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. 2002 – EminemThe Eminem Show33,354,000
45. 1965 – The BeatlesHelp!33,194,000
46. 1981 – JourneyEscape33,133,000
47. 1970 – The BeatlesLet It Be32,924,000
48. 1970 – Black SabbathParanoid32,501,000
49. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here32,462,000
50. 1980 – QueenThe Game32,277,000
51. 2000 – EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP32,053,000
52. 1977 – Bob MarleyExodus31,498,000
53. 1967 – The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band31,461,000
54. 1995 – Mariah CareyDaydream31,387,000
55. 1995 – Michael JacksonHIStory: Past, Present and Future31,365,000
56. 1973 – Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road31,353,000
57. 1999 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time31,192,000
58. 1999 – SantanaSupernatural31,172,000
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. 1970 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungDéjà Vu24,558,000
101. 1993 – AerosmithGet a Grip24,381,000
102. 1995 – No DoubtTragic Kingdom24,181,000
103. 1971 – The DoorsL.A. Woman23,936,000
104. 1991 – Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik23,928,000
105. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion II23,925,000
106. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I23,886,000
107. 1966 – The BeatlesRevolver23,672,000
108. 1972 – Neil YoungHarvest23,509,000
109. 1989 – Garth BrooksGarth Brooks23,469,000
110. 2000 – Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again23,429,000
111. 1978 – Dire StraitsDire Straits23,152,000
112. 1965 – The BeatlesRubber Soul23,087,000
113. 1975 – EaglesOne Of These Nights23,051,000
114. 1980 – Barbra StreisandGuilty22,973,000
115. 2003 – EvanescenceFallen22,768,000
116. 2006 – Amy WinehouseBack To Black22,571,000
117. 1993 – Céline DionThe Colour Of My Love22,558,000
118. 1983 – Billy JoelAn Innocent Man22,490,000
119. 1973 – Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy22,488,000
120. 2017 – Ed Sheeran÷ (Divide)22,217,000
121. 1979 – AC/DCHighway to Hell22,008,000
122. 1971 – The Rolling StonesSticky Fingers21,767,000
123. 1982 – QueenHot Space21,480,000
124. 1984 – SadeDiamond Life21,446,000
125. 2004 – Green DayAmerican Idiot21,366,000
126. 1978 – QueenJazz21,323,000
127. 1991 – Bryan AdamsWaking Up the Neighbours21,312,000
128. 1994 – The CranberriesNo Need to Argue21,305,000
129. 1969 – The Rolling StonesLet It Bleed21,301,000
130. 1980 – ABBASuper Trouper21,261,000
131. 1991 – Garth BrooksRopin’ The Wind21,201,000
132. 1998 – MadonnaRay Of Light21,197,000
133. 1996 – FugeesThe Score21,178,000
134. 1987 – Fleetwood MacTango In The Night21,067,000
135. 2000 – U2All That You Can’t Leave Behind20,871,000
136. 2014 – Ed Sheeranx (Multiply)20,870,000
137. 2009 – Justin BieberMy World / My World 2.020,841,000
138. 1979 – ABBAVoulez-Vous20,659,000
139. 2007 – RihannaGood Girl Gone Bad20,599,000
140. 1969 – Creedence Clearwater RevivalWilly And The Poor Boys20,513,000
141. 1970 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III20,201,000
142. 2002 – Maroon 5Songs About Jane20,080,000
143. 1970 – Elton JohnElton John20,023,000
144. 1988 – EnyaWatermark19,936,000
145. 1975 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run19,903,000
146. 2002 – ColdplayA Rush Of Blood To The Head19,863,000
147. 2004 – UsherConfessions19,822,000
148. 1990 – Mariah CareyMariah Carey19,794,000
149. 2014 – Taylor Swift198919,778,000
150. 2010 – Katy PerryTeenage Dream19,723,000
151. 1970 – Creedence Clearwater RevivalCosmo’s Factory19,720,000
152. 1966 – The Rolling StonesAftermath19,654,000
153. 1978 – Van HalenVan Halen19,647,000
154. 1988 – Bon JoviNew Jersey19,564,000
155. 2010 – Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans19,455,000
156. 2002 – Avril LavigneLet Go19,338,000
157. 1994 – TLCCrazySexyCool19,279,000
158. 1993 – Janet JacksonJanet.19,251,000
159. 1998 – CherBelieve19,238,000
160. 1988 – Metallica…And Justice For All19,079,000
161. 1993 – NirvanaIn Utero18,955,000
162. 1991 – EnyaShepherd Moons18,833,000
163. 1983 – Various ArtistsFlashdance18,802,000
164. 1986 – Paul SimonGraceland18,744,000
165. 1983 – MadonnaMadonna18,537,000
166. 1977 – ABBAThe Album18,426,000
167. 1973 – Billy JoelPiano Man18,359,000
168. 1978 – The Rolling StonesSome Girls18,345,000
169. 1976 – Stevie WonderSongs in the Key of Life18,344,000
170. 1995 – Shania TwainThe Woman in Me18,307,000
171. 1979 – Bee GeesSpirits Having Flown18,241,000
172. 1975 – Rod StewartAtlantic Crossing18,046,000
173. 1999 – Destiny’s ChildThe Writing’s on the Wall18,019,000
174. 2003 – Linkin ParkMeteora18,005,000
175. 1987 – Sting…Nothing Like the Sun17,964,000
176. 2000 – NSYNCNo Strings Attached17,909,000
177. 1994 – Mariah CareyMerry Christmas17,896,000
178. 2010 – EminemRecovery17,859,000
179. 1973 – Paul McCartney & WingsBand on the Run17,846,000
180. 2008 – Taylor SwiftFearless17,843,000
181. 2008 – BeyoncéI Am… Sasha Fierce17,830,000
182. 1998 – Lauryn HillThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill17,740,000
183. 2013 – Various ArtistsFrozen17,731,000
184. 1979 – EaglesThe Long Run17,715,000
185. 1990 – AC/DCThe Razors Edge17,665,000
186. 1975 – Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti17,625,000
187. 2009 – Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D.17,605,000
188. 1976 – QueenA Day at the Races17,592,000
189. 1980 – Bruce SpringsteenThe River17,545,000
190. 1980 – John Lennon & Yoko OnoDouble Fantasy17,541,000
191. 1989 – Janet JacksonRhythm Nation 181417,523,000
192. 2015 – Justin BieberPurpose17,514,000
193. 2005 – NickelbackAll the Right Reasons17,495,000
194. 2004 – James BluntBack to Bedlam17,383,000
195. 1986 – MetallicaMaster Of Puppets17,357,000
196. 2002 – Eminem8 Mile17,271,000
197. 1975 – Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac17,241,000
198. 1996 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet Boys17,042,000
199. 1964 – The BeatlesBeatles for Sale16,934,000
200. 1999 – Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera16,881,000

