Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

Elvis Presley

Artists Ranking – Physical Singles Sales

The figures given here are units sold.

Please keep in mind that some artists are missing, because their analysis has not been done yet. The complete list is available here. All figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles.

RankPicArtistSalesValid as of
1ElvisElvis Presley135,207,00009/01/18
2TheThe Beatles116,077,00003/01/17
3MichaelMichael Jackson79,350,00009/27/17
4MadonnaMadonna75,210,00008/13/17
5BeeBee Gees72,790,00004/09/17
6TheThe Rolling Stones72,773,00012/03/16
7EltonElton John65,340,00002/05/18
8StevieStevie Wonder65,317,50003/17/21
9PaulPaul McCartney57,973,00012/13/18
10RodRod Stewart & Faces55,217,00011/23/19
11ABBAABBA54,400,00011/02/16
12QueenQueen49,960,00001/25/20
13GeorgeGeorge Michael & Wham!49,880,00005/07/17
14WhitneyWhitney Houston49,523,00005/04/17
15CherCher46,220,00008/30/17
16DavidDavid Bowie44,203,00001/11/17
17JohnnyJohnny Hallyday43,737,00001/01/18
18PrincePrince42,910,00010/04/18
19JanetJanet Jackson40,637,00004/17/17
20CélineCéline Dion39,290,00009/28/21
21BillyBilly Joel36,900,00011/03/21
22MariahMariah Carey36,890,00004/28/17
23BarbraBarbra Streisand35,253,00003/16/18
24BryanBryan Adams32,090,00003/23/19
25JacksonJackson 5 & The Jacksons31,160,00009/26/17
26PhilPhil Collins29,907,00004/11/18
27BonBon Jovi27,980,00011/16/16
28JohnJohn Lennon26,780,00010/16/18
29FleetwoodFleetwood Mac26,057,00010/21/21
30AyumiAyumi Hamasaki25,984,00009/27/19
31SimonSimon & Garfunkel23,830,00005/11/18
32TheThe Police23,807,00006/06/20
33CreedenceCreedence Clearwater Revival22,567,00001/31/19
34U2U222,550,00008/31/16
35BruceBruce Springsteen21,007,00007/07/17
36SpiceSpice Girls20,020,00003/23/17
37KylieKylie Minogue19,723,00004/16/18
38BritneyBritney Spears18,600,00004/28/19
39BackstreetBackstreet Boys18,010,00002/09/17
40BobBob Dylan17,677,00010/23/16
41EaglesEagles16,627,00012/20/17
42StingSting16,013,00006/14/20
43AerosmithAerosmith15,503,00006/01/18
44MetallicaMetallica15,483,00002/13/19
45SantanaSantana15,383,00008/04/20
46EminemEminem14,319,00006/22/21
47TheThe Doors13,860,00003/03/19
48ShaniaShania Twain13,130,00012/05/16
49TLCTLC13,120,00004/07/19
50PaulPaul Simon12,817,00005/10/18
51ChristinaChristina Aguilera12,740,00003/18/17
52DeepDeep Purple12,176,00008/18/21
53UsherUsher12,043,00009/04/17
54RobbieRobbie Williams11,957,00012/15/19
552Pac2Pac11,923,00001/22/22
56GunsGuns N' Roses11,900,00003/01/18
57OasisOasis11,417,00012/06/17
58Destiny'sDestiny's Child11,117,00005/02/18
59MeatMeat Loaf10,847,00006/16/18
60JenniferJennifer Lopez10,760,00006/24/18
61VanVan Halen10,446,00012/14/20
62SupertrampSupertramp10,070,00008/13/19
63BobBob Marley9,980,00011/21/17
64TakeTake That9,209,00012/15/19
65EnriqueEnrique Iglesias8,900,00009/27/16
66PinkPink Floyd8,800,00006/18/17
67ShakiraShakira8,457,00006/21/18
68DireDire Straits8,380,00003/23/18
69Crosby,Crosby, Stills & Nash8,375,00005/15/21
70R.E.M.R.E.M.8,275,00009/24/21
71JourneyJourney8,087,00009/13/19
72P!nkP!nk7,270,00010/15/17
73AC/DCAC/DC7,203,00002/20/18
74FugeesFugees7,160,00002/18/21
75NeilNeil Young7,104,00005/15/21
76NSYNCNSYNC6,980,00002/09/18
77BlackBlack Eyed Peas6,590,00008/03/17
78AaliyahAaliyah6,353,00002/14/17
79LedLed Zeppelin6,350,00008/08/16
80SadeSade6,265,00007/01/20
81JimiJimi Hendrix6,212,00012/21/21
82BostonBoston5,637,00006/01/19
83JustinJustin Timberlake5,330,00002/09/18
84DidoDido5,320,00002/18/19
85EnyaEnya5,253,00002/25/18
86NoNo Doubt4,905,00003/29/20
87RedRed Hot Chili Peppers4,797,00003/29/18
88IronIron Maiden4,638,00011/12/21
89NirvanaNirvana4,190,00007/09/17
90CranberriesCranberries4,120,00001/25/18
91BeyonceBeyonce4,070,00005/02/18
92OzzyOzzy Osbourne3,764,00003/12/20
93AliciaAlicia Keys3,690,00011/19/16
94Ms.Ms. Lauryn Hill3,657,00002/18/21
95BTSBTS3,625,00005/20/21
96RihannaRihanna3,595,00006/02/21
97AvrilAvril Lavigne3,507,00002/10/18
98TracyTracy Chapman3,483,00006/25/19
99AlanisAlanis Morissette3,340,00006/05/18
100BlackBlack Sabbath3,303,00003/08/20
101LinkinLinkin Park3,210,00006/04/17
102GwenGwen Stefani3,130,00004/12/20
103GreenGreen Day3,047,00003/11/17
104NickelbackNickelback3,020,00006/28/17
105RenaudRenaud2,660,00011/01/17
106BjörkBjörk2,620,00012/23/18
107KellyKelly Clarkson2,203,00005/23/18
108EvanescenceEvanescence2,170,00006/30/19
109JamesJames Blunt2,133,00002/05/19
110GorillazGorillaz2,110,00005/08/17
111ColdplayColdplay2,062,00006/07/21
112BuffaloBuffalo Springfield1,980,00005/15/21
113MaroonMaroon 51,603,00012/02/19
114LadyLady Gaga1,570,00012/18/20
115FooFoo Fighters1,430,00010/10/17
116GarthGarth Brooks953,00001/05/19
117KatyKaty Perry870,00006/16/19
118MichaelMichael Buble770,00012/11/16
119FergieFergie750,00007/12/17
120Will.i.amWill.i.am747,00007/20/17
121AmyAmy Winehouse580,00007/19/19
122ArcticArctic Monkeys560,00005/14/18
123AdeleAdele550,00010/15/21
124JustinJustin Bieber540,00008/04/19
125CarrieCarrie Underwood500,00009/09/18

