TOP-10 SELLED PLATES IN THE HISTORY OF SOUND RECORDING
Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1982) – 66 million copies *
Already in the first week after the release, about a million copies of the record were sold. Thriller is listed on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This vinyl broke certain barriers: the song “Beat It” got into rotation on “white radio stations” thanks to the solo recorded for the record by Eddie Van Halen. Moreover, it was the Thriller album that helped the music industry enter the crossover era.
AC / DC “Back in Black” (1980) – 50 million copies
This is the first release without Bon Scott. All the songs on the record are actually written in memory of him. “After Bon’s death, we wanted to fix everything, we focused on the album and made it timeless, I think it will remain so in the future,” says Malcolm Young. “I think AC / DC peaked at that moment.”
Pink Floyd “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973) – 45 million copies
Despite the fact that Pink Floyd acquired the status of a band playing “space” rock, the name “The Dark Side of the Moon” meant a journey to the other side of consciousness, immersion in madness, and not an intergalactic trip. And indeed, a strange cognitive phenomenon is associated with the album, which was called among the fans the “dark side of the rainbow”. If you play a disc while watching the film “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939, you can find hundreds of matches between the text, music and plot of the film.
Meat Loaf “Bat Out of Hell” (1977) – 43 million copies
Michael Lee Eday and Jim Steinman recorded the most popular rock opera record. True, she could never have seen the light if it were not for the producer Todd Randgren, who, laughing after listening to the material, decided to record it. It might seem that the songs in this album are autobiographical, however, Steinman always claimed that it was only “his sore imagination”.
Eagles “Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975” (1976) – 42 million copies
The idea of creating a compilation album came from Asylum Records. The members of the group themselves, in particular, Don Felder, were unhappy with this decision, saying that “this is a trick of the label to get money without investing in creating new material.” However, the release took place and became one of the best-selling in the world. In addition, he gave time and inspiration to create the legendary album “Hotel California”.
Bee Gees / Various Artists Saturday Night Fever (1977) – 40 million copies
Soundtrack album for the eponymous movie “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta. 15 times became platinum. The record contains songs that were not included in the film: Samantha Sang “Emotion” and three Bee Gees compositions “If I Can’t Have You”, “Don’t Throw It All Away (Our Love)” and “Warm Ride” .
Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977) – 40 million copies
The most distressing album, the creation of which was controlled by all the most negative emotions of members of Fleetwood Mac. The group had to “make colossal emotional sacrifices” to get together in the studio. It was with the help of this record that the members of the collective “talked out” and were able to continue further cooperation without recrimination.
VA “Grease: The Original Soundtrack for the Motion Picture” (1978) – 38 million copies
Soundtrack for the film “Briolin”. The release took place two months before the release of the picture. The authors have long doubted their project. After all, the music of the 50s in the late 70s sounded quite anachronistic. However, this did not prevent the album from becoming platinum. Ironically, Barry Gibb produced this record with Alby Galuten and Karl Richardson, who worked on the music for the movie Saturday Night Fever, the soundtrack for which also became the best-selling album.
Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin IV” (1971) – 37 million copies
It is about this record that many legends are composed, which the group members mainly deny. Starting from the cover of the album, ending with the messages that were allegedly concluded in the single “Stairway to Heaven”. Led Zeppelin always liked the hype and aura of mystery around his fourth studio work. They managed to create something more than was originally intended. However, this vinyl still has a certain mystical flair: it was recorded in the real “Headley Grange haunted house” in the south-east of England.
The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ”(1967) – 32 million copies
Top 10 Record Selling Records
The most scandalous, conspiracy theological and radical album The Beatles. Scandalous – because about drugs. Conspirological – because it opens the veil of secrecy about what happened to McCartney. Radical – because The Beatles are tired of being The Beatles. Yes, and a colorful, multi-valued cover, with a huge number of interesting ambiguous details that generate a lot of rumors around this record, it is worth special attention, like a real art object….