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
1BadMichael Jackson
Bad
33,600,000
(09/27/17)
22,287,0003,948,000
(13,160,000)
2,402,000
(16,010,000)
2,614,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,130
LD: 1,630
64,851,000
2AppetiteGuns N' Roses
Appetite For Destruction
30,770,000
(03/01/18)
10,822,000840,000
(2,800,000)
3,102,000
(20,680,000)
4,024,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,840
LD: 2,560
49,558,000
3TheU2
The Joshua Tree
26,800,000
(09/18/21)
17,389,0001,315,000
(4,050,000)
1,845,000
(12,300,000)
1,803,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 970
LD: 1,070
49,152,000
4DirtyDirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
29,970,000
(01/13/18)
2,907,0001,275,000
(4,250,000)
563,000
(3,750,000)
1,161,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 540
LD: 750
35,876,000
5WhitneyWhitney Houston
Whitney
19,800,000
(05/04/17)
3,551,0002,274,000
(7,580,000)
765,000
(5,100,000)
1,239,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 570
LD: 810
27,629,000
6FaithGeorge Michael
Faith
18,850,000
(05/06/17)
4,578,0002,718,000
(9,060,000)
480,000
(3,200,000)
744,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 320
LD: 470
27,370,000
7TangoFleetwood Mac
Tango In The Night
11,300,000
(10/21/21)
7,290,0001,455,000
(4,850,000)
810,000
(5,400,000)
1,073,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 610
LD: 700
21,928,000
8?NothingSting
?Nothing Like the Sun
9,540,000
(06/14/20)
7,010,000759,000
(2,080,000)
369,000
(2,460,000)
489,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 270
LD: 280
18,167,000
9APink Floyd
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
10,200,000
(06/18/17)
1,822,00084,000
(280,000)
165,000
(1,100,000)
263,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 170
12,534,000
10PermanentAerosmith
Permanent Vacation
7,590,000
(06/01/18)
3,401,000528,000
(1,760,000)
483,000
(3,220,000)
411,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 270
12,413,000
11TunnelBruce Springsteen
Tunnel of Love
8,350,000
(07/07/17)
617,000828,000
(2,760,000)
120,000
(800,000)
164,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 100
10,079,000
12DocumentR.E.M.
Document
4,025,000
(09/24/21)
5,002,000251,000
(838,000)
255,000
(1,700,000)
276,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 180
9,809,000
13EnyaEnya
Enya (The Celts)
6,190,000
(02/25/18)
1,804,00012,000
(40,000)
69,000
(460,000)
140,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
8,215,000
14SignPrince
Sign 'o' the Times
5,250,000
(10/04/18)
1,262,0001,206,000
(4,020,000)
357,000
(2,380,000)
120,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 70
8,195,000
15Who'sMadonna
Who's That Girl
5,400,000
(08/20/17)
53,0001,182,000
(3,940,000)
77,000
(510,000)
34,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 20
6,746,000
16E.S.P.Bee Gees
E.S.P.
2,700,000
(04/09/17)
739,000741,000
(2,470,000)
120,000
(800,000)
84,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 60
4,384,000
17IntoBryan Adams
Into the Fire
3,340,000
(03/22/19)
106,000405,000
(1,350,000)
8,000
(50,000)
16,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,875,000
18CherCher
Cher
2,050,000
(08/30/17)
531,000492,000
(1,640,000)
65,000
(430,000)
28,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,166,000
19CharactersStevie Wonder
Characters
2,355,000
(03/20/21)
4,000281,000
(933,000)
62,000
(410,000)
18,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,719,000
20NeverDavid Bowie
Never Let Me Down
2,300,000
(03/11/22)
12,000315,000
(1,050,000)
5,000
(30,000)
12,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,644,000
21TheDeep Purple
The House of Blue Light
2,115,000
(08/18/21)
21,00037,000
(120,000)
11,000
(70,000)
14,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,197,000
*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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