List of best-selling albums by country

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This is a list of the best selling albums by country based on the information and certifications provided by the respective national charts.

Contents

Argentina

YearArtistAlbumLabelSalesCertification [1]
1991 Luis Miguel Romance WEA Latina 960,00016 × platinum [2]
1999 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II (DVD) Universal 720,00012 × platinum
1997 Luis Miguel Romances WEA Latina 660,00011 × platinum [3]
1999 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I (DVD) Universal600,00010 × platinum

Australia

RankYearAlbumArtistAwardSalesSource
11977 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 25 × Platinum1,750,000 [4]
21986 Whispering Jack John Farnham 24 × Platinum1,680,000 [5]
31997 Come on Over Shania Twain 18× Platinum1,260,000 [6] [7]
42003 Innocent Eyes Delta Goodrem 15× Platinum1,200,000 [8] [9]
51985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 17 × Platinum1,190,000 [10]
1992 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 17× Platinum1,190,000 [11]

Austria

YearTitleArtistCertificationShipments [12]
1982 Thriller Michael Jackson 8x Platinum400,000
2002 Mensch Herbert Grönemeyer 8x Platinum320,000
2013Farbenspiel Helene Fischer 18x Platinum270,000
1985 Geld oder Leben! Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung 5x Platinum250,000
1985GrenzenlosSTS5x Platinum250,000

Brazil

RankRecordArtistYearSales
1Músicas para Louvar ao SenhorFather Marcelo Rossi 19983,328,468 [13] [14]
2Xou da Xuxa 3 Xuxa 19883,216,000 [13] [14]
3Leandro & Leonardo (Pense em Mim) Leandro & Leonardo 19903,145,814 [13] [14]
4Só pra Contrariar (Depois do Prazer) Só Pra Contrariar 19972,984,384 [13] [14]
5Xou da Xuxa 4Xuxa19892,920,000 [13] [14]

Canada

RankYearTitleArtistCertificationUnits Sales [15]
11982 Thriller Michael Jackson 2x Diamond2,455,000 [16]
21997 Come on Over Shania Twain Diamond1,930,000
32011 21 Adele Diamond1,500,000 [17]
41997 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion Diamond1,490,000
51992 The Bodyguard Soundtrack Whitney Houston Diamond1,318,000

Chile

RankYearArtistAlbumSales
11993 Illapu En estos días 175,000 [18]
22003 María José Quintanilla Mexico lindo y querido 160,000 [19]
31991 Michael Jackson Dangerous 150,000[ citation needed ]
41984 Los Prisioneros La voz de los '80 101,000 [20]
51986 Los Prisioneros Pateando piedras 100,000 [21]
51989 Sexual Democracia Buscando chilenos 100,000 [22] [23]
51990 Los Prisioneros Corazones 100,000 [23]
51991 La Ley Doble opuesto 100,000 [22]
51995 Los Tres MTV Unplugged 100,000 [22]
52010 Los Vásquez Contigo pop y cebolla 100,000 [24]

China

Legend
pinkPhysical album
purpleDigital album
Best-selling albums in China
Rank no.Year of releaseAlbumArtistNumber of copies soldRef.
11986A Voice on the Ocean Fei Xiang 20,000,000 [25] [26]
22016Xplore Lu Han 3,487,000 [27]
32016 Wild Li Yuchun 3,404,540 [28]
42015Reloaded Lu Han 3,343,000 [29]
52016 MADE Big Bang 2,966,000 [30]

Colombia

RankYearTitleArtistSales
11993 Clásicos de la Provincia Carlos Vives 1,200,000 [31]
2199830 Grandes Éxitos Diomedes Díaz 1,000,000 [32]
31996 Pies Descalzos Shakira 1,000,000 [33]
41996Mar Adentro Donato y Estefano 800,000 [34]
51993Título de AmorDiomedes Díaz & Juancho Rois 600,000 [32]

