The 50 best-selling albums of all time

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The Eagles. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

In 2018, The Eagles' greatest hits album, released in 1976, surpassed Michael Jackson's 1982 album "Thriller" to take the top spot on the Record Industry Association of America's (RIAA) list of the top selling albums of all time in the US.

The Eagles have the first and third best-selling albums of all time, with the band's "Hotel California" following "Thriller."

Other notable artists on the list include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Garth Brooks, who are all featured three times in the top 50.

Below is the list based on RIAA's data for the best-selling albums in US history (measured in "certified units" sold).

John Lynch contributed to a previous version of this post.

Check out the 50 best-selling albums of all time:

50. Led Zeppelin - "Led Zeppelin II"

led zeppelin
Atlantic

Certified units: 12 million

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49. Kenny Rogers - "Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits"

kenny rogers
Liberty

Certified units: 12 million

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48. Kenny G - "Breathless"

kenny g
Arista

Certified units: 12 million

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47. Jewel - "Pieces of You"

pieces of you jewel
Atlantic

Certified units: 12 million

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46. Def Leppard - "Hysteria"

def leppard hysteria
Mercury

Certified units: 12 million

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45. Celine Dion - "Falling Into You"

celine dion falling into you
550 Music

Certified units: 12 million

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44. Boyz II Men - "II"

boyz ii men
Motown

Certified units: 12 million

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43. Bon Jovi - "Slippery When Wet"

bon jovi
Mercury

Certified units: 12 million

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42. Whitney Houston - "Whitney Houston"

whitney houston
Arista

Certified units: 13 million

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41. The Chicks - "Wide Open Spaces"

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Monument

Certified units: 13 million

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40. Prince & The Revolution - "Purple Rain"

prince purple rain
Warner Bros.

Certified units: 13 million

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39. Pearl Jam - "Ten"

pearl jam
Epic

Certified units: 13 million

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38. Carole King - "Tapestry"

carole king tapestry
ODE

Certified units: 13 million

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37. Bruce Springsteen - "Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Live 1975-'85"

bruce springsteen
Columbia

Certified units: 13 million

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36. Backstreet Boys - "Millennium"

millennium backstreet boys
Jive

Certified units: 13 million

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35. Steve Miller Band - "Greatest Hits 1974-1978"

steve miller band
Capitol

Certified units: 14 million

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34. Simon & Garfunkel - "Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits"

greatest hits simon garfunkel
Sony

Certified units: 14 million

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33. Meat Loaf - "Bat Out of Hell"

meat loaf
Cleveland International

Certified units: 14 million

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32. Garth Brooks - "Ropin' The Wind"

garth brooks
Capitol

Certified units: 14 million

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31. Britney Spears - "...Baby One More Time"

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Jive

Certified units: 14 million

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30. Backstreet Boys - "Backstreet Boys"

backstreet boys
Jive

Certified units: 14 million

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29. Adele - "21"

adele 21
Columbia Records

Certified units: 14 million

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28. The Beatles - "The Beatles 1962-1966"

beatles 1962 1966
Apple

Certified units: 15 million

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27. Santana - "Supernatural"

santana supernatural
Arista

Certified units: 15 million

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26. Pink Floyd - "Dark Side of the Moon"

pink floyd
Harvest

Certified units: 15 million

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25. Journey - "Greatest Hits"

journey
Columbia

Certified units: 15 million

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24. Bruce Springsteen - "Born In The U.S.A."

bruce springsteen
Columbia

Certified units: 15 million

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23. Bob Marley & The Wailers - "Legend"

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Island

Certified units: 15 million

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22. Metallica - "Metallica"

metallica
Atlantic/Elektra

Certified units: 16 million

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21. Led Zeppelin - "Physical Graffiti"

Physical Graffiti
Swan Song

Certified units: 16 million

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20. Bee Gees - "Saturday Night Fever" (Soundtrack)

saturday night fever
RSO Records

Certified units: 15 million

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19. Alanis Morisette - "Jagged Little Pill"

Jagged Little Pill
Maverick

Certified units: 16 million

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18. The Beatles - "The Beatles 1967-1970"

beatles 1967 1970 blue album
EMI

Certified units: 17 million

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17. Elton John - "Greatest Hits"

elton john
Island

Certified units: 17 million

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16. Boston - "Boston"

boston
Epic

Certified units: 17 million

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15. Whitney Houston - "The Bodyguard" (Soundtrack)

bodyguard
Arista

Certified units: 18 million

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14. Guns N' Roses - "Appetite for Destruction"

guns n roses
Geffen

Certified units: 18 million

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13. Garth Brooks - "No Fences"

garth brooks
Capitol

Certified units: 18 million

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12. Shania Twain - "Come On Over"

shania twain
Mercury Nashville

Certified units: 20 million

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11. Fleetwood Mac - "Rumours"

fleetwood mac
Warner Bros.

Certified units: 20 million

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10. Hootie & The Blowfish - "Cracked Rear View"

cracked rear view
Atlantic

Certified units: 21 million

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9. Garth Brooks - "Double Live"

garth brooks
Capitol Nashville

Certified units: 21 million

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8. Pink Floyd - "The Wall"

Pink Floyd the wall
Columbia

Certified units: 23 million

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7. Led Zeppelin - "Led Zeppelin IV"

led zeppelin iv
Atlantic

Certified units: 23 million

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6. Billy Joel - "Greatest Hits Volume 1 & Volume 2"

billy joel
Columbia

Certified units: 23 million

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5. The Beatles - "The Beatles" ("The White Album")

the beatles
Apple

Certified units: 24 million

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4. AC/DC - "Back In Black"

ac/dc
Epic

Certified units: 25 million

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3. Eagles - "Hotel California"

hotel california
Asylum

Certified units: 26 million

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2. Michael Jackson - "Thriller"

michael jackson
Epic

Certified units: 34 million

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1. Eagles - "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)"

eagles
Elektra

Certified units: 38 million

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