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
1EscapeJourney
Escape
11,850,000
(09/13/19)
17,135,000832,000
(2,773,000)
2,451,000
(16,340,000)
1,707,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 830
LD: 1,070
33,975,000
2FacePhil Collins
Face Value
15,640,000
(04/11/18)
9,736,0001,194,000
(3,980,000)
810,000
(5,400,000)
724,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 330
LD: 420
28,104,000
3The Rolling Stones
Tattoo You
8,500,000
(02/10/22)
5,934,0001,185,000
(3,950,000)
480,000
(3,200,000)
507,000
(02/10/22)
N/A16,606,000
4GhostThe Police
Ghost in the Machine
8,130,000
(06/06/20)
3,561,0001,239,000
(4,130,000)
204,000
(1,360,000)
331,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 200
LD: 240
13,465,000
5ForAC/DC
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
10,040,000
(02/20/18)
1,444,000228,000
(760,000)
179,000
(1,190,000)
179,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 130
12,070,000
6TheABBA
The Visitors
4,800,000
(11/02/16)
2,698,000780,000
(2,600,000)
135,000
(900,000)
231,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 220
8,644,000
7AbacabGenesis
Abacab
6,395,000
(05/25/22)
624,000404,000
(1,330,000)
122,000
(810,000)
39,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
7,583,000
8TonightRod Stewart
Tonight I'm Yours
3,740,000
(11/23/19)
2,054,000879,000
(2,930,000)
75,000
(500,000)
43,000
(11/23/19)
Av.: 0
LD: 850
6,791,000
9DiaryOzzy Osbourne
Diary of a Madman
5,650,000
(03/12/20)
273,00035,000
(116,000)
93,000
(620,000)
80,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 60
6,131,000
10KillersIron Maiden
Killers
4,855,000
(11/12/21)
624,00064,000
(183,000)
21,000
(140,000)
80,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
5,644,000
11FairVan Halen
Fair Warning
4,030,000
(08/14/20)
472,00026,000
(86,000)
90,000
(600,000)
72,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 50
4,690,000
12OctoberU2
October
3,600,000
(09/18/21)
706,00075,000
(250,000)
60,000
(400,000)
37,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,478,000
13DeadMeat Loaf
Dead Ringer
1,980,000
(06/16/18)
1,010,000189,000
(630,000)
11,000
(70,000)
47,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
3,237,000
14ControversyPrince
Controversy
2,320,000
(10/04/18)
455,000180,000
(600,000)
96,000
(640,000)
53,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
3,104,000
15Zebop!Santana
Zebop!
2,015,000
(08/05/20)
127,000200,000
(664,000)
23,000
(150,000)
18,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,382,000
16MobBlack Sabbath
Mob Rules
1,930,000
(03/08/20)
111,00021,000
(70,000)
33,000
(220,000)
33,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
2,128,000
*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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