Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

1983 - Thriller

Albums Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales

This list is about the most successful albums of all time (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.

1. 1982 – Michael JacksonThriller116,732,000
2. 1976 – EaglesHotel California70,575,000
3. 1977 – Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever67,150,000
4. 1987 – Michael JacksonBad62,899,000
5. 1977 – Fleetwood MacRumours61,258,000
6. 1980 – AC/DCBack in Black58,224,000
7. 1971 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV57,016,000
8. 1973 – Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon55,796,000
9. 1992 – Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard53,744,000
10. 1991 – NirvanaNevermind52,930,000
11. 1978 – Various ArtistsGrease52,216,000
12. 1979 – Pink FloydThe Wall50,309,000
13. 1986 – Bon JoviSlippery When Wet50,117,000
14. 1987 – U2The Joshua Tree47,665,000
15. 1984 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.47,373,000
16. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction46,651,000
17. 1997 – Céline DionLet’s Talk About Love46,084,000
18. 1985 – Dire StraitsBrothers in Arms45,751,000
19. 1991 – MetallicaMetallica45,418,000
20. 1991 – Michael JacksonDangerous45,391,000
21. 2011 – Adele2145,255,000
22. 1997 – Shania TwainCome On Over45,188,000
23. 1970 – Simon & GarfunkelBridge over Troubled Water45,148,000
24. 1969 – The BeatlesAbbey Road43,171,000
25. 1996 – Céline DionFalling Into You41,895,000
26. 1995 – Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill41,484,000
27. 1970 – SantanaAbraxas40,682,000
28. 1975 – QueenA Night at the Opera40,551,000
29. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin39,677,000
30. 1967 – The DoorsThe Doors38,936,000
31. 1984 – Prince and the RevolutionsPurple Rain37,296,000
32. 1986 – MadonnaTrue Blue36,655,000
33. 1983 – The PoliceSynchronicity36,597,000
34. 2008 – Lady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster35,597,000
35. 1957 – Elvis PresleyElvis’ Christmas Album35,532,000
36. 1997 – James HornerTitanic35,512,000
37. 1977 – Meat LoafBat Out of Hell35,440,000
38. 1984 – Bryan AdamsReckless35,251,000
39. 1976 – ABBAArrival35,098,000
40. 1987 – Dirty DancingDirty Dancing34,994,000
41. 1993 – Mariah CareyMusic Box34,135,000
42. 1990 – Garth BrooksNo Fences34,014,000
43. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II33,774,000
44. 1965 – The BeatlesHelp!33,194,000
45. 1981 – JourneyEscape33,133,000
46. 1970 – The BeatlesLet It Be32,924,000
47. 1970 – Black SabbathParanoid32,501,000
48. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here32,462,000
49. 1980 – QueenThe Game32,277,000
50. 2002 – EminemThe Eminem Show31,802,000
51. 1977 – Bob MarleyExodus31,498,000
52. 1967 – The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band31,461,000
53. 1995 – Mariah CareyDaydream31,387,000
54. 1995 – Michael JacksonHIStory: Past, Present and Future31,365,000
55. 1973 – Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road31,353,000
56. 1999 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time31,192,000
57. 1999 – SantanaSupernatural31,172,000
58. 2000 – EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP31,001,000
59. 1985 – Phil CollinsNo Jacket Required30,956,000
60. 1979 – Michael JacksonOff the Wall30,954,000
61. 2000 – Linkin ParkHybrid Theory30,949,000
62. 1977 – QueenNews of the World30,472,000
63. 1971 – Rod StewartEvery Picture Tells A Story30,373,000
64. 1963 – The BeatlesPlease Please Me30,050,000
65. 1979 – SupertrampBreakfast in America30,028,000
66. 1989 – Phil Collins…But Seriously29,736,000
67. 1996 – Spice GirlsSpice29,727,000
68. 1999 – Backstreet BoysMillennium29,549,000
69. 1961 – Elvis PresleyBlue Hawaii29,422,000
70. 1976 – BostonBoston28,976,000
