The 50 best-selling albums of all time

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson. Getty Images / Kevin Mazur

The King of Pop reigns atop the all-time list of best-selling albums.

Released in 1982, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” currently boasts a sales mark that no album is likely to touch anytime in the near or distant future.

We compiled the RIAA’s data for the best-selling albums in U.S. history (measured in “certified units” sold), and it’s fascinating to see some of the names that appear in the top 50 — including a recent entry from Adele’s “21.”

Check out the best-selling albums of all time:

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title=”50. Phil Collins — ‘No Jacket Required'”
content=”Certified units: 12 million

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permalink=”/#49-matchbox-twenty-yourself-or-someone-like-you-2″
title=”49. Matchbox Twenty — ‘Yourself or Someone Like You'”
content=”Certified units: 12 million

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source=”Atlantic”
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permalink=”/#48-led-zeppelin-led-zeppelin-ii-3″
title=”48. Led Zeppelin —  ‘Led Zeppelin II'”
content=”Certified units: 12 million

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source=”Atlantic”
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permalink=”/#47-kenny-rogers-kenny-rogers-greatest-hits-4″
title=”47. Kenny Rogers — ‘Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits'”
content=”Certified units: 12 million

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source=”Liberty”
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permalink=”/#46-kenny-g-breathless-5″
title=”46. Kenny G — ‘Breathless'”
content=”Certified units: 12 million

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source=”Arista”
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permalink=”/#45-jewel-pieces-of-you-6″
title=”45. Jewel — ‘Pieces of You'”
content=”Certified units: 12 million

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source=”Atlantic”
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permalink=”/#44-dixie-chicks-wide-open-spaces-7″
title=”44. Dixie Chicks — ‘Wide Open Spaces'”
content=”Certified units: 12 million

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source=”Monument”
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permalink=”/#43-def-leppard-hysteria-8″
title=”43. Def Leppard — ‘Hysteria'”
content=”Certified units: 12 million

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source=”Mercury”
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permalink=”/#42-boyz-ii-men-ii-9″
title=”42. Boyz II Men —  ‘II'”
content=”Certified units: 12 million

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source=”Motown”
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permalink=”/#41-bon-jovi-slippery-when-wet-10″
title=”41. Bon Jovi — ‘Slippery When Wet'”
content=”Certified units: 12 million

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source=”Mercury”
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permalink=”/#40-whitney-houston-whitney-houston-11″
title=”40. Whitney Houston — ‘Whitney Houston'”
content=”Certified units: 13 million

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source=”Arista”
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permalink=”/#39-prince-and-the-revolution-purple-rain-12″
title=”39. Prince & The Revolution — ‘Purple Rain'”
content=”Certified units: 13 million

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source=”Warner Bros.”
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permalink=”/#38-pearl-jam-ten-13″
title=”38. Pearl Jam — ‘Ten'”
content=”Certified units: 13 million

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source=”Epic”
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permalink=”/#37-bruce-springsteen-bruce-springsteen-and-e-street-band-live-1975-85-14″
title=”37. Bruce Springsteen — ‘Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Live 1975-’85′”
content=”Certified units: 13 million

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source=”Columbia”
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permalink=”/#36-backstreet-boys-millennium-15″
title=”36. Backstreet Boys — ‘Millennium'”
content=”Certified units: 13 million

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source=”Jive”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#35-steve-miller-band-greatest-hits-1974-1978-16″
title=”35. Steve Miller Band —  ‘Greatest Hits 1974-1978′”
content=”Certified units: 13 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e42b70077dcc1e008b79d9/image.jpg”
source=”Capitol”
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credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#34-simon-and-garfunkel-simon-and-garfunkels-greatest-hits-17″
title=”34. Simon & Garfunkel —  ‘Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits'”
content=”Certified units: 14 million

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source=”Sony”
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permalink=”/#33-meat-loaf-bat-out-of-hell-18″
title=”33. Meat Loaf — ‘Bat Out of Hell'”
content=”Certified units: 14 million

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source=”Cleveland International”
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permalink=”/#32-garth-brooks-ropin-the-wind-19″
title=”32. Garth Brooks — ‘Ropin’ The Wind'”
content=”Certified units: 14 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e42744077dcc1e008b79bb/image.jpg”
source=”Capitol”
caption=””
credit_href=””
]
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permalink=”/#31-britney-spears-baby-one-more-time-20″
title=”31. Britney Spears — ‘…Baby One More Time'”
content=”Certified units: 14 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e426ac077dcc1e008b79b7/image.jpg”
source=”Jive”
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credit_href=””
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[slide
permalink=”/#30-adele-21-21″
title=”30. Adele — ’21′”
content=”Certified units: 14 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/595a5d44d084cc0c2c8b6d2c/image.jpg”
source=”Columbia Records”
caption=””
credit_href=””
]
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permalink=”/#29-backstreet-boys-backstreet-boys-22″
title=”29. Backstreet Boys — ‘Backstreet Boys'”
content=”Certified units: 14 million

