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
1SynchronicityThe Police
Synchronicity
15,050,000
(06/06/20)
18,037,0001,920,000
(6,360,000)
702,000
(4,680,000)
1,627,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 990
LD: 1,180
37,336,000
2WarU2
War
10,900,000
(09/18/21)
13,037,000330,000
(1,100,000)
375,000
(2,500,000)
432,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 250
25,074,000
3AnBilly Joel
An Innocent Man
13,000,000
(11/03/21)
6,578,0002,265,000
(7,550,000)
510,000
(3,400,000)
769,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 450
LD: 530
23,122,000
4FlashdanceVarious Artists
Flashdance
15,590,000
(12/05/18)
02,589,000
(8,630,000)
375,000
(2,500,000)
862,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 470
LD: 700
19,416,000
5MadonnaMadonna
Madonna
9,625,000
(08/20/17)
7,296,0001,191,000
(3,970,000)
364,000
(2,430,000)
244,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 160
18,720,000
6Let'sDavid Bowie
Let's Dance
8,700,000
(03/11/22)
2,933,0003,060,000
(10,200,000)
270,000
(1,800,000)
636,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 370
LD: 390
15,599,000
7FrontiersJourney
Frontiers
7,680,000
(09/13/19)
4,481,000411,000
(1,370,000)
855,000
(5,700,000)
488,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 390
13,915,000
8GenesisGenesis
Genesis
8,780,000
(05/25/22)
3,501,000831,000
(2,393,000)
293,000
(1,950,000)
223,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 170
13,627,000
9PieceIron Maiden
Piece of Mind
6,615,000
(11/12/21)
4,913,000159,000
(455,000)
168,000
(1,120,000)
440,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 340
12,295,000
10TooElton John
Too Low for Zero
3,350,000
(02/05/18)
5,878,0001,074,000
(3,580,000)
266,000
(1,770,000)
776,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 440
LD: 800
11,344,000
11KillMetallica
Kill 'Em All
8,510,000
(02/13/19)
640,000175,000
(583,000)
249,000
(1,660,000)
653,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 340
LD: 490
10,227,000
12ConfrontationBob Marley
Confrontation
2,950,000
(11/21/17)
4,319,000168,000
(560,000)
395,000
(2,630,000)
577,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 240
LD: 310
8,409,000
13ThePink Floyd
The Final Cut
6,800,000
(06/18/17)
415,00045,000
(150,000)
60,000
(400,000)
130,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 60
7,450,000
14PipesPaul McCartney
Pipes of Peace
3,130,000
(12/13/18)
1,012,0001,665,000
(5,550,000)
63,000
(420,000)
131,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 80
6,001,000
15BarkOzzy Osbourne
Bark at the Moon
4,780,000
(03/12/20)
528,000109,000
(363,000)
105,000
(700,000)
120,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 70
5,642,000
16CutsBryan Adams
Cuts Like a Knife
3,580,000
(03/22/19)
1,080,000554,000
(1,847,000)
95,000
(630,000)
179,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 130
5,488,000
17FantasticWham!
Fantastic
3,750,000
(05/06/17)
415,000813,000
(2,710,000)
68,000
(450,000)
156,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 90
5,202,000
18BodyRod Stewart
Body Wishes
2,750,000
(11/23/19)
820,0001,069,000
(3,563,000)
51,000
(340,000)
73,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 70
4,763,000
19FlickAC/DC
Flick of the Switch
3,900,000
(02/20/18)
76,000102,000
(340,000)
8,000
(50,000)
39,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,125,000
20StayingBee Gees
Staying Alive
3,550,000
(04/09/17)
0363,000
(1,210,000)
3,000
(20,000)
113,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 150
4,029,000
21YentlBarbra Streisand
Yentl
3,500,000
(03/16/18)
282,000135,000
(450,000)
6,000
(40,000)
20,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,943,000
22UndercoverThe Rolling Stones
Undercover
3,400,000
(02/10/22)
73,000420,000
(1,400,000)
30,000
(200,000)
14,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,937,000
23MorganeRenaud
Morgane de toi
1,640,000
(11/01/17)
1,114,000107,000
(357,000)
17,000
(110,000)
78,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 50
2,956,000
24MurmurR.E.M.
Murmur
1,990,000
(09/24/21)
470,00027,000
(90,000)
21,000
(140,000)
40,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
2,548,000
25InfidelsBob Dylan
Infidels
2,000,000
(12/14/21)
84,00090,000
(300,000)
38,000
(250,000)
26,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,238,000
*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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