The number of albums that are certified at 10 million copies sold or more by the RIAA is an exclusive list indeed, and while music fans can probably guess a few titles in this club (Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours), there are more than a few full-lengths that casual fans might look at and go, “THAT has sold more than 10 million copies?!” We salute some of those best-selling albums with this list of 10 albums you probably didn’t know sold 10 million copies!
ZZ Top, 'Eliminator'
Yep, those guys with the long beards have sold a LOT of albums. Featuring “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Sharp Dressed Man,” the bluesy rock group’s 1983 full-length has sold 10 million copies so far, and is by far their best-seller.
When it comes to music, there's n...
When it comes to music, there's no objective right or wrong, good or bad – but that never stops passionate music fans from sharing and defending their favorites. From pop hooks to album covers to beats, we're rounding up some of the greatest of all time in music on Billboard. We spent months discussing, researching and reflecting on music from artists old and new, considering everything from sales to impact to innovation to longevity. The results won't please everyone – and that's as it should be. Everyone has their own takes on the greatest in music – this is ours. Check it out.
Patsy Cline, 'Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits'
“Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy” and “Sweet Dreams” are among the country hits included on this Patsy Cline best-of, which was released four years after the singer’s 1963 death but went on to sell 10 million copies.
Norah Jones, 'Come Away With Me'
Few debut albums have ever been bigger than Norah Jones’ 2002 debut, which earned the Grammy award for album of the year (topping LPs by Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks and Eminem in the process) and was represented on pop radio by the inescapable “Don’t Know Why.” All told, Jones’ understated jazz album has sold 11.1 million copies to date.
Meat Loaf, 'Bat Out of Hell'
Released in October 1977, Meat Loaf’s hard-rock epic slowly grew into an all-time smash after starting slowly and accruing a diehard fan base. Bat Out of Hell has sold 14 million copies to date and inspired two sequels from Meat Loaf.
MC Hammer, 'Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em'
Released on Feb. 12, 1990, MC Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em -- better known as “the album with ‘U Can’t Touch This’ on it -- was one of the first pop success stories of that decade. Although 1991’s Too Legit to Quit also sold well, the rapper could never match the 10 million copies sold here.
Linkin Park, 'Hybrid Theory'
As far as nu-metal’s legacy goes, Linkin Park’s debut album might serve as the perfect time capsule: the 2000 album, featuring hits like “In The End” and “One Step Closer,” went on to sell 10.3 million copies and outsell albums by contemporaries such as Korn and Limp Bizkit.
Kenny Rogers, 'Kenny Rogers: Greatest Hits'
Selling 12 million copies of an album is a mind-blowing feat, and this 1980 compilation did so by gathering the country veteran’s most beloved singles, including “The Gambler,” “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer” and “Lucille."
Garth Brooks, 'No Fences'
Although pop fans may be more familiar with titles like Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A., Prince’s Purple Rain soundtrack and Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Garth Brooks’ second studio album has outsold all of them. Led by the single “Friends in Low Places,” the country star’s 1990 album has moved a whopping 17 million units.
Creed, 'Human Clay'
At the turn of the century, Creed was absolutely massive, thanks to quasi-religious rock anthems like “Higher,” “With Arms Wide Open” and “What If.” All three of those songs are featured on 1999’s Human Clay, which has sold 11.7 million copies to date.
Featuring the smashes “More Than a Feeling” and “Long Time,” the rock group’s 1976 debut has long been a classic-rock radio touchstone, although even diehard fans might be surprised that it’s sold a staggering 17 million copies.