Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Loses Its Title As The Best Selling Album Of All Time

The King of Pop has been dethroned. The Eagles (once again) have the bestselling album of all time. The Eagles compilation, Their Greatest Hits 1971- 1975 previously held the record, until Michael Jackson’s Thriller surpassed the album shortly after his 2009 death. After a recent recalculation of the two albums, the Recording Industry of Association of America (RIAA) has determined that the Eagles LP holds the title with it certified as 38x platinum. Thriller is now in second place being certified 33x platinum.

Eagles frontman Don Henley released a statement about the new record, saying, “We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio, and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It’s been quite a ride.”

The RIAA also confirmed The Eagles’ 1977 album, Hotel California, is now 26x platinum, which makes it the third bestselling album of all time.

Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 was last tallied by the RIAA in 2006 when the album was 29x platinum. Since then, the RIAA began counting streaming and digital downloads, so it makes sense for the numbers to have grown. But Michael Jackson fans shouldn’t be too upset. The King of Pop still holds the number one spot in worldwide sales with 47 million copies sold. Not to mention Their Greatest Hits is a compilation, so technically, Thriller is still the bestselling studio album.

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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