Croatia

YearTitleArtistSales
1991Da mi se zaljubit' u tebe Magazin 50 000
1994Second to none Electro Team 55 000
1996Anno dominiElectro Team60 000
1996Zovem te ja Danijela Martinović 80 000
1997Mjesec iznad oblaka Petar Grašo 110 000
1998To malo ljubaviDanijela Martinović100 000
1998Da si ti jaMagazin120 000
1999Ja samo pjevam Severina 50 000
2000Dvi,tri riči Oliver Dragojević 50 000
2001Ona to zna Ivana Banfić 60 000

Czech Republic

1994 to 2006 [35]
RankYearTitleArtist
11996Šmoulí-super-disko-šouvarious
22001 Rebelové OSTvarious
31998Cik-Cak Lunetic
41993Snídaně v trávě Michal Tučný
51996Pasáček hvězd František a Jan Nedvědovi

Finland

RankYearArtistAlbumSales [36]
11995 Jari Sillanpää Jari Sillanpää272,942
21996 Eppu Normaali Repullinen hittejä 244,031
31988 Kirka Surun pyyhit silmistäni214,196
41985 Dingo Kerjäläisten valtakunta 190,894
51992 Joel Hallikainen Joel Hallikainen178,654

France

RankYearArtistAlbumCertification [37] Sales[ citation needed ]
11995 Celine Dion D'eux Diamond4,235,000
21982 Michael Jackson ThrillerDiamond3,760,000
31994 Francis Cabrel Samedi soir sur la TerreDiamond3,385,000
41997 Andrea Bocelli RomanzaDiamond2,855,000
51998Musical Notre-Dame de Paris Diamond2,830,000

Germany

RankYearTitleArtistCertification [38] [39] Shipments
12002 Mensch Herbert Grönemeyer 21 × Gold3.15 million
21989 ...But Seriously Phil Collins 6 × Platinum3 million
31984 4630 Bochum Herbert Grönemeyer11 × Gold2.75 million
41992 ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 10 × GoldDouble-dagger-14-plain.png2.5 million
51991 We Can't Dance Genesis 5 × Platinum2.5 million

India and Pakistan

The following list includes both Indian and Pakistani albums, due to their music industries being closely linked.

RankYearAlbumArtist(s)SalesSource
11984 Young Tarang Nazia and Zoheb 40,000,000 [40] [41]
21990 Aashiqui Nadeem–Shravan 20,000,000 [42]
1995 Bolo Ta Ra Ra.. Daler Mehndi 20,000,000 [43] [44]
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Jatin–Lalit 20,000,000 [45] [46]
51995 Billo De Ghar Abrar-ul-Haq 16,000,000 [47] [48]
61995 Bombay A. R. Rahman 15,000,000 [49]
71981 Disco Deewane Nazia and Zoheb 14,000,000 [50]
81997 Dil Toh Pagal Hai Uttam Singh 12,500,000 [51]
91994 Hum Aapke Hain Kaun Raamlaxman 12,000,000 [52]
101996 Raja Hindustani Nadeem–Shravan 11,000,000 [51]

Indonesia

RankYearArtistAlbumSalesSources
11995 Nike Ardilla Sandiwara Cinta 5,000,000 [53]
21990 Nike Ardilla Bintang Kehidupan 4,000,000 [54]
32004 Noah Bintang Di Surga 3,200,000 [55]
42001 Padi Sesuatu Yang Tertunda 2,000,000 [56]
52010 Indah Dewi Pertiwi Hipnotis 2,000,000 [57]
62012 Noah Seperti Seharusnya 1,900,000
72000 Jamrud Ningrat 1,800,000 [58]
82000 Sheila on 7 Kisah Klasik Untuk Masa Depan 1,700,000 [59]
92000 Dewa 19 Bintang Lima 1,700,000 [59]
102011 Rossa The Best of Rossa 1,400,000 [60]

