Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

Beatles

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. Paul McCartney86,510,000 (as of Dec 2018)
41. Neil Young85,786,000 (as of May 2021)
42. George Michael & Wham!83,200,000 (as of May 2017)
43. Enya82,500,000 (as of Feb 2018)
44. R.E.M.81,207,000 (as of Sep 2021)
45. Deep Purple80,375,000 (as of Aug 2021)
46. Backstreet Boys79,850,000 (as of Feb 2017)
47. Nirvana79,800,000 (as of Jul 2017)
48. Britney Spears77,565,000 (as of Apr 2019)
49. The Police77,460,000 (as of Jun 2020)
50. Red Hot Chili Peppers76,435,000 (as of Mar 2018)
51. Creedence Clearwater Revival76,420,000 (as of Jan 2019)
52. Shania Twain71,750,000 (as of Dec 2016)
53. Sting71,682,000 (as of Jun 2020)
54. Bryan Adams71,510,000 (as of Mar 2019)
55. Green Day70,295,000 (as of Mar 2017)
56. Journey69,267,000 (as of Sep 2019)
57. Sade67,815,000 (as of Jul 2020)
58. Supertramp66,040,000 (as of Aug 2019)
59. Coldplay64,275,000 (as of Jun 2021)
60. Robbie Williams62,448,000 (as of Dec 2019)
61. Linkin Park62,100,000 (as of Jun 2017)
62. Black Sabbath61,252,000 (as of Mar 2020)
63. John Lennon60,800,000 (as of Oct 2018)
64. Adele60,155,000 (as of Oct 2021)
65. Janet Jackson59,650,000 (as of Apr 2017)
66. Meat Loaf58,350,000 (as of Jun 2018)
67. Ozzy Osbourne56,902,000 (as of Mar 2020)
68. Johnny Hallyday55,740,000 (as of Jan 2018)
69. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young55,600,000 (as of May 2021)
70. Alanis Morissette53,380,000 (as of Jun 2018)
71. Cher53,350,000 (as of Aug 2017)
72. Michael Bublé52,995,000 (as of Dec 2016)
73. Taylor Swift51,200,000 (as of May 2021)
74. Oasis48,720,000 (as of Dec 2017)
75. Tracy Chapman47,230,000 (as of Jun 2019)
76. Boston45,760,000 (as of Jun 2019)
77. Norah Jones45,280,000 (as of Nov 2016)
78. Paul Simon44,880,000 (as of May 2018)
79. P!nk42,100,000 (as of Oct 2017)
80. Mannheim Steamroller41,735,000 (as of Dec 2020)
81. Nickelback41,300,000 (as of Jun 2017)
82. The Cranberries41,050,000 (as of Jan 2018)
83. Shakira39,420,000 (as of Jun 2018)
84. Enrique Iglesias39,200,000 (as of Sep 2016)
85. Jackson 5 & The Jacksons39,100,000 (as of Sep 2017)
86. NSYNC38,690,000 (as of Feb 2018)
87. Spice Girls38,400,000 (as of Mar 2017)
88. Destiny’s Child38,350,000 (as of Aug 2018)
89. Ayumi Hamasaki37,800,000 (as of Sep 2019)
90. Usher37,160,000 (as of Sep 2017)
91. Lady Gaga36,000,000 (as of Dec 2020)
92. Alicia Keys35,060,000 (as of Nov 2016)
93. TLC33,850,000 (as of Apr 2019)
94. Rihanna33,778,000 (as of Jun 2021)
95. Beyoncé33,700,000 (as of May 2018)
96. Christina Aguilera33,525,000 (as of Mar 2017)
97. Black Eyed Peas33,450,000 (as of Aug 2017)
98. Avril Lavigne33,140,000 (as of Feb 2018)
99. BTS31,775,000 (as of May 2021)
100. Foo Fighters31,700,000 (as of Oct 2017)
101. No Doubt31,546,000 (as of Mar 2020)
102. Take That30,590,000 (as of Dec 2019)
103. Jennifer Lopez29,800,000 (as of Jun 2018)
104. Maroon 527,975,000 (as of Dec 2019)
105. Dido27,050,000 (as of Feb 2019)
106. Miley Cyrus25,375,000 (as of Dec 2020)
107. Kylie Minogue25,330,000 (as of Apr 2018)
108. Evanescence25,155,000 (as of Jun 2019)
109. Amy Winehouse24,570,000 (as of Jul 2019)
110. One Direction24,050,000 (as of May 2017)
111. Justin Bieber24,030,000 (as of Nov 2020)
112. Justin Timberlake23,370,000 (as of Feb 2018)
113. Kelly Clarkson22,920,000 (as of May 2018)
114. Björk22,765,000 (as of Dec 2018)
115. James Blunt21,396,000 (as of Feb 2019)
116. Ed Sheeran21,320,000 (as of Oct 2019)
117. Renaud19,200,000 (as of Nov 2017)
118. Carrie Underwood18,800,000 (as of Sep 2018)
119. Fugees18,570,000 (as of Feb 2021)
120. Bruno Mars17,375,000 (as of Oct 2017)
121. Lauryn Hill17,335,000 (as of Feb 2021)
122. Katy Perry15,960,000 (as of Mar 2018)
123. Gorillaz15,770,000 (as of May 2017)
124. Drake15,565,000 (as of Jul 2021)
125. Aaliyah15,375,000 (as of Feb 2017)
126. Gwen Stefani12,060,000 (as of Apr 2020)
127. Arctic Monkeys10,140,000 (as of May 2018)
128. Lana Del Rey8,500,000 (as of Aug 2017)
129. Imagine Dragons8,190,000 (as of Sep 2018)
130. Buffalo Springfield7,018,000 (as of May 2021)
131. Sam Smith6,525,000 (as of Oct 2017)
132. Fergie6,450,000 (as of Jul 2017)
133. Ariana Grande6,343,000 (as of Sep 2021)
134. The Weeknd6,240,000 (as of Sep 2020)
135. Selena Gomez6,020,000 (as of Mar 2021)
136. Kendrick Lamar5,725,000 (as of Jan 2018)
137. Demi Lovato4,500,000 (as of Oct 2018)
138. Little Mix3,670,000 (as of Feb 2020)
139. Lorde3,300,000 (as of Jun 2017)
140. Macklemore (& Ryan Lewis)3,260,000 (as of Nov 2017)
141. Blackpink3,195,000 (as of Sep 2021)
142. Shawn Mendes2,820,000 (as of Oct 2019)
142. Harry Styles2,820,000 (as of Jul 2021)
144. Billie Eilish2,271,000 (as of Jul 2020)
145. Avicii2,260,000 (as of Apr 2018)
146. Post Malone1,130,000 (as of Nov 2020)

