Albums What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?  

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List Rules The list features every album Diamond certified album by RIAA (including greatest hits, soundtracks, and live albums), which only considers US sales.

Whether you call them Diamond certified or the best-selling albums of all time, this list features every album certified by the RIAA with over 10 million copies sold in the US. While other countries have their own forms of certification, a Diamond-certified album means serious business for musicians. Of all the best-selling albums in history, however, which one do you think is the very best Diamond album? Where do they find themselves on the list of best albums of all time?

Though every album on this list has sold over 10 million copies in America, most of them have far surpassed this criteria. For instance, Michael Jackson's 1982 Thriller album has gone 33x platinum (platinum requires 1 million copies sold). Keep in mind, it's not just original studio albums that make this list of Diamond albums; numerous top movie soundtracks and greatest hits compilations have been certified Diamond as well, including Elton John's Greatest Hits: One Night Only from Madison Square Gardens and Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack—among plenty of others. From hit rap albums to the best albums of the 80s—a wide range of artists have achieved the Diamond status on their top albums.

Who else makes this list of the best Diamond certified albums? Check out the complete list of albums that went Diamond below and cast a vote for your top picks. 

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143 55
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Fleetwood Mac

2
139 54
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

3
121 52
Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Greatest Hits Journey

4
113 47
Boston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Boston

5
122 59
The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

6
108 59
Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard

7
106 58
Pyromania is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard

8
77 34
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

9
183 135
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

10
181 136
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

11
98 58
Hi Infidelity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
REO Speedwagon

12
101 61
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Meat Loaf

13
70 32
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Pink Floyd

14
59 25
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

15
60 31
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles

16
58 32
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

17
53 34
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Van Halen

18
53 35
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin

19
51 37
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Guns N' Roses

20
44 36
Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Greatest Hits Bob Seger

21
36 26
1 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
1 The Beatles

22
41 33
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

23
33 23
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin

24
36 29
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Metallica

25
30 24
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin