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Top Selling Albums of 2004

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The top-selling albums of 2004 (CNN.com)

1. “Confessions,” Usher: 7,978,594
2. “Feels Like Home,” Norah Jones: 3,842,920
3. “Encore,” Eminem: 3,517,097
4. “When The Sun Goes Down,” Kenny Chesney: 3,072,224
5. “Here for the Party,” Gretchen Wilson: 2,931,097
6. “Live Like You Were Dying,” Tim McGraw: 2,786,840

7. “Songs About Jane,” Maroon 5: 2,708,415
8. “Fallen,” Evanesence: 2,614,226
9. “Autobiography,” Ashlee Simpson: 2,576,945
10. “Now 16: Now That’s What I Call Music!”: 2,560,316

There are two very surprising things about this list in my opinion. First of all, Maroon 5 – Songs about Jane was released in June of 2002. Patience is a virtue I guess. The other surprising thing is that Evanescence’s Fallen made the list for a second year in a row. I am not sure how any of you feel about the band, but they have a great many fans, that is for sure.

Oh and a third thing, I guess just for fun. Who in the hell is Gretchen Wilson? I haven’t heard of this and I certainly don’t know anyone who bought this album. I guess she is country, but it is kind of funny how out of touch I can be with an entire genre.

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  • Gretchen Wilson is a country “artist” that claims to drink whiskey, chew tobacco, and party like no other. Don’t feel bad about missing out. There’s more than a strong chance she’s a fad that will get bowled over when the next Big & Rich-esque act comes along.

  • Eric Olsen

    she’s the unabashedly “redneck girl”

    I’d say the list is VERY surprising overall: more country than I would have thought, only one rap, and as Craig mentioned, Evanescence and Maroon 5 holding on like Anna Nicole to a nonagenarian billionaire

  • Is it possible to talk about “what’s going on in music” based upon this list? Was it ever possible?

    I’ve heard about five singles total from those ten albums, and don’t care to delve any further than that. “This Love” is a very nice song, and the single in which Eminem emulates Michael Jackson is catchy (though not nearly his best).

    Beyond that, I must shake my head. Is this 30-year-old old or out-of-touch?

    Eric Berlin
    Dumpster Bust: Miracles from Mind Trash

  • I think these lists will become less and less representative of what is going on in music as time goes on. Bands and labels are more capable of reaching audiences with the internet and it will continue to keep spreading those music fans among the many artists instead of concentrating them on just a few.

    I know it has been said many times before, but there will never be another version of the Beatles because nobody will be able to hold that level of an audience with so many choices and outlets for music, not to mention other entertainment options which are eating away at listeners.

  • Oh, and another thing…

    Wouldn’t it be great to be Eminem? You put out an album which most agree isn’t close to the best work that you have done and you still finish the year with 3.5 million albums sold.

    Also keep in mind that Eminem’s album was released on November 12, 2004. 3.5 million in a month and a half.

  • Dew

    5. “Here for the Party,” Gretchen Wilson: 2,931,097

    The beauty of America shines no brighter than the day when you achieve multi-platinum staus from one song celebrating the liberties of redneck-isms.

    God Bless America

  • Maybe she is secretly related to Jeff Foxworthy?

  • Eric Olsen

    I hear she turned to music because she couldn’t out-skate or out-box Tonya Harding

  • Sandra Smallson

    I think these must be the top ten in the USA not worldwide.

  • Not sure Sandra. The article doesn’t say. What do you think would be added to the worldwide list?

  • Sandra Smallson

    Craig, it certainly is the U.S list because other than Usher, none of those other Acts would be in the top 10 of the worldwide list for 2004. Certainly none of the Country Acts, and not Ashlee Simpson. Maroon 5 would appear but not in the top 10. Eminem would appear but his Album is too soon to be in the top 10 worldwide, I think. Certainly none of the “NOW” Albums and I believe the world at large is over the last Norah Jones’s Album by now.

    I did see a worldwide list somewhere a few weeks ago. I will hunt it down for you and be sure to copy and paste it on here for you. As well as provide the source so you can check it out yourself.

    Not sure what Acts I would expect in the 2004 list because not many Albums did it for me last yr….

  • Sandra Smallson

    Can’t find it Craig. Should I come across it again, I shall let you know. We might have lost our interest in the topic by then anyway. I am absloutely sure though, that your list is U.S sales only.

  • Shark


    In order from 1 thru 40.

    Label – number sold

    Yer welcome.

