Decade's Best Sellers: Eminem, the Beatles

Norah Jones, Nelly also snag spots
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2009 4:00 PM CST
Decade's Best Sellers: Eminem, the Beatles
'N-Sync arrive at the 5th Annual Blockbuster Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. Picture by DAN CALLISTER Online USA INc.   (Getty Images)

The Beatles might have had its heyday a few decades ago, but the band managed to emerge from this decade with the best-selling album. Perhaps more surprising is the decade’s top-selling artist: Eminem, with 32.2 million albums sold—followed closely by, yes, the Beatles again in the No. 2 spot with 30 million sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The most surprising appearance of all, however, is a certain boy band…

The top five best-selling albums of the decade, courtesy of USA Today:

  1. The Beatles, 1: 11.5 million
  2. ‘N Sync, No Strings Attached: 11.1 million
  3. Norah Jones, Come Away With Me: 10.5 million
  4. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP: 10.2 million
  5. Eminem, The Eminem Show: 9.8 million
  6. Bonus surprise: In the number 10 spot? Nelly’s Country Grammar, with 8.5 million copies sold.
(Read more Eminem stories.)

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