List of best-selling albums worldwide


List of best-selling albums worldwide

This is a list of the world's best-selling albums. The criteria are that the figure must have been published by a reliable source and the album must have sold at least 20 million copies worldwide. The highest sales figure reported for an album is added to the list. Groupings are based on different sales benchmarks, the highest being for claims of at least 100 million copies, and the lowest being for claims of 20–25 million copies. Albums are listed in order of number of copies sold and there-after by the artist's first name. This list contains any type of album, including studio, greatest hits, compilation, various artists, soundtrack and remix.

A number of issues make exact figures difficult to calculate, historical data before the 1980s and from developing countries are also incomplete. Additionally fans, record companies and the media are prone to exaggerating sales figures to boost the image of the relevant act.

"Thriller" is the best selling album of all time, though sales figures for the album vary between different sources the album is cited as selling between 45 million and 108 million copies worldwide.cite web|url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:kifuxqe5ldae~T1|title=Biography - Michael Jackson|last=Huey|first=Steve|publisher=Macrovision Corp.|accessdate=2008-05-03] cite web|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/12/03/do0302.xml|title=Michael Jackson's Thriller is old hat|last=White|first=Jim|date=12 March 2007|publisher=Telegraph Media Group|accessdate=2008-05-10] The Guinness Book of World Records lists it as 65 million copies sold as of 2007.cite web |first=Denise |last=Winterman |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7117000.stm
title=Thrills and spills and record breaks |publisher= BBC|accessdate=2008-04-06
]

Over 100 million copies

26–30 million copies

20–25 million copies

ee also

*List of best-selling albums in the United States
*Lists of best-selling albums by country
*List of best-selling music artists
*List of best-selling singles worldwide
*List of best-selling remix albums worldwide

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