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 Beatles416,105,000160,650,000203,392,000116,080,00035,230,00003/01/1711,955,000*
(09/23/21)
2MichaelMichael Jackson330,792,000182,600,000101,997,00079,350,00079,930,00009/27/1710,400,000*
(09/23/21)
3ElvisElvis Presley316,718,00053,150,000212,309,000135,210,00037,470,00009/01/185,077,000*
(09/02/21)
4QueenQueen269,944,00090,230,000139,348,00049,960,00059,650,00001/25/2016,427,000*
(09/22/21)
5MadonnaMadonna244,180,000146,450,00064,420,00075,210,00042,100,00008/13/174,432,000*
(09/23/21)
6TheThe Rolling Stones240,940,000113,800,00092,495,00072,770,00046,200,00012/03/165,883,000*
(09/19/21)
7PinkPink Floyd234,122,000169,600,00052,025,0008,800,00023,360,00006/18/176,353,000*
(09/20/21)
8LedLed Zeppelin204,287,000141,500,00051,200,0006,350,00032,030,00008/08/164,874,000*
(09/19/21)
9EltonElton John201,009,00088,630,00082,400,00065,340,00026,250,00002/05/186,439,000*
(09/19/21)
10U2U2198,288,000127,100,00053,051,00022,550,00040,500,00008/31/165,297,000*
(09/18/21)
11AC/DCAC/DC196,407,000132,470,00049,349,0007,200,00033,450,00002/20/187,410,000*
(09/22/21)
12CélineCéline Dion196,239,000136,200,00040,424,00039,290,00026,660,00009/23/163,829,000*
(09/23/21)
13EminemEminem192,934,00098,650,00026,493,00014,320,000205,790,00006/22/2132,579,000*
(09/23/21)
14RodRod Stewart & Faces189,113,000100,150,00066,819,00055,220,00017,420,00011/23/192,956,000*
(09/04/21)
15EaglesEagles173,709,00065,425,00096,732,00016,630,00020,440,00012/20/173,498,000*
(09/19/21)
16MariahMariah Carey172,246,000116,100,00031,228,00036,890,00050,130,00004/28/176,332,000*
(09/22/21)
17MetallicaMetallica160,562,000121,260,00020,164,00015,480,00040,770,00002/13/198,378,000*
(09/22/21)
18ABBAABBA159,978,00045,300,00091,491,00054,400,00017,870,00011/02/164,187,000*
(09/23/21)
19BruceBruce Springsteen159,617,000103,400,00042,176,00021,010,00025,420,00007/07/173,926,000*
(09/21/21)
20BeeBee Gees159,528,00075,525,00056,477,00072,790,00017,230,00004/09/173,104,000*
(09/23/21)
21WhitneyWhitney Houston155,322,000113,600,00017,175,00049,520,00034,250,00005/04/174,552,000*
(09/22/21)
22BarbraBarbra Streisand153,064,00091,370,00049,714,00035,250,0003,680,00003/16/18852,000*
(09/16/21)
23PhilPhil Collins149,724,00093,780,00039,905,00029,910,00022,690,00004/11/183,663,000*
(08/29/21)
24BillyBilly Joel149,172,00091,400,00040,235,00036,900,00021,000,00010/19/163,317,000*
(09/21/21)
25FleetwoodFleetwood Mac149,088,00084,550,00046,392,00026,060,00032,030,00010/08/165,524,000*
(09/08/21)
26BonBon Jovi147,888,00089,450,00039,176,00027,980,00038,450,00011/16/165,100,000*
(09/16/21)
27SantanaSantana144,769,00089,465,00046,265,00015,380,00016,560,00008/04/202,019,000*
(09/04/21)
28GarthGarth Brooks144,352,00081,605,00062,341,000950,00090,00001/05/19106,000*
(08/08/21)
29BobBob Dylan144,156,00083,350,00047,870,00017,680,00030,410,00010/23/163,071,000*
(09/21/21)
30BobBob Marley139,469,00043,075,00081,593,0009,980,00033,690,00011/21/176,753,000*
(09/02/21)
31PrincePrince133,182,00086,580,00027,141,00042,910,00029,590,00010/04/182,150,000*
(09/21/21)
