For a time The Eagles and Michael Jackson went neck and neck for the title of top selling album in the United States. Both sat at the 30 million copies sold.

After his death, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album edged out for the lead.

But The Eagles 1976 release “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” has taken over the top spot with a total of 38 million copies sold. “Thriller” has a total of 33 million copies sold.

The Eagles also holds the third place spot with “Hotel California” which has sold 26 million copies.

The Recording Industry Association of America – RIAA – certifies album sales and presents gold, platinum, multi platinum, and diamond awards based on the number of albums bought, downloaded, and streamed.

An album sale equals one sale, but it takes 1,500 streams of an album to be the equivalent of one album sale.

The RIAA presents a Diamond Award when an album reaches 10,000 copies sold.

RIAA Diamond Awards:
“Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” by The Eagles with 38 million
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson with 33 million
“Hotel California” by The Eagles with 26 million
“Greatest Hits Volume 1 & Volume II” by Billy Joel with 23 million
Led Zeppelin IV” by Led Zeppelin with 23 million
“The Wall” by Pink Floyd with 23 million
“Back in Black” by AC/DC with 22 million
“Double Live” by Garth Brooks with 21 million
Cracked Rearview” by Hootie & the Blowfish with 21 million
“Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac
“Come on Over” by Shania Twain with 20 million
“The Beatles” by The Beatles with 19 million
“Appetite for Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses with 18 million
Soundtrack for “The Bodyguard” by Whitney Houston with 18 million
“Boston” by Boston with 17 million
‘Greatest Hits” by Elton John with 17 million
No Fences” by Garth Brooks with 17 million
“The Beatles 1967-1970” by The Beatles with 17 million
“Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette with 16 million
Soundtrack for “Saturday Night Fever” by the Bee Gees with 16 million
“Physical Graffiti” by Led Zeppelin with 16 million
“Metallica” by Metallica with 16 million
“Legend” by Bob Marley & The Wailers with 15 million
“Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen with 15 million
“Greatest Hits” by Journey with 15 million
“Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd with 15 million
“Supernatural” by Santana with 15 million
“The Beatles 1962-1966” by The Beatles with 15 million
“21” by Adele with 14 million
“Backstreet Boys” by the Backstreet Boys with 14 million
“Baby One More Time “ by Britney Spears with 14 million
“Ropin’ the Wind” by Garth Brooks with 14 million
“Bat Out of Hell” by Meat Loaf with 14 million
“Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits” by Simon and Garfunkel with 14 million
“Greatest Hits 1974-1978” by Steve Miller Band with 14 million
“Millennium” by the Backstreet Boys with 13 million
“Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Live 1975-85” by Bruce Springsteen with 13 million
Soundtrack from “Purple Rain” by Prince and the Revolution with 13 million
“Whitney Houston” by Whitney Houston with 13 million
“Slippery When Wet” by Bon Jovi with 12 million
“II” by Boyz II Men with 12 million
“Hysteria” by Def Leppard with 12 million
“Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks with 12 million
“Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna with 12 million
“Pieces of You” by Jewel with 12 million
Single – “Baby” by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris with 12 million
“Breathless” by Kenny G with 12 million
“Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits” by Kenny Rogers with 12 million
“Led Zeppelin II” by Led Zeppelin with 12 million
“Yourself or Someone Like You” by Matchbox Twenty with 12 million
“No Jacket Required” by Phil Collins
“The Woman in Me” by Shania Twain with 12 million
Soundtrack for “Forrest Gump” by Various Artists with 12 million
“Abbey Road” by The Beatles with 12 million
“Hot Rocks” by The Rolling Stones with 12 million
“Greatest Hits” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with 12 million
“No Strings Attached” by ‘N Sync with 11 million
“25” by Adele with 11 million
“Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits” by Aerosmith with 11 million
“Falling Into You” by Celine Dion with 11 million
“Human Clay” by Creed with 11 million
“Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II” by The Eagles with 11 million
Single – “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John with 11 million
