Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

CSPC the greatest selling artists of all-time

Artists Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales

Here is the sum of all the value released by each artist. The figures are given in EAS (equivalent album sales)..

Please keep in mind that some artists are missing, because their analysis has not been done yet. The complete list is available here. Figures may differ from the ones listed inside each link as the streaming data is updated (read more about it) in this table. Pure sales data reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles.

#PICArtistTotal CSPCStudio Albums SalesOther LPs SalesPhysical Singles SalesDigital Singles SalesSales UpdateStreams EAS (Update)
1TheThe Beatles415,414,000160,650,000203,392,000116,080,00035,230,00003/01/1711,264,000* (06/22/21)
2MichaelMichael Jackson330,258,000182,600,000101,997,00079,350,00079,930,00009/27/179,866,000* (06/22/21)
3ElvisElvis Presley316,475,00053,150,000212,309,000135,210,00037,470,00009/01/184,834,000* (05/29/21)
4QueenQueen269,089,00090,230,000139,348,00049,960,00059,650,00001/25/2015,572,000* (06/22/21)
5MadonnaMadonna243,920,000146,450,00064,420,00075,210,00042,100,00008/13/174,172,000* (06/22/21)
6TheThe Rolling Stones240,582,000113,800,00092,495,00072,770,00046,200,00012/03/165,525,000* (06/19/21)
7PinkPink Floyd233,781,000169,600,00052,025,0008,800,00023,360,00006/18/176,012,000* (06/17/21)
8LedLed Zeppelin204,080,000141,500,00051,200,0006,350,00032,030,00008/08/164,671,000* (06/22/21)
9EltonElton John200,516,00088,630,00082,400,00065,340,00026,250,00002/05/185,946,000* (06/20/21)
10U2U2198,029,000127,100,00053,051,00022,550,00040,500,00008/31/165,038,000* (06/22/21)
11CélineCéline Dion196,047,000136,200,00040,424,00039,290,00026,660,00009/23/163,637,000* (06/22/21)
12AC/DCAC/DC195,910,000132,470,00049,349,0007,200,00033,450,00002/20/186,913,000* (06/20/21)
13EminemEminem190,983,00098,650,00026,493,00014,320,000205,790,00006/22/2130,628,000 (06/22/21)
14RodRod Stewart & Faces188,964,000100,150,00066,819,00055,220,00017,420,00011/23/192,807,000* (06/19/21)
15EaglesEagles173,483,00065,425,00096,732,00016,630,00020,440,00012/20/173,272,000* (06/16/21)
16MariahMariah Carey171,965,000116,100,00031,228,00036,890,00050,130,00004/28/176,051,000* (06/20/21)
17MetallicaMetallica160,029,000121,260,00020,164,00015,480,00040,770,00002/13/197,845,000* (06/22/21)
18ABBAABBA159,537,00045,300,00091,491,00054,400,00017,870,00011/02/163,746,000* (06/22/21)
19BruceBruce Springsteen159,376,000103,400,00042,176,00021,010,00025,420,00007/07/173,685,000* (06/17/21)
20BeeBee Gees159,214,00075,525,00056,477,00072,790,00017,230,00004/09/172,790,000* (06/04/21)
21WhitneyWhitney Houston155,069,000113,600,00017,175,00049,520,00034,250,00005/04/174,299,000* (06/22/21)
22BarbraBarbra Streisand153,012,00091,370,00049,714,00035,250,0003,680,00003/16/18800,000* (06/16/21)
