The Ultimate Best-selling Albums Quiz
by Staff
If you can never remember if Michael Jackson or the Beatles are the biggest sellers, now is the time to find out. Not only will you get it straightened out, but you'll also learn about some more surprising artists that have made history with sales.

If you've sold a million singles or albums, you earn what certification from the Recording Industry Association of America?

  • Platinum Record
  • Gold Record
  • Bronze Record

What does a gold record mean?

  • 100,000 sales
  • 500,000 sales
  • 2 million sales

What was the first artist to have a certified diamond record?

  • Michael Jackson
  • Lionel Richie
  • Carole King

What one-hit wonder received the second diamond certification?

  • Jewel
  • Creed
  • M.C. Hammer

So, let's get to it: Who has the No. 1 album sold?

  • The Beatles
  • Michael Jackson
  • The Eagles

How many copies has "Thriller" sold?

  • 15 million
  • 25 million
  • 32 million

The next best-selling album has sold how many units?

  • 31 million
  • 29 million
  • 19 million

The Eagles have the distinction of having the second-most best-selling album. Which album is it?

  • a greatest hits compilation
  • "Hotel California"
  • "Desperado"

To recognize that digital downloads count as sales, what did the RIAA do?

  • developed a digital single gold, platinum and diamond certification
  • added digital sales to the album award
  • both

Who was the first artist to receive two digital diamond awards?

  • Rihanna
  • Beyoncé
  • Eminem

What country artist has the best-selling album in the genre?

  • Dixie Chicks
  • Shania Twain
  • Garth Brooks

What was the first single to get a platinum designation?

  • "Stayin' Alive"
  • "Disco Lady"
  • "Born in the U.S.A."

What was the first album certified multi-platinum in 2016?

  • Ed Sheeran, "X"
  • Carrie Underwood, "Greatest Hits: Decade # 1"
  • Adele, "25"

What artist does NOT have a diamond album?

  • Tupac Shakur
  • Britney Spears
  • Beyoncé

Besides Mr. Hammer (ahem), what rap album was the first to reach diamond?

  • 2Pac, "All Eyez On Me"
  • Notorious B.I.G., "Ready To Die"
  • Eminem, "The Slim Shady LP"

What female artist was the first to nab a diamond award?

  • Carole King
  • Whitney Houston
  • Aretha Franklin

What's the best-selling soundtrack, according to the RIAA?

  • "The Bodyguard"
  • Dirty Dancing"
  • "High School Musical"

What artist has the most units sold across the board, according to the RIAA?

  • Garth Brooks
  • Michael Jackson
  • The Beatles

What woman has the most units sold?

  • Madonna
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Mariah Carey

What non-vocal recording artist has sold the most units?

  • Mannheim Steamroller
  • Kenny G
  • John Tesh

What Kenny G album has gone diamond?

  • "Miracles: The Holiday Album"
  • "Duotones"
  • "Breathless"

What was the first soundtrack to be certified Diamond?

  • "Dirty Dancing"
  • "Saturday Night Fever"
  • "The Bodyguard"

What female artist was the first to get two diamond digital singles?

  • Taylor Swift
  • Lady Gaga
  • Katy Perry

What was the first digital single to go platinum?

  • Usher, "Yeah!"
  • Gwen Stefani, "Hollaback Girl"
  • Kelly Clarkson, "Since U Been Gone"

What artist has the most digital singles sold?

  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift
  • Kanye West

What is the oro, platino and diamante system?

  • The Spanish counterpart of the RIAA
  • the RIAA program in Mexico
  • for albums that are over half Spanish-language

A diamante album is certified after what amount of sales?

  • 100,000
  • 1 million
  • 600,000

What artist earned their second diamante award in 2016?

  • Marc Anthony
  • Romeo Santos
  • Selena

What Spanish-language artist has sold the most units, according to the RIAA?

  • Selena
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Mana

Women hold the top four spots of what chart?

  • most gold albums
  • most digital singles sold
  • most platinum singles