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What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time? 

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Updated September 5, 2018 27k votes 1.4k voters 8.7k views 120 items

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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The Dark Side of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Pink Floyd (1973); Tracks: Time, Any Colour You Like & Speak to Me / Breathe
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Rumours is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Fleetwood Mac (1977); Tracks: The Chain, Don’t Stop & Dreams
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Thriller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Michael Jackson (1982); Tracks: Beat It, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) & The Girl Is Mine
4
The Marshall Mathers LP ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Eminem (2000); Tracks: Marshall Mathers, Who Knew & Kill You
5
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By AC/DC (1980); Tracks: You Shook Me All Night Long, Back in Black & What Do You Do for Money Honey
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Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By The Beatles (1969); Tracks: Here Comes the Sun, Oh! Darling & Because
7
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Led Zeppelin (1971); Tracks: Black Dog, Going to California & When the Levee Breaks
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The Wall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Pink Floyd (1979); Tracks: In the Flesh, The Thin Ice & Another Brick in the Wall Part 1
9
Appetite for Destruction... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Guns N' Roses (1987); Tracks: Rocket Queen, Anything Goes & Sweet Child o' Mine
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The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By U2 (1987); Tracks: In God's Country, Where the Streets Have No Name & Trip Through Your Wires
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Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Boston (1976); Tracks: Rock & Roll Band, Something About You & More Than a Feeling
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The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Eminem (2002); Tracks: Without Me, Sing for the Moment & White America
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Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Van Halen (1978); Tracks: Jamie's Cryin', Atomic Punk & Runnin' With the Devil
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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hea... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By The Beatles (1967); Tracks: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band & Within You Without You
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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Metallica (1991); Tracks: Of Wolf and Man, Nothing Else Matters & The Unforgiven
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Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Def Leppard (1987); Tracks: Hysteria, Women & Love and Affection
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Pyromania is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Def Leppard (1983); Tracks: Billy's Got a Gun, Action! Not Words & Foolin'
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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
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Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By Meat Loaf (1977); Tracks: Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Paradise by the Dashboard Light & Heaven Can Wait
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Hi Infidelity is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
By REO Speedwagon (1980); Tracks: Don't Let Him Go, I Wish You Were There & Someone Tonight
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Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
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Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
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Aerosmith's Greatest Hit... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?