23PhilPhil Collins149,522,00093,780,00039,905,00029,910,00022,690,00004/11/183,461,000* (06/09/21)
24BillyBilly Joel148,924,00091,400,00040,235,00036,900,00021,000,00010/19/163,069,000* (06/05/21)
25FleetwoodFleetwood Mac148,726,00084,550,00046,392,00026,060,00032,030,00010/08/165,162,000* (06/14/21)
26BonBon Jovi147,540,00089,450,00039,176,00027,980,00038,450,00011/16/164,752,000* (06/05/21)
27SantanaSantana144,649,00089,465,00046,265,00015,380,00016,560,00008/04/201,899,000* (06/05/21)
28GarthGarth Brooks144,347,00081,605,00062,341,000950,00090,00001/05/19101,000* (06/05/21)
29BobBob Dylan144,016,00083,350,00047,870,00017,680,00030,410,00010/23/162,931,000* (06/20/21)
30BobBob Marley139,193,00043,075,00081,593,0009,980,00033,690,00011/21/176,477,000* (06/22/21)
31PrincePrince133,051,00086,580,00027,141,00042,910,00029,590,00010/04/182,019,000* (06/17/21)
32AerosmithAerosmith131,933,00071,710,00048,158,00015,500,00025,550,00006/01/183,582,000* (06/05/21)
33DavidDavid Bowie128,848,00071,500,00036,023,00044,200,00019,830,00001/11/175,089,000* (06/21/21)
34SimonSimon & Garfunkel125,226,00037,820,00075,732,00023,830,00014,350,00005/11/182,373,000* (06/13/21)
35StevieStevie Wonder122,272,00065,605,00028,070,00065,320,00034,490,00003/17/213,748,000* (06/13/21)
36GunsGuns N' Roses121,567,00086,360,00020,134,00011,900,00037,210,00003/01/185,921,000* (06/18/21)
37TheThe Doors115,845,00051,980,00055,480,00013,860,00011,100,00003/03/192,562,000* (06/12/21)
38PaulPaul McCartney111,106,00061,670,00027,441,00057,970,00011,250,00012/13/182,916,000* (06/15/21)
39DireDire Straits110,263,00071,730,00031,635,0008,380,00010,900,00003/23/182,749,000* (06/22/21)
40GeorgeGeorge Michael & Wham!107,661,00060,200,00026,150,00049,880,00016,770,00005/07/173,832,000* (06/22/21)
41BritneyBritney Spears104,554,00068,595,00011,460,00018,600,00083,030,00004/28/196,465,000* (06/22/21)
42TaylorTaylor Swift102,298,00049,570,0004,810,000280,000159,420,00005/25/2123,918,000* (06/22/21)
43RihannaRihanna101,790,00033,480,0001,215,0003,600,000257,560,00006/02/2127,378,000* (06/22/21)
44VanVan Halen101,339,00079,620,00014,065,00010,450,00016,810,00012/14/201,993,000* (06/21/21)
45ColdplayColdplay100,613,00060,160,0006,090,0002,060,00095,110,00006/06/2119,469,000* (06/16/21)
46TheThe Police98,026,00046,370,00040,183,00023,810,00011,300,00006/06/202,623,000* (06/19/21)
47BackstreetBackstreet Boys96,972,00058,900,00025,685,00018,010,00022,550,00002/09/173,601,000* (06/22/21)
48RedRed Hot Chili Peppers96,150,00061,870,00016,881,0004,800,00044,400,00003/29/189,300,000* (06/22/21)
49NirvanaNirvana93,069,00045,000,00037,650,0004,190,00023,250,00007/09/175,674,000* (06/22/21)
50DrakeDrake92,251,00014,775,00000137,310,00008/28/1756,880,000* (06/22/21)
51NeilNeil Young92,046,00065,210,00021,443,0007,100,00011,870,00005/15/211,475,000 (05/15/21)
52CreedenceCreedence Clearwater Revival91,410,00033,135,00045,489,00022,570,00014,600,00001/31/193,826,000* (06/19/21)
