The Recording Industry Association of America
Top-Selling Albums


(Totals DO NOT include SINGLES sales and are derived from cumulative U.S. album sales totals only)




Top 100 Albums  (As of June 20, 2005)

(Source: Recording Industry Association of America)


Certified Units
(in Millions)

Title

Artist

Label

28.0

EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975

EAGLES

ASYLUM

27.0

THRILLER

JACKSON, MICHAEL

EPIC

23.0

THE WALL

PINK FLOYD

COLUMBIA

22.0

LED ZEPPELIN IV

LED ZEPPELIN

ATLANTIC

21.0

BACK IN BLACK

AC/DC

EPIC

21.0

GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II

JOEL, BILLY

COLUMBIA

20.0

COME ON OVER

TWAIN, SHANIA

MERCURY NASHVILLE

19.0

THE BEATLES (THE WHITE ALBUM)

BEATLES, THE

APPLE

19.0

RUMOURS

FLEETWOOD MAC

WARNER BROS.

17.0

BOSTON

BOSTON

EPIC

17.0

THE BODYGUARD (SOUNDTRACK)

HOUSTON, WHITNEY

ARISTA

16.0

THE BEATLES 1967 - 1970

BEATLES, THE

APPLE

16.0

NO FENCES

BROOKS, GARTH

CAPITOL

16.0

HOTEL CALIFORNIA

EAGLES

ASYLUM

16.0

CRACKED REAR VIEW

HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH

ATLANTIC

16.0

GREATEST HITS

JOHN, ELTON

MCA

16.0

JAGGED LITTLE PILL

MORISSETTE, ALANIS

MAVERICK

15.0

THE BEATLES 1962 - 1966

BEATLES, THE

APPLE

15.0

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (SOUNDTRACK)

BEE GEES

RSO

15.0

DOUBLE LIVE

BROOKS, GARTH

CAPITOL NASHVILLE

15.0

APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION

GUNS 'N ROSES

GEFFEN

15.0

PHYSICAL GRAFFITI

LED ZEPPELIN

SWAN SONG

15.0

DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

PINK FLOYD

HARVEST

15.0

SUPERNATURAL

SANTANA

ARISTA

15.0

BORN IN THE U.S.A.

SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE

COLUMBIA

14.0

BACKSTREET BOYS

BACKSTREET BOYS

JIVE

14.0

ROPIN' THE WIND

BROOKS, GARTH

CAPITOL

14.0

BAT OUT OF HELL

MEAT LOAF

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL

14.0

METALLICA

METALLICA

ELEKTRA

14.0

SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS

SIMON & GARFUNKEL

COLUMBIA

14.0

...BABY ONE MORE TIME

SPEARS, BRITNEY

JIVE

13.0

MILLENNIUM

BACKSTREET BOYS

JIVE

13.0

WHITNEY HOUSTON

HOUSTON, WHITNEY

ARISTA

13.0

GREATEST HITS 1974-1978

MILLER, STEVE BAND

CAPITOL

13.0

PURPLE RAIN (SOUNDTRACK)

PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION

WARNER BROS.

13.0

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & E STREET BAND LIVE 1975 - '85

SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE

COLUMBIA

12.0

ABBEY ROAD

BEATLES, THE

APPLE

12.0

SLIPPERY WHEN WET

BON JOVI

MERCURY

12.0

II

BOYZ II MEN

MOTOWN

12.0

NO JACKET REQUIRED

COLLINS, PHIL

ATLANTIC

12.0

HYSTERIA

DEF LEPPARD

MERCURY

12.0

WIDE OPEN SPACES

DIXIE CHICKS

MONUMENT

12.0

BREATHLESS

KENNY G

ARISTA

12.0

LED ZEPPELIN II

LED ZEPPELIN

ATLANTIC

12.0

YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU

MATCHBOX TWENTY

ATLANTIC

12.0

TEN

PEARL JAM

EPIC

12.0

KENNY ROGERS' GREATEST HITS

ROGERS, KENNY

LIBERTY

12.0

HOT ROCKS

ROLLING STONES, THE

LONDON

12.0

FORREST GUMP

SOUNDTRACK

EPIC

12.0

THE WOMAN IN ME

TWAIN, SHANIA

MERCURY NASHVILLE

11.0

SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND

BEATLES, THE

CAPITOL

11.0

HUMAN CLAY

CREED

WIND-UP RECORDS

11.0

FALLING INTO YOU

DION, CELINE

550 MUSIC

11.0

EAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II

EAGLES

ASYLUM

11.0

PIECES OF YOU

JEWEL

ATLANTIC

11.0

DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE

KID ROCK

LAVA

11.0

HOUSES OF THE HOLY

LED ZEPPELIN

ATLANTIC

11.0

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

'N SYNC

JIVE

11.0

TITANIC

SOUNDTRACK

SONY CLASSICAL

11.0

DIRTY DANCING

SOUNDTRACK

RCA

11.0

JAMES TAYLOR'S GREATEST HITS

TAYLOR, JAMES

WARNER BROS.

11.0

CRAZYSEXYCOOL

TLC

LAFACE

11.0

UP!

TWAIN, SHANIA

MERCURY NASHVILLE

10.0

AEROSMITH'S GREATEST HITS

AEROSMITH

COLUMBIA

10.0

1

BEATLES, THE

CAPITOL

10.0

THE HITS

BROOKS, GARTH

LIBERTY

10.0

DAYDREAM

CAREY, MARIAH

COLUMBIA

10.0

MUSIC BOX

CAREY, MARIAH

COLUMBIA

10.0

UNPLUGGED

CLAPTON, ERIC

REPRISE

10.0

PYROMANIA

DEF LEPPARD

MERCURY

10.0

LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE

DION, CELINE

550 MUSIC/EPIC

10.0

FLY

DIXIE CHICKS

MONUMENT

10.0

BEST OF THE DOOBIES

DOOBIE BROTHERS

WARNER BROS.

10.0

DOOKIE

GREEN DAY

REPRISE

10.0

PLEASE HAMMER DON'T HURT 'EM

HAMMER

CAPITOL

10.0

THE STRANGER

JOEL, BILLY

COLUMBIA

10.0

COME AWAY WITH ME

JONES, NORAH

BLUE NOTE

10.0

GREATEST HITS

JOURNEY

COLUMBIA

10.0

TAPESTRY

KING, CAROLE

ODE

10.0

LED ZEPPELIN

LED ZEPPELIN

ATLANTIC

10.0

HYBRID THEORY

LINKIN PARK

WARNER BROS.

10.0

THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION

MADONNA

SIRE

10.0

LIKE A VIRGIN

MADONNA

SIRE

10.0

LEGEND

MARLEY, BOB & THE WAILERS

ISLAND

10.0

FAITH

MICHAEL, GEORGE

COLUMBIA

10.0

'N SYNC

'N SYNC

RCA

10.0

NEVERMIND

NIRVANA

DGC

10.0

TRAGIC KINGDOM

NO DOUBT

TRAUMA/INTERSCOPE

10.0

LIFE AFTER DEATH

NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

BAD BOY/ARISTA

10.0

SPEAKERBOXXX / THE LOVE BELOW

OUTKAST

SO SO DEF

10.0

GREATEST HITS

PETTY, TOM & THE HEARTBREAKERS

MCA

10.0

CAN'T SLOW DOWN

RICHIE, LIONEL

MOTOWN

10.0

THE LION KING

SOUNDTRACK

DISNEYLAND

10.0

OOPS!...I DID IT AGAIN

SPEARS, BRITNEY

JIVE

10.0

THE JOSHUA TREE

U2

ISLAND

10.0

VAN HALEN

VAN HALEN

WARNER BROS.

10.0

1984 (MCMLXXXIV)

VAN HALEN

WARNER BROS.

10.0

SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE

WONDER, STEVIE

MOTOWN

10.0

ELIMINATOR

ZZ TOP

WARNER BROS.

