With the release of blockbuster albums like Beyonce's "Lemonade" and Rihanna's "ANTI," 2016 was a big year for the music industry. But it was Drake's "Views" that took the top prize as the most popular album of 2016. According to Nielsen Music, the album garnered 4.14 million equivalent album units during the year.
Is "Views" on its way to being one of the top-selling albums of all time? To help answer that question, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, looked back at the most popular albums in music history.
To compile this list, PrettyFamous referenced the Recording Industry Association of America database of album sales/certification and sorted albums on the total number of certified units sold. Overall, 117 albums have reached diamond certification, meaning they have sold more than 10 million units.
With a whopping seven albums in the ranking, country star Garth Brooks has more diamond certified albums than any other artist. The Beatles come in second with six albums. But neither of those artists have an album in the top five. At 33 million certified units sold, the best-selling album of all time has achieved triple-diamond status -- the only album to do so.
Note: Ties are broken first on the number of years between an album's initial release and diamond certification date, and then by the release year.