Jose Mari Chan holds the record of having two of the top-selling OPM albums by a Filipino recording artist of all time.
Based from the list of best-selling albums in the Philippines by the The Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI), Jose Mari Chan holds the distinction of having the no. 1 OPM album of all time by a Filipino artist. His album “Christmas In Our Hearts” which was released in 1990 has sold 800,000 copies and was certified 2 x Diamond. Chan also holds runner-up position with his 1989 release “Constant Change” which also sold around 800,000 copies but only reached single Diamond status.
Here is the list of Top 10 best-selling OPM Albums of all Time:
|Rank||Album||Artist||Number of Copies Sold||Certification||Year|
|1||Christmas in Our Hearts||Jose Mari Chan||800,000||2 x Diamond||1990|
|2||Constant Change||Jose Mari Chan||800,000||Diamond||1989|
|4||Longer Than Eternity||Diane Peralta||300,000||Diamond||2013|
|5||Popstar: A Dream Come True||Sarah Geronimo||300,000||Diamond||2003|
|6||Forevermore||Side A||265,000||8 x Platinum||1995|
|7||Paraiso||Smokey Mountain||260,000||8 x Platinum||1991|
|8||Isn’t It Romantic?||Sharon Cuneta||250,000||Diamond||2006|
|9||R2K||Regine Velasquez||240,000||8 x Platinum||1989|
|10||Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw||Regine Velasquez||240,000||6 x Platinum||2000|
Rounding off the Top 20 are “Halik” by Aegis (#11), “Ten Years Together” by Apo Hiking Society (#12), “Just Can’t Help Feelin'” by Jessa Zaragoza (#13), “Pagdating ng Panahon” by Aiza Seguerra (#14), “Habang May Buhay” by Donna Cruz (#15), “Freeman” by Francis Magalona (#16), “Rivermaya” by Rivermaya (#17), “Atomic Bomb” by Rivermaya (#18), “Kitchie Nadal” by Kitchie Nadal (#19) and “Trip” by Rivermaya (#20).
Please take note that in the overall (foreign/international albums included) list, Mexican superstar Thalia of the “MariMar” fame holds the record of having the best-selling album in the Philippines of all time for “Nandito Ako” for having sold 1 million copies in 1997. Although it’s considered an OPM album, Thalia is a foreign artist that’s why she’s not included in our list.
The current threshold for certification are the following:
Gold – 7,500 albums sold
Platinum – 15,000 albums sold
Diamond – 150,000 albums sold
Here are the previous threshold in the 90s:
Gold – 20,000 albums sold
Platinum – 40,000 albums sold
Diamond – 400,000 albums sold