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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El Jolito

I don’t believe Metallica’s Black album has outsold Guns ‘n’ Roses Appetite for Destruction.


Thank you for your contribution.


Will Taylor‘s rerecordings make her the winner in the race for the 100 Million in the 21st century?


Nah eminem has sold more records


Eminem debuted in the 90s though


Bahaha what!? Taylor has sold more Albums & Digital Singles than Eminem just in the US ALONE!
RIAA Certified Albums:
Eminem – 64.5m
Taylor – 64m (and that’s not including Any Album sales from 2018 to Today, Big Machine refuses to have them audited or allow her to she’s been due to pass him for years they’ve been back to back unmoving)

RIAA Digital Singles:
Taylor – 134m (3rd most and again without any sales from 2018 to Today and she is due for more diamond certifications)
Eminem – 107.5m (6th he’s recieved certification in 2020 & 2021)


Eminem has 20m plus us albums yet to be certified


Certifications are out of date for most artists. Labels have to choose to update them, and most don’t. It’s not automatic like in some countries. So certifications only show the MINIMUM sales of an artists, not the total sales.


I think Coldplay and Rihanna were already over 100 Million before her


if you update the pure sales of the 3 of them Taylor Swift is already at 100m while Coldplay and Rihanna are around 99.5m currently

Last edited 11 days ago by L145

This is over 4yrs old so


Eminem obviously crushed everybody during the 21st century with 175 million EAS. Then you have Coldplay, Rihanna and Taylor with a respectable total of 100 million.


Is there any act who could break the top 5 best selling digital single artist? Maybe Kanye West?? In top 10 maybe Nicki Minaj?


If you have time, please update Blackpink’s! It’s been quite a while since the last update. Thank you!


I think they haven’t been studied since not that many album releases yet and there are obviously older acts who sold more and are in need to be studied more. It would be cool if they were added though, since they are pretty big when it comes to streaming


Shouldn’t Sting and The Police totals be combined ? Considering “Rod Stewart & Faces”, “George Michael & Wham”, Bon Jovi’s total including Jon’s solo album… I mean, Sting basically WAS The Police, writing the songs and singing them.


I disagree they are two distinct and separate acts, I also disagree with Rod Stewart & Faces being combined.

I think Bon Jovi is different because Jon’s album sold because he was in Bon Jovi and all they did was add three letter before the bands name.

And its impossible to split George Michael and Wham! because there are solo Michael works on Wham! albums and George Michael compilations that dont contain Wham! songs still contain those songs


Was wondering have you guys considered adding a devoted page to a running list of best-selling compilation albums for artists that have been studied? Would be nice to have as a reference since they get excluded out from the Studio Albums page.

Mika Koskinen

And now Paul Simon has sold publishing rights to Sony’s for 200 $ million. Fleetwood Mac (Lyndsey Buckinham and Steve Nicks), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovis), Dylan, Neil Young, Ryan Tedder (200 $ million) and now P.Simon and many others songwrites have recieved hundres million dollars in compensation for their work. Biggest deal at this time Bob Dylan’s 400 $ millions. But i think that Madonna and many others pop singers finds difficult to sell her or his music, cause of the songwrites as many as ten. Beyonce Lemonades record had about 40 authors(! )said Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis. The authentic… Read more »


Business is changing. Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis has been great gift to songwriters, who are most important in the business. Spotify payment to artists and expecially the songwrites is non-existent. Now Dylan, Young, Paul Simon, Calvin Harris, Ryan Tedder, Fleerwood Mac, Shakira and dozens others got a decent reward for their work. 80-400 $ million ballpark. Spotify is rude and the most important thing for them is to make money. Founder Daniel Ek net worth 4,5 billion dollars and his friends in Spotify are billionaires too. This seam was struck by this Mr. Mercuradius. For him music is most important… Read more »


I would like do you all count/esitmate Apple Music US streaming data, because it’s A LOT of affect for US charts?


Hi Tommy!

There’s an article on them already. Of course it would be great to include them, but it’s their choice to hide their numbers.


i think Lana needs an update… she released two albums since her article was last updated

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