Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

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Albums Ranking – CSPC – #1 per year

This list is about the most successful albums per release year (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.

1956- Elvis PresleyElvis Presley7,646,000
1957- Elvis PresleyElvis’ Christmas Album35,532,000
1958- Elvis PresleyKing Creole3,718,000
1959- Elvis PresleyA Date with Elvis2,053,000
1960- Elvis PresleyG.I. Blues4,321,000
1961- Elvis PresleyBlue Hawaii29,422,000
1962- Elvis PresleyGirls! Girls! Girls!3,470,000
1963- The BeatlesPlease Please Me30,050,000
1964- The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night25,886,000
1965- The BeatlesHelp!33,194,000
1966- Simon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence26,037,000
1967- The DoorsThe Doors38,936,000
1968- The BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)28,116,000
1969- The BeatlesAbbey Road43,171,000
1970- Simon & GarfunkelBridge over Troubled Water45,148,000
1971- Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV57,016,000
1972- EaglesEagles26,209,000
1973- Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon55,796,000
1974- Barbra StreisandThe Way We Were14,774,000
1975- QueenA Night at the Opera40,551,000
1976- EaglesHotel California70,575,000
1977- Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever67,150,000
1978- Various ArtistsGrease52,216,000
1979- Pink FloydThe Wall50,309,000
1980- AC/DCBack in Black58,224,000
1981- JourneyEscape33,133,000
1982- Michael JacksonThriller116,732,000
1983- The PoliceSynchronicity36,597,000
1984- Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.47,373,000
1985- Dire StraitsBrothers in Arms45,751,000
1986- Bon JoviSlippery When Wet50,117,000
1987- Michael JacksonBad62,899,000
1988- Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman27,234,000
1989- Phil Collins…But Seriously29,736,000
1990- Garth BrooksNo Fences34,014,000
1991- NirvanaNevermind52,930,000
1992- Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard53,744,000
1993- Mariah CareyMusic Box34,135,000
1994- Green DayDookie25,759,000
1995- Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill41,484,000
1996- Céline DionFalling Into You41,895,000
1997- Céline DionLet’s Talk About Love46,084,000
1998- MadonnaRay Of Light21,197,000
1999- Britney Spears…Baby One More Time31,192,000
2000- EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP31,001,000
2001- ShakiraLaundry Service16,736,000
2002- EminemThe Eminem Show31,802,000
2003- EvanescenceFallen22,768,000
2004- Green DayAmerican Idiot21,366,000
2005- NickelbackAll the Right Reasons17,495,000
2006- Amy WinehouseBack To Black22,571,000
2007- RihannaGood Girl Gone Bad18,602,000
2008- Lady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster35,597,000
2009- Justin BieberMy World / My World 2.020,841,000
2010- Katy PerryTeenage Dream19,723,000
2011- Adele2145,255,000
2012- Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox14,778,000
2013- Various ArtistsFrozen17,731,000
2014- Ed Sheeranx (Multiply)20,870,000
2015- Adele2526,580,000
2016- DrakeViews9,239,000
2017- Ed Sheeran÷ (Divide)22,217,000
2018- Post MaloneBeerbongs & Bentleys10,351,000
2019- Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?9,044,000
2020- BTSMap of the Soul: 76,870,000

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what bracket do you think Marvin Gaye would have achieved. 50-80 million? he has some monster tunes and has pretty decent streams

also I’m very excited for Stevie Wonder’s study because I grew up with his music and I’ve recently gotten into the iconic Motown acts (hence why I’m curious about Marvin Gaye’s sales)

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