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
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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
1SaturdayBee Gees & Various Artists
Saturday Night Fever
34,800,000
(04/09/17)
24,813,0005,943,000
(19,810,000)
1,335,000
(8,900,000)
2,373,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,110
LD: 1,810
69,264,000
2RumoursFleetwood Mac
Rumours
35,500,000
(10/21/21)
21,113,0001,770,000
(5,900,000)
2,250,000
(15,000,000)
3,477,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 2,070
LD: 2,330
64,110,000
3BatMeat Loaf
Bat Out of Hell
27,410,000
(06/16/18)
6,709,000870,000
(2,900,000)
336,000
(2,240,000)
431,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 380
35,756,000
4ExodusBob Marley
Exodus
8,025,000
(11/21/17)
20,388,000741,000
(2,470,000)
1,649,000
(10,990,000)
2,727,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,210
LD: 1,650
33,530,000
5NewsQueen
News of the World
9,540,000
(01/25/20)
16,007,0001,875,000
(6,246,000)
1,814,000
(12,090,000)
2,200,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,090
LD: 1,220
31,435,000
6TheBilly Joel
The Stranger
15,300,000
(11/03/21)
7,287,0001,665,000
(5,550,000)
675,000
(4,500,000)
978,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 790
LD: 910
25,905,000
7TheABBA
The Album
7,200,000
(11/02/16)
8,827,0001,980,000
(6,600,000)
338,000
(2,250,000)
406,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 340
18,751,000
8AnimalsPink Floyd
Animals
12,150,000
(06/18/17)
734,0006,000
(20,000)
75,000
(500,000)
167,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 90
13,132,000
9LetAC/DC
Let There Be Rock
6,200,000
(02/20/18)
5,160,00075,000
(250,000)
222,000
(1,480,000)
416,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 290
12,073,000
10EvenSupertramp
Even in the Quietest Moments?
6,370,000
(08/13/19)
2,943,000206,000
(687,000)
165,000
(1,100,000)
353,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 220
LD: 270
10,037,000
11FootRod Stewart
Foot Loose & Fancy Free
6,480,000
(11/23/19)
2,348,0001,014,000
(3,380,000)
75,000
(500,000)
89,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
10,006,000
12HeroesDavid Bowie
Heroes
2,900,000
(03/11/22)
4,760,000135,000
(450,000)
165,000
(1,100,000)
488,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 290
LD: 310
8,448,000
13CSNCrosby, Stills & Nash
CSN [CSN]
6,350,000
(05/16/21)
181,000283,000
(940,000)
68,000
(450,000)
41,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
6,922,000
14MoodyElvis Presley
Moody Blue
3,820,000
(09/01/18)
735,0001,149,000
(3,830,000)
53,000
(350,000)
99,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 230
5,856,000
15MoonflowerSantana
Moonflower
4,145,000
(08/05/20)
465,000338,000
(1,126,000)
51,000
(340,000)
40,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
5,039,000
16SupermanBarbra Streisand
Superman
2,720,000
(03/16/18)
1,114,000318,000
(1,060,000)
7,000
(50,000)
16,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
4,175,000
17LowDavid Bowie
Low
2,600,000
(03/11/22)
553,000390,000
(1,300,000)
60,000
(400,000)
125,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
3,728,000
18DrawAerosmith
Draw the Line
2,740,000
(06/01/18)
321,000155,000
(517,000)
12,000
(80,000)
22,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,250,000
19AmericanNeil Young with Crazy Horse
American Stars 'n Bars
1,655,000
(05/16/21)
916,00041,000
(138,000)
38,000
(250,000)
32,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,682,000
*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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