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
1940s1940194119421943194419451946194719481949
1950s1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
1960s1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
1980s1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
2000s2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
2010s2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
2020s2020202120222023

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
1BackBack To Black
Amy Winehouse
15,940,000
(07/19/19)
1,731,000170,000
(567,000)
2,855,000
(19,030,000)
3,969,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 1,620
LD: 1,990
24,665,000
2FutureSex/LoveSoundsFutureSex/LoveSounds
Justin Timberlake
9,340,000
(02/09/18)
337,000311,000
(1,037,000)
4,350,000
(29,000,000)
2,051,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 760
LD: 950
16,389,000
3B'DayB'Day
Beyoncé
6,405,000
(07/16/22)
1,301,000330,000
(1,100,000)
4,170,000
(27,800,000)
1,855,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 730
LD: 880
14,061,000
4TheThe Dutchess
Fergie
6,450,000
(07/12/17)
25,000216,000
(720,000)
4,935,000
(32,900,000)
1,909,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 780
LD: 1,020
13,535,000
5HighHigh School Musical
High School Musical
9,000,000
(09/06/17)
1,718,00042,000
(140,000)
975,000
(6,500,000)
944,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 390
LD: 470
12,679,000
6StadiumStadium Arcadium
Red Hot Chili Peppers
7,130,000
(03/29/18)
11,00096,000
(320,000)
2,444,000
(16,290,000)
2,623,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 1,000
LD: 1,100
12,304,000
7I'mI'm Not Dead
P!nk
6,460,000
(06/23/22)
1,834,000314,000
(863,000)
1,652,000
(11,010,000)
731,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 330
LD: 380
10,990,000
8TaylorTaylor Swift
Taylor Swift
6,630,000
(11/01/22)
498,0006,000
(20,000)
2,628,000
(17,520,000)
1,101,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 920
LD: 940
10,863,000
9AA Girl Like Me
Rihanna
3,770,000
(06/02/21)
126,000288,000
(960,000)
1,857,000
(12,380,000)
950,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 490
LD: 630
6,991,000
10BackBack to Basics
Christina Aguilera
4,000,000
(03/18/17)
469,000243,000
(810,000)
1,455,000
(9,700,000)
518,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 180
LD: 210
6,685,000
11WhateverWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Arctic Monkeys
3,750,000
(10/24/22)
181,000102,000
(309,000)
457,000
(3,050,000)
1,958,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 1,070
LD: 1,110
6,448,000
12HannahHannah Montana
Miley Cyrus
4,705,000
(12/07/20)
651,0000
(0)
399,000
(2,660,000)
217,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 110
LD: 130
5,972,000
13TheThe Sweet Escape
Gwen Stefani
3,620,000
(04/12/20)
6,000153,000
(510,000)
1,413,000
(9,420,000)
597,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 320
LD: 370
5,789,000
14TheThe Open Door
Evanescence
4,560,000
(06/30/19)
30,00048,000
(160,000)
605,000
(4,030,000)
419,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 180
LD: 230
5,662,000
15BeautifulBeautiful World
Take That
3,770,000
(12/15/19)
793,000207,000
(690,000)
516,000
(3,440,000)
260,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 120
LD: 120
5,546,000
16DreamgirlsDreamgirls
Various Artists
2,465,000
(07/16/22)
181,00024,000
(80,000)
1,167,000
(7,780,000)
386,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 70
LD: 130
4,223,000
17(Miss)understood(Miss)understood
Ayumi Hamasaki
1,140,000
(09/27/19)
443,000643,000
(1,285,000)
810,000
(5,400,000)
41,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
3,077,000
18RudeboxRudebox
Robbie Williams
2,600,000
(12/15/19)
49,000111,000
(365,000)
134,000
(890,000)
38,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 10
LD: 20
2,931,000
19ModernModern Times
Bob Dylan
2,450,000
(12/14/21)
64,0000
(0)
68,000
(450,000)
24,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,606,000
20WeWe Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
Bruce Springsteen
2,050,000
(07/07/17)
313,0000
(0)
60,000
(400,000)
60,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,483,000
21StillStill the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time
Rod Stewart
2,080,000
(11/23/19)
01,000
(3,000)
60,000
(400,000)
167,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 100
LD: 90
2,308,000
22SecretSecret
Ayumi Hamasaki
860,000
(09/27/19)
247,000260,000
(520,000)
693,000
(4,620,000)
92,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 60
LD: 80
2,152,000
23LooseLoose (Expanded Edition)
Nelly Furtado
0
(N/A)
00
(0)
0
(0)
2,018,000
(01/30/23)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,018,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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Clockingbell

If the daily gains (Av and LD) are an indicator, and I extrapolate them with rounded figures for the top albums EAS, the top 20 would look something like this in 10 years: 1. Thriller 130 2. Hotel California 76 3. SNF 75 4. Rumours 72 5. Bad 71 6. Nevermind 69 7. Back in Black 68 8. 21 66 9. DSOTM 63 10. IV 62 11. Bodyguard 58 11. Grease 58 11. The Wall 58 11. SWW 58 15. AfD 57 15. Metallica 57 17. Eminem Show 54 18. Joshua Tree 53 18. The Fame / Monster 53 20.… Read more »

Kris

It’s nice to see some “newer” albums possibly entering the top spots. Adele top 10, and Lady Gaga and Eminem top 20. The top of the lists are finally changing!

Clockingbell

And who knows how close 1989 and Divide will be by then!

Nick

1989 will be around 50m or probably higher given tht its doing 8000 daily right now and its rerecording is coming soon

Clockingbell

That’s definitely possible, but the LD’S of newer albums are changing more than older albums, so it’s even more speculating to predict their future numbers.

Antonio

I believe that today there is an error for the daily streaming for The Joshua Tree (U2), yesterday it reported 2,011,000 streams with a daily stream of 1,160 strams and today instead always 2,011,000 streams with a daily stream of only 140, therefore still less than War, The Unforgettable Fire, Rattle And Hum, Achtung Baby and All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

Antonio

There is an error in today’s stream numbers for …And Justice for All (Metallica)

CGF

Hello.

Can you check the sales for singer Anastacia? Her self-titled album seems to have sold circa 10 M in Europe in 2004, being allegedly the second most successful album behind Usher’s confession.

Thank you!

Analord

It’s only 3x platinum in Europe… Her best selling album sold maybe 5 million worldwide, she had zero success in the US which is kinda weird considering she’s American!

Meca76

In a few hours Nevermind replaces in eighth place current album The Dark side of the moon.

Antonio

i noticed that maybe there are some errors for physical singles of some artists like Sting & Police, Metallica, U2, so maybe their total of their physical singles in their CSPC articles where there is also streaming might change, check it out I await your reply.

Smiley

Of the artists studied so far, how many have sold more than 100 million albums (all types) outside the United States?

Off the top of my head there are the obvious candidates like The Beatles, Queen, MJ, Pink Floyd, Madonna, The Stones etc. U2 might sneak it?

Are there any others I’ve missed?

Cheers!

Clockingbell

Maybe Celine Dion and Abba have also managed?

Analord

Approximately :

The Beatles 170m
MJ 155m
Queen 145m
Madonna 130m
Pink Floyd 125m
ABBA 110m
Céline Dion 110m
Rolling Stones 110m
U2 105m

Smiley

Cheers! Quite a select group…

Patrik Barta

When will Melanie Martinez be on the list? She definitely has enough sales and streams…

matt

She has sold about 6-7M albums. I doubt she even has enough for a light article.

ellie.m4a

its obvious that Paramore have at least +15million albums sales worldwide….they have like 60 million singles too, why not update??? 😓

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