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DenysAnatol

What is going on with Justin Bieber’s numbers on the “Top CSPC – the best
selling artists of all-time” page ? From 88 mil to 94 mil within a few days .

L145

his total is always glitching I don’t get it

john

thats why I think they should update his streaming master page bcz his Spotify streams are not clear

Iris

I’m not sure on how these numbers compare to this site but according to chartsinfrance, these are the top selling female albums artists in USA. (Special thanks to Choley from UKMix) • Barbra Streisand – 95 million • Mariah Carey – 72.65 million • Madonna – 72.3 million • Celine Dion – 62.3 million • Whitney Houston – 60.3 million • Reba Mcentire – 55.2 million • Linda Ronstadt – 45.5 million • Shania Twain – 45.5 million • Janet Jackson – 43.5 million • Britney Spears – 40.7 million • Taylor Swift – 38 million • Dixie Chicks –… Read more »

Nicknock

Hi! U can update Madonna´s figure? Thank u!

hug

Where’s cheek to cheek on the bestseller list in pure sales of 2014? Sold +1.3 million copies worldwide!

L145

the cutoff is 2m

deekennj

This is the best time to update Mariah Carey’s figures. Hoping you give her time and thank you in advance!! I can’t waitttt!!! Happy New Year <3

Mikko

Earlier on the week David Bowie sold catalogue rights to Warner company. He did not own his master recordings . Surpise. Bowie got 250$ million +. Artist has three types rights for sale. The publishing rights and master recordings + artists rights. Maybe by the end of week the Sting will complete its own business. Startin price, 250 $ million. Sting own his publishing rights and the master recordings. He sales not all. Annually he get 12-13 $ dollars. I quess that Sting worth is lot more. 300-400 dollar i believe. Usually artist want to keep the master tapes. Prince… Read more »

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