Diamond Albums: The 100+ Best-Selling Albums in Canadian History

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Diamonds are … the recording industry’s best friend, certainly when it comes to album sales. Canada’s certification program awards records that have achieved 10x platinum status as “diamond”. Prior to May 2008 when gold/platinum definitions were adjusted in light of the digital era, a diamond album was one that had shipped 1 million units in Canada. Since then, a diamond album is 800,000. More than 100 albums have hit the diamond mark since releases from 1969. These are the best-sellers, the classics, reflecting Canadian tastes in music. We have listed all of these gems below. Those that achieved double diamond status (2 million prior to 2008) are in bold print and Canadian artist albums in red. In the column Type, GH stands for greatest hits. They are sorted in chronological order of release year. Chances are, you own or have owned at least a few of these. Which one is your favourite?

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin 1969 Studio
Abbey Road The Beatles 1969 Studio
IV Led Zeppelin 1971 Studio
Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 1973 Studio
1962-1966 The Beatles 1973 GH
1967-1970 The Beatles 1973 GH
Crime of the Century Supertramp 1974 Studio
Greatest Hits Vol I. Elton John 1974 GH
GH 1971-75 The Eagles 1976 GH
Hotel California The Eagles 1976 Studio
Boston Boston 1976 Studio
Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 1977 Studio
Rumours Fleetwood Mac 1977 Studio
Saturday Night Fever Various Artists 1977 Soundtrack
Grease Various Artists 1977 Soundtrack
1974-1978 Steve Miller 1978 GH
The Wall Pink Floyd 1979 Studio
Breakfast in America Supertramp 1979 Studio
Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers 1980 GH
Back in Black AC/DC 1980 Studio
Face Value Phil Collins 1981 Studio
Thriller Michael Jackson 1982 Studio
Colour by Numbers Culture Club 1983 Studio
Can’t Slow Down Lionel Richie 1983 Studio
Sports Huey Lewis 1983 Studio
Eliminator ZZ Top 1983 Studio
Born in the USA Bruce Springsteen 1984 Studio
Reckless Bryan Adams 1984 Studio
Like a Virgin Madonna 1984 Studio
Boy in the Box Corey Hart 1985 Studio
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1985 Studio
No Jacket Required Phil Collins 1985 Studio
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 1985 Studio
True Blue Madonna 1986 Studio
Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi 1986 Studio
The Joshua Tree U2 1987 Studio
Dirty Dancing Various Artists 1987 Soundtrack
Hysteria Def Leppard 1987 Studio
Faith George Michael 1987 Studio
Kick INXS 1987 Studio
Appetite for Destruction Guns ‘N Roses 1987 Studio
Hangin’ Tough New Kids on the Block 1988 Studio
Cocktail Various Artists 1988 Soundtrack
Girl You Know It’s True Milli Vanilli 1989 Studio
Alannah Myles Alannah Myles 1989 Studio
Up to Here The Tragically Hip 1989 Studio
Waking Up the Neighbours Bryan Adams 1991 Studio
Mad Mad World Tom Cochrane 1991 Studio
Road Apples The Tragically Hip 1991 Studio
Metallica Metallica 1991 Studio
Achtung Baby U2 1991 Studio
Use Your Illusion I Guns ‘N Roses 1991 Studio
Nevermind Nirvana 1991 Studio
Unplugged Eric Clapton 1992 Live
The Bodyguard Various Artists 1992 Soundtrack
Some Gave All Billy Ray Cyrus 1992 Studio
Celine Dion Celine Dion 1992 Studio
Gordon Barenaked Ladies 1992 Studio
Abba Gold ABBA 1992 GH
The Colour of My Love Celine Dion 1993 Studio
The Sign Ace of Base 1993 Studio
Get a Grip Aerosmith 1993 Studio
Fully Completely The Tragically Hip 1993 Studio
The Lion King Various Artists 1994 Soundtrack
The Hits Garth Brooks 1994 GH
Forrest Gump Various Artists 1994 Soundtrack
Dookie Green Day 1994 Studio
Cracked Rear View Hootie & the Blowfish 1994 Studio
Cross Road Bon Jovi 1994 GH
The Woman in Me Shania Twain 1995 Studio
Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette 1995 Studio
Mellon Collie… Smashing Pumpkins 1995 Studio
Tragic Kingdom No Doubt 1995 Studio
Amanda Marshall Amanda Marshall 1995 Studio
Oh What a Feeling Various Artists 1996 Compilation
Falling Into You Celine Dion 1996 Studio
Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys 1996 Studio
Spice Spice Girls 1996 Studio
Come On Over Shania Twain 1997 Studio
Let’s Talk About Love Celine Dion 1997 Studio
Big Shiny Tunes 2 Various Artists 1997 Compilation
Titanic Various Artists 1997 Soundtrack
Backstreet’s Back Backstreet Boys 1997 Studio
Aquarium Aqua 1997 Studio
Savage Garden Savage Garden 1997 Studio
Surfacing Sarah McLachlan 1997 Studio
Spice World Spice Girls 1997 Studio
Romanza Andrea Bocelli 1997 GH
Clumsy Our Lady Peace 1997 Studio
Millennium Backstreet Boys 1999 Studio
Baby One More Time Britney Spears 1999 Studio
Ricky Martin Ricky Martin 1999 Studio
Supernatural Santana 1999 Studio
All The Way Celine Dion 1999 GH
One The Beatles 2000 GH
These Are Special Times Celine Dion 2000 Christmas
Up! Shania Twain 2002 Studio
Let Go Avril Lavigne 2002 Studio
The Eminem Show Eminem 2002 Studio
Come Away with Me Norah Jones 2002 Studio
Stereo Boxed Set The Beatles 2009 Catalogue
21 Adele 2011 Studio
Christmas Michael Buble 2011 Christmas
25 Adele 2015 Studio