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ROMANN

Hey chartmasters, June 26 marks the ariana grande’s 28th anniversary. She sets major records in the music industry and is one of the most successful female artist of all time.

In celebration of that can u please update her career sales and streaming total?

Jazz

She might be in the future but dont think she is right now. In this list alone there are 24 women above her. And that doesnt include acts that havent been studied yet like Diana Ross, Olivia Newton John, Donna Summer, etc. Which would probably pass her too.

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Mikko

Hej. MJD did a comprehensive analysis of Bob Dylan’s sales 20/10.2016, week after Dylan won the Nobel literature prize, background work had probably been done over the years.
The Nobel is the prestigious award in the world. Dylan climbed in one fell swoop with Faulkner, Heminway, Steinbeck, into heavy weight series.
Dylan is said to have earned royalties up to $20 million per year, much from cover versions, Feel my love, Watchtower, Heavens door..

It would be nice to have an estimate of Dylan own current sales.
In “Discogs” Dylan is “most collected” artist before Beatles and David Bowie.

Fanofpop

https://chartmasters.org/2016/10/cspc-bob-dylan-popularity-analysis/
Isn’t this his sales?
I don’t think it would’ve changed by a significant amount since 2016. Especially coz streams are automatically updated.

Mikko

That gets $ 15-20 million royalties per year, needs to sell quite nicely. Dylan made biggest deal ever 12/2020, amount was 400 $ million only publishing rights. Premium-rate stuff. Hardly record company charity does.

Analord

“Update Bob Dylan” is better than “Update Ariana Grande”, that said I don’t see why he should be a priority over The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd…etc.

Clockingbell

I think an update on legacy acts should be done when an artist’s total rises enough to ensure a rise of a couple of places (or just 1 in the top 10) on the all-time best sellers list or a significant rise for a huge album. That would allow Fleetwood Mac (Rumours!), AC/DC, Bob Marley or maybe Nirvana or Oasis to be updated sooner than Beatles, Floyd or Zep, although I would like to see them be updated as well

Mikko

Let me tell you one thing. Led Zeppelin royalties 2011-2016 was 58,5 dollars to 12 million per year. That is 5 year. Dylan royalties was up to 20 million per year. Many of the bands you mentions are dead. Dylan “Rough ways” realisead last year and was number one in USA, UK, Germany.. really global success. Dylan still going strong.

Clockingbell

I’m not denying this (haven’t said anything about Dylan), but in absolute numbers, he’s not increasing that much and doesn’t have really big albums to be updated, that’s all

Analord

So he had one album last year that sold, what, 300k ? Who cares, albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Abbey Road or Rumours sell more than that every year, not to mention their massive streaming numbers.

And Led Zeppelin’s catalog is obviously much more popular than Dylan’s. Those “$58.5m in royalties” have to do with Stairway To Heaven, and as you said yourself Dylan’s royalties have a lot to do with covers (Adele, Hendrix, Guns N Roses…etc.).

Mikko

Red Hot Chilly Peppers sold publishing rights to Hipgnosis Merck Mercuriadis, most hated man business (cause he pay more than others). Chilly Peppers royalties per year was 5-6 million dollars and normal factor is 5-20, but they got 23, and 23×6= 140 million dollars. And remember Led Zeppelin annual royalties is average 12 million dollars. I looked through the European album charts. +UK and Germany, France, Netherland, Italy, Spain Sweden almost every country. Led Zeppelin last entries end just in 2016. Zeppelin Oricon charts was very strong and records was big, expencive boxs. Oasis, almost nothing but Music Week’s UK… Read more »

Analord

ok

ChartGod

wayyy too wrong. Dark Horse sold less than Hot N Cold and I Kissed a Girl 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Adele with the best-selling single, even digitally, in 2017 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Jazz

https://chartmasters.org/2019/06/katy-perry-albums-and-songs-sales/

Actually no. Dark horse is bigger than hot n cold as per this website. Also Dark Horse is still growing faster than Hot N Cold and it will only move further and bigger than Hot N Cold. Plus, according to Youtube views. I Kissed A Girl total official video youtube views all 220 million while Hot N Cold are at 1 billion already. So if anybody is wrong here it is u.

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