Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time


Artists Ranking – Raw sales – All Albums

Please notice that music videos, EPs and singles are not considered here. Records included are studio albums, compilations, live albums and box sets. 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. The Beatles333,145,000 (as of Mar 2017)
2. Elvis Presley244,475,000 (as of Sep 2018)
3. Michael Jackson235,440,000 (as of Sep 2017)
4. Pink Floyd203,010,000 (as of Jun 2017)
5. Madonna201,900,000 (as of Aug 2017)
6. The Rolling Stones201,100,000 (as of Dec 2016)
7. Queen192,564,000 (as of Jan 2020)
8. Led Zeppelin182,500,000 (as of Aug 2016)
9. Céline Dion171,625,000 (as of Sep 2016)
10. AC/DC169,670,000 (as of Feb 2018)
11. U2169,000,000 (as of Aug 2016)
12. Elton John167,640,000 (as of Feb 2018)
13. Eagles153,885,000 (as of Dec 2017)
14. Rod Stewart153,339,000 (as of Nov 2019)
15. Mariah Carey144,375,000 (as of Apr 2017)
16. Barbra Streisand138,610,000 (as of Mar 2018)
17. Bruce Springsteen138,400,000 (as of Jul 2017)
18. Metallica133,775,000 (as of Feb 2019)
19. ABBA130,250,000 (as of Nov 2016)
20. Fleetwood Mac129,650,000 (as of Oct 2016)
21. Billy Joel129,075,000 (as of Oct 2016)
22. Whitney Houston128,600,000 (as of May 2017)
23. Bob Dylan128,375,000 (as of Oct 2016)
24. Santana128,086,000 (as of Aug 2020)
25. Phil Collins127,350,000 (as of Apr 2018)
26. Bee Gees125,795,000 (as of Apr 2017)
27. Eminem125,735,000 (as of Jun 2021)
28. Garth Brooks120,190,000 (as of Jan 2019)
29. Bob Marley120,150,000 (as of Nov 2017)
30. Aerosmith116,080,000 (as of Jun 2018)
31. Bon Jovi115,650,000 (as of Nov 2016)
32. Prince106,840,000 (as of Oct 2018)
33. Simon & Garfunkel106,565,000 (as of May 2018)
34. David Bowie103,910,000 (as of Jan 2017)
35. Guns N’ Roses102,770,000 (as of Mar 2018)
36. The Doors100,941,000 (as of Mar 2019)
37. Dire Straits100,350,000 (as of Mar 2018)
38. Stevie Wonder92,138,000 (as of Mar 2021)
39. Van Halen92,006,000 (as of Dec 2020)
40. Jimi Hendrix91,714,000 (as of Dec 2021)
41. Paul McCartney86,510,000 (as of Dec 2018)
42. Neil Young85,786,000 (as of May 2021)
43. George Michael & Wham!83,200,000 (as of May 2017)
44. Enya82,500,000 (as of Feb 2018)
45. R.E.M.81,207,000 (as of Sep 2021)
46. Deep Purple80,375,000 (as of Aug 2021)
47. Backstreet Boys79,850,000 (as of Feb 2017)
48. Nirvana79,800,000 (as of Jul 2017)
49. Britney Spears77,565,000 (as of Apr 2019)
50. The Police77,460,000 (as of Jun 2020)
51. Red Hot Chili Peppers76,435,000 (as of Mar 2018)
52. Creedence Clearwater Revival76,420,000 (as of Jan 2019)
53. Iron Maiden76,389,000 (as of Nov 2021)
54. Shania Twain71,750,000 (as of Dec 2016)
55. Sting71,682,000 (as of Jun 2020)
56. Bryan Adams71,510,000 (as of Mar 2019)
57. Green Day70,295,000 (as of Mar 2017)
58. Journey69,267,000 (as of Sep 2019)
59. Sade67,815,000 (as of Jul 2020)
60. Supertramp66,040,000 (as of Aug 2019)
61. Coldplay64,275,000 (as of Jun 2021)
62. Robbie Williams62,448,000 (as of Dec 2019)
63. 2Pac62,361,000 (as of Jan 2022)
64. Linkin Park62,100,000 (as of Jun 2017)
65. Black Sabbath61,252,000 (as of Mar 2020)
66. John Lennon60,800,000 (as of Oct 2018)
67. Adele60,155,000 (as of Oct 2021)
68. Janet Jackson59,650,000 (as of Apr 2017)
69. Meat Loaf58,350,000 (as of Jun 2018)
70. Ozzy Osbourne56,902,000 (as of Mar 2020)
71. Johnny Hallyday55,740,000 (as of Jan 2018)
72. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young55,600,000 (as of May 2021)
