The Ultimate Best-selling Albums Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

If you can never remember if Michael Jackson or the Beatles are the biggest sellers, now is the time to find out. Not only will you get it straightened out, but you'll also learn about some more surprising artists that have made history with sales.

If you've sold a million singles or albums, you earn what certification from the Recording Industry Association of America?

You've gone platinum if you've sold a million recordings.

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What does a gold record mean?

If you moved 500,000 units off the shelf, you earned a gold record. Good job!

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What was the first artist to have a certified diamond record?

Lionel Richie's "Can't Slow Down" sold over 10 million copies, earning it the first diamond award in 1985.

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What one-hit wonder received the second diamond certification?

Hammer got the distinction in 1991.

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So, let's get to it: Who has the No. 1 album sold?

"Thriller" takes the prize.

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How many copies has "Thriller" sold?

Michael Jackson didn't just wanna be starting somethin' but also wanted to keep that somethin' sellin' for a long, long time.

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The next best-selling album has sold how many units?

"Thriller" is secure in its spot, it appears, for the time being.

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The Eagles have the distinction of having the second-most best-selling album. Which album is it?

Which is kind of a cheat, right?

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To recognize that digital downloads count as sales, what did the RIAA do?

Because it's pretty absurd to ignore digital sales as CD sales fall.

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Who was the first artist to receive two digital diamond awards?

In 2014, Eminem was the first artist to have two songs go (digitally) diamond.

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What country artist has the best-selling album in the genre?

While all three have platinum records, Garth Brooks is at the top of the list with his live album that sold 21 million copies.

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What was the first single to get a platinum designation?

Johnnie Taylor had the hit in 1976.

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What was the first album certified multi-platinum in 2016?

Keep in mind Adele had already gone platinum the month before, but was certified 6x platinum in January of 2016.

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What artist does NOT have a diamond album?

That's right, Queen Bey doesn't yet have a diamond album to her name.

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Besides Mr. Hammer (ahem), what rap album was the first to reach diamond?

Tupac Shakur's 1996 album went diamond in 2014.

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What female artist was the first to nab a diamond award?

Although "Tapestry" was released in 1971, it didn't get diamond recognition until 1995.

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What's the best-selling soundtrack, according to the RIAA?

Thanks to Ms. Houston, "The Bodyguard" wins handily with 17 million sold.

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What artist has the most units sold across the board, according to the RIAA?

The Beatles win, with 178 million units sold.

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What woman has the most units sold?

Babs is the top female seller, with over 68 million units sold.

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What non-vocal recording artist has sold the most units?

With over 48 million units sold, the RIAA crowns Kenny G its biggest musical act.

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What Kenny G album has gone diamond?

The 1992 album has sold 12 million copies.

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What was the first soundtrack to be certified Diamond?

The "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack was the third album to ever reach diamond, in 1994.

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What female artist was the first to get two diamond digital singles?

"Firework" and "Dark Horse" earned her the honors in 2015.

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What was the first digital single to go platinum?

People definitely hollered back at Gwen.

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What artist has the most digital singles sold?

Rihanna is on top with 102 million.

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What is the oro, platino and diamante system?

The RIAA set up the distinction in 2001.

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A diamante album is certified after what amount of sales?

Over 30,000 copies sold nets a gold album, and 60,000 copies bestows the platino honor.

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What artist earned their second diamante award in 2016?

Santos also had a diamante awarded in 2015.

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What Spanish-language artist has sold the most units, according to the RIAA?

Over 3.3 million units of Selena's music have been sold.

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Women hold the top four spots of what chart?

Kanye finally comes in at No. 5.

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