There has been a myriad of amazing rock bands, with almost each band recording an impressive market sale. However, the best band does not necessarily have to be the one with the most album sales. This is why the top 5 best-selling rock albums of all times list might not be the same as the best rock bands of all time list. Here are 5 of the best-selling rock albums of all time.
1. Back in Black by AC/DC
This was released in 1980 and sold around 49 million copies. Despite losing the lead singer, Bon Scott, on this same year, AC/DC was able to produce its best work ever. The song was dedicated to the late Bon Scott and the band even considered breaking up after losing its lead singer to alcohol poisoning. However, Bon’s parents convinced the band members to remain intact. The album consists of some of the band’s greatest hits such as Shoot to Thrill, Hells Bells and You Shook Me All Night Long. The song, ‘ Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’ ranked the highest among the songs in the albums. It was cited as number 15 on the U.K singles chart.
2. The Dark side of The Moon by Pink Floyd
This album sold about 45 million copies. It was released in March 1973. The band’s lead singer and composer, Syd Barret had a mental illness, an element that played a key role in developing part of the album’s theme. Other themes included passage of time, greed and conflict. This album was an immediate success, remaining in the billboard charts for 741 weeks. It topped the chart for one week. Commercially, this is the best Pink Floyd’s album ever.
3. Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf
This is meat Loaf’s second album, released in 1977. It sold around 43 million copies worldwide. This is not to be confused with other Meat Loaf albums, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of hell III: Monster Is Loose.
4. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
At 40 million sold copies, this album is definitely one of the best-selling albums worldwide. It was released in 1977and it ranked high in both U.K and U.S charts. This is the most successful album ever released by the Fleetwood Mac’s. In 1978, it won the Grammy Award for Album of The Year. It also has a diamond certification in a number of countries including Australia and U.S. The album has severally featured in publications being listed among the best albums ever as well as in the 1970s.
5. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
This was Zeppelin’s first album without a title. Jimmy Page did not want a title and instead asked the band members to choose a symbol to the album. Nevertheless, the band was warned against this by a press agent who told them that this was a career suicide. The agent was proved wrong when the album became the best selling ever by the band, recording a sale of 37 million copies.
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