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
1AmericanGreen Day
American Idiot
15,250,000
(03/11/17)
2,548,000255,000
(850,000)
2,655,000
(17,700,000)
2,154,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 770
LD: 1,050
22,862,000
2ConfessionsUsher
Confessions
15,500,000
(09/04/17)
430,000663,000
(2,210,000)
2,633,000
(17,550,000)
2,420,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,040
LD: 1,390
21,646,000
3BackJames Blunt
Back to Bedlam
13,320,000
(02/05/19)
861,000491,000
(1,637,000)
1,967,000
(13,110,000)
1,469,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 590
LD: 540
18,108,000
4BreakawayKelly Clarkson
Breakaway
10,980,000
(05/23/18)
714,000315,000
(1,050,000)
3,143,000
(20,950,000)
1,723,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 780
LD: 790
16,875,000
5EncoreEminem
Encore
11,030,000
(06/22/21)
1,817,000360,000
(1,200,000)
1,368,000
(9,120,000)
2,138,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 1,010
LD: 1,020
16,713,000
6FeelsNorah Jones
Feels Like Home
11,500,000
(01/16/22)
247,00030,000
(100,000)
435,000
(2,900,000)
511,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 260
12,723,000
7HowU2
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
10,200,000
(09/18/21)
640,000255,000
(850,000)
435,000
(2,900,000)
266,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 130
11,796,000
8Love.Gwen Stefani
Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
7,900,000
(04/12/20)
147,000378,000
(1,260,000)
2,151,000
(14,340,000)
1,091,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 660
LD: 770
11,667,000
9DestinyDestiny's Child
Destiny Fulfilled
6,300,000
(05/02/18)
807,000383,000
(1,277,000)
1,566,000
(10,440,000)
662,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 300
LD: 320
9,718,000
10UnderAvril Lavigne
Under My Skin
8,020,000
(02/10/18)
70,000228,000
(760,000)
657,000
(4,380,000)
584,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 280
9,559,000
11Stardust:Rod Stewart
Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III
3,900,000
(11/23/19)
513,0003,000
(10,000)
57,000
(380,000)
51,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,524,000
12Loyal2Pac
Loyal to the Game
2,150,000
(01/22/22)
226,000192,000
(550,000)
315,000
(2,100,000)
367,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 180
LD: 160
3,250,000
13MyAyumi Hamasaki
My Story
1,420,000
(09/27/19)
624,000568,000
(1,135,000)
579,000
(3,860,000)
44,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
3,235,000
14PatienceGeorge Michael
Patience
2,700,000
(05/06/17)
147,000141,000
(470,000)
83,000
(550,000)
103,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 60
3,174,000
15HotThe Killers
Hot Fuss
0
(N/A)
00
(0)
0
(0)
2,991,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,991,000
16MusicologyPrince
Musicology
2,830,000
(10/04/18)
1,00012,000
(40,000)
30,000
(200,000)
11,000
(06/25/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,884,000
*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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