71. 1967 – The BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour28,792,000
72. 1985 – Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston28,646,000
73. 1997 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet’s Back28,192,000
74. 1968 – The BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)28,116,000
75. 1981 – Phil CollinsFace Value27,602,000
76. 1988 – Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman27,234,000
77. 1984 – Wham!Make It Big27,055,000
78. 2002 – Norah JonesCome Away With Me26,879,000
79. 1975 – AerosmithToys in the Attic26,830,000
80. 1987 – George MichaelFaith26,767,000
81. 1968 – Simon & GarfunkelBookends26,674,000
82. 2015 – Adele2526,580,000
83. 1987 – Whitney HoustonWhitney26,560,000
84. 1995 – Oasis(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?26,552,000
85. 1984 – QueenThe Works26,353,000
86. 1972 – EaglesEagles26,209,000
87. 1966 – Simon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence26,037,000
88. 1964 – The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night25,886,000
89. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I25,768,000
90. 1994 – Green DayDookie25,759,000
91. 1984 – Van Halen198425,653,000
92. 1989 – MadonnaLike A Prayer25,419,000
93. 1971 – John LennonImagine25,339,000
94. 1977 – Billy JoelThe Stranger25,111,000
95. 1978 – Bob MarleyKaya24,791,000
96. 1983 – U2War24,747,000
97. 1999 – Red Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication24,710,000
98. 1975 – ABBAABBA24,694,000
99. 1991 – U2Achtung Baby24,657,000
100. 1993 – AerosmithGet a Grip24,381,000
101. 1995 – No DoubtTragic Kingdom24,181,000
102. 1971 – The DoorsL.A. Woman23,936,000
103. 1991 – Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik23,928,000
104. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion II23,925,000
105. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I23,886,000
106. 1966 – The BeatlesRevolver23,672,000
107. 1989 – Garth BrooksGarth Brooks23,469,000
108. 2000 – Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again23,429,000
109. 1978 – Dire StraitsDire Straits23,152,000
110. 1965 – The BeatlesRubber Soul23,087,000
111. 1975 – EaglesOne Of These Nights23,051,000
112. 1980 – Barbra StreisandGuilty22,973,000
113. 2003 – EvanescenceFallen22,768,000
114. 2006 – Amy WinehouseBack To Black22,571,000
115. 1993 – Céline DionThe Colour Of My Love22,558,000
116. 1983 – Billy JoelAn Innocent Man22,490,000
117. 1973 – Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy22,488,000
118. 2017 – Ed Sheeran÷ (Divide)22,217,000
119. 1979 – AC/DCHighway to Hell22,008,000
120. 1971 – The Rolling StonesSticky Fingers21,767,000
121. 1982 – QueenHot Space21,480,000
122. 1984 – SadeDiamond Life21,446,000
123. 2004 – Green DayAmerican Idiot21,366,000
124. 1978 – QueenJazz21,323,000
125. 1991 – Bryan AdamsWaking Up the Neighbours21,312,000
126. 1994 – The CranberriesNo Need to Argue21,305,000
127. 1969 – The Rolling StonesLet It Bleed21,301,000
128. 1980 – ABBASuper Trouper21,261,000
129. 1991 – Garth BrooksRopin’ The Wind21,201,000
130. 1998 – MadonnaRay Of Light21,197,000
131. 1996 – FugeesThe Score21,178,000
132. 1987 – Fleetwood MacTango In The Night21,067,000
133. 2000 – U2All That You Can’t Leave Behind20,871,000
134. 2014 – Ed Sheeranx (Multiply)20,870,000
135. 2009 – Justin BieberMy World / My World 2.020,841,000
136. 1979 – ABBAVoulez-Vous20,659,000
137. 1969 – Creedence Clearwater RevivalWilly And The Poor Boys20,513,000
138. 1970 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III20,201,000
139. 2002 – Maroon 5Songs About Jane20,080,000
140. 1970 – Elton JohnElton John20,023,000
141. 1988 – EnyaWatermark19,936,000
142. 1975 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run19,903,000
143. 2004 – UsherConfessions19,822,000
144. 1990 – Mariah CareyMariah Carey19,794,000
145. 2010 – Katy PerryTeenage Dream19,723,000