53AdeleAdele90,503,00059,110,0003,855,000530,000100,240,00006/02/1912,343,000* (06/22/21)
54EnyaEnya87,987,00065,480,00017,069,0005,250,0009,610,00002/25/182,420,000* (06/15/21)
55BryanBryan Adams87,838,00042,260,00030,518,00032,090,00017,250,00003/23/192,846,000* (06/05/21)
56LinkinLinkin Park86,615,00048,350,00014,500,0003,210,00073,710,00006/04/1711,746,000* (06/22/21)
57GreenGreen Day86,003,00058,250,00013,567,0003,050,00044,600,00003/11/176,582,000* (03/18/21)
58BeyonceBeyonce83,216,00033,430,0004,431,0004,070,000166,890,00005/02/1819,101,000* (06/22/21)
59JustinJustin Bieber81,913,00019,810,0007,120,000540,000110,890,00008/04/1938,187,000* (06/22/21)
60ShaniaShania Twain81,665,00063,200,00011,259,00013,130,00010,700,00012/05/161,662,000* (06/17/21)
61JourneyJourney81,191,00040,250,00031,623,0008,090,00029,770,00009/13/192,427,000* (06/20/21)
62StingSting79,803,00052,360,00017,720,00016,010,00014,160,00006/14/202,534,000* (06/05/21)
63BlackBlack Sabbath78,471,00046,280,00027,467,0003,300,00011,280,00003/08/202,002,000* (06/19/21)
64JanetJanet Jackson77,886,00050,500,00012,175,00040,640,00013,350,00004/17/171,018,000* (06/22/21)
65RobbieRobbie Williams76,268,00046,500,00021,770,00011,960,00013,860,00012/15/192,314,000* (06/21/21)
66JohnnyJohnny Hallyday75,841,00026,740,00035,156,00043,740,0001,430,00001/01/18610,000* (05/31/21)
67SadeSade75,132,00051,560,00018,565,0006,270,00011,140,00007/01/201,454,000* (06/22/21)
68BTSBTS74,280,00027,935,0009,361,0003,630,00036,110,00005/20/2130,472,000* (06/22/21)
69JohnJohn Lennon73,602,00031,420,00030,759,00026,780,00012,160,00010/16/181,565,000* (06/16/21)
70CherCher73,322,00034,825,00021,889,00046,220,0009,630,00008/30/171,298,000* (06/22/21)
71MaroonMaroon 572,005,00026,050,0002,138,0001,600,000149,190,00012/02/1920,919,000* (06/19/21)
72SupertrampSupertramp71,730,00048,540,00017,999,00010,070,0006,830,00008/13/191,145,000* (06/05/21)
73EdEd Sheeran71,093,00021,970,000466,000130,00079,640,00010/27/1936,668,000* (06/22/21)
74LadyLady Gaga70,202,00031,215,0004,790,0001,570,000128,860,00012/18/2014,395,000* (06/22/21)
75P!nkP!nk68,474,00037,025,0008,906,0007,270,00081,150,00010/15/178,189,000* (06/22/21)
76MichaelMichael Buble65,818,00047,800,0006,344,000770,00035,400,00012/11/166,133,000* (06/05/21)
77UsherUsher64,464,00036,160,0002,201,00012,040,00093,610,00009/04/178,449,000* (06/22/21)
78ShakiraShakira64,108,00034,780,0006,620,0008,460,00056,350,00006/21/1811,719,000* (06/22/21)
79MeatMeat Loaf62,267,00048,300,0009,565,00010,850,0003,900,00006/16/18563,000* (06/19/21)
80BrunoBruno Mars61,734,00017,375,00040,000250,000149,580,00006/27/1921,808,000* (06/22/21)
81OasisOasis61,574,00041,050,00010,046,00011,420,00018,800,00012/06/174,233,000* (06/20/21)
82AyumiAyumi Hamasaki61,369,00021,810,00019,339,00025,980,00046,480,00009/27/19699,000* (06/22/21)
83Crosby,Crosby, Stills & Nash60,836,00034,420,00021,902,0008,380,0008,310,00005/15/21759,000 (05/15/21)
