In this day and age, people (especially youngsters) are so obsessed with modern stars that they forget that once upon a time there were bands and artists who were so popular that the sales of their records remain unmatched to this day. Of course, all of these artists sold these albums in an era where internet didn’t exist (at least for civilians) and piracy was not a thing. That has made things a lot easier for them to sell a physical copy of their album. In this article, we are going to see who are the artists who sold the most copies of their albums in the history of music ever.
#1 Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)
Sold in 66 million copies worldwide, “Thriller” is the sixth studio album by Michael Jackson. Reunited with producer Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson once stated that it was his intention to make an album where “every song is a killer.” Thriller has done just that. It took the world by the storm and forever placed Jackson among the legends. When talking about the greatest albums of all time, critics often mention Thriller as being one of the top contestants for that prize.
#2 AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)
Recorded by AC/DC, “Back in Black” was their sixth studio album sold in 50 million copies. Dedicated to Bon Scott, a band’s original singer who died in 1980, the album was composed by Brian Johnson (a new vocalist), Angus and Malcolm Young. AC/DC supported the album with a yearlong world tour and built their reputation as one of the best live performers in the world.
#3 Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell (1977)
Developed from a musical, Neverland, “Bat Out of Hell” is a debut album by Meat Loaf and composer Jim Steinmann. Melodic and unique in so many aspects, this album has sold over 43 million copies worldwide. Steinman and Meat Loaf had difficulty finding a record company willing to sign them, in fact, it is said that while making the album, the duo spent lots of time trying to find a publisher. Eventually, they managed to do so, breaking records in selling copies soon after.
#4 Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1977)
The Dark Side of The Moon is Pink Floyd’s eighth album, released by Harvest Records. It was developed during live performances mostly. This is a concept album that explores conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness. The Dark Side of The Moon is regarded as a cultural treasure for being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It sold over 45 million copies.
#5 Whitney Houston/Various Artists – The Bodyguard (1992)
The Bodyguard is actually a soundtrack album of the movie with the same name. It is the best selling soundtrack album ever with sales of 45 million copies worldwide. Although other artists had their songs featured on this album, without a doubt, Whitney Houston’s version of “I will always love you” received huge airplay and many praises. The song was originally written by Dolly Parton.