The 35 Best-Selling Albums in American History

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What albums are most beloved by Americans? If we're talking quantitatively, it's the Eagles's Greatest Hits. According to the RIAA, these are the best-selling albums in American history.

1. Eagles // Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975

Copies sold:

38 million

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2. Michael Jackson // Thriller

Copies sold:

33 million

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3. Eagles // Hotel California

Copies sold:

26 million

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4. The Beatles // The Beatles

Copies sold:

24 million

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5. Billy Joel // Greatest Hits Volume I and II

Copies sold:

23 million

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6. Led Zeppelin // Led Zeppelin IV

Copies sold:

23 million

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7. Pink Floyd // The Wall

Copies sold:

23 million

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8. AC/DC // Back in Black

Copies sold:

22 million

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9. Garth Brooks // Double Live

Copies sold:

21 million

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10. Hootie and the Blowfish // Cracked Rear View

Copies sold:

21 million

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11. Fleetwood Mac // Rumours

Copies sold:

20 million

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12. Shania Twain // Come On Over

Copies sold:

20 million

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13. Guns N’ Roses // Appetite for Destruction

Copies sold:

18 million

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14. Whitney Houston // The Bodyguard

Copies sold:

18 million

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15. Boston // Boston

Copies sold:

17 million

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16. Elton John // Greatest Hits

Copies sold:

17 million

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17. Garth Brooks // No Fences

Copies sold:

17 million

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18. The Beatles // The Beatles 1967-1970

Copies sold:

17 million

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19. Alanis Morissette // Jagged Little Pill

Copies sold:

16 million

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20. Bee Gees // Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack)

Copies sold:

16 million

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21. Led Zeppelin // Physical Graffiti

Copies sold:

16 million

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22. Metallica // Metallica

Copies sold:

16 million

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23. Bob Marley & the Wailers // Legend

Copies sold:

15 million

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24. Bruce Springsteen // Born in the U.S.A.

Copies sold:

15 million

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25. Journey // Greatest Hits

Copies sold:

 15 million

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26. Pink Floyd // Dark Side of the Moon

Copies sold:

15 million

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27. Santana // Supernatural 

Copies sold:

15 million

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28. The Beatles // The Beatles 1962 - 1966

Copies sold:

15 million

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29. Adele // 21

Copies sold:

14 million

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30. Backstreet Boys // Backstreet Boys

Copies sold:

14 million

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31. Britney Spears // ...Baby One More Time

Copies sold:

14 million

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32. Garth Brooks // Ropin' In the Wind

Copies sold: 14 million

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33. Meat Loaf // Bat Out of Hell

Copies sold:

14 million

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34. Simon & Garfunkel // Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits

Copies sold:

14 million

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35. Steve Miller Band // Greatest Hits 1974-1978

Copies sold:

14 million

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An earlier version of this story ran in 2016.

YouTube Will Air a Different Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical for Free Each Friday

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
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Broadway may have temporarily shut down all productions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, but Andrew Lloyd Webber is here to make sure that musical theater aficionados still get their fill of top-notch content for the foreseeable future.

According to Broadway Direct, Webber’s production company, The Really Useful Group, has partnered with Universal on a new YouTube channel called “The Shows Must Go On!,” which will air a different Webber musical each Friday at 2 p.m. EST on YouTube. If you can’t tune in right at that time, don’t worry—the show will stay posted for 48 hours after it airs.

The series debuted last Friday, April 3, with 1999’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which stars Donny Osmond in the titular role and an ultra-talented supporting cast with Richard Attenborough, Maria Friedman, Joan Collins, and more. This week’s offering, tying in nicely with Easter, will be the 2012 Live Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Tim Minchin, Melanie C—a.k.a. the Spice Girls’ Sporty Spice—and Ben Forster. (If you’re interested in comparing it with 2018’s live concert version with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, you can catch that on NBC this Sunday.)

