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
1NevermindNirvana
Nevermind
27,750,000
(07/09/17)
21,026,0001,077,000
(3,590,000)
2,070,000
(13,800,000)
5,023,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 2,220
LD: 3,660
56,946,000
2MetallicaMetallica
Metallica
30,790,000
(02/13/19)
8,707,0001,944,000
(6,480,000)
2,501,000
(16,670,000)
4,036,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 2,080
LD: 2,440
47,978,000
3DangerousMichael Jackson
Dangerous
29,550,000
(09/27/17)
11,404,0003,036,000
(10,120,000)
1,037,000
(6,910,000)
1,431,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 620
LD: 850
46,458,000
4UseGuns N' Roses
Use Your Illusion I
18,010,000
(03/01/18)
5,010,0001,197,000
(3,990,000)
1,023,000
(6,820,000)
2,040,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 960
LD: 1,220
27,280,000
5AchtungU2
Achtung Baby
17,500,000
(09/18/21)
5,025,0001,215,000
(4,050,000)
750,000
(5,000,000)
776,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 450
LD: 450
25,266,000
6BloodRed Hot Chili Peppers
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
14,430,000
(03/29/18)
7,285,000603,000
(2,010,000)
1,032,000
(6,880,000)
1,862,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 830
LD: 990
25,212,000
7UseGuns N' Roses
Use Your Illusion II
18,800,000
(03/01/18)
2,902,000990,000
(3,300,000)
873,000
(5,820,000)
1,299,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 600
LD: 830
24,864,000
8OutR.E.M.
Out of Time
16,005,000
(09/24/21)
4,769,000547,000
(1,820,000)
569,000
(3,790,000)
1,261,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 750
LD: 840
23,150,000
9WakingBryan Adams
Waking Up the Neighbours
11,630,000
(03/22/19)
5,507,0003,391,000
(11,303,000)
564,000
(3,760,000)
651,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 360
LD: 390
21,743,000
10Garth Brooks
Ropin' The Wind
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
11ShepherdEnya
Shepherd Moons
13,270,000
(02/25/18)
5,214,000138,000
(460,000)
120,000
(800,000)
292,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 150
19,034,000
12WeGenesis
We Can't Dance
13,780,000
(05/25/22)
3,550,000922,000
(2,770,000)
212,000
(1,410,000)
283,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 180
18,747,000
13InnuendoQueen
Innuendo
5,870,000
(01/25/20)
6,569,000355,000
(1,182,000)
351,000
(2,340,000)
730,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 340
LD: 340
13,875,000
14EmotionsMariah Carey
Emotions
8,100,000
(04/28/17)
4,338,000591,000
(1,970,000)
105,000
(700,000)
132,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
13,266,000
15VagabondRod Stewart
Vagabond Heart
5,950,000
(11/23/19)
3,697,0001,347,000
(4,490,000)
195,000
(1,300,000)
220,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 150
11,409,000
16OnDire Straits
On Every Street
9,140,000
(03/23/18)
637,000240,000
(800,000)
74,000
(490,000)
168,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 120
10,259,000
17DiamondsPrince and the New Power Generation
Diamonds and Pearls
7,100,000
(10/04/18)
1,152,0001,191,000
(3,970,000)
282,000
(1,880,000)
109,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 60
9,834,000
18NoOzzy Osbourne
No More Tears
6,200,000
(03/12/20)
1,257,000162,000
(540,000)
393,000
(2,620,000)
345,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 190
LD: 210
8,357,000
19TheSting
The Soul Cages
5,770,000
(06/14/20)
971,000256,000
(850,000)
48,000
(320,000)
63,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
7,108,000
20LoveCher
Love Hurts
3,500,000
(08/30/17)
1,731,000306,000
(1,020,000)
48,000
(320,000)
125,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 100
5,710,000
21ForVan Halen
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
4,925,000
(08/14/20)
476,00045,000
(150,000)
123,000
(820,000)
82,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 50
5,651,000
22DionCéline Dion
Dion Chante Plamondon
1,500,000
(09/28/21)
881,000135,000
(450,000)
15,000
(100,000)
29,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,560,000
232Pacalypse2Pac
2Pacalypse Now
1,680,000
(01/22/22)
273,00050,000
(100,000)
102,000
(680,000)
99,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 40
2,204,000
24KerplunkGreen Day
Kerplunk
1,950,000
(03/11/17)
43,0000
(0)
60,000
(400,000)
61,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
2,114,000
*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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