Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the most phenomenal hits in the history of the music business. The album, which helped define the classic rock radio format, has sold more than 8 million copies since Nielsen/SoundScan began tracking U.S. music sales. It's #32 on the company's running list of the best-selling albums in its history.
Those facts are impressive just on the surface. Now, here's the incredible part: The album was released in March 1973. Nielsen/SoundScan began operations in May 1991. That 8 million sales figure doesn't count the album's first 18 years of sales.
Dark Side isn't the only vintage album that has kept on selling in the modern era. Sixteen of the top 200 albums on Nielsen/SoundScan's running list of the best-selling albums in its history were already "catalog" titles (at least two years old) when the company set up shop. These albums were released in the era of vinyl LPs and cassette tapes, continued to sell strongly on CD and are still popular asRead More »from Chart Watch Extra: Vintage Albums That Just Keep On Selling