Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Following is a list of the top ten selling albums of all time.

A couple surprises for me here, the first and foremost being that I thought Frampton Comes Alive would be on this list.

It's not even in the top fifty. But Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys appear in the top fifty more than once each, as do the Spice Girls and Janet Jackson.

I'm pretty sure those are signs that the Mayans are right about 2012.

Without further ado, here are the top ten...

1 Michael Jackson, Thriller (100+)

2 AC/DC, Back in Black (45+)
3 Meat Loaf, Bat Out Of Hell (43+)
4 Eagles, Their Greatest Hits (42+)
5 Dirty Dancing Soundtrack (42+)  
6 The Bodyguard Soundtrack (42+)
7 The Phantom of the Opera (40+)
8 Backstreet Boys, Millennium (40+)   
9 Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (40+)
10 Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (40+)

No Beatles? No Rolling Stones?

The Bodyguard was a surprise to me, but mainly because it was released so recently that I figured the 60's and 70's icons would have too much of a head start.

The Backstreet Boys?

At least The Beatles and Led Zeppelin make the top twenty, and Bruce Springsteen has one at number 21.

Todd Rundgren did not make it-no surprise there. But he got a boatload of royalties from producing the  number three album of all time, and he lives on the beach in Hawaii, so there!


  1. Kind of a pitiful list I think. I think I have a copy of "Thriller" somewhere still. I do have "Eagles Greatest", "Phantom of the Opera", and "Rumours". There are a few there that I wouldn't even bother with.

    Tossing It Out

  2. Lee-

    Some of the more recent albums amazed me. Even though those artists were big, it baffles my mind that "Sgt. Pepper" is not on the list after being a "classic" for 45 years, and selling across multiple formats (LP, cassette, CD).


  3. Interesting but a little disapointing. No Beatles or Chuck Berry. Fats Domino was very big seller in the fifties but I suppose doesn't sell now. So the list is like a snapshot to me. Before Elvis arrived, Domino was a big seller.

  4. Anthony-

    I know I'm a broken record, but how did Chuck Berry, with a forty year head start, get outsold by the Backstreet Boys?

    Isn't that a sign of the apocalypse?