Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

1983 - Thriller

Albums Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales

This list is about the most successful albums of all time (understand “which have generated the most sales”). The figures are given in EAS (equivalent album sales).

Please keep in mind that some artists are missing, because their analysis has not been done yet. The complete list is available here. All figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles.

1. 1982 – Michael JacksonThriller116,732,000
2. 1976 – EaglesHotel California70,575,000
3. 1977 – Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever67,150,000
4. 1987 – Michael JacksonBad62,899,000
5. 1977 – Fleetwood MacRumours61,258,000
6. 1980 – AC/DCBack in Black58,224,000
7. 1971 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV57,016,000
8. 1973 – Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon55,796,000
9. 1992 – Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard53,744,000
10. 1991 – NirvanaNevermind52,930,000
11. 1978 – Various ArtistsGrease52,216,000
12. 1979 – Pink FloydThe Wall50,309,000
13. 1986 – Bon JoviSlippery When Wet50,117,000
14. 1987 – U2The Joshua Tree47,665,000
15. 1984 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.47,373,000
16. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction46,651,000
17. 1997 – Céline DionLet’s Talk About Love46,084,000
18. 1985 – Dire StraitsBrothers in Arms45,751,000
19. 1991 – MetallicaMetallica45,418,000
20. 1991 – Michael JacksonDangerous45,391,000
21. 2011 – Adele2145,255,000
22. 1997 – Shania TwainCome On Over45,188,000
23. 1970 – Simon & GarfunkelBridge over Troubled Water45,148,000
24. 1969 – The BeatlesAbbey Road43,171,000
25. 1996 – Céline DionFalling Into You41,895,000
26. 1995 – Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill41,484,000
27. 1970 – SantanaAbraxas40,682,000
28. 1975 – QueenA Night at the Opera40,551,000
29. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin39,677,000
30. 1967 – The DoorsThe Doors38,936,000
31. 1984 – Prince and the RevolutionsPurple Rain37,296,000
32. 1986 – MadonnaTrue Blue36,655,000
33. 1983 – The PoliceSynchronicity36,597,000
34. 2008 – Lady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster35,597,000
35. 1957 – Elvis PresleyElvis’ Christmas Album35,532,000
36. 1997 – James HornerTitanic35,512,000
37. 1977 – Meat LoafBat Out of Hell35,440,000
38. 1984 – Bryan AdamsReckless35,251,000
39. 1976 – ABBAArrival35,098,000
40. 1987 – Dirty DancingDirty Dancing34,994,000
41. 1993 – Mariah CareyMusic Box34,135,000
42. 1990 – Garth BrooksNo Fences34,014,000
43. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II33,774,000
44. 1965 – The BeatlesHelp!33,194,000
45. 1981 – JourneyEscape33,133,000
46. 1970 – The BeatlesLet It Be32,924,000
47. 1970 – Black SabbathParanoid32,501,000
48. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here32,462,000
49. 1980 – QueenThe Game32,277,000
50. 2002 – EminemThe Eminem Show31,802,000
51. 1977 – Bob MarleyExodus31,498,000
52. 1967 – The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band31,461,000
53. 1995 – Mariah CareyDaydream31,387,000
54. 1995 – Michael JacksonHIStory: Past, Present and Future31,365,000
55. 1973 – Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road31,353,000
56. 1999 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time31,192,000
57. 1999 – SantanaSupernatural31,172,000
58. 2000 – EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP31,001,000
59. 1985 – Phil CollinsNo Jacket Required30,956,000
60. 1979 – Michael JacksonOff the Wall30,954,000
61. 2000 – Linkin ParkHybrid Theory30,949,000
62. 1977 – QueenNews of the World30,472,000
63. 1971 – Rod StewartEvery Picture Tells A Story30,373,000
64. 1963 – The BeatlesPlease Please Me30,050,000
65. 1979 – SupertrampBreakfast in America30,028,000
66. 1989 – Phil Collins…But Seriously29,736,000
67. 1996 – Spice GirlsSpice29,727,000
68. 1999 – Backstreet BoysMillennium29,549,000