Ireland

Irish Recorded Music Association's best selling albums [61]
RankYearAlbumArtist
11998 White Ladder David Gray
21992 Gold: The Greatest Hits ABBA
31992 A Woman's Heart Various
41998 The Best of 1980–1990 U2
51994 Live at the Point Christy Moore
Irish Recorded Music Association certifications
RankYearAlbumArtistSalesCertification [62]
11997 Talk on Corners The Corrs 300,00020× Platinum [63]
22011 21 Adele 270,00018× Platinum
32009 Crazy Love Michael Bublé 225,00015× Platinum
41995 Forgiven, Not Forgotten The Corrs195,00013× Platinum [63]
52008 The Love Album Westlife 150,00010× Platinum
61996 Spice Spice Girls 135,0009× Platinum
62008 The Fame / The Fame Monster Lady Gaga 135,0009× Platinum
71992 Unplugged Eric Clapton 120,0008× Platinum [64]
71999 Unplugged The Corrs120,0008× Platinum [63]
72005 X&Y Coldplay 120,0008× Platinum
72005 Face to Face Westlife 120,0008× Platinum
72008 The Circus Take That 120,0008× Platinum
72009 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle 120,0008× Platinum

Italy

RankYearArtistAlbumSalesSources [65]
11985 Claudio Baglioni La vita è adesso3,800,000
21998 Mina, Adriano Celentano Mina Celentano 2,365,000
31999Adriano CelentanoIo non-so parlar d'amore2,360,000
41999 Lunapop ...Squerez?1,870,000
51981Claudio BaglioniStrada facendo1,850,000

Japan

Sales figure derived from data that the Oricon provided in 2007. [66]

RankYearTitleArtistSales
11999 First Love Hikaru Utada 8,700,000 [67]
21998 B'z The Best "Pleasure" B'z 5,135,922
31997 Review Glay 4,875,980
42001 Distance Hikaru Utada 4,469,135
51998 B'z The Best "Treasure" B'z 4,438,742

Malaysia

Sales figure derived from various sources. [68] [69] [70] [71] [72] [73] [74]


RankYearTitleArtistClaimed salesCertifications
11996 Puji-Pujian Raihan 1,000,000 - 1,500,000> 66 x Platinum
21994USA Ella 500,000 - 900,000> 33 x Platinum
31994Bisa Berbisa U.K's 500,000 - 900,000> 33 x Platinum
41996Dang Dang Dut Amelina, Iwan & Sheeda 500,000 - 900,000> 33 x Platinum
51997Siti Nurhaliza Siti Nurhaliza 500,000 - 900,000> 33 x Platinum
61996Kau Kunci Cintaku (Dalam Hatimu) Ramlah Ram 500,000 - 800,000> 33 x Platinum
7199230110 Ella 500,000 - 800,000> 33 x Platinum
81997Brutal XPDC 500,000 - 800,000> 33 x Platinum
91993The Goodbye Kiss Jacky Cheung 500,000 - 800,000> 33 x Platinum
101995Kesan Terbukti Kumpulan Slam 400,000 - 800,000> 26 x Platinum
111997Cindai Siti Nurhaliza 400,000 - 800,000> 26 x Platinum
121998Adiwarna Siti Nurhaliza 400,000 - 800,000> 26 x Platinum
131995Tajam Menikam U.K's 300,000 - 600,000> 20 x Platinum
141999The Best of Awie Awie 300,000 - 600,000> 20 x Platinum
151996Kembali Merindu Kumpulan Slam 300,000 - 600,000> 20 x Platinum
161996Terbaik Slam Kumpulan Slam 300,000 - 600,000> 20 x Platinum
172009Thank You Allah Maher Zain 300,000 - 500,000> 20 x Platinum
181989Fenomena Search 300,000 - 500,000> 20 x Platinum
191999E.M.A.S Siti Nurhaliza 250,000 - 400,000> 16 x Platinum
201990Karisma Search 250,000 - 400,000> 16 x Platinum


Mexico

Nine of the ten best-selling albums of all time in Mexico are from national artists. [75]

RankYearTitleArtistSales
11984Las mañanitas Pedro Infante 20,000,000 [76]
21984 Recuerdos, Vol. II Juan Gabriel 8,000,000
3198220 Triunfadoras José José 7,500,000
41991 Romance Luis Miguel 7,250,000
51986Hoy platiqué con mi gallo Vicente Fernandez 7,000,000

New Zealand

RankAlbumArtistReleasedNumber of times
certified platinum
1 The Best of ABBA ABBA 197524 [77]
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 198524 [77]
3 Come on Over Shania Twain 199721 [78]
4 Legend Bob Marley and the Wailers 198418 [77]
5 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 197717 [77]

Nigeria

Since 2004 [79]
RankYearArtistAlbumSales
12014 WIZKID AYO 8,000,000
22005 P-Square Get Squared 5,000,000
32004 2face Idibia Face 2 Face 2,000,000
32005 2face Idibia Grass 2 Grace 1,500,000+

Philippines

The Philippine Association of the Record Industry or PARI is the organization responsible for awarding record certifications in the Philippines since 1999. Here are the top 10 of the 40 best-selling albums in the country.