84JacksonJackson 5 & The Jacksons58,862,00026,400,00019,027,00031,160,00013,720,00009/26/172,029,000* (06/22/21)
85AlanisAlanis Morissette57,598,00047,065,0006,951,0003,340,0009,080,00006/05/181,218,000* (06/13/21)
86BlackBlack Eyed Peas57,019,00033,350,000251,0006,590,000103,960,00008/03/175,847,000* (06/22/21)
87EnriqueEnrique Iglesias55,871,00033,900,0005,300,0008,900,00050,110,00009/27/166,484,000* (06/20/21)
88NickelbackNickelback55,716,00040,500,0001,824,0003,020,00057,280,00006/28/173,894,000* (06/09/21)
89ChristinaChristina Aguilera55,466,00030,400,0004,375,00012,740,00069,950,00003/18/176,376,000* (06/08/21)
90OneOne Direction53,035,00023,900,0006,350,000120,00057,000,00005/14/1714,198,000* (06/19/21)
91OzzyOzzy Osbourne52,141,00039,370,0007,483,0003,760,00015,180,00003/12/201,858,000* (06/05/21)
92PaulPaul Simon51,991,00034,390,00011,598,00012,820,0003,740,00005/10/181,597,000* (06/02/21)
93NorahNorah Jones51,727,00043,550,0002,825,000300,00018,600,00011/04/162,572,000* (06/22/21)
94TracyTracy Chapman51,640,00043,760,0003,519,0003,480,00012,490,00006/25/191,442,000* (06/05/21)
95JustinJustin Timberlake51,328,00023,490,0001,480,0005,330,000102,090,00002/09/189,445,000* (06/22/21)
96KatyKaty Perry51,324,00015,880,000300,000870,000135,430,00006/16/1914,569,000* (06/22/21)
97AliciaAlicia Keys50,483,00032,960,0002,524,0003,690,00057,750,00011/19/165,229,000* (06/20/21)
98BostonBoston50,205,00041,330,0004,803,0005,640,0009,540,00006/01/19950,000* (06/17/21)
99SpiceSpice Girls49,464,00037,050,0004,349,00020,020,0005,200,00003/23/171,279,000* (06/17/21)
100Destiny'sDestiny's Child47,877,00033,010,0005,800,00011,120,00022,320,00005/02/182,384,000* (06/22/21)
101MileyMiley Cyrus46,840,00023,050,0002,365,000250,00070,530,00012/06/2010,770,000* (06/22/21)
102ArianaAriana Grande46,705,0005,225,000499,00050,00050,360,00010/16/1933,409,000* (06/22/21)
103CranberriesCranberries45,870,00037,650,0003,710,0004,120,0008,210,00001/25/182,043,000* (06/09/21)
104AvrilAvril Lavigne45,386,00032,290,0001,206,0003,510,00046,160,00002/10/183,545,000* (06/22/21)
105NSYNCNSYNC44,947,00037,930,0002,669,0006,980,0005,110,00002/09/181,488,000* (06/22/21)
106JenniferJennifer Lopez44,225,00026,120,0004,811,00010,760,00036,810,00006/24/184,545,000* (06/22/21)
107MannheimMannheim Steamroller44,146,00033,305,00010,344,00040,0002,410,00012/24/20115,000* (06/02/21)
108TheThe Weeknd43,663,0005,235,0003,035,00080,00044,270,00009/10/2024,155,000* (06/22/21)
109FooFoo Fighters42,343,00026,750,0006,207,0001,430,00026,610,00010/10/174,966,000* (06/11/21)
110TLCTLC40,854,00032,195,0001,920,00013,120,0008,350,00004/07/191,550,000* (06/16/21)
111TakeTake That39,093,00019,930,00014,016,0009,210,00010,240,00012/15/19813,000* (06/20/21)
112KellyKelly Clarkson36,880,00021,600,0001,460,0002,200,00062,010,00005/23/183,857,000* (06/22/21)
113KylieKylie Minogue36,707,00020,320,0007,103,00019,720,00012,150,00004/16/181,544,000* (06/14/21)
