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
1ThePink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon
43,300,000
(06/18/17)
11,027,000282,000
(940,000)
795,000
(5,300,000)
2,218,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 950
LD: 0
57,622,000
2GoodbyeElton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
12,510,000
(02/05/18)
16,232,0001,713,000
(5,710,000)
695,000
(4,630,000)
1,067,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 510
LD: 0
32,217,000
3HousesLed Zeppelin
Houses Of The Holy
17,700,000
(09/07/21)
4,059,000225,000
(750,000)
414,000
(2,760,000)
481,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 0
22,879,000
4PianoBilly Joel
Piano Man
6,700,000
(11/03/21)
10,558,000330,000
(1,100,000)
600,000
(4,000,000)
762,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 380
LD: 0
18,950,000
5BandPaul McCartney & Wings
Band on the Run
8,630,000
(12/13/18)
7,563,0001,392,000
(4,640,000)
147,000
(980,000)
400,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 0
18,132,000
6DesperadoEagles
Desperado
3,800,000
(12/20/17)
12,350,000114,000
(380,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
331,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 150
LD: 0
16,955,000
7AerosmithAerosmith
Aerosmith
3,540,000
(06/01/18)
11,386,000321,000
(1,070,000)
545,000
(3,630,000)
876,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 400
LD: 0
16,668,000
8GoatsThe Rolling Stones
Goats Head Soup
6,350,000
(02/10/22)
4,071,0001,335,000
(4,450,000)
285,000
(1,900,000)
347,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 0
12,388,000
9Don'tElton John
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
5,460,000
(02/05/18)
4,927,0001,338,000
(4,460,000)
152,000
(1,010,000)
381,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 190
LD: 0
12,258,000
10Burnin'Bob Marley
Burnin'
3,200,000
(11/21/17)
7,353,00093,000
(310,000)
273,000
(1,820,000)
640,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 270
LD: 0
11,559,000
11InnervisionsStevie Wonder
Innervisions
7,110,000
(03/20/21)
1,236,0001,014,000
(3,298,000)
308,000
(2,050,000)
265,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 0
9,932,000
12CatchBob Marley
Catch a Fire
3,175,000
(11/21/17)
4,144,00078,000
(260,000)
302,000
(2,010,000)
554,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 0
8,253,000
13SellingGenesis
Selling England by the Pound
4,665,000
(05/25/22)
3,050,00031,000
(104,000)
44,000
(300,000)
82,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 0
7,872,000
14PatBob Dylan
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
2,000,000
(12/14/21)
4,054,000345,000
(1,150,000)
285,000
(1,900,000)
308,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 150
LD: 0
6,992,000
15AladdinDavid Bowie
Aladdin Sane
4,900,000
(03/11/22)
879,000473,000
(1,577,000)
68,000
(450,000)
133,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 0
6,453,000
16GreetingsBruce Springsteen
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
3,950,000
(07/07/17)
956,00045,000
(150,000)
83,000
(550,000)
82,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
5,116,000
17SabbathBlack Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
4,030,000
(03/08/20)
608,00065,000
(190,000)
48,000
(320,000)
108,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 0
4,859,000
18TherePaul Simon
There Goes Rhymin' Simon
2,770,000
(05/10/18)
1,064,000798,000
(2,660,000)
31,000
(210,000)
142,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 0
4,805,000
19QueenQueen
Queen
3,120,000
(01/25/20)
988,00084,000
(280,000)
93,000
(620,000)
311,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 0
4,596,000
20TheBruce Springsteen
The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
3,550,000
(07/07/17)
618,00030,000
(100,000)
60,000
(400,000)
58,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
4,316,000
21WhoDeep Purple
Who Do We Think We Are
3,135,000
(08/18/21)
357,000468,000
(1,765,000)
35,000
(230,000)
21,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
4,015,000
22RedPaul McCartney & Wings
Red Rose Speedway
2,130,000
(12/13/18)
927,000693,000
(2,310,000)
12,000
(80,000)
44,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
3,806,000
23OohFaces
Ooh La La
1,380,000
(11/23/19)
1,702,000168,000
(560,000)
141,000
(940,000)
258,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 0
3,649,000
24RingABBA
Ring Ring
1,000,000
(11/02/16)
2,241,000150,000
(500,000)
38,000
(250,000)
84,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
3,513,000
25PinDavid Bowie
Pin Ups
2,750,000
(03/11/22)
173,000330,000
(1,100,000)
23,000
(150,000)
32,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
3,308,000
26MindJohn Lennon
Mind Games
2,010,000
(10/16/18)
680,000255,000
(850,000)
21,000
(140,000)
61,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
3,027,000
*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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