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Latest RIAA Top 10 Sales All-Time: AC/DC Rising

Posted by James Duncan on

AC/DC Back In Black RIAA 10M award detailSince announcing in the past year that the the Beatles infamous White Album had been certified 24x Multi-Platinum -- moving it into fourth spot on its all-time sales list past Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume I -- Aussie hard rock veterans AC/DC have now taken spot #4 from the Fab Four with their 1980 release Back In Black.

Clocking in at 25 million copies, the hard-hitting rock masterpiece just keeps on selling no doubt in part fueled by nostalgia after the tragic early passing of founding brother Malcolm Young in late 2017.

Incidentally, the White Album is still the top multi-disc set of all time and is actually the Beatles best-selling album by a fairly good measure, with their second highest tally being attained by their The Beatles 1967-70 album holding down 18th spot with 17 million copies sold. Of course the Beatles had already achieved one of the most amazing feats by being the highest certified band in RIAA history with 178 million certifications in all from their various releases.

The RIAA's top 10 best selling albums of all time now looks like this:

1. Eagles, Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975, 38 million
2. Michael Jackson, Thriller, 33 million
3. Eagles, Hotel California, 26 million
4. AC/DC, Back In Black, 25 million
5. The Beatles, The Beatles (aka White Album), 24 million
6. Billy Joel, Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II, 23 million
7. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, 23 million
8. Pink Floyd, The Wall, 23 million
9. Garth Brooks Double Live, 21 million
10. Hootie & The Blowfish, Cracked Rear View, 21 million

In lesser reported news, Hootie & The Blowfish's Cracked Rear View still holds its' slim lead over Fleetwood Mac's venerable Rumours out of the top 10 by a million copies... 

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