9.0

GREATEST HITS

2 PAC

INTERSCOPE

9.0

ALL EYEZ ON ME

2 PAC

DEATH ROW/INTERSCOPE

9.0

THE SIGN

ACE OF BASE

ARISTA

9.0

LICENSED TO ILL

BEASTIE BOYS

COLUMBIA

9.0

COOLEYHIGHHARMONY

BOYZ II MEN

MOTOWN

9.0

GARTH BROOKS

BROOKS, GARTH

CAPITOL

9.0

MARIAH CAREY

CAREY, MARIAH

COLUMBIA

9.0

GREATEST HITS

CLINE, PATSY

MCA

9.0

SOME GAVE ALL

CYRUS, BILLY RAY

MERCURY

9.0

JOHN DENVER'S GREATEST HITS

DENVER, JOHN

RCA

9.0

BROTHERS IN ARMS

DIRE STRAITS

WARNER BROS.

9.0

THE BEST OF THE DOORS

DOORS, THE

ELEKTRA

9.0

THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP

EMINEM

INTERSCOPE

9.0

WHITNEY

HOUSTON, WHITNEY

ARISTA

9.0

ESCAPE

JOURNEY

COLUMBIA

9.0

ELVIS' CHRISTMAS ALBUM

PRESLEY, ELVIS

RCA

9.0

HI INFIDELITY

R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON

EPIC

9.0

MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS

SMASHING PUMPKINS

VIRGIN

9.0

BIG WILLIE STYLE

SMITH, WILL

COLUMBIA

9.0

TOP GUN

SOUNDTRACK

COLUMBIA

9.0

FOOTLOOSE

SOUNDTRACK

COLUMBIA

9.0

CONFESSIONS

USHER

SO SO DEF

9.0

GREAT BAND ERA

VARIOUS

READER'S DIGEST MUSIC

8.0

TOYS IN THE ATTIC

AEROSMITH

COLUMBIA

8.0

CHRISTINA AGUILERA

AGUILERA, CHRISTINA

RCA

8.0

BLACK & BLUE

BACKSTREET BOYS

JIVE

8.0

THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY, VOLUME 1

BEATLES, THE

CAPITOL

8.0

TONI BRAXTON

BRAXTON, TONI

LAFACE

8.0

SECRETS

BRAXTON, TONI

LAFACE

8.0

THE CHASE

BROOKS, GARTH

LIBERTY

8.0

IN PIECES

BROOKS, GARTH

LIBERTY

8.0

THE WRITING'S ON THE WALL

DESTINY'S CHILD

COLUMBIA

8.0

THE EMINEM SHOW

EMINEM

INTERSCOPE

8.0

GREATEST HITS

FLEETWOOD MAC

WARNER BROS.

8.0

BREATHE

HILL, FAITH

WARNER BROS.

8.0

THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL

HILL, LAURYN

RUFFHOUSE/COLUMBIA

8.0

BAD

JACKSON, MICHAEL

EPIC

8.0

R.

KELLY, R.

JIVE

8.0

MIRACLES: THE HOLIDAY ALBUM

KENNY G

ARISTA

8.0

LED ZEPPELIN I

LED ZEPPELIN

ATLANTIC

8.0

THROWING COPPER

LIVE

RADIOACTIVE

8.0

SURFACING

MC LACHLAN, SARAH

ARISTA

8.0

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

METALLICA

ELEKTRA

8.0

COUNTRY GRAMMAR

NELLY

UNIVERSAL RECORDS

8.0

HANGIN' TOUGH

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

COLUMBIA

8.0

SYNCHRONICITY

POLICE, THE

A&M

8.0

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER

SIMON & GARFUNKEL

COLUMBIA

8.0

GREASE

SOUNDTRACK

RSO

8.0

CORE

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

ATLANTIC

8.0

STRAIT OUT OF THE BOX

STRAIT, GEORGE

MCA NASHVILLE

8.0

ACHTUNG BABY

U2

ISLAND

8.0

WHITESNAKE

WHITESNAKE

WARNER BROS.

