Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

CSPC the greatest selling artists of all-time

Artists Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales

Here is the sum of all the value released by each artist. 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. Figures may differ from the ones listed inside each link as the streaming data is updated (read more about it) in this table. Pure sales data reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles.

#PICArtistTotal CSPCStudio Albums SalesOther LPs SalesPhysical Singles SalesDigital Singles SalesSales UpdateStreams EAS (Update)
1TheThe Beatles414,214,000160,650,000203,392,000116,080,00035,230,00003/01/1710,064,000* (01/13/21)
2MichaelMichael Jackson329,288,000182,600,000101,997,00079,350,00079,930,00009/27/178,896,000* (01/07/21)
3ElvisElvis Presley316,077,00053,150,000212,309,000135,210,00037,470,00009/01/184,436,000* (01/07/21)
4QueenQueen267,538,00090,230,000139,348,00049,960,00059,650,00001/25/2014,021,000* (01/13/21)
5MadonnaMadonna243,478,000146,450,00064,420,00075,210,00042,100,00008/13/173,730,000* (01/13/21)
6TheThe Rolling Stones239,987,000113,800,00092,495,00072,770,00046,200,00012/03/164,930,000* (01/04/21)
7PinkPink Floyd233,189,000169,600,00052,025,0008,800,00023,360,00006/18/175,420,000* (01/11/21)
8LedLed Zeppelin203,608,000141,500,00051,200,0006,350,00032,030,00008/08/164,199,000* (01/12/21)
9EltonElton John199,753,00088,630,00082,400,00065,340,00026,250,00002/05/185,183,000* (01/13/21)
10U2U2197,458,000127,100,00053,051,00022,550,00040,500,00008/31/164,467,000* (01/08/21)
11CélineCéline Dion195,701,000136,200,00040,424,00039,290,00026,660,00009/23/163,291,000* (01/13/21)
12AC/DCAC/DC195,067,000132,470,00049,349,0007,200,00033,450,00002/20/186,070,000* (01/13/21)
13RodRod Stewart & Faces188,656,000100,150,00066,819,00055,220,00017,420,00011/23/192,499,000* (01/08/21)
14EminemEminem185,427,00097,920,00025,487,00014,380,000197,610,00007/31/1928,066,000* (01/13/21)
15EaglesEagles173,093,00065,425,00096,732,00016,630,00020,440,00012/20/172,882,000* (12/31/20)
16MariahMariah Carey171,511,000116,100,00031,228,00036,890,00050,130,00004/28/175,597,000* (01/13/21)
17MetallicaMetallica159,201,000121,260,00020,164,00015,480,00040,770,00002/13/197,017,000* (01/03/21)
18BruceBruce Springsteen158,993,000103,400,00042,176,00021,010,00025,420,00007/07/173,302,000* (12/28/20)
19ABBAABBA158,977,00045,300,00091,491,00054,400,00017,870,00011/02/163,186,000* (12/29/20)
20BeeBee Gees158,815,00075,525,00056,477,00072,790,00017,230,00004/09/172,391,000* (01/04/21)
21WhitneyWhitney Houston154,588,000113,600,00017,175,00049,520,00034,250,00005/04/173,818,000* (01/13/21)
22BarbraBarbra Streisand152,923,00091,370,00049,714,00035,250,0003,680,00003/16/18711,000* (01/13/21)
23PhilPhil Collins149,144,00093,780,00039,905,00029,910,00022,690,00004/11/183,083,000* (01/13/21)
24BillyBilly Joel148,577,00091,400,00040,235,00036,900,00021,000,00010/19/162,722,000* (01/13/21)
25FleetwoodFleetwood Mac148,046,00084,550,00046,392,00026,060,00032,030,00010/08/164,482,000* (01/06/21)
26BonBon Jovi147,063,00089,450,00039,176,00027,980,00038,450,00011/16/164,275,000* (01/13/21)
27SantanaSantana144,456,00089,465,00046,265,00015,380,00016,560,00008/04/201,706,000* (12/23/20)
28GarthGarth Brooks144,333,00081,605,00062,341,000950,00090,00001/05/1987,000* (12/28/20)
29BobBob Dylan143,756,00083,350,00047,870,00017,680,00030,410,00010/23/162,671,000* (01/13/21)
