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
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)
2,123,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 950
LD: 1,030
57,527,000
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)
1,009,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 500
LD: 610
32,159,000
3HousesLed Zeppelin
Houses Of The Holy
17,700,000
(09/07/21)
4,059,000225,000
(750,000)
414,000
(2,760,000)
459,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 250
22,857,000
4PianoBilly Joel
Piano Man
6,700,000
(11/03/21)
10,558,000330,000
(1,100,000)
600,000
(4,000,000)
726,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 370
LD: 390
18,914,000
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)
379,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 260
18,111,000
6DesperadoEagles
Desperado
3,800,000
(12/20/17)
12,350,000114,000
(380,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
312,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 140
LD: 210
16,936,000
7AerosmithAerosmith
Aerosmith
3,540,000
(06/01/18)
11,386,000321,000
(1,070,000)
545,000
(3,630,000)
827,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 390
LD: 490
16,619,000
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)
332,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 170
12,373,000
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)
357,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 180
LD: 250
12,234,000
10Burnin'Bob Marley
Burnin'
3,200,000
(11/21/17)
7,353,00093,000
(310,000)
273,000
(1,820,000)
610,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 330
11,529,000
11InnervisionsStevie Wonder
Innervisions
7,110,000
(03/20/21)
1,236,0001,014,000
(3,298,000)
308,000
(2,050,000)
253,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 140
9,920,000
12CatchBob Marley
Catch a Fire
3,175,000
(11/21/17)
4,144,00078,000
(260,000)
302,000
(2,010,000)
526,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 300
8,225,000
13SellingGenesis
Selling England by the Pound
4,665,000
(05/25/22)
3,050,00031,000
(104,000)
44,000
(300,000)
79,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
7,869,000
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)
295,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 150
LD: 140
6,979,000
15AladdinDavid Bowie
Aladdin Sane
4,900,000
(03/11/22)
879,000473,000
(1,577,000)
68,000
(450,000)
128,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
6,448,000
16GreetingsBruce Springsteen
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
3,950,000
(07/07/17)
956,00045,000
(150,000)
83,000
(550,000)
79,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
5,113,000
17SabbathBlack Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
4,030,000
(03/08/20)
608,00065,000
(190,000)
48,000
(320,000)
103,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 70
4,854,000
18TherePaul Simon
There Goes Rhymin' Simon
2,770,000
(05/10/18)
1,064,000798,000
(2,660,000)
31,000
(210,000)
134,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 90
4,797,000
19QueenQueen
Queen
3,120,000
(01/25/20)
988,00084,000
(280,000)
93,000
(620,000)
298,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 160
4,583,000
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)
56,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,314,000
21WhoDeep Purple
Who Do We Think We Are
3,135,000
(08/18/21)
357,000468,000
(1,765,000)
35,000
(230,000)
20,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
4,014,000
22RedPaul McCartney & Wings
Red Rose Speedway
2,130,000
(12/13/18)
927,000693,000
(2,310,000)
12,000
(80,000)
41,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
3,803,000
23OohFaces
Ooh La La
1,380,000
(11/23/19)
1,702,000168,000
(560,000)
141,000
(940,000)
243,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 170
3,634,000
24RingABBA
Ring Ring
1,000,000
(11/02/16)
2,241,000150,000
(500,000)
38,000
(250,000)
79,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 60
3,508,000
25PinDavid Bowie
Pin Ups
2,750,000
(03/11/22)
173,000330,000
(1,100,000)
23,000
(150,000)
31,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,307,000
26MindJohn Lennon
Mind Games
2,010,000
(10/16/18)
680,000255,000
(850,000)
21,000
(140,000)
58,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
3,024,000
*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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