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 Presley7,773,000
1957Elvis'Elvis PresleyElvis' Christmas Album35,998,000
1958KingElvis PresleyKing Creole3,752,000
1959AElvis PresleyA Date with Elvis2,076,000
1960G.I.Elvis PresleyG.I. Blues4,360,000
1961BlueElvis PresleyBlue Hawaii29,977,000
1962Girls!Elvis PresleyGirls! Girls! Girls!3,523,000
1963PleaseThe BeatlesPlease Please Me30,790,000
1964AThe BeatlesA Hard Day's Night28,515,000
1965Help!The BeatlesHelp!34,113,000
1966SoundsSimon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence26,380,000
1967TheThe DoorsThe Doors39,503,000
1968TheThe BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)29,427,000
1969AbbeyThe BeatlesAbbey Road45,109,000
1970BridgeSimon & GarfunkelBridge over Troubled Water45,825,000
1971LedLed ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV58,259,000
1972MachineDeep PurpleMachine Head35,328,000
1973ThePink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon57,369,000
1974TheBarbra StreisandThe Way We Were14,843,000
1975AQueenA Night at the Opera41,768,000
1976HotelEaglesHotel California71,928,000
1977SaturdayBee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever68,879,000
1978GreaseVarious ArtistsGrease53,156,000
1979ThePink FloydThe Wall52,528,000
1980BackAC/DCBack in Black60,533,000
1981EscapeJourneyEscape33,841,000
1982ThrillerMichael JacksonThriller119,507,000
1983SynchronicityThe PoliceSynchronicity37,180,000
1984BornBruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.48,515,000
1985BrothersDire StraitsBrothers in Arms46,645,000
1986SlipperyBon JoviSlippery When Wet51,713,000
1987BadMichael JacksonBad64,622,000
1988TracyTracy ChapmanTracy Chapman27,755,000
1989?ButPhil Collins?But Seriously30,240,000
1990Garth BrooksNo Fences34,014,000
1991NevermindNirvanaNevermind56,309,000
1992TheWhitney HoustonThe Bodyguard54,782,000
1993MusicMariah CareyMusic Box34,493,000
1994DookieGreen DayDookie26,992,000
1995JaggedAlanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill42,127,000
1996FallingCéline DionFalling Into You42,469,000
1997Let'sCéline DionLet's Talk About Love46,701,000
1998RayMadonnaRay Of Light21,374,000
1999?BabyBritney Spears?Baby One More Time32,249,000
2000HybridLinkin ParkHybrid Theory34,116,000
2001LaundryShakiraLaundry Service17,350,000
2002TheEminemThe Eminem Show33,921,000
2003FallenEvanescenceFallen23,639,000
2004AmericanGreen DayAmerican Idiot22,580,000
2005AllNickelbackAll the Right Reasons18,578,000
2006BackAmy WinehouseBack To Black23,975,000
2007GoodRihannaGood Girl Gone Bad21,109,000
2008TheLady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster36,718,000
2009MyJustin BieberMy World / My World 2.021,920,000
2010Doo-WopsBruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans23,035,000
201121Adele2147,401,000
2012UnorthodoxBruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox16,551,000
2013FrozenVarious ArtistsFrozen20,509,000
2014xEd Sheeranx (Multiply)24,404,000
201525Adele2529,025,000
2016ViewsDrakeViews11,954,000
2017÷Ed Sheeran÷ (Divide)26,933,000
2018BeerbongsPost MaloneBeerbongs & Bentleys11,611,000
2019WhenBillie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?11,891,000
2020MapBTSMap of the Soul: 79,013,000
2021SourOlivia RodrigoSour6,445,000

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DenysAnatol

What is going on with Justin Bieber’s numbers on the “Top CSPC – the best
selling artists of all-time” page ? From 88 mil to 94 mil within a few days .

L145

his total is always glitching I don’t get it

john

thats why I think they should update his streaming master page bcz his Spotify streams are not clear

Iris

I’m not sure on how these numbers compare to this site but according to chartsinfrance, these are the top selling female albums artists in USA. (Special thanks to Choley from UKMix) • Barbra Streisand – 95 million • Mariah Carey – 72.65 million • Madonna – 72.3 million • Celine Dion – 62.3 million • Whitney Houston – 60.3 million • Reba Mcentire – 55.2 million • Linda Ronstadt – 45.5 million • Shania Twain – 45.5 million • Janet Jackson – 43.5 million • Britney Spears – 40.7 million • Taylor Swift – 38 million • Dixie Chicks –… Read more »

Nicknock

Hi! U can update Madonna´s figure? Thank u!

hug

Where’s cheek to cheek on the bestseller list in pure sales of 2014? Sold +1.3 million copies worldwide!

L145

the cutoff is 2m

deekennj

This is the best time to update Mariah Carey’s figures. Hoping you give her time and thank you in advance!! I can’t waitttt!!! Happy New Year <3

Mikko

Earlier on the week David Bowie sold catalogue rights to Warner company. He did not own his master recordings . Surpise. Bowie got 250$ million +. Artist has three types rights for sale. The publishing rights and master recordings + artists rights. Maybe by the end of week the Sting will complete its own business. Startin price, 250 $ million. Sting own his publishing rights and the master recordings. He sales not all. Annually he get 12-13 $ dollars. I quess that Sting worth is lot more. 300-400 dollar i believe. Usually artist want to keep the master tapes. Prince… Read more »

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