Top-selling albums of the 21st century in the U.S. 2000-2017

Top-selling music albums of the 21st century in the United States from 2000 to 2017, based on unit sales (in thousands)

Top-selling albums of the 21st century in the U.S. 2000-2017 This statistic presents the best-selling albums of the 21st century in the United States from 2000 to 2017. Taylor Swift had the highest selling album in the United States three times since the 21st century began, and her album '1989' sold over 3.6 million copies in the year of its release in 2014. Singer Adele features twice, with '21' remaining the top-selling album in the United States for two years consecutively, and in 2017 Ed Sheeran had the best-selling album in the U.S. with 'Divide', selling almost 2.8 million copies of the album that year.
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Top-selling music albums of the 21st century in the United States from 2000 to 2017, based on unit sales (in thousands)

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Number of units sold in thousands
NSYNC - 'No Strings Attached' (2000)9,936
Linkin Park - 'Hybrid Theory' (2001)4,813
Eminem - 'The Eminem Show' (2002)7,608
50 Cent - 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)6,536
Usher - 'Confessions' (2004)7,979
Mariah Carey - 'The Emancipation of Mimi' (2005)4,969
High School Musical - Soundtrack (2006)3,719
Josh Groban - 'Noël' (2007)3,699
Lil Wayne - 'Tha Carter III' (2008)2,880
Taylor Swift - 'Fearless' (2009)3,217
Eminem - 'Recovery' (2010)3,415
Adele - '21' (2011 and 2012)*5,824
Justin Timberlake - 'The 20/20 Experience' (2013)2,430
Taylor Swift - '1989' (2014)3,661
Adele - '25' (2015)8,008
Drake - 'Views' (2016)4,140
Ed Sheeran - '÷' (2017)2,764
Number of units sold in thousands
NSYNC - 'No Strings Attached' (2000)9,936
Linkin Park - 'Hybrid Theory' (2001)4,813
Eminem - 'The Eminem Show' (2002)7,608
50 Cent - 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)6,536
Usher - 'Confessions' (2004)7,979
Mariah Carey - 'The Emancipation of Mimi' (2005)4,969
High School Musical - Soundtrack (2006)3,719
Josh Groban - 'Noël' (2007)3,699
Lil Wayne - 'Tha Carter III' (2008)2,880
Taylor Swift - 'Fearless' (2009)3,217
Eminem - 'Recovery' (2010)3,415
Adele - '21' (2011 and 2012)*5,824
Justin Timberlake - 'The 20/20 Experience' (2013)2,430
Taylor Swift - '1989' (2014)3,661
Adele - '25' (2015)8,008
Drake - 'Views' (2016)4,140
Ed Sheeran - '÷' (2017)2,764
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This statistic presents the best-selling albums of the 21st century in the United States from 2000 to 2017. Taylor Swift had the highest selling album in the United States three times since the 21st century began, and her album '1989' sold over 3.6 million copies in the year of its release in 2014. Singer Adele features twice, with '21' remaining the top-selling album in the United States for two years consecutively, and in 2017 Ed Sheeran had the best-selling album in the U.S. with 'Divide', selling almost 2.8 million copies of the album that year.
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