronicle : 10x platinum
    PETER FRAMPTON - Comes Alive : 8x platinum
    LINDA RONSTADT - Greatest Hits : 7x platinum
    STEVIE WONDER - Songs In The Key Of Life : 10x platinum (at least 7 million)
    BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND - Night Moves : 6x platinum

    1977



    FLEETWOOD MAC - Rumours : 20x platinum
    BEE GEES - Saturday Night Fever : 15x platinum
    MEAT LOAF - Bat Out Of Hell : 14x platinum
    BILLY JOEL - The Stranger : 10x platinum
    JACKSON BROWNE - Running on Empty : 7x platinum
    ELTON JOHN - Greatest Hits Vol 2 : 5x platinum
    FOREIGNER - Foreigner : 5x platinum
    PINK FLOYD - Animals : 4x platinum
    CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - CSN : 4x platinum
    KANSAS - Point Of Know Return : 4x platinum

    1978



    GREASE (soundtrack) : 8x platinum (18 million)
    STEVE MILLER BAND - Greatest Hits 1974-1978 : 13x platinum
    VAN HALEN - Van Halen : 10x platinum
    BOSTON - Don't Look Back : 7x platinum
    FOREIGNER - Double Vision : 7x platinum
    BILLY JOEL - 52nd Street : 7x platinum
    THE ROLLING STONES - Some Girls : 6x platinum
    THE CARS - The Cars : 6x platinum
    BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND - Stranger In Town : 6x platinum
    BARBRA STREISAND - Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 : 5x platinum

    1979



    PINK FLOYD - The Wall : 23x platinum (13 million)
    MICHAEL JACKSON - Off The Wall : 8x platinum
    EAGLES - The Long Run : 7x platinum
    AC/DC - Highway To Hell : 7x platinum
    LED ZEPPELIN - In Through The Out Door : 6x platinum
    SUPERTRAMP - Breakfast In America : 4x platinum (6 million)
    BEE GEES - Spirits Having Flown : platinum (6 million)
    VAN HALEN - Van Halen II : 5x platinum
    CHRISTOPHER CROSS - Christopher Cross : 5x platinum
    WAYLON JENNINGS - Greatest Hits : 5x platinum

    1980



    AC/DC - Back In Black : 22x platinum
    KENNY ROGERS - Greatest Hits : 12x platinum
    AEROSMITH - Greatest Hits : 11x platinum
    REO SPEEDWAGON - Hi Infidelity : 9x platinum
    BILLY JOEL - Glass Houses : 7x platinum
    NEIL DIAMOND - The Jazz Singer (soundtrack) : 5x platinum
    THE DOORS - Greatest Hits : 5x platinum
    BARBRA STREISAND - Guilty : 5x platinum
    BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND - Against The Wind : 5x platinum
    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - The River : 5x platinum

    1981



    JOURNEY - Escape : 9x platinum
    FOREIGNER - 4 : 6x platinum
    AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap : 6x platinum
    PHIL COLLINS - Face Value : 5x platinum
    BARBRA STREISAND - Memories : 5x platinum
    STEVIE NICKS - Bella Donna : 4x platinum
    ALABAMA - Feels So Right : 4x platinum
    RUSH - Moving Pictures : 4x platinum
    AC/DC - For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) : 4x platinum
    THE ROLLING STONES - Tattoo You : 4x platinum

    1982



    MICHAEL JACKSON - Thriller : 29x platinum
    EAGLES - Greatest Hits Vol. 2 : 11x platinum
    ERIC CLAPTON - Time Pieces/Best Of Eric Clapton : 7x platinum
    FOREIGNER - Records : 7x platinum
    MEN AT WORK - Business As Usual : 6x platinum
    ALABAMA - Mountain Music : 5x platinum
    JOHN MELLENCAMP - American Fool : 5x platinum
    HANK WILLIAMS, JR. - Greatest Hits : 5x platinum
    LIONEL RICHIE - Lionel Richie : 4x platinum
    WILLIE NELSON - Always On My Mind : 4x platinum

    1983



    LIONEL RICHIE - Can't Slow Down : 10x platinum (13 million)
    ZZ TOP - Eliminator : 10x platinum
    DEF LEPPARD - Pyromania : 10x platinum
    THE POLICE - Synchronicity : 8x platinum
    HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS - Sports : 7x platinum
    BILLY JOEL - An Innocent Man : 7x platinum
    FLASHDANCE (soundtrack) : 6x platinum
    CYNDI LAUPER - She's So Unusual : 6x platinum
    JOURNEY - Frontiers : 6x platinum
    THE BIG CHILL (soundtrack) : 6x platinum

