Best Selling Live Album of All Time

As anyone who has ever been to a live concert knows, there is something about live music that just can’t be beat. The energy of the crowd, the feeling of being in the moment with the artist, and of course, the music itself sounding slightly different than it does on the album – it’s all part of the magic of a live performance.

This is why live albums have always been popular – they offer a taste of that magical live experience. And some live albums have gone on to become massive best-sellers, appealing to fans old and new. Here are ten of the best selling live albums of all time.

10 Best-Selling Live Albums of All Time

1. Garth Brooks – Double Live

Double Live is a compilation album by country artist Garth Brooks, released in 1998. The album consists of live performances from throughout Brooks’ career, and was his first album to be released on CD. It is the second best-selling live album of all time, with over 21 million copies sold worldwide.

2. The Eagles – Hell Freezes Over

Hell Freezes Over is the second live album by The Eagles, released in 1994. The album features four new studio tracks, including the hit single “Get Over It”, as well as live renditions of classic Eagles songs like “Hotel California” and “Desperado”. Hell Freezes Over has been certified platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 17 million copies worldwide.

3. Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same is a live album by Led Zeppelin, released in 1976. The album was taken from recordings of various concerts during the band’s 1973 tour of the United States, and features some of their most iconic songs like “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love”. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 16 million copies worldwide.

4. Pink Floyd – Pulse

Pulse is a live album by Pink Floyd, released in 1995. The album was recorded during the band’s 1994 Division Bell Tour, and features performances of classic Pink Floyd songs like “Dark Side of the Moon”, “Wish You Were Here”, and “Another Brick in the Wall”. Pulse has been certified platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

5. Paul McCartney – Wings over America

Wings over America is a live album by Paul McCartney and his band Wings, released in 1976. The album was recorded during the band’s highly successful 1975-76 world tour, and features live renditions of some of Wings’ biggest hits like “Band on the Run” and “Silly Love Songs”. Wings over America has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 11 million copies worldwide.

6. Kiss – Alive!

Alive! is a live album by American rock band Kiss, released in 1975. The album was recorded during the band’s 1974-75 world tour, and is seen as a landmark release for the band, featuring live renditions of some of their most popular songs like “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Detroit Rock City”. Alive! has been certified platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

7. James Taylor – One Man Band

One Man Band is a live album by singer-songwriter James Taylor, released in 2007. The album was recorded during Taylor’s 2006-07 world tour, and features live renditions of some of his most popular songs like “Fire and Rain” and “Carolina in My Mind”. One Man Band has been certified platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

8. Pearl Jam – MTV Unplugged

MTV Unplugged is a live album by American rock band Pearl Jam, released in 1992. The album was recorded during the band’s performance on MTV’s Unplugged series, and features stripped-down versions of some of their most popular songs like “Alive” and “Even Flow”. MTV Unplugged has been certified platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

9. Barbra Streisand – One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb

One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb is a live album by Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb, released in 2014. The album was recorded during a one-night-only concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and features live renditions of some of Streisand’s and Gibb’s most popular songs like “Woman in Love” and “Guilty”. One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb has been certified platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

10. U2 – Zoo TV Live from Sydney

Zoo TV Live from Sydney is a live album by Irish rock band U2, released in 1994. The album was recorded during the band’s Zoo TV Tour, and features live renditions of some of their most popular songs like “One” and “Where the Streets Have No Name”. Zoo TV Live from Sydney has been certified platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.