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
1MusicMariah Carey
Music Box
26,100,000
(04/28/17)
5,550,0001,941,000
(6,470,000)
450,000
(3,000,000)
525,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 290
34,566,000
2GetAerosmith
Get a Grip
13,360,000
(06/01/18)
9,471,000732,000
(2,440,000)
527,000
(3,510,000)
1,105,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 550
LD: 750
25,195,000
3TheCéline Dion
The Colour Of My Love
16,600,000
(09/28/21)
3,635,0001,890,000
(6,300,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
347,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 240
22,832,000
4InNirvana
In Utero
12,050,000
(07/09/17)
5,780,00075,000
(250,000)
690,000
(4,600,000)
1,621,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 700
LD: 1,200
20,216,000
5Janet.Janet Jackson
Janet.
12,600,000
(04/17/17)
3,794,0002,448,000
(8,160,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
258,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 120
19,460,000
6BatMeat Loaf
Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell
12,730,000
(06/16/18)
1,499,0001,479,000
(4,930,000)
150,000
(1,000,000)
285,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 140
LD: 200
16,143,000
7TenSting
Ten Summoner's Tales
8,150,000
(06/14/20)
5,440,000482,000
(1,605,000)
638,000
(4,250,000)
870,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 570
LD: 530
15,580,000
8Garth Brooks
In Pieces
7,840,000
(01/05/19)
5,699,00033,000
(110,000)
1,000
(10,000)
4,000
(01/05/19)
N/A13,577,000
9EverybodyCranberries
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
8,520,000
(01/25/18)
1,174,000375,000
(1,250,000)
458,000
(3,050,000)
972,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 480
LD: 560
11,499,000
10RiverBilly Joel
River Of Dreams
9,000,000
(11/03/21)
1,107,000840,000
(2,800,000)
135,000
(900,000)
121,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 80
11,203,000
11ZooropaU2
Zooropa
8,000,000
(09/18/21)
364,000315,000
(1,050,000)
120,000
(800,000)
106,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
8,905,000
12BothPhil Collins
Both Sides
7,710,000
(04/11/18)
268,000252,000
(840,000)
45,000
(300,000)
57,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
8,332,000
13EverythingTake That
Everything Changes
3,620,000
(12/15/19)
3,224,000915,000
(3,051,000)
81,000
(540,000)
94,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
7,934,000
14DebutBjörk
Debut
5,730,000
(12/23/18)
1,225,000228,000
(760,000)
131,000
(870,000)
192,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 150
7,506,000
15TheGuns N' Roses
The Spaghetti Incident?
6,100,000
(03/01/18)
269,000132,000
(440,000)
96,000
(640,000)
177,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 120
6,774,000
16Strictly2Pac
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…
3,075,000
(01/22/22)
1,377,000719,000
(2,040,000)
293,000
(1,950,000)
404,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 290
LD: 260
5,867,000
17DuetsElton John
Duets
3,550,000
(02/05/18)
12,000240,000
(800,000)
4,000
(30,000)
17,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,823,000
18BackBarbra Streisand
Back to Broadway
2,850,000
(03/16/18)
222,00033,000
(110,000)
6,000
(40,000)
15,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
3,126,000
19OffPaul McCartney
Off the Ground
2,490,000
(12/13/18)
102,000198,000
(660,000)
6,000
(40,000)
39,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 50
2,835,000
20ShaniaShania Twain
Shania Twain
2,300,000
(02/25/22)
2,00030,000
(100,000)
15,000
(100,000)
14,000
(06/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,361,000
*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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