Decades of recording
There have been billions of recorded albums since the first recordings in the early 20th century.
Recorded albums were done as books that came with different “78rpm record”. In 1948 the first vinyl LP (or long playing) records came out and they played 33 1/3 rpm. These went on to different media such as CD’s, MP3/MP4 and these days are mostly downloaded onto USB Flash drives or mobile devices.
9 Top selling albums in history
#1 Michael Jackson – Thriller Album
Sold 43.7 million copies worldwide, it was released in 1982 and falls in the genres of Pop, rock and R&B.
Record label was Epic Records and CBS
Produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson
#2 Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell
Sold 43 million copies worldwide, it was released in 1975 and falls in the genres of Hard Rock, glam rock and heavy metal.
Record label was Cleveland International and Epic Records.
Produced by Todd Rundgren
#3 Eagles – Their Greatest Hits (1971 to 1975)
Sold 32.2 million copies worldwide, it was released in 1976 and falls in the genres of Country Rock.
Record label Asylum
Produced by Glyn Johns and Bill Szymczykpp
#4 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
Sold 29.0 million copies worldwide, it was released in 1971 and falls in the genre of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Folk Rock.
Record label was Atlantic Records
Produced by Jimmy Page
#5 Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
Sold 28 million copies worldwide it was released in 1986 and falls in the genre of Hard Rock and Glam Metal.
Record label was Mercury and Vertigo
Produced by Bruce Fairbain
#6 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Sold 27.9 million records worldwide, it was released in 1977 and fall in the genres of Rock and Soft Rock
Record label was Warner Bros.
Produced by Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut
#7 AC/DC – Back in Black
Sold 26.1 million copies worldwide, it was released in 1980 and falls in the genres of Hard Rock.
Record label was Albert/Atlantic
Produced by Robert John Lange
#8 Pink Floyd – The Wall
Sold 24.2 million copies worldwide, it was released in 1973 and falls in the genres of Art Rock, Progressive Pop and Progressive Rock.
Record label was Harvest Records and Columbia Records
Produced by Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie and Roger Walters.
#9 Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever
Sold 21.6 million copies worldwide, it was released in 1977 and falls in the genres of Disco.
Record Label was RSO, Polydor and Reprise
Produced by Bill Oakes