According to the RIAA(Recording Industry Association of America) these are the twenty best selling hard rock and heavy metal albums in America. I’ve also included sales totals.
Interesting tidbits: Every one of these albums has sold at least 10 Million copies….I only included original studio albums…no greatest hits…no live…no unplugged…and they have to be considered hard rock or heavy metal by the vast majority of folks.
Amazingly….FIVE! Yes Five Led Zeppelin albums make the list….that means FIVE, yes Five Zep albums have sold more than 10 million! WOWZERS!
The only other band with more than one album in the Top 20 is, unsurprisingly, Def Leppard.
Another surprise to me wasn’t so much that Green Day was in the Top 20 but that it was with an album other than American Idiot. Dookie makes it in at Number 15 with over ten million sold!
Best album cover of these 20? My pick….MeatLoaf- Bat Out of Hell….yours?
Only album on the list released in the new millenium…Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory. Another WOW. Does that mean it may be the last truly great hard rock/heavy metal album or is it the change in how we consume our music now? I’d lean toward the latter.
16. DEF LEPPARD – PYROMANIA (TEN MILLION SOLD)
12. CREED – HUMAN CLAY (ELEVEN MILLION SOLD)
9. BON JOVI – SLIPPERY WHEN WET (TWELVE MILLION SOLD)
5. METALLICA – METALLICA (FIFTEEN MILLION SOLD)