We may all laugh and crack jokes at these and even ask ourselves ‘’What’s wrong with this world?” You may also ask yourself “How could any of these records out-sell The Beatles’ ‘White Album’?” Regardless out of how it happened, it certainly did. No matter how much we may hate all of these records now, not just a few people but millions upon millions of consumers have rushed out to buy these. The sales of these albums are a testament to the female consumer and how that particular marketing demographic has shaped the music industry. Enjoy the list of regrettable records we would all love to forget, but still tend to creep back into our lives because they are ‘classics.’
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The Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium” (1999)
This piece of corporate-pop garbage was bequeathed to the world in the Spring of 1999 and made the hormones of teenage girls all over the world explode like an aerosol can in a campfire. To date, it astoundingly has sold 28 million copies worldwide. Many artists dream of a platinum album. Not many can even fathom an album going platinum 28 times. (Platinum =1 million sales)
Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All” (1992)
Yes, it made women in the early 1990s swoon for a mulleted man completely draped in denim. And every single one of those women apparently bought this album on cassette so they could sing along to the sheer awesomeness of Achy Breaky Heart. It was popular in 1992 that I remember hearing it on a hip-hop station (102 JAMZ) in North Carolina. Album sales for “Some Gave All” have since topped the 9 million mark. Way to go redneck America!
The Spice Girls’ “Spice” (1996)
Some may credit the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync with the bubble-gum pop explosion of the late 1990s that has sadly continued and persevered into 2013, but they would be wrong. It all started with “Spice” from British girl group The Spice Girls. With catchy nicknames and three #1 singles, “Spice” went on to sell a ridiculous 28 million copies. To put it in perspective, that’s 8 million more than the Beatles’ “White Album.” Jesus must hate us.
Kenny G’s “Breathless” (1992)
This contemporary jazz album from a guy who has the same hairdo as Whitney Houston in 1985 unbelievably sold 12 million copies. This isn’t even good jazz. John Coltrane is turning over in his grave, literally. This collection of saxophone classics sounded like a soundtrack to dentist office waiting rooms everywhere; and still does. Thanks yuppie America!
Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” (1997)
Not only did this Canadian country music star sell (get ready for this) 40 million copies of “Come On Over,” but the album also spawned a million awkward first dances at weddings all over the world with the single Still the One. This album churned out hit single after hit single like a turbo-slut who never heard of birth control. Out of 16 tracks, 12 of them were radio singles most of which were anthems of female empowerment. Thanks ladies!