CSPC: Data Collector

1983 - Thriller

Albums Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales

1. 1982 – Michael JacksonThriller116,732,000
2. 1977 – Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever67,150,000
3. 1987 – Michael JacksonBad62,899,000
4. 1977 – Fleetwood MacRumours61,258,000
5. 1971 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV57,016,000
6. 1973 – Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon55,796,000
7. 1992 – Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard53,744,000
8. 1991 – NirvanaNevermind52,930,000
9. 1978 – Various ArtistsGrease52,216,000
10. 1979 – Pink FloydThe Wall50,309,000
11. 1986 – Bon JoviSlippery When Wet50,117,000
12. 1987 – U2The Joshua Tree47,665,000
13. 1984 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.47,373,000
14. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction46,420,000
15. 1997 – Céline DionLet’s Talk About Love46,084,000
16. 1991 – Michael JacksonDangerous45,391,000
17. 1997 – Shania TwainCome On Over45,188,000
18. 1969 – BeatlesAbbey Road43,171,000
19. 1996 – Céline DionFalling Into You41,895,000
20. 2011 – Adele2141,716,000
21. 1991 – MetallicaMetallica41,040,000
22. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin39,664,000
23. 1986 – MadonnaTrue Blue36,552,000
24. 1975 – QueenA Night at the Opera35,718,000
25. 1976 – ABBAArrival35,098,000
26. 1993 – Mariah CareyMusic Box34,135,000
27. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II33,774,000
28. 1965 – BeatlesHelp!33,194,000
29. 1970 – BeatlesLet It Be32,924,000
30. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here32,462,000
31. 2008 – Lady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster32,237,000
32. 1977 – Bob MarleyExodus31,498,000
33. 1967 – BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band31,461,000
34. 1995 – Mariah CareyDaydream31,387,000
35. 1995 – Michael JacksonHIStory: Past, Present and Future31,365,000
36. 1979 – Michael JacksonOff the Wall30,954,000
37. 2000 – Linkin ParkHybrid Theory30,949,000
38. 1999 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time30,842,000
39. 2000 – EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP30,102,000
40. 1963 – BeatlesPlease Please Me30,050,000
41. 1996 – Spice GirlsSpice29,727,000
42. 1999 – Backstreet BoysMillennium29,549,000
43. 1980 – QueenThe Game29,481,000
44. 1967 – BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour28,792,000
45. 1977 – QueenNews of the World28,746,000
46. 1985 – Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston28,646,000
47. 1997 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet’s Back28,192,000
48. 1968 – BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)28,116,000
49. 2002 – EminemThe Eminem Show28,075,000
50. 1984 – Wham!Make It Big27,055,000
51. 2002 – Norah JonesCome Away With Me26,879,000
52. 1987 – George MichaelFaith26,767,000
53. 1987 – Whitney HoustonWhitney26,560,000
54. 1964 – BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night25,886,000
55. 1994 – Green DayDookie25,759,000
56. 1989 – MadonnaLike A Prayer25,403,000
57. 1975 – AerosmithToys In The Attic25,255,000
58. 1977 – Billy JoelThe Stranger25,111,000
59. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I25,015,000
60. 1978 – Bob MarleyKaya24,791,000
61. 1983 – U2War24,747,000
62. 1975 – ABBAABBA24,694,000
63. 1991 – U2Achtung Baby24,657,000
64. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion II24,015,000
65. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I23,886,000
66. 1966 – BeatlesRevolver23,672,000
67. 1965 – BeatlesRubber Soul23,087,000
68. 2000 – Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again22,845,000
69. 1993 – Céline DionThe Colour Of My Love22,558,000
70. 2015 – Adele2522,511,000
71. 1983 – Billy JoelAn Innocent Man22,490,000
72. 1973 – Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy22,488,000
73. 1971 – Rolling StonesSticky Fingers21,767,000
74. 1982 – QueenHot Space21,468,000
75. 2004 – Green DayAmerican Idiot21,366,000
76. 1969 – Rolling StonesLet It Bleed21,301,000
77. 1980 – ABBASuper Trouper21,261,000
78. 1998 – MadonnaRay Of Light21,197,000
79. 1987 – Fleetwood MacTango In The Night21,067,000
80. 2000 – U2All That You Can’t Leave Behind20,871,000
81. 1979 – ABBAVoulez-Vous20,659,000
82. 1970 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III20,201,000
83. 1984 – QueenThe Works20,133,000
84. 1975 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run19,903,000
85. 2004 – UsherConfessions19,822,000
86. 1990 – Mariah CareyMariah Carey19,794,000
87. 2006 – Amy WinehouseBack To Black19,788,000
88. 1966 – Rolling StonesAftermath19,654,000
89. 1988 – Bon JoviNew Jersey19,564,000
90. 1993 – Janet JacksonJanet.19,251,000
91. 1998 – CherBelieve19,238,000
92. 1993 – NirvanaIn Utero18,955,000
93. 1978 – QueenJazz18,643,000
94. 1983 – MadonnaMadonna18,537,000
95. 1977 – ABBAThe Album18,426,000
96. 1973 – Billy JoelPiano Man18,359,000
97. 1978 – Rolling StonesSome Girls18,345,000
98. 1995 – Shania TwainThe Woman in Me18,307,000
99. 1979 – Bee GeesSpirits Having Flown18,241,000
100. 2010 – Katy PerryTeenage Dream18,237,000
101. 2002 – ColdplayA Rush Of Blood To The Head18,029,000
102. 2003 – Linkin ParkMeteora18,005,000
103. 2010 – Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans17,943,000
104. 1999 – Destiny’s ChildThe Writing’s on the Wall17,931,000
105. 1994 – Mariah CareyMerry Christmas17,896,000
106. 1988 – Metallica…And Justice For All17,842,000
107. 2002 – Maroon 5Songs About Jane17,757,000
108. 2013 – Various ArtistsFrozen17,731,000
109. 1975 – Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti17,625,000
110. 2009 – Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D.17,605,000
111. 1980 – Bruce SpringsteenThe River17,545,000
112. 1989 – Janet JacksonRhythm Nation 181417,523,000
113. 2005 – NickelbackAll the Right Reasons17,495,000
114. 2007 – RihannaGood Girl Gone Bad17,452,000
115. 2009 – Justin BieberMy World / My World 2.017,288,000
116. 1975 – Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac17,241,000
117. 1996 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet Boys17,042,000
118. 2008 – BeyoncéI Am… Sasha Fierce16,935,000
119. 1964 – BeatlesBeatles for Sale16,934,000
120. 1999 – Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera16,881,000
121. 1988 – U2Rattle And Hum16,822,000
122. 1978 – Billy Joel52nd Street16,670,000
123. 2001 – ShakiraLaundry Service16,638,000
124. 1965 – Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited16,592,000
125. 1997 – Spice GirlsSpiceworld16,518,000
126. 1981 – Rolling StonesTattoo You16,243,000
127. 1965 – Rolling StonesOut of Our Heads16,060,000
128. 1980 – Bob MarleyUprising16,027,000
129. 2004 – EminemEncore15,991,000
130. 2001 – P!nkMissundaztood15,936,000
