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.

YearCoverArtistAlbumAlbum Streams EAS
1956ElvisElvis PresleyElvis Presley7,812,000
1957Elvis'Elvis PresleyElvis' Christmas Album36,032,000
1958KingElvis PresleyKing Creole3,771,000
1959AElvis PresleyA Date with Elvis2,084,000
1960G.I.Elvis PresleyG.I. Blues4,372,000
1961BlueElvis PresleyBlue Hawaii30,157,000
1962Girls!Elvis PresleyGirls! Girls! Girls!3,540,000
1963PleaseThe BeatlesPlease Please Me30,922,000
1964AThe BeatlesA Hard Day's Night28,623,000
1965Help!The BeatlesHelp!34,301,000
1966SoundsSimon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence26,470,000
1967TheThe DoorsThe Doors39,667,000
1968TheThe BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)29,733,000
1969AbbeyThe BeatlesAbbey Road45,454,000
1970BridgeSimon & GarfunkelBridge over Troubled Water45,993,000
1971LedLed ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV58,536,000
1972MachineDeep PurpleMachine Head35,434,000
1973ThePink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon57,619,000
1974TheBarbra StreisandThe Way We Were14,861,000
1975AQueenA Night at the Opera42,304,000
1976HotelEaglesHotel California72,260,000
1977SaturdayBee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever69,527,000
1978GreaseVarious ArtistsGrease53,445,000
1979ThePink FloydThe Wall52,914,000
1980BackAC/DCBack in Black61,130,000
1981EscapeJourneyEscape34,123,000
1982ThrillerMichael JacksonThriller120,278,000
1983SynchronicityThe PoliceSynchronicity37,538,000
1984BornBruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.48,824,000
1985BrothersDire StraitsBrothers in Arms46,915,000
1986SlipperyBon JoviSlippery When Wet52,202,000
1987BadMichael JacksonBad65,093,000
1988TracyTracy ChapmanTracy Chapman27,935,000
1989?ButPhil Collins?But Seriously30,379,000
1990Garth BrooksNo Fences34,014,000
1991NevermindNirvanaNevermind57,502,000
1992TheWhitney HoustonThe Bodyguard55,027,000
1993MusicMariah CareyMusic Box34,611,000
1994DookieGreen DayDookie27,394,000
1995JaggedAlanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill42,313,000
1996FallingCéline DionFalling Into You42,648,000
1997Let'sCéline DionLet's Talk About Love46,837,000
1998RayMadonnaRay Of Light21,427,000
1999?BabyBritney Spears?Baby One More Time32,470,000
2000HybridLinkin ParkHybrid Theory34,863,000
2001LaundryShakiraLaundry Service17,577,000
2002TheEminemThe Eminem Show35,850,000
2003FallenEvanescenceFallen23,986,000
2004AmericanGreen DayAmerican Idiot23,028,000
2005AllNickelbackAll the Right Reasons18,860,000
2006BackAmy WinehouseBack To Black24,535,000
2007GoodRihannaGood Girl Gone Bad22,391,000
2008TheLady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster37,779,000
2009TheBlack Eyed PeasThe E.N.D.19,740,000
2010Doo-WopsBruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans24,627,000
201121Adele2149,599,000
2012RedTaylor SwiftRed20,383,000
2013FrozenVarious ArtistsFrozen21,063,000
2014xEd Sheeranx (Multiply)25,237,000
201525Adele2530,697,000
2016ViewsDrakeViews13,415,000
2017÷Ed Sheeran÷ (Divide)28,477,000
2018BeerbongsPost MaloneBeerbongs & Bentleys13,761,000
2019WhenBillie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?14,861,000
2020FutureDua LipaFuture Nostalgia13,052,000
2021SourOlivia RodrigoSour11,081,000
2022UnBad BunnyUn Verano Sin Ti10,229,000

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Ultimate

In Page 5, in Digital Singles Sales

The likes of Maroon 5 and Eminem numbers are increasing while Lady Gaga and Adele are still the same. Taking note that they which are supposed to be top 2 in the first place. The update supposed to be all of such lists.
Can the admins answer this question?

Jazz

Adele and Lady Gaga are both increasing. A few years back Adele was at 80 million, Gaga was at 60 million. Now Adele at 102 and Gaga 77. Eminem and Maroon 5 just have better streaming figures.

Paviurso

Why is Adele’s 30 not among the albums with the most pure sales? if they have even given it a Guinness World Record for selling 5M of pure units in 2021

Yefersonc_28

Actualicen a billie

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