The 9 Fastest-Selling Albums of All Time

Beatles 1, Album Cover

#9: The Beatles, 1 (2000)

1.259 million albums sold in one week

Taylor Swift, 1989, Album Cover

#8: Taylor Swift, 1989 (2012)

1.287 million albums sold in one week

Britney Spears, Oops!...I Did It Again, Album Cover

#7: Britney Spears, Oops!… I Did It Again (2000)

1.319 million copies sold in one week

Backstreet Boys, Black & Blue, Album Cover
#6: Backstreet Boys, Black & Blue (2000)

1.591 million copies sold in one week

Eminem, Marshall Mathers LP, Album Cover

#5: Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

1.760 million copies sold in one week

*NSYNC, Celebrity, Album Cover

#4: *NSYNC, Celebrity (2001)

1.880 million copies sold in one week

*NSYNC, No Strings Attached, Album Cover

#3: *NSYNC, No Strings Attached (2000)

2.416 million copies sold in one week

Adele, 25, Album Cover

#2 Adele, 25 (2015)

3.38 million copies sold in one week

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, A Memorial Album

 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, A Memorial Album

#1: John Fitzgerald Kennedy—A Memorial Album (1963)

4+ million copies sold in 6 days (December 7-12, 1963)

 

All stats US-based and certified by Nielsen Soundscan (tracking dates back to 1991).  JFK sales figures certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

2 Responses

  1. There is something...

    You should add “in the US” to your title. Or add a few Japanese artists albums to your top 9.

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  2. Rick Shaw

    While the Kennedy release sold the most units in the shortest timeframe, to put it side-by-side with music releases is a bit odd. How about adding in singles to the mix – Candle in the Wind, Whitney Houston’s National Anthem, etc.?

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