131. 2014 – Taylor Swift198915,880,000
132. 2002 – Eminem8 Mile15,762,000
133. 1968 – Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet15,683,000
134. 2003 – BeyoncéDangerously In Love15,561,000
135. 1986 – MetallicaMaster Of Puppets15,477,000
136. 2008 – Taylor SwiftFearless15,269,000
137. 1972 – David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars15,212,000
138. 1983 – David BowieLet’s Dance15,180,000
139. 2014 – Ed Sheeranx15,166,000
140. 1986 – Janet JacksonControl14,963,000
141. 1980 – Billy JoelGlass Houses14,930,000
142. 2001 – Alicia KeysSongs In A Minor14,873,000
143. 2005 – ColdplayX&Y14,836,000
144. 1998 – Whitney HoustonMy Love Is Your Love14,749,000
145. 2010 – EminemRecovery14,708,000
146. 2011 – Michael BubléChristmas14,650,000
147. 1998 – Céline DionThese Are Special Times14,504,000
148. 2001 – Destiny’s ChildSurvivor14,498,000
149. 1976 – QueenA Day at the Races14,400,000
150. 1963 – BeatlesWith the Beatles14,149,000
151. 2014 – Sam SmithIn The Lonely Hour14,125,000
152. 2008 – ColdplayViva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends14,066,000
153. 2005 – Black Eyed PeasMonkey Business14,017,000
154. 1984 – MetallicaRide The Lightning13,928,000
155. 2012 – Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox13,829,000
156. 2000 – MadonnaMusic13,776,000
157. 1974 – Bob MarleyNatty Dread13,639,000
158. 1991 – QueenInnuendo13,555,000
159. 2002 – Shania TwainUp!13,530,000
160. 1992 – Bon JoviKeep the Faith13,523,000
161. 2000 – ColdplayParachutes13,457,000
162. 2000 – Backstreet BoysBlack & Blue13,336,000
163. 1997 – Mariah CareyButterfly13,320,000
164. 2001 – NickelbackSilver Side Up13,298,000
165. 1969 – Jackson 5Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 513,281,000
166. 1986 – QueenA Kind of Magic13,272,000
167. 1994 – Pink FloydThe Division Bell13,191,000
168. 1991 – Mariah CareyEmotions13,161,000
169. 1984 – U2The Unforgettable Fire13,156,000
170. 2010 – RihannaLoud13,102,000
171. 2005 – MadonnaConfessions Of A Dancefloor13,070,000
172. 1996 – MetallicaLoad13,047,000
173. 2003 – Black Eyed PeasElephunk13,041,000
174. 1979 – Led ZeppelinIn Through The Out Door13,023,000
175. 1977 – Pink FloydAnimals13,000,000
176. 2001 – Britney SpearsBritney12,976,000
177. 1974 – ABBAWaterloo12,878,000
178. 1989 – Billy JoelStrom Front12,859,000
179. 2015 – Justin BieberPurpose12,716,000
180. 2006 – BeyoncéB’Day12,585,000
181. 2002 – Christina AguileraStripped12,552,000
182. 1990 – MadonnaI’m Breathless12,504,000
183. 2008 – P!nkFunhouse12,429,000
184. 1999 – EminemThe Slim Shady LP12,400,000
185. 1995 – Céline DionD’Eux12,395,000
185. 2004 – Norah JonesFeels Like Home12,395,000
187. 1987 – Pink FloydA Momentary Lapse of Reason12,334,000
188. 1989 – CherHeart of Stone12,163,000
189. 2000 – Bon JoviCrush12,134,000
190. 1973 – Rolling StonesGoats Head Soup12,130,000
191. 2011 – One DirectionUp All Night12,066,000
192. 2005 – Michael BubléIt’s Time12,018,000
193. 2006 – FergieThe Dutchess11,954,000
194. 2003 – Britney SpearsIn The Zone11,912,000
195. 2006 – High School MusicalHigh School Musical11,907,000
196. 2011 – Lady GagaBorn This Way11,866,000
197. 2012 – Taylor SwiftRed11,826,000
198. 1990 – Whitney HoustonI’m Your Baby Tonight11,747,000
199. 2001 – Enrique IglesiasEscape11,733,000
200. 2004 – U2How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb11,628,000

