All time top selling albums in the United States as of October 2018 (in certified million units sold)

Top selling albums of all time in the U.S. 2018 The statistic shows the top selling albums of all time in the United States, based on certified unit sales. Michael Jackson's 1982 album, 'Thriller', ranked second with 33 million certified unit sales in the United States as of 2018, losing out to 'Eagles: Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)' with 39 million certified unit sales. Eagles also ranked third with 'Hotel California', which had 26 million unit sales as of 2018.
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Certified sales in millions
Eagles - Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-197538
Michael Jackson - Thriller33
Eagles - Hotel California 26
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II23
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV23
Pink Floyd - The Wall23
AC/DC - Back in Black22
Garth Brooks - Double Live21
Hootie & The Blowfish - Cracked Rear View21
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours20
Shania Twain - Come on Over20
The Beatles - The Beatles19
Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction18
Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard (Soundtrack)18
Boston - Boston17
Elton John - Greatest Hits17
Garth Brooks - No Fences17
The Beatles - The Beatles 1967-197017
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill16
Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack)16
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti 16
Metallica - Metallica 16
Certified sales in millions
Eagles - Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-197538
Michael Jackson - Thriller33
Eagles - Hotel California 26
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II23
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV23
Pink Floyd - The Wall23
AC/DC - Back in Black22
Garth Brooks - Double Live21
Hootie & The Blowfish - Cracked Rear View21
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours20
Shania Twain - Come on Over20
The Beatles - The Beatles19
Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction18
Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard (Soundtrack)18
Boston - Boston17
Elton John - Greatest Hits17
Garth Brooks - No Fences17
The Beatles - The Beatles 1967-197017
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill16
Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack)16
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti 16
Metallica - Metallica 16
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The statistic shows the top selling albums of all time in the United States, based on certified unit sales. Michael Jackson's 1982 album, 'Thriller', ranked second with 33 million certified unit sales in the United States as of 2018, losing out to 'Eagles: Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)' with 39 million certified unit sales. Eagles also ranked third with 'Hotel California', which had 26 million unit sales as of 2018.
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October 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
data accessed on October 22, 2018

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