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 Beatles414,884,000160,650,000203,392,000116,080,00035,230,00003/01/1710,734,000* (04/11/21)
2MichaelMichael Jackson329,861,000182,600,000101,997,00079,350,00079,930,00009/27/179,469,000* (04/10/21)
3ElvisElvis Presley316,207,00053,150,000212,309,000135,210,00037,470,00009/01/184,566,000* (02/28/21)
4QueenQueen268,380,00090,230,000139,348,00049,960,00059,650,00001/25/2014,863,000* (04/11/21)
5MadonnaMadonna243,717,000146,450,00064,420,00075,210,00042,100,00008/13/173,969,000* (04/11/21)
6TheThe Rolling Stones240,316,000113,800,00092,495,00072,770,00046,200,00012/03/165,259,000* (04/07/21)
7PinkPink Floyd233,518,000169,600,00052,025,0008,800,00023,360,00006/18/175,749,000* (04/08/21)
8LedLed Zeppelin203,857,000141,500,00051,200,0006,350,00032,030,00008/08/164,448,000* (04/08/21)
9EltonElton John200,174,00088,630,00082,400,00065,340,00026,250,00002/05/185,604,000* (04/10/21)
10U2U2197,803,000127,100,00053,051,00022,550,00040,500,00008/31/164,812,000* (04/10/21)
11CélineCéline Dion195,895,000136,200,00040,424,00039,290,00026,660,00009/23/163,485,000* (04/11/21)
12AC/DCAC/DC195,531,000132,470,00049,349,0007,200,00033,450,00002/20/186,534,000* (04/11/21)
13RodRod Stewart & Faces188,821,000100,150,00066,819,00055,220,00017,420,00011/23/192,664,000* (04/08/21)
14EminemEminem186,977,00097,920,00025,487,00014,380,000197,610,00007/31/1929,616,000* (04/11/21)
15EaglesEagles173,297,00065,425,00096,732,00016,630,00020,440,00012/20/173,086,000* (04/02/21)
16MariahMariah Carey171,763,000116,100,00031,228,00036,890,00050,130,00004/28/175,849,000* (04/11/21)
17MetallicaMetallica159,643,000121,260,00020,164,00015,480,00040,770,00002/13/197,459,000* (04/04/21)
18ABBAABBA159,276,00045,300,00091,491,00054,400,00017,870,00011/02/163,485,000* (04/05/21)
19BruceBruce Springsteen159,220,000103,400,00042,176,00021,010,00025,420,00007/07/173,529,000* (04/08/21)
20BeeBee Gees159,065,00075,525,00056,477,00072,790,00017,230,00004/09/172,641,000* (04/11/21)
21WhitneyWhitney Houston154,854,000113,600,00017,175,00049,520,00034,250,00005/04/174,084,000* (04/11/21)
22BarbraBarbra Streisand152,974,00091,370,00049,714,00035,250,0003,680,00003/16/18762,000* (04/10/21)
23PhilPhil Collins149,364,00093,780,00039,905,00029,910,00022,690,00004/11/183,303,000* (04/07/21)
24BillyBilly Joel148,768,00091,400,00040,235,00036,900,00021,000,00010/19/162,913,000* (04/01/21)
25FleetwoodFleetwood Mac148,415,00084,550,00046,392,00026,060,00032,030,00010/08/164,851,000* (04/03/21)
26BonBon Jovi147,353,00089,450,00039,176,00027,980,00038,450,00011/16/164,565,000* (04/11/21)
27SantanaSantana144,512,00089,465,00046,265,00015,380,00016,560,00008/04/201,762,000* (02/12/21)
28GarthGarth Brooks144,340,00081,605,00062,341,000950,00090,00001/05/1994,000* (03/18/21)
29BobBob Dylan143,891,00083,350,00047,870,00017,680,00030,410,00010/23/162,806,000* (04/07/21)
30BobBob Marley138,908,00043,075,00081,593,0009,980,00033,690,00011/21/176,192,000* (04/05/21)
31PrincePrince132,951,00086,580,00027,141,00042,910,00029,590,00010/04/181,919,000* (04/09/21)
32AerosmithAerosmith131,771,00071,710,00048,158,00015,500,00025,550,00006/01/183,420,000* (03/31/21)
33DavidDavid Bowie128,625,00071,500,00036,023,00044,200,00019,830,00001/11/174,866,000* (04/10/21)
34SimonSimon & Garfunkel125,120,00037,820,00075,732,00023,830,00014,350,00005/11/182,267,000* (03/31/21)
35StevieStevie Wonder122,065,00065,605,00028,070,00065,320,00034,490,00003/17/213,541,000 (03/17/21)
