List of best-selling albums by country


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

Argentina


Year Artist Album Label Sales Certification[1]
1991 Luis Miguel Romance WEA Latina 960,000 16 × platinum[2]
1999 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II (DVD) Universal 720,000 12 × platinum
1997 Luis Miguel Romances WEA Latina 660,000 11 × platinum[3]
1999 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I (DVD) Universal 600,000 10 × platinum

Australia


RankYearAlbumArtistAwardSalesSource
11977Bat Out of HellMeat Loaf25 × Platinum1,750,000[4]
21986Whispering JackJohn Farnham24 × Platinum1,680,000[5]
31997Come on OverShania Twain18 × Platinum1,260,000[6][7]
42003Innocent EyesDelta Goodrem15 × Platinum1,200,000[8][9]
51985Brothers in ArmsDire Straits17 × Platinum1,190,000[10]
1992Gold: Greatest HitsABBA17× Platinum1,190,000[11]

Austria


Year Title Artist Certification Shipments[12]
1982ThrillerMichael Jackson8x Platinum400,000
2002MenschHerbert Grönemeyer8x Platinum320,000
2013FarbenspielHelene Fischer18x Platinum270,000
1985Geld oder Leben!Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung5x Platinum250,000
1985GrenzenlosSTS5x Platinum250,000

Brazil


Rank Record Artist Year Sales
1 Músicas para Louvar ao Senhor Father Marcelo Rossi 1998 3,328,468[13][14]
2 Xou da Xuxa 3 Xuxa 1988 3,216,000[13][14]
3 Leandro & Leonardo (Pense em Mim) Leandro & Leonardo 1990 3,145,814[13][14]
4 Só pra Contrariar (Depois do Prazer) Só Pra Contrariar 1997 2,984,384[13][14]
5 4º Xou da Xuxa Xuxa 1989 2,920,000[13][14]

Canada


RankYearTitleArtistCertificationUnits Sales[15]
11982ThrillerMichael Jackson2x Diamond2,455,000[16]
21997Come on OverShania TwainDiamond1,930,000
3201121AdeleDiamond1,500,000[17]
41997Let's Talk About LoveCeline DionDiamond1,490,000
51992The Bodyguard SoundtrackWhitney HoustonDiamond1,318,000

Chile


Rank Year Artist Album Sales
1 1993 Illapu En estos días 175,000[18]
2 2003 María José Quintanilla Mexico lindo y querido 160,000[19]
3 1984 Los Prisioneros La voz de los '80 101,000[20]
4 1986 Los Prisioneros Pateando piedras 100,000[21]
4 1989 Sexual Democracia Buscando chilenos 100,000[22][23]
4 1990 Los Prisioneros Corazones 100,000[23]
4 1991 La Ley Doble Opuesto 100,000[22]
4 1995 Los Tres MTV Unplugged 100,000[22]
4 2010 Los Vásquez Contigo pop y cebolla 100,000[24]

China


Legend
pink Physical album
purple Digital album
Best-selling albums in China
Rank no. Year of release Album Artist Number of copies sold Ref.
1 2020 Light Xiao Zhan 36,236,107 [25]
2 1986 A Voice on the Ocean Fei Xiang 20,000,000 [26][27]
3 2019 Young Cai Xukun 13,602,755+ [28]
4 2016 Growing Wild Li Yuchun 6,649,000 [29]
5 2019 Honey Lay 3,916,114 [30]
6 2016 Xplore Lu Han 3,663,000 [31]
7 2019 Π-volume.1 Lu Han 3,446,000 [32]
8 2015 Reloaded Lu Han 3,359,000 [33]

Colombia


RankYearTitleArtistSales
11993Clásicos de la ProvinciaCarlos Vives1,200,000[34]
2199830 Grandes ÉxitosDiomedes Díaz1,000,000[35]
31996Pies DescalzosShakira1,000,000[36]
41996Mar AdentroDonato y Estefano800,000[37]
51993Título de AmorDiomedes Díaz & Juancho Rois600,000[35]