    1984



    BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS - Legend : 15x platinum
    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Born In The U.S.A. : 15x platinum
    PRINCE - Purple Rain : 13x platinum (15 million)
    MADONNA - Like A Virgin : 10x platinum
    VAN HALEN - 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) : 10x platinum
    FOOTLOOSE (soundtrack) : 9x platinum
    TINA TURNER - Private Dancer : 5x platinum (6 million)
    WHAM! - Make It Big : 6x platinum
    METALLICA - Ride The Lightning : 6x platinum
    CHICAGO - 17 : 6x platinum

    1985



    WHITNEY HOUSTON - Whitney Houston : 13x platinum
    PHIL COLLINS - No Jacket Required : 12x platinum
    BILLY JOEL - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 : 23x platinum (11 million)
    DIRE STRAITS - Brothers In Arms : 9x platinum
    JIMMY BUFFETT - Songs You Know By Heart : 7x platinum
    THE CARS - Greatest Hits : 6x platinum
    HEART - Heart : 5x platinum
    ZZ TOP - Afterburner : 5x platinum
    TEARS FOR FEARS - Songs From The Big Chair : 5x platinum
    JOHN MELLENCAMP - Scarecrow : 5x platinum

    1986



    BON JOVI - Slippery When Wet : 12x platinum (14 million)
    BEASTIE BOYS - Licensed To Ill : 10x platinum (12 million)
    TOP GUN (soundtrack) : 9x platinum
    METALLICA - Master Of Puppets : 6x platinum (7 million)
    MADONNA - True Blue : 7x platinum
    JANET JACKSON - Control : 5x platinum (7 million)
    VAN HALEN - 5150 : 6x platinum
    GENESIS - Invisible Touch : 6x platinum
    PAUL SIMON - Graceland : 5x platinum (6 million)
    BOSTON - Third Stage : 4x platinum (6 million)

    1987



    GUNS N' ROSES - Appetite For Destruction : 18x platinum
    DIRTY DANCING (soundtrack) : 11x platinum (15 million)
    DEF LEPPARD - Hysteria : 12x platinum
    U2 - The Joshua Tree : 10x platinum (12 million)
    GEORGE MICHAEL - Faith : 10x platinum
    MICHAEL JACKSON - Bad : 9x platinum
    WHITNEY HOUSTON - Whitney : 9x platinum
    WHITESNAKE - Whitesnake : 8x platinum
    INXS - Kick : 6x platinum
    HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (london cast) : 4x platinum (6 million)

    1988



    JOURNEY - Greatest Hits : 15x platinum (17 million)
    FLEETWOOD MAC - Greatest Hits : 8x platinum (10 million)
    METALLICA - ...And Justice For All : 8x platinum
    NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK - Hangin' Tough : 8x platinum
    PAULA ABDUL - Forever Your Girl : 7x platinum
    BOBBY BROWN - Don't Be Cruel : 7x platinum
    BON JOVI - New Jersey : 7x platinum
    TRACY CHAPMAN - Tracy Chapman : 6x platinum
    MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER - A Fresh Aire Christmas : 6x platinum
    GUNS N' ROSES - G N' R Lies : 5x platinum (6 million)

    1989



    JANET JACKSON - Rhythm Nation 1814 : 6x platinum (8 million)
    GARTH BROOKS - Garth Brooks : 10x platinum (8 million)
    AEROSMITH - Pump : 7x platinum
    DON HENLEY - The End Of Innocence : 6x platinum
    MOTLEY CRUE - Dr. Feelgood : 6x platinum
    MILLI VANILLI - Girl, You Know It's True : 6x platinum
    MICHAEL BOLTON - Soul Provider : 6x platinum
    THE LITTLE MERMAID (soundtrack) : 6x platinum
    SKID ROW - Skid Row : 5x platinum
    CHICAGO - Greatest Hits 1982-1989 : 5x platinum

