World's best-selling albums (40-66 million copies)

About the most iconic records in the history of music with millions of copies sold...

Top best-selling albums in the world, with a circulation of 40 to 66 million copies!

The best-selling music albums in the world are, as a rule, legendary records and discs of no less legendary performers! This is music that has passed through years, decades, and has not lost its relevance ... In a word, these are magnificent creations marked “out of time”. Less words, more to the point: today we take a look at the 11 best-selling albums in the world with a circulation of 40 to a staggering 66 million copies (the rating is based on official data) ... Who became the record holder in sales? Let's find out!

Fleetwood Mac - "Rumours" (40 million copies)

Album cover of "Rumours" (1977)
Album cover of "Rumours" (1977)

Let's start from small to big ... And the famous album "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac opens our today's rating! The record was released in early 1977, but the first 10 million copies were successfully sold in the first month! As a result, "Rumors" became the biggest breakthrough for the rock band (it was certified 20 times platinum in the United States!), and the songs "Go Your Own Way" and "Dreams" became super successful international hits!

The most interesting thing is that this masterpiece was recorded in a very gloomy environment: the members of Fleetwood Mac - a couple in love - experienced hard times in their relationship: this period was full of alcohol, screams, tears ... But it is in sadness that real art is born, isn't it?

Soundtrack "Saturday Night Fever" (40 million copies)

Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever

Another album from 1977, like the previous one - with 40 million copies worldwide! It is the soundtrack to the Saturday Night Fever film of the same name, starring such dazzling Hollywood sharks as John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller... The music on the album is sustained in a groovy disco style! In America alone, the album sold a staggering 16 million copies! In terms of content, most of the songs are brilliantly performed by the Bee Gees and David Shire.

When listening to "Saturday Night Fever" you can enjoy such beautiful pieces as "Stayin' Alive", "How Deep Is Your Love", "Night on Disco Mountain"...

Backstreet Boys - "Millennium" (40 million copies)

Backstreet Boys - "Millennium" (album cover)
Backstreet Boys - "Millennium" (album cover)

A disc by the American boy band Backstreet Boys, released at the end of the 90s… The album was nominated for 5 Grammys and went gold or platinum in more than 40 countries! Already in the first week, Millennium broke sales records: its circulation exceeded 1 million copies ... As a result, almost 9.5 million copies were sold in a year, which made this album the best-selling album of 1999!

Among the main hits are the tracks "Larger than life", "I want it that way" and "Show me the meaning of being lonely" ...

Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera (40 million copies)

Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera

The legendary musical Andrew Lloyd Webber completes the circle of record holders that have reached the mark of 40 million copies! There will only be more to come, but for now, about The Phantom of the Opera: based on the novel of the same name by the French writer Gaston Leroux, the musical was released in 1986. As a result, he has won several awards, including the prestigious Tony Award.

An international gross of $6 billion made The Phantom of the Opera the highest-grossing musical in history!

Eagles - "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" (42 million copies)

Eagles - "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)"
Eagles - "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)"

Your attention is presented to the first collection of the greatest hits of the group Eagles! "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" included major hit tracks from the band's first four albums. In the United States, this record became a bestseller (it went platinum in the territory of this state as much as 38 times!)

Already today, the album has been selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry of the American Library of Congress ...

Meat Loaf - "Bat Out of Hell" (43 million copies)

Album cover of Bat Out Of Hell Ii Back Into Hell (1993)
Album cover of Bat Out Of Hell Ii Back Into Hell (1993)

The powerful debut of Meat Loaf and composer Jim Steinman, who spent a record 522 weeks in the UK Albums Chart! Notably, the album was based on the musical Neverland, a futuristic rock version of Peter Pan that Steinman wrote for a 1974 workshop.

Like most masterpieces, "Bat Out of Hell" did not immediately become a hit. However, over the years since its release, 43 million copies have been sold worldwide!

"The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album" (44 million copies)

The Bodyguard (Bodyguard)
The Bodyguard (Bodyguard)

The iconic soundtrack to The Bodyguard, which made the glamorous Whitney Houston so famous…

The main hit track hardly needs to be introduced: the composition “I Will Always Love You” has become a timeless anthem of love, as well as a pearl in the repertoire of the great singer (despite the fact that this is not her creation at all) ...

AC/DC - "Back in Black" (49 million copies)

back in black
back in black

This legendary hardrock album sold a staggering number of copies... In America alone, 25 million copies were sold! But not everything is so bright and joyful, despite the dazzling success ...

True fans of the band know why the "Back in Black" cover is so minimalistic and completely black... In loving memory, Bon Scott.

Pink Floyd - "The Dark Side of the Moon" (50 million copies)

The Dark Side of the Moon cover
The Dark Side of the Moon cover

This is probably the most masterpiece album in the history of Pink Floyd... And for many, many years, not only the content of the disc deserves attention, but also its cover: a prism depicted on a black background that turns a white beam into a rainbow...

According to Rolling Stone magazine, it is the best prog album of all time. Its circulation at the moment is 50 million copies worldwide!

Michael Jackson - "Thriller" (66 million copies)

Thriller (1983)
Thriller (1983)

Well, the unsurpassed king of pop music, or rather, his legendary work “Thriller” became the record holder: the record was sold in a stunning circulation of 66 million copies!

This makes Thriller the best-selling album in the history of music (the album was even included in the Guinness Book of Records).

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