Metallica, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys, Green Day, No Doubt Among Top-Selling Artists Honored At Diamond Awards

For those rare occasions, the folks at the Recording Industry Association of America unveiled their new Diamond Award Tuesday in New York, honoring the 62 best selling albums of all time. While platinum records go to artists who sell more than one million copies of an album, the new diamond honor will go to artists who manage to move more than 10 million copies of a given album in the U.S.

Metallica, Boyz II Men, Def Leppard, Billy Joel, and Elton John were among the 46 artists responsible for the first 62 albums to score the first wave of Diamond Awards and were at New York’s Roseland Ballroom to pick up the honor.

“We grew up watching these guys,” Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman said of Tuesday’s proceedings. “To be in the same room looking at them and conversing with them, and talking, laughing and joking like we’ve known each other for like a thousand years is like the best thing about this business.
And to get to meet, face to face, the legends and the people that you grew up with… And they knew us!,”
Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris marveled. “And they knew us too, and I guess that was a kick as well, you know, the fact that a lot of them knew us by name,” Stockman added.

Alanis Morissette, Pearl Jam, Green Day, No Doubt, and the Backstreet Boys were also among the Diamond Award winners, but were not on hand for the ceremony. Of the 62 albums attaining Diamond sales status…

  • 24 were released in the 90s
  • 10 are greatest hits collections
  • 6 are soundtracks
  • 5 are from the Beatles
  • 4 are from Garth Brooks
  • 3 are live albums
  • 1 was turned into a film about an eyebrow-less protagonist named “Pink”

Here’s a look at the albums that made the diamond cut:

  • The Eagles – “Their Greatest Hits” (25 million)
  • Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (25 million)
  • Pink Floyd – “The Wall” (23 million)
  • Fleetwood Mac – “Rumours” (18 million)
  • Billy Joel – “Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II” (18 million)
  • The Beatles – “The White Album” (17 million)
  • Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin IV” (17 million)
  • AC/DC – “Back In Black” (16 million)
  • Boston – “Boston” (16 million)
  • Garth Brooks – “No Fences” (16 million)
  • Whitney Houston & various artists – “The Bodyguard” original soundtrack (16 million)
  • Alanis Morissette – “Jagged Little Pill” (16 million)
  • The Bee Gees & various artists – “Saturday Night Fever” original soundtrack (15 million)
  • The Eagles – “Hotel California” (15 million)
  • Guns N’ Roses – “Appetite For Destruction” (15 million)
  • Hootie & The Blowfish – “Cracked Rear View” (15 million)
  • Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon” (15 million)
  • Bruce Springsteen – “Born in the U.S.A.” (15 million)
  • The Beatles – “The Beatles/1967-1970″ (14 million)
  • Garth Brooks – “Ropin’ The Wind” (14 million)
  • The Beatles – “The Beatles/1962-1966″ (14
    million)
  • Meatloaf – “Bat Out Of Hell” (14 million)
  • Prince and the Revolution – “Purple Rain” original soundtrack (14 million)
  • Bon Jovi – “Slippery When Wet” (12 million)
  • Boyz II Men – “II” (12 million)
  • Garth Brooks – “Double Live” (12 million)
  • Def Leppard – “Hysteria” (12 million)
  • Kenny G – “Breathless” (12 million)
  • Whitney Houston – “Whitney Houston” (12 million)
  • Kenny Rogers – “Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits” (12 million)
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band- “Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live/1975-85″ (12 million)
  • The Beatles – “Abbey Road” (11 million)
  • The Beatles – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (11 million)
  • “Dirty Dancing” original soundtrack (11 million)
  • Elton John – “Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight” (11 million)
  • Metallica – “Metallica” (11 million)
  • James Taylor – “”Greatest Hits” (11 million)
  • Shania Twain – “The Woman In Me” (11 million)
  • Backstreet Boys – “Backstreet
    Boys” (10 million)
  • Garth Brooks – “The Hits” (10 million)
  • Mariah Carey – “Daydream” (10 million)
  • Mariah Carey – “Music Box” (10 million)
  • Eric Clapton – “Unplugged” (10 million)
  • Celine Dion – “Falling Into You” (10 million)
  • The Doobie Brothers – “The Best of the Doobies” (10 million)
  • Green Day – “Dookie” (10 million)
  • M.C. Hammer – “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” (10 million)
  • Journey – “Greatest Hits” (10 million)
  • Carole King – “Tapestry” (10 million)
  • “The Lion King” original soundtrack (10 million)
  • Madonna – “Like A Virgin” (10 million)
  • George Michael – “Faith” (10 million)
  • No Doubt – “Tragic Kingdom” (10 million)
  • Pearl Jam – “Ten” (10 million)
  • Lionel Richie – “Can’t Slow Down” (10 million)
  • “Titanic” original soundtrack
  • TLC – “CrazySexyCool” (10 million)
  • U2 – “The Joshua Tree” (10 million)
  • Van Halen – “1984″ (10 million)
  • Van Halen – “Van Halen” (10 million)
  • ZZ Top – “Eliminator” (10 million)