The Best-Selling Albums of All-Time (Plus #198)

I always thought Frampton Comes Alive was one of the all-time best-selling albums. And I'm not alone. Consider this quote, by Wayne Campbell in Wayne's World 2: "Everybody in the world has Frampton Comes Alive. If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of Tide."

By "everybody," Wayne meant 6 million people in the U.S. (and 16 million worldwide). This is according to the Recording Industry Association of America's Top Albums, and good enough to be #198. From that list, here's some light trivia for a Monday morning:

The #1 album is from the Eagles -- Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 was released in 1976 and sold 29 million copies. Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2 came out in 1982 and sold a paltry 11 million copies, landing all the way down at #55.

Here's the rest of the top ten: 2. Michael Jackson, Thriller (27 million, 1982); 3. Led Zeppelin, Untitled (a.k.a. Led Zeppelin IV, 23 million, 1971); 4. Pink Floyd, The Wall (23 million, 1979), 5. AC/DC, Back in Black (21 million, 1980); 6. Billy Joel, Greatest Hits, Vol. I & II (21 million, 1985); 7. Shania Twain, Come on Over (20 million, 1997); 8. Garth Brooks, Double Live (20 million, 1998); 9. The Beatles, The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album, 19 million, 1968); 10. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (19 million, 1977).

Frampton Comes Alive is no longer even the best-selling live album. Garth Brooks owns that distinction, for 1998's Double Live (20 million copies). Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 1986 Live moved 13 million units. Throwing Copper, a studio album by Live, ranks 138th (8 million).

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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