Yesterday we reported the final weekly Top 10 albums sales list of 2013, but now we have a treat for you: The Top 10 bestselling albums of the year, as found by our friends at Nielsen Soundscan and Billboard.
Finishing on top was Justin Timberlake and the first volume of The 20/20 Experience. Released in April, the record sold a total of 2.43 million copies, topping the Billboard 200 for its first three weeks of release. Although those numbers are great, it's still the lowest-selling bestselling album of any year since Nielsen began tracking this stuff in 1991. And it's the only record to crack 2 million last year.
Eminem followed up at no. 2 with 1.73 million copies of The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sold. That album's been in the Top 10 for eight weeks following its November release. Luke Bryan is the first of several country stars who made 2013's Top 10, as his Crash My Party moved 1.52 million copies this year. Country fans proved to be loyal buyers once again, even if their music hardly ever reaches the Hot 100. Three of the genres albums are on this list.
No. 4 was a rock album however, as Imagine Dragons' Night Visions sold 1.4 million copies. That's more than three times what the album sold during 2012 after its release. Bruno Mars sold just less than 1.4 million copies of Unorthodox Jukebox, taking the no. 5 spot.
The next country placer was Florida Georgia Line, who sold 1.35 million copies of Here's To The Good Times, fueled largely by its hit "Cruise," one of the few aforementioned country tracks that comes near the top of the Hot 100. Mars and FLA-GA Line join Imagine Dragons as 2012 albums that placed in 2013.
Drake was all over the news during 2013, and his album Nothing Was The Same didn't do too bad either. It came in at no. 7 with 1.34 million copies sold. Following him was Beyoncé, who stands a good chance of placing on next year's list as well. Her self-titled album sold 1.3 million copies on only three weeks, which was still enough to place no. 8. You may notice she's the only woman on the albums Top 10, something we promise is far different than the Digital Downloads Top 10.
Based on A True Story by Blake Shelton (not 2 Chainz), is no. 9 with 1.11 million copies sold, and Magna Carta...Holy Grail by Jay Z is no. 10 with 1.1 million units moved. By appearing on the list with his wife, Jay and Bey become the first couple ever to appear together on the Top 10 bestselling albums list of the year.