Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

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Artists Ranking – Digital 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.

1. Rihanna251,150,000 units (as of Nov 2017)
2. Eminem197,610,000 units (as of Jul 2019)
3. Beyoncé166,890,000 units (as of May 2018)
4. Taylor Swift158,560,000 units (as of Oct 2020)
5. Bruno Mars149,580,000 units (as of Oct 2017)
6. Maroon 5149,190,000 units (as of Dec 2019)
7. Drake137,310,000 units (as of Aug 2017)
8. Katy Perry135,430,000 units (as of Mar 2018)
9. Lady Gaga128,860,000 units (as of Dec 2020)
10. Justin Bieber119,480,000 units (as of Nov 2020)
11. Black Eyed Peas103,960,000 units (as of Aug 2017)
12. Justin Timberlake102,090,000 units (as of Feb 2018)
13. Adele100,240,000 units (as of Mar 2018)
14. Coldplay93,680,000 units (as of Nov 2019)
15. Usher93,610,000 units (as of Sep 2017)
16. Britney Spears83,030,000 units (as of Apr 2019)
17. P!nk81,150,000 units (as of Oct 2017)
18. Michael Jackson79,930,000 units (as of Sep 2017)
19. Ed Sheeran79,640,000 units (as of Oct 2019)
20. Linkin Park73,710,000 units (as of Jun 2017)
21. Miley Cyrus70,520,000 units (as of Dec 2020)
22. Christina Aguilera69,950,000 units (as of Mar 2017)
23. Kelly Clarkson62,010,000 units (as of May 2018)
24. Queen59,650,000 units (as of Jan 2020)
25. Alicia Keys57,750,000 units (as of Nov 2016)
26. Nickelback57,280,000 units (as of Jun 2017)
27. One Direction57,000,000 units (as of May 2017)
28. Shakira56,350,000 units (as of Jun 2018)
29. Carrie Underwood54,410,000 units (as of Sep 2018)
30. Will.i.am53,300,000 units (as of Jul 2017)
31. Ariana Grande50,360,000 units (as of Jan 2019)
32. Mariah Carey50,130,000 units (as of Apr 2017)
33. Enrique Iglesias50,110,000 units (as of Sep 2016)
34. Ayumi Hamasaki46,480,000 units (as of Sep 2019)
35. The Rolling Stones46,200,000 units (as of Dec 2016)
36. Avril Lavigne46,160,000 units (as of Feb 2018)
37. Imagine Dragons45,410,000 units (as of Sep 2018)
38. Green Day44,600,000 units (as of Mar 2017)
39. Red Hot Chili Peppers44,400,000 units (as of Mar 2018)
40. The Weeknd42,430,000 units (as of Sep 2020)
41. Madonna42,100,000 units (as of Aug 2017)
42. Selena Gomez41,610,000 units (as of Mar 2021)
43. Metallica40,770,000 units (as of Feb 2019)
44. U240,500,000 units (as of Aug 2016)
45. Macklemore39,270,000 units (as of Nov 2017)
46. Bon Jovi38,450,000 units (as of Nov 2016)
47. Elvis Presley37,470,000 units (as of Sep 2018)
48. Guns N’ Roses37,210,000 units (as of Mar 2018)
49. Fergie36,900,000 units (as of Jul 2017)
50. Jennifer Lopez36,810,000 units (as of Jun 2018)

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El Jolito

I don’t believe Metallica’s Black album has outsold Guns ‘n’ Roses Appetite for Destruction.

Analord

Thank you for your contribution.

Bon

Will Taylor‘s rerecordings make her the winner in the race for the 100 Million in the 21st century?

Hossein

Nah eminem has sold more records

L145

Eminem debuted in the 90s though

Minutiaepedia

Bahaha what!? Taylor has sold more Albums & Digital Singles than Eminem just in the US ALONE!
RIAA Certified Albums:
Eminem – 64.5m
Taylor – 64m (and that’s not including Any Album sales from 2018 to Today, Big Machine refuses to have them audited or allow her to she’s been due to pass him for years they’ve been back to back unmoving)

RIAA Digital Singles:
Taylor – 134m (3rd most and again without any sales from 2018 to Today and she is due for more diamond certifications)
Eminem – 107.5m (6th he’s recieved certification in 2020 & 2021)

Rabbit

Eminem has 20m plus us albums yet to be certified

Kris

Certifications are out of date for most artists. Labels have to choose to update them, and most don’t. It’s not automatic like in some countries. So certifications only show the MINIMUM sales of an artists, not the total sales.

dery22

I think Coldplay and Rihanna were already over 100 Million before her

L145

if you update the pure sales of the 3 of them Taylor Swift is already at 100m while Coldplay and Rihanna are around 99.5m currently

Last edited 11 days ago by L145
Minutiaepedia

This is over 4yrs old so

Analord

Eminem obviously crushed everybody during the 21st century with 175 million EAS. Then you have Coldplay, Rihanna and Taylor with a respectable total of 100 million.

KantClark

Is there any act who could break the top 5 best selling digital single artist? Maybe Kanye West?? In top 10 maybe Nicki Minaj?

ludaluda

If you have time, please update Blackpink’s! It’s been quite a while since the last update. Thank you!

linex-

I think they haven’t been studied since not that many album releases yet and there are obviously older acts who sold more and are in need to be studied more. It would be cool if they were added though, since they are pretty big when it comes to streaming

Analord

Shouldn’t Sting and The Police totals be combined ? Considering “Rod Stewart & Faces”, “George Michael & Wham”, Bon Jovi’s total including Jon’s solo album… I mean, Sting basically WAS The Police, writing the songs and singing them.

obro

I disagree they are two distinct and separate acts, I also disagree with Rod Stewart & Faces being combined.

I think Bon Jovi is different because Jon’s album sold because he was in Bon Jovi and all they did was add three letter before the bands name.

And its impossible to split George Michael and Wham! because there are solo Michael works on Wham! albums and George Michael compilations that dont contain Wham! songs still contain those songs

Geoffrey

Was wondering have you guys considered adding a devoted page to a running list of best-selling compilation albums for artists that have been studied? Would be nice to have as a reference since they get excluded out from the Studio Albums page.

Mika Koskinen

And now Paul Simon has sold publishing rights to Sony’s for 200 $ million. Fleetwood Mac (Lyndsey Buckinham and Steve Nicks), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovis), Dylan, Neil Young, Ryan Tedder (200 $ million) and now P.Simon and many others songwrites have recieved hundres million dollars in compensation for their work. Biggest deal at this time Bob Dylan’s 400 $ millions. But i think that Madonna and many others pop singers finds difficult to sell her or his music, cause of the songwrites as many as ten. Beyonce Lemonades record had about 40 authors(! )said Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis. The authentic… Read more »

Mikko

Business is changing. Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis has been great gift to songwriters, who are most important in the business. Spotify payment to artists and expecially the songwrites is non-existent. Now Dylan, Young, Paul Simon, Calvin Harris, Ryan Tedder, Fleerwood Mac, Shakira and dozens others got a decent reward for their work. 80-400 $ million ballpark. Spotify is rude and the most important thing for them is to make money. Founder Daniel Ek net worth 4,5 billion dollars and his friends in Spotify are billionaires too. This seam was struck by this Mr. Mercuradius. For him music is most important… Read more »

Tommy

I would like do you all count/esitmate Apple Music US streaming data, because it’s A LOT of affect for US charts?

Al

Hi Tommy!

There’s an article on them already. Of course it would be great to include them, but it’s their choice to hide their numbers.

L145

i think Lana needs an update… she released two albums since her article was last updated

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