What Are the Best-Selling Bay Area Albums of the Last 25 Years?
|Santana has Supernatural record sales.|
|Metallica has more best-selling albums than any other Bay Area artist in the past 25 years.|
Metallica's And Justice for All (1988) is potentially on the cusp of becoming a Diamond album, with eight million sold. Two bands with fleeting success immediately trail; Counting Crows' August & Everything After (1993) has sold 7 million, and Third Eye Blind's self-titled album (1997) has moved 6 million.
Metallica has earned more mutliplatinum plaques in the past 25 years than any other act from the Bay Area. The albums Load (1996), Garage Inc. (1998), and S&M (1999) have all been certified five times platinum. The only other locally-bred band to match this quintuple sales feat is Green Day for American Idiot (2004).
A trio of '90s hits -- Hammer's Too Legit to Quit (1991), En Vogue's Funky Divas (1992), and Smash Mouth's Astro Lounge (1999) have each earned triple platinum honors for selling more than three million copies.
An overall sales slump over the past decade has meant that local acts have not been able to sell more than two million copies. But, to borrow the mantra of one of the Bay Area's top sellers, don't stop believin' in the potential of local artists to soar to the highest highs of musical success.