Top 7 Best Selling Rock Albums of All Time

Rock music is like black: it never goes out of style. Please find below a list of the top of the tops: the best selling rock albums of all time.


1. AC/DC – Back in Black

Back in Black is the one most successful rock album of all time, the first one recorded without the band’s former lead singer, Bon Scott – the album was dedicated to him, as he deceased earlier that year. This album was sold in around 50 million copies all over the world by 2011, becoming the best selling hard rock album of all time. Development of the album has been started by the late Bon Scott, but he could not finalize it due to his decease by alcoholic poisoning in London.

2. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon

Being progressive can be a road to succes, judging by the success of Pink Floyd’s eighth studio album, The Dark Side of the Moon. It was their first after Syd Barrett, founder member, composer and lyricist of the band has left it. The content of the album has been played to live audiences for months before the album’s release, and had considerable success – after it’s release, The Dark Side of the Moon immediately topped Billboard’s Top LP-s and Tapes (yes, people used tapes back then) charts for a week, and remained in the chart for over 700 weeks between 1973 and 1988.

3. Meat Loaf: Bat out of Hell

Bat out of Hell was Meat Loaf’s (born Marvin Lee Aday) second studio album, released in 1977, sold in 20.5 million (certified) copies all over the world. This album has taken the 343rd spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the top 500 best albums of all time.
This album was not a huge success in the US at first, but after conquering the UK, it slowly became one of the most successful rock albums of all time, being sold in over 200.000 copies even now. Bat out of Hell has a “14x Platinum” certification in the US, being sold in over 14 million copies.

4. The Eagles – Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)

Some say that the band’s “pre-Hotel California” songs were their best – their “best of” selection of the songs performed between 1971, the band’s formation year, and 1975, suggests this is true. This compilation, released in 1976, surpassing 42 million sold copies all around the world. The album debuted number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart, reaching the top position of the same chart later. The album is a mix of rock, country and soft rock, having “an element of sunshine and comfort”, as an iTunes comment states.

5. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

The eleventh studio album of the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, Rumours was released in 1977, leaping to the top of the main British and American album charts. It has stayed at the top spot of Billboard 200 for 31 weeks, reaching number one spots in other countries’ charts as well. It has been deemed the “Album of the Year” by the most important industry publications of the US, winning the “Album of the Year” Grammy award in 1978.

6. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

This album was released in 1967, and has been sold in 13.1 million (certified) copies all over the world.

The Beatles was formed in Liverpool, UK, in 1960. Its members -  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr – have played a variety of genres, from pop to psychedelic rock. They have become a huge success, initially in England, but later – after “invading” the US music scene in 1964, internationally.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is considered one of their most successful albums, winning four Grammy awards and being nominated for three more in 1968.

7. Michael Jackson – Bad

Although Michael Jackson was considered mostly the King of Pop, his songs had a definitive rock sound from time to time. Bad, his seventh studio album released in 1987 has enhanced Jackson’s solo career, containing songs like “Bad”, “Man in the Mirror”, “Dirty Diana” or “Smooth Criminal”. Five of this album’s singles made it to the top spot of Billboard’s Top 100 consecutively, making musical history. Over 8 million copies of “Bad” were sold in the US, and the number of copies sold all over the world surpasses 30 million.

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  1. Back in Black might be the purest distillation of hard rock ever.

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