AC/DC’s Back in Black is an album born out of tragedy. It very nearly didn’t exist at all, yet it went on to become a classic rock touchstone and one of the bestselling albums of all time, marking a creative and commercial zenith in the band’s discography. Now, the Australian rockers’ seminal 1980 record holds the distinction of being just the third studio album in history to be certified 25x platinum by the RIAA.
Back in Black is just the third studio album in history to earn a 25x platinum certification, joining the ranks of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (33x platinum) and the Eagles’ Hotel California (26x platinum). (The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) still holds the overall crown at 38x platinum.) Back in Black’s last RIAA certification came in 2007, when it was certified 22x platinum. With its latest milestone, it leapfrogs over the Beatles’ White Album, Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II, Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV and Pink Floyd’s The Wall.
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