There are those iconic music artists in history that will always stay remembered. The proof of their geniality is selling millions of albums throughout their career. Have you ever wondered which singer or group managed to release the best-selling albums of all times? Your mind probably first thinks of the legendary Michael Jackson and his iconic Thriller. Well, you are right. This is still without a doubt one of the best albums in the world. Check out which other musicians joined Michal on this list.
Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)- The Eagles
Just recently The Eagles set another record when their album Their Greatest Hits became the best-selling album of all times. It was the most popular in the world for quite a while until 2009, when Thriller surpassed its sales. Michael Jackson’s best album stayed on the top spot for almost a decade, but this year The Eagles managed to gain back the throne. Their Greatest Hits went 38-times platinum. It was released back in 1976 and it marks the first roundup of the brand’s best hits.
“We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It’s been quite a ride.” – Josh Jackson told the press.
Thriller- Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson is without a doubt the most popular musician of all times. The king of pop released so many successful albums and millions of people bought them all. But there is one that beat them all and held the top spot of best-selling albums in the world for many years. I’m talking about Thriller, Michael’s sixth studio album released in 1982. It has been sold in around 66 million copies all around the world. Only in the US, over 33 million people bought it. Thriller includes some of the biggest hits of all times, including the eponymous song, Billie Jean, Beat It, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, The Girl Is Mine and many more.
This is the album that skyrocketed Jackson to fame. It broke so many records and set new standards in the music industry. Michael was nominated for a record number of Emmys and won eight of them. Almost 40 years later, Thriller is still one of the best things money can buy.
Hotel California- The Eagles
The Eagles are obviously one of the most popular bands of all times. Two of their albums are in the top three best-selling albums of all times. Hotel California is their fifth studio creation released in December 1976. The Their Greatest Hits collection dropped only 10 months before Hotel California, and both managed to sell so many copies. This is definitely a huge achievement. The estimate sales reach up to 42 million worldwide, and 26 million of those were sold in the US.
Led Zeppelin IV- Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin is considered to be the most influential rock group of all times. Their fourth studio album titled Led Zeppelin IV is reportedly sold in more than 37 million copies around the world. It includes some huge hits such as Stairway to Heaven, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California and more. The group released it in 1971. Today it is also known as one of the best, most quality albums that have even been presented. This is confirmed by renowned critics and publications.