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
1BadBad
Michael Jackson
33,600,000
(09/27/17)
22,287,0003,948,000
(13,160,000)
2,402,000
(16,010,000)
2,857,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 1,160
LD: 1,440
65,094,000
2AppetiteAppetite For Destruction
Guns N' Roses
30,770,000
(03/01/18)
10,822,000840,000
(2,800,000)
3,102,000
(20,680,000)
4,451,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 1,930
LD: 2,450
49,985,000
3TheThe Joshua Tree
U2
26,800,000
(09/18/21)
17,389,0001,315,000
(4,050,000)
1,845,000
(12,300,000)
1,955,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 980
LD: 980
49,304,000
4DirtyDirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
29,970,000
(01/13/18)
2,907,0001,275,000
(4,250,000)
563,000
(3,750,000)
1,266,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 550
LD: 680
35,981,000
5WhitneyWhitney
Whitney Houston
19,800,000
(05/04/17)
3,551,0002,274,000
(7,580,000)
765,000
(5,100,000)
1,343,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 580
LD: 700
27,733,000
6FaithFaith
George Michael
18,850,000
(05/06/17)
4,578,0002,718,000
(9,060,000)
480,000
(3,200,000)
804,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 330
LD: 390
27,430,000
7TangoTango In The Night
Fleetwood Mac
11,300,000
(10/21/21)
7,290,0001,455,000
(4,850,000)
810,000
(5,400,000)
1,171,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 620
LD: 690
22,026,000
8?Nothing?Nothing Like the Sun
Sting
9,540,000
(06/14/20)
7,010,000759,000
(2,080,000)
369,000
(2,460,000)
532,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 270
LD: 300
18,210,000
9AA Momentary Lapse of Reason
Pink Floyd
10,200,000
(06/18/17)
1,822,00084,000
(280,000)
165,000
(1,100,000)
288,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 160
12,559,000
10PermanentPermanent Vacation
Aerosmith
7,590,000
(06/01/18)
3,401,000528,000
(1,760,000)
483,000
(3,220,000)
452,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 230
12,454,000
11TunnelTunnel of Love
Bruce Springsteen
8,350,000
(07/07/17)
617,000828,000
(2,760,000)
120,000
(800,000)
177,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 100
10,092,000
12DocumentDocument
R.E.M.
4,025,000
(09/24/21)
5,002,000251,000
(838,000)
255,000
(1,700,000)
300,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 170
9,833,000
13EnyaEnya (The Celts)
Enya
6,190,000
(02/25/18)
1,804,00012,000
(40,000)
69,000
(460,000)
151,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 70
8,226,000
14SignSign 'o' the Times
Prince
5,250,000
(10/04/18)
1,262,0001,206,000
(4,020,000)
357,000
(2,380,000)
130,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 60
8,205,000
15Who'sWho's That Girl
Madonna
5,400,000
(08/20/17)
53,0001,182,000
(3,940,000)
77,000
(510,000)
37,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
6,749,000
16E.S.P.E.S.P.
Bee Gees
2,700,000
(04/09/17)
739,000741,000
(2,470,000)
120,000
(800,000)
93,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 60
4,393,000
17IntoInto the Fire
Bryan Adams
3,340,000
(03/22/19)
106,000405,000
(1,350,000)
8,000
(50,000)
17,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,876,000
18XegundoXegundo Xou da Xuxa
Xuxa
2,970,000
(10/13/22)
595,0000
(0)
0
(0)
12,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,577,000
19CherCher
Cher
2,050,000
(08/30/17)
531,000492,000
(1,640,000)
65,000
(430,000)
30,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,168,000
20CharactersCharacters
Stevie Wonder
2,355,000
(03/20/21)
4,000281,000
(933,000)
62,000
(410,000)
19,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,720,000
21NeverNever Let Me Down
David Bowie
2,300,000
(03/11/22)
12,000315,000
(1,050,000)
5,000
(30,000)
12,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,644,000
22TheThe House of Blue Light
Deep Purple
2,115,000
(08/18/21)
21,00036,000
(120,000)
11,000
(70,000)
15,000
(11/26/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,198,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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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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