1. Elvis Presley, Elvis' Christmas Album, 12,000,000.
The original edition of this album, which spawned Presley's holiday perennial "Blue Christmas," topped the chart for four weeks and has sold 3,000,000 copies, according to the RIAA. In 1970, RCA released a revised "budget" edition, which dropped four gospel songs from the original and added two songs, including Presley's 1966 holiday hit, "If Every Day Was Like Christmas." It has sold 9,000,000 copies, per the RIAA. This grand total combines the two tallies.
2. Kenny G, Miracles--The Holiday Album, 7,206,000.
This album held the top spot on Billboard's pop chart for three weeks in 1994. It went on to top Nielsen/SoundScan's catalog chart (which ranks older albums) for 27 weeks, longer than any other holiday album. It was the #1 holiday album of the year for both 1994 and 1996. The album included the saxophonist's hit version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." It's the best-seller of the nine instrumental albums on this list.
3. Mannheim Steamroller, A Fresh Aire Christmas, 6,000,000.
This 1988 album was the second holiday release by the instrumental studio group assembled by producer Chip Davis.
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