Best-Selling Country Albums of All Time – 24/7 Wall St.
Country music arose from a combination of American folk music, blues, cowboy western, and a variety of southern church music in the early 1900s. By the 1940s it was an established genre and it has become one of the most popular and best selling genres of music.
As it evolved, musicians merged country with other genres such as pop, rock, and hip-hop, spawning new sounds that continue to top the charts.
To determine the best-selling country albums of all time, 24/7 Tempo examined data on sales of certified albums in the United States from the Record Industry Association of America. Country albums – albums identified as country by the RIAA or featured in Billboard Magazine’s Best Country Albums chart – were ranked based on lifetime unit sales in the United States. Data on certification also came from the RIAA. Historical chart data used to determine performance on the Billboard 200 was collected in October 2021.
This list is mostly dominated by albums from the 1990s and 2000s, but there are more recent records. The 90s and 00s were the golden years for country stars. Legends like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain have released megahits and cleaned up the best-selling albums of all time.
Taylor Swift also scored several hits on the list with her modern fusion of country and pop. As the sounds of the 90s and 00s have transformed, country music is a vibrant and growing genre. They are the 50 most popular country music stars right now.
Many of the artists whose work is on this list are among the best-selling musicians across all genres. Most of the albums on this list reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and a few stayed there for weeks.
Two of the albums are soundtracks from films, one by the fictional group The Soggy Bottom Boys from “O Brother Where Art Thou?” The film is a classic for country and non-country fans. If you are looking for other country music related movies – this is our list of movies for country music fans.
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