When an artist or a musical group receives a Diamond certification for their album, it certainly is such a huge achievement. A Diamond certification is given by the Recording Industry Association of America. And while Michael Jackson still holds the record for the all-time best-selling album for Thriller (having sold over 33 million copies), country music has also had its own share of successful artists who managed to have their work highlighted and presented such a prestigious mark of achievement.
It was Elvis Presley who was the first country artist to release an album that sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone. Meanwhile, the country artist who currently has the most number of country albums with a diamond certification is Taylor Swift. If you’re wondering about our more classic country singers, we have the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain who have also released and sold diamond albums under their belt. Twain has three, and the Dixie Chicks have two.
Garth Brooks also joins the list, with his albums among almost half of the 15 that have received a diamond certification between the years 1950 and 2017. He has a total of seven certified diamond albums that include three of his compilations and four of his studio releases.
Below are some more of the country albums with a diamond certification:
Elvis Christmas Album
This is the fourth studio album and the first Christmas album from The King. The Recording Industry Association of America shares that the album shipped more than 13 million copies in the U.S., while it sold over 20 million copies on a global scale.
Released in 1980, the album Greatest Hits contains all of Kenny Roger’s biggest hit songs.
Breathless was released in 1992 and received Platinum status 12 times.
Fly is the Dixie Chicks’ second album to hit the diamond mark. It was released in 1999 and sold 10 million copies.
Wide Open Spaces
This album was the first that the group released with their vocalist, Natalie Maines. It sold over 12 million copies.
Come On Over
The sultry singer’s third studio album also happens to be the second best-selling album of all time in the country music industry. It was released in 1997, sold more than 20 million copies, and was certified double-diamond.
The Woman in Me
This album sold 12 million copies, It was released on February 7, 1995, with its signature song titled Any Man of Mine.
The latest album of Shania Twain to have reached diamond status was released in 2002. It was a double disc project that sold a total of over 11 million copies.
Certified 21x platinum in 2006, Garth Brooks’ album gained such remarkable status eight years after it was released.
Having sold over 17 million in sales, No Fences is Garth Brooks’ second studio album. It was also hailed as his best-selling album and featured some of his most popular songs namely The Dance and Friends in Low Places.
Ropin’ The Wind
Ropin’ The Wind became the third best-selling country album to date after it reached 14x platinum status. It was also Brooks’ second top-selling studio album. Hit songs included on this album include Shameless and The River.
Released under Liberty Records, Garth Brooks first compilation of his greatest songs reached the diamond status in just three years.
Although Garth Brooks rarely features songs from this 1997 studio album of his, it still provided him notable success after it sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S.
The self-titled, 1989 album debut of Brooks received diamond certification in 2006. It hit the mark 17 years after it was released.