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. Sales figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles while streams are updated daily. Albums from unstudied artists which gained significant streams are listed but miss the sales component.

 

 

 

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In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

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#CoverAlbumSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesEASDaily Increase
1AbbeyThe Beatles
Abbey Road
26,700,000
(04/17/22)
14,315,0001,185,000
(3,950,000)
731,000
(4,870,000)
2,333,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,290
LD: 1,360
45,264,000
2TheThe Doors
The Doors
13,810,000
(03/03/19)
23,154,000961,000
(3,203,000)
548,000
(3,650,000)
1,110,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 530
LD: 550
39,583,000
3AreJimi Hendrix Experience
Are You Experienced
9,215,000
(12/21/21)
27,802,000686,000
(2,285,000)
786,000
(5,240,000)
877,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 380
LD: 400
39,366,000
4LedLed Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II
21,900,000
(09/07/21)
9,937,000750,000
(2,500,000)
974,000
(6,490,000)
1,051,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 500
LD: 550
34,612,000
5Help!The Beatles
Help!
9,850,000
(04/17/22)
19,465,0003,345,000
(11,150,000)
409,000
(2,730,000)
1,145,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 590
LD: 600
34,214,000
6Sgt.The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band
24,800,000
(04/17/22)
6,112,00075,000
(250,000)
379,000
(2,530,000)
914,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 450
LD: 460
32,280,000
7PleaseThe Beatles
Please Please Me
5,900,000
(04/17/22)
21,147,0002,535,000
(8,450,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
909,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 470
LD: 500
30,851,000
8BlueElvis Presley
Blue Hawaii
4,650,000
(09/01/18)
23,179,000930,000
(3,100,000)
420,000
(2,800,000)
872,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 450
LD: 700
30,051,000
9TheThe Beatles
The Beatles (White Album)
19,000,000
(04/17/22)
7,824,000450,000
(1,500,000)
664,000
(4,430,000)
1,672,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 830
LD: 840
29,610,000
10MagicalThe Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour
10,600,000
(04/17/22)
14,347,0003,345,000
(11,150,000)
386,000
(2,570,000)
872,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 430
LD: 440
29,550,000
11AThe Beatles
A Hard Day's Night
9,350,000
(04/17/22)
15,367,0002,955,000
(9,850,000)
251,000
(1,670,000)
651,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 330
LD: 350
28,574,000
12BookendsSimon & Garfunkel
Bookends
5,300,000
(05/11/18)
19,375,0001,407,000
(4,690,000)
353,000
(2,350,000)
713,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 310
LD: 340
27,148,000
13ElectricJimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland
7,710,000
(12/21/21)
17,056,000729,000
(2,428,000)
695,000
(4,630,000)
846,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 380
LD: 450
27,035,000
14SoundsSimon & Garfunkel
Sounds of Silence
5,550,000
(05/11/18)
18,523,0001,218,000
(4,060,000)
507,000
(3,380,000)
625,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 290
26,423,000
15RevolverThe Beatles
Revolver
12,450,000
(04/17/22)
9,494,0001,320,000
(4,400,000)
304,000
(2,030,000)
846,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 420
LD: 430
24,414,000
16LedLed Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I
15,800,000
(09/07/21)
7,069,00075,000
(250,000)
773,000
(5,150,000)
664,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 270
LD: 280
24,381,000
17RubberThe Beatles
Rubber Soul
14,400,000
(04/17/22)
7,508,000720,000
(2,400,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
877,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 480
LD: 480
23,865,000
18LetThe Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed
7,000,000
(02/10/22)
12,987,00090,000
(300,000)
930,000
(6,200,000)
868,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 400
LD: 530
21,875,000
19WillyCreedence Clearwater Revival
Willy And The Poor Boys
5,540,000
(01/31/19)
13,069,000750,000
(2,500,000)
551,000
(3,670,000)
1,560,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 770
LD: 1,010
21,470,000
20AftermathThe Rolling Stones
Aftermath
3,900,000
(02/10/22)
13,333,0001,305,000
(4,350,000)
