To build the suspense a little more, let's first take a look at the other rock (or, at least, sorta rock-like) albums to hit 10 million. At No. 20 is Linkin Park with their debut record, Hybrid Theory. (They've sold 10.03 million copies.) Then you've got Hootie & the Blowfish at No. 15 for selling 10.28 million copies of their debut, Cracked Rear View. At No. 8 is Human Clay from Creed -- 11.62 million copies -- which is just behind Santana's Supernatural with 11.73 million. The Beatles' greatest-hits collection 1 landed at No. 5 with 12.11 million copies, and Alanis Morissette checked in at No. 3 with Jagged Little Pill (14.80 million).
But No. 1? That's Metallica's self-titled 1991 disc, which has moved 15.83 copies, barely edging out Shania Twain's Come On Over and its 15.52 million sales. If you had asked me, I don't think I would have ever guessed Metallica, but suddenly it makes even more sense why the metal veterans are so happy to have control of all their masters again.
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