114NoNo Doubt35,316,00025,730,0006,058,0004,910,0006,080,00003/29/201,144,000* (06/22/21)
115ImagineImagine Dragons33,855,0007,960,000371,00030,00045,410,00009/19/1818,702,000* (06/21/21)
116AmyAmy Winehouse32,856,00023,180,0002,411,000580,00021,660,00007/19/193,842,000* (06/22/21)
117KendrickKendrick Lamar32,632,0005,725,00050,000032,650,00004/12/1921,959,000* (06/21/21)
118PostPost Malone32,190,0001,720,00010,00040,00014,640,00011/26/2028,251,000* (06/22/21)
119DidoDido30,969,00026,630,000420,0005,320,0006,210,00002/18/191,391,000* (06/18/21)
120EvanescenceEvanescence30,841,00022,440,0002,755,0002,170,00018,390,00006/30/192,237,000* (06/13/21)
121SelenaSelena Gomez29,792,0005,780,000270,00080,00041,610,00003/21/2117,472,000* (06/21/21)
122CarrieCarrie Underwood29,521,00018,050,000839,000500,00054,410,00009/09/182,321,000* (06/10/21)
123JamesJames Blunt28,555,00020,440,0001,020,0002,130,00023,090,00002/05/192,991,000* (05/31/21)
124SamSam Smith27,908,0006,525,00025,000100,00032,700,00010/11/1716,423,000* (06/22/21)
125BjörkBjörk25,973,00019,730,0004,372,0002,620,0003,460,00012/23/18566,000* (06/13/21)
126GorillazGorillaz24,581,00014,830,0001,240,0002,110,00019,000,00005/08/175,028,000* (06/22/21)
127ShawnShawn Mendes23,367,0002,630,000120,00040,00020,330,00010/08/1917,556,000* (06/22/21)
128FugeesFugees22,546,00017,310,0001,348,0007,160,0005,240,00002/18/21953,000* (06/02/21)
129LanaLana Del Rey22,340,0007,950,000565,000210,00020,200,00008/24/1710,732,000* (06/22/21)
130RenaudRenaud22,221,00013,230,0007,667,0002,660,000690,00011/01/17422,000* (06/05/21)
131BillieBillie Eilish22,139,0002,270,0002,00010,0005,920,00007/04/2018,957,000* (06/22/21)
132Ms.Ms. Lauryn Hill21,600,00015,610,0001,734,0003,660,0007,670,00002/18/212,008,000* (06/12/21)
133ArcticArctic Monkeys21,333,00010,340,000302,000560,00012,870,00005/14/188,593,000* (06/22/21)
134DemiDemi Lovato21,317,0004,480,00035,00050,00035,890,00010/09/1811,403,000* (06/06/21)
135AviciiAvicii20,643,0002,200,000170,000250,00036,700,00004/25/1812,693,000* (06/02/21)
136GwenGwen Stefani19,990,00012,060,000154,0003,130,00029,040,00004/12/202,481,000* (06/08/21)
137DuaDua Lipa19,239,000945,0006,00020,0007,020,00001/05/2117,229,000* (06/22/21)
138AaliyahAaliyah18,145,00012,200,0003,174,0006,350,0003,050,00002/14/17407,000* (06/22/21)
139MacklemoreMacklemore16,773,0003,225,00045,00080,00039,270,00011/07/177,589,000* (06/04/21)
140FergieFergie13,973,0006,450,00025,000750,00036,900,00007/12/171,738,000* (06/14/21)
141Will.i.amWill.i.am13,683,000950,0000750,00053,300,00007/20/174,514,000* (04/21/21)
142LittleLittle Mix12,627,0003,670,0000130,00012,020,00002/02/207,115,000* (06/22/21)
143LordeLorde11,873,0003,300,000100,000019,250,00006/22/175,585,000* (06/18/21)
144BuffaloBuffalo Springfield11,082,0002,885,0006,698,0001,980,0003,550,00005/15/21379,000* (06/04/21)
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ROMANN