73. Alanis Morissette53,380,000 (as of Jun 2018)
74. Cher53,350,000 (as of Aug 2017)
75. Michael Bublé52,995,000 (as of Dec 2016)
76. Taylor Swift51,200,000 (as of May 2021)
77. Oasis48,720,000 (as of Dec 2017)
78. Tracy Chapman47,230,000 (as of Jun 2019)
79. Boston45,760,000 (as of Jun 2019)
80. Norah Jones45,280,000 (as of Nov 2016)
81. Paul Simon44,880,000 (as of May 2018)
82. P!nk42,100,000 (as of Oct 2017)
83. Mannheim Steamroller41,735,000 (as of Dec 2020)
84. Nickelback41,300,000 (as of Jun 2017)
85. The Cranberries41,050,000 (as of Jan 2018)
86. Shakira39,420,000 (as of Jun 2018)
87. Enrique Iglesias39,200,000 (as of Sep 2016)
88. Jackson 5 & The Jacksons39,100,000 (as of Sep 2017)
89. NSYNC38,690,000 (as of Feb 2018)
90. Spice Girls38,400,000 (as of Mar 2017)
91. Destiny’s Child38,350,000 (as of Aug 2018)
92. Ayumi Hamasaki37,800,000 (as of Sep 2019)
93. Usher37,160,000 (as of Sep 2017)
94. Lady Gaga36,000,000 (as of Dec 2020)
95. Alicia Keys35,060,000 (as of Nov 2016)
96. TLC33,850,000 (as of Apr 2019)
97. Rihanna33,778,000 (as of Jun 2021)
98. Beyoncé33,700,000 (as of May 2018)
99. Christina Aguilera33,525,000 (as of Mar 2017)
100. Black Eyed Peas33,450,000 (as of Aug 2017)
101. Avril Lavigne33,140,000 (as of Feb 2018)
102. BTS31,775,000 (as of May 2021)
103. Foo Fighters31,700,000 (as of Oct 2017)
104. No Doubt31,546,000 (as of Mar 2020)
105. Take That30,590,000 (as of Dec 2019)
106. Jennifer Lopez29,800,000 (as of Jun 2018)
107. Maroon 527,975,000 (as of Dec 2019)
108. Dido27,050,000 (as of Feb 2019)
109. Miley Cyrus25,375,000 (as of Dec 2020)
110. Kylie Minogue25,330,000 (as of Apr 2018)
111. Evanescence25,155,000 (as of Jun 2019)
112. Justin Bieber24,680,000 (as of May 2022)
113. Amy Winehouse24,570,000 (as of Jul 2019)
114. Ed Sheeran24,215,000 (as of Oct 2021)
115. One Direction24,050,000 (as of May 2017)
116. Justin Timberlake23,370,000 (as of Feb 2018)
117. Kelly Clarkson22,920,000 (as of May 2018)
118. Björk22,765,000 (as of Dec 2018)
119. James Blunt21,396,000 (as of Feb 2019)
120. Renaud19,200,000 (as of Nov 2017)
121. Carrie Underwood18,800,000 (as of Sep 2018)
122. Fugees18,570,000 (as of Feb 2021)
123. Bruno Mars17,375,000 (as of Oct 2017)
124. Lauryn Hill17,335,000 (as of Feb 2021)
125. Katy Perry15,960,000 (as of Mar 2018)
126. Gorillaz15,770,000 (as of May 2017)
127. Drake15,565,000 (as of Jul 2021)
128. Aaliyah15,375,000 (as of Feb 2017)
129. Gwen Stefani12,060,000 (as of Apr 2020)
130. Arctic Monkeys10,140,000 (as of May 2018)
131. Lana Del Rey8,500,000 (as of Aug 2017)
132. Imagine Dragons8,190,000 (as of Sep 2018)
133. Buffalo Springfield7,018,000 (as of May 2021)
134. Sam Smith6,525,000 (as of Oct 2017)
135. Fergie6,450,000 (as of Jul 2017)
136. Ariana Grande6,343,000 (as of Sep 2021)
137. The Weeknd6,240,000 (as of Sep 2020)
138. Selena Gomez6,020,000 (as of Mar 2021)
139. Kendrick Lamar5,725,000 (as of Jan 2018)
140. Lin-Manuel Miranda5,570,000 (as of Jan 2022)
141. Demi Lovato4,500,000 (as of Oct 2018)
142. Little Mix3,670,000 (as of Feb 2020)
143. Lorde3,300,000 (as of Jun 2017)
144. Macklemore (& Ryan Lewis)3,260,000 (as of Nov 2017)
145. Blackpink3,195,000 (as of Sep 2021)
146. Shawn Mendes2,820,000 (as of Oct 2019)
146. Harry Styles2,820,000 (as of Jul 2021)
148. Billie Eilish2,271,000 (as of Jul 2020)
149. Avicii2,260,000 (as of Apr 2018)
150. Travis Scott1,670,000 (as of Apr 2022)
151. Post Malone1,130,000 (as of Nov 2020)

