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
1RayMadonna
Ray Of Light
16,000,000
(08/20/17)
3,302,0001,530,000
(5,100,000)
298,000
(1,990,000)
272,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 120
LD: 170
21,402,000
2BelieveCher
Believe
11,800,000
(08/30/17)
4,487,0002,550,000
(8,500,000)
293,000
(1,950,000)
616,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 290
LD: 490
19,746,000
3TheMs. Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
15,610,000
(02/21/21)
1,000636,000
(2,116,000)
719,000
(4,790,000)
1,058,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 580
LD: 510
18,023,000
4MyWhitney Houston
My Love Is Your Love
10,400,000
(05/04/17)
1,529,0002,232,000
(7,440,000)
480,000
(3,200,000)
589,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 260
LD: 300
15,230,000
5TheseCéline Dion
These Are Special Times
11,900,000
(09/28/21)
1,391,000705,000
(2,350,000)
405,000
(2,700,000)
361,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 50
14,762,000
6GarageMetallica
Garage Inc.
6,450,000
(02/13/19)
2,165,000179,000
(597,000)
405,000
(2,700,000)
843,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 400
LD: 500
10,042,000
7DóndeShakira
Dónde Están los Ladrones?
4,380,000
(06/21/18)
2,937,00035,000
(117,000)
315,000
(2,100,000)
1,342,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 680
LD: 1,120
9,009,000
8I'veRobbie Williams
I've Been Expecting You
5,010,000
(12/15/19)
2,699,000532,000
(1,774,000)
114,000
(760,000)
235,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 120
LD: 130
8,590,000
9SupposedAlanis Morissette
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
7,430,000
(06/05/18)
306,000162,000
(540,000)
93,000
(620,000)
159,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 100
8,150,000
10S'ilCéline Dion
S'il Suffisait D'Aimer
3,900,000
(09/28/21)
750,000240,000
(800,000)
38,000
(250,000)
96,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
5,024,000
11HomeNSYNC
Home for Christmas
3,300,000
(02/09/18)
44,0003,000
(10,000)
74,000
(490,000)
253,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 30
3,674,000
12CosasEnrique Iglesias
Cosas Del Amor
2,600,000
(10/11/21)
468,00030,000
(100,000)
75,000
(500,000)
128,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 100
3,301,000
13Destiny'sDestiny's Child
Destiny's Child
2,250,000
(05/02/18)
124,000558,000
(1,860,000)
77,000
(510,000)
72,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 40
3,081,000
14OnBryan Adams
On a Day Like Today
1,980,000
(03/22/19)
408,000441,000
(1,470,000)
75,000
(500,000)
165,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 110
3,069,000
15UpR.E.M.
Up
2,520,000
(09/24/21)
110,00095,000
(318,000)
15,000
(100,000)
37,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
2,777,000
*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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