69. 1961 – Elvis PresleyBlue Hawaii29,422,000
70. 1976 – BostonBoston28,976,000
71. 1967 – The BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour28,792,000
72. 1985 – Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston28,646,000
73. 1997 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet’s Back28,192,000
74. 1968 – The BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)28,116,000
75. 1981 – Phil CollinsFace Value27,602,000
76. 1988 – Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman27,234,000
77. 1984 – Wham!Make It Big27,055,000
78. 2002 – Norah JonesCome Away With Me26,879,000
79. 1975 – AerosmithToys in the Attic26,830,000
80. 1987 – George MichaelFaith26,767,000
81. 1968 – Simon & GarfunkelBookends26,674,000
82. 2015 – Adele2526,580,000
83. 1987 – Whitney HoustonWhitney26,560,000
84. 1995 – Oasis(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?26,552,000
85. 1984 – QueenThe Works26,353,000
86. 1972 – EaglesEagles26,209,000
87. 1966 – Simon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence26,037,000
88. 1964 – The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night25,886,000
89. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I25,768,000
90. 1994 – Green DayDookie25,759,000
91. 1984 – Van Halen198425,653,000
92. 1989 – MadonnaLike A Prayer25,419,000
93. 1971 – John LennonImagine25,339,000
94. 1977 – Billy JoelThe Stranger25,111,000
95. 1978 – Bob MarleyKaya24,791,000
96. 1983 – U2War24,747,000
97. 1999 – Red Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication24,710,000
98. 1975 – ABBAABBA24,694,000
99. 1991 – U2Achtung Baby24,657,000
100. 1993 – AerosmithGet a Grip24,381,000
101. 1995 – No DoubtTragic Kingdom24,181,000
102. 1971 – The DoorsL.A. Woman23,936,000
103. 1991 – Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik23,928,000
104. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion II23,925,000
105. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I23,886,000
106. 1966 – The BeatlesRevolver23,672,000
107. 1989 – Garth BrooksGarth Brooks23,469,000
108. 2000 – Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again23,429,000
109. 1978 – Dire StraitsDire Straits23,152,000
110. 1965 – The BeatlesRubber Soul23,087,000
111. 1975 – EaglesOne Of These Nights23,051,000
112. 1980 – Barbra StreisandGuilty22,973,000
113. 2003 – EvanescenceFallen22,768,000
114. 2006 – Amy WinehouseBack To Black22,571,000
115. 1993 – Céline DionThe Colour Of My Love22,558,000
116. 1983 – Billy JoelAn Innocent Man22,490,000
117. 1973 – Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy22,488,000
118. 2017 – Ed Sheeran÷ (Divide)22,217,000
119. 1979 – AC/DCHighway to Hell22,008,000
120. 1971 – The Rolling StonesSticky Fingers21,767,000
121. 1982 – QueenHot Space21,480,000
122. 1984 – SadeDiamond Life21,446,000
123. 2004 – Green DayAmerican Idiot21,366,000
124. 1978 – QueenJazz21,323,000
125. 1991 – Bryan AdamsWaking Up the Neighbours21,312,000
126. 1994 – The CranberriesNo Need to Argue21,305,000
127. 1969 – The Rolling StonesLet It Bleed21,301,000
128. 1980 – ABBASuper Trouper21,261,000
129. 1991 – Garth BrooksRopin’ The Wind21,201,000
130. 1998 – MadonnaRay Of Light21,197,000
131. 1987 – Fleetwood MacTango In The Night21,067,000
132. 2000 – U2All That You Can’t Leave Behind20,871,000
133. 2014 – Ed Sheeranx (Multiply)20,870,000
134. 2009 – Justin BieberMy World / My World 2.020,841,000
135. 1979 – ABBAVoulez-Vous20,659,000
136. 1969 – Creedence Clearwater RevivalWilly And The Poor Boys20,513,000
137. 1970 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III20,201,000
138. 2002 – Maroon 5Songs About Jane20,080,000
139. 1970 – Elton JohnElton John20,023,000
140. 1988 – EnyaWatermark19,936,000
141. 1975 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run19,903,000
142. 2004 – UsherConfessions19,822,000
143. 1990 – Mariah CareyMariah Carey19,794,000
144. 2010 – Katy PerryTeenage Dream19,723,000
145. 1970 – Creedence Clearwater RevivalCosmo’s Factory19,720,000
146. 1966 – The Rolling StonesAftermath19,654,000
