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
1TheWhitney Houston
The Bodyguard
41,100,000
(05/04/17)
6,727,0004,074,000
(13,580,000)
1,538,000
(10,250,000)
1,465,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 620
LD: 770
54,904,000
2AutomaticR.E.M.
Automatic for the People
13,720,000
(09/24/21)
2,796,000509,000
(1,698,000)
447,000
(2,980,000)
667,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 380
LD: 380
18,139,000
3LoveSade
Love Deluxe
8,740,000
(07/02/20)
5,606,000307,000
(1,020,000)
356,000
(2,370,000)
401,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 220
LD: 240
15,409,000
4KeepBon Jovi
Keep the Faith
8,600,000
(01/28/22)
3,532,000968,000
(3,227,000)
330,000
(2,200,000)
429,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 270
13,859,000
5Garth Brooks
The Chase
7,970,000
(01/05/19)
3,765,0004,000
(13,000)
0
(0)
2,000
(01/05/19)
N/A11,741,000
6EroticaMadonna
Erotica
6,825,000
(08/20/17)
1,480,000801,000
(2,670,000)
114,000
(760,000)
81,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 50
9,301,000
7CelineCéline Dion
Celine Dion
5,700,000
(09/28/21)
988,000585,000
(1,950,000)
240,000
(1,600,000)
190,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 90
7,703,000
8FearIron Maiden
Fear of the Dark
3,615,000
(11/12/21)
3,224,00091,000
(240,000)
131,000
(870,000)
447,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 260
7,508,000
9HarvestNeil Young
Harvest Moon
4,065,000
(05/16/21)
2,737,00047,000
(153,000)
215,000
(1,430,000)
234,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 80
7,297,000
10TheElton John
The One
5,680,000
(02/05/18)
188,000450,000
(1,500,000)
15,000
(100,000)
37,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
6,370,000
11Ooooooohhh...TLC
Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
4,720,000
(04/07/19)
127,0001,041,000
(3,470,000)
75,000
(500,000)
91,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
6,054,000
12HumanBruce Springsteen
Human Touch
4,600,000
(07/07/17)
693,000243,000
(810,000)
53,000
(350,000)
75,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 60
5,664,000
13TakeTake That
Take That & Party
1,970,000
(12/15/19)
2,196,000333,000
(990,000)
84,000
(560,000)
50,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,633,000
14LuckyBruce Springsteen
Lucky Town
3,700,000
(07/07/17)
495,00021,000
(70,000)
45,000
(300,000)
36,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 20
4,297,000
15LovePrince and the New Power Generation
Love Symbol Album
3,020,000
(10/04/18)
327,000516,000
(1,720,000)
102,000
(680,000)
48,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,013,000
16Garth Brooks
Beyond The Season
3,660,000
(01/05/19)
00
(0)
0
(0)
0
(01/05/19)
N/A3,660,000
17MattersTracy Chapman
Matters of the Heart
2,110,000
(06/25/19)
47,00018,000
(60,000)
33,000
(220,000)
26,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,234,000
*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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