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Is Neil Diamond missing on page 17?


yes, he hasn’t been studied, but he’s definitely sold a lot


“Please keep in mind that some artists are missing, because their analysis has not been done yet.”

I’m genuinely stunned by the amount of people who comment on articles without having read them, I think it’s literally most of the comments on the “Request Your Artists” page…


I remembered it had been studied by confusing it with Neil Young


will you be updating michael jackson any time soon?


Ajournal a. cross published list about artists who have sold their songs. Latest is Drake, maybe biggest star in world now, priced at 400 $ million and continues to be Universal company. And now Pink Floyd is just selling their songs. Very interesting. Lets say now is bit bad time, war in Ukraine, inflation among others. That’s running list: Bob Dylan 550$ million (400 $ million publishing), Bruce Springsteen 550 $ dollar. And next Drake 400 $ million. Neil Diamond, Sting, Paul Simon all about 300 $ million. Neil Young 150 $ million, David Bowie 250 $ million, only publishing… Read more »


“As you can see, no Divas.”

No Beatles or Michael Jackson either, so your attempt at trolling is likely to fail. Also, I’m pretty sure Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks qualify as “divas”.


Ok, i will add. Madonna made a deal with Warner 2021, but the price had been kept quit. Why?Madonna’s composer partner sold her stake in the same deal.
No has rap music been worthy of investors until now, Drake.
Music business professionals will the help record company add value to the music. It is a auction and the one thats pays the most wins. I only write what i know. That’s it.


I appreciate the work that you guys are doing. I can tell without a doubt that Chartmasters is the most accurate website for music statistics. I’ve read all your articles regarding formulas. All the formulas set are very well-thought. But I humbly disagree with some points that I think is a mistake and I would kindly like to mention them and I hope you will consider them: (1) Featured songs: It’s not correct to give equal value to lead songs and featured songs as only singing a few lines gives them the full value. For the featured artist, either it… Read more »


Oh, another thing about features: In my humble opinion, feature of a singer under a DJ should be considered a lead song for the singer too as the singer sings the whole song in order to know the true popularity of the artist. It doesn’t make any difference when listening to the song whether the DJ is credited as lead, feature or as producer.


Hi RS! Thanks for the nice words and thanks for the clear and non-partisan views, this is the kind of critics which are pleasing to read! We are constantly thinking about adjustments as the market evolves. For example, I used to consider features were correctly considered, because the featured act gets only CSPC units from singles formats (physical, download, streams), while the lead artist got most of the units from album formats (the studio album, compilations, lives, videos). I often used the example of Love The Way You Lie, where Rihanna effectively had way less units from it than Eminem… Read more »

Lim Hyunjin

Where I live, I have to pay to use Spotify. On the other hand, YouTube allows me to listen to music for free. For this reason, many people will use YouTube instead of Spotify to listen to music. So I think the YouTube view rate and audio streaming rate should be the same. Thank you for your good comments. Whenever I entered Chartmaster, I always felt uncomfortable at the thought that the YouTube view rate was too low. Hopefully it will be improved in a reasonable way.

Last edited 10 days ago by Lim Hyunjin

Just out of interest regarding ASR, is the baseline (Michael Jackson) being continually reevaluated as other artists are being updated?

I see, for example, that The Beatles are now up to 928. Is this against the baseline as it is now (May 2022) or from the date when Michael Jackson was first studied/calculated?


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