36GunsGuns N' Roses121,306,00086,360,00020,134,00011,900,00037,210,00003/01/185,660,000* (04/11/21)
37TheThe Doors115,737,00051,980,00055,480,00013,860,00011,100,00003/03/192,454,000* (04/08/21)
38PaulPaul McCartney110,996,00061,670,00027,441,00057,970,00011,250,00012/13/182,806,000* (04/11/21)
39DireDire Straits110,105,00071,730,00031,635,0008,380,00010,900,00003/23/182,591,000* (04/03/21)
40GeorgeGeorge Michael & Wham!107,479,00060,200,00026,150,00049,880,00016,770,00005/07/173,650,000* (04/11/21)
41BritneyBritney Spears104,179,00068,595,00011,460,00018,600,00083,030,00004/28/196,090,000* (04/11/21)
42VanVan Halen102,494,00079,620,00014,065,00010,450,00016,810,00012/14/203,148,000* (02/09/21)
43ColdplayColdplay99,469,00059,560,0005,979,0002,050,00093,680,00011/30/1919,258,000* (04/11/21)
44TaylorTaylor Swift98,456,00048,220,0003,768,000260,000158,560,00010/23/2022,602,000* (04/11/21)
45RihannaRihanna98,117,00033,100,000500,0003,560,000251,150,00007/03/1925,778,000* (04/11/21)
46TheThe Police97,878,00046,370,00040,183,00023,810,00011,300,00006/06/202,475,000* (04/09/21)
47BackstreetBackstreet Boys96,843,00058,900,00025,685,00018,010,00022,550,00002/09/173,472,000* (04/11/21)
48RedRed Hot Chili Peppers95,773,00061,870,00016,881,0004,800,00044,400,00003/29/188,923,000* (04/11/21)
49NirvanaNirvana92,759,00045,000,00037,650,0004,190,00023,250,00007/09/175,364,000* (04/11/21)
50CreedenceCreedence Clearwater Revival91,189,00033,135,00045,489,00022,570,00014,600,00001/31/193,605,000* (03/31/21)
51DrakeDrake90,506,00014,775,00000137,310,00008/28/1755,135,000* (04/11/21)
52AdeleAdele90,097,00059,110,0003,855,000530,000100,240,00006/02/1911,937,000* (04/11/21)
53EnyaEnya87,880,00065,480,00017,069,0005,250,0009,610,00002/25/182,313,000* (04/03/21)
54BryanBryan Adams87,665,00042,260,00030,518,00032,090,00017,250,00003/23/192,673,000* (03/23/21)
55LinkinLinkin Park86,131,00048,350,00014,500,0003,210,00073,710,00006/04/1711,262,000* (04/11/21)
56GreenGreen Day86,003,00058,250,00013,567,0003,050,00044,600,00003/11/176,582,000* (03/18/21)
57BeyonceBeyonce82,574,00033,430,0004,431,0004,070,000166,890,00005/02/1818,459,000* (04/11/21)
58ShaniaShania Twain81,585,00063,200,00011,259,00013,130,00010,700,00012/05/161,582,000* (04/07/21)
59JourneyJourney81,082,00040,250,00031,623,0008,090,00029,770,00009/13/192,318,000* (04/10/21)
60StingSting79,705,00052,360,00017,720,00016,010,00014,160,00006/14/202,436,000* (04/09/21)
61JustinJustin Bieber79,587,00019,810,0007,120,000540,000110,890,00008/04/1935,861,000* (04/11/21)
62BlackBlack Sabbath78,353,00046,280,00027,467,0003,300,00011,280,00003/08/201,884,000* (03/23/21)
63JanetJanet Jackson77,836,00050,500,00012,175,00040,640,00013,350,00004/17/17968,000* (04/11/21)
64RobbieRobbie Williams76,159,00046,500,00021,770,00011,960,00013,860,00012/15/192,205,000* (03/31/21)
65JohnnyJohnny Hallyday75,788,00026,740,00035,156,00043,740,0001,430,00001/01/18557,000* (01/30/21)
66SadeSade75,069,00051,560,00018,565,0006,270,00011,140,00007/01/201,391,000* (04/11/21)
67JohnJohn Lennon73,524,00031,420,00030,759,00026,780,00012,160,00010/16/181,487,000* (04/11/21)
68CherCher73,255,00034,825,00021,889,00046,220,0009,630,00008/30/171,231,000* (04/11/21)
69SupertrampSupertramp71,674,00048,540,00017,999,00010,070,0006,830,00008/13/191,089,000* (04/04/21)
70MaroonMaroon 570,992,00026,050,0002,138,0001,600,000149,190,00012/02/1919,906,000* (04/10/21)
71EdEd Sheeran70,133,00021,970,000466,000130,00079,640,00010/27/1935,708,000* (04/11/21)