855,000
(5,700,000)
966,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 510
LD: 560
20,359,000
21SantanaSantana
Santana
6,755,000
(08/05/20)
9,417,000470,000
(1,672,000)
110,000
(730,000)
136,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 80
16,887,000
22HighwayBob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited
5,000,000
(12/14/21)
10,338,000555,000
(1,850,000)
555,000
(3,700,000)
394,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 150
LD: 150
16,842,000
23OutThe Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads
2,850,000
(02/10/22)
10,118,0002,385,000
(7,950,000)
540,000
(3,600,000)
623,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 310
LD: 330
16,516,000
24GreenCreedence Clearwater Revival
Green River
5,360,000
(01/31/19)
8,465,0001,272,000
(4,240,000)
489,000
(3,260,000)
911,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 470
LD: 690
16,497,000
25BeggarsThe Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet
4,000,000
(02/10/22)
10,628,000240,000
(800,000)
630,000
(4,200,000)
546,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 290
16,044,000
26Crosby,Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash [CSN]
6,670,000
(05/16/21)
7,719,000474,000
(1,585,000)
357,000
(2,380,000)
276,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 10
15,496,000
27Parsley,Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
5,250,000
(05/11/18)
8,764,000885,000
(2,950,000)
186,000
(1,240,000)
375,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 210
15,460,000
28StrangeThe Doors
Strange Days
5,760,000
(03/03/19)
8,325,000424,000
(1,413,000)
216,000
(1,440,000)
501,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 240
LD: 280
15,226,000
29BeatlesThe Beatles
Beatles for Sale
5,650,000
(04/17/22)
8,178,000840,000
(2,800,000)
113,000
(750,000)
294,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 150
LD: 150
15,075,000
30WithThe Beatles
With the Beatles
5,850,000
(04/17/22)
7,872,000255,000
(850,000)
135,000
(900,000)
401,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 220
LD: 230
14,513,000
31DianaJackson 5
Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
1,600,000
(09/26/17)
9,958,000876,000
(2,920,000)
620,000
(4,130,000)
902,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 390
LD: 460
13,956,000
32WaitingThe Doors
Waiting for the Sun
6,270,000
(03/03/19)
3,978,000731,000
(2,437,000)
120,000
(800,000)
271,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 120
11,370,000
33TheBob Dylan
The Freewheelin? Bob Dylan
4,200,000
(12/14/21)
5,978,0000
(0)
555,000
(3,700,000)
495,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 240
LD: 210
11,228,000
34BayouCreedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country
4,450,000
(01/31/19)
4,756,000772,000
(2,573,000)
224,000
(1,490,000)
482,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 240
LD: 360
10,684,000
35TheBob Dylan
The Times They Are a-Changin?
2,800,000
(12/14/21)
6,870,00060,000
(200,000)
435,000
(2,900,000)
257,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 90
10,422,000
36Axis:Jimi Hendrix Experience
Axis: Bold As Love
4,685,000
(12/21/21)
4,985,00036,000
(119,000)
270,000
(1,800,000)
370,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 180
LD: 180
10,346,000
37WednesdaySimon & Garfunkel
Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
2,140,000
(05/11/18)
7,482,0009,000
(30,000)
176,000
(1,170,000)
248,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 110
10,055,000
38BlondeBob Dylan
Blonde on Blonde
5,100,000
(12/14/21)
3,132,000953,000
(3,177,000)
270,000
(1,800,000)
157,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
9,612,000
39BringingBob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home
3,800,000
(12/14/21)
4,776,000210,000
(700,000)
315,000
(2,100,000)
217,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 100
9,318,000
40BeeBee Gees
Bee Gees' 1st
1,350,000
(04/09/17)
6,609,000684,000
(2,280,000)
120,000
(800,000)
163,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 100
8,926,000
41FromElvis Presley
From Elvis in Memphis
1,310,000
(09/01/18)
5,722,000909,000
(3,030,000)
122,000
(810,000)
231,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 260
8,294,000
42NashvilleBob Dylan
Nashville Skyline
3,800,000
(12/14/21)
3,367,000600,000
(2,000,000)
203,000
(1,350,000)
128,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 70
8,098,000
43HorizontalBee Gees