50 thoughts on “CSPC: Data Collector”

  1. I really congratulate you very much for your excellent work, so perfect, meticulous, it is a really brilliant site, sincere congratulations to all three.
    I just have a question to ask:
    I just wanted to know if the artists you have updated today, then there will also be integration of YouTube video views and for some artists already analyzed such as Lady Gaga and Rolling Stones beyond YouTube integration, will be added their 2 respective albums “Joanne” and “Blue & Lonesome”!!

    1. Also do you mind pinning this article on the side bar so it is easy to access when browsing around? Maybe under the “Categories” section?

      Thanks for all your hard work! Much appreciated. Looking forward to Elvis and the Chili Peppers!

    2. Hi Kris!

      Thanks for the help 🙂 Nirvana’s link is fixed, so are Lady Gaga’s figures. A widget is added to the sidebar too, “Useful Links”, with both the Data Collector and the requests’ article. Hope it helps 🙂

  2. Why don’t update Katy’s sales figures?Why just use 1.5:10 ratio to update TEA?She has 6 singles with over 10m downloads WW and Teenage Dream is the best selling digital era of all time!

  3. By the way,your sales figures are pretty fake.Prism had not sold 2m in US as of 2016.It had sold 1.7m in US according to Billboard as of February this year

    1. Clearly you don’t know what a shipment means. The RIAA certified PRISM 2x Platinum before streaming was included for albums.

    2. Hi LMAO,

      There is obviously a ton of things you are unaware of in the charts & sales area. I would suggest you to learn first before claiming someone is fake. Soundscan doesn’t collect 100% of sales, especially some special offers. Prism was officially certified 2xP in the US before the inclusion of SPS, so that’s every claim under the 2 million mark which is obviously fake.

      1. If you’re counting Katy Perry’s Prism’s shipments over sales for her overall total, shouldn’t you do the same for Britney’s Femme Fatale, which you have down as having 850,000 sales even though it has a platinum certification from the RIAA for one million copies?

        1. Hi Jase!

          The case of Prism and Femme Fatale are very different. The Platinum award of Britney Spears arrived just 1 month after the release of the album, the minimum required time frame to apply for a certification. It is a clear case of an album hitting a certification with the initial shipment and then fail to reach it.

          Prism’s 2xP award was certified in mid-2015, nearly two years after the release of the album. Very few copies were still available on retailers at that point meaning that indeed 2 million copies were sold. When I built Katy’s article, I still hadn’t identify which sales were excluded by Soundscan to explain this gap between its Soundscan total and its shipment so the natural process in that case is to give it the benefit of the doubt.

          In the meantime, I identified why several albums, including Ariana Grande’s My Everything and Lorde’s Pure Heroine, had high RIAA certifications. It was due to Google Play offering them for free during one week.

          Thus I just ended to search if Prism received that promotion as well. Guess what? It did! This will be fixed when Katy’s article is updated, we also now have the reason of this discrepancy – Prism did sell over 2 million units (most likely around 2,2m giving the number of users of Google Play / results of Lorde / Ariana), but half a million of them were for free.

    3. TD and TF have simiar digital tracks sales(and TD sold more in US),check on wiki.I think there’s nearly no difference between TD’s digital tracks sales and TF’s.TF digital tracks did sold more except US,but TD sold more in US,and they have similar certified numbers,so I think WW numbers would be similar

    1. Hi Jake!

      It is the same figures, from the same date, with the new formula in order to put all acts on par. Several acts still have the old ratio for streaming, but it isn’t a relevant different since streams achieved since then make up for the gap.

  4. Pink Floyd & Michael are the two that really impress me. Michael in a way is obvious, he’s a truly global icon and the furore about his releases post Thriller was immense but Floyd, a kind of underground act in many respects, I think is more impressive, the sustained popularity of their two (maybe three) biggest albums is amazing and while I’m no fan of Celine Dion, respect to her and having two albums above 40m.

    Another two acts that impress me are The Eagles and Garth Brooks, certainly in the US, fantastic certification totals, although Garths label seems to know how to play the game well & are one of the few that are fastidious at updates.

  5. Barbra is “lost” in the list, some of other female’s stans use this list to claim fake top3, top5, top10… I think she must be above Whitney even Mariah

  6. It would also be nice if there was a page posting each screenshot of an artist’s CSPC results. Since as you said there has been 69 artists done, one doesn’t have time to read every single artist’s analysis entirely. It’s a bit tiring sometimes to scroll through each artists CSPC analysis to find their screenshot breakdown, especially if you’ve actually read it before but are just going back to look at something specific!

