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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1950s1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
1960s1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
1980s1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
2000s2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
2010s2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
2020s202020212022

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)
1,748,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 1,020
LD: 0
37,457,000
2WarU2
War
10,900,000
(09/18/21)
13,037,000330,000
(1,100,000)
375,000
(2,500,000)
456,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 0
25,098,000
3AnBilly Joel
An Innocent Man
13,000,000
(11/03/21)
6,578,0002,265,000
(7,550,000)
510,000
(3,400,000)
817,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 460
LD: 0
23,170,000
4FlashdanceVarious Artists
Flashdance
15,590,000
(12/05/18)
02,589,000
(8,630,000)
375,000
(2,500,000)
934,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 490
LD: 0
19,488,000
5MadonnaMadonna
Madonna
9,625,000
(08/20/17)
7,296,0001,191,000
(3,970,000)
364,000
(2,430,000)
258,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 0
18,734,000
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)
669,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 360
LD: 0
15,632,000
7FrontiersJourney
Frontiers
7,680,000
(09/13/19)
4,481,000411,000
(1,370,000)
855,000
(5,700,000)
531,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 270
LD: 0
13,958,000
8GenesisGenesis
Genesis
8,780,000
(05/25/22)
3,501,000831,000
(2,393,000)
293,000
(1,950,000)
238,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 0
13,642,000
9PieceIron Maiden
Piece of Mind
6,615,000
(11/12/21)
4,913,000159,000
(455,000)
168,000
(1,120,000)
474,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 290
LD: 0
12,329,000
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)
850,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 460
LD: 0
11,418,000
11KillMetallica
Kill 'Em All
8,510,000
(02/13/19)
640,000175,000
(583,000)
249,000
(1,660,000)
707,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 350
LD: 0
10,281,000
12ConfrontationBob Marley
Confrontation
2,950,000
(11/21/17)
4,319,000168,000
(560,000)
395,000
(2,630,000)
605,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 240
LD: 0
8,437,000
13ThePink Floyd
The Final Cut
6,800,000
(06/18/17)
415,00045,000
(150,000)
60,000
(400,000)
136,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 0
7,456,000
14PipesPaul McCartney
Pipes of Peace
3,130,000
(12/13/18)
1,012,0001,665,000
(5,550,000)
63,000
(420,000)
139,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 0
6,009,000
15BarkOzzy Osbourne
Bark at the Moon
4,780,000
(03/12/20)
528,000109,000
(363,000)
105,000
(700,000)
126,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 0
5,648,000
16CutsBryan Adams
Cuts Like a Knife
3,580,000
(03/22/19)
1,080,000554,000
(1,847,000)
95,000
(630,000)
190,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 0
5,499,000
17FantasticWham!
Fantastic
3,750,000
(05/06/17)
415,000813,000
(2,710,000)
68,000
(450,000)
164,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 0
5,210,000
18BodyRod Stewart
Body Wishes
2,750,000
(11/23/19)
820,0001,069,000
(3,563,000)
51,000
(340,000)
79,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 0
4,769,000
19FlickAC/DC
Flick of the Switch
3,900,000
(02/20/18)
76,000102,000
(340,000)
8,000
(50,000)
40,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
4,126,000
20StayingBee Gees
Staying Alive
3,550,000
(04/09/17)
0363,000
(1,210,000)
3,000
(20,000)
128,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 0
4,044,000
21YentlBarbra Streisand
Yentl
3,500,000
(03/16/18)
282,000135,000
(450,000)
6,000
(40,000)
21,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
3,944,000
22UndercoverThe Rolling Stones
Undercover
3,400,000
(02/10/22)
73,000420,000
(1,400,000)
30,000
(200,000)
14,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
3,937,000
23MorganeRenaud
Morgane de toi
1,640,000
(11/01/17)
1,114,000107,000
(357,000)
17,000
(110,000)
82,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
2,960,000
24MurmurR.E.M.
Murmur
1,990,000
(09/24/21)
470,00027,000
(90,000)
21,000
(140,000)
42,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
2,550,000
25InfidelsBob Dylan
Infidels
2,000,000
(12/14/21)
84,00090,000
(300,000)
38,000
(250,000)
27,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,239,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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matt

Why is “My Dear Melancholy” by The Weeknd on the 2020 list when it’s a 2018 EP? It has been for a while…

Mikko

A large number of artists have died from drugs or suicide. Only Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan have remained in working order.
Good role models for young artists. For some artists, death has been good commercially. Fans can be happy.

iilumight

Hi,I was wondering what happened to relapseby eminem, before the new EAS formula it was at 9,248,000 and now it has dissapeared from the list. If I go to Eminem albums and song sales page it says only 8,425,000 but if you add the numbers in the columns up it should either be around 8,982,000 (verified streams) or 9,297,000 (auto update).

KantClark

MJD, you could do a Olivia Newton-John’s article due her passing. It would be interesting to see.

Alexis

Hello there, when are Nicki Minaj sales going to be updated?

Ver

Can you update Demi Lovato?

stin

why does justin bieber’s justice have -57,000 by its physical singles?

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