Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

Top albums CSPC

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
1BackBack in Black
AC/DC
35,810,000
(02/20/18)
19,149,000554,000
(1,847,000)
2,075,000
(13,830,000)
3,544,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 1,670
LD: 1,940
61,132,000
2TheThe Game
Queen
9,330,000
(01/25/20)
17,611,0003,166,000
(10,553,000)
951,000
(6,340,000)
2,475,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 1,210
LD: 1,350
33,533,000
3GuiltyGuilty
Barbra Streisand
13,140,000
(03/16/18)
7,089,0002,559,000
(8,530,000)
120,000
(800,000)
435,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 220
LD: 250
23,343,000
4SuperSuper Trouper
ABBA
8,200,000
(11/02/16)
10,743,0001,830,000
(6,100,000)
345,000
(2,300,000)
989,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 830
22,107,000
5DoubleDouble Fantasy
John Lennon & Yoko Ono
9,920,000
(10/16/18)
4,909,0002,271,000
(7,570,000)
338,000
(2,250,000)
564,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 310
LD: 380
18,002,000
6TheThe River
Bruce Springsteen
10,050,000
(07/07/17)
6,191,000705,000
(2,350,000)
435,000
(2,900,000)
527,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 180
LD: 220
17,908,000
7UprisingUprising
Bob Marley
7,025,000
(11/21/17)
7,618,000339,000
(1,130,000)
675,000
(4,500,000)
1,491,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 610
LD: 740
17,148,000
8GlassGlass Houses
Billy Joel
11,000,000
(11/03/21)
2,322,0001,380,000
(4,600,000)
180,000
(1,200,000)
276,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 170
15,158,000
9ZenyattaZenyatta Mondatta
The Police
8,820,000
(06/06/20)
3,288,0001,853,000
(6,175,000)
216,000
(1,440,000)
297,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 180
14,474,000
10BlizzardBlizzard of Ozz
Ozzy Osbourne
7,370,000
(03/12/20)
4,543,00056,000
(185,000)
1,122,000
(7,480,000)
739,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 400
LD: 390
13,830,000
11MakingMaking Movies
Dire Straits
7,040,000
(03/23/18)
4,204,000246,000
(820,000)
230,000
(1,530,000)
393,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 270
12,113,000
12HotterHotter than July
Stevie Wonder
7,435,000
(03/20/21)
927,0001,773,000
(5,910,000)
558,000
(3,720,000)
259,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 160
10,952,000
13DepartureDeparture
Journey
3,810,000
(09/13/19)
4,666,000186,000
(620,000)
252,000
(1,680,000)
350,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 170
9,264,000
14DukeDuke
Genesis
4,940,000
(05/25/22)
1,536,000303,000
(1,010,000)
95,000
(640,000)
85,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
6,959,000
15EmotionalEmotional Rescue
The Rolling Stones
5,700,000
(02/10/22)
187,000915,000
(3,050,000)
45,000
(300,000)
72,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
6,919,000
16IronIron Maiden
Iron Maiden
4,175,000
(11/12/21)
1,690,000119,000
(350,000)
38,000
(250,000)
169,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 70
6,190,000
17ScaryScary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
David Bowie
3,450,000
(03/11/22)
1,446,000915,000
(3,050,000)
75,000
(500,000)
158,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 90
6,044,000
18WomenWomen and Children First
Van Halen
5,385,000
(08/14/20)
402,00060,000
(200,000)
90,000
(600,000)
56,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
5,993,000
19BoyBoy
U2
3,700,000
(09/18/21)
1,790,00075,000
(250,000)
105,000
(700,000)
90,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 70
5,760,000
20HeavenHeaven and Hell
Black Sabbath
3,440,000
(03/08/20)
1,037,00057,000
(190,000)
168,000
(1,120,000)
180,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 100
4,882,000
21TriumphTriumph
The Jacksons
3,075,000
(09/26/17)
426,000639,000
(2,130,000)
129,000
(860,000)
253,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 120
LD: 120
4,522,000
22FlashFlash Gordon
Queen
3,110,000
(01/25/20)
394,000453,000
(1,510,000)
42,000
(280,000)
100,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 30
4,099,000
23FoolishFoolish Behaviour
Rod Stewart
2,900,000
(11/23/19)
148,000619,000
(2,060,000)
14,000
(90,000)
10,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 10
3,690,000
24McCartneyMcCartney II
Paul McCartney
2,340,000
(12/13/18)
278,000786,000
(2,620,000)
8,000
(50,000)
38,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 130
3,450,000
25DirtyDirty Mind
Prince
1,540,000
(10/04/18)
582,00066,000
(220,000)
44,000
(290,000)
42,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 10
2,274,000
26One-TrickOne-Trick Pony
Paul Simon
1,430,000
(05/10/18)
309,000309,000
(1,030,000)
11,000
(70,000)
58,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
2,117,000
272121 at 33
Elton John
1,400,000
(02/05/18)
148,000474,000
(1,580,000)
6,000
(40,000)
20,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,048,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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Ultimate

In Page 5, in Digital Singles Sales

The likes of Maroon 5 and Eminem numbers are increasing while Lady Gaga and Adele are still the same. Taking note that they which are supposed to be top 2 in the first place. The update supposed to be all of such lists.
Can the admins answer this question?

Jazz

Adele and Lady Gaga are both increasing. A few years back Adele was at 80 million, Gaga was at 60 million. Now Adele at 102 and Gaga 77. Eminem and Maroon 5 just have better streaming figures.

Paviurso

Why is Adele’s 30 not among the albums with the most pure sales? if they have even given it a Guinness World Record for selling 5M of pure units in 2021

Yefersonc_28

Actualicen a billie

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