Croatia


YearTitleArtistSales
1991Da mi se zaljubit' u tebeMagazin50 000
1994Second to noneElectro Team55 000
1996Anno dominiElectro Team60 000
1996Zovem te jaDanijela Martinović80 000
1997Mjesec iznad oblakaPetar Grašo110 000
1998To malo ljubaviDanijela Martinović100 000
1998Da si ti jaMagazin120 000
1999Ja samo pjevamSeverina50 000
2000Dvi,tri ričiOliver Dragojević50 000
2001Ona to znaIvana Banfić60 000

Czech Republic


1994 to 2006[38]
RankYearTitleArtist
11996Šmoulí-super-disko-šouvarious
22001Rebelové OSTvarious
31998Cik-CakLunetic
41993Snídaně v trávěMichal Tučný
51996Pasáček hvězdFrantišek a Jan Nedvědovi

Finland


Rank Year Artist Album Sales[39]
1 1995 Jari Sillanpää Jari Sillanpää 272,942
2 1996 Eppu Normaali Repullinen hittejä 244,031
3 1988 Kirka Surun pyyhit silmistäni 214,196
4 1985 Dingo Kerjäläisten valtakunta 190,894
5 1992 Joel Hallikainen Joel Hallikainen 178,654

France


Rank Year Artist Album Certification[40] Sales[citation needed]
1 1995 Celine Dion D'eux Diamond 4,235,000
2 1982 Michael Jackson Thriller Diamond 3,760,000
3 1994 Francis Cabrel Samedi soir sur la Terre Diamond 3,385,000
4 1997 Andrea Bocelli Romanza Diamond 2,855,000
5 1998 Musical Notre-Dame de Paris Diamond 2,830,000

Germany


Rank Year Title Artist Certification[41][42] Shipments
12002MenschHerbert Grönemeyer21 × Gold3.15 million
21989...But SeriouslyPhil Collins6 × Platinum3 million
319844630 BochumHerbert Grönemeyer11 × Gold2.75 million
41992ABBA Gold: Greatest HitsABBA10 × Gold2.5 million
51991We Can't DanceGenesis5 × Platinum2.5 million

India and Pakistan


The following list includes both Indian and Pakistani albums, due to their music industries being closely linked. The data mentioned may not be totally accurate due to lack of trusted resources*

Rank Year Album Artist(s) Sales Source
1 1990AashiquiNadeem–Shravan15,000,000[43]
1984Young TarangNazia and Zoheb15,000,000[44][45]
1995Bolo Ta Ra Ra..Daler Mehndi15,000,000[46][47]
41995Billo De GharAbrar-ul-Haq14,000,000[48][49]
51997Dil To Pagal HaiUttam Singh12,500,000[50]
61996Raja HindustaniNadeem–Shravan11,000,000[51]
71981Disco DeewaneNazia and Zoheb10,500,000[52]
81994Hum Aapke Hain KaunRaamlaxman10,000,000[53]
9
1995Dilwale Dulhania Le JayengeJatin–Lalit9,000,000[54][55]
1999 Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai Rajesh Roshan 9,000,000 [56]

Indonesia


Rank Year Artist Album Sales Sources
1 1990 Nike Ardilla Bintang Kehidupan 6,000,000 [57]
2 1995 Nike Ardilla Sandiwara Cinta 5,000,000 [58]
3 2004 Peterpan Bintang Di Surga 3,200,000 [59]
4 2001 Padi Sesuatu Yang Tetunda 2,000,000 [60]
5 2010 Indah Dewi Pertiwi Hipnotis 2,000,000 [61]
6 2012 Noah Seperti Seharusnya 1,900,000 [62]
7 2000 Jamrud Ningrat 1,800,000 [63]
8 2000 Sheila on 7 Kisah Klasik Untuk Masa Depan 1,700,000 [64]
9 2000 Dewa 19 Bintang Lima 1,700,000 [65]
10 2011 Rossa The Best of Rossa 1,500,000 [66]
11 2002 Jamrud Sydney 090102 1,400,000 [67]
12 2004 Radja Langkah Baru 1,300,000 [68]
13 2002 Sheila on 7 07 Des 1,300,000 [69]
14 1999 Sheila on 7 Sheila on 7 1,300,000 [70]
15 2005 Peterpan Alexandria 1,300,000 [71]

