List of best-selling albums in Canada

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This is a list of the best-selling albums in Canada that have been certified by the Music Canada, formerly known as Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA).

Album certifications[edit]

Music Canada provides "certifications" for album sales, similar to the RIAA's. The certification levels for albums released after May 1, 2008 are:

  • Gold: 40,000 units (previously 50,000)
  • Platinum: 80,000 units (previously 100,000)
  • Diamond: 800,000 units (previously 1,000,000) [1]

Note: Multi-Platinum certification refers to albums that have sold 160,000 units or more (i.e. 160,000 is double Platinum) but have not yet sold 800,000 units (Diamond certification).

Best-selling albums in Canada[edit]

Highest Certifications (Listed by Date of Certification)
Date of Certification Year Title Artist Certification Shipments

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April 1, 1984 1982 Thriller Michael Jackson 2× Diamond 2,000,000
November 12, 1996 1995 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette 2× Diamond 2,000,000
July 30, 1987 1976 Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) The Eagles 2× Diamond 2,000,000
June 27, 1995 1977 Rumours Fleetwood Mac 2× Diamond 2,000,000
June 28, 1995 1971 Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin 2× Diamond 2,000,000
August 31, 1995 1977 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 2× Diamond 2,000,000
August 31, 1995 1979 The Wall Pink Floyd 2× Diamond 2,000,000
April 9, 1999 1995 The Woman in Me Shania Twain 2× Diamond 2,000,000
January 21, 2000 1997 Come On Over Shania Twain 2× Diamond 2,000,000
March 14, 2003 1973 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 2× Diamond 2,000,000
December 21, 2004 2002 Up! Shania Twain 2× Diamond 2,000,000
September 20, 2018 2011 21 Adele 2× Diamond 1,600,000
Since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began (1995 - Present)
Rank Year Title Artist Certification Unit sales[3]
1 1997 Come On Over Shania Twain 2× Diamond 1,948,000+
2 1997 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion Diamond 1,492,000+
3 2011 21 Adele 2× Diamond 1,489,000+
4 1997 Big Shiny Tunes 2 Various Artists Diamond 1,233,000+
5 2000 1 The Beatles Diamond 1,231,000+
6 2002 Up! Shania Twain 2× Diamond 1,134,000+
7 1997 Romanza Andrea Bocelli Diamond 1,133,000+
8 1997 Aquarium Aqua Diamond 1,093,000+
9 1997 Surfacing Sarah McLachlan Diamond 1,078,000+
10 2015 Millennium Backstreet Boys Diamond 1,075,000+
10 2015 ...Baby One More Time Britney Spears Diamond 1,075,000+

Best-selling albums by year[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Performing artist(s) Nationality Album Sales Ref.
2010 Eminem United States Recovery 480,000 [4]
2011 Adele United Kingdom 21 850,000 [5]
2012 Adele United Kingdom 21 457,000 [6]
2013 Eminem United States The Marshall Mathers LP 2 242,000 [7]
2014 Taylor Swift United States 1989 314,000 [8]
2015 Adele United Kingdom 25 860,000 [9]
2016 Drake Canada Views 196,000

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2017 Ed Sheeran United Kingdom ÷ 200,000 [11]
2018 Various United States A Star Is Born 92,000 [12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Music Canada. "Certification Definitions". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  2. ^ "Music Canada Sales Certifications". Historica Canada. January 13, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "2014 Nielsen Music Canada Report" (PDF). Nielsen SoundScan. January 15, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Williams, John (August 18, 2010). "Eminem retakes No. 1 on charts". Toronto Sun. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  5. ^ John Williams (December 21, 2011). "CANOE - JAM! Music - Artists - Buble, Michael : Buble breaks own sales mark". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  6. ^ Bliss, Karen. "Adele, Gotye Top SoundScan Year-End Charts in Canada". Billboard.biz. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Canada's Digital Music Sales Rise in 2013 Unlike the U.S.; Eminem, Robin Thicke Among Top Selling Artists". Billboard.biz. January 10, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  8. ^ Bliss, Karen (January 27, 2015). "Nielsen: Canada Loved Taylor Swift, Streaming Music and, Yep, Vinyl in 2014". Billboard.com. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  9. ^ http://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2016/01/08/nielsen-billboard’s-2015-canadian-music-industry-sales-report
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7647679/drake-tops-canada-year-end-charts-nielsen-2016
  11. ^ https://www.fyimusicnews.ca/sites/default/files/nielsen_music_2017_year-end_music_report_canada_final.pdf
  12. ^ https://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2019/01/10/nielsen-music-canadas-year-end-insights-trends

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