    1990



    GARTH BROOKS - No Fences : 17x platinum (15 million)
    MC HAMMER - Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em : 10x platinum (13 million)
    MADONNA - The Immaculate Collection : 10x platinum
    VANILLA ICE - To The Extreme : 7x platinum (9 million)
    MARIAH CAREY - Mariah Carey : 9x platinum
    VAN MORRISON - Best Of Van Morrison : 4x platinum (5 million)
    C+C MUSIC FACTORY - Gonna Make You Sweat : 5x platinum
    THE BLACK CROWES - Shake Your Money Maker : 5x platinum
    WILSON PHILLIPS - Wilson Phillips : 5x platinum
    AC/DC - The Razors Edge : 5x platinum

    1991



    METALLICA - Metallica : 16x platinum
    PEARL JAM - Ten : 13x platinum
    GARTH BROOKS - Ropin' The Wind : 14x platinum (12 million)
    NIRVANA - Nevermind : 10x platinum
    BOYZ II MEN - Cooleyhighharmony : 9x platinum
    U2 - Achtung Baby : 8x platinum
    MICHAEL BOLTON - Time, Love & Tenderness : 8x platinum
    MICHAEL JACKSON - Dangerous : 7x platinum (8 million)
    GUNS 'N ROSES - Use Your Illusion II : 7x platinum (8 million)
    GUNS 'N ROSES - Use Your Illusion I : 7x platinum (8 million)

    1992



    WHITNEY HOUSTON - The Bodyguard (soundtrack) : 17x platinum
    KENNY G - Breathless : 12x platinum
    ERIC CLAPTON - Unplugged : 10x platinum
    BILLY RAY CYRUS - Some Gave All : 9x platinum
    STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - Core : 8x platinum
    AC/DC - Live : 4x platinum (7 million)
    GARTH BROOKS - The Chase : 9x platinum (7 million)
    QUEEN - Greatest Hits : 8x platinum (7 million)
    ALAN JACKSON - A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love) : 6x platinum
    GEORGE STRAIT - Pure Country : 6x platinum

    1993



    TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS - Greatest Hits : 12x platinum
    MARIAH CAREY - Music Box : 10x platinum
    ACE OF BASE - The Sign : 9x platinum
    TONI BRAXTON - Toni Braxton : 8x platinum
    ABBA - Gold - Greatest Hits : 6x platinum (8 million)
    JANET JACKSON - Janet : 6x platinum (8 million)
    SHERYL CROW - Tuesday Night Music Club : 7x platinum
    COUNTING CROWS - August & Everything After : 7x platinum
    AEROSMITH - Get A Grip : 7x platinum
    PEARL JAM - Vs. : 7x platinum

    1994



    HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH - Cracked Rear View : 16x platinum
    BOYZ II MEN - II : 12x platinum
    TLC - CrazySexyCool : 11x platinum
    GREEN DAY - Dookie : 10x platinum
    THE LION KING (soundtrack) : 10x platinum
    GARTH BROOKS - The Hits : 10x platinum
    BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND - Greatest Hits : 9x platinum
    EAGLES - Hell Freezes Over : 9x platinum
    KENNY G - Miracles: The Holiday Album : 8x platinum
    LIVE - Throwing Copper : 8x platinum

    1995



    ALANIS MORISSETTE - Jagged Little Pill : 16x platinum (18 million)
    SHANIA TWAIN - The Woman In Me : 12x platinum
    JEWEL - Pieces Of You : 12x platinum
    MARIAH CAREY - Daydream : 10x platinum
    NO DOUBT - Tragic Kingdom : 10x platinum
    WAITING TO EXHALE (soundtrack) : 7x platinum
    ALAN JACKSON - Greatest Hits Collection : 6x platinum
    BONE THUGS 'N HARMONY - E. 1999 Eternal : 4x platinum (6 million)
    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Greatest Hits : 4x platinum (6 million)
    TRACY CHAPMAN - New Beginning : 5x platinum

    1996



    MATCHBOX TWENTY - Yourself Or Someone Like You : 12x platinum
    CELINE DION - Falling Into You : 11x platinum
    TONI BRAXTON - Secrets : 8x platinum
    DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - Crash : 7x platinum
    THE FUGEES - The Score : 6x platinum
    LEANN RIMES - Blue : 6x platinum
    SUBLIME - Sublime : 5x platinum (6 million)
    SPACE JAM (soundtrack) : 6x platinum
    2PAC - All Eyez On Me : 10x platinum (6 million)
    METALLICA - Load : 5x platinum

