The 50 best-selling albums of all time

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The Eagles. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

In 2018, The Eagles’ greatest hits album, released in 1976, surpassed Michael Jackson’s 1982 album “Thriller” to take the top spot on the Record Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) list of the top selling albums of all time in the US.

The Eagles have the first and third best-selling albums of all time, with the band’s “Hotel California” following “Thriller.”

Other notable artists on the list include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Garth Brooks, who are all featured three times in the top 50.

Below is the list based on RIAA’s data for the best-selling albums in US history (measured in “certified units” sold).

John Lynch contributed to a previous version of this post.

Check out the 50 best-selling albums of all time:

50. Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin II”
Led zeppelin
Certified units: 12 million

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49. Kenny Rogers – “Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits”
Kenny rogers
Certified units: 12 million

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48. Kenny G – “Breathless”
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Certified units: 12 million

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47. Jewel – “Pieces of You”
Pieces of you jewel
Certified units: 12 million

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46. Def Leppard – “Hysteria”
Def leppard hysteria
Certified units: 12 million

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45. Celine Dion – “Falling Into You”
Celine dion falling into you
Certified units: 12 million

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44. Boyz II Men – “II”
Boyz ii men
Certified units: 12 million

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43. Bon Jovi – “Slippery When Wet”
Bon jovi
Certified units: 12 million

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42. Whitney Houston – “Whitney Houston”
Whitney houston
Certified units: 13 million

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41. The Chicks – “Wide Open Spaces”
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Certified units: 13 million

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40. Prince & The Revolution – “Purple Rain”
Prince purple rain
Certified units: 13 million

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39. Pearl Jam – “Ten”
Pearl jam
Certified units: 13 million

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38. Carole King – “Tapestry”
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Certified units: 13 million

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37. Bruce Springsteen – “Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Live 1975-’85”
Bruce springsteen
Certified units: 13 million

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36. Backstreet Boys – “Millennium”
Millennium backstreet boys
Certified units: 13 million

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35. Steve Miller Band – “Greatest Hits 1974-1978”
Steve miller band
Certified units: 14 million

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34. Simon & Garfunkel – “Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits”
Greatest hits simon garfunkel
Certified units: 14 million

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33. Meat Loaf – “Bat Out of Hell”
Meat loaf
Certified units: 14 million

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32. Garth Brooks – “Ropin’ The Wind”
Garth brooks
Certified units: 14 million

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31. Britney Spears – “…Baby One More Time”
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Certified units: 14 million

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30. Backstreet Boys – “Backstreet Boys”
Backstreet boys
Certified units: 14 million

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29. Adele – “21”
Adele 21
Certified units: 14 million

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28. The Beatles – “The Beatles 1962-1966”
Beatles 1962 1966
Certified units: 15 million

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27. Santana – “Supernatural”
Santana supernatural
Certified units: 15 million

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26. Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon”
Pink floyd
Certified units: 15 million

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25. Journey – “Greatest Hits”
Journey
Certified units: 15 million

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24. Bruce Springsteen – “Born In The U.S.A.”
Bruce springsteen
Certified units: 15 million

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23. Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Legend”
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Certified units: 15 million

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22. Metallica – “Metallica”
Metallica
Certified units: 16 million

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21. Led Zeppelin – “Physical Graffiti”
Physical Graffiti
Certified units: 16 million

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20. Bee Gees – “Saturday Night Fever” (Soundtrack)
Saturday night fever
Certified units: 15 million

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19. Alanis Morisette – “Jagged Little Pill”
Jagged Little Pill
Certified units: 16 million

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18. The Beatles – “The Beatles 1967-1970”
Beatles 1967 1970 blue album
Certified units: 17 million

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17. Elton John – “Greatest Hits”
Elton john
Certified units: 17 million

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16. Boston – “Boston”
Boston
Certified units: 17 million

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15. Whitney Houston – “The Bodyguard” (Soundtrack)
Bodyguard
Certified units: 18 million

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14. Guns N’ Roses – “Appetite for Destruction”
Guns n roses
Certified units: 18 million

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13. Garth Brooks – “No Fences”
Garth brooks
Certified units: 18 million

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12. Shania Twain – “Come On Over”
Shania twain
Certified units: 20 million

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11. Fleetwood Mac – “Rumours”
Fleetwood mac
Certified units: 20 million

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10. Hootie & The Blowfish – “Cracked Rear View”
Cracked rear view
Certified units: 21 million

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9. Garth Brooks – “Double Live”
Garth brooks
Certified units: 21 million

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8. Pink Floyd – “The Wall”
Pink Floyd the wall
Certified units: 23 million

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7. Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin IV”
Led zeppelin iv
Certified units: 23 million

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6. Billy Joel – “Greatest Hits Volume 1 & Volume 2”
Billy joel
Certified units: 23 million

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5. The Beatles – “The Beatles” (“The White Album”)
The beatles
Certified units: 24 million

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4. AC/DC – “Back In Black”
Ac/dc
Certified units: 25 million

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3. Eagles – “Hotel California”
Hotel california
Certified units: 26 million

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2. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”
Michael jackson
Certified units: 34 million

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1. Eagles – “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)”
Eagles
Certified units: 38 million

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