Metallica’s “Black Album” Remains Top Selling Record of Past 20 Years

Metallica’s self-titled record, commonly known as the “Black Album,” remains the top selling album of the past 20 years, according to the annual Nielsen SoundScan list of the top selling albums in the SoundScan era—i.e., since 1991. Released the same year as the records began, Metallica’s eponymous fifth album has sold 15,375,000 copies since its release.

The thrash legends also rank a commendable fourth on the list of the top selling artists of the SoundScan era.

The current top 10 albums for the SoundScan era:

1. Metallica – Metallica (15,735,000)
2. Shania Twain – Come On Over (15,513,000)
3. Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill (14,714,000)
4. Backstreet Boys – Millennium (12,168,000)
5. Beatles – 1  (11,985,000)
6. Soundtrack – Bodyguard (11,829,000)
7. Santana – Supernatural (11,772,000)
8. Creed – Human Clay (11,574,000)
9. N Sync – No Strings Attached (11,122,000)
10. Celine Dion – Falling Into You (10,790,000)

The biggest selling artists of the SoundScan era are:

1. Garth Brooks (68,561,000)
2. The Beatles (63,299,000)
3. Mariah Carey (53,612,000)
4. Metallica (53,170,000)
5. Celine Dion (51,492,000)
6. George Strait (43,310,000)
7. Eminem (41,166,000)
8. Tim McGraw (40,169,000)
9. Alan Jackson (38,860,000)
10. Pink Floyd (37,228,000)

 

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