Decade's Best Sellers: Eminem, the Beatles
Norah Jones, Nelly also snag spots
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2009 4:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – The Beatles might have had its heyday a few decades ago, but the band managed to emerge from this decade with the best-selling album. Perhaps more surprising is the decade’s top-selling artist: Eminem, with 32.2 million albums sold—followed closely by, yes, the Beatles again in the No. 2 spot with 30 million sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The most surprising appearance of all, however, is a certain boy band…

The top five best-selling albums of the decade, courtesy of USA Today:

  1. The Beatles, 1: 11.5 million
  2. ‘N Sync, No Strings Attached: 11.1 million
  3. Norah Jones, Come Away With Me: 10.5 million
  4. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP: 10.2 million
  5. Eminem, The Eminem Show: 9.8 million
  6. Bonus surprise: In the number 10 spot? Nelly’s Country Grammar, with 8.5 million copies sold.