Thousands of albums from talented musicians and artists of different musical genres released in the United States have been released since 2000. They have varied strengths, weaknesses, and criticisms. But a few stood among the rest and sold millions of album copies.
In this article, we round up the five best-selling albums of the 21st century.
The second studio album of the popular British singer Adele ranked as the best-selling album of the 21st century in the United States. 21 was released in February 2011 in North America. The album is folk and soul in genre but was inspired by American country and Southern Blues. It included the hit singles Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You and Set Fire to the Rain. It sold 5 million copies worldwide and has been certified Platinum for 16 times.
Back to Black
Back to Black is the second and final studio album by English artist Amy Winehouse. It was released in October 2006. It included top singles Rehab, You Know I’m No Good and album title track Back to Black. It won Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy’s and was also nominated for album of the year. It sold 3.59 million copies worldwide and is 12x certified Platinum.
Back to Bedlam
James Blunt released his debut studio album Back to Bedlam in October 2004. It was named after Bethlem Royal Hospital, commonly known as Bedlam which is a popular psychiatric institution. It became a major success after its third single You’re Beautiful. Other singles include High and Wisemen. It sold 3,338,000 album copies and is 11x certified Platinum. It was the best-selling album in 2004.
Another top-rated album from Adele is 25. 25 is her third studio album which was released in November 2015. It is a reflection of her life at 25 years old. It included hit singles like Hello, When We Were Young and Send My Love (To Your New Lover). It sold 3,249,000 copies and is 11x certified Platinum.
1 is a compilation of the number one singles of the English rock band The Beatles from 1962 to 1972. It was released in 2000 and became a worldwide hit. Of course, it features singles like Yellow Submarine and Eleanor Rigby. It sold over 3.2 million companies and is 11x certified Platinum.