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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197 100
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
2
185 106
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Fleetwood Mac
3
281 186
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
4
123 58
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
5
263 184
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
6
159 94
Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Journey
7
163 99
The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
8
143 83
Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Boston
9
105 53
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Pink Floyd
10
138 88
Pyromania is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard
11
101 53
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles
12
140 91
Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard
13
90 47
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
14
92 52
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Guns N' Roses
15
91 52
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin
16
125 87
Hi Infidelity is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
REO Speedwagon
17
124 94
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Meat Loaf
18
82 51
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Van Halen
19
85 59
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
20
75 49
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
21
69 48
Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Bob Seger
22
70 50
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Metallica
23
56 40
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin
24
57 48
1 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles
25
53 43
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin