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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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The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
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Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Led Zeppelin
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Rumours is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Fleetwood Mac
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The Wall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Pink Floyd
5
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
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Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Guns N' Roses
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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Metallica
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The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
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Thriller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Michael Jackson
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Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Van Halen
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Boston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Boston
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Pyromania is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard
14
Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
15
Hysteria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Def Leppard
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Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Journey
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Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Bob Seger
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The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
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Hot Rocks 1964-1971 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Rolling Stones
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Aerosmith's Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
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Hi Infidelity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
REO Speedwagon
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Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Elton John
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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
The Beatles
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Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?
Meat Loaf
25
The Eminem Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?