If you're a music lover, you may have already have listened to the these best selling albums (of all time). Even if you're a casual music listener, take a look at these album below because in one way or another, they'll all had a role in defining the music industry over the years.
Michael Jackson released Thriller, his sixth album, in November of 1982. The album touched on the pop, post-disco, rock, and funk genres of music and became Jackson's best selling album and his first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200. There are numerous singles from the album -- Billie Jean, Beat It, Thriller, etc. -- that everyone will have heard, even if you're not a music fan. The album is also the best selling album of all time having sold over 66 million copies worldwide. Many consider the album to be a culturally and historically significant album by defining the music scene from time and onwards. Following Jackson's death, the album sold over 100,000 copies with its title track selling more than 1 million copies.
Back in Black (1980)
The rock band AC/DC released its seventh album in July of 1980 touching on the hard rock and heavy metal genres of music. It is the first album from the band with Brian Johnson as the band's lead vocalist as their previous vocalist Bon Scott had passed away earlier that year. The album sold over 50 millions copies worldwide and was one of the most popular albums of the early 1980s. Even today, the album serves as an example for heavy metal artists and producers and has helped introduce heavy metal to younger generations. We recommend a listen even if you're not a heavy metal fan because it's one of the best out there.
Bat Out of Hell (1977)
Meat Loaf released Bat Out of Hell in October of 1977 which was developed from the musical Neverland. The album is categorized as a rock album and has two sequel albums: Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. The album has sold over 43 million copies worldwide though initially there was little enthusiasm towards the album. The album also received mix reviews from critic, which potentially contributed to the slow initial response, and enthusiam only increased after music videos were releasd. We recommend giving Bat Out of Hell a listen (also watch the music videos!) because it's truly an unique work of art.
The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Popular rock band Pink Floyd released their eighth album in March of 1973. The album was mostly developed during live performances and utilized new recording techniques like multitrack recording and synthesisers. The Dark Side of the Moon has sold over 45 million copies worldwide and is Pink Floyd's best selling album, helping establish the band internationally and making superstars out of the band members. Despite its popularity, the album only spent 1 week at the top of the Billarboard charts in the United States. Many also consider the album to be a defining moment in rock music history, so if you have some free time, give it a listen.
The Bodyguard (1992)
The Bodyguard is the soundtrack from the 1992 film, The Bodyguard. The album includes songs recorded by Whitney Houston (who also starred in the film) and is the number one best selling soundtrack album from any movie. Sales of the album were the first to be monitored electronically, with more than one million copies sold during the one week period ending in 12/27/1992. Perhaps the most famous single from the album is Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" which still gets airplay today. The album has sold over 45 million copies worldwide and was number one on Billboard for 20 weeks.