    1997



    SHANIA TWAIN - Come On Over : 20x platinum
    BACKSTREET BOYS - Backstreet Boys : 14x platinum
    TITANIC (soundtrack) : 11x platinum
    CELINE DION - Let's Talk About Love : 10x platinum
    WILL SMITH - Big Willie Style : 9x platinum
    GARTH BROOKS - Sevens : 10x platinum (8 million)
    SARAH MCLACHLAN - Surfacing : 8x platinum
    SPICE GIRLS - Spice : 7x platinum
    PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY - No Way Out : 7x platinum
    SAVAGE GARDEN - Savage Garden : 7x platinum

    1998



    DIXIE CHICKS - Wide Open Spaces : 12x platinum
    KID ROCK - Devil Without A Cause : 11x platinum
    'N SYNC - 'N Sync : 10x platinum
    GARTH BROOKS - Double Live : 21x platinum (8 million)
    LAURYN HILL - The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill : 8x platinum
    FAITH HILL - Faith : 6x platinum
    2PAC - Greatest Hits : 10x platinum (5 million)
    CELINE DION - These Are Special Times : 5x platinum
    CITY OF ANGELS (soundtrack) : 5x platinum
    MARIAH CAREY - #1's : 5x platinum

    1999



    SANTANA - Supernatural : 15x platinum
    BRITNEY SPEARS - ...Baby One More Time : 14x platinum
    BACKSTREET BOYS - Millenium : 13x platinum
    CREED - Human Clay : 11x platinum
    DIXIE CHICKS - Fly : 10x platinum
    CHRISTINA AGUILERA - Christina Aguilera : 8x platinum (9 million)
    CELINE DION - All The Way... A Decade Of Song : 7x platinum (9 million)
    DESTINY'S CHILD - The Writing's On The Wall : 8x platinum
    FAITH HILL - Breathe : 8x platinum
    RICKY MARTIN - Ricky Martin : 7x platinum (8 million)

    2000



    'N SYNC - No Strings Attached : 11x platinum (12 million)
    EMINEM - The Marshall Mathers LP : 10x platinum (12 million)
    THE BEATLES - 1 : 10x platinum (12 million)
    LINKIN PARK - Hybrid Theory : 10x platinum
    BRITNEY SPEARS - Oops!...I Did It Again : 10x platinum
    NELLY - Country Grammar : 9x platinum
    O BROTHER, WHERE ARE THOU ? (soundtrack) : 8x platinum
    BACKSTREET BOYS - Black And Blue : 8x platinum
    ENYA - A Day Without Rain : 7x platinum
    SHAGGY - Hotshot : 6x platinum (7 million)

    2001



    ALICIA KEYS - Songs In A Minor : 6x platinum (7 million)
    CREED - Weathered : 6x platinum
    NICKELBACK - Silver Side Up : 6x platinum
    'N SYNC - Celebrity : 5x platinum
    PINK - Missundaztood : 5x platinum
    STAIND - Break The Cycle : 5x platinum
    KID ROCK - Cocky : 5x platinum
    BRITNEY SPEARS - Britney : 4x platinum
    JOSH GROBAN - Josh Groban : 4x platinum
    DESTINY'S CHILD - Survivor : 4x platinum

    2002



    NORAH JONES - Come Away With Me : 10x platinum
    EMINEM - The Eminem Show : 10x platinum
    AVRIL LAVIGNE - Let Go : 6x platinum
    NELLY - Nellyville : 6x platinum
    DIXIE CHICKS - Home : 6x platinum
    SHANIA TWAIN - Up! : 11x platinum (5 million)
    ELVIS PRESLEY - 30 #1 Hits : 5x platinum
    MAROON 5 - Songs About Jane : 4x platinum (5 million)
    COLDPLAY - A Rush Of Blood To The Head : 4x platinum (5 million)
    8 MILE (soundtrack) : 4x platinum (5 million)

    2003



    50 CENT - Get Rich Or Die Tryin' : 6x platinum (8 million)
    EVANESCENCE - Fallen : 7x platinum
    LINKIN PARK - Meteora : 4x platinum (6 million)
    JOSH GROBAN - Closer : 5x platinum
    OUTKAST - Speakerboxxx / The Love Below : 11x platinum (5 million)
    MICHAEL JACKSON - Number Ones : 4x platinum
    BEYONCÉ - Dangerously In Love : 4x platinum
    ALICIA KEYS - The Diary Of Alicia Keys : 4x platinum
    TOBY KEITH - Shock'n Y'All : 4x platinum
    ALAN JACKSON - Greatest Hits Volume II : 6x platinum (4 million)

