In a world where digital downloads rule the music market, physical CDs are still proving they’re not irrelevant… at least not yet anyway. Amazon has released a list of their top 100 Best Selling CDs of All Time that includes an eclectic range of artists from U2, Robert Plant, Taylor Swift, Adele, Johnny Cash and many many more of music’s top grossing artists.
U2’s 2004 effort How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb ranks number 17 on the list. The CD brought the band into their 25th year and brought the mega hit “Vertigo” along with the somber “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own,” an ode to Bono’s dad who passed around the time the song was written, among others. The band once again re-invented themselves with the release and a highly successful world tour to follow.
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant makes the list at number three with his collaboration album with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. The album found the singer trading in his classic rock roots for a more Americana/folk sound that has become the greatest musical collaboration of the last decade.
Country/pop princess Taylor Swift has three albums on the chart with Fearless at number six, Speak Now at 18 and her latest effort, last year’s Red at 32. Her debut self-titled album and follow up Christmas EP are absent from the top 100, but still shows Swift as the powerhouse artist she has become.
And the number one album on the chart belongs to… Adele with 21. The singer’s sophomore effort launched her into the history books with numerous awards and accolades for selling over 26 million copies worldwide, with ten million in the U.S. alone to certify it Diamond by the RIAA. Singles such as “Someone Like You,” “Rolling In The Deep” and “Turning Tables” made Adele an instant household name worldwide. The British singer’s debut album, 19, also rests at number eight on the list.
Other album’s on the list include Green Day’s American Idiot at number 14, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now at number 25, Carrie Underwood’s debut Some Hearts at number 35, Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway at 37, Bruce Springsteen’s Magic at 43, Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride at 61, the 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller at 64, The Lumineers’ self-titled project at 74, Garth Brooks’ three disc The Ultimate Hits at 79, AC/DC’s Back In Black at 92 and the High School Musical 2 Soundtrack ranking in at 100.
As one may expect, The Beatles have the most albums on the list with six. They include The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) 16 CD boxed set at number 24, Love at 33, The Beatles 1 at 51, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at 72, The White Album at 86 and the remastered version of Abbey Road at 88.
The top ten albums are:
- Adele – 21
- Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream
- Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Soundtrack)
- Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
- Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
- Taylor Swift – Fearless
- Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
- Adele – 19
- Dixie Chicks – Taking The Long Way
- Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.