8.0

TIME, LOVE & TENDERNESS

BOLTON, MICHAEL

COLUMBIA

7.0

FOREVER YOUR GIRL

ABDUL, PAULA

VIRGIN

7.0

GET A GRIP

AEROSMITH

GEFFEN

7.0

PUMP

AEROSMITH

GEFFEN

7.0

NEW JERSEY

BON JOVI

MERCURY

7.0

DON'T LOOK BACK

BOSTON

EPIC

7.0

SEVENS

BROOKS, GARTH

CAPITOL NASHVILLE

7.0

DON'T BE CRUEL

BROWN, BOBBY

MCA

7.0

RUNNING ON EMPTY

BROWNE, JACKSON

ASYLUM

7.0

THE SINGLES 1969 - 1973

CARPENTERS, THE

A&M

7.0

TIME PIECES/BEST OF ERIC CLAPTON

CLAPTON, ERIC

RSO

7.0

UNFORGETTABLE WITH LOVE NATALIE COLE

COLE, NATALIE

ELEKTRA

7.0

AUGUST & EVERYTHING AFTER

COUNTING CROWS

GEFFEN

7.0

NO NEED TO ARGUE

CRANBERRIES, THE

ISLAND

7.0

DEJA VU

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG

ATLANTIC

7.0

TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB

CROW, SHERYL

A&M

7.0

NO WAY OUT

DIDDY, P. AND THE FAMILY

BAD BOY/ARISTA

7.0

LIVE

EAGLES

ASYLUM

7.0

HELL FREEZES OVER

EAGLES

GEFFEN

7.0

THE LONG RUN

EAGLES

ASYLUM

7.0

RECORDS

FOREIGNER

ATLANTIC

7.0

DOUBLE VISION

FOREIGNER

ATLANTIC

7.0

USE YOUR ILLUSION I

GUNS 'N ROSES

GEFFEN

7.0

USE YOUR ILLUSION II

GUNS 'N ROSES

GEFFEN

7.0

DANGEROUS

JACKSON, MICHAEL

EPIC

7.0

HISTORY: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE BOOK I

JACKSON, MICHAEL

EPIC

7.0

OFF THE WALL

JACKSON, MICHAEL

EPIC

7.0

GLASS HOUSES

JOEL, BILLY

COLUMBIA

7.0

AN INNOCENT MAN

JOEL, BILLY

COLUMBIA

7.0

52ND STREET

JOEL, BILLY

COLUMBIA

7.0

GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

JOHN, ELTON

MCA

7.0

JANIS JOPLIN'S GREATEST HITS

JOPLIN, JANIS

COLUMBIA

7.0

SPORTS

LEWIS, HUEY & THE NEWS

CHRYSALIS

7.0

SIGNIFICANT OTHER

LIMP BIZKIT

INTERSCOPE

7.0

TRUE BLUE

MADONNA

SIRE

7.0

RICKY MARTIN

MARTIN, RICKY

C2/COLUMBIA

7.0

CRASH

MATTHEWS, DAVE BAND

RCA RECORDS

7.0

VS.

PEARL JAM

EPIC

7.0

GREATEST HITS

QUEEN

ELEKTRA

7.0

LUCK OF THE DRAW

RAITT, BONNIE

CAPITOL

7.0

BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

WARNER BROS.

7.0

GREATEST HITS

RONSTADT, LINDA

ASYLUM

7.0

SANTANA'S GREATEST HITS

SANTANA

COLUMBIA

7.0

SAVAGE GARDEN

SAVAGE GARDEN

COLUMBIA

7.0

GREATEST HITS

SEGER, BOB

CAPITOL

7.0

WAITING TO EXHALE

SOUNDTRACK

ARISTA

7.0

O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?

SOUNDTRACK

LOST HIGHWAY

7.0

SPICE

SPICE GIRLS

VIRGIN

7.0

TO THE EXTREME

VANILLA ICE

SBK

6.0

THE BETTER LIFE

3 DOORS DOWN

UNIVERSAL

6.0

GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN'

