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(Deslidefied)   29 albums have sold 15 million copies or more, only some of which are decent   (deslide.clusterfake.net) divider line
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2022-07-28 9:11:11 AM  
I own six, more than I thought I did going into reading the list
 
2022-07-28 9:15:06 AM  
All but seven of them.  I don't lean toward Country unless its outlaw (I.e.. Stapleton, Steve Earl, Lucinda Williams, etc)
 
2022-07-28 9:27:09 AM  
I own 17 of them.
 
2022-07-28 9:38:54 AM  
Is a more modern question "how many of these do you have access to via your streaming platform of choice"
 
2022-07-28 9:47:50 AM  
None. While I do enjoy certain songs from a lot of them, I don't own any of the actual albums.
 
2022-07-28 9:53:46 AM  
Someone gave me a copy of Legend on CD years ago, other than that, nothing.
I never saw the point in buying albums or CDs of stuff that gets played constantly.
 
2022-07-28 9:58:15 AM  
Over the years I've owned probably more than half of them, but currently, I have the two Pink Floyd albums (on both CD and vinyl), and CDs of the Bob Marley one and Hotel California.
 
2022-07-28 10:00:09 AM  

Exluddite: Someone gave me a copy of Legend on CD years ago, other than that, nothing.
I never saw the point in buying albums or CDs of stuff that gets played constantly.


Depends on if I want flac, I still buy them from time to time (I.e. Tangerine Dream, GD Wall of Sound in 1974, etc)
 
2022-07-28 10:27:34 AM  
I have 15 of them.
 
2022-07-28 10:30:10 AM  
18 for me, but some of those greatest hits records are my wife's, I prefer regular albums.
 
2022-07-28 10:31:23 AM  
Moon, Rumours and Physical Graffiti.
 
2022-07-28 10:32:22 AM  
And only 8 of those make we want to gouge out my ears with gardening tools.  JLP is maybe my least favorite album of all time though. I was deathly sick of it when it was new, now it just makes me suicidal.
 
2022-07-28 10:36:21 AM  
I understand all of those except the Alanis album. I mean, it was decent for its time, but I just don't get how it's sold 16M copies.
 
2022-07-28 10:37:32 AM  
The only one that took me by surprise was Jagged Little Pill

It's a great album I just didn't realize that it sold so many

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2022-07-28 10:38:19 AM  

WhackingDay: I understand all of those except the Alanis album. I mean, it was decent for its time, but I just don't get how it's sold 16M copies.


That's ironic, because I was thinking you ought to know, but I have faith you'll wake up and you learn.

/ Perfect
 
2022-07-28 10:39:40 AM  
Steve Miller Band - see them play the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, WA on August 27th and 28th!
 
2022-07-28 10:46:56 AM  
Am I missing something here? Where's Bat Out of Hell?
 
2022-07-28 10:47:32 AM  
Thriller is an all-timer.  Still holds up.

WhackingDay: I understand all of those except the Alanis album. I mean, it was decent for its time, but I just don't get how it's sold 16M copies.


That's the one?  Not the Hootie or Boston albums?
 
2022-07-28 10:48:03 AM  
Hootie and the Blowfish.

Hootie.

And.

The.

Blowfish.
 
2022-07-28 10:51:51 AM  
Supernatural was the only real surprise to me here. "Smooth" was ubiquitous for a period of time, but I wouldn't have figured that to drive 15 million-plus in sales. Still, good for Carlos.
 
2022-07-28 10:52:43 AM  
Boston's Boston got me into non heavy guitar music later on in my youth.
 
2022-07-28 10:53:30 AM  
I'm a little surprised by Hootie.  It's true those songs were inescapable when that album came out, but they completely disappeared once everyone got sick of them.  At least Jagged Little Pill had a musical and the songs are still played on the radio sometimes.
 
2022-07-28 10:54:16 AM  
Own 18 here
 
2022-07-28 10:56:14 AM  
I'm pretty sure it's some kind of law of the Universe that if you come across a stack of old vinyl records for sale it will always contain a copy of Rumours.
 
2022-07-28 10:56:42 AM  

Harrogate the Melon Bunger: Thriller is an all-timer.  Still holds up.

WhackingDay: I understand all of those except the Alanis album. I mean, it was decent for its time, but I just don't get how it's sold 16M copies.

That's the one?  Not the Hootie or Boston albums?


Nah, it was wall-to-wall Boston in the late 70s, early 80s. I probably bought that album 3 or 4 times myself back then. I never liked Hootie that much, but they were on every station, they crossed a bunch of genres.
 
