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
1HotelEagles
Hotel California
30,050,000
(12/20/17)
37,108,0001,737,000
(5,790,000)
1,293,000
(8,620,000)
1,903,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 920
LD: 1,270
72,091,000
2ArrivalABBA
Arrival
10,800,000
(11/02/16)
20,077,0003,315,000
(11,050,000)
728,000
(4,850,000)
1,164,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 1,140
36,084,000
3BostonBoston
Boston
22,430,000
(06/01/19)
4,230,000711,000
(2,370,000)
1,164,000
(7,760,000)
996,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 500
LD: 590
29,531,000
4SongsStevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life
11,600,000
(03/20/21)
3,683,0001,491,000
(4,923,000)
1,014,000
(6,760,000)
744,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 410
LD: 420
18,532,000
5AQueen
A Day at the Races
5,390,000
(01/25/20)
10,282,000821,000
(2,736,000)
471,000
(3,140,000)
1,196,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 640
LD: 740
18,160,000
6ABarbra Streisand
A Star Is Born
8,190,000
(03/16/18)
5,898,000879,000
(2,930,000)
27,000
(180,000)
105,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 50
15,099,000
7HighAC/DC
High Voltage
7,550,000
(02/20/18)
5,255,00065,000
(217,000)
459,000
(3,060,000)
1,022,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 520
LD: 670
14,351,000
8DirtyAC/DC
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
10,970,000
(02/20/18)
2,115,00039,000
(130,000)
293,000
(1,950,000)
459,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 290
13,876,000
9ARod Stewart
A Night On The Town
5,560,000
(11/23/19)
4,711,0001,440,000
(4,800,000)
153,000
(1,020,000)
91,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
11,955,000
10DesireBob Dylan
Desire
7,700,000
(12/14/21)
1,709,000360,000
(1,200,000)
330,000
(2,200,000)
249,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 110
10,348,000
11ChildrenBee Gees
Children of the World
3,000,000
(04/09/17)
3,804,0001,557,000
(5,190,000)
135,000
(900,000)
201,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 150
8,697,000
12PresenceLed Zeppelin
Presence
7,300,000
(09/07/21)
954,00030,000
(100,000)
84,000
(560,000)
78,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
8,446,000
13WingsWings
Wings at the Speed of Sound
3,890,000
(12/13/18)
2,186,0001,176,000
(3,920,000)
30,000
(200,000)
136,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 100
7,418,000
14RocksAerosmith
Rocks
5,350,000
(06/01/18)
1,057,000288,000
(960,000)
54,000
(360,000)
91,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
6,840,000
15TurnstilesBilly Joel
Turnstiles
2,900,000
(11/03/21)
3,083,000240,000
(800,000)
150,000
(1,000,000)
146,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 110
6,519,000
16RastamanBob Marley
Rastaman Vibration
4,525,000
(11/21/17)
1,217,00093,000
(310,000)
98,000
(650,000)
420,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 200
LD: 360
6,353,000
17BlueElton John
Blue Moves
2,410,000
(02/05/18)
2,955,000780,000
(2,600,000)
47,000
(310,000)
146,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 90
6,338,000
18AmigosSantana
Amigos
2,700,000
(08/05/20)
3,201,000203,000
(708,000)
104,000
(690,000)
76,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
6,283,000
19AGenesis
A Trick of the Tail
4,010,000
(05/25/22)
835,00023,000
(78,000)
62,000
(410,000)
44,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,974,000
20BlackThe Rolling Stones
Black and Blue
4,100,000
(02/10/22)
364,000300,000
(1,000,000)
60,000
(400,000)
51,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
4,875,000
21StationDavid Bowie
Station to Station
2,600,000
(03/11/22)
1,183,000615,000
(2,050,000)
60,000
(400,000)
115,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 80
4,573,000
22WindGenesis
Wind & Wuthering
3,470,000
(05/25/22)
511,00038,000
(125,000)
40,000
(270,000)
21,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
4,080,000
23DerrièreJohnny Hallyday
Derrière L'Amour
680,000
(01/01/18)
2,617,000690,000
(2,300,000)
16,000
(110,000)
70,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 50
4,073,000
24TheThe Jacksons
The Jacksons
1,800,000
(09/26/17)
66,000726,000
(2,420,000)
33,000
(220,000)
34,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
2,659,000
*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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