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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184 87
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
2
177 93
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Fleetwood Mac
3
259 168
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
4
147 85
Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Journey
5
243 168
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
6
135 76
Boston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Boston
7
153 93
The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
8
107 54
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
93 46
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles
10
130 80
Pyromania is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard
11
132 82
Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard
12
94 51
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Pink Floyd
13
83 42
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
14
119 81
Hi Infidelity is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
REO Speedwagon
15
119 83
Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Meat Loaf
16
82 48
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Guns N' Roses
17
81 47
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin
18
76 46
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Van Halen
19
78 51
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
69 42
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
21
63 46
Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Bob Seger
22
50 34
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin
23
54 40
1 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles
24
57 46
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Metallica
25
47 36
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin