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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167 70
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

2
166 79
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Fleetwood Mac

3
137 70
Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Greatest Hits Journey

4
145 78
The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

5
128 65
Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Boston

6
229 157
The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

7
96 45
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

8
221 156
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

9
125 75
Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard

10
123 74
Pyromania is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard

11
85 43
The Wall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Pink Floyd

12
115 75
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
78 40
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles

14
111 75
Hi Infidelity is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
REO Speedwagon

15
70 38
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

16
71 42
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin

17
71 43
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Guns N' Roses

18
68 40
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Van Halen

19
71 45
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
55 40
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

21
55 41
Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Greatest Hits Bob Seger

22
49 34
1 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
1 The Beatles

23
42 31
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
48 39
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Metallica

25
41 30
The Beatles / 1967-1970 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles / 1967-1970 The Beatles