Ireland


Irish Recorded Music Association's best selling albums[72]
Rank Year Album Artist
11998White LadderDavid Gray
21992Gold: The Greatest HitsABBA
31992A Woman's HeartVarious
41998The Best of 1980–1990U2
51994Live at the PointChristy Moore
Irish Recorded Music Association certifications
Rank Year Album Artist Sales Certification[73]
11997Talk on CornersThe Corrs300,00020× Platinum[74]
2201121Adele270,00018× Platinum
32009Crazy LoveMichael Bublé225,00015× Platinum
41995Forgiven, Not ForgottenThe Corrs195,00013× Platinum[74]
52008The Love AlbumWestlife150,00010× Platinum
61996 SpiceSpice Girls135,0009× Platinum
62008The Fame / The Fame MonsterLady Gaga135,0009× Platinum
71992UnpluggedEric Clapton120,0008× Platinum[75]
71999UnpluggedThe Corrs120,0008× Platinum[74]
72005X&YColdplay120,0008× Platinum
72005Face to FaceWestlife120,0008× Platinum
72008The CircusTake That120,0008× Platinum
72009I Dreamed a DreamSusan Boyle120,0008× Platinum

Italy


Rank Year Artist Album Sales Sources[76]
1 1985 Claudio Baglioni La vita è adesso 3,800,000
2 1998 Mina, Adriano Celentano Mina Celentano 2,365,000
3 1999 Adriano Celentano Io non-so parlar d'amore 2,360,000
4 1999 Lunapop ...Squerez? 1,870,000
5 1981 Claudio Baglioni Strada facendo 1,850,000

Japan


Sales figure derived from data that the Oricon provided in 2007.[77]

RankYearTitleArtistSales
11999First LoveHikaru Utada7,672,000
21998B'z The Best "Pleasure"B'z5,135,922
31997ReviewGlay4,875,980
42001DistanceHikaru Utada4,469,135
51998B'z The Best "Treasure"B'z4,438,742

Malaysia


Sales figure derived from various sources.[78][79][80][81][82][83][84]

Rank Year Title Artist Claimed sales Certifications
1 1996 Puji-Pujian Raihan 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 > 66 × Platinum
2 1994 USA Ella 500,000 – 900,000 > 33 × Platinum
3 1994 Bisa Berbisa U.K's 500,000 – 900,000 > 33 × Platinum
4 1996 Dang Dang Dut Amelina, Iwan & Sheeda 500,000 – 900,000 > 33 × Platinum
5 1997 Siti Nurhaliza Siti Nurhaliza 500,000 – 900,000 > 33 × Platinum
6 1996 Kau Kunci Cintaku (Dalam Hatimu) Ramlah Ram 500,000 – 800,000 > 33 × Platinum
7 1992 30110 Ella 500,000 – 800,000 > 33 × Platinum
8 1997 Brutal XPDC 500,000 – 800,000 > 33 × Platinum
9 1993 The Goodbye Kiss Jacky Cheung 500,000 – 800,000 > 33 × Platinum
10 1995 Kesan Terbukti Kumpulan Slam 400,000 – 800,000 > 26 × Platinum
11 1997 Cindai Siti Nurhaliza 400,000 – 800,000 > 26 × Platinum
12 1998 Adiwarna Siti Nurhaliza 400,000 – 800,000 > 26 × Platinum
13 1995 Tajam Menikam U.K's 300,000 – 600,000 > 20 × Platinum
14 1999 The Best of Awie Awie 300,000 – 600,000 > 20 × Platinum
15 1996 Kembali Merindu Kumpulan Slam 300,000 – 600,000 > 20 × Platinum
16 1996 Terbaik Slam Kumpulan Slam 300,000 – 600,000 > 20 × Platinum
17 2009 Thank You Allah Maher Zain 300,000 – 500,000 > 20 × Platinum
18 1989 Fenomena Search 300,000 – 500,000 > 20 × Platinum
19 1999 E.M.A.S Siti Nurhaliza 250,000 – 400,000 > 16 × Platinum
20 1990 Karisma Search 250,000 – 400,000 > 16 × Platinum

Mexico


Nine of the ten best-selling albums of all time in Mexico are from national artists.[85]

RankYearTitleArtistSales
11984Las mañanitasPedro Infante20,000,000[86]
21984Recuerdos, Vol. IIJuan Gabriel8,000,000
3198220 TriunfadorasJosé José7,500,000
41991RomanceLuis Miguel7,250,000
51986Hoy platiqué con mi galloVicente Fernandez7,000,000

New Zealand


Rank Album Artist Released Number of times
certified platinum
1 The Best of ABBA ABBA 1975 24[87]
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1985 24[87]
3 Come on Over Shania Twain 1997 21[88]
4 Legend Bob Marley and the Wailers 1984 20[87]
5 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 1977 17[87]

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
pink Released before PARI began awarding certifications
purple Released after PARI began awarding certifications
Rank Album Artist Release Year Sales Certification Ref.
1 Christmas in Our Hearts Jose Mari Chan 1990 800,000 5x Diamond[89] [90]
2 Constant Change[nb 1] Jose Mari Chan 1989 800,000 5x Diamond[89] [91]
3 Westlife Westlife 2000 500,000 3x Diamond[89] [92]
4 R2K Regine Velasquez 1999 480,000 12x Platinum [93]
5 Cutterpillow Eraserheads 1995 400,000 2× Diamond [94]
6 Jaya Jaya 1996 360,000 2× Diamond [95]
7 Popstar: A Dream Come True Sarah Geronimo 2003 310,000 2× Diamond[89] [96]
8 Nina Live! Nina 2005 300,000 2x Diamond[89] [97]
9 Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 2010 300,000 2× Diamond[89] [98]
10 Coast to Coast Westlife 2000 280,000 Diamond[89] [92]

Portugal


Romania


South Korea


Rank Artist Title Year Claimed sales Sources
1 BTS Map of the Soul: 7 2020 4,179,035 [99]
2 Map of the Soul: Persona 2019 3,718,230 [100]
3 Kim Gun-mo Wrongful Encounter 1995 3,300,000 [101]
4 Jo Kwan-woo Memory 3,000,000 [102]
Kim Jong-hwan For Love 1997 [103]
5 Lee Moon-sae When Love Passes By 1987 2,850,000 [104]
6 Standing Under the Shade of a Roadside Tree 1988 2,580,000
7 Kim Jong-hwan Reason for Existence 1996 2,500,000 [105]
8 Shin Seung-hun To Heaven 2,470,000 [106]
9 Byun Jin-sub Back To You 1989 2,400,000 [107]
Seo Taiji and Boys Seo Taiji and Boys IV 1995 [108]

Serbia


  • The following statistic doesn't show actual sales figures, but the circulation of the albums released since June 2006
Rank Year Artist Album Circulation[109] Record label
1 2007 Seka Aleksić "Kraljica" 300,000 Grand Production
2008 Lepa Brena "Uđi slobodno..."
2 Jelena Karleuša "JK Revolution" 280,000 City Records

Spain


Rank Year Artist Album Certification Sales Sources
1 1997 Alejandro Sanz Más 22 × Platinum 2,200,000 [110]
2 1994 Laura Pausini Laura Pausini 11× Platinum 1,300,000 [111][112]
3 1988 Mecano Descanso Dominical 13 × Platinum 1,300,000 [113]
2000 Alejandro Sanz El Alma al Aire 13 × Platinum 1,300,000 [114]
2002 David Bisbal Corazón latino 13 × Platinum 1,300,000 [115]
6 2002 Luciano Pavarotti Tutto Pavarotti 12 × Platinum 1,200,000 [116]
2000 La Oreja de Van Gogh El viaje de Copperpot 11 × Platinum 1,200,000 [117][118]

Switzerland


Year Title Artist Certification Shipments[119]
1992Gold: Greatest HitsABBA10× Platinum500,000
1985Brothers in ArmsDire Straits6× Platinum+Platinum350,000
1997RomanzaAndrea Bocelli7× Platinum350,000
1982ThrillerMichael Jackson6× Platinum300,000
1997Let's Talk About LoveCeline Dion6× Platinum300,000
1981Greatest HitsQueen5× Platinum250,000
1987Dirty DancingVarious Artists5× Platinum250,000
1989...But SeriouslyPhil Collins5× Platinum250,000
1991Greatest Hits IIQueen5× Platinum250,000
1991DangerousMichael Jackson5× Platinum250,000
1992The BodyguardWhitney Houston / Various Artists5× Platinum250,000
1998Uf u dervoGölä & Band5× Platinum250,000

