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
1BornBruce Springsteen
Born in the U.S.A.
29,300,000
(07/07/17)
13,852,0002,808,000
(9,360,000)
1,065,000
(7,100,000)
1,738,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 730
LD: 0
48,763,000
2LikeMadonna
Like A Virgin
21,250,000
(08/20/17)
14,381,0003,375,000
(11,250,000)
523,000
(3,490,000)
580,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 0
40,109,000
3PurplePrince and the Revolutions
Purple Rain
23,030,000
(10/04/18)
9,220,0003,189,000
(10,630,000)
1,577,000
(10,510,000)
975,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 480
LD: 0
37,991,000
4RecklessBryan Adams
Reckless
12,300,000
(03/22/19)
19,604,0001,602,000
(5,340,000)
1,125,000
(7,500,000)
1,892,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 990
LD: 0
36,523,000
5MakeWham!
Make It Big
14,000,000
(05/06/17)
8,104,0004,167,000
(13,890,000)
510,000
(3,400,000)
1,758,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 760
LD: 0
28,539,000
6TheQueen
The Works
5,140,000
(01/25/20)
18,100,0001,440,000
(4,800,000)
576,000
(3,840,000)
2,131,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 1,060
LD: 0
27,387,000
71984Van Halen
1984
15,440,000
(08/14/20)
7,308,0001,387,000
(4,620,000)
767,000
(5,110,000)
1,164,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 530
LD: 0
26,065,000
8DiamondSade
Diamond Life
13,590,000
(07/02/20)
6,477,000693,000
(2,310,000)
405,000
(2,700,000)
489,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 0
21,654,000
9RideMetallica
Ride The Lightning
11,740,000
(02/13/19)
1,879,00093,000
(310,000)
695,000
(4,630,000)
1,351,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 660
LD: 0
15,758,000
10TheU2
The Unforgettable Fire
8,100,000
(09/18/21)
4,213,000420,000
(1,400,000)
345,000
(2,300,000)
355,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 190
LD: 0
13,433,000
11TheStevie Wonder
The Woman In Red
6,620,000
(03/20/21)
1,524,0002,405,000
(8,015,000)
396,000
(2,640,000)
360,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 180
LD: 0
11,305,000
12ChristmasMannheim Steamroller
Christmas
6,450,000
(12/28/20)
3,421,0008,000
(25,000)
90,000
(600,000)
40,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
10,009,000
13PowerslaveIron Maiden
Powerslave
5,610,000
(11/12/21)
2,795,000152,000
(430,000)
104,000
(690,000)
319,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 0
8,979,000
14BonBon Jovi
Bon Jovi
3,600,000
(01/28/22)
1,679,000165,000
(550,000)
210,000
(1,400,000)
235,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 0
5,889,000
15VictoryThe Jacksons
Victory
4,475,000
(09/26/17)
43,000834,000
(2,780,000)
15,000
(100,000)
38,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
5,405,000
16PerfectDeep Purple
Perfect Strangers
4,170,000
(08/18/21)
807,00068,000
(225,000)
159,000
(1,060,000)
153,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 0
5,357,000
17TonightDavid Bowie
Tonight
3,400,000
(03/11/22)
142,000600,000
(2,000,000)
23,000
(150,000)
49,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
4,214,000
18BreakingElton John
Breaking Hearts
2,530,000
(02/05/18)
293,000702,000
(2,340,000)
8,000
(50,000)
47,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
3,580,000
19GivePaul McCartney
Give My Regards to Broad Street
2,160,000
(12/13/18)
748,000441,000
(1,470,000)
15,000
(100,000)
68,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
3,432,000
20CamouflageRod Stewart
Camouflage
2,280,000
(11/23/19)
343,000667,000
(2,220,000)
41,000
(270,000)
26,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
3,356,000
21MilkJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono
Milk and Honey
2,170,000
(10/16/18)
143,000459,000
(1,530,000)
18,000
(120,000)
30,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,820,000
22EmotionBarbra Streisand
Emotion
1,960,000
(03/16/18)
15,000177,000
(590,000)
1,000
(10,000)
3,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,156,000
*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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