1 – The Beatles
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This compilation from 2000 of The Beatles’ best work did very well, selling 3.6 million copies globally in its first day, making it Guinness World Records’ fastest selling album. It went on to sell 13.5 million copies in its first month alone. As of early 2015 it was still selling at least 1,000 copies a week, as it had every week since its release. To this day it remains on the Billboard’s Top 200, where it’s been for more than six years straight.
The album features nearly every number-one single from The Beatles remastered specifically for the release. The liner notes accompanying the album go into more detail, saying the tracks were “digitally remastered at 24 bits resolution, processed using Sonic Solutions NoNoise technology and mastered to 16 bit using Prism SNS Noise Shaping.”
25 – Adele
In the first week after releasing in 2015, Adele’s 25 topped the all time one-week sales numbers in different regions across the world. Having sold nearly 3.4 million units in the U.S alone, 25 took the record for largest one-week sales in a single market, a title which had been claimed by Utada’s Hikaru’s Distance since 2001.
The album didn’t just do well in the U.S., it also became the fastest selling album ever in the U.K., Adele’s home market, selling 803,000 copies in its first week. It’s done well across the world in fact, selling in its first week 305,928 copies in Canada, 263,000 in Germany, and 18,766 in New Zealand, which yes, did make it the island’s fastest selling album.