CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

Ironically, the Top 3 best selling albums in their original form only is exactly the same as 70s biggest overall equivalent album sales but in reverse order. In the same way, both Appetite For Destruction and Metallica top Nevermind in original format although this latter is overall the most successful album.

Studio Album Sales

1 1978 SoundtrackGrease – 38,100,000
2 1971 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV – 36,800,000
3 1977 Fleetwood MacRumours  – 35,500,000
4 1987 Guns N RosesAppetite For Destruction – 30,900,000
5 1991 MetallicaMetallica – 30,400,000
6 2011 Adele21 – 29,900,000
7 1997 Celine DionLet’s Talk About Love – 29,800,000
8 1996 Celine DionFalling Into You – 28,100,000
9 1991 NirvanaNevermind – 27,400,000
10 1987 U2The Joshua Tree – 26,800,000
11 1999 Britney Spears…Baby One More Time – 23,500,000
12 1975 Pink FloydWish You Were Here – 23,100,000
13 2000 EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP – 22,900,000
14 1986 MadonnaTrue Blue – 22,400,000
15 1969 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II – 21,900,000
16 2002 EminemThe Eminem Show – 21,400,000
17 1984 MadonnaLike A Virgin – 21,200,000
18 2000 Linkin ParkHybrid Theory – 20,000,000
19 2015 Adele25 – 19,300,000
20 1991 Guns N RosesUse Your Illusion II – 18,800,000

19 thoughts on “CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary”

  1. Hi dear MJD !!!

    Congratulations again for your website and also for all the twenty-five artists analyzed and studied.
    What singers or groups will you analyze in the next week ?
    I hope that you will answer me soon !!!

      1. Hi dear MJD !!!

        If we speak of a famous very flashy group from the 70s, I think they are the Queen.
        Did I guessed ? I believe are Queen because The Rolling Stones,The Beatles and Pink Floyd came out a decade earlier then the sixties.
        Then after this flashy group, I hope you finally will analyze The Fab Four (The Beatles) !!!

          1. Hi both!

            Mat got it right 😉

            Anthony, I’m working on the Beatles at the same time as other artists. I would say I have 30% complete by now. Giving their importance, I’m really getting very, very deeply into every information which obviously takes time, but I don’t want to rush an article about them!

    1. Hello Patrick!

      I edited Led Zeppelin article after the Bob Dylan one. Recently, we discussed with Hernan the case of box sets containing original albums a case which wasn’t stated in CSPC introduction. As for boxes eat catalog sales of stand alone albums, in a CSPC logic we felt logical to attribute 100% of such box sets sales into each individual album part of the package. Thus, rather than spreading the 500,000 units sold by Led Zeppelin set The Complete Studio Recordings, those sales were fully awarded to each of its 9 albums, which created a 4 million increase of their CSPC total.

      1. so the boxed sets had the whole albums and each one unit sale was a whole sale for each album that was in the box set? if that is the case then yeah it only makes sense to do so.

  2. Hi dear MJD !!!

    Certainly I understand dear,but how long do you think you can analyze The Beatles ? for example a week or a month.
    Ah congratulations, as I understand, he guessed Mat, the famous flashy group are ABBA !!!

    1. Hello Lucy!

      Mariah has not been studied yet, that is why she does not appear in this article.
      But do not worry, she will also be studied soon, like all big sellers.

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