50 CENT

AFTERMATH / INTERSCOPE

6.0

GOLD - GREATEST HITS

ABBA

POLYGRAM

6.0

HIGHWAY TO HELL

AC/DC

ATLANTIC

6.0

DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP

AC/DC

ATLANTIC

6.0

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

BEATLES, THE

CAPITOL

6.0

RUBBER SOUL

BEATLES, THE

CAPITOL

6.0

FOUR

BLUES TRAVELER

A&M

6.0

SOUL PROVIDER

BOLTON, MICHAEL

COLUMBIA

6.0

BRAND NEW MAN

BROOKS & DUNN

ARISTA NASHVILLE

6.0

FRESH HORSES

BROOKS, GARTH

CAPITOL NASHVILLE

6.0

SONGS YOU KNOW BY HEART

BUFFETT, JIMMY

MCA

6.0

SIXTEEN STONE

BUSH

TRAUMA/INTERSCOPE

6.0

THE CARS GREATEST HITS

CARS, THE

ELEKTRA

6.0

THE CARS

CARS, THE

ELEKTRA

6.0

TRACY CHAPMAN

CHAPMAN, TRACY

ELEKTRA

6.0

CHICAGO 17

CHICAGO

FULL MOON

6.0

WEATHERED

CREED

WIND-UP RECORDS

6.0

MY OWN PRISON

CREED

WIND-UP RECORDS

6.0

SO FAR

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG

ATLANTIC

6.0

THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE

DION, CELINE

550 MUSIC

6.0

ALL THE WAY...A DECADE OF SONG

DION, CELINE

550 MUSIC/EPIC

6.0

HOME

DIXIE CHICKS

OPEN WIDE / MONUMENT

6.0

DR. DRE 2001

DR. DRE

INTERSCOPE

6.0

A DAY WITHOUT RAIN

ENYA

REPRISE

6.0

YES I AM

ETHERIDGE, MELISSA

ISLAND

6.0

FALLEN

EVANESCENCE

WIND-UP RECORDS

6.0

4

FOREIGNER

ATLANTIC

6.0

FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE!

FRAMPTON, PETER

A&M

6.0

THE SCORE

FUGEES

RUFFHOUSE/COLUMBIA

6.0

INVISIBLE TOUCH

GENESIS

ATLANTIC

6.0

ALL THINGS MUST PASS

HARRISON, GEORGE

APPLE

6.0

THE END OF THE INNOCENCE

HENLEY, DON

GEFFEN

6.0

FAITH

HILL, FAITH

WARNER BROS.

6.0

KICK

INXS

ATLANTIC

6.0

GREATEST HITS, VOL. II

JACKSON, ALAN

ARISTA NASHVILLE

6.0

A LOT ABOUT LIVIN' (AND A LITTLE 'BOUT LOVE)

JACKSON, ALAN

ARISTA NASHVILLE

6.0

JANET

JACKSON, JANET

VIRGIN

6.0

RHYTHM NATION 1814

JACKSON, JANET

A&M

6.0

FRONTIERS

JOURNEY

COLUMBIA

6.0

12 PLAY

KELLY, R.