Horizontal
1,200,000
(04/09/17)
4,565,0001,863,000
(6,210,000)
128,000
(850,000)
127,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 90
7,883,000
44DavidDavid Bowie
David Bowie (1969)
2,300,000
(03/11/22)
4,247,000675,000
(2,250,000)
308,000
(2,050,000)
353,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 160
7,883,000
45TheThe Doors
The Soft Parade
4,590,000
(03/03/19)
1,832,000810,000
(2,700,000)
84,000
(560,000)
178,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 90
7,494,000
46LookSonny & Cher
Look At Us
1,300,000
(08/30/17)
4,692,0001,071,000
(3,570,000)
150,000
(1,000,000)
161,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 110
7,374,000
47HowElvis Presley
How Great Thou Art
3,510,000
(09/01/18)
2,876,000756,000
(2,520,000)
77,000
(510,000)
66,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 130
7,285,000
48BuffaloBuffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield
995,000
(05/16/21)
4,959,000352,000
(1,183,000)
423,000
(2,820,000)
400,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 260
7,129,000
49ABarbra Streisand
A Christmas Album
6,580,000
(03/16/18)
112,000126,000
(420,000)
10,000
(70,000)
12,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
6,840,000
50FunnyBarbra Streisand
Funny Girl (Soundtrack)
2,960,000
(03/16/18)
3,513,000120,000
(400,000)
20,000
(130,000)
41,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
6,654,000
51BetweenThe Rolling Stones
Between the Buttons
2,200,000
(02/10/22)
3,361,000420,000
(1,400,000)
135,000
(900,000)
128,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 70
6,244,000
52IdeaBee Gees
Idea
1,250,000
(04/09/17)
3,367,0001,269,000
(4,230,000)
83,000
(550,000)
134,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 90
6,103,000
53EverybodyNeil Young with Crazy Horse
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
3,265,000
(05/16/21)
2,222,00078,000
(255,000)
191,000
(1,270,000)
110,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 20
5,865,000
54ThePink Floyd
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
2,450,000
(06/18/17)
2,932,00015,000
(50,000)
45,000
(300,000)
105,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 50
5,547,000
55CreedenceCreedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival
2,695,000
(01/31/19)
2,127,000395,000
(1,317,000)
59,000
(390,000)
229,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 140
5,505,000
56UmmagummaPink Floyd
Ummagumma
5,050,000
(06/18/17)
187,0000
(0)
8,000
(50,000)
19,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
5,264,000
57PeopleBarbra Streisand
People
1,260,000
(03/16/18)
3,608,000375,000
(1,250,000)
10,000
(70,000)
11,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
5,264,000
58YellowThe Beatles
Yellow Submarine
4,200,000
(04/17/22)
567,00030,000
(100,000)
68,000
(450,000)
71,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
4,936,000
59APink Floyd
A Saucerful of Secrets
1,900,000
(06/18/17)
2,908,00015,000
(50,000)
23,000
(150,000)
55,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,901,000
60ShadesDeep Purple
Shades of Deep Purple
1,625,000
(08/18/21)
2,521,000423,000
(1,375,000)
117,000
(780,000)
76,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
4,762,000
61LeJohnny Hallyday
Le pénitencier
70,000
(01/01/18)
4,218,000326,000
(1,087,000)
7,000
(50,000)
48,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
4,669,000
62JohnBob Dylan
John Wesley Harding
3,200,000
(12/14/21)
1,146,00060,000
(200,000)
75,000
(500,000)
51,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,532,000
63G.I.Elvis Presley
G.I. Blues
2,780,000
(09/01/18)
748,000708,000
(2,360,000)
62,000
(410,000)
66,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 50
4,364,000
64December?sThe Rolling Stones
December?s Children (And Everybody?s)
1,300,000
(02/10/22)
1,488,0001,350,000
(4,500,000)
135,000
(900,000)
81,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
4,354,000
65TheThe Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
2,500,000
(02/10/22)
1,004,000591,000
(1,970,000)
120,000
(800,000)
56,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
4,271,000
66TheirThe Rolling Stones
Their Satanic Majesties Request
2,450,000
(02/10/22)
1,240,000303,000
(1,010,000)
90,000
(600,000)
121,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
4,204,000
6712The Rolling Stones
12 X 5
1,700,000
(02/10/22)
1,153,000743,000
(2,477,000)
135,000
(900,000)
69,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