30BobBob Marley138,570,00043,075,00081,593,0009,980,00033,690,00011/21/175,854,000* (12/28/20)
31PrincePrince132,825,00086,580,00027,141,00042,910,00029,590,00010/04/181,793,000* (12/31/20)
32AerosmithAerosmith131,564,00071,710,00048,158,00015,500,00025,550,00006/01/183,213,000* (12/31/20)
33DavidDavid Bowie128,356,00071,500,00036,023,00044,200,00019,830,00001/11/174,597,000* (01/13/21)
34SimonSimon & Garfunkel125,005,00037,820,00075,732,00023,830,00014,350,00005/11/182,152,000* (01/11/21)
35GunsGuns N' Roses120,971,00086,360,00020,134,00011,900,00037,210,00003/01/185,325,000* (01/11/21)
36TheThe Doors115,584,00051,980,00055,480,00013,860,00011,100,00003/03/192,301,000* (12/28/20)
37PaulPaul McCartney110,790,00061,670,00027,441,00057,970,00011,250,00012/13/182,600,000* (12/29/20)
38DireDire Straits109,946,00071,730,00031,635,0008,380,00010,900,00003/23/182,432,000* (01/12/21)
39GeorgeGeorge Michael & Wham!107,068,00060,200,00026,150,00049,880,00016,770,00005/07/173,239,000* (11/21/20)
40BritneyBritney Spears103,756,00068,595,00011,460,00018,600,00083,030,00004/28/195,667,000* (01/13/21)
41VanVan Halen101,095,00079,620,00014,065,00010,450,00016,810,00012/14/201,749,000* (12/31/20)
42ColdplayColdplay98,635,00059,560,0005,979,0002,050,00093,680,00011/30/1918,424,000* (01/12/21)
43RihannaRihanna97,899,00033,100,000500,0003,560,000251,150,00007/03/1925,560,000* (01/13/21)
44TheThe Police97,668,00046,370,00040,183,00023,810,00011,300,00006/06/202,265,000* (12/22/20)
45BackstreetBackstreet Boys96,618,00058,900,00025,685,00018,010,00022,550,00002/09/173,247,000* (12/26/20)
46TaylorTaylor Swift95,842,00048,220,0003,768,000260,000158,560,00010/23/2019,988,000* (01/13/21)
47RedRed Hot Chili Peppers95,330,00061,870,00016,881,0004,800,00044,400,00003/29/188,480,000* (01/13/21)
48NirvanaNirvana92,394,00045,000,00037,650,0004,190,00023,250,00007/09/174,999,000* (01/13/21)
49CreedenceCreedence Clearwater Revival90,998,00033,135,00045,489,00022,570,00014,600,00001/31/193,414,000* (01/03/21)
50AdeleAdele89,593,00059,110,0003,855,000530,000100,240,00006/02/1911,433,000* (01/13/21)
51DrakeDrake88,051,00014,775,00000137,310,00008/28/1752,680,000* (01/13/21)
52EnyaEnya87,754,00065,480,00017,069,0005,250,0009,610,00002/25/182,187,000* (01/13/21)
53BryanBryan Adams87,422,00042,260,00030,518,00032,090,00017,250,00003/23/192,430,000* (01/13/21)
54GreenGreen Day85,708,00058,250,00013,567,0003,050,00044,600,00003/11/176,287,000* (01/07/21)
55LinkinLinkin Park85,552,00048,350,00014,500,0003,210,00073,710,00006/04/1710,683,000* (01/13/21)
56BeyonceBeyonce81,742,00033,430,0004,431,0004,070,000166,890,00005/02/1817,627,000* (01/13/21)
57ShaniaShania Twain81,491,00063,200,00011,259,00013,130,00010,700,00012/05/161,488,000* (01/08/21)
58JourneyJourney80,945,00040,250,00031,623,0008,090,00029,770,00009/13/192,181,000* (01/06/21)
59StingSting79,503,00052,360,00017,720,00016,010,00014,160,00006/14/202,234,000* (12/24/20)
60BlackBlack Sabbath78,258,00046,280,00027,467,0003,300,00011,280,00003/08/201,789,000* (01/11/21)
61JanetJanet Jackson77,789,00050,500,00012,175,00040,640,00013,350,00004/17/17921,000* (01/07/21)
62JustinJustin Bieber76,746,00019,810,0007,120,000540,000110,890,00008/04/1933,020,000* (01/13/21)
63RobbieRobbie Williams76,030,00046,500,00021,770,00011,960,00013,860,00012/15/192,076,000* (12/27/20)
64JohnnyJohnny Hallyday75,756,00026,740,00035,156,00043,740,0001,430,00001/01/18525,000* (11/20/20)
65SadeSade74,990,00051,560,00018,565,0006,270,00011,140,00007/01/201,312,000* (01/11/21)