    2004



    USHER - Confessions : 10x platinum
    KELLY CLARKSON - Breakaway : 6x platinum
    GREEN DAY - American Idiot : 6x platinum
    GUNS 'N ROSES - Greatest Hits : 5x platinum
    EMINEM - Encore : 4x platinum (5 million)
    RASCAL FLATTS - Feels Like Today : 5x platinum
    GRETCHEN WILSON - Here For The Party : 5x platinum
    NORAH JONES - Feels Like Home : 4x platinum
    SHANIA TWAIN - Greatest Hits : 4x platinum
    KENNY CHESNEY - When The Sun Goes Down : 4x platinum

    2005



    NICKELBACK - All The Right Reasons : 8x platinum
    CARRIE UNDERWOOD - Some Hearts : 8x platinum
    MARIAH CAREY - The Emancipation Of Mimi : 6x platinum
    50 CENT - The Massacre : 5x platinum
    BLACK EYED PEAS - Monkey Business : 3x platinum (4 million)
    EMINEM - Curtain Call: The Hits : 2x platinum (4 million)
    MICHAEL BUBLÉ - It's Time : 2x platinum (3 million)
    COLDPLAY - X&Y : 3x platinum
    JOHNNY CASH - The Legend Of Johnny Cash : 2x platinum (3 million)
    JACK JOHNSON - In Between Dreams : 2x platinum (3 million)

    2006



    TAYLOR SWIFT - Taylor Swift : 5,6 million
    DAUGHTRY - Daughtry : 5,1 million
    RASCAL FLATTS - Me And My Gang : 5 million
    HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (soundtrack) : 4,9 million
    JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - FutureSex/LoveSounds : 4,7 million
    FERGIE - The Dutchess : 4 million
    HANNAH MONTANA (soundtrack) : 3,8 million
    BEYONCÉ - B' Day : 3,4 million
    AKON - Konvicted : 3,1 million
    SUGARLAND - Enjoy The Ride : 3 million

    2007



    JOSH GROBAN - Noel : 5,9 million
    ALICIA KEYS - As I Am : 3,9 million
    KID ROCK - Rock 'N Roll Jesus : 3,6 million
    EAGLES - Long Road Out Of Eden : 3,5 million
    CARRIE UNDERWOOD - Carnival Ride : 3,4 million
    HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 (soundtrack) : 3,4 million
    LINKIN PARK - Minutes To Midnight : 3,3 million
    MILEY CYRUS - Hannah Montana 2 : 3,3 million
    AMY WINEHOUSE - Back To Black : 3,1 million
    GARTH BROOKS - The Ultimate Hits : 2,9 million

    2008



    TAYLOR SWIFT - Fearless : 7,1 million
    LADY GAGA - The Fame : 4,7 million
    LIL WAYNE - Tha Carter III : 3,9 million
    NICKELBACK - Dark Horse : 3,6 million
    ZAC BROWN BAND - The Foundation : 3,5 million
    BEYONCÉ - I Am... Sasha Fierce : 3,2 million
    COLDPLAY - Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends : 3 million
    ADELE - 19 : 3 million
    TWILIGHT (soundtrack) : 2,8 million
    KINGS OF LEON - Only By The Night : 2,5 million

    2009



    SUSAN BOYLE - I Dreamed A Dream : 4,1 million
    BLACK EYED PEAS - The E.N.D. : 3,3 million
    ANDREA BOCELLI - My Christmas : 3,1 million
    EMINEM - Relapse : 2,4 million
    MICHAEL BUBLÉ - Crazy Love : 2,3 million
    CARRIE UNDERWOOD - Play On : 2,3 million
    HANNAH MONTANA - THE MOVIE : 2,1 million
    JUSTIN BIEBER - My World : 2,1 million
    JAY-Z - The Blueprint 3 : 2 million
    MICHAEL JACKSON - This Is It : 1,8 million

    2010



    EMINEM - Recovery : 4,7 million
    TAYLOR SWIFT - Speak Now : 4,6 million
    LADY ANTEBELLUM - Need You Now : 4,1 million
    JUSTIN BIEBER - My World 2.0 : 3,4 million
    MUMFORD & SONS - Sigh No More : 3,3 million
    JASON ALDEAN - My Kinda Party : 3,2 million
    KATY PERRY - Teenage Dream : 3 million
    BRUNO MARS - Doo-Wops And Hooligans : 2,5 million
    SUSAN BOYLE - The Gift : 2,2 million
    ZAC BROWN BAND - You Get What You Give : 2 million

