Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

Top albums CSPC

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
1LedLed Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin
36,800,000
(09/07/21)
18,296,000300,000
(1,000,000)
1,329,000
(8,860,000)
1,819,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 900
LD: 840
58,544,000
2EveryEvery Picture Tells A Story
Rod Stewart
7,430,000
(11/23/19)
21,043,0001,400,000
(4,662,000)
338,000
(2,250,000)
352,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 120
30,562,000
3ImagineImagine
John Lennon
8,220,000
(10/16/18)
14,591,0001,518,000
(5,060,000)
777,000
(5,180,000)
856,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 410
LD: 380
25,962,000
4L.A.L.A. Woman
The Doors
10,130,000
(03/03/19)
12,330,000797,000
(2,657,000)
347,000
(2,310,000)
860,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 380
LD: 330
24,464,000
5StickySticky Fingers
The Rolling Stones
9,350,000
(02/10/22)
10,374,0001,140,000
(3,800,000)
690,000
(4,600,000)
726,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 310
LD: 260
22,280,000
6HunkyHunky Dory
David Bowie
4,700,000
(03/11/22)
4,572,000435,000
(1,450,000)
330,000
(2,200,000)
606,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 280
LD: 270
10,643,000
7MeddleMeddle
Pink Floyd
7,950,000
(06/18/17)
2,200,00015,000
(50,000)
75,000
(500,000)
235,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 130
10,475,000
8MasterMaster of Reality
Black Sabbath
4,810,000
(03/08/20)
1,977,0009,000
(30,000)
150,000
(1,000,000)
269,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 140
LD: 180
7,215,000
9MadmanMadman Across the Water
Elton John
3,270,000
(02/05/18)
1,954,000159,000
(530,000)
702,000
(4,680,000)
757,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 350
LD: 290
6,842,000
10SantanaSantana III
Santana
5,440,000
(08/05/20)
799,000246,000
(865,000)
42,000
(280,000)
31,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
6,558,000
11AA Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse
Faces
2,380,000
(11/23/19)
3,615,000297,000
(990,000)
90,000
(600,000)
115,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
6,497,000
12RamRam
Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney
3,960,000
(12/13/18)
736,0001,080,000
(3,600,000)
30,000
(200,000)
137,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 90
5,943,000
13FireballFireball
Deep Purple
3,565,000
(08/18/21)
1,014,000383,000
(1,266,000)
51,000
(340,000)
40,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 10
5,053,000
14NurseryNursery Cryme
Genesis
2,930,000
(05/25/22)
1,934,0000
(0)
11,000
(70,000)
21,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
4,896,000
15ElvisElvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas
Elvis Presley
3,900,000
(09/01/18)
773,00096,000
(320,000)
30,000
(200,000)
37,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 110
4,836,000
16Gypsys,Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves
Cher
1,000,000
(08/30/17)
1,760,000990,000
(3,300,000)
111,000
(740,000)
47,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
3,908,000
17TrafalgarTrafalgar
Bee Gees
600,000
(04/09/17)
1,919,000723,000
(2,410,000)
60,000
(400,000)
56,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
3,358,000
18ColdCold Spring Harbor
Billy Joel
1,100,000
(11/03/21)
2,007,00060,000
(200,000)
60,000
(400,000)
61,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 30
3,288,000
19MaybeMaybe Tomorrow
Jackson 5
975,000
(09/26/17)
403,000714,000
(2,380,000)
80,000
(530,000)
56,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
2,228,000
20StoneyStoney End
Barbra Streisand
1,380,000
(03/16/18)
261,000441,000
(1,470,000)
2,000
(10,000)
3,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,087,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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futiledevices

why “red (taylor’s version)” isn’t included

Ultimate

In Page 5, in Digital Singles Sales

The likes of Maroon 5 and Eminem numbers are increasing while Lady Gaga and Adele are still the same. Taking note that they which are supposed to be top 2 in the first place. The update supposed to be all of such lists.
Can the admins answer this question?

Jazz

Adele and Lady Gaga are both increasing. A few years back Adele was at 80 million, Gaga was at 60 million. Now Adele at 102 and Gaga 77. Eminem and Maroon 5 just have better streaming figures.

Paviurso

Why is Adele’s 30 not among the albums with the most pure sales? if they have even given it a Guinness World Record for selling 5M of pure units in 2021

Yefersonc_28

Actualicen a billie

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