Since July 1993, Billboard has published the best-selling Latin albums in the United States on the Top Latin Albums chart. An album is recognized as "Latin" by Billboard and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) if 51 percent or more of its content is in the Spanish language. On October 18, 2017, Billboard published a list of the 25 best-selling Latin albums in country since September 1992. As of October 2017 , the best-selling Latin album in the United States is Dreaming of You by Selena, her fifth and final studio album, which was posthumously released in 1995. It has sold more than 2,942,000 copies since its release.Dreaming of You became the first predominately Spanish-language album to top the Billboard 200 and was the best-selling Latin album of 1995 and 1996. Selena's fourth studio album, Amor Prohibido, has sold more than 1,246,000 copies and is the fourth best-selling Latin album in the United States.
Sales data is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan from a sample that includes music stores, music departments at electronics and stores, Internet sales (both physical and digital) and verifiable sales from concert venues in the United States. Nielsen SoundScan has tracked sales of records in the country since March 1991. SoundScan does not include sales from small retailers without electronic cash registers and nontraditional outlets such as flea markets and drugstores. Prior to the inception of the Top Latin Albums chart, sales of Latin albums were reported by Latin music retailers and distributors and divided into three subcategories: Latin Pop, Tropical/Salsa, and Regional Mexican.
Sales certifications for US album sales are presented by the RIAA, who began awarding certifications in 1958. Initially, certifications were based on units shipped to retail outlets: sales of 500,000 are awarded gold, 1,000,000 for platinum and 2,000,000 or more for multi-platinum. On February 1, 2016, the RIAA updated its methodology for certifying albums by including audio streaming and track sales equivalent. Beginning in 2000, the RIAA launched the Gold and Platinum Awards (Spanish: Los Premios Oro y Platino) to acknowledge the Latin music market in the United States. As of December 20, 2013 , the current thresholds for the Latin certifications are 30,000 sales for gold (Disco de oro), 60,000 sales for platinum (Disco de platino), and 120,000 sales or more for multi-platinum (Disco de multi-platino). The previous thresholds for Latin certifications were 50,000 sales for gold, 100,000 sales for platinum, and 200,000 sales for multi-platinum.
The first Latin artist to have two Spanish-language albums certified platinum was Luis Miguel, with Romance and Segundo Romance. The latter album is also the 21st best-selling Latin record in the United States with sales of over 603,000 copies.Me Estoy Enamorando by Alejandro Fernández and Vuelve by Ricky Martin were the best-selling Latin albums of 1998 and 1999, respectively, and were both certified platinum by the RIAA.Shakira and Maná are the only acts with more than two albums on the list. Shakira's albums Pies Descalzos and Dónde Están los Ladrones? were both certified Platinum while her 2005 album, Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 was certified eleven times Disco de platino. Maná is the act with the most entries on the list, with four albums: ¿Dónde Jugarán los Niños?, Sueños Líquidos, MTV Unplugged and Amar es Combatir. As of November 2017 , the most-certified album is Dreaming of You, which has been awarded Disco de platino 59 times, representing 3,540,000 units.
Positions are as of October 2017; sales, where shown, are from the reference given, which may be at a different date, and cannot be used to infer changes in position.
|Gold||Gold certification (500,000 units)|
|Platinum||Platinum certification (1,000,000 units)|
|Platinum (Latin)||Disco de Platino certification (60,000 units)|
|Platinum (Latin)||Disco de Platino certification (100,000 units)[a]|
|No.||Album||Artist||Record label[c]||Released[c]||Chart peak[d]||Sales (as of date)||Certification[c]|
|1||Dreaming of You||Selena||EMI Latin||July 18, 1995||1||2,942,000 (Oct 2017)||59× Platinum (Latin)|
|2||Buena Vista Social Club||Buena Vista Social Club||Nonesuch/Atlantic||September 5, 1997||1||1,925,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|3||The Best of the Gipsy Kings||Gipsy Kings||Nonesuch/Atlantic||February 27, 1995||2||1,563,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|4||Amor Prohibido||Selena||EMI Latin||March 13, 1994||1||1,246,000 (Oct 2017)||36× Platinum (Latin)|
|5||Historia de un Ídolo, Vol. 1||Vicente Fernández||Sony Discos||November 17, 2000||1||1,242,000 (Oct 2017)||Gold|
|6||Mi Tierra||Gloria Estefan||Epic||June 14, 1993||1||1,232,000 (Oct 2017)||16× Platinum (Latin)|
|7||Barrio Fino||Daddy Yankee||VI Music||July 13, 2004||1||1,083,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|8||Fijación Oral, Vol. 1||Shakira||Epic||June 7, 2005||1||1,019,000 (Oct 2017)||11× Platinum (Latin)|
|9||Dónde Están los Ladrones?||Shakira||Sony Discos||September 2, 1998||1||920,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|10||Vuelve||Ricky Martin||Sony Discos||February 28, 1998||1||888,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|11||Suavemente||Elvis Crespo||Sony Tropical||April 7, 1998||1||879,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|12||¿Dónde Jugarán los Niños?||Maná||WEA Latina||November 13, 1992||4||856,000 (Oct 2017)||12× Platinum (Latin)|
|13||Barrio Fino en Directo||Daddy Yankee||VI Music||December 13, 2005||1||809,000 (Oct 2017)||Gold|
|14||Un Día Normal||Juanes||Universal Music Latino||May 21, 2002||1||745,000 (Oct 2017)||6× Platinum (Latin)|
|15||Mi Sangre||Juanes||Universal Music Latino||September 28, 2004||1||739,000 (Oct 2017)||8× Platinum (Latin)|
|16||Sueños Líquidos||Maná||WEA Latina||October 17, 1997||1||706,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|17||Amar es Combatir||Maná||Warner Music Latina||August 22, 2006||1||702,000 (Oct 2017)||Gold|
|18||MTV Unplugged||Maná||WEA Latina||June 22, 1999||1||701,000 (Oct 2017)||Gold|
|19||Romances||Luis Miguel||WEA Latina||August 27, 1997||1||687,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|20||Pa'l Mundo||Wisin & Yandel||Machete Music||November 8, 2005||1||676,000 (Oct 2017)||Gold|
|21||Segundo Romance||Luis Miguel||WEA Latina||August 30, 1994||1||603,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|22||Trozos de Mi Alma||Marco Antonio Solís||Fonovisa||January 26, 1999||1||598,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|23||Pies Descalzos||Shakira||Sony Discos||February 13, 1996||5||580,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|24||Me Estoy Enamorando||Alejandro Fernández||Sony Discos||September 25, 1997||1||576,000 (Oct 2017)||Platinum|
|25||El Hijo del Pueblo||Vicente Fernández||Sony Discos||January 18, 1991||--||568,000 (Oct 2017)||2× Platinum (Latin)|