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LIST: Classic Diamond Albums

Two iconic albums were released on this day (February 10th):  Carole King’s Tapesty (1971) and Van Halen’s self-titled debut album (1978.)  What do these two albums have in common?  They’re both part of a very select group of albums that have been certified Diamond (10 million copies sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA.)  To get an idea of how prestigious this honor is, here’s a list of other classic records (and a some newer releases) that are also part of the Diamond club.
ZZ Top – Eliminator – 10 Million
Van Halen – 1984 – 10 Million
Van Halen – Van Halen – 10 Million
U2 – The Joshua Tree – 10 Million
The Doors – The Best Of The Doors – 10 Million
Stevie Wonder – Song In The Key Of Life – 10 Million
Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness – 10 Million
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom – 10 Million
Nirvana – Nevermind – 10 Million
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory – 10 Million
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin – 10 Million
Green Day – Dookie – 10 Million
Elvis Presley – Elvis’ Christmas Album – 10 Million
Doobie Brothers – Best Of The Doobies – 10 Million
Def Leppard – Pyromania – 10 Million
Eric Clapton – Unplugged – 10 Million
Carole King – Tapestry – 10 Million
Billy Joel – The Stranger – 10 Million
Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill – 10 Million
The Beatles – 1 – 11 Million
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 11 Million
Kid Rock – Devil Without A Cause – 11 Million
Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy – 11 Million
James Taylor – James Taylor’s Greatest Hits – 11 Million
Eagles – Eagles Greatest Hits Vol. II – 11 Million
Creed – Human Clay – 11 Million
Aerosmith – Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits – 11 Million
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits – 12 Million
The Beatles – Abbey Road – 12 Million
Forrest Gump Soundtrack – 12 Million
The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks – 12 Million
Phil Collins – No Jacket Required
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II – 12 Million
Def Leppard – Hysteria – 12 Million
Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet – 12 Million
Steve Miller Band – Greatest Hits 1974-1978 – 13 Million
Pearl Jam – Ten – 13 Million
Bruce Springsteen – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1975-’85 – 13 Million
Simon & Garfunkel – Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits – 14 Million
Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell – 14 Million
Santana – Supernatural – 15 Million
The Beatles – 1962-1966 – 15 Million
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon – 15 Million
Journey – Greatest Hits – 15 Million
Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. – 15 Million
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend – 15 Million
Metallica – Metallica (Black Album) – 16 Million
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti – 16 Million
Elton John – Greatest Hits – 16 Million
Eagles – Hotel California – 16 Million
The Beatles – 1967-1970 – 17 Million
Boston – Boston – 17 Million
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction – 18 Million
The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album) – 17 Million
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours – 20 Million
AC/DC – Back In Black – 22 Million
Pink Floyd – The Wall – 23 Million
Led Zeppelin – IV – 23 Million
Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume I & II – 23 Million
Eagles – Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 – 29 Million
Michael Jackson – Thriller – 32 Million

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.