Top-selling albums in the U.S. 2018

Top-selling music albums in the United States in 2018, based on unit sales (in thousands)

by Amy Watson, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Top-selling albums in the U.S. 2018 In 2018, the music album with the most unit sales in the United States was the soundtrack to the 2017 musical drama film ‘The Greatest Showman’, far outperforming all other records in the list with over 1.27 million copies sold that year. Second was the soundtrack to ‘A Star Is Born’ with just over 525 thousand sales, followed by Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods’.
Other artists with best-selling albums in 2018

The ranking also includes albums by artists who proved extremely popular in 2018 such as Cardi B, Drake and Post Malone. The three rappers also featured in the list of top-selling music albums based on total streams, as well as accumulating hundreds of thousands of music video streams that year.

Other well-known artists like Pink, Ed Sheeran and Imagine Dragons made the top ten, selling between 200 and 300 thousand albums each in 2018. Again though, among music fans the presence of these names on the ranking will be unremarkable and, frankly, expected. A name which may come as a surprise is Cher, whose album ‘Dancing Queen’ sold over 205 thousand copies. Cher’s album includes ABBA covers such as ‘Waterloo’, ‘Fernando’ as well as ‘Mamma Mia’. In fact, Cher’s appearance in ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’ was the catalyst for the singer to release her own covers of ABBA, reportedly citing the timelessness of the Swedish group’s hits.
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Top-selling music albums in the United States in 2018, based on unit sales (in thousands)

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