Legend
pinkReleased before PARI began awarding certifications
purpleReleased after PARI began awarding certifications
RankAlbumArtistRelease YearSales Certification Ref.
1 Christmas in Our Hearts Jose Mari Chan 1990800,0005x Diamond [80] [81]
2 Constant Change [nb 1] Jose Mari Chan 1989800,0005x Diamond [80] [82]
3 Westlife Westlife 2000500,0003x Diamond [80] [83]
4 R2K Regine Velasquez 1999480,0003x Platinum [84]
5 Cutterpillow Eraserheads 1995400,0002× Diamond [85]
6 Jaya Jaya 1996360,0002× Diamond [86]
7 Popstar: A Dream Come True Sarah Geronimo 2003310,0002× Diamond [80] [87]
8 Nina Live! Nina 2005300,0002x Diamond [80] [88]
9 Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 2010300,0002× Diamond [80] [89]
10 Coast to Coast Westlife 2000280,000Diamond [80] [83]

Portugal

Romania

South Korea

RankArtistTitleYearClaimed salesSources
1 Kim Gun-mo Wrongful Encounter19953,300,000 [90]
2 Jo Kwan-woo Memory19953,000,000 [91]
Kim Jong-hwan For Love1997 [92]
4 Lee Moon-sae When Love Passes By19872,850,000 [93]
5Standing Under the Shade of a Roadside Tree19882,580,000
6 Kim Jong-hwan Reason for Existence19962,500,000 [94]
7 Shin Seung-hun To Heaven19962,470,000 [95]
8 Byun Jin-sub Back To You19892,400,000 [96]
Seo Taiji and Boys Seo Taiji and Boys IV 1995 [97]
10 Seo Taiji and Boys II 19932,200,000

Serbia

RankYearArtistAlbumPrinted copies [98] Record label
12007 Seka Aleksić "Kraljica"300,000 Grand Production
2008 Lepa Brena "Uđi slobodno..."
2 Indira Radić "Heroji"+250,000
Jelena Karleuša "JK Revolution" City Records
32007 Ana Kokić "Šta će meni ime"+200,000Grand Production
Indira Radić"Lepo se provedi"
Saša Matić "Poklonite mi nju za rođendan"
2009 Tanja Savić "Sestre po suzama"
Seka Aleksić"Slučajni partneri"
2012 Aca Lukas "Stil života"City Records
2013 Ceca "Poziv"

Spain

RankYearArtistAlbumCertificationSalesSources
11997 Alejandro Sanz Más 22 × Platinum2,200,000 [99]
21994 Laura Pausini Laura Pausini 11× Platinum1,300,000 [100] [101]
31988 Mecano Descanso Dominical 13 × Platinum1,300,000 [102]
2000 Alejandro Sanz El Alma al Aire 13 × Platinum1,300,000 [103]
2002 David Bisbal Corazón latino 13 × Platinum1,300,000 [104]
62002 Luciano Pavarotti Tutto Pavarotti12 × Platinum1,200,000 [105]
2000 La Oreja de Van Gogh El viaje de Copperpot 11 × Platinum1,200,000 [106] [107]

Switzerland

YearTitleArtistCertificationShipments [108]
1992 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 10× Platinum500,000
1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 6× Platinum+Platinum350,000
1997 Romanza Andrea Bocelli 7× Platinum350,000
1982 Thriller Michael Jackson 6× Platinum300,000
1997 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion 6× Platinum300,000
1981 Greatest Hits Queen 5× Platinum250,000
1987 Dirty Dancing Various Artists5× Platinum250,000
1989 ...But Seriously Phil Collins 5× Platinum250,000
1991 Greatest Hits II Queen 5× Platinum250,000
1991 Dangerous Michael Jackson 5× Platinum250,000
1992 The Bodyguard Whitney Houston / Various Artists5× Platinum250,000
1998Uf u dervo Gölä & Band5× Platinum250,000

