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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1950s1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
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1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
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1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
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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
1NevermindNevermind
Nirvana
27,750,000
(07/09/17)
21,026,0001,077,000
(3,590,000)
2,070,000
(13,800,000)
5,614,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 2,330
LD: 3,450
57,537,000
2MetallicaMetallica
Metallica
30,790,000
(02/13/19)
8,707,0001,944,000
(6,480,000)
2,501,000
(16,670,000)
4,493,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 2,170
LD: 2,810
48,435,000
3DangerousDangerous
Michael Jackson
29,550,000
(09/27/17)
11,404,0003,036,000
(10,120,000)
1,037,000
(6,910,000)
1,559,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 630
LD: 750
46,586,000
4UseUse Your Illusion I
Guns N' Roses
18,010,000
(03/01/18)
5,010,0001,197,000
(3,990,000)
1,023,000
(6,820,000)
2,277,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 1,010
LD: 1,440
27,517,000
5BloodBlood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers
14,430,000
(03/29/18)
7,285,000603,000
(2,010,000)
1,032,000
(6,880,000)
2,017,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 840
LD: 850
25,367,000
6AchtungAchtung Baby
U2
17,500,000
(09/18/21)
5,025,0001,215,000
(4,050,000)
750,000
(5,000,000)
845,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 440
LD: 390
25,335,000
7UseUse Your Illusion II
Guns N' Roses
18,800,000
(03/01/18)
2,902,000990,000
(3,300,000)
873,000
(5,820,000)
1,453,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 630
LD: 920
25,018,000
8OutOut of Time
R.E.M.
16,005,000
(09/24/21)
4,769,000547,000
(1,820,000)
569,000
(3,790,000)
1,404,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 800
LD: 780
23,293,000
9WakingWaking Up the Neighbours
Bryan Adams
11,630,000
(03/22/19)
5,507,0003,391,000
(11,303,000)
564,000
(3,760,000)
715,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 370
LD: 360
21,807,000
10Ropin' The Wind
Garth Brooks
13,680,000
(01/05/19)
7,501,00012,000
(40,000)
1,000
(10,000)
7,000
(01/05/19)
N/A21,201,000
11ShepherdShepherd Moons
Enya
13,270,000
(02/25/18)
5,214,000138,000
(460,000)
120,000
(800,000)
323,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 200
19,065,000
12WeWe Can't Dance
Genesis
13,780,000
(05/25/22)
3,550,000923,000
(2,770,000)
212,000
(1,410,000)
310,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 140
18,774,000
13InnuendoInnuendo
Queen
5,870,000
(01/25/20)
6,569,000355,000
(1,182,000)
351,000
(2,340,000)
779,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 330
LD: 270
13,924,000
14EmotionsEmotions
Mariah Carey
8,100,000
(04/28/17)
4,338,000591,000
(1,970,000)
105,000
(700,000)
142,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
13,276,000
15VagabondVagabond Heart
Rod Stewart
5,950,000
(11/23/19)
3,697,0001,347,000
(4,490,000)
195,000
(1,300,000)
243,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 120
11,432,000
16OnOn Every Street
Dire Straits
9,140,000
(03/23/18)
637,000240,000
(800,000)
74,000
(490,000)
188,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 110
10,279,000
17DiamondsDiamonds and Pearls
Prince and the New Power Generation
7,100,000
(10/04/18)
1,152,0001,191,000
(3,970,000)
282,000
(1,880,000)
118,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
9,843,000
18NoNo More Tears
Ozzy Osbourne
6,200,000
(03/12/20)
1,257,000162,000
(540,000)
393,000
(2,620,000)
379,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 190
LD: 190
8,391,000
19TheThe Soul Cages
Sting
5,770,000
(06/14/20)
971,000256,000
(850,000)
48,000
(320,000)
68,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
7,113,000
20LoveLove Hurts
Cher
3,500,000
(08/30/17)
1,731,000306,000
(1,020,000)
48,000
(320,000)
141,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 80
5,726,000
21ForFor Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Van Halen
4,925,000
(08/14/20)
476,00045,000
(150,000)
123,000
(820,000)
90,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
5,659,000
22DionDion Chante Plamondon
Céline Dion
1,500,000
(09/28/21)
881,000135,000
(450,000)
15,000
(100,000)
31,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,562,000
232Pacalypse2Pacalypse Now
2Pac
1,680,000
(01/22/22)
273,00050,000
(100,000)
102,000
(680,000)
105,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 40
2,210,000
24KerplunkKerplunk
Green Day
1,950,000
(03/11/17)
43,0000
(0)
60,000
(400,000)
66,000
(12/05/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
2,119,000
*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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