If you ask someone to name the most important thing in his or her life, chances are that music will find it’s place in the very top.
Therefore, it is not surprising that music business has grown into one of the world’s biggest industries.
And we have the figures to support this claim. So check out our top 10 list of best selling albums of all time.
10. Shania Twain – Come On Over – 40 million
Released in 1997, the third studio album by Canadian pop sensation Shania Twain, Come On Over, gets to open our top list with an impressive figure of 40 million sold copies.
Upon it’s release, it became the best-selling country album, as well as the biggest-selling studio album by a female act.
09. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours – 40 million
Eleventh studio album by British-American pop rockers Fleetwood Mac lands at our #9 with a total of 40 million copies sold around the globe. Of course, we’re talking about Rumours, and with hit singles like Dreams, Don’t Stop and You Make Loving Fun it’s no wonder really.
08. Bee Gees / Various artists – Saturday Night Fever – 40 million
There is about 99% chance that at some point you’ve already heard the opening song of 1977′s Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, the legendary Stayin’ Alive.
What you probably didn’t know is that Stayin’ Alive has 103 beats per minute, which is a perfect beat to perform CPR.
07. Eagles – Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) – 42 million
America’s classic rock act, the Eagles land at our #7 with the best-of compilation named Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975). A number of 42 million copies sold worldwide definitely speaks for itself.
06. Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell – 43 million
Another rock classic, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell sold an impressive number of about 43 million copies, which was more than enough to get a place on this top 10 list.
05. Michael Jackson – Bad – 45 million
The King Of Pop, the great late Michael Jackson makes his first out of a total of two appearances on our list with 1987′s Bad. Hit singles like Dirty Diana, Smooth Criminal or Bad made sure that it would sell an amazing 45 million copies around the globe.
04. Whitney Houston / Various artists – The Bodyguard – 45 million
As another proof of just how far a global hit single can take you, The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album lands at our #4 with a very well known opening song – I will Always Love You.
Performed by the late Whitney Houston and written by Dolly Parton, many agree that the song has in a way bested the movie it was initially made for.
03. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon – 50 million
A true classic of the prog rock genre and music in general, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon cracks the top 3 of our list. The fact that it remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988 is astonishing to begin with, but once you take into consideration that progressive rock is not the most commercial of all genres, the success is that much greater.
02. AC/DC – Back in Black – 50 million
Landing at our #2, the bad boys from Australia, the legendary AC/DC. Released in 1980, Back In Black went on to spawn classic hard rock tunes such as You Shook Me All Night Long, Hells Bells and the title track itself.
01. Michael Jackson – Thriller – 65 million
With his second appearance on our list, the King Of Pop claims his throne as the absolute ruler of the music business. The late MJ’s Thriller managed to reach the staggering number of 65 million copies sold worldwide, making it the biggest-selling album of all time.