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The World’s Greatest Hits: Unplugged – Eric Clapton
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Unplugged – Eric Clapton

Unplugged  – Eric Clapton – 1992 Claimed Sales: 20m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Unlike anything else I’ve covered as part of this series, Unplugged is the only live album that has sold anywhere close to as many copies as the rest of these records. Its success is not simply surprising given it was recorded as an … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Dangerous – Michael Jackson
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Dangerous – Michael Jackson

Dangerous  – Michael Jackson – 1991 Claimed Sales: 31m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?:  Apple Music Dangerous is such a strange album to come from the biggest artist of all time. Unlike the albums that preceded it, the tightly packed hits of Thriller and Bad, Dangerous is full of overly long dance tracks and clocks in at well over … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Nevermind – Nirvana
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Nevermind – Nirvana

Nevermind  – Nirvana – 1991 Claimed Sales: 30m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Nevermind set the tone for the 90s, am era where guitar bands ruled the airwaves once more. The influence of this album is impossible to deny, even when the band’s critics, and the band themselves, often cited it as ‘too commercial’ alternative … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Metallica – Metallica
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Metallica – Metallica

Metallica  – Metallica – 1991 Claimed Sales: 30m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Metallica remains to this day the biggest selling album of the US SoundScan era standing at 16 million copies sold in that country alone. It’s hard to imagine an album like Metallica seeing this level of success outside of their home country, … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Faith – George Michael
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Faith – George Michael

Faith  – George Michael – 1987 Claimed Sales: 20m First listen?: No Format Listened?: Apple Music The debut solo album from the lead star of a pop band is a funny thing to consider. Much like Off The Wall earlier in this series, Faith technically wasn’t George Michael’s true ‘debut’ into the public consciousness, his debut … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Hysteria – Def Leppard
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Hysteria – Def Leppard

Hysteria  – Def Leppard – 1987 Claimed Sales: 20m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: CD Conceived as the ‘Metal version of Thriller’ by producer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange, Hysteria at least has the same level of consistency across its tracks as the biggest album of all time. Whether you could possibly describe this 80s Pop Rock album as … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Hits: Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roses
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The World’s Greatest Hits: Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roses

Appetite For Destruction  – Guns N’ Roses – 1987 Claimed Sales: 30m First listen?: Yes Format Listened?: Apple Music Guns N’ Roses are what happens when yo combine just about everything in Rock music that was selling during the 70s and 80s. Aerosmith meets AC/DC with radio friendly hooks and a vocal performance from Axl Rose on the right … Continue reading