66JohnJohn Lennon73,415,00031,420,00030,759,00026,780,00012,160,00010/16/181,378,000* (01/05/21)
67CherCher73,175,00034,825,00021,889,00046,220,0009,630,00008/30/171,151,000* (01/13/21)
68SupertrampSupertramp71,580,00048,540,00017,999,00010,070,0006,830,00008/13/19995,000* (12/18/20)
69MaroonMaroon 570,035,00026,050,0002,138,0001,600,000149,190,00012/02/1918,949,000* (01/11/21)
70EdEd Sheeran68,793,00021,970,000466,000130,00079,640,00010/27/1934,368,000* (01/13/21)
71LadyLady Gaga68,622,00031,215,0004,790,0001,570,000128,860,00012/18/2012,815,000* (01/13/21)
72P!nkP!nk67,514,00037,025,0008,906,0007,270,00081,150,00010/15/177,229,000* (01/13/21)
73MichaelMichael Buble65,558,00047,800,0006,344,000770,00035,400,00012/11/165,873,000* (01/04/21)
74UsherUsher63,925,00036,160,0002,201,00012,040,00093,610,00009/04/177,910,000* (01/12/21)
75ShakiraShakira62,857,00034,780,0006,620,0008,460,00056,350,00006/21/1810,468,000* (01/13/21)
76BTSBTS62,611,00021,850,0007,960,0003,220,00030,880,00009/04/2027,200,000* (01/13/21)
77MeatMeat Loaf62,191,00048,300,0009,565,00010,850,0003,900,00006/16/18487,000* (11/20/20)
78AyumiAyumi Hamasaki61,257,00021,810,00019,339,00025,980,00046,480,00009/27/19587,000* (01/13/21)
79OasisOasis61,170,00041,050,00010,046,00011,420,00018,800,00012/06/173,829,000* (01/13/21)
80BrunoBruno Mars59,121,00017,375,00040,000250,000149,580,00006/27/1919,195,000* (01/13/21)
81JacksonJackson 5 & The Jacksons58,727,00026,400,00019,027,00031,160,00013,720,00009/26/171,894,000* (01/13/21)
82AlanisAlanis Morissette57,500,00047,065,0006,951,0003,340,0009,080,00006/05/181,120,000* (01/08/21)
83BlackBlack Eyed Peas56,101,00033,350,000251,0006,590,000103,960,00008/03/174,929,000* (01/13/21)
84EnriqueEnrique Iglesias55,472,00033,900,0005,300,0008,900,00050,110,00009/27/166,085,000* (12/31/20)
85NickelbackNickelback55,367,00040,500,0001,824,0003,020,00057,280,00006/28/173,545,000* (12/27/20)
86ChristinaChristina Aguilera53,997,00030,400,0004,375,00012,740,00069,950,00003/18/174,907,000* (01/07/21)
87OzzyOzzy Osbourne51,938,00039,370,0007,483,0003,760,00015,180,00003/12/201,655,000* (01/04/21)
88PaulPaul Simon51,859,00034,390,00011,598,00012,820,0003,740,00005/10/181,465,000* (01/11/21)
89TracyTracy Chapman51,508,00043,760,0003,519,0003,480,00012,490,00006/25/191,310,000* (01/07/21)
90NorahNorah Jones51,507,00043,550,0002,825,000300,00018,600,00011/04/162,352,000* (01/05/21)
91OneOne Direction51,354,00023,900,0006,350,000120,00057,000,00005/14/1712,517,000* (01/13/21)
92JustinJustin Timberlake50,584,00023,490,0001,480,0005,330,000102,090,00002/09/188,701,000* (01/13/21)
93AliciaAlicia Keys50,484,00032,960,0002,524,0003,690,00057,750,00011/19/165,230,000* (01/05/21)
94BostonBoston50,110,00041,330,0004,803,0005,640,0009,540,00006/01/19855,000* (01/09/21)
95KatyKaty Perry49,986,00015,880,000300,000870,000135,430,00006/16/1913,231,000* (01/13/21)
96SpiceSpice Girls49,330,00037,050,0004,349,00020,020,0005,200,00003/23/171,145,000* (12/31/20)
97Destiny'sDestiny's Child47,649,00033,010,0005,800,00011,120,00022,320,00005/02/182,156,000* (01/06/21)
98CranberriesCranberries45,658,00037,650,0003,710,0004,120,0008,210,00001/25/181,831,000* (01/13/21)
99MileyMiley Cyrus45,280,00023,050,0002,365,000250,00070,530,00012/06/209,210,000* (01/13/21)
100AvrilAvril Lavigne44,990,00032,290,0001,206,0003,510,00046,160,00002/10/183,149,000* (01/13/21)
101NSYNCNSYNC44,811,00037,930,0002,669,0006,980,0005,110,00002/09/181,352,000* (12/25/20)
102MannheimMannheim Steamroller44,143,00033,305,00010,344,00040,0002,410,00012/24/20112,000* (12/27/20)
