Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

Top albums CSPC

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
1SlipperySlippery When Wet
Bon Jovi
23,600,000
(01/28/22)
22,492,0001,320,000
(4,400,000)
2,220,000
(14,800,000)
2,574,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 1,510
LD: 1,410
52,206,000
2TrueTrue Blue
Madonna
22,550,000
(08/20/17)
9,925,0003,651,000
(12,170,000)
421,000
(2,810,000)
762,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 340
LD: 470
37,309,000
3InvisibleInvisible Touch
Genesis
12,970,000
(05/25/22)
5,819,0001,426,000
(4,088,000)
422,000
(2,810,000)
450,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 280
LD: 250
21,086,000
4GracelandGraceland
Paul Simon
14,570,000
(05/10/18)
3,093,000492,000
(1,640,000)
302,000
(2,010,000)
918,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 380
LD: 300
19,375,000
5MasterMaster Of Puppets
Metallica
13,980,000
(02/13/19)
2,397,0003,000
(10,000)
492,000
(3,280,000)
1,535,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 760
LD: 930
18,407,000
6ControlControl
Janet Jackson
9,200,000
(04/17/17)
3,427,0002,118,000
(7,060,000)
195,000
(1,300,000)
127,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 60
15,067,000
7AA Kind of Magic
Queen
6,550,000
(01/25/20)
5,850,000958,000
(3,193,000)
345,000
(2,300,000)
771,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 350
LD: 340
14,474,000
851505150
Van Halen
8,765,000
(08/14/20)
1,196,000542,000
(1,805,000)
306,000
(2,040,000)
226,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 110
11,035,000
9MusicMusic from the Edge of Heaven
Wham!
1,700,000
(05/06/17)
4,340,0003,045,000
(10,150,000)
503,000
(3,350,000)
1,255,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 530
LD: 3,510
10,843,000
10ParadeParade
Prince and the Revolutions
4,560,000
(10/04/18)
3,361,0001,068,000
(3,560,000)
421,000
(2,810,000)
417,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 190
LD: 160
9,827,000
11ThirdThird Stage
Boston
6,590,000
(06/01/19)
235,000549,000
(1,830,000)
129,000
(860,000)
104,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 50
7,607,000
12SomewhereSomewhere in Time
Iron Maiden
5,290,000
(11/12/21)
824,000117,000
(330,000)
92,000
(610,000)
207,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 120
LD: 120
6,529,000
13GangGang
Johnny Hallyday
1,460,000
(01/01/18)
3,583,000438,000
(1,460,000)
49,000
(330,000)
268,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 150
5,798,000
14TheThe Bridge
Billy Joel
4,400,000
(11/03/21)
338,000615,000
(2,050,000)
45,000
(300,000)
56,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
5,454,000
15TheThe Ultimate Sin
Ozzy Osbourne
3,900,000
(03/12/20)
303,000116,000
(385,000)
102,000
(680,000)
91,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 60
4,512,000
16DirtyDirty Work
The Rolling Stones
3,850,000
(02/10/22)
84,000435,000
(1,450,000)
30,000
(200,000)
21,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
4,420,000
17RaisedRaised on Radio
Journey
3,290,000
(09/13/19)
506,000279,000
(930,000)
123,000
(820,000)
83,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
4,281,000
18XouXou da Xuxa
Xuxa
2,885,000
(10/13/22)
1,173,0000
(0)
3,000
(20,000)
32,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 20
4,093,000
19AugustAugust
Eric Clapton
2,780,000
(09/21/22)
132,000137,000
(408,000)
107,000
(710,000)
38,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 10
3,193,000
20EveryEvery Beat Of My Heart
Rod Stewart
2,160,000
(11/23/19)
248,000450,000
(1,500,000)
12,000
(80,000)
19,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,889,000
21LifesLifes Rich Pageant
R.E.M.
2,215,000
(09/24/21)
301,00039,000
(125,000)
44,000
(290,000)
39,000
(11/28/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
2,637,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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futiledevices

why “red (taylor’s version)” isn’t included

Ultimate

In Page 5, in Digital Singles Sales

The likes of Maroon 5 and Eminem numbers are increasing while Lady Gaga and Adele are still the same. Taking note that they which are supposed to be top 2 in the first place. The update supposed to be all of such lists.
Can the admins answer this question?

Jazz

Adele and Lady Gaga are both increasing. A few years back Adele was at 80 million, Gaga was at 60 million. Now Adele at 102 and Gaga 77. Eminem and Maroon 5 just have better streaming figures.

Paviurso

Why is Adele’s 30 not among the albums with the most pure sales? if they have even given it a Guinness World Record for selling 5M of pure units in 2021

Yefersonc_28

Actualicen a billie

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