I have seen on TV the expression about album sales and the presenter used an expression "top-selling" album, referring to one of the albums. Then I remembered there is also another word in English to mean the same thing, which is "best-selling". They both seem to mean the same thing?

Any difference between the two?


Technically, best means nothing is better, whereas top can just mean something like in the upper 10% or beyond a certain threshold.

In reality both of these are marketing terms used for their sound and the exact meaning usually doesn't matter. For example, check out the Wikipedia article on bestseller.

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