Before file-sharing, piracy and mp3s, selling 10 million albums was a daunting feat. Now, it's next to impossible. Which makes Pearl Jam's recent accomplishment of selling more than 10 million copies of their 1991 debut Ten that much more remarkable. Only 23 other albums (including Adele's unstoppable 21) have surpassed the mark since 1997 (and we're not counting double albums like Biggie's Life After Death, which sold five million, but were counted as 10). To celebrate the singer's feat, we've compiled the biggest-selling albums of the past 15 years. Some you may know; some might surprise you.
First up: Shania Twain's 1997 opus Come On Over. The country-pop star sold more than 20 million copies of her third album, making this one of the most successful albums of all time.
One year later, Brooks returned with this double album, which would eventually become one of the biggest-selling albums of all time. And yeah, we're keeping this double album on the list because it sold 10 million copies for each disc (that's 20 million for those keeping score at home).
Norah Jones' debut gave American ears a much-needed reprieve in a year otherwise dominated by war, loud music and epic fantasy films. Her laid-back, jazzy tunes were inescapable unless you spent the entire year avoiding coffee shops, department stores and your mom.
The top-selling solo artist of this century's first decade, Eminem's third LP was a classic that cemented the infamous MC's status as one of rap's all-time greats. Also, he finally cleaned out that closet.