Taiwan


Rank Year Title Artist Sales
1 1993 The Goodbye Kiss Jacky Cheung 1,360,000
2 1997 Bad Boy A-mei 1,250,000
3 1995 True Love Compilation Jacky Cheung 1,220,000
4 1992 The Words After Drunk Jody Chiang 1,160,000
5 1997 Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture James Horner 1,100,000
6 1996 Sisters A-mei 1,080,000
7 1996 How Could I Forget You? Jacky Cheung 1,050,000
8 1998 Love Like Pacific Ocean Richie Jen 1,020,000
9 1989 Talk to You, Listen to You Sarah Chen 970,000
10 1993 The New Butterfly Dream Huang An 940,000

Thailand


Year Title Artist Label Sales
1984 Made in Thailand Carabao (band) GMM Grammy 5,000,000+
1990 Boomerang Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
1990 Ninja Christina Aguilar GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1991 Prik-Kee-Nu Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 3,500,000+
1991 Jor-Ae-Bor Jetrin Wattanasin GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1992 Kwam-Lab-Sood-Korb-Fah Mai Charoenpura GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
1993 MEGADANCE 2 Jessica Jay ONPA 1,000,000+
1994 Red Beat Christina Aguilar GMM Grammy 3,500,000+
1994 Thor-Thong Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1994 Mr.Mos – Mai-Rak-Mai-Dai-Leaw Patiparn Pataweekarn GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1995 Amita Tata Young Tata Young GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1995 Feather & Flowers Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1996 6.2.12 Christina Aguilar Jetrin Wattanasin Patiparn Pataweekarn Tata Young Myria Benedetti UHT GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
1997 Siren Love Ruangsak Loychusak RS Public Company Limited 1,000,000+
1998 Thongchai Service Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
1998 Entertainment Loso GMM Grammy 2,000,000+[120]
1999 DUNK Phunkorn Boonyachinda RS Public Company Limited 1,500,000+
1999 Tu-Pleng Saman Prajam Barn Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
2001 Smile Club Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 2,200,000+
2002 Chood-Rab-Kak Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 8,000,000+
2003 Soundshake Clash (Thai band) GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
2004 Bird-Sek Thongchai McIntyre Seksan Sukpimai GMM Grammy 2,000,000+
2005 Volume 1 Thongchai McIntyre GMM Grammy 1,000,000+
2006 Crashing Clash (Thai band) GMM Grammy 500,000+
2007 Save My Life Bodyslam (band) GMM Grammy 400,000+
2010 KRAAM Bodyslam (band) GMM Grammy 440,000+

[121][circular reference] [122][circular reference]

United Kingdom


Key
Released before UK music recording certifications were introduced in April 1973
Best-selling albums in the UK
Position Album Artist Record label[lower-alpha 1] Released[lower-alpha 1] Chart
peak[lower-alpha 1]
Copies sold Number of times
certified Platinum[lower-alpha 2]
1 Greatest Hits Queen Parlophone October 1981 1 6,600,000 (Aug 2020)[125] 22×
2 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA Polydor September 1992 1 5,700,000 (Aug 2020)[125] 19×
3 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles Parlophone June 1967 1 5,400,000 (Aug 2020)[126] 18×
4 21 Adele XL January 2011 1 5,180,000 (Feb 2020)[127] 16×
5 (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis Creation October 1995 1 4,940,000 (Oct 2018)[126] 15×

United States


Rank Artist Album Shipments (sales) Certification[128][129]
1 Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) 38,000,000 38 × Platinum
2 Michael Jackson Thriller 33,000,000 33 × Platinum
3 Eagles Hotel California 26,000,000 26 × Platinum
4 AC/DC Back in Black 25,000,000 25 × Platinum
5 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV 23,000,000 23 × Platinum
6 Fleetwood Mac Rumours 20,000,000 20 × Platinum
7 Garth Brooks No Fences 18,000,000 18 × Platinum
8 Guns ‘N Roses Appetite for Destruction 18,000,000 18 × Platinum

See also


Notes


  1. The record labels, dates and chart peaks are those given by the OCC.[123]
  2. The certifications are those given by the BPI as of 14 August 2016.[124]
  1. Although Constant Change was released on 25 May 1989, the album had received its certification by PARI on 10 November 1990.

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