The Rolling $tones:
Certified Sales Figures (Updated: December 31, 2007)

Sales (unit) figures directly below are based on Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) statistics. Albums, singles, EPs, video long-form, video single-form, multi-disc set, and music/video set, are calculated uniquely with varying prerequisites.
Record companies/copyright holders must request review of sales for certification. The Rolling Stones have last requested broad sales figure reviews in May, 2000. Hot Rocks 1964-71 was certified for 12 million units sold on Oct. 25, 2002, becoming the Stones' first ever certified Diamond [10+ mil.] record. Their Multi-Disc set Four Flicks obliterated records in 2004 with a certification of 19x Platinum.

U.S. ALBUMS / VIDEOS / SINGLES / Solo Stones

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Certification Units Sold Requirements
GOLD 500,000 * Manufacturer's dollar volume at least $1 million
based on 33.3% of suggested list price.

** May combine sale of all configurations.

*** Enhanced CDs must contain at least 75% audio content.

PLATINUM 1,000,000 * Manufacturer's dollar volume at least $2 million
based on 33.3% of suggested list price.
** & *** same.
MULTI-
PLATINUM
2,000,000+ * Manufacturer's dollar volume at least $4 million
based on 33.3% of suggested list price.
** & *** same.
**** Recertified at each million unit sales level.
YEAR ALBUM RIAA Certified Sales CERT
1964 England's Newest Hit Makers 500,000 G
1964 12x5 500,000 G
1965 Rolling Stone NOW! 500,000 G
1965 Out of Our Heads 1,000,000 P
1965 December's Children (and everybody's) 500,000 G
1966 Big Hits (high tide and green grass) 2,000,000 2P
1966 Aftermath 1,000,000 P
1966 got LIVE if you want it! 500,000 G
1967 Between the Buttons 500,000 G
1967 Flowers 500,000 G
1967 Their Satanic Majesties Request 500,000 G
1968 Beggar's Banquet 1,000,000 P
1969 Through the Past Darkly (big hits vol. II) 1,000,000 P
1969 Let it Bleed 2,000,000 2P
1970 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out (in concert) 1,000,000 P
1971 Sticky Fingers 3,000,000 3P
1971 Hot Rocks 1964-1971 12,000,000 12P
1972 Exile On Main Street 3,000,000 3P
1972 More Hot Rocks (big hits and fazed cookies) 500,000 G
1973 Goat's Head Soup 3,000,000 3P
1974 It's Only Rock and Roll 1,000,000 P
1975 Made In The Shade 1,000,000 P
1976 Black and Blue 1,000,000 P
1977 Love You Live 500,000 G
1978 Some Girls 6,000,000 6P
1980 Emotional Rescue 2,000,000 2P
1981 Sucking In the Seventies 500,000 G
1981 Tattoo You 4,000,000 4P
1982 Still Life (American concert 1981) 1,000,000 P
1983 Undercover 1,000,000 P
1984 Rewind 1971-84 500,000 G
1986 Dirty Work 1,000,000 P
1989 Singles Collection* the London Years 1,000,000 P
1989 Steel Wheels 2,000,000 2P
1991 Flashpoint [live + studio] 500,000 G
1994 Voodoo Lounge 2,000,000 2P
1995 Stripped [CD + CD-ROM] 1,000,000 P
1996 Rock and Roll Circus [live, 1968] (see video) x
1997 Bridges to Babylon 1,000,000 P
2002 Forty Licks [1964-2002] 4,000,000 4P
2003 Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones 1971-1993 1,000,000 P
2004 Live Licks 500,000 G
2005 A Bigger Bang 1,000,000 P

Tally [U.S. LPs]: 68,000,000 certified units
GOLD: 42 (#2 among all music groups; behind the Beatles' 43)
PLATINUM: 28
Multi-PLATINUM: 12

VIDEOS/DVD

Certification Units Sold Requirements
GOLD 50,000 * Defined as a title that has not been theatrically released prior
to distribution.
PLATINUM 100,000 * same.
MULTI-
PLATINUM
200,000+ * same.

