Special Report: Catalog Country Album Sales: October 2, 2016

Garth Brooks leads with his "The Ultimate Hits" while Sam Hunt's recent album "Montevallo" now finds itself on this chart. See our special report about these sales numbers here!

For this special report, we thought y'all might like to see a rundown of some of the top-selling catalog country albums (a Top 20 and then a few more notables). Garth Brooks' The Ultimate Hits is actually the 65th best-selling album in the USA this week on the Billboard 200 chart and it leads here with 7,600 sold for totals over 2.5 million. The album is also now available for streaming on Amazon's new streaming service and Prime Streaming alike. These catalog charts also have some interesting classic stars like Shania Twain, Dwight Yoakam, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Hank Jr, and Waylon Jennings along with Johnny Cash. More current stars like Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Cole Swindell have albums on this list while there are a plethora of country christmas albums lead by Joey+Rory's A Farmhouse Christmas.

Catalog Top 20 Sellers For The Week Of October 31, 2016

CNTRY Artist Album Week Total Scans
1 Garth Brooks Ultimate Hits 7,600 2,527,400
2 Johnny Cash Legend Of Johnny Cash 2,700 3,526,800
3 Joey+Rory A Farm House Christmas 2,400 27,700
4 Sam Hunt Montevallo 2,100 1,228,100
5 Various Artists Roots of Country Music 1,700 226,700
6 Willie Nelson Super Hits 1,700 2,880,700
7 Dwight Yoakam Very Best of Dwight Yoakam 1,600 1,009,500
8 Elvis Presley It's Christmas 1,600 1,753,500
9 Taylor Swift Fearless 1,600 7,069,000
10 Elvis Presley Merry Christmas Love Elvis 1,500 148,200
11 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift 1,300 5,628,300
12 Taylor Swift Red 1,300 4,333,100
13 Merle Haggard 20 Greatest Hits 1,200 170,000
14 George Strait Best Of/20th Century Masters 1,200 1,727,200
15 Hank Williams, Jr Vol 1. Greatest Hits 1,200 3,383,800
17 Luke Bryan Crash My Party 1,200 2,616,600
18 John Denver Best of John Denver...Live 1,100 902,400
19 Carrie Underwood Greatest Hits Decade #1 1,100 532,700
20 Burl Ives Rudolph The Red-Nosed Rein... 1,100 1,368,500
-- Elvis Presley Heart & Soul 1,100 985,500
-- Taylor Swift Speak Now 1,000 4,601,000
-- Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1,000 1,545,600
-- Martina McBride White Christmas 1,000 1,789,700
-- Waylon Jennings Ultimate Waylon Jennings 1,000 600,900
-- Johnny Cash Essential Johnny Cash 1,000 1,695,500
-- Oak Ridge Boys Best Of/20th Century Masters 1,000 523,500
-- Alan Jackson Honky Tonk Christmas 1,000 1,294,500
-- Cole Swindell Cole Swindell 900 510,400
-- David Allen Coe Greatest Hits 900 1,107,400
-- Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt 900 1,150,200
-- K.Rogers/D.Parton Once Upon A Christmas 900 950,100
-- Eric Church The Outsiders 900 1,210,000
-- Zac Brown Band Greatest Hits So Far 900 316,600
-- Florida Georgia Line Heres To The Good Times 900 2,343,400
-- Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines 800 2,548,800
-- Shania Twain Greatest Hits 800 4,390,400
-- Tracy Lawrence Very Best of Tracy Lawrence 800 328,400


  • Courtney

    yeah there's a percentage of that sitting in stores as there is of every album certified at any level as certs are based on shipments to retailers not what the album actually sells plus it's more confusing now since streaming is taken into account for album certifications where applicable for example Carrie Underwood's debut album Some Hearts was certified 8 x platinum a couple of weeks ago and has only sold 7.6 million albums so 400,000 are sitting on shelves or another example is when Faith Hill's 1999 album Breathe was certified 8 x platinum in April of 2003 it had sold 6.1 million copies so 1.9 million sat on shelves or when Mariah Carey's Self Titled 1990 debut album was certified 9 x platinum on 12/15/1999 it had sold 4,000,000 prior to Sound_scan being rolled out and 4.500.000 after it was used for calculating the Billboard 200 chart on the chart dated May 25th 1991

  • Jon

    I guess I don't understand the sales numbers behind Garth Brooks The Ultimate Hits. The RIAA just certified it Diamond which means 5,000,000 copies have been shipped since it is a double disc. I know that is shipments vs actual sales, but are there really 2,500,000 copies sitting in stores?

  • Alex B

    Very nice, more please!

  • Anthony

    Please do the weekly album sales report again, I see you dont do it anymore

    • Patrick

      I agree, the weekly sales report (album and singles) are cool to check out each week. This new catalog album sales chart is pretty cool too. Please keep it up!