72LadyLady Gaga69,504,00031,215,0004,790,0001,570,000128,860,00012/18/2013,697,000* (04/11/21)
73P!nkP!nk67,961,00037,025,0008,906,0007,270,00081,150,00010/15/177,676,000* (04/11/21)
74BTSBTS65,886,00021,850,0007,960,0003,220,00030,880,00009/04/2030,475,000* (04/11/21)
75MichaelMichael Buble65,707,00047,800,0006,344,000770,00035,400,00012/11/166,022,000* (03/31/21)
76UsherUsher64,331,00036,160,0002,201,00012,040,00093,610,00009/04/178,316,000* (04/06/21)
77ShakiraShakira63,565,00034,780,0006,620,0008,460,00056,350,00006/21/1811,176,000* (04/11/21)
78MeatMeat Loaf62,237,00048,300,0009,565,00010,850,0003,900,00006/16/18533,000* (03/31/21)
79OasisOasis61,389,00041,050,00010,046,00011,420,00018,800,00012/06/174,048,000* (04/10/21)
80AyumiAyumi Hamasaki61,316,00021,810,00019,339,00025,980,00046,480,00009/27/19646,000* (04/11/21)
81BrunoBruno Mars60,357,00017,375,00040,000250,000149,580,00006/27/1920,431,000* (04/10/21)
82JacksonJackson 5 & The Jacksons58,802,00026,400,00019,027,00031,160,00013,720,00009/26/171,969,000* (04/11/21)
83AlanisAlanis Morissette57,567,00047,065,0006,951,0003,340,0009,080,00006/05/181,187,000* (04/10/21)
84BlackBlack Eyed Peas56,638,00033,350,000251,0006,590,000103,960,00008/03/175,466,000* (04/11/21)
85EnriqueEnrique Iglesias55,685,00033,900,0005,300,0008,900,00050,110,00009/27/166,298,000* (04/06/21)
86NickelbackNickelback55,563,00040,500,0001,824,0003,020,00057,280,00006/28/173,741,000* (03/31/21)
87ChristinaChristina Aguilera54,357,00030,400,0004,375,00012,740,00069,950,00003/18/175,267,000* (03/30/21)
88OneOne Direction52,333,00023,900,0006,350,000120,00057,000,00005/14/1713,496,000* (04/11/21)
89OzzyOzzy Osbourne52,037,00039,370,0007,483,0003,760,00015,180,00003/12/201,754,000* (03/19/21)
90PaulPaul Simon51,930,00034,390,00011,598,00012,820,0003,740,00005/10/181,536,000* (03/31/21)
91NorahNorah Jones51,634,00043,550,0002,825,000300,00018,600,00011/04/162,479,000* (04/08/21)
92TracyTracy Chapman51,580,00043,760,0003,519,0003,480,00012,490,00006/25/191,382,000* (03/28/21)
93JustinJustin Timberlake51,000,00023,490,0001,480,0005,330,000102,090,00002/09/189,117,000* (04/11/21)
94KatyKaty Perry50,711,00015,880,000300,000870,000135,430,00006/16/1913,956,000* (04/11/21)
95AliciaAlicia Keys50,235,00032,960,0002,524,0003,690,00057,750,00011/19/164,981,000* (04/11/21)
96BostonBoston50,165,00041,330,0004,803,0005,640,0009,540,00006/01/19910,000* (04/09/21)
97SpiceSpice Girls49,404,00037,050,0004,349,00020,020,0005,200,00003/23/171,219,000* (04/06/21)
98Destiny'sDestiny's Child47,775,00033,010,0005,800,00011,120,00022,320,00005/02/182,282,000* (04/10/21)
99MileyMiley Cyrus47,617,00023,050,0002,365,000250,00070,530,00012/06/2011,547,000* (04/04/21)
100CranberriesCranberries45,765,00037,650,0003,710,0004,120,0008,210,00001/25/181,938,000* (03/28/21)
101AvrilAvril Lavigne45,209,00032,290,0001,206,0003,510,00046,160,00002/10/183,368,000* (04/11/21)
102ArianaAriana Grande44,992,0005,225,000499,00050,00050,360,00010/16/1931,696,000* (04/11/21)
103NSYNCNSYNC44,891,00037,930,0002,669,0006,980,0005,110,00002/09/181,432,000* (04/11/21)
104MannheimMannheim Steamroller44,145,00033,305,00010,344,00040,0002,410,00012/24/20114,000* (01/30/21)
105JenniferJennifer Lopez44,115,00026,120,0004,811,00010,760,00036,810,00006/24/184,435,000* (04/11/21)
106TheThe Weeknd42,375,0005,235,0003,035,00080,00044,270,00009/10/2022,867,000* (04/11/21)
107FooFoo Fighters42,170,00026,750,0006,207,0001,430,00026,610,00010/10/174,793,000* (04/09/21)