103JenniferJennifer Lopez43,850,00026,120,0004,811,00010,760,00036,810,00006/24/184,170,000* (01/13/21)
104ArianaAriana Grande42,774,0005,225,000499,00050,00050,360,00010/16/1929,478,000* (01/13/21)
105FooFoo Fighters41,885,00026,750,0006,207,0001,430,00026,610,00010/10/174,508,000* (01/09/21)
106TLCTLC40,723,00032,195,0001,920,00013,120,0008,350,00004/07/191,419,000* (01/02/21)
107TheThe Weeknd40,570,0005,235,0003,035,00080,00044,270,00009/10/2021,062,000* (01/13/21)
108TakeTake That39,008,00019,930,00014,016,0009,210,00010,240,00012/15/19728,000* (12/22/20)
109KellyKelly Clarkson36,581,00021,600,0001,460,0002,200,00062,010,00005/23/183,558,000* (01/11/21)
110KylieKylie Minogue36,514,00020,320,0007,103,00019,720,00012,150,00004/16/181,351,000* (12/30/20)
111NoNo Doubt35,189,00025,730,0006,058,0004,910,0006,080,00003/29/201,017,000* (12/23/20)
112AmyAmy Winehouse32,544,00023,180,0002,411,000580,00021,660,00007/19/193,530,000* (12/31/20)
113ImagineImagine Dragons32,395,0007,960,000371,00030,00045,410,00009/19/1817,242,000* (01/13/21)
114KendrickKendrick Lamar31,120,0005,725,00050,000032,650,00004/12/1920,447,000* (01/13/21)
115DidoDido30,807,00026,630,000420,0005,320,0006,210,00002/18/191,229,000* (12/26/20)
116EvanescenceEvanescence30,606,00022,440,0002,755,0002,170,00018,390,00006/30/192,002,000* (01/07/21)
117PostPost Malone30,011,0001,720,00010,00040,00014,640,00011/26/2026,072,000* (01/13/21)
118CarrieCarrie Underwood29,338,00018,050,000839,000500,00054,410,00009/09/182,138,000* (01/08/21)
119JamesJames Blunt28,379,00020,440,0001,020,0002,130,00023,090,00002/05/192,815,000* (01/05/21)
120SamSam Smith26,716,0006,525,00025,000100,00032,700,00010/11/1715,231,000* (01/13/21)
121SelenaSelena Gomez26,341,0005,490,000215,00040,00035,710,00011/28/1715,267,000* (01/13/21)
122BjörkBjörk25,919,00019,730,0004,372,0002,620,0003,460,00012/23/18512,000* (12/22/20)
123GorillazGorillaz24,031,00014,830,0001,240,0002,110,00019,000,00005/08/174,478,000* (01/13/21)
124RenaudRenaud22,168,00013,230,0007,667,0002,660,000690,00011/01/17369,000* (11/30/20)
125ShawnShawn Mendes21,944,0002,630,000120,00040,00020,330,00010/08/1916,133,000* (01/13/21)
126MacklemoreMacklemore21,330,0003,225,00045,00080,00039,270,00011/07/1712,146,000* (01/02/21)
127LanaLana Del Rey21,133,0007,950,000565,000210,00020,200,00008/24/179,525,000* (01/13/21)
128ArcticArctic Monkeys20,275,00010,340,000302,000560,00012,870,00005/14/187,535,000* (01/13/21)
129DemiDemi Lovato20,150,0004,480,00035,00050,00035,890,00010/09/1810,236,000* (01/13/21)
130AviciiAvicii19,824,0002,200,000170,000250,00036,700,00004/25/1811,874,000* (01/02/21)
131BillieBillie Eilish19,762,0002,270,0002,00010,0005,920,00007/04/2016,580,000* (01/13/21)
132GwenGwen Stefani19,741,00012,060,000154,0003,130,00029,040,00004/12/202,232,000* (01/12/21)
133AaliyahAaliyah18,101,00012,200,0003,174,0006,350,0003,050,00002/14/17363,000* (01/13/21)
134DuaDua Lipa16,211,000945,0006,00020,0007,020,00001/05/2114,201,000* (01/13/21)
135FergieFergie13,779,0006,450,00025,000750,00036,900,00007/12/171,544,000* (12/25/20)
136Will.i.amWill.i.am12,137,000950,0000750,00053,300,00007/20/172,968,000* (11/21/20)
137LittleLittle Mix11,706,0003,670,0000130,00012,020,00002/02/206,194,000* (01/11/21)
138LordeLorde11,158,0003,300,000100,000019,250,00006/22/174,870,000* (01/06/21)
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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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