32AerosmithAerosmith132,166,00071,710,00048,158,00015,500,00025,550,00006/01/183,815,000*
(09/09/21)
33DavidDavid Bowie129,077,00071,500,00036,023,00044,200,00019,830,00001/11/175,318,000*
(09/21/21)
34SimonSimon & Garfunkel125,333,00037,820,00075,732,00023,830,00014,350,00005/11/182,480,000*
(09/02/21)
35StevieStevie Wonder122,421,00065,605,00028,070,00065,320,00034,490,00003/17/213,897,000*
(08/29/21)
36GunsGuns N' Roses121,939,00086,360,00020,134,00011,900,00037,210,00003/01/186,293,000*
(09/22/21)
37TheThe Doors115,999,00051,980,00055,480,00013,860,00011,100,00003/03/192,716,000*
(09/13/21)
38PaulPaul McCartney111,239,00061,670,00027,441,00057,970,00011,250,00012/13/183,049,000*
(09/18/21)
39DireDire Straits110,444,00071,730,00031,635,0008,380,00010,900,00003/23/182,930,000*
(09/22/21)
40GeorgeGeorge Michael & Wham!107,896,00060,200,00026,150,00049,880,00016,770,00005/07/174,067,000*
(09/23/21)
41BritneyBritney Spears107,049,00068,595,00011,460,00018,600,00083,030,00004/28/198,960,000*
(09/23/21)
42TaylorTaylor Swift104,493,00049,570,0004,810,000280,000159,420,00005/25/2126,113,000*
(09/23/21)
43DrakeDrake103,537,00015,525,00080,00040,000169,530,00007/02/2162,489,000*
(09/23/21)
44RihannaRihanna101,619,00033,480,0001,215,0003,600,000257,560,00006/02/2127,207,000*
(09/23/21)
45ColdplayColdplay101,572,00060,160,0006,090,0002,060,00095,110,00006/06/2120,428,000*
(09/22/21)
46VanVan Halen101,410,00079,620,00014,065,00010,450,00016,810,00012/14/202,064,000*
(08/09/21)
47TheThe Police98,181,00046,370,00040,183,00023,810,00011,300,00006/06/202,778,000*
(09/04/21)
48BackstreetBackstreet Boys97,153,00058,900,00025,685,00018,010,00022,550,00002/09/173,782,000*
(09/23/21)
49RedRed Hot Chili Peppers96,626,00061,870,00016,881,0004,800,00044,400,00003/29/189,776,000*
(09/23/21)
50NirvanaNirvana93,470,00045,000,00037,650,0004,190,00023,250,00007/09/176,075,000*
(09/21/21)
51DeepDeep Purple92,494,00045,485,00040,666,00012,180,0009,200,00008/18/211,215,000*
(09/04/21)
52NeilNeil Young92,136,00065,210,00021,443,0007,100,00011,870,00005/15/211,565,000*
(09/02/21)
53CreedenceCreedence Clearwater Revival91,656,00033,135,00045,489,00022,570,00014,600,00001/31/194,072,000*
(09/13/21)
54AdeleAdele91,039,00059,110,0003,855,000530,000100,240,00006/02/1912,879,000*
(09/23/21)
55EnyaEnya88,099,00065,480,00017,069,0005,250,0009,610,00002/25/182,532,000*
(09/05/21)
56BryanBryan Adams88,055,00042,260,00030,518,00032,090,00017,250,00003/23/193,063,000*
(09/16/21)
57LinkinLinkin Park87,243,00048,350,00014,500,0003,210,00073,710,00006/04/1712,374,000*
(09/23/21)
58GreenGreen Day86,768,00058,250,00013,567,0003,050,00044,600,00003/11/177,347,000*
(09/14/21)
59JustinJustin Bieber84,961,00019,810,0007,120,000540,000110,890,00008/04/1941,235,000*
(09/23/21)
60BeyonceBeyonce83,836,00033,430,0004,431,0004,070,000166,890,00005/02/1819,721,000*
(09/23/21)
61ShaniaShania Twain81,759,00063,200,00011,259,00013,130,00010,700,00012/05/161,756,000*
(09/07/21)
62JourneyJourney81,312,00040,250,00031,623,0008,090,00029,770,00009/13/192,548,000*
(09/04/21)
63StingSting79,961,00052,360,00017,720,00016,010,00014,160,00006/14/202,692,000*
(09/08/21)
