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The best-selling albums of all time

Per independent research, the top 10 albums and millions of copies sold, worldwide:

1. Michael Jackson, "Thriller": 66,200,000
2. Soundtrack, "Grease": 44,700,000
3. Pink Floyd, "The Dark Side of the Moon": 44,200,000
4. Whitney Houston et al., "The Bodyguard": 38,600,000
5. The Bee Gees at al., "Saturday Night Fever": 37,200,000
6. The Eagles, "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975": 36,900,000
7. Bob Marley, "Legend": 36,800,000
8. Led Zeppelin, "IV": 35,700,000
9. AC/DC, "Back in Black": 35,700,000
10. Shania Twain, "Come on Over": 35,400,000

Domestically, the U.S. top-selling albums list isn't all that different, but it's somewhat cheesier.

1. Michael Jackson, Thriller, Epic, 29,000,000
2. Eagles, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), Asylum, est. 29,000,000
3. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Atlantic, 23,000,000
4. Billy Joel, Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II, Columbia, 11,500,000
5. Pink Floyd, The Wall, Columbia/Capitol, 11,500,000
6. AC/DC, Back in Black, Atlantic, 22,000,000
7. Garth Brooks, Double Live, Capitol Nashville, 21,000,000
8. Shania Twain, Come On Over, Mercury Nashville, est. 21,000,000
9. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Warner Bros., 19,000,000
10. The Beatles, The Beatles (White Album), Apple, 9,500,000

Just below the top 10 in the U.S. are several of the global top sellers, plus "Boston," which apparently doesn't scale on a worldwide level.

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