    2011



    ADELE - 21 : 11,7 million
    MICHAEL BUBLÉ - Christmas : 4 million
    LUKE BRYAN - Tailgates And Tanlines : 2,5 million
    LIL WAYNE - Tha Carter IV : 2,4 million
    LADY GAGA - Born This Way : 2,4 million
    DRAKE - Take Care : 2,3 million
    ERIC CHURCH - Chief : 1,9 million
    LADY ANTEBELLUM - Own The Night : 1,9 million
    JAY-Z & KANYE WEST - Watch The Throne : 1,7 million
    COLDPLAY - Mylo Xyloto : 1,7 million

    2012



    TAYLOR SWIFT - Red : 4,3 million
    MUMFORD & SONS - Babel : 2,8 million
    IMAGINE DRAGONS - Night Visions : 2,7 million
    BRUNO MARS - Unorthodox Jukebox : 2,5 million
    FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - Here's To The Good Times : 2,3 million
    ONE DIRECTION - Up All Night : 2,1 million
    PINK - The Truth About Love : 2,1 million
    ONE DIRECTION - Take Me Home : 2,1 million
    JASON ALDEAN - Night Train : 1,8 million
    CARRIE UNDERWOOD - Blown Away : 1,7 million

    2013



    FROZEN (soundtrack) : 4,2 million
    LUKE BRYAN - Crash My Party : 2,6 million
    JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - The 20/20 Experience : 2,6 million
    EMINEM - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 : 2,4 million
    BEYONCÉ - Beyoncé : 2,3 million
    DRAKE - Nothing Was The Same : 1,8 million
    KATY PERRY - Prism : 1,7 million
    BLAKE SHELTON - Based On A True Story : 1,6 million
    LORDE - Pure Heroine : 1,6 million
    ONE DIRECTION - Midnight Memories : 1,6 million

    2014



    TAYLOR SWIFT - 1989 : 6 million
    SAM SMITH - In The Lonely Hour : 2,3 million
    ED SHEERAN - x : 2,1 million
    PENTATONIX - That's Christmas To Me : 2,1 million
    GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 (soundtrack) : 1,7 million
    J. COLE - 2014 Forest Hills Drive : 1,2 million
    SAM HUNT - Montevallo : 1,2 million
    ERIC CHURCH - The Outsiders : 1,2 million
    JASON ALDEAN - Old Boots, New Dirt : 1,1 million
    MAROON 5 - V : 1,1 million

    2015



    ADELE - 25 : 9,3 million
    CHRIS STAPLETON - Traveller : 1,9 million
    JUSTIN BIEBER - Purpose : 1,8 million
    TWENTY ONE PILOTS - Blurryface : 1,5 million
    DRAKE - If You're Reading This It's Too Late : 1,3 million
    THE WEEKND - Beauty Behind The Madness : 1,2 million
    MEGHAN TRAINOR - Title : 1,2 million
    HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL (original cast) : 1,1 million
    LUKE BRYAN - Kill The Lights : 1,1 million
    KENDRICK LAMAR - To Pimp A Butterfly : 1 million

    2016



    BEYONCÉ - Lemonade : 1,7 million
    DRAKE - Views : 1,7 million
    PENTATONIX - A Pentatonix Christmas : 0,9 million
    METALLICA - Hardwired... To Self-Destruct : 0,9 million
    BRUNO MARS - 24K Magic : 0,8 million
    RIHANNA - Anti : 0,7 million
    PANIC AT THE DISCO - Death Of A Bachelor : 0,6 million
    BLAKE SHELTON - If I'm Honest : 0,6 million
    TROLLS (soundtrack) : 0,6 million
    JOEY + RORY - Hymns : 0,6 million

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    OMG at 2007-2008 year ends/semi-year ends!

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    by » 10-08-08, 23:50

    I take it this list is by albums released each year? Because Alicia Keys' As I am has sold over 950k this year if not

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    by » 11-08-08, 00:06

    Quote Originally Posted by 04wayne
    OMG at 2007-2008 year ends/semi-year ends!
    PS These lists are fantastic. Perfect for comparisons. I think it says a lot when The Colour of My Love (a 6x platinum selling album according to the RIAA) didn't even make into onto the list in 1994! Such good all round sales

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04wayne
    PS These lists are fantastic. Perfect for comparisons. I think it says a lot when The Colour of My Love (a 6x platinum selling album according to the RIAA) didn't even make into onto the list in 1994! Such good all round sales
    yep, and I think it helps relativize numbers, for example Mary J Blige's "The Breakthrough" is clearly her most successful album, even if it's not her best selling one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04wayne
    PS These lists are fantastic. Perfect for comparisons. I think it says a lot when The Colour of My Love (a 6x platinum selling album according to the RIAA) didn't even make into onto the list in 1994! Such good all round sales
    by the way a Celine Dion fan like you should know that The Colour Of My Love was released in 1993.
    maybe it could be on the list actually, since the #10 is Snoop Dogg's first album (which sold 6 million according to Soundscan, and only 4,5 million for Celine's album).