2022-07-28 10:58:06 AM  
The three shocks are Jagged Little Pill, The Bodyguard soundtrack, and Hootie and the Blowfish.  More shocking is that any Pearl Jam and Metallica album haven't sold as much as those.
 
2022-07-28 10:58:56 AM  
I get that they technically hit the criteria, but I don't think greatest hits, or 'this bands songs 1980-1990' should count.
 
2022-07-28 11:06:17 AM  
Holy crap.  I own 20.  And my father has two more that I ripped...

Mind you, I know it's raw numbers so the presence of so many greatest hits albums doesn't surprise, but does annoy a little.  Kinda feels like cheating.
 
2022-07-28 11:10:40 AM  

Xythero: I'm a little surprised by Hootie.  It's true those songs were inescapable when that album came out, but they completely disappeared once everyone got sick of them.  At least Jagged Little Pill had a musical and the songs are still played on the radio sometimes.


Darius Tucker has been successful as a crossover, the HB albums probably got a leg up because of that.
 
2022-07-28 11:11:39 AM  

SpaceMonkey-66: Xythero: I'm a little surprised by Hootie.  It's true those songs were inescapable when that album came out, but they completely disappeared once everyone got sick of them.  At least Jagged Little Pill had a musical and the songs are still played on the radio sometimes.

Darius Tucker has been successful as a crossover, the HB albums probably got a leg up because of that.


Dammit, Rucker

Fsck you autocorrect
 
2022-07-28 11:13:47 AM  
I have
8 on vinyl (some duplicated on CD)
3 on CD (not on vinyl)
4 more in my mp3 collection.  (obtained my nefarious means).
 
2022-07-28 11:15:06 AM  
Only 29 albums in history have sold more than 15 million copies in the US.

(possibly includes Canada - not sure of the scope of RIAA)
 
2022-07-28 11:20:41 AM  

WhackingDay: I understand all of those except the Alanis album. I mean, it was decent for its time, but I just don't get how it's sold 16M copies.


You oughta know
 
2022-07-28 11:21:56 AM  
Given the sheer volume of used copies I've seen in my life of this one I thought that I was certain it would be on the list.

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2022-07-28 11:23:04 AM  

Milk D: The three shocks are Jagged Little Pill, The Bodyguard soundtrack, and Hootie and the Blowfish.  More shocking is that any Pearl Jam and Metallica album haven't sold as much as those.


Those three surprised me a little as well.

But they're all good albums and clearly hit some kind of vibe with people.
 
2022-07-28 11:24:01 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Given the sheer volume of used copies I've seen in my life of this one I thought that I was certain it would be on the list.

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6 million? C'mon, there is no way that's right. Everyone's parents had this record I'm 100% positive.
 
2022-07-28 11:24:40 AM  
I did not expect to see a Steve Miller album on the list.
 
2022-07-28 11:24:59 AM  
Yea, these are popular albums. I put these in 5 groups. (numbering from slides seems random)

The albums that pretty much everyone owned 20-30 years ago
22. "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" by the Eagles - 38x
26. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson - 34x

Greatest Hits albums way back when they were a thing.
4. "1962-1966" by The Beatles - 15x
10. "Greatest Hits" by Journey - 15x
12. "1967-1970" by The Beatles - 17x
13. "Greatest Hits - Volume I & Volume II" by Billy Joel - 23x
15. "Legend" by Bob Marley & The Wailers - 15x
17. "Greatest Hits" by Elton John - 17x
27. "Greatest Hits 1974-78" by the Steve Miller Band - 15x

Then you have the rock classics - nodding yes through most of these. Didn't realize that Physical Graffiti was LZ's second most popular album.
1. "The Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd - 15x
3. "The Wall" by Pink Floyd - 23x
5. "Boston" by Boston - 17x
8. "Physical Graffiti" by Led Zeppelin - 16x
11. "Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N' Roses - 18x
16. "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac - 20x
23. "The Beatles" by The Beatles - 24x
24. "Back in Black" by AC/DC - 25x
28. "Led Zeppelin IV" by Led Zeppelin - 24x
29. "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen - 17x
21. "Hotel California" by the Eagles - 26x

Big in the 90s - this one has the most surprises. These were popular in the time of peak record sales, but the least enduring in the bunch.
2. "Jagged Little Pill" by Alanis Morissette - 16x
6. "Supernatural" by Santana - 15x
7. "Come On Over" by Shania Twain - 20x
9. "Double Live" by Garth Brooks - 21x
14. "Metallica" by Metallica - 16x
19. "The Bodyguard" by Whitney Houston - 18x
20. "Cracked Rear View" by Hootie & the Blowfish - 21x
25. "No Fences" by Garth Brooks - 18x

And then disco.
18. "Saturday Night Fever" by the Bee Gees - 16x
 
2022-07-28 11:28:36 AM  

ElFugawz: And then disco.  18. "Saturday Night Fever" by the Bee Gees - 16x


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2022-07-28 11:30:18 AM  

WhackingDay: I understand all of those except the Alanis album. I mean, it was decent for its time, but I just don't get how it's sold 16M copies.


