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
1SlipperyBon Jovi
Slippery When Wet
23,600,000
(01/28/22)
22,492,0001,320,000
(4,400,000)
2,220,000
(14,800,000)
2,332,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 1,430
LD: 1,530
51,964,000
2TrueMadonna
True Blue
22,550,000
(08/20/17)
9,925,0003,651,000
(12,170,000)
421,000
(2,810,000)
820,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 400
LD: 540
37,367,000
3InvisibleGenesis
Invisible Touch
12,970,000
(05/25/22)
5,819,0001,426,000
(4,088,000)
422,000
(2,810,000)
408,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 280
LD: 280
21,044,000
4GracelandPaul Simon
Graceland
14,570,000
(05/10/18)
3,093,000492,000
(1,640,000)
302,000
(2,010,000)
858,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 380
LD: 390
19,315,000
5MasterMetallica
Master Of Puppets
13,980,000
(02/13/19)
2,397,0003,000
(10,000)
492,000
(3,280,000)
1,231,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 610
LD: 850
18,103,000
6ControlJanet Jackson
Control
9,200,000
(04/17/17)
3,427,0002,118,000
(7,060,000)
195,000
(1,300,000)
117,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 70
15,057,000
7AQueen
A Kind of Magic
6,550,000
(01/25/20)
5,850,000958,000
(3,193,000)
345,000
(2,300,000)
713,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 350
LD: 380
14,416,000
85150Van Halen
5150
8,765,000
(08/14/20)
1,196,000542,000
(1,805,000)
306,000
(2,040,000)
207,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 130
11,016,000
9MusicWham!
Music from the Edge of Heaven
1,700,000
(05/06/17)
4,340,0003,045,000
(10,150,000)
503,000
(3,350,000)
1,173,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 520
LD: 150
10,761,000
10ParadePrince and the Revolutions
Parade
4,560,000
(10/04/18)
3,361,0001,068,000
(3,560,000)
421,000
(2,810,000)
388,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 190
LD: 180
9,798,000
11ThirdBoston
Third Stage
6,590,000
(06/01/19)
235,000549,000
(1,830,000)
129,000
(860,000)
95,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 70
7,598,000
12SomewhereIron Maiden
Somewhere in Time
5,290,000
(11/12/21)
824,000117,000
(330,000)
92,000
(610,000)
186,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 120
6,508,000
13GangJohnny Hallyday
Gang
1,460,000
(01/01/18)
3,583,000438,000
(1,460,000)
49,000
(330,000)
246,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 130
5,776,000
14TheBilly Joel
The Bridge
4,400,000
(11/03/21)
338,000615,000
(2,050,000)
45,000
(300,000)
51,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
5,449,000
15TheOzzy Osbourne
The Ultimate Sin
3,900,000
(03/12/20)
303,000116,000
(385,000)
102,000
(680,000)
82,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 60
4,503,000
16DirtyThe Rolling Stones
Dirty Work
3,850,000
(02/10/22)
84,000435,000
(1,450,000)
30,000
(200,000)
19,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
4,418,000
17RaisedJourney
Raised on Radio
3,290,000
(09/13/19)
506,000279,000
(930,000)
123,000
(820,000)
75,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 50
4,273,000
18EveryRod Stewart
Every Beat Of My Heart
2,160,000
(11/23/19)
248,000450,000
(1,500,000)
12,000
(80,000)
17,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,887,000
19LifesR.E.M.
Lifes Rich Pageant
2,215,000
(09/24/21)
301,00039,000
(125,000)
44,000
(290,000)
36,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
2,634,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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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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