Sunday, August 05, 2007

What America Listens Too

"I knew that if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for awhile."

In going along with something that basically everyone already knows, I am a huge geek. I find the most insanely useless stuff absolutely fascinating. Something that has always grabbed my attention has been the list of the most popular albums of all time. So, I figured I might share one of the "passions" of my life. Way back in the day, I could name the top 20 in order, but then again, back then, I could do long division, read a book, and hit a curveball, so times have changed a little bit. Here now is the list. The number in parentheses is how many times that particular album went platnium. I got the info from RIAA's website. Enjoy.
  1. The Eagles- Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (29x)
  2. Michael Jackson- Thriller (27x)
  3. Pink Floyd- The Wall (23x)
  4. Led Zeppelin- IV (23x)
  5. AC/DC- Back in Black (21x)
  6. Billy Joel- Greatest Hits Vol. I & II (21x)
  7. Garth Brooks- Double Live (20x)
  8. Shania Twain- Come On Over (20x)
  9. Fleetwood Mac- Rumors (19x)
  10. The Beatles- The Beatles (White Album) (19x)
  11. Boston- Boston (17x)
  12. Whitney Houston- The Bodyguard (17x)
  13. Led Zeppelin- Physical Graffiti (16x)
  14. Garth Brooks- No Fences (16x)
  15. The Eagles- Hotel California (16x)
  16. Elton John- Greatest Hits (16x)
  17. Alanis Morissette- Jagged Little Pill (16x)
  18. The Beatles- 1967-1970 (16x)
  19. Hootie And The Blowfish- Cracked Rear View (16x)
  20. Pink Floyd- Dark Side Of The Moon (15x)
  21. The Beatles- 1962-1966 (15x)
  22. Santana- Supernatural (15x)
  23. Bruce Springsteen- Born In The U.S.A. (15x)
  24. Guns 'N Roses- Appetite For Destruction (15x)
  25. The Bee Gees- Saturday Night Fever (15x)
  26. Simon And Garfunkel- Greatest Hits (15x)
  27. Metallica- Metallica (Black Album) (14x)
  28. Garth Brooks- Ropin' The Wind (14x)
  29. Journey- Greatest Hits (14x)
  30. Meat Loaf- Bat Out Of Hell (14x)
  31. Backstreet Boys- Backstreet Boys (14x)
  32. Britney Spears- ...Baby One More Time (14x)
  33. Bruce Springsteen- Live 1975-'85 (13x)
  34. Backstreet Boys- Millennium (13x)
  35. Prince And The Revolution- Purple Rain (13x)
  36. Whitney Houston- Whitney Houston (13x)
  37. Steve Miller Band- Greatest Hits 1974-1978 (13x)
  38. Led Zeppelin- II (12x)
  39. Jewel- Pieces Of You (12x)
  40. Def Leppard- Hysteria (12x)
  41. Kenny Rogers- Greatest Hits (12x)
  42. Shania Twain- The Woman In Me (12x)
  43. Kenny G- Breathless (12x)
  44. Various Artists- Forrest Gump Soundtrack (12x)
  45. The Dixie Chicks- Wide Open Spaces (12x)
  46. Matchbox Twenty- Yourself Or Someone Like You (12x)
  47. Phil Collins- No Jacket Required (12x)
  48. Boyz II Men- II (12x)
  49. Bon Jovi- Slippery When Wet (12x)
  50. The Rolling Stones- Hot Rocks (12x)
  51. The Beatles- Abbey Road (12x)
  52. Pearl Jam- Ten (12x)
  53. Led Zeppelin- Houses Of The Holy (11x)
  54. James Taylor- Greatest Hits (11x)
  55. 'N Sync- No Strings Attached (11x)
  56. Creed- Human Clay (11x)
  57. Various Artists- Dirty Dancing Soundtrack (11x)
  58. TLC- CrazySexyCool (11x)
  59. Shania Twain- Up! (11x)
  60. Various Artists- Titanic Soundtrack (11x)
  61. Outkast- Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (11x)
  62. Celine Dion- Falling Into You (11x)
  63. The Eagles- Greatest Hits Vol. II (11x)
  64. Kid Rock- Devil Without A Cause (11x)
  65. The Beatles- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (11x)
  66. Norah Jones- Come Away With Me (10x)
  67. ZZ Top- Eliminator (10x)
  68. Carole King- Tapestry (10x)
  69. Celine Dion- Let's Talk About Love (10x)
  70. Aerosmith- Greatest Hits (10x)
  71. The Doors- The Best Of (10x)
  72. Eric Clapton- Unplugged (10x)
  73. Stevie Wonder- Songs In The Key Of Life (10x)
  74. The Doobie Brothers- Best Of The Doobies (10x)
  75. Patsy Cline- Greatest Hits (10x)
  76. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers- Greatest Hits (10x)
  77. Def Leppard- Pyromania (10x)
  78. Bob Marley And The Wailers- Legend (10x)
  79. Various Artists- The Lion King Soundtrack (10x)
  80. Linkin Park- Hybrid Theory (10x)
  81. The Dixie Chicks- Fly (10x)
  82. Madonna- The Immaculate Collection (10x)
  83. Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin (10x)
  84. Billy Joel- The Stranger (10x)
  85. Madonna- Like A Virgin (10x)
  86. Van Halen- Van Halen (10x)
  87. No Doubt- Tragic Kingdom (10x)
  88. Lionel Richie- Can't Slow Down (10x)
  89. Nirvana- Nevermind (10x)
  90. 'N Sync- 'N Sync (10x)
  91. Van Halen- 1984 (10x)
  92. Britney Spears- Oops!...I Did It Again (10x)
  93. Garth Brooks- The Hits (10x)
  94. George Michael- Faith (10x)
  95. U2- The Joshua Tree (10x)
  96. Mariah Carey- Daydream (10x)
  97. The Beatles- 1 (10x)
  98. Mariah Carey- Music Box (10x)
  99. Green Day- Dookie (10x)
  100. MC Hammer- Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em (10x)

You can find the rest of the list at this site. Take it easy everyone. Peace.


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