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
1BackAC/DC
Back in Black
35,810,000
(02/20/18)
19,149,000554,000
(1,847,000)
2,075,000
(13,830,000)
3,231,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,640
LD: 2,080
60,819,000
2TheQueen
The Game
9,330,000
(01/25/20)
17,611,0003,166,000
(10,553,000)
951,000
(6,340,000)
2,274,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,200
LD: 1,360
33,332,000
3GuiltyBarbra Streisand
Guilty
13,140,000
(03/16/18)
7,089,0002,559,000
(8,530,000)
120,000
(800,000)
397,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 260
23,305,000
4SuperABBA
Super Trouper
8,200,000
(11/02/16)
10,743,0001,830,000
(6,100,000)
345,000
(2,300,000)
867,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 860
21,985,000
5DoubleJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy
9,920,000
(10/16/18)
4,909,0002,271,000
(7,570,000)
338,000
(2,250,000)
502,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 300
LD: 400
17,940,000
6TheBruce Springsteen
The River
10,050,000
(07/07/17)
6,191,000705,000
(2,350,000)
435,000
(2,900,000)
495,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 180
LD: 240
17,876,000
7UprisingBob Marley
Uprising
7,025,000
(11/21/17)
7,618,000339,000
(1,130,000)
675,000
(4,500,000)
1,376,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 600
LD: 930
17,033,000
8GlassBilly Joel
Glass Houses
11,000,000
(11/03/21)
2,322,0001,380,000
(4,600,000)
180,000
(1,200,000)
248,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 210
15,130,000
9ZenyattaThe Police
Zenyatta Mondatta
8,820,000
(06/06/20)
3,288,0001,853,000
(6,175,000)
216,000
(1,440,000)
268,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 190
14,445,000
10BlizzardOzzy Osbourne
Blizzard of Ozz
7,370,000
(03/12/20)
4,543,00056,000
(185,000)
1,122,000
(7,480,000)
670,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 390
LD: 430
13,761,000
11MakingDire Straits
Making Movies
7,040,000
(03/23/18)
4,204,000246,000
(820,000)
230,000
(1,530,000)
357,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 270
12,077,000
12HotterStevie Wonder
Hotter than July
7,435,000
(03/20/21)
927,0001,773,000
(5,910,000)
558,000
(3,720,000)
238,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 170
10,931,000
13DepartureJourney
Departure
3,810,000
(09/13/19)
4,666,000186,000
(620,000)
252,000
(1,680,000)
320,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 210
9,234,000
14DukeGenesis
Duke
4,940,000
(05/25/22)
1,536,000303,000
(1,010,000)
95,000
(640,000)
77,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
6,951,000
15EmotionalThe Rolling Stones
Emotional Rescue
5,700,000
(02/10/22)
187,000915,000
(3,050,000)
45,000
(300,000)
67,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 40
6,914,000
16IronIron Maiden
Iron Maiden
4,175,000
(11/12/21)
1,690,000119,000
(350,000)
38,000
(250,000)
154,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 90
6,175,000
17ScaryDavid Bowie
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
3,450,000
(03/11/22)
1,446,000915,000
(3,050,000)
75,000
(500,000)
144,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 80
6,030,000
18WomenVan Halen
Women and Children First
5,385,000
(08/14/20)
402,00060,000
(200,000)
90,000
(600,000)
51,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
5,988,000
19BoyU2
Boy
3,700,000
(09/18/21)
1,790,00075,000
(250,000)
105,000
(700,000)
83,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
5,753,000
20HeavenBlack Sabbath
Heaven and Hell
3,440,000
(03/08/20)
1,037,00057,000
(190,000)
168,000
(1,120,000)
165,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 90
4,867,000
21TriumphThe Jacksons
Triumph
3,075,000
(09/26/17)
426,000639,000
(2,130,000)
129,000
(860,000)
232,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 120
LD: 160
4,501,000
22FlashQueen
Flash Gordon
3,110,000
(01/25/20)
394,000453,000
(1,510,000)
42,000
(280,000)
94,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 50
4,093,000
23FoolishRod Stewart
Foolish Behaviour
2,900,000
(11/23/19)
148,000619,000
(2,060,000)
14,000
(90,000)
9,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 10
3,689,000
24McCartneyPaul McCartney
McCartney II
2,340,000
(12/13/18)
278,000786,000
(2,620,000)
8,000
(50,000)
36,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
3,448,000
25DirtyPrince
Dirty Mind
1,540,000
(10/04/18)
582,00066,000
(220,000)
44,000
(290,000)
40,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
2,272,000
26One-TrickPaul Simon
One-Trick Pony
1,430,000
(05/10/18)
309,000309,000
(1,030,000)
11,000
(70,000)
54,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 40
2,113,000
2721Elton John
21 at 33
1,400,000
(02/05/18)
148,000474,000
(1,580,000)
6,000
(40,000)
18,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 20
2,046,000
*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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