JIVE

6.0

SONGS IN A MINOR

KEYS, ALICIA

J RECORDS

6.0

SHE'S SO UNUSUAL

LAUPER, CYNDI

PORTRAIT

6.0

LET GO

LAVIGNE, AVRIL

ARISTA

6.0

LED ZEPPELIN III

LED ZEPPELIN

ATLANTIC

6.0

IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR

LED ZEPPELIN

SWAN SONG

6.0

CHOCOLATE STARFISH AND THE HOT DOG FLAVORED WATER

LIMP BIZKIT

INTERSCOPE

6.0

A FRESH AIRE CHRISTMAS

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER

AMERICAN GRAMAPHONE

6.0

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER

AMERICAN GRAMAPHONE

6.0

UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING

MATTHEWS, DAVE BAND

RCA RECORDS

6.0

BUSINESS AS USUAL

MEN AT WORK

COLUMBIA

6.0

MASTER OF PUPPETS

METALLICA

ASYLUM

6.0

GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE

MILLI VANILLI

ARISTA

6.0

DR. FEELGOOD

MOTLEY CRUE

ELEKTRA

6.0

NELLYVILLE

NELLY

UNIVERSAL RECORDS

6.0

SILVER SIDE UP

NICKELBACK

ROADRUNNER

6.0

SMASH

OFFSPRING

EPITAPH

6.0

WISH YOU WERE HERE

PINK FLOYD

COLUMBIA

6.0

ELVIS' GOLDEN RECORDS, VOLUME 1

PRESLEY, ELVIS

RCA

6.0

METAL HEALTH

QUIET RIOT

PASHA

6.0

BLUE

RIMES, LEANN

CURB

6.0

SOME GIRLS

ROLLING STONES, THE

ROLLING STONES

6.0

NIGHT MOVES

SEGER, BOB

CAPITOL

6.0

HOTSHOT

SHAGGY

MCA

6.0

SPACE JAM

SOUNDTRACK

ATLANTIC

6.0

FLASHDANCE

SOUNDTRACK

CASABLANCA

6.0

THE BIG CHILL

SOUNDTRACK

MOTOWN

6.0

BORN TO RUN

SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE

COLUMBIA

6.0

PURPLE

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

ATLANTIC

6.0

PURE COUNTRY (SOUNDTRACK)

STRAIT, GEORGE

MCA NASHVILLE

6.0

THIRD EYE BLIND

THIRD EYE BLIND

ELEKTRA

6.0

FANMAIL

TLC

LAFACE

6.0

MY WAY

USHER

LAFACE

6.0

5150

VAN HALEN

WARNER BROS.

6.0

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL CHRISTMAS!

VARIOUS

UTV

6.0

MAKE IT BIG

WHAM!

COLUMBIA

5.0

WHO MADE WHO

AC/DC

ATLANTIC

5.0

SO FAR SO GOOD

ADAMS, BRYAN

A&M

5.0

RECKLESS

ADAMS, BRYAN

A&M

5.0

PERMANENT VACATION

AEROSMITH

GEFFEN

5.0

AIR SUPPLY GREATEST HITS

AIR SUPPLY

ARISTA

5.0

FOR THE RECORD - 41 NUMBER ONE HITS

ALABAMA

RCA NASHVILLE

5.0

GREATEST HITS

ALABAMA

RCA

5.0

MOUNTAIN MUSIC

ALABAMA

RCA NASHVILLE

5.0

BAD COMPANY

BAD COMPANY

SWAN SONG

5.0

RAPTURE

BAKER, ANITA

ELEKTRA

5.0

REVOLVER

BEATLES, THE

CAPITOL

5.0

MEET THE BEATLES!

BEATLES, THE

CAPITOL

5.0

SHAKE YOUR MONEY MAKER

BLACK CROWES, THE

DEF AMERICAN

5.0

ENEMA OF THE STATE

BLINK-182

MCA

5.0

NEVER SAY NEVER

BRANDY

ATLANTIC

5.0

THE BEST OF BREAD

BREAD

ELEKTRA

5.0

HARD WORKIN' MAN

BROOKS & DUNN

ARISTA NASHVILLE

5.0

GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT

C&C MUSIC FACTORY

COLUMBIA

5.0

MERRY CHRISTMAS

CAREY, MARIAH

COLUMBIA

5.0

BUTTERFLY

CAREY, MARIAH

COLUMBIA

5.0

#1'S

CAREY, MARIAH

COLUMBIA

5.0

DID I SHAVE MY LEGS FOR THIS?

CARTER, DEANA

CAPITOL NASHVILLE

5.0

NEW BEGINNING

CHAPMAN, TRACY

ELEKTRA

5.0

CHICAGO IX - CHICAGO'S GREATEST HITS

CHICAGO

COLUMBIA

5.0

GREATEST HITS 1982-1989

CHICAGO

REPRISE

5.0

FACE VALUE

COLLINS, PHIL

ATLANTIC

5.0

EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT, SO WHY CAN'T WE

CRANBERRIES, THE

ISLAND

5.0

CHRISTOPHER CROSS

CROSS, CHRISTOPHER

WARNER BROS.

5.0

THE JAZZ SINGER (SOUNDTRACK)

DIAMOND, NEIL

CAPITOL

5.0

...AND THEN THERE WAS X

DMX

RUSH ASSOCIATED LABELS

5.0

BOB DYLAN'S GREATEST HITS

DYLAN, BOB

COLUMBIA

5.0

BOB DYLAN'S GREATEST HITS VOLUME II

DYLAN, BOB

COLUMBIA

5.0

THE BEST OF EARTH, WIND & FIRE - VOL. 1

EARTH, WIND & FIRE

ARC

5.0

SHEPHERD MOONS

ENYA

REPRISE

5.0

THE DANCE

FLEETWOOD MAC

REPRISE

5.0

FLEETWOOD MAC

FLEETWOOD MAC

REPRISE

5.0

FOREIGNER

FOREIGNER

ATLANTIC

5.0

HEAD GAMES

FOREIGNER

ATLANTIC

5.0

SO

GABRIEL, PETER

GEFFEN

5.0

I STILL BELIEVE IN YOU

GILL, VINCE

MCA NASHVILLE

5.0

HEART IN MOTION

GRANT, AMY

A&M

5.0

G 'N R LIES

GUNS 'N ROSES

GEFFEN

5.0

HEART

HEART

CAPITOL

5.0

GREATEST HITS COLLECTION

JACKSON, ALAN

ARISTA NASHVILLE

5.0

CONTROL

JACKSON, JANET

A&M

5.0

HARD KNOCK LIFE, VOLUME 2

JAY-Z

ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS

5.0

GREATEST HITS

JENNINGS, WAYLON

RCA

5.0

RIVER OF DREAMS

JOEL, BILLY

COLUMBIA

5.0

GREATEST HITS, VOLUME II

JOHN, ELTON

MCA

5.0

WYNONNA

JUDD, WYNONNA

CURB

5.0

R. KELLY

KELLY, R.

JIVE

5.0

DUOTONES

KENNY G

ARISTA

5.0

FOLLOW THE LEADER

KORN

EPIC

5.0

SKYNYRD'S INNYRDS

LYNYRD SKYNYRD

MCA

5.0

EVITA (SOUNDTRACK)

MADONNA

WARNER BROS.

5.0

MADONNA

MADONNA

SIRE

5.0

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MATHIS, JOHNNY

COLUMBIA

5.0

GREATEST HITS, VOLUME II

MC ENTIRE, REBA

MCA NASHVILLE

5.0

NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON

MC GRAW, TIM

CURB

5.0

BAT OUT OF HELL II: BACK INTO HELL

MEAT LOAF

MCA

5.0

SCARECROW

MELLENCAMP, JOHN

RIVA

5.0

AMERICAN FOOL

MELLENCAMP, JOHN

RIVA

5.0

TIGERLILY

MERCHANT, NATALIE

ELEKTRA

5.0

RIDE THE LIGHTNING

METALLICA

ELEKTRA

5.0

LOAD

METALLICA

ELEKTRA

5.0

GARAGE INC.

METALLICA

ELEKTRA

5.0

S&M

METALLICA

ELEKTRA

5.0

THE MONKEES

MONKEES, THE

COLGEMS

5.0

MORE OF THE MONKEES

MONKEES, THE

COLGEMS

5.0

CELEBRITY

'N SYNC

JIVE

5.0

STARDUST

NELSON, WILLIE

COLUMBIA

5.0

IN UTERO

NIRVANA

DGC

5.0

MTV UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK

NIRVANA

DGC

5.0

VITALOGY

PEARL JAM

EPIC

5.0

FULL MOON FEVER

PETTY, TOM & THE HEARTBREAKERS

MCA

5.0

M!SSUNDAZTOOD

PINK

ARISTA

5.0

OPEN UP AND SAY ... AHH

POISON

CAPITOL

5.0

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE: THE CLASSICS

POLICE, THE

A&M

5.0

ALOHA FROM HAWAII

PRESLEY, ELVIS

RCA

5.0

NICK OF TIME

RAITT, BONNIE

CAPITOL

5.0

CALIFORNICATION

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

WARNER BROS.

5.0

THE GAMBLER

ROGERS, KENNY

UNITED ARTISTS

5.0

VERY NECESSARY

SALT 'N PEPA

NEXT PLATEAU

5.0

ABRAXAS

SANTANA

COLUMBIA

5.0

SILK DEGREES

SCAGGS, BOZ

COLUMBIA

5.0

LIVE BULLET

SEGER, BOB

CAPITOL

5.0

STRANGER IN TOWN

SEGER, BOB

CAPITOL

5.0

AGAINST THE WIND

SEGER, BOB

CAPITOL

5.0

GRACELAND

SIMON, PAUL

WARNER BROS.

