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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1950s1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
1960s1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
1980s1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
2000s2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
2010s2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
2020s202020212022

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
1BridgeSimon & Garfunkel
Bridge over Troubled Water
19,580,000
(05/11/18)
21,072,0003,252,000
(10,840,000)
903,000
(6,020,000)
1,151,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 510
LD: 0
45,958,000
2AbraxasSantana
Abraxas
11,870,000
(08/05/20)
27,235,000830,000
(2,841,000)
458,000
(3,050,000)
486,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 0
40,878,000
3LetThe Beatles
Let It Be
11,900,000
(04/17/22)
18,296,0002,085,000
(6,950,000)
510,000
(3,400,000)
1,206,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 610
LD: 0
33,997,000
4ParanoidBlack Sabbath
Paranoid
9,920,000
(03/08/20)
20,155,000654,000
(2,115,000)
1,008,000
(6,720,000)
1,524,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 820
LD: 0
33,261,000
5DéjàCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Déjà Vu [CSNY]
14,600,000
(05/16/21)
8,445,000834,000
(2,780,000)
395,000
(2,630,000)
361,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 150
LD: 0
24,634,000
6LedLed Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III
13,700,000
(09/07/21)
5,608,000225,000
(750,000)
548,000
(3,650,000)
901,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 460
LD: 0
20,982,000
7EltonElton John
Elton John
2,650,000
(02/05/18)
16,379,000375,000
(1,250,000)
444,000
(2,960,000)
804,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 370
LD: 0
20,652,000
8Cosmo'sCreedence Clearwater Revival
Cosmo's Factory
9,030,000
(01/31/19)
7,722,0002,144,000
(7,147,000)
429,000
(2,860,000)
1,024,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 470
LD: 0
20,349,000
9PendulumCreedence Clearwater Revival
Pendulum
4,490,000
(01/31/19)
8,821,000734,000
(2,447,000)
393,000
(2,620,000)
1,238,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 610
LD: 0
15,676,000
10MorrisonThe Doors
Morrison Hotel
7,130,000
(03/03/19)
5,107,000157,000
(523,000)
164,000
(1,090,000)
492,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 0
13,050,000
11DeepDeep Purple
Deep Purple in Rock
5,775,000
(08/18/21)
5,224,000862,000
(2,739,000)
174,000
(1,160,000)
159,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 0
12,194,000
12AfterNeil Young
After the Gold Rush
6,670,000
(05/16/21)
2,091,000225,000
(755,000)
146,000
(970,000)
134,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 0
9,265,000
13ABCJackson 5
ABC
2,075,000
(09/26/17)
4,948,0001,224,000
(4,080,000)
474,000
(3,160,000)
417,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 0
9,138,000
14BandJimi Hendrix
Band of Gypsys
4,700,000
(12/21/21)
2,926,00019,000
(63,000)
81,000
(540,000)
69,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
7,795,000
15BlackBlack Sabbath
Black Sabbath
4,910,000
(03/08/20)
1,933,00033,000
(110,000)
96,000
(640,000)
241,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 0
7,213,000
16SignedStevie Wonder
Signed Sealed & Delivered
685,000
(03/20/21)
4,170,0001,163,000
(3,870,000)
287,000
(1,910,000)
520,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 0
6,824,000
17McCartneyPaul McCartney
McCartney
4,310,000
(12/13/18)
1,825,000285,000
(950,000)
60,000
(400,000)
199,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 0
6,679,000
18AtomPink Floyd
Atom Heart Mother
5,700,000
(06/18/17)
189,0000
(0)
23,000
(150,000)
50,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
5,962,000
19ThirdJackson 5
Third Album
1,900,000
(09/26/17)
1,658,0001,365,000
(4,550,000)
126,000
(840,000)
173,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 0
5,222,000
20That'sElvis Presley
That's the Way It Is
2,420,000
(09/01/18)
1,610,000831,000
(2,770,000)
90,000
(600,000)
191,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 0
5,142,000
21JohnJohn Lennon
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
2,990,000
(10/16/18)
1,213,000579,000
(1,930,000)
144,000
(960,000)
170,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 0
5,096,000
22JacksonJackson 5
Jackson 5 Christmas Album
3,075,000
(09/26/17)
33,000108,000
(360,000)
150,000
(1,000,000)
427,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 200
LD: 0
3,793,000
23NewBob Dylan
New Morning
2,200,000
(12/14/21)
314,00030,000
(100,000)
90,000
(600,000)
79,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 0
2,713,000
24TheDavid Bowie
The Man Who Sold the World
1,900,000
(03/11/22)
398,00015,000
(50,000)
60,000
(400,000)
120,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 0
2,493,000
25TrespassGenesis
Trespass
2,010,000
(05/25/22)
435,0002,000
(8,000)
6,000
(40,000)
12,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,465,000
26TumbleweedElton John
Tumbleweed Connection
2,090,000
(02/05/18)
292,0009,000
(30,000)
15,000
(100,000)
46,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
2,452,000
27SelfBob Dylan
Self Portrait
1,800,000
(12/14/21)
99,000240,000
(800,000)
45,000
(300,000)
23,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,207,000
28GasolineRod Stewart
Gasoline Alley
1,530,000
(11/23/19)
597,00046,000
(153,000)
6,000
(40,000)
11,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,190,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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matt

Why is “My Dear Melancholy” by The Weeknd on the 2020 list when it’s a 2018 EP? It has been for a while…

Mikko

A large number of artists have died from drugs or suicide. Only Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan have remained in working order.
Good role models for young artists. For some artists, death has been good commercially. Fans can be happy.

iilumight

Hi,I was wondering what happened to relapseby eminem, before the new EAS formula it was at 9,248,000 and now it has dissapeared from the list. If I go to Eminem albums and song sales page it says only 8,425,000 but if you add the numbers in the columns up it should either be around 8,982,000 (verified streams) or 9,297,000 (auto update).

KantClark

MJD, you could do a Olivia Newton-John’s article due her passing. It would be interesting to see.

Alexis

Hello there, when are Nicki Minaj sales going to be updated?

Ver

Can you update Demi Lovato?

stin

why does justin bieber’s justice have -57,000 by its physical singles?

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