Grammys by the numbers: What are the best selling albums up for Album of the Year?

There are quite a few factors that help an album’s chances of being nominated at the Grammy Awards: critical acclaim, hit singles, the most popular genres, the artist’s Grammy history, and perhaps the hardest factor to ignore — total album sales.

To help guide you in your predictions this awards season, I have compiled a list of the top 30 best-selling albums eligible for the Grammy Awards (see below). The sales tally is based on physical and digital sales only, so no streaming is counted. Peak positions on the Billboard 200 albums chart (which does take streaming into account) are listed, and when applicable weeks at the number-one spot are listed as well. And to show its reception among critics, the album’s Metacritic score is included.

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1. Adele, “25” – 9.059 million
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (10 weeks)
MetaCritic score: 75

2. Justin Bieber, “Purpose” – 1.796 million
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (1 week)
MetaCritic score: 63

3. Drake, “Views” – 1.544 million
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (13 weeks)
MetaCritic score: 69

4. Beyonce, “Lemonade” – 1.481 million
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (1 week)
MetaCritic score: 93

5. One Direction, “Made in the A.M.” – 871k
Billboard 200 peak position: #2
MetaCritic score: 65

6. Carrie Underwood, “Storyteller” – 677k
Billboard 200 peak position: #2
MetaCritic score: 74

7. Coldplay, “A Head Full of Dreams” – 629k
Billboard 200 peak position: #2
MetaCritic score: 60

8. Rihanna, “Anti” – 571k
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (2 weeks)
MetaCritic score: 73

9. Joey and Rory, “Hymns That Are Important to Us” – 486k
Billboard 200 peak position: #4
MetaCritic score: N/A

10. Blake Shelton, “If I’m Honest” – 482k
Billboard 200 peak position: #3
MetaCritic score: 58

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10. Panic! At the Disco, “Death of a Bachelor” – 482k
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (1 week)
MetaCritic score: 69

12. Eric Church, “Mr. Misunderstood” – 450k
Billboard 200 peak position: #2
MetaCritic score: 84

13. David Bowie, “Blackstar” – 438k
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (1 week)
MetaCritic score: 87

14. Pentatonix, “Pentatonix” – 436k
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (1 week)
MetaCritic score: N/A

15. Bryson Tiller, “TRAPSOUL” – 401k
Billboard 200 peak position: #8
MetaCritic score: N/A

16. Selena Gomez, “Revival” – 394k
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (1 week)
MetaCritic score: 74

17. Kevin Gates, “Islah” – 378k
Billboard 200 peak position: #2
MetaCritic score: 81

18. Radiohead, “A Moon Shaped Pool” – 373k
Billboard 200 peak position: #3
MetaCritic score: 88

19. G-Eazy, “When it’s Dark Out” – 369k
Billboard 200 peak position: #5
MetaCritic score: 74

20. Various Artists, “Suicide Squad: The Album” – 367k
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (2 weeks)
MetaCritic score: N/A

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21. Chris Brown, “Royalty” – 357k
Billboard 200 peak position: #3
MetaCritic score: 59

22. 5 Seconds of Summer, “Sounds Good Feels Good” – 347k
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (1 week)
MetaCritic score: 67

23. Keith Urban, “Ripcord” – 312k
Billboard 200 peak position: #4
MetaCritic score: 72

24. Blink-182, “California” – 310k
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (1 week)
MetaCritic score: 63

25. The Lumineers, “Cleopatra” – 306k
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (1 week)
MetaCritic score: 67

26. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “The Getaway” – 296k
Billboard 200 peak position: #2
MetaCritic score: 66

27. Meghan Trainor, “Thank You” – 282k
Billboard 200 peak position: #3
MetaCritic score: 60

28. Sia, “This is Acting” – 278k
Billboard 200 peak position: #4
MetaCritic score: 67

29. Kendrick Lamar, “Untitled Unmastered” – 269k
Billboard 200 peak position: #1 (1 week)
MetaCritic score: 86

30. Ariana Grande, “Dangerous Woman” – 268k
Billboard 200 peak position: #2
MetaCritic score: 76

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