“James Taylor’s Greatest Hits” by James Taylor with 11 million
Single – “Firework” by Katy Perry with 11 million
“Devil Without a cause” by Kid Rock with 11 million
Single – “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga with 11 million
“Houses of the Holy” by Led Zeppelin with 11 million
“Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park with 11 million
Single – “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars with 11 million
“Life After Death” by Notorious B.I.G. with 11 million
“Speakerboxx/The Love Below” by Outkast with 11 million
“Up” by Shania Twain with 11 million
Soundtrack for “Dirty Dancing” by Various Artists with 11 million
Soundtrack for “Titanic” by Various Artists with 11 million
“1” by The Beatles with 11 million
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles with 11 million
“Crazysexycool” by TLC with 11 million
“’N Sync” by ‘N Sync” with 10 million
“All Eyez on Me” by 2 Pac with 10 million
“Greatest Hits” by 2 Pac with 10 million
“Licensed to Ill” by Beastie Boys
“The Stranger” by Billy Joel with 10 million
“Greatest Hits” by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band”
“Oops!…I Did it Again” by Britney Spears
Single – “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Tapestry” by Carole King with 10 million
“Let’s Talk About Love” by Celine Dion with 10 million
“Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits” by Creedence Clearwater Revival with 10 million
“Pyromania” by Def Leppard with 10 million
“Fly” by Dixie Chicks with 10 million
“Best of the Doobies” by the Doobie Brothers with 10 million
Single – “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran with 10 million
“Elvis’ Christmas Album” by Elvis Presley with 10 million
“The Marshall Mathers LP” by Eminem with 10 million
“The Eminem Show” by Eminem with 10 million
Single – “Not Afraid” by Eminem with 10 million
Single – “Lose Yourself” by Eminem with 10 million
“Unplugged” by Eric Clapton with 10 million
Single – “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line
“Garth Books” by Garth Brooks with 10 million
“The Hits” by Garth Brooks with 10 million
“The Ultimate Hits” by Garth Brooks with 10 million
“Seven” by Garth Books with 10 million
“Faith” by George Michael with 10 million
“Dookie” by Green Day with 10 million
“Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” by Hammer with 10 million
Single – “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons with 10 million
Single – “Roar” by Katy Perry with 10 million
Single – “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry with 10 million
Single – “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga with 10 million
“Led Zeppelin” by Led Zeppelin with 10 million
“Can’t Slow Down” by Lionel Richie with 10 million
Single – “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO with 10 million
Single – “Royals” by Lorde with 10 million
Single – “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
Single – “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz with 10 million
“Like a Virgin” by Madonna with 10 million
“The Immaculate Collection” by Madonna with 10 million
“Music Box” by Mariah Carey with 10 million
“Daydream” by Mariah Carey with 10 million
Single – “All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor with 10 million
“Bad” by Michael Jackson with 10 million
“Country Grammar” by Nelly with 10 million
“All the Right Reasons” by Nickelback with 10 million
“Nevermind” by Nirvana with 10 million
“Tragic Kingdom” by No Doubt with 10 million
“Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones with 10 million
“Greatest Hits” by Patsy Cline with 10 million
“Hi Infidelity” by R.E.O. Speedwagon with 10 million
Single – “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke
“Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” by Smashing Pumpkins with 10 million
Soundtrack for “The Lion King” by Various Artists with 10 million
“Songs in the Key of Life “by Stevie Wonder with 10 million
“Fearless” by Taylor Swift with 10 million
Single – “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas with 10 million
“The Best of The Doors” by The Doors with 10 million
“The Joshua Tree” by U2 with 10 million
“Confessions” by Usher with 10 million
“Van Halen” by Van Halen with 10 million
“1984 (CMLXXXIV)” by Van Halen with 10 million
“Eliminator” by ZZ Top with 10 million

 

feature photo credit: By Steve Alexander – originally posted to Flickr as Eagles, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11573559

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