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    The 2006 list makes me feel very sad. Especially number one. I wonder if Whitney Houston's new album will make it onto the 2008 list. :(
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    by » 11-08-08, 02:36

    don't be too upset by the 2007 list, many of those albums are still going. Plus, Lil Wayne and Coldplay's albums have done 2.1 and 1.5 million in less than two months in a non-holiday period, which was something people figured would never happen in the industry again

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    You need to look again. He's on there twice. In 2000 and 2002.
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    by » 11-08-08, 05:45

    Spiderpig, you can add if you want (at leats as a "bubbling under" or something) the album "Spirits having flown" for the year 1979. It was a massive number one in USA, and had already sold like 5 million there (well close to that). By now, it is anywhere from 5 to 6 M in that country if not more. I will see if I find a right link or something to support that claim but it was printed, at the time, in several books. Maybe JcGuzman can help us?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiderpig
    Quote Originally Posted by 04wayne
    PS These lists are fantastic. Perfect for comparisons. I think it says a lot when The Colour of My Love (a 6x platinum selling album according to the RIAA) didn't even make into onto the list in 1994! Such good all round sales
    by the way a Celine Dion fan like you should know that The Colour Of My Love was released in 1993.
    maybe it could be on the list actually, since the #10 is Snoop Dogg's first album (which sold 6 million according to Soundscan, and only 4,5 million for Celine's album).
    But it was first certified by the RIAA in 1994

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    oh okay thank you! Should Mary J. Blige be on the list for 2006?

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    Quote Originally Posted by givemeyou
    oh okay thank you! Should Mary J. Blige be on the list for 2006?
    Nope. The Breakthrough was released Xmas week 05!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04wayne
    Quote Originally Posted by Spiderpig
    Quote Originally Posted by 04wayne
    PS These lists are fantastic. Perfect for comparisons. I think it says a lot when The Colour of My Love (a 6x platinum selling album according to the RIAA) didn't even make into onto the list in 1994! Such good all round sales
    by the way a Celine Dion fan like you should know that The Colour Of My Love was released in 1993.
    maybe it could be on the list actually, since the #10 is Snoop Dogg's first album (which sold 6 million according to Soundscan, and only 4,5 million for Celine's album).
    But it was first certified by the RIAA in 1994
    Maybe he loves her music and not her release date of any album.

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    by » 11-08-08, 22:41

    Good overview Spidepig, well done.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spiderpig

    BON JOVI - Slippery When Wet : 12x platinum
    BEASTIE BOYS - Licensed To Ill : 9x platinum (11 million)
    Various Artists - TOP GUN (soundtrack) : 9x platinum
    MADONNA - True Blue : 7x platinum
    VAN HALEN - 5150 : 6x platinum
    METALLICA - Master Of Puppets : 6x platinum
    GENESIS - Invisible Touch : 6x platinum
    JANET JACKSON - Control : 5x platinum
    ANITA BAKER - Rapture : 5x platinum
    PAUL SIMON - Graceland : 5x platinum
    You can add in brackets that SWW should be at 14M by now. It was last certified in 1995 and has scanned well over 3M since 1991. I don't know it's sales since 1995, but 2M should be a safe bet. Between feb03 and may08 alone it scanned around 930K!!!

    AC/DC's Who Made Who is also at 5 x Platinum.

