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
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1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
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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
Led Zeppelin IV
36,800,000
(09/07/21)
18,296,000300,000
(1,000,000)
1,329,000
(8,860,000)
1,671,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 900
LD: 960
58,396,000
2EveryRod Stewart
Every Picture Tells A Story
7,430,000
(11/23/19)
21,043,0001,400,000
(4,662,000)
338,000
(2,250,000)
329,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 180
LD: 20
30,539,000
3ImagineJohn Lennon
Imagine
8,220,000
(10/16/18)
14,591,0001,518,000
(5,060,000)
777,000
(5,180,000)
792,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 410
LD: 400
25,898,000
4L.A.The Doors
L.A. Woman
10,130,000
(03/03/19)
12,330,000797,000
(2,657,000)
347,000
(2,310,000)
800,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 390
LD: 400
24,404,000
5StickyThe Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers
9,350,000
(02/10/22)
10,374,0001,140,000
(3,800,000)
690,000
(4,600,000)
678,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 320
LD: 340
22,232,000
6HunkyDavid Bowie
Hunky Dory
4,700,000
(03/11/22)
4,572,000435,000
(1,450,000)
330,000
(2,200,000)
560,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 280
LD: 280
10,597,000
7MeddlePink Floyd
Meddle
7,950,000
(06/18/17)
2,200,00015,000
(50,000)
75,000
(500,000)
214,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 130
10,454,000
8MasterBlack Sabbath
Master of Reality
4,810,000
(03/08/20)
1,977,0009,000
(30,000)
150,000
(1,000,000)
241,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 150
7,187,000
9SantanaSantana
Santana III
5,440,000
(08/05/20)
799,000246,000
(865,000)
42,000
(280,000)
29,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
6,556,000
10AFaces
A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse
2,380,000
(11/23/19)
3,615,000297,000
(990,000)
90,000
(600,000)
103,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 100
6,485,000
11Elton John
Madman Across the Water
3,270,000
(02/05/18)
1,954,000159,000
(530,000)
702,000
(4,680,000)
139,000
(02/05/18)
N/A6,224,000
12RamPaul McCartney & Linda McCartney
Ram
3,960,000
(12/13/18)
736,0001,080,000
(3,600,000)
30,000
(200,000)
124,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 100
5,930,000
13FireballDeep Purple
Fireball
3,565,000
(08/18/21)
1,014,000383,000
(1,266,000)
51,000
(340,000)
38,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 10
5,051,000
14NurseryGenesis
Nursery Cryme
2,930,000
(05/25/22)
1,934,0000
(0)
11,000
(70,000)
19,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
4,894,000
15ElvisElvis Presley
Elvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas
3,900,000
(09/01/18)
773,00096,000
(320,000)
30,000
(200,000)
35,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
4,834,000
16Gypsys,Cher
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves
1,000,000
(08/30/17)
1,760,000990,000
(3,300,000)
111,000
(740,000)
43,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
3,904,000
17TrafalgarBee Gees
Trafalgar
600,000
(04/09/17)
1,919,000723,000
(2,410,000)
60,000
(400,000)
50,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 40
3,352,000
18ColdBilly Joel
Cold Spring Harbor
1,100,000
(11/03/21)
2,007,00060,000
(200,000)
60,000
(400,000)
55,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
3,282,000
19MaybeJackson 5
Maybe Tomorrow
975,000
(09/26/17)
403,000714,000
(2,380,000)
80,000
(530,000)
51,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
2,223,000
20StoneyBarbra Streisand
Stoney End
1,380,000
(03/16/18)
261,000441,000
(1,470,000)
2,000
(10,000)
3,000
(06/25/22)
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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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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