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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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
1BackAmy Winehouse
Back To Black
15,940,000
(07/19/19)
1,731,000170,000
(567,000)
2,855,000
(19,030,000)
3,705,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 1,570
LD: 0
24,401,000
2FutureSex/LoveSoundsJustin Timberlake
FutureSex/LoveSounds
9,340,000
(02/09/18)
337,000311,000
(1,037,000)
4,350,000
(29,000,000)
1,935,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 750
LD: 0
16,273,000
3B'DayBeyoncé
B'Day
6,405,000
(07/16/22)
1,301,000330,000
(1,100,000)
4,170,000
(27,800,000)
1,759,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 700
LD: 0
13,965,000
4TheFergie
The Dutchess
6,450,000
(07/12/17)
25,000216,000
(720,000)
4,935,000
(32,900,000)
1,783,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 770
LD: 0
13,409,000
5HighHigh School Musical
High School Musical
9,000,000
(09/06/17)
1,718,00042,000
(140,000)
975,000
(6,500,000)
887,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 390
LD: 0
12,622,000
6StadiumRed Hot Chili Peppers
Stadium Arcadium
7,130,000
(03/29/18)
11,00096,000
(320,000)
2,444,000
(16,290,000)
2,487,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 1,000
LD: 0
12,168,000
7I'mP!nk
I'm Not Dead
6,460,000
(06/23/22)
1,834,000314,000
(863,000)
1,652,000
(11,010,000)
688,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 310
LD: 0
10,947,000
8TaylorTaylor Swift
Taylor Swift
6,615,000
(07/27/22)
493,0006,000
(20,000)
2,623,000
(17,490,000)
956,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 720
LD: 0
10,693,000
9ARihanna
A Girl Like Me
3,770,000
(06/02/21)
126,000288,000
(960,000)
1,857,000
(12,380,000)
881,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 480
LD: 0
6,922,000
10BackChristina Aguilera
Back to Basics
4,000,000
(03/18/17)
469,000243,000
(810,000)
1,455,000
(9,700,000)
491,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 180
LD: 0
6,658,000
11WhateverArctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
3,390,000
(05/14/18)
136,00087,000
(290,000)
465,000
(3,100,000)
1,905,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 810
LD: 0
5,983,000
12HannahMiley Cyrus
Hannah Montana
4,705,000
(12/07/20)
651,0000
(0)
399,000
(2,660,000)
203,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 0
5,958,000
13TheGwen Stefani
The Sweet Escape
3,620,000
(04/12/20)
6,000153,000
(510,000)
1,413,000
(9,420,000)
549,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 310
LD: 0
5,741,000
14TheEvanescence
The Open Door
4,560,000
(06/30/19)
30,00048,000
(160,000)
605,000
(4,030,000)
392,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 0
5,635,000
15BeautifulTake That
Beautiful World
3,770,000
(12/15/19)
793,000207,000
(690,000)
516,000
(3,440,000)
245,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 0
5,531,000
16DreamgirlsVarious Artists
Dreamgirls
2,465,000
(07/16/22)
181,00024,000
(80,000)
1,167,000
(7,780,000)
372,000
(07/16/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 3,040
4,209,000
17(Miss)understoodAyumi Hamasaki
(Miss)understood
1,140,000
(09/27/19)
443,000643,000
(1,285,000)
810,000
(5,400,000)
37,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 0
3,073,000
18RudeboxRobbie Williams
Rudebox
2,600,000
(12/15/19)
49,000111,000
(365,000)
134,000
(890,000)
37,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,930,000
19TheMy Chemical Romance
The Black Parade / Living with Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition)
0
(N/A)
00
(0)
0
(0)
2,860,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,860,000
20ModernBob Dylan
Modern Times
2,450,000
(12/14/21)
64,0000
(0)
68,000
(450,000)
24,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,606,000
21WeBruce Springsteen
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
2,050,000
(07/07/17)
313,0000
(0)
60,000
(400,000)
58,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 0
2,481,000
22StillRod Stewart
Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time
2,080,000
(11/23/19)
01,000
(3,000)
60,000
(400,000)
155,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 0
2,296,000
23SecretAyumi Hamasaki
Secret
860,000
(09/27/19)
247,000260,000
(520,000)
693,000
(4,620,000)
83,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 0
2,143,000
*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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