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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Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

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126 46
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Fleetwood Mac

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113 43
Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Greatest Hits Journey

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114 46
The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Boston

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101 46
Pyromania is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard

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100 49
Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard

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

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Hi Infidelity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
REO Speedwagon

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Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Meat Loaf

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168 123
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

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The Wall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Pink Floyd

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The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

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

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

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Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles

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

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Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Guns N' Roses

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Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin

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

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

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

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Metallica

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Eliminator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
ZZ Top

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

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The Beatles / 1967-1970 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles / 1967-1970 The Beatles

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Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) Eagles

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Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Greatest Hits Elton John

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

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The Beatles / 1962-1966 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles / 1962-1966 The Beatles

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1984 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Van Halen

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Simon and Garfunkel's Grea... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits Simon and Garfunkel

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The Best of The Doors is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Best of The Doors The Doors

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Hot Rocks 1964-1971 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Hot Rocks 1964-1971 The Rolling Stones

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

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Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Greatest Hits Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Eagles

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25 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
25 Adele

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Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin

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Aerosmith's Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Aerosmith's Greatest Hits Aerosmith

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Unplugged is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Unplugged Eric Clapton

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21 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Adele

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Slippery When Wet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

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Greatest Hits 1974-78 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Greatest Hits 1974-78 Steve Miller Band

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Saturday Night Fever: The Orig... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track Bee Gees, Yvonne Elliman, Walter Murphy

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Santana

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Like a Virgin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Madonna

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Billy Joel

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Jagged Little Pill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Alanis Morissette

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The Immaculate Collection is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Immaculate Collection Madonna