The Eagles’ most excellent hits collection overtaking Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the best-selling album of all time, caused a lot of controversies this week. But that only applied to the US, where the Eagles made history by becoming the first band to have a 38x Platinum Album.
With an astounding 47 million certified copies sold, Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time globally, six million more than Their Greatest Hits. Although we’ve compiled a list of the top 25 albums in the world in terms of sales, it’s important to remember that there are various methods for doing so.
Top Selling Music Albums Of All Time
1 – The Beatles
You were probably anticipating The Beatles’ arrival. They occupy many positions further down the list, but the album with the name 1 is made up of their collection of #1 singles. It was released in 2000 and includes their well-known and beloved Pop and Rock songs.
It has been remastered and re-released four times, with deluxe editions and even one that includes a DVD of all of their videos and promotional films—not that it needed the boost. I know you have to take advantage of things while they’re still good, but with The Beatles, everything is always good, even though this almost feels like cheating.
Thriller – Michael Jackson
The sixth studio album by the late singer and cultural icon Michael Jackson is titled, Thriller. On the Billboard 200, Thriller, released on November 30, 1982, peaked at number one. Seven hit singles from the album, including “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” and “The Girl Is Mine,” all debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
By the end of 1983, Thriller had sold 32 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling album in history. At the 26th Annual Grammy Awards, the album won an incredible eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and spent 37 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
The Greatest Hits – The Eagles
The Eagles compilation album Their Greatest Hits includes every single from their Country Rock, Folk Rock, and Soft Rock albums between 1971 and 1975. It was released in 1976 and has since grown in popularity as an album of oldies songs. The label asserted that it discovered old sales records, increasing total sales by millions.
Since the auditing window only extends back three years, The Michael Jackson Estate resisted this claim; however, The Eagles were allowed to circumvent that restriction. Music industry drama is entertaining!