** Recertified at each 100,000 unit sales level.

YEAR VIDEO - Long/Multi Form RIAA Certified Sales CERT
1990 25x5 200,000 2P
1991 At The Max 50,000 G
1992 Gimme Shelter 50,000 G
1995 Voodoo Lounge 50,000 G
1996 Rock and Roll Circus 100,000 P
2003 Four Flicks 1,900,000 19P
2006 The Biggest Bang 700,000 7P

Gimme Shelter is the 1970 documentary film, remastered for release in 1992, which most of these statistics are based upon.

 

SINGLES

Certification Units Sold Requirements
GOLD 500,000
(1,000,000
until 1989)
* All versions count once toward certification.

** Must contain no more than four different songs.

*** Only one song is eligible.

PLATINUM 1,000,000 *, **, & *** same.
MULTI-
PLATINUM
2,000,000+ *, **, & *** same.

**** Recertified at each million unit sales level.

YEAR SINGLE RIAA Certified Sales
1965 (i can't get no) Satisfaction 1,000,000
1967 Ruby Tuesday 1,000,000
1969 Honky Tonk Women 1,000,000
1973 Angie 1,000,000
1978 Miss You 1,000,000

 

SOLO STONES

YEAR UNIT RIAA Certified Sales CERT
1984 Single - State of Shock (Mick Jagger & The Jacksons) 1,000,000 G
1985 Album - She's The Boss (Mick Jagger) 1,000,000 P
1988 Album - Talk Is Cheap (Keith Richards) 500,000 G
1993 Album - Wandering Spirit (Mick Jagger) 500,000 G

 

 

U.K. Certified Sales Figures
Albums / Singles / Solo Stones

BPI (U.K.) certified awards were introduced in April 1973 to measure
the performance of individual records based on sales to the
trade each week. Qualification for albums was initially on the
basis of revenue received by manufacturers.

With effect from January 1978 the BPI Council decided to abolish the old monetary system for albums and
replace it with a unit system. This brought album awards into line with singles and also with other countries
where qualification levels are based on unit sales.

Multi-Platinum awards were introduced in February 1987.

Certification Units Sold Requirements

Silver

60,000 Awards are only available to BPI members.
Mid-priced or budget release certification-
level requirements are double.

GOLD

100,000 same

PLATINUM

300,000 same

MULTI-
PLATINUM

600,000+ same
YEAR ALBUM BPI Certified Sales CERT
1969 Let it Bleed [1999 post-review certification] 300,000 P
1973 Goat's Head Soup 100,000 G
1974 It's Only Rock and Roll 100,000 G
1975 Rolled Gold 1963-69 100,000 G
1976 Black and Blue 100,000 G
1977 Love You Live 100,000 G
1978 Some Girls 100,000 G
1980 Emotional Rescue 100,000 G
1981 Tattoo You 100,000 G
1982 Still Life (American concert 1981) 100,000 G
1982 Story Of The Stones 100,000 G
1983 Undercover 100,000 G
1986 Dirty Work 100,000 G
1989 Steel Wheels 100,000 G
1990 Hot Rocks - The Greatest Hits 1964-1971 600,000 2P
1991 Flashpoint [live + studio] 60,000 S
1993 Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones 1971-1993 600,000 2P
1994 Voodoo Lounge 100,000 G
1995 Stripped [CD + CD-ROM] 100,000 G
1997 Bridges to Babylon 100,000 G
2002 Forty Licks [1964-2002] 900,000 3P
2004 Live Licks 60,000 S
2005 A Bigger Bang 100,000 G
2008 Shine A Light Soundtrack 60,000 S

Tally [U.K. LPs]: 4,280,000 certified units
SILVER: 24
GOLD: 21 (tied at #1 with the Beatles among all music groups)
PLATINUM: 4

SINGLES

Certification Units Sold Requirements

Silver

200,000 Awards are only available to BPI members.
Mid-priced or budget release certification-
level requirements are double.

GOLD

400,000 same

PLATINUM

600,000 same
YEAR SINGLE U.K. Sales CERT
1971 Brown Sugar [certified in 1975] 200,000 S
1973 Angie 200,000 S
1978 Miss You 200,000 S

 

SOLO STONES

YEAR UNIT U.K. Sales CERT
1985 Single - Dancing In The Street (Mick Jagger & David Bowie ) 400,000 G
1985 Album - She's The Boss (Mick Jagger) 60,000 S
2001 Album - Goddess In The Doorway (Mick Jagger) 60,000 S

 

 

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