There was once a day where an albums success was solely based on how many units were sold. Bands and singers would routinely go gold or platinum. Both the artist and the record label would enjoy the financial success of a hit album… Then the Internet happened.
Today, it’s all about downloads and streaming. Aside from Taylor Swift and a few others, huge first week sales are out of the window for not only country artists but every musical genre. Now, it’s all about touring. That fact forces artists to step their live performances up to a higher level, whether they’re doing stadium tours or smaller venues, and give the fans a moment they can cherish forever.
There have been countless classic country albums released over the year, but when it comes to album sales, no time was bigger than 1989-1999. The top 10 selling albums in country music history were released in that span. Incredibly enough, only three acts actually show up on the list, and Garth Brooks rules the roost. He may not have the highest seller of all time, but he does show up on the list a staggering six times! Check out the gallery below to see which albums made the list.
10. Garth Brooks – ‘The Chase’ (1992)
The Chase debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums charts, and it’s gone on to sell over nine million records since.
9. Garth Brooks – ‘Garth Brooks’ (1989)
His debut, self-titled album didn’t start out as hot as the subsequent releases, but over the years it has sold over 10 million copies.
8. Garth Brooks – ‘Sevens’ (1997)
This album might as well have been a jackpot, selling 777,777 albums the first week, and hitting #1 on Billboard. While he only released four singles, twelve of the fourteen songs on the album charted on the Billboard Country Songs chart.
7. Dixie Chicks – ‘Fly’ (1999)
The Dixie Chicks secured their second #1 country album with their fifth studio release. The album won two Grammys, and has sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
6. Garth Brooks – ‘Double Live’ (1998)
This album has been credited with album sales over 21 million worldwide since it’s release. It falls to #6 because it’s gets double credit as a double album but actually “only” around 10.5 million have been shipped.