Top-Selling Albums of the 2010-2019 Decade (So Far)

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    There are still many years to go before the end of the 2010-2019 decade but those that have already passed have been action-packed with releases by some of the biggest names in music. From Adele to Lady Gaga and Rihanna, the last 3 and a half years saw a new generation of Pop stars dominate the charts with top-selling albums but who really reigned supreme?

    As you may have already guessed, Adele’s 21 is the unrivalled best-selling album of the decade to date with almost 10.69 million copies sold in the US. In fact, the record’s closest opponent was Eminem’s Recovery, which moved less than half the the total of 21 with a current sum of 4.46 million.

    There are several surprises on the top 50 lineup, such as the ranking of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience at #16, despite only being released in March 2013. Additionally, although she has generated several #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, Rihanna’s Loud is the only album by the Bajan star to make the cut at a lowly #24.

    Ironically, the Queen of Music and next Michael Jackson, Beyonce, barely made the list at #45 with her iconic 4 set, which sold 1.35 million copies. Perhaps, the album was so good that her fans were afraid to remove it from stores shelves as they felt they were not worthy to enjoy its greatness.

    See the full list of the decade’s top-selling albums below, and note that those highlighted in orange were released before January 2010 and these figures do not represent units sold before that time:

    1. Adele – 21 – 10,689,000
    2. Eminem – Recovery – 4,460,000
    3. Taylor Swift – Speak Now – 4,353,000
    4. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now – 4,010,000
    5. Taylor Swift – Red3,750,000
    6. Justin Bieber – My World 2.0 – 3,290,000
    7. Michael Buble – Christmas – 3,078,000
    8. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More – 2,958,000
    9. Jason Aldean – My Kinda Party – 2,955,000
    10. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream – 2,736,000
    11. Mumford & Sons – Babel – 2,375,000
    12. Lil Wayne – Tha Carta IV – 2,296,000
    13. Lady Gaga – Born this Way – 2,293,000
    14. Susan Boyle – The Gift – 2,148,000
    15. Lady Gaga – The Fame – 2,133,000
    16. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience – 2,099,000
    17. Luke Bryan – Tailgates & Tanlines – 2,065,000
    18. Drake – Take Care – 2,042,000
    19. Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops Hooligans – 2,031,000
    20. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday – 1,895,000
    21. Lady Antebellum – Own the Night – 1,845,000
    22. One Direction – Up All Night – 1,808,000
    23. Adele – 19 – 1,760,000
    24. Rihanna – Loud – 1,746,000
    25. Zac Brown Band – You Get What You Give – 1,735,000
    26. Zac Brown Band – The Foundation – 1,726,000
    27. One Direction – Take Me Home – 1,720,000
    28. Drake – Thank Me Later – 1,681,000
    29. Pink – The Truth About Love – 1,657,000
    30. Eric Church – Chief – 1,599,000
    31. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne – 1,573,000
    32. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto – 1,559,000
    33. Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox – 1,528,000
    34. Band Perry – The Band Perry – 1,523,000
    35. Justin Bieber – Believe – 1,520,000
    36. Carrie Underwood – Blown Away – 1,495,000
    37. Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D. – 1,455,000
    38. fun. – Some Nights – 1,430,000
    39. Taylor Swift – Fearless – 1,425,000
    40. Ke$ha – Animal – 1,423,000
    41. Justin Bieber – Under the Mistletoe – 1,421,000
    42. Maroon 5 – Overexposed – 1,414,000
    43. Sade – Soldier of Love – 1,384,000
    44. Lumineers – The Lumineers – 1,369,000
    45. Beyonce – 4 – 1,354,000
    46. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – 1,351,000
    47. Jason Aldean – Night Train – 1,350,000
    48. Justin Bieber – My World (EP) – 1,329,000
    49. Maroon 5 – Hands All Over – 1,328,000
    50. Black Keys – El Camino – 1,325,000

    Watch the video for Adele’s “Someone like You” below:

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