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    Nice Job Spiderpig...Wow at the 80s..controlled by great bands..and Wow at the decrease of album sales from 15x+ we're going to 2x-
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    Quote Originally Posted by HUR
    Spiderpig, you can add if you want (at leats as a "bubbling under" or something) the album "Spirits having flown" for the year 1979. It was a massive number one in USA, and had already sold like 5 million there (well close to that). By now, it is anywhere from 5 to 6 M in that country if not more. I will see if I find a right link or something to support that claim but it was printed, at the time, in several books. Maybe JcGuzman can help us?.
    After a rapid search through UKMix, I've noticed that both jcguzman and MJDangerous estimate its sales at around 5 million copies, so I will include it then, thanks for the info.
    (and I will remove ELO's greatest hits, certified 4x platinum in 2000)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dane
    You can add in brackets that SWW should be at 14M by now. It was last certified in 1995 and has scanned well over 3M since 1991. I don't know it's sales since 1995, but 2M should be a safe bet. Between feb03 and may08 alone it scanned around 930K!!!
    ok thanks, actually I was wondering if the Beastie Boys album could outsell it one day, but apparently it won't.

    AC/DC's Who Made Who is also at 5 x Platinum.
    true, but it was certified in 2001, while "Rapture" and "Graceland" were certified in 1994 and 1995 respectively. "Graceland" is a good catalog seller, I dunno about "Rapture" but basically I've included it because it was certified 7 years before "Who Made Who".

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    by » 12-08-08, 00:10

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    Nice Job Spiderpig
    thx I'll try to do 1967-1977 this week, I don't think the previous years are really interesting... (well, for me anyway ).

    Also, I removed "Doggystyle" from the 1993 list and replaced it with the ABBA compilation, since it's #1 on the Catalog chart at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiderpig
    Quote Originally Posted by HUR
    Spiderpig, you can add if you want (at leats as a "bubbling under" or something) the album "Spirits having flown" for the year 1979. It was a massive number one in USA, and had already sold like 5 million there (well close to that). By now, it is anywhere from 5 to 6 M in that country if not more. I will see if I find a right link or something to support that claim but it was printed, at the time, in several books. Maybe JcGuzman can help us?.
    After a rapid search through UKMix, I've noticed that both jcguzman and MJDangerous estimate its sales at around 5 million copies, so I will include it then, thanks for the info.
    (and I will remove ELO's greatest hits, certified 4x platinum in 2000)
    That´s cool. Thank you, Spiderpig. Sorry, I forgot to tell that this is a great topic. Indeed, it is very educative, a bit like a "guide", very illustrative.

    Sad that ELO dropped of the chart, though, as I really like the band. But at least the Bee Gees are fairly represented.

    I think that Journey are now getting close to the 10 million mark for 1981. With their new album it may be certified as their catalog raised a lot.

    Also, Queen´s "Greatest hits 1" is at 8,000 k copies shipped, officially. All I know is there it received its seventh platinum in december 2002, and that it sold 2,620,120 from february 2003 and may this year. This brings it to 9,600,000+ altogether, even with some months missing. The last few weeks of 2002 and the first ones of 2003, as well all its catalog since may (it is continually inside the top 25 pop catalog in USA). So I think we can assume it has sold around 9,800,000 if my calculations are right. What do you think?.

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    by » 12-08-08, 09:59

    1998 - #1's - Mariah carey also 5x platinum!

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    by » 12-08-08, 23:17

    Quote Originally Posted by HUR
    Also, Queen´s "Greatest hits 1" is at 8,000 k copies shipped, officially. All I know is there it received its seventh platinum in december 2002, and that it sold 2,620,120 from february 2003 and may this year.
    Are you sure about this number ? because that means more than 500k a year, which is a lot.
    Also, it was certified 8x platinum in late 2006, while, according to you, it already sold more than 9 million by then... :-?

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    by » 12-08-08, 23:25

    Quote Originally Posted by stevyy
    1998 - #1's - Mariah carey also 5x platinum!
    many albums from 1998 are certified 5x platinum, and to choose the ones to include in the top 10 I used soundscan numbers :

    Soundtrack City Of Angels 5,456,000 dec 2005
    Brandy Never Say Never 4,500,000 + 665,000 (BMG sales)
    Jay-Z Hard Knock Vol 2 5,138,000
    Celine Dion These are Special Times 4,844,000 nov 2007

    Mariah Carey Number Ones 3,564,000 sep 2007 + 1,000,000 (BMG sales)

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    by » 13-08-08, 02:55

    the Queen "Greatest Hits" that is 8x platinum is a 1992 release that came out about six months after "Classic Queen" did (which was essentially a collection of latter hits and select 70's gems, but contained "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Under Pressure", neither of which are on the "Greatest Hits" cd from 1992), the 1981 album had a different cover and tracklisting and was long out of print until it was reissued on cd two or three years ago as "We Will Rock You Edition".

    and are totally different albums

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