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List of best-selling albums in Canada

This is a list of the best-selling albums in Canada that have been certified by the Music Canada, formerly known as Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA).

Album certifications

Music Canada provides "certifications" for album sales, similar to the RIAA's. The certification levels for albums released after May 1, 2008 are:

  • Gold: 40,000 units (previously 50,000)
  • Platinum: 80,000 units (previously 100,000)
  • Diamond: 800,000 units (previously 1,000,000) [1]

Note: Multi-Platinum certification refers to albums that have sold 160,000 units or more (i.e. 160,000 is double Platinum) but have not yet sold 800,000 units (Diamond certification).

Top 10 Best-Selling Albums in Canada

Since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began
Rank Year Title Artist Certification Units Sales[2]
1 1997 Come On Over Shania Twain 2x Diamond 2,000,000
2 1997 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion Diamond 1,700,000
3 2011 21 Adele Diamond 1,394,000[3]
4 1997 Big Shiny Tunes 2 Various Artists Diamond 1,233,000
5 1997 Romanza Andrea Bocelli Diamond 1,130,000
6 2000 1 The Beatles Diamond 1,120,000
7 2002 Up! Shania Twain 2x Diamond 1,100,000
8 1997 Aquarium Aqua Diamond 1,090,000
9 1997 Surfacing Sarah McLachlan Diamond 1,080,000
10 1999 Millennium Backstreet Boys Diamond 1,070,000

Top 10 Best-Selling Artists in Canada

Top 5 National Artists

Using the CRIA Database
Rank Artists Period Sales[2]
1 Celine Dion 80s-10s 11.4 million[4]
2 Shania Twain 90s-10s 6.8 million[5]
3 Bryan Adams 70s-10s 5 million[6]
3 Sarah McLachlan 80s-10s Over 3.1 million
4 Tragically Hip 80s-10s Over 3 million
5 Nickelback 90s-10s Over 2.8 million

Top 5 International Artists

Using the CRIA Database
Rank Artists Period Sales
1 The Beatles 60s-70s 13.5 million[7]
2 U2 70s-10s 7.2 million[8]
3 Pink Floyd 60s-90s 6.4 million[9]
4 Madonna 80s-10s 6 million[10]
5 Elton John 70s-10s 5.9 million[11]
6 Garth Brooks 80s-10s 5.6 million[12]

See also


External links

  • Gold and Platinum
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