147. 1978 – Van HalenVan Halen19,647,000
148. 1988 – Bon JoviNew Jersey19,564,000
149. 2010 – Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans19,455,000
150. 2002 – Avril LavigneLet Go19,338,000
151. 1994 – TLCCrazySexyCool19,279,000
152. 1993 – Janet JacksonJanet.19,251,000
153. 1998 – CherBelieve19,238,000
154. 2002 – ColdplayA Rush Of Blood To The Head19,228,000
155. 1988 – Metallica…And Justice For All19,079,000
156. 2014 – Taylor Swift198918,958,000
157. 1993 – NirvanaIn Utero18,955,000
158. 1991 – EnyaShepherd Moons18,833,000
159. 1983 – Various ArtistsFlashdance18,802,000
160. 1986 – Paul SimonGraceland18,744,000
161. 2007 – RihannaGood Girl Gone Bad18,602,000
162. 1983 – MadonnaMadonna18,537,000
163. 1977 – ABBAThe Album18,426,000
164. 1973 – Billy JoelPiano Man18,359,000
165. 1978 – The Rolling StonesSome Girls18,345,000
166. 1995 – Shania TwainThe Woman in Me18,307,000
167. 1979 – Bee GeesSpirits Having Flown18,241,000
168. 1975 – Rod StewartAtlantic Crossing18,046,000
169. 1999 – Destiny’s ChildThe Writing’s on the Wall18,019,000
170. 2003 – Linkin ParkMeteora18,005,000
171. 1987 – Sting…Nothing Like the Sun17,964,000
172. 2000 – NSYNCNo Strings Attached17,909,000
173. 1994 – Mariah CareyMerry Christmas17,896,000
174. 1973 – Paul McCartney & WingsBand on the Run17,846,000
175. 2008 – BeyoncéI Am… Sasha Fierce17,830,000
176. 2013 – Various ArtistsFrozen17,731,000
177. 1979 – EaglesThe Long Run17,715,000
178. 1990 – AC/DCThe Razors Edge17,665,000
179. 1975 – Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti17,625,000
180. 2009 – Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D.17,605,000
181. 1976 – QueenA Day at the Races17,592,000
182. 1980 – Bruce SpringsteenThe River17,545,000
183. 1980 – John Lennon & Yoko OnoDouble Fantasy17,541,000
184. 1989 – Janet JacksonRhythm Nation 181417,523,000
185. 2015 – Justin BieberPurpose17,514,000
186. 2005 – NickelbackAll the Right Reasons17,495,000
187. 2004 – James BluntBack to Bedlam17,383,000
188. 1986 – MetallicaMaster Of Puppets17,357,000
189. 2002 – Eminem8 Mile17,242,000
190. 1975 – Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac17,241,000
191. 1996 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet Boys17,042,000
192. 1964 – The BeatlesBeatles for Sale16,934,000
193. 2010 – EminemRecovery16,891,000
194. 1999 – Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera16,881,000
195. 1969 – SantanaSantana16,833,000
196. 1988 – U2Rattle And Hum16,822,000
197. 2001 – ShakiraLaundry Service16,736,000
198. 1973 – EaglesDesperado16,699,000
199. 1978 – Billy Joel52nd Street16,670,000
200. 1982 – Phil CollinsHello, I Must Be Going!16,598,000

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Valeria

This means that BTS has sold 50M of albums worldwide???? 50M album units worldwide?

linex-

Please do blackpink

KingRickyMartin

Please calculate Ricky Martin’s sales

Tony

‘Greatest Hits’ Tops 2020 Catalogue Chart In USAMore good news for Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’! The 1981 compilation album was the biggest selling catalogue album in the US for 2020, outselling Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and The Beatles!

Mikko

Streaming services currently make some songwriters rich. Most recently Neil Young sold 50 % of his songwritings and publishment rights for $150 m. Stevie Nicks sold her rights for $100 million to Private Wave investment firm like Young. Catalogue prizes have risen maybe 3‐5 times in recent years. “It’s no secret that the art of songwriting is fundamental key to the all great music”, said Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge. It’s rare today, that one person do everything, songs, publishment, singing, produce.. It’s usual that4 or 5 person make songwriting and many people is doing another parts of music. It… Read more »

Steve

The four big pictures should be The Beatles, Elvis, Jakson, and Queen.

deekennj

UPDATE MARIAH CAREY PLEASE

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