5.0

UNLEASH THE DRAGON

SISQO

DEF JAM

5.0

SKID ROW

SKID ROW

ATLANTIC

5.0

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE'S GREATEST HITS

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE

EPIC

5.0

SUPERUNKNOWN

SOUNDGARDEN

A&M

5.0

CITY OF ANGELS

SOUNDTRACK

WARNER/SUNSET

5.0

POCKET FULL OF KRYPTONITE

SPIN DOCTORS

EPIC

5.0

THE RIVER

SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE

COLUMBIA

5.0

BREAK THE CYCLE

STAIND

ELEKTRA

5.0

50 #1's

STRAIT, GEORGE

MCA NASHVILLE

5.0

MEMORIES

STREISAND, BARBRA

COLUMBIA

5.0

GUILTY

STREISAND, BARBRA

COLUMBIA

5.0

A CHRISTMAS ALBUM

STREISAND, BARBRA

COLUMBIA

5.0

GREATEST HITS VOLUME II

STREISAND, BARBRA

COLUMBIA

5.0

SUBLIME

SUBLIME

GASOLINE ALLEY / MCA

5.0

SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR

TEARS FOR FEARS

MERCURY

5.0

ALWAYS & FOREVER

TRAVIS, RANDY

WARNER BROS.

5.0

PRIVATE DANCER

TURNER, TINA

CAPITOL

5.0

RATTLE AND HUM

U2

ISLAND

5.0

VAN HALEN II

VAN HALEN

WARNER BROS.

5.0

GREATEST HITS

WILLIAMS, HANK, JR.

CURB

5.0

WILSON PHILLIPS

WILSON PHILLIPS

SBK

5.0

AFTERBURNER

ZZ TOP

WARNER BROS.



(Source: Recording Industry Association of America)

ABOUT THE RIAA: The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents U.S. record companies, has been the official certification agency for single and album certifications since 1958. The gold award is bestowed on albums that have shipped 500,000 units. The RIAA added platinum awards, signifying shipments of one million copies, in 1976, multiplatinum awards, for 2 million units and above, in 1984, and Diamond awards, 10 million units for a single title, in 1999.

* The RIAA only certifies a record if that record company pays for its official certification; some companies do not consider this an important distinction and will not request certifications unless pressed by its active, still saleable artists. A full and complete list of RIAA-certified recordings would be a very incomplete list of popular American music.

* The RIAA only certifies a particular recording of a song. For example, sales of Elton John's original "Candle in the Wind" single are not counted towards the 1997 version's official total.

* Retroactive RIAA certification only goes back to 1958; thus, a record like Bing Crosby's "White Christmas", released in 1942 and reported in 1963 as having sold 30 million copies, and currently listed by the Guinness Book of World Records at 50 million sales, would not be eligible. Bill Haley and His Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" is assumed to have sold more than 25 million copies since 1955. According to Billboard Magazine's statistician Joel Whitburn, other pre-1958 singles that would be affected by this cutoff point include Gene Autry's "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8 million sales reported); Crosby's "Silent Night" (7 million); Vernon Dalhart's "The Prisoner's Song" (7 million); the Mills Brothers' "Paper Doll" (6 million); Patti Page's "The Tennessee Waltz" (6 million); Gene Austin's "My Blue Heaven" (5 million); and Ben Selvin's "Dardanella" (5 million); and another 21 single releases in the 2-3 million range. (That is, assuming their respective record companies would elect to bear the optional expense of an official RIAA certification. It is unlikely, for example, that Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which absorbed RCA Records, which in turn had long ago purchased the Victor Talking Machine Company, now sees any particular advantage in precisely determining the sales for Selvin's 1920 smash hit on Victor Records.) The first officially RIAA-certified million-selling single was Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star", in March 1958.

* Prior to 1989, singles were awarded with a Gold certification for sales of 1,000,000 units and a Platinum certification for sales of 2,000,000 units. For certification dates after January 1, 1989, a Gold award represents sales of 500,000 units and a Platinum award represents sales of 1,000,000 units.













It's very interesting who earned their way onto these lists...
it's interesting who did not!  I suppose these RIAA certified
lists may help put many, many things more clearly into perspective.









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