  7. Hi everyone!

    The singles ranking have been added earlier today, and a table of content is now available in page 2.
    A new list will be added tomorrow, so stay tuned !

  8. Hi @MJD.

    I’m just a little bit confused by the artists ranking – overall sales/CSPC.

    Rihanna’s rank has been lifted from 65M+ to 75M+ but it still has old the date of when you last updated her profile – june 2016.

    Is the jump she now made her final total, or will she even rank higher once you update her profile which is 14 months out of date. I suspect she may be over 80M by now considering her gargantuan streams (Spotify especially, YouTube)? I could be very wrong though.

    1. Hi Cara!

      The article still has the old date (June 2016) because all figures are valid as of June 2016. In all likelihood she is indeed several millions higher by now!

  9. Hey @MJD.

    This is just a general question and off topic to this particular post but who would you say are your favourite artists both male and female – top five? (Esp. of the ones you’ve done on this page). 😀

    Also, when are you going to update Rihanna and Adele’s CSPC rank? Anytime soon? 😀

    1. Hi Lennox!

      To be honest, making a Top 5 per gender wouldn’t make sense for me. My #1 female (let say PJ Harvey) would most likely not even feature inside the Top 20 male artists, so putting two Top 5s on par would be misleading more than anything. The big ones for me are Sufjan Stevens, Bowie, MJ, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder. Among bands Radiohead, the White Stripes/Jack White, the Beach Boys. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is likely the international album I listened to the most in my lifetime while this year I streamed Kendrick Lamar’s Damn way more than anything else. I played a lot for various years some French acts too, mostly Saez and Francis Cabrel, the former one I would most likely rank him as the most talented artist out of all.

      As for updates, I’m hoping all big ones will be done before the end of the year!

  10. In regards to the #1 Albums per year page, you have Drake’s “More Life” as #1 of 2017. Shouldn’t that spot go to Ed’s “Divide”?

    1. Hi Rod!

      You are probably right about “Divide”, but Ed Sheeran has been analyzed in 2016, so we haven’t studied his last album so far.
      You can be sure it will be done in the next days/weeks!

      1. Oh okay, awesome. That’s good to know.

        I wonder if by then X will replace 1989 as the album of 2014. I love this list, it’s very interesting.

  11. I really want to see CSPC’s for Elvis Presley and Elton John now! Only these two stars can still enter the top 10 IMHO.

  12. Celine Dion’s total should be over 194m by now. And next year, she will release a new album and that would also increase the sales of her previous albums and hopefully sells another 6 million by the end of 2018 so she would reach a total of 200 million. 🙂

  13. Wonderful work you have done here. As a fan of raw album sales, I was wondering if you would add a page to this of top selling artists in terms of raw albums, including compilations. Would be interesting to see how this list compares to the CSPC list. Thanks.

    1. Hi Lance!

      You’re right, this kind of list is very interesting, that’s why I’ve just added the list “Raw sales – Studio albums” in page 5!

      1. Thank you very much for the “Raw sales – Studio albums” list! It’s very interesting, really. But I’m surprised Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill isn’t on the top 100 list ?!

        1. Hi Daydreamer!

          “Jagged Little Pill” is not in this list because Alanis has not been studied for the moment. Its sales should be between 32-35m.
          Other big albums are missing for the same reason, like “Back In Black” (AC/DC), “Brothers In Arms” (Dire Strait) or “Hotel California” (The Eagles), all above 30m.

          1. Oops my bad…:-(

            Alanis Morissette has not been studied, of course. It was a momentary lapse of reason(to quote Pimk Floyd) from me.

  14. Just a small thing – if Beyonce and Destiny’s Child are combined for a single stat for Beyonce, shouldn’t Michael Jackson’s total then become some 380M+ to include J5/Jacksons stats?

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