CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

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All time TRACKS

1 1997 Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On [Let’s Talk About Love] – 36,370,000
2 1975 QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night At The Opera] – 26,270,000
3 1971 Led ZeppelinStairway To Heaven [Led Zeppelin IV] – 25,500,000
4 1987 U2With Or Without You [The Joshua Tree] – 23,140,000
5 1975 Pink FloydWish You Were Here [Wish You Were Here] – 20,520,000
6 1977 Fleetwood MacGo Your Own Way [Rumours] – 19,320,000
7 1989 MadonnaLike A Prayer [Like A Prayer] – 19,210,000
8 1999 Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time] – 18,130,000
9 1978 SoundtracksYou’re the One That I Want [Grease] – 17,590,000
10 1987 Guns N RosesSweet Child O’Mine [Appetite For Destruction] – 17,250,000
11 1975 AerosmithWalk This Way [Toys In The Attic] – 16,970,000
12 1983 U2Sunday Bloody Sunday [War] – 16,720,000
13 1991 NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit [Nevermind] – 16,250,000
14 1996 Céline DionBecause You Loved Me [Falling Into You] – 16,180,000
15 2015 AdeleHello [25] – 15,730,000
16 1984 MadonnaLike A Virgin [Like A Virgin] – 15,450,000
17 1973 Billy JoelPiano Man [Piano Man] – 14,860,000
18 1986 MadonnaLa Isla Bonita [True Blue] – 14,760,000
19 1991 U2One [Achtung Baby] – 14,610,000
20 2000 U2Beautiful Day [All That You Can’t Leave Behind] – 14,550,000
21 1977 Fleetwood MacDreams [Rumours] – 14,430,000
22 1969 Led ZeppelinWhole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin II] – 14,190,000
23 2002 EminemLose Yourself [8 Mile] – 14,170,000
24 1965 Bob DylanLike a Rolling Stone [Highway 61 Revisited] – 13,910,000
25 1983 Billy JoelUptown Girl [An Innocent Man] – 13,840,000
26 1987 U2I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For [The Joshua Tree] – 13,250,000
27 1991 NirvanaCome As You Are [Nevermind] – 13,090,000
28 1993 Céline DionThe Power of Love [The Colour Of My Love] – 13,010,000
29 1991 MetallicaEnter Sandman [Metallica] – 12,690,000
30 1996 Céline DionIt’s All Coming Back to Me Now [Falling Into You] – 12,210,000
31 1990 MadonnaVogue [I’m Breathless] – 11,780,000
32 2000 Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again [Oops!… I Did It Again] – 11,750,000
33 1991 Guns N RosesNovember Rain [Use Your Illusion I] – 11,660,000
34 1991 MetallicaNothing Else Matters [Metallica] – 11,580,000
35 1984 MadonnaMaterial Girl [Like A Virgin] – 11,520,000
36 1987 Guns N RosesParadise City [Appetite For Destruction] – 11,220,000
37 2000 Linkin ParkIn The End [Hybrid Theory] – 11,180,000
38 1991 Guns N RosesKnockin’ on Heaven’s Door [Use Your Illusion II] – 10,960,000
39 1987 Guns N RosesWelcome To The Jungle [Appetite For Destruction] – 10,910,000
40 1975 Bruce SpringsteenBorn To Run [Born To Run] – 10,890,000
41 1987 Fleetwood MacEverywhere [Tango In The Night] – 10,800,000
42 2011 AdeleRolling in the Deep [21] – 10,350,000
43 1971 Led ZeppelinBlack Dog [Led Zeppelin IV] – 9,760,000
44 2000 EminemThe Real Slim Shady [The Marshall Mathers LP] – 9,530,000
45 1983 MadonnaHoliday [Madonna] – 9,460,000
46 1988 MetallicaOne […And Justice For All] – 9,440,000
47 1969 Led ZeppelinRamble On [Led Zeppelin II] – 9,240,000
47 1984 MadonnaInto The Groove [Like A Virgin] – 9,240,000
49 1970 Led ZeppelinImmigrant Song [Led Zeppelin III] – 9,080,000
