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Nielsen SoundScan Lists Top Selling Albums and Digital Songs of the Decade

By December 9, 2009

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The decade end lists continue to roll out. Now Nielsen SoundScan, the authority for overall sales of music, have released their lists of the bestselling albums and digital download songs of the decade. The album sales cover the period from January 1, 2000 through November 1, 2009. There is enough difference between individual albums and singles it is unlikely rankings will change with additional sales through the end of this year. Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital sales in July 2003. Without further ado, here are the top 10 lists.

Bestselling Albums of the Decade

  1. The Beatles - 1 - 11,499,000
  2. *NSYNC - No Strings Attached - 11,112,000
  3. Norah Jones - Come Away With Me - 10,546,000
  4. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP - 10,204,000
  5. Eminem - The Eminem Show - 9,799,000
  6. Usher - Confessions - 9,712,000
  7. Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory - 9,663,000
  8. Creed - Human Clay - 9,491,000
  9. Britney Spears, Oops! ... I Did It Again - 9,185,000
  10. Nelly - Country Grammar - 8,461,000

Bestselling Digital Singles of the Decade

  1. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain - "Low" - 5,214,000
  2. Lady Gaga feat. Colby O'Donis - "Just Dance" - 4,690,000
  3. Jason Mraz - "I'm Yours" - 4,619,000
  4. Timbaland feat. OneRepublic - "Apologize" - 4,439,000
  5. The Black Eyed Peas - "Boom Boom Pow" - 4,349,000
  6. Soulja Boy Tell'em - "Crank That" - 4,315,000
  7. Lady Gaga - "Poker Face" - 4,200,000
  8. Coldplay - "Viva la Vida" - 4,140,000
  9. Taylor Swift - "Love Story" - 4,005,000
  10. Katy Perry - "Hot N Cold" - 3,945,000

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