That album spawned shiat singles.  It had tremendous staying power.
 
2022-07-28 11:31:10 AM  
Greatest hits albums are for housewives and little girls

4. "1962-1966" by The Beatles - 15x
12. "1967-1970" by The Beatles - 17x


Yeah
 
2022-07-28 11:31:29 AM  

Exluddite: Someone gave me a copy of Legend on CD years ago, other than that, nothing.


Every third person in my dorm in college owned a copy of Legend.  I can definitely see how it sold so much.
 
2022-07-28 11:32:03 AM  
Big in the 90s - this one has the most surprises. These were popular in the time of peak record sales, but the least enduring in the bunch.
2. "Jagged Little Pill" by Alanis Morissette - 16x
6. "Supernatural" by Santana - 15x
7. "Come On Over" by Shania Twain - 20x
9. "Double Live" by Garth Brooks - 21x
14. "Metallica" by Metallica - 16x
19. "The Bodyguard" by Whitney Houston - 18x
20. "Cracked Rear View" by Hootie & the Blowfish - 21x
25. "No Fences" by Garth Brooks - 18x



Except for Metallica, Ive never heard any of those records all the way through either. I can't even name a Hootie song I don't think, though I'm sure I must have heard the hits.
 
2022-07-28 11:32:10 AM  

Snapper Carr: WhackingDay: I understand all of those except the Alanis album. I mean, it was decent for its time, but I just don't get how it's sold 16M copies.

That album spawned shiat singles. five hit singles  It had tremendous staying power.



Stupid filter.
 
2022-07-28 11:33:12 AM  

Snapper Carr: WhackingDay: I understand all of those except the Alanis album. I mean, it was decent for its time, but I just don't get how it's sold 16M copies.

That album spawned shiat singles.  It had tremendous staying power.


I assume you meant 5 singles that were hits?
 
2022-07-28 11:33:16 AM  

Snapper Carr: WhackingDay: I understand all of those except the Alanis album. I mean, it was decent for its time, but I just don't get how it's sold 16M copies.

That album spawned shiat singles.  It had tremendous staying power.


They say nothing to me about life of Steven Patrick Morrissey
 
2022-07-28 11:33:34 AM  

SpaceMonkey-66: Xythero: I'm a little surprised by Hootie.  It's true those songs were inescapable when that album came out, but they completely disappeared once everyone got sick of them.  At least Jagged Little Pill had a musical and the songs are still played on the radio sometimes.

Darius Tucker has been successful as a crossover, the HB albums probably got a leg up because of that.


They sold 12 million CDs of that album in the first year alone. Hootie and the Blowfish hit a very sweet spot when they first appeared, right when people were being turned off by the anger and misery of grunge and when the adult alternative genre really took off, particularly REM, which Darius Rucker cited as their major influence. Still, it is mind-boggling how popular they were at the time - I have a feeling they simply benefited from a set of circumstances that can never be duplicated today with other artists.
 
2022-07-28 11:39:32 AM  

drewogatory: I can't even name a Hootie song I don't think, though I'm sure I must have heard the hits.


You have definitely heard either "I only wanna be with yooooooooooooou" or "Let her cryyyyyyyyyyyy"
 
2022-07-28 11:45:53 AM  

EqualOpportunityEnslaver: Supernatural was the only real surprise to me here. "Smooth" was ubiquitous for a period of time, but I wouldn't have figured that to drive 15 million-plus in sales. Still, good for Carlos.


Yeah, nothing else from that album received much airplay. I wonder if its sales tax were from fans of all the first artists on it (Clapton, Dave Matthews, Lauryn Hill, etc).

Either way, there are no mind-blowing surprises on that list. A few I wouldn't have thought were *that* high, but everything is fairly common in collections.
 
2022-07-28 11:47:50 AM  
Bob Marley's "Legend" was issued to every college freshman from 1990-1999. It was totally inescapable on any campus.
 
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