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             "The 100 Best-Selling Albums of the 70s"
(as of 2004)

1. The Wall - Pink Floyd (23,000,000)
2. IV (Four Symbols) - Led Zeppelin (22,000,000)
3. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (19,000,000)
4. Boston - Boston (17,000,000)
5. Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack) - Various Artists (15,000,000)
6. Hotel California - The Eagles (15,000,000)
7. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin (15,000,000)
8. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd (15,000,000)
9. Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf (14,000,000)
10. Houses Of The Holy - Led Zeppelin (11,000,000)
11. Van Halen - Van Halen (10,000,000)
12. The Stranger - Billy Joel (10,000,000)
13. Tapestry - Carole King (10,000,000)
14. Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder (9,000,000)
15. Grease (soundtrack) - Various Artists (8,000,000)
16. Toys In The Attic - Aerosmith (8,000,000)
17. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel (8,000,000)
18. The Long Run - The Eagles (7,000,000)
19. Off The Wall - Michael Jackson (7,000,000)
20. 52nd Street - Billy Joel (7,000,000)
21. Don't Look Back - Boston (7,000,000)
22. Double Vision - Foreigner (7,000,000)
23. Running On Empty - Jackson Browne (7,000,000)
24. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John (7,000,000)
25. Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (7,000,000)
26. In Through The Out Door - Led Zeppelin (6,000,000)
27. Highway To Hell - AC/DC (6,000,000)
28. The Cars - The Cars (6,000,000)
29. Some Girls - The Rolling Stones (6,000,000)
30. Dirty Deeds Done Cheap - AC/DC (6,000,000)
31. Night Moves - Bob Seger (6,000,000)
32. Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton (6,000,000)
33. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd (6,000,000)
34. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen (6,000,000)
35. So Far - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (6,000,000)
36. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison (6,000,000)
37. Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin (6,000,000)
38. Head Games - Foreigner (5,000,000)
39. The Gambler - Kenny Rogers (5,000,000)
40. Stranger In Town - Bob Seger (5,000,000)
41. Stardust - Willie Nelson (5,000,000)
42. Foreigner - Foreigner (5,000,000)
43. Silk Degrees - Boz Scaggs (5,000,000)
44. "Live" Bullet - Bob Seger (5,000,000)
45. Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (5,000,000)
46. Bad Company - Bad Company (5,000,000)
47. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite - Elvis Presley (5,000,000)
48. Abraxas - Santana (5,000,000)
49. Candy-O - The Cars (4,000,000)
50. Breakfast In America - Supertramp (4,000,000)
51. Blondes Have More Fun - Rod Stewart (4,000,000)
52. News Of The World - Queen (4,000,000)
53. Animals - Pink Floyd (4,000,000)
54. A Star Is Born (soundtrack) - Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (4,000,000)
55. The Song Remains The Same (soundtrack) - Led Zeppelin (4,000,000)
56. Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band (4,000,000)
57. Rocks - Aerosmith (4,000,000)
58. One Of These Nights - The Eagles (4,000,000)
59. Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich (4,000,000)
60. Harvest - Neil Young (4,000,000)
61. 4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (4,000,000)
62. Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival (4,000,000)
63. Paranoid - Black Sabbath (4,000,000)
64. Let It Be - The Beatles (4,000,000)
65. Minute By Minute - The Doobie Brothers (3,000,000)
66. Pieces Of Eight - Styx (3,000,000)
67. Darkness On The Edge Of Town - Bruce Springsteen (3,000,000)
68. All 'N All - Earth, Wind & Fire (3,000,000)
69. Slowhand - Eric Clapton (3,000,000)
70. Foot Loose & Fancy Free - Rod Stewart (3,000,000)
71. Goat's Head Soup - The Rolling Stones (3,000,000)
72. Simple Dreams - Linda Ronstadt (3,000,000)
73. The Grand Illusion - Styx (3,000,000)
74. JT - James Taylor (3,000,000)
75. Book Of Dreams - Steve Miller Band (3,000,000)
76. One More From The Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd (3,000,000)
77. A Night At The Opera - Queen (3,000,000)
78. Gratitude - Earth, Wind & Fire (3,000,000)
79. Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John (3,000,000)
80. Straight Shooter - Bad Company (3,000,000)
81. That's The Way Of The World - Earth, Wind & Fire (3,000,000)
82. An Evening With John Denver - John Denver (3,000,000)
83. Back Home Again - John Denver (3,000,000)
84. Band On The Run - Paul McCartney & Wings (3,000,000)
85. Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player - Elton John (3,000,000)
86. A Song For You - The Carpenters (3,000,000)
87. Teaser And The Firecat - Cat Stevens (3,000,000)
88. Who's Next - The Who (3,000,000)
89. Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones (3,000,000)
90. Aqualung - Jethro Tull (3,000,000)
91. Pearl - Janis Joplin (3,000,000)
92. Tea For The Tillerman - Cat Stevens (3,000,000)
93. Sweet Baby James - James Taylor (3,000,000)
94. Desire - Bob Dylan (2,000,000)
95. Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson (2,000,000)
96. Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan (2,000,000)
97. What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits - The Doobie Brothers (2,000,000)
98. Court And Spark - Joni Mitchell (2,000,000)
99. Rocky Mountain High - John Denver (2,000,000)
100. L.A. Woman - The Doors (2,000,000)

- Excerpted from The 100 Best-Selling Albums of the 70s by Hamish Champ.

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 Reader's Comments

david white

you left out the Eagles Greatest hits

superseventies (Moderator)

Compilation/greatest hits albums are not included in the list.

It's an album I never needed to own myself but I guess every group has its share of casual fans, even hugely popular ones like the Eagles.

Mike

Fragile by Yes also sold 2 million. So did American Beauty by the Grateful Dead and Meddle by Pink Floyd.

JeffO

Rush's album sold 3 million ?

R.K. Simpkins

The biggest omission here is the LP Tubular bells by Mike Oldfield

Shannon Phillips

Yes, there is a greatest hits LP included. "So Far" by Crosby Stills & Nash.

superseventies (Moderator)

You're right, that is an apparent oversight by the author of the list who says there are no greatest hits/compilation albums in his introduction.

LuckoftheIrish

This lists sales as of 2004. So unfortunately this list doesn't accurately reflect how things were at the end of the 70s. Rumors and Saturday Night Fever being at the top of the list.

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