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
1960s1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
1980s1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
2000s2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
2010s2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
2020s202020212022

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
1Let'sCéline Dion
Let's Talk About Love
29,800,000
(09/28/21)
12,117,0003,300,000
(11,000,000)
705,000
(4,700,000)
834,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 450
LD: 440
46,756,000
2ComeShania Twain
Come On Over
33,500,000
(02/25/22)
7,644,0002,889,000
(9,630,000)
900,000
(6,000,000)
1,264,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 860
LD: 500
46,197,000
3TitanicJames Horner
Titanic
28,510,000
(06/18/18)
3,850,0002,073,000
(6,910,000)
753,000
(5,020,000)
939,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 430
LD: 440
36,125,000
4Backstreet'sBackstreet Boys
Backstreet's Back
10,800,000
(04/02/22)
14,427,0001,770,000
(5,900,000)
930,000
(6,200,000)
961,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 700
LD: 590
28,888,000
5SpiceworldSpice Girls
Spiceworld
13,950,000
(03/23/17)
501,0001,830,000
(6,100,000)
180,000
(1,200,000)
373,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 220
16,834,000
6NSYNCNSYNC
NSYNC
12,490,000
(02/09/18)
1,247,000792,000
(2,640,000)
108,000
(720,000)
394,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 150
15,031,000
7ButterFlyMariah Carey
ButterFly
9,650,000
(04/28/17)
2,207,0001,191,000
(3,970,000)
218,000
(1,450,000)
245,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 140
13,511,000
8LifeRobbie Williams
Life Thru a Lens
4,000,000
(12/15/19)
7,851,000798,000
(2,610,000)
278,000
(1,850,000)
550,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 300
LD: 250
13,476,000
9Garth Brooks
Sevens
9,210,000
(01/05/19)
2,496,0005,000
(17,000)
0
(0)
2,000
(01/05/19)
N/A11,713,000
10ReloadMetallica
Reload
8,940,000
(02/13/19)
732,000673,000
(2,243,000)
248,000
(1,650,000)
565,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 290
LD: 340
11,158,000
11MyUsher
My Way
7,450,000
(09/04/17)
958,0001,920,000
(6,400,000)
398,000
(2,650,000)
378,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 140
LD: 140
11,104,000
12TheJanet Jackson
The Velvet Rope
7,450,000
(04/17/17)
635,0001,632,000
(5,440,000)
330,000
(2,200,000)
295,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 150
10,342,000
13TheFoo Fighters
The Colour and the Shape
4,825,000
(10/10/17)
2,316,00099,000
(330,000)
810,000
(5,400,000)
1,509,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 640
LD: 940
9,559,000
14NimrodGreen Day
Nimrod
5,200,000
(03/11/17)
2,165,000168,000
(560,000)
885,000
(5,900,000)
694,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 290
LD: 320
9,112,000
15BeOasis
Be Here Now
7,410,000
(12/06/17)
202,000639,000
(2,130,000)
188,000
(1,250,000)
445,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 200
LD: 180
8,884,000
16PopU2
Pop
6,700,000
(09/18/21)
248,000675,000
(2,250,000)
90,000
(600,000)
69,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 30
7,782,000
17NineAerosmith
Nine Lives
6,110,000
(06/01/18)
185,000345,000
(1,150,000)
93,000
(620,000)
218,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 110
6,951,000
18HigherBarbra Streisand
Higher Ground
5,090,000
(03/16/18)
740,000342,000
(1,140,000)
45,000
(300,000)
63,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
6,280,000
19FirstJimi Hendrix
First Rays of the New Rising Sun
925,000
(12/21/21)
4,746,000112,000
(370,000)
140,000
(930,000)
84,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
6,006,000
20BridgesThe Rolling Stones
Bridges to Babylon
4,700,000
(02/10/22)
103,000143,000
(477,000)
60,000
(400,000)
83,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
5,089,000
21VivirEnrique Iglesias
Vivir
4,400,000
(10/11/21)
335,00060,000
(200,000)
75,000
(500,000)
63,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 30
4,933,000
22HomogenicBjörk
Homogenic
3,510,000
(12/23/18)
825,000117,000
(390,000)
90,000
(600,000)
121,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
4,663,000
23R2Pac
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
3,600,000
(01/22/22)
104,000237,000
(790,000)
195,000
(1,300,000)
296,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 280
LD: 220
4,432,000
24StillBee Gees
Still Waters
3,600,000
(04/09/17)
147,000483,000
(1,610,000)
45,000
(300,000)
56,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 40
4,331,000
25TheElton John
The Big Picture
3,120,000
(02/05/18)
81,000102,000
(340,000)
41,000
(270,000)
72,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 50
3,416,000
26DestinationJon Bon Jovi
Destination Anywhere
2,900,000
(01/28/22)
0225,000
(750,000)
30,000
(200,000)
28,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
3,183,000
27TimeBob Dylan
Time Out of Mind
2,200,000
(12/14/21)
96,00015,000
(50,000)
60,000
(400,000)
47,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 20
2,418,000
28SouthJimi Hendrix
South Saturn Delta
665,000
(12/21/21)
1,337,00011,000
(33,000)
71,000
(470,000)
33,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,116,000
29FlamingPaul McCartney
Flaming Pie
1,860,000
(12/13/18)
28,000105,000
(350,000)
9,000
(60,000)
60,000
(05/22/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 30
2,062,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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ojd

