The 100 Top Selling Hard Rock and Metal Albums of All Time

A visualization of the 100 Hard Rock and Metal albums which have probably the most verified gross sales within the US.

Song used: ‘Rock Thing’ by Creo:
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Bands included on this video: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice in Chains, Asia, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, Bon Jovi, Boston, Def Leppard, Disturbed, Evanescence, Foreigner, Godsmack, Guns N’ Roses, Heart, Iron Butterfly, Journey, Kansas, Korn, Led Zeppelin, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, Queen, Queen, Quiet Riot, REO Speedwagon, Rush, Skid Row, Soundgarden, Staind, The Black Crowes, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Van Halen, Whitesnake, ZZ Top

Albums included on this video: …And Justice for All, 4, 1984, 5150, Afterburner, Appetite for Destruction, Are You Experienced?, Asia, Back in Black, Bad Company, Big Ones, Blizzard of Ozz, Boston, Break the Cycle, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, Cross Road, Dirt, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Diver Down, Don’t Look Back, Double Vision, Dr. Feelgood, Eliminator, Escape, Fallen, Follow the Leader, Foreigner, For Those About to Rock (We Salute You), Frontiers, Garage Inc., Get a Grip, Girls, Girls, Girls, G N’ R Lies, Godsmack, Greatest Hits, Head Games, Heart, High Voltage, Highway to Hell, Hi Infidelity, Houses of the Holy, Hybrid Theory, Hysteria, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, In Through the Out Door, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin Boxed Set, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin III,Led Zeppelin IV, Leftoverture, Load, Master of Puppets, Metal Health, Metallica, Meteora, Minutes to Midnight, Moving Pictures, New Jersey, News of the World, No More Tears, Open Up and Say…Ahh!, OU812, Paranoid, Permanent Vacation, Physical Graffiti, Point of Know Return, Pump, Pyromania, Records, Ride the Lightning, Rocks, S&M, Shake Your Money Maker, Shout on the Devil, Significant Other, Skid Row, Skynyrd’s Innyrds: Their Greatest Hits, Slippery When Wet, Superunknown, Theatre of Pain, The Best of Kansas, The Downward Spiral, The Game, The Hits, The Razor’s Edge, The Sickness, The Song Remains the Same, Third Stage, Toys within the Attic, Use Your Illusion I, Use Your Illusion II, Van Halen, Van Halen II, Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits 1980-1995, Whitesnake (1987), Who Made Who

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  1. – ZZ top and the Black Crowes are closer to southern rock
    – Most successful bands in the 60s and 70s rarely have an album above 2 million.
    – Kiss Alive has never received it's platinum certification, and if counted as Two would be about 4-6 million.

  2. Redacted: You better do separate videos for Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Alternative Metal (yeah, that's differs from classic heavy metal stuff and cannot be put in the same place – grunge, industrial, nu, that kinda stuff is not literally heavy metal), and not to dance around "cool numbers" like 100 or 50, and do have count all the albums that have got at least one million – that would be more clear and justified. I cannot accept the list where all the justy Led Zeppelin placements combined with having Godsmack and Nine Inch Nails and no Iron Maiden or Black Sabbath in the list, completely made of Aerosmith, Guns N Roses and ACDC. All the next comment in its raw format when I wrote it right after watching video, danger, toxic waste.

    No Thrash Metal at all – Metallica doesn't count. You better kick off the Garage Inc. It is sold well but it is not an original work of band, it is a cover compilation.

    No Death Metal being really well-sold in 1990-s especially Cannibal Corpse "The Bleeding".

    A lot of Glam (and no Kiss) and overall known releases…

    But where's all the nicest heavy metal stuff like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath (Paranoid only?), Judas Priest (didn't seen one), Motorhead – they did hit the peaks too

    Where's the f*ck is Dream Theater's "Images and Words" or "Awake"?

    Thank god you did not put "Nevermind" and did put "Dirt" instead. But if there's were Korn and Disturbed, no Slipknot or System Of A Down with having Evanescence (that only had ONE metal album for the whole time of existing)? If you put a lot of alternative stuff in here – no Rammstein being known worldwide and having all albums sold like a million time once on reissue. No Marilyn Manson as well.

    No Pantera. No Kiss (Pantera's favourite band). No Deep Purple (I didn't seen one).

    There's Jimi Hendrix – then where are The Doors with the self-titled debut and "Strange Days" that considered to be the same genre with Hendrix and being the most selling ones across the USA.

    Do NOT ever make a video with Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Combined. Hard Rock is Hard Rock. That means that ACDC cannot stand between metal releases like Metallica or Iron Maiden. Alternatvie metal – all of them, like grunge, industrial, nu – never stands with classic of heavy and extreme metal.

    Sorry for negative review – this is the way it is.

  3. I knew that Reo Speedwagon was very popular at one time, but I never knew that one of their albums sold ten million copies which means they have a Diamond album. I do remember hearing that Guns N Roses album Appetite For Destruction is the best selling debut album surpassing Boston's debut album.

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