108TLCTLC40,798,00032,195,0001,920,00013,120,0008,350,00004/07/191,494,000* (04/08/21)
109TakeTake That39,034,00019,930,00014,016,0009,210,00010,240,00012/15/19754,000* (02/17/21)
110KellyKelly Clarkson36,749,00021,600,0001,460,0002,200,00062,010,00005/23/183,726,000* (04/10/21)
111KylieKylie Minogue36,581,00020,320,0007,103,00019,720,00012,150,00004/16/181,418,000* (02/18/21)
112NoNo Doubt35,263,00025,730,0006,058,0004,910,0006,080,00003/29/201,091,000* (04/11/21)
113ImagineImagine Dragons33,151,0007,960,000371,00030,00045,410,00009/19/1817,998,000* (04/08/21)
114AmyAmy Winehouse32,698,00023,180,0002,411,000580,00021,660,00007/19/193,684,000* (04/09/21)
115KendrickKendrick Lamar31,960,0005,725,00050,000032,650,00004/12/1921,287,000* (04/11/21)
116PostPost Malone31,221,0001,720,00010,00040,00014,640,00011/26/2027,282,000* (04/11/21)
117DidoDido30,902,00026,630,000420,0005,320,0006,210,00002/18/191,324,000* (04/11/21)
118EvanescenceEvanescence30,744,00022,440,0002,755,0002,170,00018,390,00006/30/192,140,000* (04/09/21)
119CarrieCarrie Underwood29,445,00018,050,000839,000500,00054,410,00009/09/182,245,000* (04/10/21)
120SelenaSelena Gomez28,490,0005,780,000270,00080,00041,610,00003/21/2116,170,000 (03/21/21)
121JamesJames Blunt28,477,00020,440,0001,020,0002,130,00023,090,00002/05/192,913,000* (03/31/21)
122SamSam Smith27,401,0006,525,00025,000100,00032,700,00010/11/1715,916,000* (04/11/21)
123BjörkBjörk25,950,00019,730,0004,372,0002,620,0003,460,00012/23/18543,000* (03/31/21)
124GorillazGorillaz24,319,00014,830,0001,240,0002,110,00019,000,00005/08/174,766,000* (04/10/21)
125ShawnShawn Mendes22,803,0002,630,000120,00040,00020,330,00010/08/1916,992,000* (04/11/21)
126FugeesFugees22,503,00017,310,0001,348,0007,160,0005,240,00002/18/21910,000* (03/28/21)
127RenaudRenaud22,184,00013,230,0007,667,0002,660,000690,00011/01/17385,000* (01/30/21)
128MacklemoreMacklemore21,737,0003,225,00045,00080,00039,270,00011/07/1712,553,000* (03/21/21)
129DemiDemi Lovato21,735,0004,480,00035,00050,00035,890,00010/09/1811,821,000* (04/10/21)
130LanaLana Del Rey21,707,0007,950,000565,000210,00020,200,00008/24/1710,099,000* (04/11/21)
131Ms.Ms. Lauryn Hill21,506,00015,610,0001,734,0003,660,0007,670,00002/18/211,914,000* (04/01/21)
132BillieBillie Eilish21,027,0002,270,0002,00010,0005,920,00007/04/2017,845,000* (04/11/21)
133ArcticArctic Monkeys20,888,00010,340,000302,000560,00012,870,00005/14/188,148,000* (04/11/21)
134AviciiAvicii20,364,0002,200,000170,000250,00036,700,00004/25/1812,414,000* (04/10/21)
135GwenGwen Stefani20,153,00012,060,000154,0003,130,00029,040,00004/12/202,644,000* (04/09/21)
136AaliyahAaliyah18,125,00012,200,0003,174,0006,350,0003,050,00002/14/17387,000* (04/11/21)
137DuaDua Lipa17,819,000945,0006,00020,0007,020,00001/05/2115,809,000* (04/11/21)
138FergieFergie13,902,0006,450,00025,000750,00036,900,00007/12/171,667,000* (04/09/21)
139LittleLittle Mix12,487,0003,670,0000130,00012,020,00002/02/206,975,000* (04/07/21)
140Will.i.amWill.i.am12,335,000950,0000750,00053,300,00007/20/173,166,000* (03/29/21)
141LordeLorde11,409,0003,300,000100,000019,250,00006/22/175,121,000* (04/11/21)
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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

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

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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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