It all started with me wondering how many people owned Bob Marley - Legend (Bob Marley 101). To me, it wouldn't seem out of place in any music collection regardless of whether that collection was predominantly rock, or hip hop, or classical, or Canadian death reggae core. The next album was Dark Side of the Moon, the second best selling album of all time. That made me wonder what the most widely owned albums on TB were. With the help of a few other TBers, we now have numbers for sixteen albums. Some are the best selling albums of all time, the obvious candidates for most widely owned album. Some are considered the finest albums of all time...some are both. A few are considered "must own" albums as Jaco Pastorius is to bass players or because they represent an artist's magnum opus. Here are the results in order of increasing ownership; the number in parentheses indicates the total number of respondents. There are some who will claim these results are highly skewed; that only fans of particular albums or artists would respond. Those people only need to go as far as the first entry to see how untrue that is. Others will claim the results are meaningless, citing problems with data collection or other statistical issues. To those people: This is an internet forum...lighten up! 23.5% Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. (81) In a surprise upset, The Boss unseats Montrose from the bottom spot in the "Do you own [INSERT ALBUM]" series. I had no idea that so many people had so much disdain for Springsteen...you learn something new everyday, 32.8% Montrose - Montrose (55) Meat Loaf's tenure at the bottom was short lived. It's been replaced by Montrose's self titled album whose low standing probably isn't a surprise to anyone. Incidentally, Montrose also scored the lowest participation of any poll lending credence to the idea that the size of the fan base for a particular artist may have some effect on the results. 43.7% Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell (103) Bat Out Of Hell has edged out The Eagles for low spot in the poll. According to the thread, I was most likely relentlessly bombarded by the album in my youth but apparently, none of it stuck into my musical memories. 47.6% The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (168) The third best selling album of all time. I was truly surprised by the low ownership of this album and was actually a little bummed out. I'm a native Southern Californian and these songs are burned into my DNA. 51.1% Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (90) The eleventh best selling album of all time. Some people couldn't get past the estrogen and angst fueled nature of this 90s masterpiece and the relatively low ownership was not surprising. 51.9% Michael Jackson - Thriller (81) Some people couldn't separate their feelings about the album and freak show that was the man, getting this thread locked early. He was the King of Pop and the relatively low ownership of Thriller was not surprising. What was surprising is that Thriller is the best selling album of all time. Apparently, it wasn't necessarily musicians buying the album. 61.3% AC/DC - Back in Black(155) Fourth best selling album of all time. From this point on, it's probably safe to say a majority of TBers own the album. 62.8% Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (156) The sixth best selling album of all time and treasure trove of classic rock radio fodder. 63.4% Nirvana - Nevermind(161) The thirty-seventh best selling album of all time and harbinger of the grunge era. 63.7% Bob Marley - Legend (135) The thirty-eighth best selling album of all time and the one that started it all. My ownership estimate was much higher. 67.0% Guns 'N'Roses - Appetite For Destruction [103) Guns 'N' Roses freshman effort and twenty-ninth best selling album of all time. An album that marked a coming change in rock music. 68.6% Deep Purple - Machine Head (118) Deep Purple's magnum opus and influential album in the development of heavy metal. 70.1% Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius (241) A "must have" album for all electric bassists...or apparently, 70.1% of them! 70.8% Jethro Tull - Aqualung (96) Jethro Tull's fourth album and also their best selling album. 72.0% Jeff Beck - Blow By Blow (100) Jeff Beck's seventh album. 76.6% Stanley Clark - School Days (64) Stanley checks in at 76.6%. A few points ahead of Jaco. I never would've guessed that. 77.9% Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life (95) Stevie Wonder's magnum opus. 78.3% Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV (83) Ninth best selling album of all time and fourth in a long line of fine albums. 80.3% The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (162) Twelfth best selling album of all time considered one of the first "concept albums". 81.0% Steely Dan - Aja (205) Steely Dan's magnum opus and perhaps most finely produced album of all time. 84.2% Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (221) Second best selling album of all time. I love Pink Floyd and the relatively high ownership takes a bit of the sting out of the whole Eagles thing. 88.1% Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (176) The winner by a decent margin. I would've never guessed in a million years that this would be the album with the highest ownership. If there's one thing I learned, it's that I have absolutely no idea what albums TBers own!!!