146. 1970 – Creedence Clearwater RevivalCosmo’s Factory19,720,000
147. 1966 – The Rolling StonesAftermath19,654,000
148. 1978 – Van HalenVan Halen19,647,000
149. 1988 – Bon JoviNew Jersey19,564,000
150. 2010 – Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans19,455,000
151. 2002 – Avril LavigneLet Go19,338,000
152. 1994 – TLCCrazySexyCool19,279,000
153. 1993 – Janet JacksonJanet.19,251,000
154. 1998 – CherBelieve19,238,000
155. 2002 – ColdplayA Rush Of Blood To The Head19,228,000
156. 1988 – Metallica…And Justice For All19,079,000
157. 2014 – Taylor Swift198918,958,000
158. 1993 – NirvanaIn Utero18,955,000
159. 1991 – EnyaShepherd Moons18,833,000
160. 1983 – Various ArtistsFlashdance18,802,000
161. 1986 – Paul SimonGraceland18,744,000
162. 2007 – RihannaGood Girl Gone Bad18,602,000
163. 1983 – MadonnaMadonna18,537,000
164. 1977 – ABBAThe Album18,426,000
165. 1973 – Billy JoelPiano Man18,359,000
166. 1978 – The Rolling StonesSome Girls18,345,000
167. 1976 – Stevie WonderSongs in the Key of Life18,344,000
168. 1995 – Shania TwainThe Woman in Me18,307,000
169. 1979 – Bee GeesSpirits Having Flown18,241,000
170. 1975 – Rod StewartAtlantic Crossing18,046,000
171. 1999 – Destiny’s ChildThe Writing’s on the Wall18,019,000
172. 2003 – Linkin ParkMeteora18,005,000
173. 1987 – Sting…Nothing Like the Sun17,964,000
174. 2000 – NSYNCNo Strings Attached17,909,000
175. 1994 – Mariah CareyMerry Christmas17,896,000
176. 1973 – Paul McCartney & WingsBand on the Run17,846,000
177. 2008 – BeyoncéI Am… Sasha Fierce17,830,000
178. 1998 – Lauryn HillThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill17,740,000
179. 2013 – Various ArtistsFrozen17,731,000
180. 1979 – EaglesThe Long Run17,715,000
181. 1990 – AC/DCThe Razors Edge17,665,000
182. 1975 – Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti17,625,000
183. 2009 – Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D.17,605,000
184. 1976 – QueenA Day at the Races17,592,000
185. 1980 – Bruce SpringsteenThe River17,545,000
186. 1980 – John Lennon & Yoko OnoDouble Fantasy17,541,000
187. 1989 – Janet JacksonRhythm Nation 181417,523,000
188. 2015 – Justin BieberPurpose17,514,000
189. 2005 – NickelbackAll the Right Reasons17,495,000
190. 2004 – James BluntBack to Bedlam17,383,000
191. 1986 – MetallicaMaster Of Puppets17,357,000
192. 2002 – Eminem8 Mile17,242,000
193. 1975 – Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac17,241,000
194. 1996 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet Boys17,042,000
195. 1964 – The BeatlesBeatles for Sale16,934,000
196. 2010 – EminemRecovery16,891,000
197. 1999 – Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera16,881,000
198. 1969 – SantanaSantana16,833,000
199. 1988 – U2Rattle And Hum16,822,000
200. 2001 – ShakiraLaundry Service16,736,000

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Bon

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

Hossein

Nah eminem has sold more records

L145

Eminem debuted in the 90s though

dery22

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

L145

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 38 minutes ago by L145
KantClark

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

ludaluda

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

linex-

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

Analord

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.

obro

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

Geoffrey

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 »

Mikko

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 »

Tommy

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

Al

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.

L145

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

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