20 BEST SELLING HARD ROCK AND HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME
According to the RIAA(Recording Industry Association of America) these are the twenty best selling hard rock and heavy metal albums in America. I’ve also included sales totals.
Interesting tidbits: Every one of these albums has sold at least 10 Million copies….I only included original studio albums…no greatest hits…no live…no unplugged…and they have to be considered hard rock or heavy metal by the vast majority of folks.
Amazingly….FIVE! Yes Five Led Zeppelin albums make the list….that means FIVE, yes Five Zep albums have sold more than 10 million! WOWZERS!
The only other band with more than one album in the Top 20 is, unsurprisingly, Def Leppard.
Another surprise to me wasn’t so much that Green Day was in the Top 20 but that it was with an album other than American Idiot. Dookie makes it in at Number 15 with over ten million sold!
Best album cover of these 20? My pick….MeatLoaf- Bat Out of Hell….yours?
Only album on the list released in the new millenium…Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory. Another WOW. Does that mean it may be the last truly great hard rock/heavy metal album or is it the change in how we consume our music now? I’d lean toward the latter.
20. LED ZEPPELIN – LED ZEPPELIN (TEN MILLION SOLD)
19. VAN HALEN – 1984 (TEN MILLION SOLD)
18. LINKIN PARK – HYBRID THEORY (TEN MILLION SOLD)
17. ZZ TOP – ELIMINATOR (TEN MILLION SOLD)
16. DEF LEPPARD – PYROMANIA (TEN MILLION SOLD)
15. GREEN DAY – DOOKIE (TEN MILLION SOLD)
14. NIRVANA – NEVERMIND (TEN MILLION SOLD)
13. LED ZEPPELIN – HOUSES OF THE HOLY (ELEVEN MILLION SOLD)
12. CREED – HUMAN CLAY (ELEVEN MILLION SOLD)
11. KID ROCK – DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE (ELEVEN MILLION SOLD)
10. DEF LEPPARD – HYSTERIA (TWELVE MILLION SOLD)
9. BON JOVI – SLIPPERY WHEN WET (TWELVE MILLION SOLD)
8. LED ZEPPELIN II (TWELVE MILLION SOLD)
7. PEARL JAM – TEN (THIRTEEN MILLION SOLD)
6. MEAT LOAF – BAT OUT OF HELL (FOURTEEN MILLION SOLD)
5. METALLICA – METALLICA (FIFTEEN MILLION SOLD)
4. LED ZEPPELIN – PHYSICAL GRAFFITTI (SIXTEEN MILLION SOLD)
3. GUNS ‘N’ ROSES – APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION (EIGHTEEN MILLION SOLD)
2. AC/DC – BACK IN BLACK (TWENTY-TWO MILLION SOLD)
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List is now outdated….see (http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinum.php?content_selector=top-100-albums)
For those that can’t be bothered…. (in the order as they appear @ http://www.riaa.com)
01. 23M LED ZEPPELIN IV – LED ZEPPELIN
02. 22M BACK IN BLACK – AC/DC
03. 18M APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION – GUNS N’ ROSES
04. 16M METALLICA – METALLICA
05. 16M PHYSICAL GRAFFITI – LED ZEPPELIN
06. 14M BAT OUT OF HELL – MEAT LOAF
07. 13M TEN – PEARL JAM
08. 12M SLIPPERY WHEN WET – BON JOVI
09. 12M LED ZEPPELIN II – LED ZEPPELIN
10. 12M HYSTERIA – DEF LEPPARD
11. 11M HUMAN CLAY – CREED
12. 11M DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE – KID ROCK
13. 11M HOUSES OF THE HOLY – LED ZEPPELIN
14. 10M 1984 – VAN HALEN
15. 10M NEVERMIND – NIRVANA
16. 10M PYROMANIA – DEF LEPPARD
17. 10M ELIMINATOR – ZZ TOP
18. 10M HYBRID THEORY – LINKIN PARK
19. 10M LED ZEPPELIN – LED ZEPPELIN
20. 10M VAN HALEN – VAN HALEN
Summary: Led Zeppelin = 5, Def Leppard = 2, Van Halen = 2
LED ZEPPELIN RULES FOREVER