4.2 117 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

1.4K Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Padilla

why are taylors number not updating

Meca76

I want to ask if you are considering an annual update of the biggest performers in the net sales of studio albums in the near future. Thank you in advance for your answer.

Jeyashri

.

Last edited 1 day ago by Jeyashri
Eliza

I have a question about the streams tracking?….How come sometimes, (easily visible at times when I check in on the list daily and look at a couple of specific artists) the streams stop updating for a while (a few days to a week) and when they are updated again the number goes DOWN? How is that possible? Isn’t it an automatic tracker? How on earth does the number go DOWN, and a popular artist LOSE sales?

MJD

Hi Eliza! Discographies of artists are often re-structured. Songs can be removed, or move from the artist page to the ‘appears on’ section, which will push them into the ‘Features’ category in our statistics. Obviously, glitches can happen as well. On top of this, every day, when Spotify update their database, there are numerous versions of the same song with playcounts from the previous and the new day, so if these get saved, it creates the illusion the number went down the following day. As the total is lower, our system doesn’t save the value. That’s why when a duplicated… Read more »

Trumru

Are these updates?

Eliza

Ah, that makes sense! Thank you for your reply.

Clockingbell

Numbers of R.E.M. fail to be updated after a search . Cheers!

Clb

Drake is at 104.6m eas

Easy

Hey, I wanted to check where Chris Brown would be on the list/ how much has he sold?
would there be any updates showing his numbers soon?

Thanks

ojd

I think he won’t be done for a while because he’s not got the highest total compared to his discography size, plus that he mostly sold through downoads and he’s not really the fast growing artist right now.

Whilst I am not personally a fan I do want to find out his sales, specifically in UK because I feel like he’s never been an a-list artist despite many hits

Last edited 20 days ago by ojd
1 55 56 57
1.4K
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x