    PS: More evidence that the world’s taste is as bad and corrupt as America’s. (ie. 90% crap)


    Usher – Confessions
    Arista – 12.450.000 copies (preliminary estimate)

    Norah Jones – Feels Like Home
    Blue Note – 10.022.000 copies

    Evanescence – Fallen
    Wind-Up – 7.602.000 copies

    Avril Lavigne – Under My Skin
    Arista – 7.270.000 (preliminary estimate)

    Black Eyed Peas – Elephunk
    A&M / Interscope – 7.218.000 copies

    Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane
    Octone / J Records – 6.920.000 copies (preliminary estimate)

    Eminem – Encore
    Shady / Interscope – 6.320.000 copies (preliminary estimate)

    U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
    Island – 5.810.000 copies(preliminary estimate)

    Dido – Life For Rent
    Arista – 5.309.000 copies

    Guns N’Roses – Greatest Hits
    Geffen – 5.179.000 copies

    Outkast – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
    Arista – 5.075.000 copies

    Anastacia – Anastacia
    Epic – 4.935.000 copies

    Britney Spears – In The Zone
    Jive – 4.830.000 copies

    Robbie Williams – Greatest Hits
    Chrysalis / Capitol – 4.380.000
    copies (preliminary estimate)

    Alicia Keys – The Diary Of Alicia Keys
    J Records / RCA – 4.324.000 copies

    D12 – D12 World
    Shady / Interscope – 3.926.000 copies

    Green Day – American Idiot
    Reprise – 3.840.000 copies (preliminary estimate)

    Shania Twain – Greatest Hits
    Mercury – 3.700.000 copies (preliminary estimate)

    Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
    Blue Note – 3.516.000 copies

    Destiny’s Child – Destiny Fulfilled
    Columbia – 3.430.000 copies
    (preliminary estimate)

    Keane – Hopes And Fears
    Island – 3.260.000 copies (preliminary estimate)

    Britney Spears – Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
    Jive – 3.160.000 copies (preliminary estimate)

    Ray Charles – Genius Loves Company
    Hear / Liberty / Capitol – 3.120.000 copies (preliminary estimate)

    Prince – Musicology
    NPG / Columbia – 3.001.000 copies

    Nelly – Suit
    Fo’Reel / Universal – 2.990.000 copies (preliminary estimate)

    Josh Groban – Closer
    Reprise – 2.733.000 copies

    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Greatest Hits
    Warner Bros. – 2.625.000 copies

    No Doubt – The Singles 1992 – 2003
    Interscope – 2.584.000 copies

    Tim McGraw – Live Like You Were Dying
    Curb – 2.510.000 copies (preliminary estimate)

    Kanye West – The College Dropout
    Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam – 2.480.000 copies

    Ashlee Simpson – Autobiography
    Geffen / Interscope – 2.419.000 copies

    George Michael – Patience
    Epic – 2.356.000 copies

    Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions
    Virgin – 2.343.000 copies

    Hikaru Utada – Single Collection Vol.1
    Toshiba EMI Japan – 2.313.000 copies

    Diana Krall – The Girl In The Other Room
    Verve – 2.277.000 copies

    Hoobastank – The Reason
    Island – 2.254.000 copies

    Rod Stewart – Stardust…The Great American Songbook III
    J Records – 2.250.000 copies

    Gretchen Wilson – Here For The Party
    Epic Nashville – 2.153.000 copies

    Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
    Domino – 2.030.000 copies

    Sheryl Crow – The Very Best Of
    A&M – 2.016.000 copies

  • Beno

    I want to know the reason of why 50cent is not included.

  • Because it was released in February of 2003.


    Yes Beno, and I want to know why Cattle Decapitation was not included. I demand and investigation!

  • A pretty scary list, though I must admit that I’m the lucky(?) owner of 5 of the 40 best selling albums.

  • 50 Cent didn’t sell enough albums to make the list. It’s the sort of popularity contest based on laid-out cash, not just bluster. 🙂

  • I have the Diana Krall Album, but I guess I could care less about the hit oriented music of the recent. I might add I’m 23…

  • tim

    uhm sorry i am a george michael fan and i know better so whoever made the claim that george michael’s patience album sold 2.3 million copies is lying
    or maybe i missunderstood
    i know that it sold 300k in the united states maybe he/she meant worldwide sales

  • What??????? usher was the only one who sold over 6 millions… and what about avril lavigne cmon

  • magiz

    this is soo fake Avril was one of the TOP selleres that year

    atleast 3 millions she sold in 04 and she currently with 9 or 10 million.