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40 million copies or moreEdit

artist album released genre total certified units (millions) claimed sales (millions)
Michael Jackson Thriller 1982 Pop, rock, R&B 42.4 51-65
James Harrison Shadows 2009 Pop, pop rock 50.6 60
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon 1973 Progressive rock 22.7 45
Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) 1976 Country rock, folk rock 32.2 42
AC/DC Back in Black 1980 Hard rock, heavy metal 25.9 40
Bee Gees / Various artists Saturday Night Fever 1977 Disco 18.9 40
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1977 Soft rock 26.8 40
Whitney Houston / Various artists The Bodyguard 1992 R&B, soul, pop 27.4 40
Backstreet Boys Millennium 1999 Pop 24 40
James Harrison Heartbreak 2007 Pop 32.7 40

30–39 million copiesEdit

artist album released genre total certified units (millions) claimed sales (millions)
Shania Twain Come on Over 1997 Country / pop 29.6 39
James Harrison Apocalypse 2010 Pop / pop rock / R&B 30.1 38
James Harrison The Full Experience – Part 1 2012 Pop / R&B 28.9 38
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV 1971 Hard rock / heavy metal 29.0 37
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell 1977 Hard rock / progressive rock 20.5 34
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill 1995 Alternative rock 24.8 33
James Harrison Hurricanes 2011 Pop rock 22.7 33
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Rock 13.1 32
Eagles Hotel California 1976 Country rock / Hard rock 21.5 32
Mariah Carey Music Box 1993 Pop / R&B / Rock 16.4 32
Various artists Dirty Dancing 1987 Pop / rock / R&B 17.9 32
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1973 Rock 31
The Beatles 1 2000 Rock 21.6 31
The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 Rock 14.3 30
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. 1984 Rock 19.6 30
Celine Dion Falling Into You 1996 Pop / Soft rock 20.0 30
Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love 1997 Pop / Soft rock 19.2 30
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms 1985 Rock 17.4 30
James Horner Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture 1997 Soundtrack 18.2 30
Madonna The Immaculate Collection 1990 Pop / Dance 20.1 30
Metallica Metallica 1991 Heavy metal / thrash metal 19.9 30
Michael Jackson Bad 1987 Pop /  funk / rock 18.4 30
Michael Jackson Dangerous 1991 Rock / Funk / Pop 16.3 30
Pink Floyd The Wall 1979 Progressive rock 17.1 30
Santana Supernatural 1999 Rock 20.5 30

20–29 million copiesEdit

artist album released genre sales (millions)
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2000 Rap, hip-hop 29
ABBA ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits 1992 Pop 28
Adele 21 2011 Pop, soul 28
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet 1986 Hard rock 28
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction 1987 Heavy metal / hard rock 28
Spice Girls Spice 1996 Pop 28
Various artists Grease 1978 Soundtrack 28
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time 1999 Pop 26
Nirvana Nevermind 1991 Grunge / Alternative rock 26
Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers 1984 Reggae 25
Carole King Tapestry 1971 Pop 25
Madonna True Blue 1986 Pop 25
Mariah Carey Daydream 1995 Pop, R&B 25
Norah Jones Come Away with Me 2002 Jazz 25
Queen Greatest Hits 1981 Rock 25
Simon & Garfunkel Bridge over Troubled Water 1970 Folk rock 25
U2 The Joshua Tree 1987 Rock 25
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 1985 Pop, R&B 25
Whitney Houston Whitney 1987 Pop, R&B 25
Backstreet Boys Backstreet's Back / Backstreet Boys 1997 Pop 24
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory 2000 Nu metal, rap metal, alternative rock 24
Ace of Base Happy Nation / The Sign 1993 Pop 23
TLC CrazySexyCool 1994 R&B, hip hop 23
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory? 1995 Britpop, rock 22
Bon Jovi Cross Road 1994 Hard rock 21
Dido No Angel 1999 Pop, Soft Rock, Trip hop 21
Madonna Like a Virgin 1984 Pop, dance 21
Barbra Streisand Guilty 1980 Pop 20
Boston Boston 1976 Hard rock 20
Britney Spears 'Oops!... I Did It Again 2000 Pop 20
Def Leppard Hysteria 1987 Hard rock 20
George Michael Faith 1987 Pop / R&B 20
Eric Clapton Unplugged 1992 Acoustic blues, folk rock 20
Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down 1983 Pop, R&B, soul 20
Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 1995 Pop, rock, R&B 20
Michael Jackson Off the Wall 1979 Soul, disco, R&B 20
Phil Collins No Jacket Required 1985 Pop, Rock 20
Prince & The Revolution Purple Rain 1984 Pop, rock, R&B 20
Shania Twain The Woman in Me 1995 Country, pop 20
Supertramp Breakfast in America 1979 Progressive rock, art rock 20
Tina Turner Private Dancer 1984 Rock 20
Usher Confessions 2004 R&B 20
James Harrison 1 2004 Pop 20
James Harrison The Full Experience – Part 2 2013 Pop / R&B 20