is there any chance you could fix the 2021 album eas page? it’s seemingly not updated in awhile

MJD

Thank you for spotting it ojd, it’s now fixed!

Jsak

Is Neil Diamond missing on page 17?

ojd

yes, he hasn’t been studied, but he’s definitely sold a lot

Analord

“Please keep in mind that some artists are missing, because their analysis has not been done yet.”

I’m genuinely stunned by the amount of people who comment on articles without having read them, I think it’s literally most of the comments on the “Request Your Artists” page…

Jsak

I remembered it had been studied by confusing it with Neil Young

David

will you be updating michael jackson any time soon?

Mikko

Ajournal a. cross published list about artists who have sold their songs. Latest is Drake, maybe biggest star in world now, priced at 400 $ million and continues to be Universal company. And now Pink Floyd is just selling their songs. Very interesting. Lets say now is bit bad time, war in Ukraine, inflation among others. That’s running list: Bob Dylan 550$ million (400 $ million publishing), Bruce Springsteen 550 $ dollar. And next Drake 400 $ million. Neil Diamond, Sting, Paul Simon all about 300 $ million. Neil Young 150 $ million, David Bowie 250 $ million, only publishing… Read more »

Analord

“As you can see, no Divas.”

No Beatles or Michael Jackson either, so your attempt at trolling is likely to fail. Also, I’m pretty sure Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks qualify as “divas”.

Mikko

Ok, i will add. Madonna made a deal with Warner 2021, but the price had been kept quit. Why?Madonna’s composer partner sold her stake in the same deal.
No has rap music been worthy of investors until now, Drake.
Music business professionals will the help record company add value to the music. It is a auction and the one thats pays the most wins. I only write what i know. That’s it.

RS

I appreciate the work that you guys are doing. I can tell without a doubt that Chartmasters is the most accurate website for music statistics. I’ve read all your articles regarding formulas. All the formulas set are very well-thought. But I humbly disagree with some points that I think is a mistake and I would kindly like to mention them and I hope you will consider them: (1) Featured songs: It’s not correct to give equal value to lead songs and featured songs as only singing a few lines gives them the full value. For the featured artist, either it… Read more »

RS

Oh, another thing about features: In my humble opinion, feature of a singer under a DJ should be considered a lead song for the singer too as the singer sings the whole song in order to know the true popularity of the artist. It doesn’t make any difference when listening to the song whether the DJ is credited as lead, feature or as producer.

MJD

Hi RS! Thanks for the nice words and thanks for the clear and non-partisan views, this is the kind of critics which are pleasing to read! We are constantly thinking about adjustments as the market evolves. For example, I used to consider features were correctly considered, because the featured act gets only CSPC units from singles formats (physical, download, streams), while the lead artist got most of the units from album formats (the studio album, compilations, lives, videos). I often used the example of Love The Way You Lie, where Rihanna effectively had way less units from it than Eminem… Read more »

Lim Hyunjin

Where I live, I have to pay to use Spotify. On the other hand, YouTube allows me to listen to music for free. For this reason, many people will use YouTube instead of Spotify to listen to music. So I think the YouTube view rate and audio streaming rate should be the same. Thank you for your good comments. Whenever I entered Chartmaster, I always felt uncomfortable at the thought that the YouTube view rate was too low. Hopefully it will be improved in a reasonable way.

Last edited 15 days ago by Lim Hyunjin
Smiley

Just out of interest regarding ASR, is the baseline (Michael Jackson) being continually reevaluated as other artists are being updated?

I see, for example, that The Beatles are now up to 928. Is this against the baseline as it is now (May 2022) or from the date when Michael Jackson was first studied/calculated?

Thanks.

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