By Jack Barnes
A soundtrack not only lifts your mood but also make you time travel to some of your cherished memories. Some soundtracks just befit the certain exploits of everyday life. For example, when you are driving a car, a manly rock album can make you feel invincible. Several music albums have received ‘cult’ status over the years. These ‘cult’ music albums not only changed the discourse of the music industry but also reinforced an era of their own. Here is a list of 6 best-selling music albums of all time.
1. Michael Jackson — “Thriller”
Thriller is the sixth studio album by the ‘king of pop’. Released in 1982, it is the world’s best-selling album with recorded sales of over 66 million. This pioneering album broke the racial barrier extant in the music industry paving a way for future African-American singers. Michael Jackson was invited to the White House and he was photographed in his signature sunglasses with president Ronald Reagan and his wife. With ‘Thriller’, Jackson explored darker themes with supernatural imagery. The record-breaking album also won record breaking 8 Grammy Awards in 1984, including the ‘Album Of The Year’.
2. Eagles — “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)”
‘Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)’ is the first compilation album by the Eagles. It remained the best-selling album in the US till 2009 until it was surpassed by Thriller. This album comprises 9 singles released between 1971-1975. ‘One of These Nights’ and ‘Best Of My Love’ topped the singles chart in 1976. It debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart and achieved the top spot the following week.
3. Shania Twain — “Come on Over”
Released in 1997, ‘Come On Over’ remains the best-selling album by a female artist. Sold over 40 million copies, the album is currently ranked as the ninth best-selling albums in the USA. The album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Award and stayed in the top positions for 151 weeks. With this album, Twain explored the country pop music. In fact, three different versions of the album were released with the international version stripped of country influences. The album received critical acclaim and AllMusic eulogized it for shattering stereotypes in country music.
4. Pink Floyd — “The Wall”
The British rock band achieved critical acclaim for their progressive and psychedelic music. Initially, it received mixed reviews but was an instant commercial success. It topped the US Billboard 200 for 15 weeks. This album became so popular that it was adapted into a feature film of the same name. ‘The Wall’ was recorded in Los Angeles, France, and London from December 1978 to November 1979, over a period of eight months. The theme of the album revolves around loneliness, war and manly matters like lovelorn marriages which struck a chord with the audiences all over the world. It is speculated that Roger Waters, the songwriter and bass guitarist, modeled the character Pink after himself. By 1999, the album had sold over 23 million RIAA-certified units making it one of the highest selling albums in the USA.
5. The Beatles — “The White Album”
‘The White Album’ was released on November 22, 1968. There are several anecdotes behind the lyrics of the song such as ‘Martha’ in the song ‘Martha My Dear’ was Paul McCartney’s dog. The white album cover with the name of the band embossed on it became iconic back then. Interestingly, most of the songs were written at a meditation course in Rishikesh, India.
6. AC/DC — “Back In Black”
The seventh studio album of the Aussie rock band AC/DC was released on 25 July, 1980. It was recorded over seven weeks in Bahamas. The songs composed by Malcom Young, Angus and Johnson. The songs are hard rock-styled numbers. Back In Black is an unprecedented success with an estimated sell over 50 million. Not only did this album soared to no. 1 on the UK Album chart.
These timeless music albums have not withered with time. These iconic albums are brutally honest in their narration and portrayed characters that audience can connect beyond nationalities. Any day you can plug in your earphone and enjoy them. Rightly it is said, “Where the world fails, music speaks.”
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