Special Report

Artists With the Most Hit Albums

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35. Santana
> Certified units: 44 million
> Most popular album: Supernatural (1999)

Founded in 1966, Santana has had a variety of different configurations but Mexican-American guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana has always been the central ingredient in the mix. The rock band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards, including a record nine Grammys in 2000 for the album “Supernatural.” The album also won three Latin Grammy Awards.

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34. Alan Jackson
> Certified units: 44 million
> Most popular album: Greatest Hits Collection (1995)

A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1991, country singer/songwriter Alan Jackson has hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart with 26 of his 66 singles. His 1995 “Greatest Hits Collection” includes such favorites as “Chattahoochee,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Here in the Real World,” and “Gone Country.” Since that album came out, he has released nine other compilation albums. Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017.

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33. Guns N’ Roses
> Certified units: 45 million
> Most popular album: Appetite For Destruction (1987)

Heavy metal band Guns N’ Roses scored big with its first album, “Appetite for Destruction,” released in 1987. Three of its singles — “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” and “Sweet Child o’ Mine” — hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and catapulted the album to No. 1. Guns N’ Roses is touring this summer in the United States. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted them in 2012.

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32. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
> Certified units: 45 million
> Most popular album: Greatest Hits (1994)

Over six decades, raspy-voiced Bob Seger has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. In 1974, the singer/songwriter formed The Silver Bullet Band. Their 1994 “Greatest Hits” album was certified diamond in 2017, indicating that it had sold more than 10 million copies. It includes such favorites as “Turn the Page,” “Night Moves,” “Against the Wind,” “Roll Me Away,” and “Main Street.” Seger was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

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31. Taylor Swift
> Certified units: 46 million
> Most popular album: Fearless (2008)

After starting out as a young phenom in country music, Taylor Swift has become a pop icon with a legion of devoted fans who call themselves Swifties. Only 16 when her first album, “Taylor Swift,” was released, she became the youngest performer to single-handedly write and sing a No. 1 entry on the Hot Country Songs chart. Her second studio album, “Fearless,” won Album of the Year at the Grammys, making the then-20-year-old Swift the youngest artist to take home the award up to that time. She released a re-recording of the album in 2021 after a rights dispute over the master of the original.