Top 13 best-selling albums of the 21st century

Here are all of the published studio albums, released since 2000, with over 15 million worldwide sales.

This data is based on IFPI certification and Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking from physical copies and digital downloads. Find the full list of all albums with over 10 million sales on Wikipedia here.

1. Adele – 21

31 million sales

Released in 2011


2. Norah Jones – Come Away With Me

27 million sales

Released in 2002


3. Eminem – The Eminem Show

27 million sales

Released in 2002


4. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory

27 million sales

Released in 2000


5. Adele – 25

22 million sales

Released in 2015


6. Evanescence – Fallen

17 million sales

Released in 2003


7. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

16 million sales

Released in 2006


8. Linkin Park – Meteora

16 million sales

Released in 2003


9. Avril Lavigne – Let Go

16 million sales

Released in 2002


10. Usher – Confessions

15 million sales

Released in 2004


11. Lady Gaga – The Fame

15 million sales

Released in 2008


12. Green Day – American Idiot

15 million sales

Released in 2004


13. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head

15 million sales

Released in 2002

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