The end of the year is a time for making lists of the best, this year the end of the year is also the end of a decade and a time for a different kind of best list…the best ever.

Each year Broadway in New York and the West End in London releases several new shows and a few revivals to accompany the long running favourites.

With a little help from the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – Playbill has compiled a list of the top selling cast albums for musicals ever released. All 43 albums have been certified at least gold – selling at least 500,000 copies in the United States – with many earning platinum status – selling at least one million copies. There are some that have sold multiple millions of copies and have been certified multiple platinum.

A few musicals have more than one album release because of various releases and different cast members.

Top selling Broadway musical cast recordings:
Gold Albums:
“The Sound of Music”
“West Side Story”
“Flower Drum Song”
“Camelot”
“Hello, Dolly”
“Funny Girl”
“Oliver1”
“South Pacific”
“Mame”
“Man of La Mancha”
“Hair”
“Jesis Christ Superstar”
“Godspell”
“The Wiz”
“Les Miserables: The Complete Symphonic Recording”
“Dreamgirls”
“La Cage aux Folles”
“Les Miserables: Symphonic Recording” highlights
“joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” an original Canadian cast recording
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Les Miserables: 10th Anniversary Concert”
“Chicago”
“Aida”
“The Book of Mormon”
“Dear Evan Hansen”

Platinum Albums:
“Annie”
“Evita”
“Cats”
“The Music Man”
“Les Miserables” original London cast
“Miss Saigon”
“Mamma Mia!” original London cast
“The Lion King”
“Jersey Boys”

Multiple Platinum Albums:
“Fiddler on the Roof” – 2x platinum
“A Chorus Line” the original Broadway cast – 2 x platinum
“Rent” – 2 x platinum
“Wicked” – 2 x platinum
“My Fair Lady” original London cast – 3 x platinum
“Phantom of the Opera” original London cast – 4 x platinum
“Phantom of the Opera Highlights” original London cast – 4 x platinum
“Les Miserables” – original Broadway cast – 4x platinum
“Hamilton” – original Broadway cast – 6x platinum

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