The schedule for future Fridays hasn’t been released yet, but Webber did mention in the announcement that it’ll include what he calls “the most important one, my disaster musical, By Jeeves,” a 1975 production based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories. Other potential productions that could be part of the series include The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, School of Rock, and, of course, Cats.

In addition to full-length Broadway musicals, the channel will also post individual songs and behind-the-scenes content about how musicals go from stage to screen. You can subscribe to the channel here so you don’t miss any opportunity for a living room singalong.

[h/t Broadway Direct]

The 48 Most Frequently Banned Wedding Songs

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Who among us hasn't attended a wedding and cringed at the playlist? In 2017, stats/polling site FiveThirtyEight asked more than two dozen professional DJs who had DJ’d around 200 weddings what songs couples ban from their weddings and, after surveying 182 wedding playlists, came up with a list of 48 songs. They gave each song a percentage, which represents the share of weddings that banned the song.

The first 10 on the list represent silly dances people like to do but shouldn’t do, like The Chicken Dance, The Macarena, and The Electric Slide. After that, the list starts to see overplayed songs like “Don’t Stop Believin',’” “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” “Dancing Queen,” and “Sweet Caroline,” and call-and-response songs like “Shout.” The list contains a mix of new and old hip-hop, R&B, and pop hits, and several songs ended up tied.

Interestingly, a few songs from FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 ultimate wedding playlist also appear on the banned list, including “Hey Ya!,” “Uptown Funk,” “Sweet Caroline,” and “Call Me Maybe.”

You may or may not agree with this list, but don’t feel bad if you decide to ban any of these songs from your own wedding playlist—chances are, someone out there agrees with you.

  1. “The Chicken Dance”

  1. “Cha-Cha Slide” // DJ Casper

  1. “Macarena” // Los Del Rio

  1. “Cupid Shuffle” // Cupid

  1. “YMCA” // Village People

  1. “Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)” // Marcia Griffiths

  1. “Hokey Pokey”

  1. “Wobble” // V.I.C.

  1. “Happy” // Pharrell Williams

  1. “Shout” // Isley Brothers

  1. “Love Shack” // The B-52's

  1. “We Are Family” // Sister Sledge

  1. “Blurred Lines” // Robin Thicke

  1. “Celebration” // Kool & The Gang

  1. Cotton Eye Joe” // Rednex

  1. “Dancing Queen” // ABBA

  1. “Don’t Stop Believin’” // Journey

  1. “Single Ladies” // BeyoncÉ

  1. “Sweet Caroline” // Neil Diamond

  1. “Turn Down for What” // DJ Snake & Lil Jon

  1. “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” // SilentÓ

  1. “Hot in Herre” // Nelly

  1. “Mony Mony” // Billy Idol

  1. “All About That Bass” // Meghan Trainor

  1. “Baby Got Back” // Sir Mix-a-Lot

  1. “Booti Call” // Blackstreet

  1. “Gangnam Style” // Psy

  1. “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” // Big & Rich

  1. “Stayin’ Alive” // Bee Gees

  1. “Sweet Home Alabama” // Lynyrd Skynyrd

  1. “Uptown Funk” // Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

  1. “Wagon Wheel” // Nathan Carter

  1. “What Do You Mean?” // Justin Bieber

  1. “All of Me” // John Legend

  1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” // Queen

  1. “Brown Eyed Girl” // Van Morrison

  1. “Call Me Maybe” // Carly Rae Jepsen

  1. “Footloose” // Kenny Loggins

  1. “Get Low” // Lil Jon

  1. “Hey Ya!” // Outkast

  1. “Hotline Bling” // Drake

  1. “I Will Survive” // Gloria Gaynor

  1. “My Heart Will Go On” // CÉline Dion

  1. “SexyBack” // Justin Timberlake

  1. “Shake It Off” // Taylor Swift

  1. “Sugar” // Maroon 5

  1. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” // Bonnie Tyler

  1. “You Shook Me All Night Long” // AC/DC

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