The 20 Best-Selling Albums in History

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What albums are most beloved by Americans? If we're talking quantitatively, it's a virtual tie between Eagles Greatest Hits and Thriller. According to the RIAA, these are the best-selling albums in American history.

1. Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975 // 38 million copies

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2. Michael Jackson - Thriller // 33 million

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3. Eagles - Hotel California // 26 million

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4. Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volume I and II // 23 million

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5. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV // 23 million

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6. Pink Floyd - The Wall // 23 million

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7. AC/DC - Back in Black // 22 million

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8. Garth Brooks - Double Live // 21 million

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9. Hootie and the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View // 21 million

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10. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours // 20 million

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11. Shania Twain - Come On Over // 20 million

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12. The Beatles - The Beatles // 19 million

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13. Guns N’ Roses - Appetite for Destruction // 18 million

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14. Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard // 18 million

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15. Boston - Boston // 17 million

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16. Elton John - Greatest Hits // 17 million

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17. Garth Brooks - No Fences // 17 million

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18. The Beatles - The Beatles 1967-1970 // 17 million

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19. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill // 16 million

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~20. Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack) // 16 million


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~20. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti // 16 million

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~20. Metallica - Metallica // 16 million

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A version of this story ran in 2016.

Spotify Is Giving Premium Customers Free Hulu

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It's hard to keep track of all the streaming services available today, but paying for two of them just got a lot easier. As The Verge reports, a free Hulu plan now comes with a Spotify Premium subscription.

Spotify Premium costs $10 a month, and it includes unlimited ad-free access to the 35 million-plus songs in the service's library, as well as the ability to save music and play it offline. Beginning today, March 12, you can bundle Spotify Premium with Hulu's basic ad-supported plan for $10 a month, which means if you were already paying for Spotify, you're basically getting Hulu for free. Without the deal, Hulu's cheapest plan normally costs $6 a month to stream unlimited shows and movies with ad breaks.

If you're already subscribed to Spotify Premium, you can add Hulu to the same bill from the Your Services page on Spotify. New members can sign up for both plans at once by visiting Spotify.com/hulu and entering their payment information. The promotion is not open to users on a Spotify Premium family account.

The special offer is only available until June 10, 2019, or "while supplies last," according to Spotify. After signing up, you can take your shiny new subscription for a spin with a binge-watching session. Here are some of the best shows and movies to stream.

[h/t The Verge]

This Colorful Art Poster Chronicles the History of the Beatles

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As far as music history—or history in general—is concerned, The Beatles are one of the most influential musical groups ever assembled. The venerable English rock band may have had its heyday in the 1960s, but the impact John, Paul, George, and Ringo have had on generations of fans and musicians can't possibly be overstated. As music journalist Chuck Klosterman once wrote about the accuracy of rating bands, "The Beatles are generally seen as the single most important rock band of all time, because they wrote all the best songs. Since both of these facts are true, the Beatles are rated properly."

But simply appreciating the Fab Four's archive aurally doesn't do the band enough justice. Thankfully this poster from UK-based design shop Dorothy Studios has the visuals covered. With an appropriately diverse color palette, "The Colour of The Beatles—Special Edition" features 66 color-inspired references to many of the songs in the legendary group's discography, including "Here Comes the Sun" and "Blackbird."


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However, the poster doesn't focus exclusively on The Beatles's songs; it also includes their albums (like The White Album), their favorite hangouts (like The Cavern Club and The Casbah Coffee Club), and even their Apple record label. And, of course, kaleidoscopic songs like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," and "Norwegian Wood" are covered.

Phil Skegg, a designer at Dorothy, says the genesis of the poster came a few years ago when the team was looking at standard paint swatch colors, like Canary Yellow. "We thought it'd be great if they had a range named after songs like 'Yellow Submarine' or 'Sun King'," Skegg tells Mental Floss. "It then just developed from there, taking in songs, albums lyrics, and any other sources we could find."


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The poster, which sells for about $38, is also just one of several Beatles-inspired posters from Dorothy; they also offer zoo-themed character portraits and this pair of "Liverpool Legends" road sign prints. And they say you can't buy me love.

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