50 1969 Led ZeppelinGood Times Bad Times [Led Zeppelin I] – 9,020,000
51 1964 Bob DylanThe Times They Are A-Changin’ [The Times They Are A-Changin’] – 9,000,000
52 2011 AdeleSomeone like You [21] – 8,650,000
53 1989 Billy JoelWe Didn’t Start the Fire [Storm Front] – 8,520,000
54 1998 MadonnaFrozen [Ray Of Light] – 8,460,000
55 1980 Billy JoelIt’s Still Rock and Roll to Me [Glass Houses] – 8,120,000
55 1986 MadonnaPapa Don’t Preach [True Blue] – 8,120,000
57 1971 Led ZeppelinRock and Roll [Led Zeppelin IV] – 8,090,000
58 2003 Britney SpearsToxic [In The Zone] – 8,060,000
59 1993 Billy JoelThe River of Dreams [River Of Dreams] – 7,810,000
59 1986 MetallicaMaster Of Puppets [Master Of Puppets] – 7,810,000
61 2002 ColdplayThe Scientist [A Rush Of Blood To The Head] – 7,800,000
62 2000 EminemStan [The Marshall Mathers LP] – 7,760,000
63 2002 Eminem‘Till I Collapse [The Eminem Show] – 7,710,000
64 1984 U2Pride (in The Name Of Love) [The Unforgettable Fire] – 7,670,000
64 1988 Guns N RosesPatience [GNR Lies] – 7,670,000
66 2005 ColdplayFix You [X&Y] – 7,660,000
67 1976 Bob DylanHurricane [Desire] – 7,610,000
68 1978 Billy JoelMy Life [52nd Street] – 7,460,000
69 1978 SoundtracksSummer Nights [Grease] – 7,240,000
70 1977 Billy JoelShe’s Always a Woman [The Stranger] – 7,200,000
71 1975 AerosmithSweet Emotion [Toys In The Attic] – 7,160,000
72 2000 MadonnaMusic [Music] – 7,000,000
73 2001 Enrique IglesiasHero [Escape] – 6,900,000
74 1975 Led ZeppelinKashmir [Physical Graffiti] – 6,840,000
75 1975 Fleetwood MacLandslide [Fleetwood Mac (White Album)] – 6,830,000
76 1992 Céline DionBeauty and the Beast [Celine Dion] – 6,700,000
77 1991 Guns N RosesDon’t Cry [Use Your Illusion I] – 6,650,000
78 2011 AdeleSet Fire to the Rain [21] – 6,560,000
79 1996 Céline DionAll by Myself [Falling Into You] – 6,530,000
80 2008 ColdplayViva La Vida [Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends] – 6,520,000
81 1969 Bob DylanLay Lady Lay [Nashville Skyline] – 6,490,000
82 2002 Maroon 5She Will Be Loved [Songs About Jane] – 6,480,000
83 1973 Bob DylanKnockin’ on Heaven’s Door [Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid] – 6,470,000
84 2003 Linkin ParkNumb [Meteora] – 6,450,000
85 1977 Fleetwood MacThe Chain [Rumours] – 6,430,000
85 2000 ColdplayYellow [Parachutes] – 6,430,000
87 1975 Fleetwood MacRhiannon [Fleetwood Mac (White Album)] – 6,410,000
87 1983 U2New Year’s Day [War] – 6,410,000
89 1993 Céline DionThink Twice [The Colour Of My Love] – 6,230,000
90 2004 EminemMockingbird [Encore] – 6,170,000
91 1991 NirvanaLithium [Nevermind] – 6,010,000
92 2005 MadonnaHung Up [Confessions On A Dance Floor] – 5,960,000
93 1995 Céline DionPour que tu m’aimes encore [D’Eux] – 5,900,000
94 1994 MadonnaTake A Bow [Bedtime Stories] – 5,880,000
95 1975 Pink FloydShine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1-5) [Wish You Were Here] – 5,840,000
96 1998 MadonnaRay Of Light [Ray Of Light] – 5,750,000
97 1975 Bruce SpringsteenThunder Road [Born To Run] – 5,720,000
98 1986 MadonnaLive To Tell [True Blue] – 5,620,000
99 2002 EminemWithout Me [The Eminem Show] – 5,570,000
100 1978 SoundtracksGrease [Grease] – 5,560,000

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: Chartmasters.org.

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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