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
1ThrillerMichael Jackson
Thriller
65,800,000
(09/27/17)
40,504,0005,229,000
(17,430,000)
4,206,000
(28,040,000)
4,141,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 1,810
LD: 2,630
119,880,000
2HotQueen
Hot Space
3,200,000
(01/25/20)
15,628,0001,217,000
(4,055,000)
663,000
(4,420,000)
1,398,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 700
LD: 740
22,106,000
3TheIron Maiden
The Number of the Beast
8,330,000
(11/12/21)
9,232,000301,000
(865,000)
251,000
(1,670,000)
706,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 350
LD: 450
18,819,000
4Hello,Phil Collins
Hello, I Must Be Going!
9,990,000
(04/11/18)
5,475,000774,000
(2,580,000)
216,000
(1,440,000)
544,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 320
16,999,000
51999Prince and the Revolutions
1999
7,010,000
(10/04/18)
2,570,0001,317,000
(4,390,000)
612,000
(4,080,000)
266,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 140
LD: 160
11,775,000
6LoveDire Straits
Love over Gold
7,510,000
(03/23/18)
1,547,000237,000
(790,000)
78,000
(520,000)
125,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 70
9,497,000
7MirageFleetwood Mac
Mirage
5,500,000
(10/21/21)
1,503,0001,013,000
(3,377,000)
188,000
(1,250,000)
298,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 150
8,502,000
8?FamousSupertramp
?Famous Last Words?
5,480,000
(08/13/19)
701,000639,000
(2,130,000)
75,000
(500,000)
95,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 70
6,990,000
9TheBilly Joel
The Nylon Curtain
4,900,000
(11/03/21)
1,037,000450,000
(1,500,000)
75,000
(500,000)
73,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 60
6,535,000
10TugPaul McCartney
Tug of War
4,190,000
(12/13/18)
594,0001,617,000
(5,390,000)
20,000
(130,000)
86,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
6,507,000
11DiverVan Halen
Diver Down
5,705,000
(08/14/20)
67,000321,000
(1,065,000)
104,000
(690,000)
73,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 60
6,269,000
12NebraskaBruce Springsteen
Nebraska
4,200,000
(07/07/17)
1,756,00015,000
(50,000)
90,000
(600,000)
106,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
6,167,000
13DaylightCrosby, Stills & Nash
Daylight Again [CSN]
3,005,000
(05/16/21)
591,000425,000
(1,418,000)
312,000
(2,080,000)
98,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 30
4,431,000
14JumpElton John
Jump Up!
1,330,000
(02/05/18)
600,000470,000
(1,567,000)
18,000
(120,000)
41,000
(07/01/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
2,459,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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TareyWey

Hi, Chartmasters! I just wonder Katy Perry, Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Madonna, Mariah Carey and Lana Del Rey, their newest sales. Could you update them please? Thank you!

popolucax

Missing p!nk hurts to be human on 2019

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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