Hey chartmasters, June 26 marks the ariana grande’s 28th anniversary. She sets major records in the music industry and is one of the most successful female artist of all time.

In celebration of that can u please update her career sales and streaming total?

Jazz

She might be in the future but dont think she is right now. In this list alone there are 24 women above her. And that doesnt include acts that havent been studied yet like Diana Ross, Olivia Newton John, Donna Summer, etc. Which would probably pass her too.

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Mikko

Hej. MJD did a comprehensive analysis of Bob Dylan’s sales 20/10.2016, week after Dylan won the Nobel literature prize, background work had probably been done over the years.
The Nobel is the prestigious award in the world. Dylan climbed in one fell swoop with Faulkner, Heminway, Steinbeck, into heavy weight series.
Dylan is said to have earned royalties up to $20 million per year, much from cover versions, Feel my love, Watchtower, Heavens door..

It would be nice to have an estimate of Dylan own current sales.
In “Discogs” Dylan is “most collected” artist before Beatles and David Bowie.

Fanofpop

https://chartmasters.org/2016/10/cspc-bob-dylan-popularity-analysis/
Isn’t this his sales?
I don’t think it would’ve changed by a significant amount since 2016. Especially coz streams are automatically updated.

Mikko

That gets $ 15-20 million royalties per year, needs to sell quite nicely. Dylan made biggest deal ever 12/2020, amount was 400 $ million only publishing rights. Premium-rate stuff. Hardly record company charity does.

Analord

“Update Bob Dylan” is better than “Update Ariana Grande”, that said I don’t see why he should be a priority over The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd…etc.

Clockingbell

I think an update on legacy acts should be done when an artist’s total rises enough to ensure a rise of a couple of places (or just 1 in the top 10) on the all-time best sellers list or a significant rise for a huge album. That would allow Fleetwood Mac (Rumours!), AC/DC, Bob Marley or maybe Nirvana or Oasis to be updated sooner than Beatles, Floyd or Zep, although I would like to see them be updated as well

Mikko

Let me tell you one thing. Led Zeppelin royalties 2011-2016 was 58,5 dollars to 12 million per year. That is 5 year. Dylan royalties was up to 20 million per year. Many of the bands you mentions are dead. Dylan “Rough ways” realisead last year and was number one in USA, UK, Germany.. really global success. Dylan still going strong.

Clockingbell

I’m not denying this (haven’t said anything about Dylan), but in absolute numbers, he’s not increasing that much and doesn’t have really big albums to be updated, that’s all

Analord

So he had one album last year that sold, what, 300k ? Who cares, albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Abbey Road or Rumours sell more than that every year, not to mention their massive streaming numbers.

And Led Zeppelin’s catalog is obviously much more popular than Dylan’s. Those “$58.5m in royalties” have to do with Stairway To Heaven, and as you said yourself Dylan’s royalties have a lot to do with covers (Adele, Hendrix, Guns N Roses…etc.).

Mikko

Red Hot Chilly Peppers sold publishing rights to Hipgnosis Merck Mercuriadis, most hated man business (cause he pay more than others). Chilly Peppers royalties per year was 5-6 million dollars and normal factor is 5-20, but they got 23, and 23×6= 140 million dollars. And remember Led Zeppelin annual royalties is average 12 million dollars. I looked through the European album charts. +UK and Germany, France, Netherland, Italy, Spain Sweden almost every country. Led Zeppelin last entries end just in 2016. Zeppelin Oricon charts was very strong and records was big, expencive boxs. Oasis, almost nothing but Music Week’s UK… Read more »

Analord

ok

ChartGod

wayyy too wrong. Dark Horse sold less than Hot N Cold and I Kissed a Girl 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Adele with the best-selling single, even digitally, in 2017 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Jazz

https://chartmasters.org/2019/06/katy-perry-albums-and-songs-sales/

Actually no. Dark horse is bigger than hot n cold as per this website. Also Dark Horse is still growing faster than Hot N Cold and it will only move further and bigger than Hot N Cold. Plus, according to Youtube views. I Kissed A Girl total official video youtube views all 220 million while Hot N Cold are at 1 billion already. So if anybody is wrong here it is u.

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