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
1MachineDeep Purple
Machine Head
9,045,000
(08/18/21)
24,224,000827,000
(2,570,000)
551,000
(3,670,000)
730,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 410
LD: 160
35,377,000
2EaglesEagles
Eagles
2,950,000
(12/20/17)
22,243,000411,000
(1,370,000)
482,000
(3,210,000)
670,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 330
LD: 490
26,756,000
3HarvestNeil Young
Harvest
15,325,000
(05/16/21)
6,330,000829,000
(2,790,000)
560,000
(3,730,000)
568,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 140
23,611,000
4HonkyElton John
Honky Château
3,280,000
(02/05/18)
11,502,000624,000
(2,080,000)
426,000
(2,840,000)
947,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 490
LD: 550
16,779,000
5TalkingStevie Wonder
Talking Book
6,505,000
(03/20/21)
6,936,0001,222,000
(4,013,000)
753,000
(5,020,000)
855,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 500
LD: 130
16,271,000
6TheDavid Bowie
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
8,550,000
(03/11/22)
5,681,000405,000
(1,350,000)
308,000
(2,050,000)
816,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 490
LD: 530
15,760,000
7ExileThe Rolling Stones
Exile on Main St
8,100,000
(02/10/22)
1,922,000510,000
(1,700,000)
345,000
(2,300,000)
276,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 150
LD: 160
11,153,000
8PaulPaul Simon
Paul Simon
3,150,000
(05/10/18)
4,483,000768,000
(2,560,000)
100,000
(670,000)
335,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 140
LD: 180
8,836,000
9GotMichael Jackson
Got to Be There
1,600,000
(09/27/17)
3,471,0001,488,000
(4,960,000)
252,000
(1,680,000)
158,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
6,969,000
10NeverRod Stewart
Never A Dull Moment
3,870,000
(11/23/19)
1,104,000622,000
(2,072,000)
30,000
(200,000)
25,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
5,651,000
11FoxtrotGenesis
Foxtrot
3,215,000
(05/25/22)
1,951,0006,000
(20,000)
26,000
(170,000)
27,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
5,225,000
12Vol.Black Sabbath
Vol. 4
4,120,000
(03/08/20)
811,00050,000
(160,000)
51,000
(340,000)
139,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 60
5,171,000
13BenMichael Jackson
Ben
2,125,000
(09/27/17)
1,952,000747,000
(2,490,000)
182,000
(1,210,000)
103,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 50
5,109,000
14CaravanseraiSantana
Caravanserai
4,200,000
(08/05/20)
135,00012,000
(46,000)
12,000
(80,000)
12,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
4,371,000
15ObscuredPink Floyd
Obscured by Clouds
3,600,000
(06/18/17)
214,0003,000
(10,000)
30,000
(200,000)
81,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 60
3,928,000
16HeElvis Presley
He Touched Me
1,400,000
(09/01/18)
1,404,00033,000
(110,000)
42,000
(280,000)
37,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
2,916,000
17MardiCreedence Clearwater Revival
Mardi Gras
1,570,000
(01/31/19)
522,000631,000
(2,103,000)
42,000
(280,000)
126,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 70
2,891,000
18MusicStevie Wonder
Music of My Mind
2,060,000
(03/20/21)
98,000183,000
(585,000)
42,000
(280,000)
17,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,400,000
*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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