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Friday, August 8, 2014

World’s Best-Selling Compilations

The August 2, 2014 issue of Billboard magazine published an article on the “Best of Best-Sellers” (page 74) which presented the top 10 best-selling compilations of the SoundScan era (1991 to present). Here’s the list:

The Top 10 Best-Selling Compilations of the SoundScan Era (1991-present)
  1. 12.4 million: The Beatles 1 (2000)
  2. 11.6 m: Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (1984)
  3. 9.4 m: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Greatest Hits (1994)
  4. 8.6 m: Journey Greatest Hits (1988)
  5. 8.2 m: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits (1993)
  6. 8.0 m: Celine Dion All the Way: A Decade of Song (1999)
  7. 7.8 m: Garth Brooks The Hits (1994)
  8. 7.2 m: James Taylor Greatest Hits (1976)
  9. 7.2 m: Queen Greatest Hits (1981)
  10. 6.7 m: Jimmy Buffett Songs You Know by Heart
The World’s All-Time Best-Selling Compilations

In response, here is the DMDB’s list of the world’s best-selling compilations of all-time. The list is comprised of all compilations selling ten million or more worldwide.

  1. 42.9 m: Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1976)
  2. 34.4 m: Abba Gold: Greatest Hits (1993)
  3. 31.5 m: Madonna The Immaculate Collection – Madonna (1990)
  4. 31.5 m: The Beatles 1 (2000)
  5. 31.3 m: Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (1984)
  6. 30.0 m: The Beatles 1962-1966 (1973)
  7. 29.8 m: The Beatles 1967-1970 (1973)
  8. 27.6 m: Queen Greatest Hits (1981)
  9. 27.0 m: Elton John Greatest Hits (1974)
  10. 25.1 m: Simon & Garfunkel Greatest Hits (1972)

  11. 22.3 m: Queen Greatest Hits 2 (1991)
  12. 21.7 m: Celine Dion All the Way…A Decade of Song (1999)
  13. 21.5 m: Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present, and Future Book 1 (2 discs – 1 compilation, 1 disc of new studio material; 1995)
  14. 21.4 m: Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II (1985)
  15. 21.0 m: Bon Jovi Cross Road (1994)
  16. 19.0 m: Garth Brooks The Hits (1994)
  17. 18.5 m: U2 Best of 1980-1990 (1998)
  18. 18.0 m: Elton John Very Best of (1990)
  19. 18.0 m: James Taylor Greatest Hits (1976)
  20. 16.5 m: Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits (1988)

  21. 16.5 m: Journey Greatest Hits (1988)
  22. 15.9 m: Bryan Adams So Far So Good (1993)
  23. 15.9 m: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits (1993)
  24. 15.8 m: Mariah Carey #1’s (1998)
  25. 15.6 m: Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (1980)
  26. 15.4 m: Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-1978) (1978)
  27. 15.0 m: Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II (1982)
  28. 15.0 m: Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits (1995)
  29. 14.9 m: The Doobie Brothers Best of the Doobies (1976)
  30. 14.9 m: The Doors Best of the Doors 1987)

  31. 14.0 m: Aerosmith Greatest Hits (1980)
  32. 13.7 m: The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (1971)
  33. 13.6 m: The Police Every Breath You Take: The Singles (1986)
  34. 13.5 m: Eric Clapton Time Pieces – The Best of (1982)
  35. 13.1 m: Phil Collins Hits (1998)
  36. 13.1 m: Enya Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of (1997)
  37. 12.7 m: Sade Best of (1994)
  38. 12.5 m: Janis Joplin Greatest Hits (1973)
  39. 12.1 m: Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle (1976)
  40. 12.1 m: Elton John Love Songs (1996)

  41. 12.1 m: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Greatest Hits (1994)
  42. 12.1 m: Barbra Streisand Memories (1981)
  43. 11.8 m: George Michael Ladies and Gentlemen – Best of (1998)
  44. 11.7 m: Bob Dylan Greatest Hits (1967)
  45. 11.6 m: Lionel Richie Back to Front (1992)
  46. 11.4 m: Dire Straits Money for Nothing (1988)
  47. 11.4 m: Foreigner Records (1982)
  48. 11.3 m: The Carpenters The Singles 1969-1973 (1973)
  49. 11.3 m: Tina Turner Simply the Best (1991)
  50. 11.2 m: John Denver Greatest Hits (1973)

  51. 11.2 m: Elvis Presley 30 #1 Hits (2002)
  52. 11.2 m: Robbie Wiliams Greatest Hits (2004)
  53. 11.0 m: Abba Greatest Hits (1976)
  54. 11.0 m: Michael Jackson Number Ones (2003)
  55. 10.9 m: Patsy Cline 12 Greatest Hits (1973)
  56. 10.8 m: Eagles Very Best of (2003)
  57. 10.7 m: Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits (2004)
  58. 10.4 m: Lenny Kravitz Greatest Hits (2000)
  59. 10.3 m: Madonna Something to Remember (1995)
  60. 10.2 m: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young So Far (1974)

  61. 10.2 m: Whitney Houston Greatest Hits (2000)
  62. 10.2 m: ZZ Top Greatest Hits (1992)
  63. 10.1 m: The Rolling Stones Forty Licks (2002)
  64. 10.0 m: Elvis Presley Golden Records (1958)
  65. 10.0 m: R.E.M. In Time: The Best of, 1988-2003 (2003)
  66. 10.0 m: Rod Stewart Greatest Hits (1979)
  67. 10.0 m: Sting Fields of Gold: The Best of 1984-1994 (1994)

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