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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All-Time
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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)
887,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 440
LD: 0
46,809,000
2ComeShania Twain
Come On Over
33,500,000
(02/25/22)
7,644,0002,889,000
(9,630,000)
900,000
(6,000,000)
1,379,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 900
LD: 0
46,312,000
3TitanicJames Horner
Titanic
28,510,000
(06/18/18)
3,850,0002,073,000
(6,910,000)
753,000
(5,020,000)
993,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 430
LD: 0
36,179,000
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)
1,046,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 690
LD: 0
28,973,000
5SpiceworldSpice Girls
Spiceworld
13,950,000
(03/23/17)
501,0001,830,000
(6,100,000)
180,000
(1,200,000)
402,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 0
16,863,000
6NSYNCNSYNC
NSYNC
12,490,000
(02/09/18)
1,247,000792,000
(2,640,000)
108,000
(720,000)
415,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 0
15,052,000
7ButterFlyMariah Carey
ButterFly
9,650,000
(04/28/17)
2,207,0001,191,000
(3,970,000)
218,000
(1,450,000)
266,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 0
13,532,000
8LifeRobbie Williams
Life Thru a Lens
4,000,000
(12/15/19)
7,851,000798,000
(2,610,000)
278,000
(1,850,000)
586,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 300
LD: 0
13,512,000
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)
625,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 310
LD: 0
11,218,000
11MyUsher
My Way
7,450,000
(09/04/17)
958,0001,920,000
(6,400,000)
398,000
(2,650,000)
398,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 140
LD: 0
11,124,000
12TheJanet Jackson
The Velvet Rope
7,450,000
(04/17/17)
635,0001,632,000
(5,440,000)
330,000
(2,200,000)
313,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 0
10,360,000
13TheFoo Fighters
The Colour and the Shape
4,825,000
(10/10/17)
2,316,00099,000
(330,000)
810,000
(5,400,000)
1,647,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 680
LD: 0
9,697,000
14NimrodGreen Day
Nimrod
5,200,000
(03/11/17)
2,165,000168,000
(560,000)
885,000
(5,900,000)
740,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 290
LD: 0
9,158,000
15BeOasis
Be Here Now
7,410,000
(12/06/17)
202,000639,000
(2,130,000)
188,000
(1,250,000)
473,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 0
8,912,000
16PopU2
Pop
6,700,000
(09/18/21)
248,000675,000
(2,250,000)
90,000
(600,000)
74,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 0
7,787,000
17NineAerosmith
Nine Lives
6,110,000
(06/01/18)
185,000345,000
(1,150,000)
93,000
(620,000)
235,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 0
6,968,000
18HigherBarbra Streisand
Higher Ground
5,090,000
(03/16/18)
740,000342,000
(1,140,000)
45,000
(300,000)
66,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
6,283,000
19FirstJimi Hendrix
First Rays of the New Rising Sun
925,000
(12/21/21)
4,746,000112,000
(370,000)
140,000
(930,000)
88,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
6,010,000
20BridgesThe Rolling Stones
Bridges to Babylon
4,700,000
(02/10/22)
103,000143,000
(477,000)
60,000
(400,000)
91,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 0
5,097,000
21VivirEnrique Iglesias
Vivir
4,400,000
(10/11/21)
335,00060,000
(200,000)
75,000
(500,000)
68,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 0
4,938,000
22HomogenicBjörk
Homogenic
3,510,000
(12/23/18)
825,000117,000
(390,000)
90,000
(600,000)
128,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 0
4,670,000
23R2Pac
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
3,600,000
(01/22/22)
104,000237,000
(790,000)
195,000
(1,300,000)
327,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 0
4,463,000
24StillBee Gees
Still Waters
3,600,000
(04/09/17)
147,000483,000
(1,610,000)
45,000
(300,000)
60,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
4,335,000
25TheElton John
The Big Picture
3,120,000
(02/05/18)
81,000102,000
(340,000)
41,000
(270,000)
80,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 0
3,424,000
26DestinationJon Bon Jovi
Destination Anywhere
2,900,000
(01/28/22)
0225,000
(750,000)
30,000
(200,000)
31,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
3,186,000
27TimeBob Dylan
Time Out of Mind
2,200,000
(12/14/21)
96,00015,000
(50,000)
60,000
(400,000)
50,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
2,421,000
28SouthJimi Hendrix
South Saturn Delta
665,000
(12/21/21)
1,337,00011,000
(33,000)
71,000
(470,000)
35,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,118,000
29FlamingPaul McCartney
Flaming Pie
1,860,000
(12/13/18)
28,000105,000
(350,000)
9,000
(60,000)
64,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 0
2,066,000
30LifeThe Notorious B.I.G.
Life After Death (2014 Remastered Edition)
0
(N/A)
00
(0)
0
(0)
2,056,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,056,000
*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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