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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1950s1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
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1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
1980s1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
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
1MusicMariah Carey
Music Box
26,100,000
(04/28/17)
5,550,0001,941,000
(6,470,000)
450,000
(3,000,000)
551,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 0
34,592,000
2GetAerosmith
Get a Grip
13,360,000
(06/01/18)
9,471,000732,000
(2,440,000)
527,000
(3,510,000)
1,170,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 560
LD: 0
25,260,000
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)
369,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 0
22,854,000
4InNirvana
In Utero
12,050,000
(07/09/17)
5,780,00075,000
(250,000)
690,000
(4,600,000)
1,734,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 720
LD: 0
20,329,000
5Janet.Janet Jackson
Janet.
12,600,000
(04/17/17)
3,794,0002,448,000
(8,160,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
269,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 0
19,471,000
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)
302,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 150
LD: 0
16,160,000
7TenSting
Ten Summoner's Tales
8,150,000
(06/14/20)
5,440,000483,000
(1,605,000)
638,000
(4,250,000)
919,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 560
LD: 0
15,629,000
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)
1,025,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 480
LD: 0
11,552,000
10RiverBilly Joel
River Of Dreams
9,000,000
(11/03/21)
1,107,000840,000
(2,800,000)
135,000
(900,000)
128,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 0
11,210,000
11ZooropaU2
Zooropa
8,000,000
(09/18/21)
364,000315,000
(1,050,000)
120,000
(800,000)
111,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 0
8,910,000
12BothPhil Collins
Both Sides
7,710,000
(04/11/18)
268,000252,000
(840,000)
45,000
(300,000)
59,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
8,334,000
13EverythingTake That
Everything Changes
3,620,000
(12/15/19)
3,224,000915,000
(3,051,000)
81,000
(540,000)
98,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 0
7,938,000
14DebutBjörk
Debut
5,730,000
(12/23/18)
1,225,000228,000
(760,000)
131,000
(870,000)
204,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 0
7,518,000
15TheGuns N' Roses
The Spaghetti Incident?
6,100,000
(03/01/18)
269,000132,000
(440,000)
96,000
(640,000)
189,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 0
6,786,000
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)
429,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 280
LD: 0
5,892,000
17DuetsElton John
Duets
3,550,000
(02/05/18)
12,000240,000
(800,000)
4,000
(30,000)
18,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
3,824,000
18BackBarbra Streisand
Back to Broadway
2,850,000
(03/16/18)
222,00033,000
(110,000)
6,000
(40,000)
15,000
(09/23/22)
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)
43,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
2,839,000
20ShaniaShania Twain
Shania Twain
2,300,000
(02/25/22)
2,00030,000
(100,000)
15,000
(100,000)
16,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
2,363,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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matt

Why is “My Dear Melancholy” by The Weeknd on the 2020 list when it’s a 2018 EP? It has been for a while…

Mikko

A large number of artists have died from drugs or suicide. Only Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan have remained in working order.
Good role models for young artists. For some artists, death has been good commercially. Fans can be happy.

iilumight

Hi,I was wondering what happened to relapseby eminem, before the new EAS formula it was at 9,248,000 and now it has dissapeared from the list. If I go to Eminem albums and song sales page it says only 8,425,000 but if you add the numbers in the columns up it should either be around 8,982,000 (verified streams) or 9,297,000 (auto update).

KantClark

MJD, you could do a Olivia Newton-John’s article due her passing. It would be interesting to see.

Alexis

Hello there, when are Nicki Minaj sales going to be updated?

Ver

Can you update Demi Lovato?

stin

why does justin bieber’s justice have -57,000 by its physical singles?

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