Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Best-selling boxed sets

Best-selling boxed sets — Led Zepplin tops the list of the most popular music collections

Posted on

Why are record companies putting out boxed sets at such a furious rate? The Eric Clapton Crossroads set is a prime example. It cost PolyGram about $150,000 to produce and market the first 50,000 copies of the box in 1988, and Crossroads began to make a profit after 20,000 copies sold. Here’s how the Clapton set compares with the best-selling music boxes from the pop world:

1. LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin (1990) 950,000 copies sold
2. ERIC CLAPTON Crossroads (1988) 750,000
3. ROBERT JOHNSON The Complete Recordings (1990) 465,000
4. BARBRA STREISAND Just For the Record… (1991) 420,000
5. ROD STEWART Storyteller (1989) 400,000
6. BOB DYLAN Biograph (1985) 321,000
7. AEROSMITH Pandora’s Box (1991) 309,000
8. BOB MARLEY Songs of Freedom (1992) 306,000
9. JIMMY BUFFETT Boats Beaches Bars & Ballads (1992) 260,000
10. ELTON JOHN To Be Continued… (1990) 225,000