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Top Selling Catalog Albums of the SoundScan Era (1991-2005)

Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:03 pm

This list consists of albums which haven't charted on the Billboard top 200 since May 1991 when the catalog chart was introduced at the beginning of the soundscan era.

Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

(# -year of rel-artist-title-soundscan-date of scan)

01 1984 Bob Marley ”Legend” 8,683,000 sep05
02 1973 Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon” 7,261,000 sep05
03 1976 James Taylor “Greatest hits” 6,012,000 apr05
04 1985 Jimmy Buffett “Songs you know by heart” 5,738,000 mar05
05 1988 Journey “Greatest Hits” 5,685,000 sep05
06 1980 AC/DC “Back in black” 5,244,000 jul05
07 1978 Soundtrack “Grease” 5,221,000 apr04
08 1978 Steve Miller “Greatest hits 74-78” 4,891,000 feb05
09 1976 The Eagles “Their greatest hits 71-75” 4,853,000 may05
10 1986 Beastie Boys “Licensed to Ill” 4,851,000 okt04

11 1988 Metallica "And Justice For All" 4,699,000 feb05
12 1980 Aerosmith “Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits” 4,501,000 okt04
13 1982 Eric Clapton “Time pieces” 4,423,000 feb05
14 1987 Guns N’ Roses “Appetite For Destruction” 4,399,000 may05
15 1976 Creedence Clearwater Revival “Chronicle” 4,085,000 sep05
16 1986 Metallica “Master of Puppets” 3,962,000 feb05
17 1985 Metallica "Ride the Lightning" 3,870,000 feb05
18 1988 Fleetwood Mac “Greatest hits” 3,768,000 feb05
19 1988 Patsy Cline “Greatest hits” 3,588,000 feb05
20 1974 Elton John “Greatest hits” 3,561,000 feb05

21 1969 The Beatles “Abbey road” 3,433,000 feb05
22 1981 Journey “Escape” 3,400,000 feb05
23 1967 The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper” 3,308,000 feb05
24 1971 Led Zeppelin “IV” 3,190,000 jun05
25 1982 The Eagles “Greatest hits Vol 2” 3,017,000 dec03
26 1987 U2 “The Joshua tree” 2,919,000 may05
27 1968 The Beatles “The White album” 2,843,000 feb05
28 1959 Miles Davis “Kind of blue” 2,700,000 apr05
29 1972 Simon & Garfunkel “Greatest hits” 2,678,000 feb05
30 1977 Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” 2,506,000 may05

31 1973 The Beatles “67-70” 2,477,000 may05
32 1986 Bon Jovi “Slippery When Wet” 2,422,000 dec04
33 1982 Michael Jackson “Thriller” 2,285,000 mar05
34 1987 Def Leppard "Hysteria" 2,168,000 jul03
35 1974 Santana “Greatest hits” 2,163,000 apr05
36 1973 The Beatles “62-66” 2,146,000 may05
37 1987 Soundtrack “Dirty dancing” 2,139,000 sep04
38 1983 Metallica "Kill em all” 2,131,000 aug03
39 1984 Prince “Purple rain” 2,081,000 apr04
40 1965 The Beatles “Rubber soul” 2,031,000 feb05

41 1969 Led Zeppelin “II” 1,978,000 mar04
42 1976 Boston “Boston” 1,846,000 apr05
43 1978 Van Halen "Van Halen" 1,777,000 aug04
44 1977 Soundtrack ”Saturday night fever” 1,631,000 jul03
45 1973 Led Zeppelin “Houses of the holy” 1,618,000 apr05
46 1966 The Beatles “Revolver” 1,525,000 feb04
47 1985 Org. Broadway Cast “Les Miserables” 1,500,000 may05
48 1979 Michael Jackson “Off the wall” 1,407,000 apr05
49 1977 Billy Joel “The Stranger” 1,366,000 feb05
50 1967 The Beatles “Magical mystery” 1,339,000 jan04

51 1969 Led Zeppelin “I“ 1,309,000 feb05
52 1971 Carole King “Tapestry” 1,308,000 feb05
53 1984 Van Halen “1984” 1,294,000 jan05
54 1979 AC/DC “Highway to hell” 1,279,000 feb05
55 1989 Guns n Roses “Lies” 1,198,000 jun03
56 1984 Bruce Springsteen “Born in the USA” 1,155,000 nov03
57 1975 Aerosmith “Toys in the attic” 1,150,000 feb05
58 1988 U2 “Rattle & Hum” 1,114,000 may05
59 1988 The Beatles “Past masters vol 2” 1,098,000 jan04
60 1985 Dire Straits “Brothers in arms” 1,096,000 may05

61 1969 The Beatles “Yellow submarine” 1,090,000 jan04
62 1965 The Beatles “Help” 1,087,000 jan04
63 1986 Van Halen "5150" 1,082,000 jul03
64 1975 Led Zeppelin “Physical graffiti” 1,081,000 apr05
65 1964 The Beatles “Hard days night” 1,037,000 jan04
66 1970 The Beatles “Let it be” 1,032,000 jan04
67 1970 Led Zeppelin “III” 1,016,000 apr05


-- 1985 Whitney Houston “Whitney Houston” 995,000 dec04
-- 1987 Michael Jackson “Bad” 992,000 feb04
-- 1975 Queen ”A night at the opera” 956,000 n/a
-- 1973 Janis Joplin “Greatest hits” 948,000 n/a
-- 1987 Whitney Houston “Whitney” 945,000 dec04

Source: http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27645