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
1AQueen
A Night at the Opera
11,400,000
(01/25/20)
23,095,0002,236,000
(7,452,000)
1,713,000
(11,420,000)
3,584,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,670
LD: 1,970
42,028,000
2WishPink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
22,300,000
(06/18/17)
9,251,00011,000
(37,000)
645,000
(4,300,000)
1,590,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 730
LD: 340
33,797,000
3ToysAerosmith
Toys in the Attic
10,180,000
(06/01/18)
15,328,000339,000
(1,130,000)
626,000
(4,170,000)
1,140,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 530
LD: 630
27,613,000
4ABBAABBA
ABBA
3,600,000
(11/02/16)
18,658,0001,935,000
(6,450,000)
383,000
(2,550,000)
587,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 580
25,163,000
5OneEagles
One Of These Nights
7,175,000
(12/20/17)
14,436,000930,000
(3,100,000)
413,000
(2,750,000)
465,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 220
LD: 350
23,419,000
6BornBruce Springsteen
Born to Run
10,700,000
(07/07/17)
8,281,000246,000
(820,000)
540,000
(3,600,000)
547,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 320
20,314,000
7AtlanticRod Stewart
Atlantic Crossing
5,070,000
(11/23/19)
11,351,0001,176,000
(3,920,000)
294,000
(1,960,000)
432,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 290
LD: 300
18,323,000
8PhysicalLed Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti
13,400,000
(09/07/21)
3,532,000120,000
(400,000)
470,000
(3,130,000)
553,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 280
LD: 290
18,075,000
9FleetwoodFleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
9,400,000
(10/21/21)
6,011,000810,000
(2,700,000)
825,000
(5,500,000)
1,023,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 580
LD: 620
18,069,000
10RockElton John
Rock of the Westies
2,290,000
(02/05/18)
6,500,000675,000
(2,250,000)
113,000
(750,000)
572,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 300
LD: 410
10,150,000
11BloodBob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks
6,800,000
(12/14/21)
1,673,00090,000
(300,000)
285,000
(1,900,000)
267,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 120
9,115,000
12CaptainElton John
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
5,910,000
(02/05/18)
1,222,0001,323,000
(4,410,000)
48,000
(320,000)
127,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 80
8,630,000
13MainBee Gees
Main Course
2,800,000
(04/09/17)
2,676,0001,305,000
(4,350,000)
120,000
(800,000)
108,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 80
7,009,000
14StillPaul Simon
Still Crazy After All These Years
3,270,000
(05/10/18)
2,339,000724,000
(2,413,000)
56,000
(370,000)
250,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 120
LD: 150
6,639,000
15YoungDavid Bowie
Young Americans
2,650,000
(03/11/22)
2,060,000945,000
(3,150,000)
195,000
(1,300,000)
179,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 110
6,029,000
16VenusWings
Venus and Mars
3,470,000
(12/13/18)
335,000732,000
(2,440,000)
12,000
(80,000)
46,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 50
4,595,000
17Crisis?Supertramp
Crisis? What Crisis?
3,870,000
(08/13/19)
352,00028,000
(93,000)
33,000
(220,000)
46,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
4,329,000
18RockJohn Lennon
Rock 'n' Roll
2,820,000
(10/16/18)
864,000210,000
(700,000)
86,000
(570,000)
155,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 100
4,135,000
19SabotageBlack Sabbath
Sabotage
2,560,000
(03/08/20)
242,0006,000
(10,000)
30,000
(200,000)
49,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
2,887,000
20ZumaNeil Young with Crazy Horse
Zuma
1,805,000
(05/16/21)
528,00041,000
(135,000)
42,000
(280,000)
32,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,448,000
21ComeDeep Purple
Come Taste the Band
2,010,000
(08/18/21)
255,00027,000
(90,000)
26,000
(170,000)
16,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,334,000
22TheBob Dylan
The Basement Tapes
1,800,000
(12/14/21)
204,0000
(0)
90,000
(600,000)
31,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,125,000
*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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