3,800,000
68Up-TightStevie Wonder
Up-Tight
510,000
(03/20/21)
2,215,000732,000
(2,433,000)
114,000
(760,000)
129,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
3,700,000
69Girls!Elvis Presley
Girls! Girls! Girls!
1,140,000
(09/01/18)
1,285,000942,000
(3,140,000)
78,000
(520,000)
84,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 90
3,529,000
70ForStevie Wonder
For Once in My Life
575,000
(03/20/21)
1,694,000813,000
(2,710,000)
177,000
(1,180,000)
261,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 140
3,520,000
71MyStevie Wonder
My Cherie Amour
740,000
(03/20/21)
1,277,000950,000
(3,153,000)
140,000
(930,000)
117,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 60
3,223,000
72MorePink Floyd
More
2,700,000
(06/18/17)
378,00015,000
(50,000)
15,000
(100,000)
51,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
3,159,000
73HisElvis Presley
His Hand in Mine
1,870,000
(09/01/18)
1,107,00096,000
(320,000)
15,000
(100,000)
28,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,116,000
74SalutJohnny Hallyday
Salut Les Copains!
180,000
(01/01/18)
1,974,000925,000
(3,083,000)
5,000
(30,000)
16,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,100,000
75TheThe Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones, Now!
1,300,000
(02/10/22)
1,183,000450,000
(1,500,000)
75,000
(500,000)
29,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,037,000
76LaJohnny Hallyday
La Génération Perdue
330,000
(01/01/18)
2,059,000388,000
(1,293,000)
3,000
(20,000)
16,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,796,000
77AnotherBob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan
1,700,000
(12/14/21)
895,0000
(0)
90,000
(600,000)
50,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
2,735,000
78ClambakeElvis Presley
Clambake
290,000
(09/01/18)
2,035,000309,000
(1,030,000)
21,000
(140,000)
11,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 10
2,666,000
79BuffaloBuffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield Again
1,155,000
(05/16/21)
1,205,000162,000
(549,000)
68,000
(450,000)
44,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
2,633,000
80ElvisElvis Presley
Elvis Is Back!
1,160,000
(09/01/18)
969,000345,000
(1,150,000)
57,000
(380,000)
89,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 80
2,620,000
81MyBarbra Streisand
My Name Is Barbra
1,130,000
(03/16/18)
1,202,000114,000
(380,000)
6,000
(40,000)
7,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,459,000
82PeterFleetwood Mac
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
1,600,000
(10/21/21)
716,0000
(0)
60,000
(400,000)
26,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,402,000
83TheThe Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones No. 2
1,000,000
(02/10/22)
1,093,0000
(0)
90,000
(600,000)
41,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,224,000
84AnRod Stewart
An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down
1,080,000
(11/23/19)
983,00086,000
(287,000)
12,000
(80,000)
16,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,177,000
85OdessaBee Gees
Odessa
1,200,000
(04/09/17)
426,000495,000
(1,650,000)
15,000
(100,000)
26,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 20
2,162,000
86HelloJohnny Hallyday
Hello Johnny
60,000
(01/01/18)
1,817,000236,000
(787,000)
2,000
(10,000)
12,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,127,000
87ThenFleetwood Mac
Then Play On
2,000,000
(10/21/21)
77,0000
(0)
15,000
(100,000)
11,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,103,000
88Mr.Fleetwood Mac
Mr. Wonderful
1,100,000
(10/21/21)
904,0000
(0)
53,000
(350,000)
21,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,078,000
89MyBarbra Streisand
My Name Is Barbra, Two?
1,470,000
(03/16/18)
351,000222,000
(740,000)
3,000
(20,000)
2,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,048,000
90PotElvis Presley
Pot Luck
870,000
(09/01/18)
214,000885,000
(2,950,000)
35,000
(230,000)
22,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 30
2,026,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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mcplaydate

where is cry baby on 2015’s top albums? he sold over 500k in pure sales only in usa

Denysanatol

Where is BTS ?

TomFlint341

Their biggest song, Dynamite is only at 6.87 million eas.

mcplaydate

please update melanie martinez and little mix sales

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