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”
“Hello, Dolly”
“Funny Girl”
“South Pacific”
“Man of La Mancha”
“Jesis Christ Superstar”
“The Wiz”
“Les Miserables: The Complete Symphonic Recording”
“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”
“The Book of Mormon”
“Dear Evan Hansen”

Platinum Albums:
“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