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
1GreaseVarious Artists
Grease
38,100,000
(09/14/21)
5,605,0007,320,000
(24,400,000)
951,000
(6,340,000)
1,296,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 750
LD: 870
53,272,000
2KayaBob Marley
Kaya
5,925,000
(11/21/17)
17,244,000381,000
(1,270,000)
729,000
(4,860,000)
1,519,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 600
LD: 900
25,798,000
3DireDire Straits
Dire Straits
10,320,000
(03/23/18)
11,614,000474,000
(1,580,000)
428,000
(2,850,000)
1,099,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 500
LD: 710
23,935,000
4JazzQueen
Jazz
5,840,000
(01/25/20)
12,513,000732,000
(2,440,000)
975,000
(6,500,000)
2,227,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,090
LD: 1,330
22,287,000
5VanVan Halen
Van Halen
15,575,000
(08/14/20)
2,952,000133,000
(440,000)
572,000
(3,810,000)
593,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 370
19,824,000
6SomeThe Rolling Stones
Some Girls
11,300,000
(02/10/22)
5,051,0001,410,000
(4,700,000)
450,000
(3,000,000)
544,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 280
LD: 320
18,755,000
752ndBilly Joel
52nd Street
13,300,000
(11/03/21)
1,770,0001,410,000
(4,700,000)
150,000
(1,000,000)
299,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 240
LD: 280
16,929,000
8OutlandosThe Police
Outlandos d'Amour
6,250,000
(06/06/20)
8,124,000787,000
(2,623,000)
303,000
(2,020,000)
706,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 370
LD: 470
16,170,000
9BlondesRod Stewart
Blondes Have More Fun
7,540,000
(11/23/19)
5,301,0002,112,000
(7,030,000)
176,000
(1,170,000)
275,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 190
LD: 240
15,403,000
10Don'tBoston
Don't Look Back
10,470,000
(06/01/19)
293,000384,000
(1,280,000)
108,000
(720,000)
63,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 40
11,318,000
11DarknessBruce Springsteen
Darkness on the Edge of Town
5,700,000
(07/07/17)
2,247,000186,000
(620,000)
135,000
(900,000)
153,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 70
8,421,000
12InfinityJourney
Infinity
4,420,000
(09/13/19)
3,070,00072,000
(240,000)
375,000
(2,500,000)
202,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 140
8,139,000
13...AndGenesis
...And Then There Were Three...
4,640,000
(05/25/22)
2,247,000385,000
(1,283,000)
106,000
(710,000)
102,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 80
7,480,000
14SongbirdBarbra Streisand
Songbird
1,790,000
(03/16/18)
4,227,000816,000
(2,720,000)
15,000
(100,000)
17,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
6,865,000
15PowerageAC/DC
Powerage
5,220,000
(02/20/18)
630,00069,000
(230,000)
30,000
(200,000)
116,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 80
6,065,000
16DestinyThe Jacksons
Destiny
3,150,000
(09/26/17)
949,000792,000
(2,640,000)
246,000
(1,640,000)
367,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 280
5,504,000
17LondonWings
London Town
3,860,000
(12/13/18)
93,000858,000
(2,860,000)
8,000
(50,000)
26,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 20
4,845,000
18ComesNeil Young
Comes a Time
3,100,000
(05/16/21)
306,000110,000
(368,000)
84,000
(560,000)
36,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
3,636,000
19StreetBob Dylan
Street Legal
3,200,000
(12/14/21)
90,000165,000
(550,000)
38,000
(250,000)
26,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,519,000
20AnThe Doors
An American Prayer
2,930,000
(03/03/19)
141,00014,000
(47,000)
18,000
(120,000)
100,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
3,203,000
21AElton John
A Single Man
2,410,000
(02/05/18)
157,000582,000
(1,940,000)
11,000
(70,000)
30,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
3,190,000
22InnerSantana
Inner Secrets
2,205,000
(08/05/20)
106,000176,000
(588,000)
12,000
(80,000)
7,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 10
2,506,000
*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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