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
1HybridLinkin Park
Hybrid Theory
20,800,000
(06/04/17)
6,762,000417,000
(1,390,000)
2,190,000
(14,600,000)
4,304,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,910
LD: 2,200
34,473,000
2TheEminem
The Marshall Mathers LP
23,340,000
(06/22/21)
3,450,0001,146,000
(3,820,000)
1,953,000
(13,020,000)
3,422,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 2,660
LD: 2,870
33,311,000
3Oops!...Britney Spears
Oops!... I Did It Again
19,305,000
(04/28/19)
2,409,0001,200,000
(4,000,000)
491,000
(3,270,000)
1,039,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 550
LD: 630
24,444,000
4AllU2
All That You Can't Leave Behind
12,300,000
(09/18/21)
6,784,000555,000
(1,850,000)
1,005,000
(6,700,000)
687,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 350
LD: 380
21,331,000
5NoNSYNC
No Strings Attached
15,300,000
(02/09/18)
1,200,000729,000
(2,430,000)
414,000
(2,760,000)
1,072,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 500
LD: 490
18,715,000
6AEnya
A Day Without Rain
14,430,000
(02/25/18)
760,000318,000
(1,060,000)
330,000
(2,200,000)
591,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 250
16,429,000
7ParachutesColdplay
Parachutes
10,200,000
(06/07/21)
1,887,000168,000
(550,000)
1,284,000
(8,560,000)
2,611,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 2,110
LD: 2,250
16,150,000
8MusicMadonna
Music
10,700,000
(08/20/17)
1,723,0001,122,000
(3,740,000)
186,000
(1,240,000)
188,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 110
13,919,000
9BlackBackstreet Boys
Black & Blue
11,500,000
(04/02/22)
1,009,000495,000
(1,650,000)
240,000
(1,600,000)
445,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 240
LD: 230
13,689,000
10CrushBon Jovi
Crush
8,100,000
(01/28/22)
2,523,000623,000
(2,077,000)
720,000
(4,800,000)
838,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 570
LD: 600
12,804,000
11SingRobbie Williams
Sing When You're Winning
6,090,000
(12/15/19)
3,458,000873,000
(2,910,000)
177,000
(1,180,000)
444,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 270
11,042,000
12DutyAyumi Hamasaki
Duty
3,520,000
(09/27/19)
3,450,0002,022,000
(4,043,000)
387,000
(2,580,000)
89,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 70
9,468,000
13LoversSade
Lovers Rock
7,650,000
(07/02/20)
908,000120,000
(400,000)
291,000
(1,940,000)
316,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 150
LD: 160
9,285,000
14Can'tP!nk
Can't Take Me Home
4,225,000
(10/15/17)
478,000399,000
(1,330,000)
186,000
(1,240,000)
112,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 50
5,400,000
15WarningGreen Day
Warning
3,450,000
(03/11/17)
557,00078,000
(260,000)
135,000
(900,000)
214,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 120
4,434,000
16StiffAC/DC
Stiff Upper Lip
4,160,000
(02/20/18)
69,00027,000
(90,000)
38,000
(250,000)
116,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 60
4,410,000
17ReturnNo Doubt
Return of Saturn
2,640,000
(03/29/20)
296,000147,000
(490,000)
39,000
(260,000)
79,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 40
3,201,000
18StandingOasis
Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
2,620,000
(12/06/17)
80,000246,000
(820,000)
60,000
(400,000)
116,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 60
3,122,000
19BraveIron Maiden
Brave New World
2,290,000
(11/12/21)
409,00069,000
(175,000)
36,000
(240,000)
176,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 80
2,980,000
20LightKylie Minogue
Light Years
1,220,000
(04/16/18)
514,000312,000
(1,040,000)
126,000
(840,000)
122,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 90
2,294,000
*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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