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source=”Jive”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#28-the-beatles-the-beatles-1962-1966-23″
title=”28. The Beatles —  ‘The Beatles 1962-1966′”
content=”Certified units: 15 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e4253c077dcc1b008b79ae/image.jpg”
source=”Apple”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#27-santana-supernatural-24″
title=”27. Santana — ‘Supernatural'”
content=”Certified units: 15 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e424eb077dcc0f208b6788/image.jpg”
source=”Arista”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#26-pink-floyd-dark-side-of-the-moon-25″
title=”26. Pink Floyd — ‘Dark Side of the Moon'”
content=”Certified units: 15 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e42475077dcca2018b7944/image.jpg”
source=”Harvest”
caption=””
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permalink=”/#25-journey-greatest-hits-26″
title=”25. Journey — ‘Greatest Hits'”
content=”Certified units: 15 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e42422077dcc1e008b79ad/image.jpg”
source=”Columbia”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#24-bruce-springsteen-born-in-the-usa-27″
title=”24. Bruce Springsteen —  ‘Born In The U.S.A.'”
content=”Certified units: 15 million

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source=”Columbia”
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permalink=”/#23-bob-marley-and-the-wailers-legend-28″
title=”23. Bob Marley & The Wailers — ‘Legend'”
content=”Certified units: 15 million

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source=”Island”
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permalink=”/#22-bee-gees-saturday-night-fever-soundtrack-29″
title=”22. Bee Gees — ‘Saturday Night Fever’ (Soundtrack)”
content=”Certified units: 15 million

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source=”RSO Records”
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credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#21-metallica-metallica-30″
title=”21. Metallica — ‘Metallica'”
content=”Certified units: 16 million

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source=”Atlantic/Elektra”
caption=””
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permalink=”/#20-led-zeppelin-physical-graffiti-31″
title=”20. Led Zeppelin — ‘Physical Graffiti'”
content=”Certified units: 16 million

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source=”Swan Song”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#19-hootie-and-the-blowfish-cracked-rear-view-32″
title=”19. Hootie & The Blowfish — ‘Cracked Rear View'”
content=”Certified units: 16 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e420efb0ef97c5098b77c1/image.jpg”
source=”Atlantic”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#18-eagles-hotel-california-33″
title=”18. Eagles — ‘Hotel California'”
content=”Certified units: 16 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e4206bb0ef97eb018b78cb/image.jpg”
source=”Asylum”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#17-alanis-morisette-jagged-little-pill-34″
title=”17. Alanis Morisette — ‘Jagged Little Pill'”
content=”Certified units: 16 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e41ffeb0ef9748258b631c/image.jpg”
source=”Maverick”
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permalink=”/#16-whitney-houston-the-bodyguard-soundtrack-35″
title=”16. Whitney Houston — ‘The Bodyguard’ (Soundtrack)”
content=”Certified units: 17 million

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source=”Arista”
caption=””
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permalink=”/#15-the-beatles-the-beatles-1967-1970-36″
title=”15. The Beatles — ‘The Beatles 1967-1970′”
content=”Certified units: 17 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e41f6eb0ef977f298b749d/image.jpg”
source=”EMI”
caption=””
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permalink=”/#14-garth-brooks-no-fences-37″
title=”14. Garth Brooks — ‘No Fences'”
content=”Certified units: 17 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e41e9fb0ef9766008b78bb/image.jpg”
source=”Capitol”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#13-elton-john-greatest-hits-38″
title=”13. Elton John — ‘Greatest Hits'”
content=”Certified units: 17 million

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source=”Island”
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permalink=”/#12-boston-boston-39″
title=”12. Boston — ‘Boston'”
content=”Certified units: 17 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e41db6077dcc1b008b7986/image.jpg”
source=”Epic”
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permalink=”/#11-guns-n-roses-appetite-for-destruction-40″
title=”11. Guns N’ Roses — ‘Appetite for Destruction'”
content=”Certified units: 18 million

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source=”Geffen”
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[slide
permalink=”/#10-the-beatles-the-beatles-the-white-album-41″
title=”10. The Beatles — ‘The Beatles’ (‘The White Album’)”
content=”Certified units: 19 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e41ce3077dcc6b138b76c3/image.jpg”
source=”Apple”
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permalink=”/#9-shania-twain-come-on-over-42″
title=”9. Shania Twain — ‘Come On Over'”
content=”Certified units: 20 million

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source=”Mercury Nashville”
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permalink=”/#8-fleetwood-mac-rumours-43″
title=”8. Fleetwood Mac — ‘Rumours'”
content=”Certified units: 20 million

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source=”Warner Bros.”
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permalink=”/#7-garth-brooks-double-live-44″
title=”7. Garth Brooks — ‘Double Live'”
content=”Certified units: 21 million

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source=”Capitol Nashville”
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permalink=”/#6-acdc-back-in-black-45″
title=”6. AC/DC — ‘Back In Black'”
content=”Certified units: 22 million

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source=”Epic”
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permalink=”/#5-pink-floyd-the-wall-46″
title=”5. Pink Floyd — ‘The Wall'”
content=”Certified units: 23 million

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source=”Columbia”
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permalink=”/#4-led-zeppelin-led-zeppelin-iv-47″
title=”4. Led Zeppelin — ‘Led Zeppelin IV'”
content=”Certified units: 23 million

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source=”Atlantic”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#3-billy-joel-greatest-hits-volume-1-and-volume-2-48″
title=”3. Billy Joel — ‘Greatest Hits Volume 1 & Volume 2′”
content=”Certified units: 23 million

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source=”Columbia”
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permalink=”/#2-eagles-their-greatest-hits-1971-1975-49″
title=”2. Eagles — ‘Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)'”
content=”Certified units: 29 million

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image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57e41680b0ef973f1b8b75e6/image.jpg”
source=”Elektra”
caption=””
credit_href=””
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permalink=”/#1-michael-jackson-thriller-50″
title=”1. Michael Jackson — ‘Thriller'”
content=”Certified units: 32 million

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source=”Epic”
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