Taiwan

RankYearTitleArtistSales
11993 The Goodbye Kiss Jacky Cheung 1,360,000
21997Bad Boy A-mei 1,250,000
31995True Love Compilation Jacky Cheung 1,220,000
41992The Words After Drunk Jody Chiang 1,160,000
51997 Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture James Horner 1,100,000
61996Sisters A-mei 1,080,000
71996How Could I Forget You? Jacky Cheung 1,050,000
81998Love Like Pacific Ocean Richie Jen 1,020,000
91989Talk to You, Listen to You Sarah Chen 970,000
101993The New Butterfly Dream Huang An 940,000

Thailand

YearTitleArtistLabelSales
1984Made in Thailand Carabao (band) GMM Grammy 5,000,000+
1990Boomerang Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
1990NinjaChristina AguilarGMM Grammy1,000,000+
1991Prik-Kee-Nu Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 3,000,000+
1991Jor-Ae-BorJetrin WattanasinGMM Grammy1,000,000+
1992Kwam-Lab-Sood-Korb-Fah Mai Charoenpura GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
1994Red BeatChristina Aguilar
1994Thor-Thong Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1994Mr.Mos – Mai-Rak-Mai-Dai-Leaw Patiparn Pataweekarn GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1995Amita Tata Young Tata Young GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1995Feather & Flowers Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
19966.2.12 Christina Aguilar Jetrin Wattanasin Patiparn Pataweekarn Tata Young Myria Benedetti UHT GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
1997Siren LoveRuangsak Loychusak RS Public Company Limited 1,000,000+
1998Thongchai Service Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1998Entertainment Loso GMM Grammy 2,000,000+ [109]
1999DUNKPhunkorn Boonyachinda RS Public Company Limited 1,500,000+
1999Tu-Pleng Saman Prajam Barn Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
2001Smile Club Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 2,200,000+
2002Chood-Rab-Kak Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 8,000,000+
2003Soundshake Clash (Thai band) GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
2004Bird-Sek Thongchai McIntyre Seksan Sukpimai GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
2005Volume 1 Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
2006Crashing Clash (Thai band) GMM Grammy 500,000+
2007Save My Life Bodyslam (band) GMM Grammy 400,000+
2010KRAAM Bodyslam (band) GMM Grammy 440,000+

[110] [ better source needed ] [111] [ better source needed ]

United Kingdom

Key
Released before UK music recording certifications were introduced in April 1973
Best-selling albums in the UK
PositionAlbumArtistRecord label [lower-alpha 1] Released [lower-alpha 1] Chart
peak [lower-alpha 1]
Copies soldNumber of times
certified Platinum [lower-alpha 2]
1 Greatest Hits Queen Parlophone October 198116,120,000 (Jul 2016) [114] 20×
2 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA Polydor September 199215,300,000 (Jul 2016) [114] 17×
3 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles Parlophone June 196715,100,000 (Jul 2016) [115] 17×
4 21 Adele XL January 201115,000,000 (Jan 2017) [116] 16×
5 (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis Creation October 199514,700,000 (Jul 2016) [115] 14×

United States

RankArtistAlbumShipments (sales)Certification [117] [118]
1 Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) 38,000,00038 × Platinum
2 Michael Jackson Thriller 33,000,00033 × Platinum
3 Eagles Hotel California 26,000,00026 × Platinum
4 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV 23,000,00023 × Platinum
5 AC/DC Back in Black 22,000,00022 × Platinum
6 Shania Twain Come on Over 20,000,00020 × Platinum
6 Fleetwood Mac Rumours 20,000,00020 × Platinum

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 The record labels, dates and chart peaks are those given by the OCC. [112]
  2. The certifications are those given by the BPI as of 14 August 2016. [113]
  1. Although Constant Change was released on May 25, 1989, the album had received its certification by PARI on November 10, 1990.

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