Lijst van bestverkochte albums wereldwijd

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Dit is de lijst van bestverkochte albums wereldwijd. De lijst heeft de volgende criteria: de verkoopcijfers moeten gepubliceerd zijn door een betrouwbare bron, en er moeten wereldwijd meer dan 20 miljoen platen van zijn verkocht. Van de meeste albums zijn verschillende verkoopcijfers, in deze lijst staat het hoogst genoemde aantal.

Artiest Album Uitgebracht Genre Verkocht (in miljoenen) Bronnen
Michael Jackson Thriller 1982 Pop/R&B 110 [1][2][3][4]
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon 1973 Rock 50 [5]
AC/DC Back in Black 1980 Rock 49 [6]
Whitney Houston/Verschillende artiesten The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album 1992 Pop/R&B 44 [7]
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell 1977 Rock 43 [8]
Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) 1976 Rock 42 [9]
Verschillende artiesten Dirty Dancing 1987 Dance/Pop 42 [10]
Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom of the Opera 1986 Musical 40 [11]
Backstreet Boys Millennium 1999 Pop 40 [12][13]
Bee Gees/Verschillende artiesten Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track 1977 Disco 40 [14]
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1977 Rock 40 [15]
Shania Twain Come On Over 1997 Country/Pop 40 [16]
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV 1971 Rock 37 [17]
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill 1995 Rock 33 [18]
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Rock 32 [19]
Céline Dion Falling into You 1996 Pop 32 [20]
Mariah Carey Music Box 1993 Pop/R&B 32 [21]
Michael Jackson Dangerous 1991 Pop/R&B 32 [22]
The Beatles 1 2000 Rock 31 [23]
Céline Dion Let's Talk About Love 1997 Pop 31 [24]
Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys 1997 Pop 30 [25]
The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 Rock 30 [24]
Bee Gees Spirits Having Flown 1979 Disco/Pop 30 [26]
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. 1984 Rock 30 [27]
James Horner Titanic 1997 Soundtrack 30 [28]
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms 1985 Rock 30 [29]
Michael Jackson Bad 1987 Pop/R&B 30 [30]
Pink Floyd The Wall 1979 Rock 30 [31]
Verschillende artiesten Grease 1978 Pop 28 [32]
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet 1986 Rock 28 [33]
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction 1987 Rock 28 [34]
ABBA ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits 1992 Pop 26 [35]
Hootie & the Blowfish Cracked Rear View 1994 Alternative Rock 26 [36]
Nirvana Nevermind 1991 Grunge/Rock 26 [37]
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time 1999 Pop 25 [38]
Iron Butterfly In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida 1968 Rock 25 [39]
Mariah Carey Daydream 1995 Pop/R&B 25 [40]
Queen Greatest Hits 1981 Rock 25 [41]
Santana Supernatural 1999 Rock 25 [42]
Simon & Garfunkel Bridge over Troubled Water 1970 Folk Rock 25 [43]
U2 The Joshua Tree 1987 Rock 25 [44]
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 1985 Pop/R&B 25 [7]
Backstreet Boys Black & Blue 2000 Pop 24 [13]
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory 2000 Rock/metal 24 [45]
Madonna True Blue 1986 Pop 24 [46]
Ace of Base Happy Nation/The Sign 1994 Pop 23 [47]
Spice Girls Spice 1996 Pop 23 [48]
Carole King Tapestry 1971 Pop 22 [49][50]
Madonna The Immaculate Collection 1990 Pop/Dance 22 [51]
Metallica Metallica 1991 Metal 22 [52]
Dido No Angel 1999 Pop 21 [53]
Madonna Like a Virgin 1984 Pop/Dance 21 [54]
Andrea Bocelli Romanza 1997 Pop / Operatic Pop 20 [55]
Billy Ray Cyrus Some Gave All 1992 Country 20 [56]
Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers 1984 Reggae 20 [57][58]
Blondie Parallel Lines 1978 Rock 20 [59]
Céline Dion The Colour of My Love 1993 Pop 20 [60]
Cher Believe 1999 Pop 20 [61]
Def Leppard Hysteria 1987 Rock 20 [62]
George Michael Faith 1987 Pop/R&B 20 [63]
Janet Jackson janet. 1993 Pop/R&B 20 [64]
Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down 1983 Pop/R&B 20 [65]
Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 1995 Pop/R&B 20 [66]
Michael Jackson Off the Wall 1979 Pop/R&B 20 [67]
Norah Jones Come Away with Me 2002 Jazz 20 [68]
Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain 1984 Rock 20 [32]
Spice Girls Spiceworld 1997 Pop 20 [69]
Tina Turner Private Dancer 1984 Rock 20 [70]
Usher Confessions 2004 R&B 20 [71]