Most of you probably never heard about Boston. If you do researches on them yet, you will quickly find claims stating that their eponymous album from 1976 is the greatest selling debut album of all-time. Where is the truth then?
Who’s the best selling girl group of all-time? This debate has been going on for decades. Among the most discussed contenders are the Spice Girls, the Destiny’s Child, AKB48, the Supremes, and TLC. We studied the first two, with the former emerging at the top with a tiny edge, at 48.5 million equivalent album sales.
Isn’t it the best moment to add to the mix the icons of the Contemporary R&B genre which exploded during the 90s, the TLC?
Of course, the elitist press will think it’s outrageous to call the most streamed albums from the 90s the greatest ones. Some artists are arguably critics darlings, but some others are favored by the general public and we are left wondering who are we to contradict them. Surely, nearly 20 years after the end of this era, to belong to the most remembered music that came out of it tells something. It tells they are regarded as the greatest by a lot of people. So which are these albums that continue to appeal the masses so many years after their release?
It’s the ultimate purpose of all charts and sales discussions: define which album is a success and which one is a flop. There are thousands of ways to compare records and as many misleading facts to highlight wrongful conclusions. Obviously, there isn’t a manager nor a stan in the world that will accept that his favorite act flopped. It’s their job to point out every minor argument to have the general public believe he did well. Regardless, the truth doesn’t lie.
Their recording career lasted from 1998 to 2004, but this was enough to put the Destiny’s Child among the Big 4 female bands along with the Supremes, TLC and the Spice Girls. To do so, the group from Houston smashed from day 1.
Let’s continue our journey back in the past by focusing on the 90s. This decade is known as the all-time peak of the music market, especially album sales that went through the roof. Selling 10 millions albums has always been a great performance, but during this period many albums achieved this mark. Which albums from this era have been the most successful up to date? You will find the answer in the list below!
The history will remind that Kendrick Lamar‘s Damn was the most successful album of 2017 in the US. Obviously, it isn’t the top LP since January, but it does lead the list from from late-November 2016 to mid-November 2017 which is what matters for Billboard’s Year-End ahead of Bruno Mars. Maybe more surprising than the #1 is the complete absence of female artists inside the Top 20.
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