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. Eminem124,695,000 (as of Jul 2019)
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. George Michael & Wham!83,200,000 (as of May 2017)
42. Enya82,500,000 (as of Feb 2018)
43. Backstreet Boys79,850,000 (as of Feb 2017)
44. Nirvana79,800,000 (as of Jul 2017)
45. The Police77,460,000 (as of Jun 2020)
46. Red Hot Chili Peppers76,435,000 (as of Mar 2018)
47. Britney Spears76,425,000 (as of Apr 2019)
48. Creedence Clearwater Revival76,420,000 (as of Jan 2019)
49. Shania Twain71,750,000 (as of Dec 2016)
50. Sting71,682,000 (as of Jun 2020)
51. Bryan Adams71,510,000 (as of Mar 2019)
52. Green Day70,295,000 (as of Mar 2017)
53. Journey69,267,000 (as of Sep 2019)
54. Sade67,815,000 (as of Jul 2020)
55. Supertramp66,040,000 (as of Aug 2019)
56. Coldplay63,590,000 (as of Nov 2019)
57. Robbie Williams62,448,000 (as of Dec 2019)
58. Linkin Park62,100,000 (as of Jun 2017)
59. Black Sabbath61,252,000 (as of Mar 2020)
60. John Lennon60,800,000 (as of Oct 2018)
61. Janet Jackson59,650,000 (as of Apr 2017)
62. Adele59,110,000 (as of Mar 2018)
63. Meat Loaf58,350,000 (as of Jun 2018)
64. Ozzy Osbourne56,902,000 (as of Mar 2020)
65. Johnny Hallyday55,740,000 (as of Jan 2018)
66. Alanis Morissette53,380,000 (as of Jun 2018)
67. Cher53,350,000 (as of Aug 2017)
68. Michael Bublé52,995,000 (as of Dec 2016)
69. Taylor Swift49,220,000 (as of Oct 2020)
70. Oasis48,720,000 (as of Dec 2017)
71. Tracy Chapman47,230,000 (as of Jun 2019)
72. Boston45,760,000 (as of Jun 2019)
73. Norah Jones45,280,000 (as of Nov 2016)
74. Paul Simon44,880,000 (as of May 2018)
75. P!nk42,100,000 (as of Oct 2017)
76. Mannheim Steamroller41,735,000 (as of Dec 2020)
77. Nickelback41,300,000 (as of Jun 2017)
78. The Cranberries41,050,000 (as of Jan 2018)
79. Shakira39,420,000 (as of Jun 2018)
80. Enrique Iglesias39,200,000 (as of Sep 2016)
81. Jackson 5 & The Jacksons39,100,000 (as of Sep 2017)
82. NSYNC38,690,000 (as of Feb 2018)
83. Spice Girls38,400,000 (as of Mar 2017)
84. Destiny’s Child38,350,000 (as of Aug 2018)
85. Ayumi Hamasaki37,800,000 (as of Sep 2019)
86. Usher37,160,000 (as of Sep 2017)
87. Lady Gaga36,000,000 (as of Dec 2020)
88. Alicia Keys35,060,000 (as of Nov 2016)
89. TLC33,850,000 (as of Apr 2019)
90. Beyoncé33,700,000 (as of May 2018)
91. Christina Aguilera33,525,000 (as of Mar 2017)
92. Black Eyed Peas33,450,000 (as of Aug 2017)
93. Avril Lavigne33,140,000 (as of Feb 2018)
94. Rihanna33,100,000 (as of Nov 2017)
95. Foo Fighters31,700,000 (as of Oct 2017)
96. No Doubt31,546,000 (as of Mar 2020)
97. Take That30,590,000 (as of Dec 2019)
98. Jennifer Lopez29,800,000 (as of Jun 2018)
99. BTS27,990,000 (as of Sep 2020)
100. Maroon 527,975,000 (as of Dec 2019)
101. Dido27,050,000 (as of Feb 2019)
102. Miley Cyrus25,375,000 (as of Dec 2020)
103. Kylie Minogue25,330,000 (as of Apr 2018)
104. Evanescence25,155,000 (as of Jun 2019)
105. Amy Winehouse24,570,000 (as of Jul 2019)
106. One Direction24,050,000 (as of May 2017)
107. Justin Bieber24,030,000 (as of Nov 2020)
108. Justin Timberlake23,370,000 (as of Feb 2018)
109. Kelly Clarkson22,920,000 (as of May 2018)
110. Björk22,765,000 (as of Dec 2018)
111. James Blunt21,396,000 (as of Feb 2019)
112. Ed Sheeran21,320,000 (as of Oct 2019)
113. Renaud19,200,000 (as of Nov 2017)
114. Carrie Underwood18,800,000 (as of Sep 2018)
115. Fugees18,570,000 (as of Feb 2021)
116. Bruno Mars17,375,000 (as of Oct 2017)
117. Lauryn Hill17,335,000 (as of Feb 2021)
118. Katy Perry15,960,000 (as of Mar 2018)
119. Gorillaz15,770,000 (as of May 2017)
120. Aaliyah15,375,000 (as of Feb 2017)
121. Drake14,775,000 (as of Aug 2017)
122. Gwen Stefani12,060,000 (as of Apr 2020)
123. Arctic Monkeys10,140,000 (as of May 2018)
124. Lana Del Rey8,500,000 (as of Aug 2017)
125. Imagine Dragons8,190,000 (as of Sep 2018)
126. Sam Smith6,525,000 (as of Oct 2017)
127. Fergie6,450,000 (as of Jul 2017)
128. The Weeknd6,240,000 (as of Sep 2020)
129. Selena Gomez6,020,000 (as of Mar 2021)
130. Kendrick Lamar5,725,000 (as of Jan 2018)
131. Ariana Grande5,500,000 (as of Oct 2019)
132. Demi Lovato4,500,000 (as of Oct 2018)
133. Little Mix3,670,000 (as of Feb 2020)
134. Lorde3,300,000 (as of Jun 2017)
135. Macklemore (& Ryan Lewis)3,260,000 (as of Nov 2017)
136. Shawn Mendes2,820,000 (as of Oct 2019)
137. Billie Eilish2,271,000 (as of Jul 2020)
138. Avicii2,260,000 (as of Apr 2018)
139. Post Malone1,130,000 (as of Nov 2020)
140. Dua Lipa952,500 (as of Jan 2021)
141. Will.i.am950,000 (as of Jul 2017)

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El Jolito

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


Thank you for your contribution.


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


Nah eminem has sold more records


Eminem debuted in the 90s though


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)


Eminem has 20m plus us albums yet to be certified


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.


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


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

This is over 4yrs old so


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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 »


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 »


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


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.


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

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