This is a list of all of the albums released in the 1990s listed as selling up to 10 million copies or more according to the Recording Association Industry Of America (RIAA).
Garth Brooks donning some very…vertical stripes on his Ropin’ The Wind album cover. He was a dominant force in the 1990s music scene.
Some notable observations – Garth Brooks’ name appears on this list five times (more than any other individual artist for 1990s albums) – for his albums No Fences (1990), Ropin’ The Wind (1991), The Hits (1994), Double Live (1998) and Sevens (1997). He also released Garth Brooks in 1989 and The Ultimate Hits in 2007.
Several artists’ names appear at least twice on this list for 1990s albums (Shania Twain, Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Dixie Chicks, Mariah Carey and 2Pac.
Soundtracks on the list from 1990s movies include The Bodyguard, Titanic, The Lion King and Forrest Gump. Artists such as Garth Brooks, Bob Seger, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 2Pac, Madonna and Led Zeppelin all released compilation/greatest hits albums selling more than 10 million copies or more in the 1990s.
Any excuse to use a photo of shirtless dudes in my blog, right? 🙂 You wouldn’t think of Led Zeppelin as having one of the top-selling albums from the 1990s, but they released a boxed set in 1990 that sold 2.5 million copies. Other albums on the list (not released in the 1990s) include Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II, Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti.
15-19 Million Copies
Canadian country artist Shania Twain has two albums from the 1990s on this list – Come On Over and The Woman In Me. She also released Up in 2002, which is on the full list.
- Shania Twain, Come On Over, 1997
- Garth Brooks, No Fences, 1990
- Metallica, Metallica, 1991
- Alanis Morrissette, Jagged Little Pill, 1995
10-14 Million Copies
Justify My Love was a #1 hit for Madonna and appeared on The Immaculate Collection, which was a “greatest hits” album. Lenny Kravitz is credited as a co-writer on this song.
- Hootie and the Blowfish, Cracked Rear View, 1994
- Backstreet Boys, Millennium, 1999
- Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard soundtrack
- Santana, Supernatural, 1999
- Britney Spears, ….Baby One More Time, 1999
- Kenny G., Breathless, 1992
- Backstreet Boys, Backstreet Boys, 1997
- Celine Dion, Falling Into You, 1996
- Creed, Human Clay, 1999
- Titanic, Soundtrack, 1997
- Celine Dion, Let’s Talk About Love, 1997
- Nirvana, Nevermind, 1991
- Kid Rock, Devil Without a Cause, 1998
- NSYNC, NSYNC, 1998
- Dixie Chicks, Wide Open Spaces, 1998
- Pearl Jam, Ten, 1991
- Madonna, The Immaculate Collection, 1990
- MC Hammer, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, 1990
Fewer Than 10 Million Copies
Bob Seger will forever make me think of a scene in Doctor Strange where Doctor Strange starts rattling off random trivial facts about Bob Seger, including mentioning his eighth studio album Beautiful Loser. Doctor Strange would be able to sit in with my trivia team anytime he wanted (LOL)!
- Boyz II Men, II, 1994
- Garth Brooks, Ropin’ The Wind, 1991
- No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom, 1995
- Matchbox Twenty, Yourself or Someone Like You, 1996
- Green Day, Dookie, 1994
- Bob Seger, Greatest Hits, 1994
- Shania Twain, The Woman in Me, 1995
- Jewel, Pieces of You, 1995
- TLC, CrazySexyCool, 1994
- Mariah Carey, Daydream, 1995
- Dixie Chicks, Fly, 1999
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits, 1993
- Mariah Carey, Music Box, 1993
- The Lion King, Soundtrack, 1994
- Garth Brooks, The Hits, 1994
- Eric Clapton, Unplugged, 1992
- Garth Brooks, Double Live, 1998
- Garth Brooks, Sevens, 1997
- 2Pac, Greatest Hits, 1998
- 2Pac, All Eyez On Me, 1996
- The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995
- Forrest Gump, Soundtrack, 1994
- Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin Boxed Set, 1990