64BlackBlack Sabbath78,600,00046,280,00027,467,0003,300,00011,280,00003/08/202,131,000*
(09/22/21)
65BTSBTS78,363,00027,935,0009,361,0003,630,00036,110,00005/20/2134,555,000*
(09/23/21)
66JanetJanet Jackson77,948,00050,500,00012,175,00040,640,00013,350,00004/17/171,080,000*
(09/22/21)
67RobbieRobbie Williams76,388,00046,500,00021,770,00011,960,00013,860,00012/15/192,434,000*
(09/20/21)
68JohnnyJohnny Hallyday75,882,00026,740,00035,156,00043,740,0001,430,00001/01/18651,000*
(09/04/21)
69SadeSade75,208,00051,560,00018,565,0006,270,00011,140,00007/01/201,530,000*
(09/20/21)
70JohnJohn Lennon73,701,00031,420,00030,759,00026,780,00012,160,00010/16/181,664,000*
(09/23/21)
71CherCher73,408,00034,825,00021,889,00046,220,0009,630,00008/30/171,384,000*
(09/23/21)
72MaroonMaroon 573,207,00026,050,0002,138,0001,600,000149,190,00012/02/1922,121,000*
(09/20/21)
73EdEd Sheeran73,070,00021,970,000466,000130,00079,640,00010/27/1938,645,000*
(09/23/21)
74SupertrampSupertramp71,826,00048,540,00017,999,00010,070,0006,830,00008/13/191,241,000*
(09/19/21)
75LadyLady Gaga71,045,00031,215,0004,790,0001,570,000128,860,00012/18/2015,238,000*
(09/23/21)
76P!nkP!nk69,006,00037,025,0008,906,0007,270,00081,150,00010/15/178,721,000*
(09/23/21)
77MichaelMichael Buble66,026,00047,800,0006,344,000770,00035,400,00012/11/166,341,000*
(09/17/21)
78UsherUsher65,154,00036,160,0002,201,00012,040,00093,610,00009/04/179,139,000*
(09/22/21)
79ShakiraShakira64,769,00034,780,0006,620,0008,460,00056,350,00006/21/1812,380,000*
(09/23/21)
80BrunoBruno Mars62,797,00017,375,00040,000250,000149,580,00006/27/1922,871,000*
(09/22/21)
81MeatMeat Loaf62,294,00048,300,0009,565,00010,850,0003,900,00006/16/18590,000*
(09/02/21)
82OasisOasis61,809,00041,050,00010,046,00011,420,00018,800,00012/06/174,468,000*
(09/20/21)
83AyumiAyumi Hamasaki61,437,00021,810,00019,339,00025,980,00046,480,00009/27/19767,000*
(09/22/21)
84Crosby,Crosby, Stills & Nash60,836,00034,420,00021,902,0008,380,0008,310,00005/15/21759,000
(05/15/21)
85JacksonJackson 5 & The Jacksons58,943,00026,400,00019,027,00031,160,00013,720,00009/26/172,110,000*
(09/23/21)
86AlanisAlanis Morissette57,657,00047,065,0006,951,0003,340,0009,080,00006/05/181,277,000*
(09/02/21)
87BlackBlack Eyed Peas57,454,00033,350,000251,0006,590,000103,960,00008/03/176,282,000*
(09/23/21)
88EnriqueEnrique Iglesias56,151,00033,900,0005,300,0008,900,00050,110,00009/27/166,764,000*
(09/23/21)
89NickelbackNickelback55,918,00040,500,0001,824,0003,020,00057,280,00006/28/174,096,000*
(09/10/21)
90ChristinaChristina Aguilera54,831,00030,400,0004,375,00012,740,00069,950,00003/18/175,741,000*
(09/21/21)
91OneOne Direction53,875,00023,900,0006,350,000120,00057,000,00005/14/1715,038,000*
(09/23/21)
92OzzyOzzy Osbourne52,274,00039,370,0007,483,0003,760,00015,180,00003/12/201,991,000*
(09/17/21)
93KatyKaty Perry52,120,00015,880,000300,000870,000135,430,00006/16/1915,365,000*
(09/13/21)
94PaulPaul Simon52,093,00034,390,00011,598,00012,820,0003,740,00005/10/181,699,000*
(09/21/21)
95NorahNorah Jones51,815,00043,550,0002,825,000300,00018,600,00011/04/162,660,000*
(09/04/21)
96JustinJustin Timberlake51,720,00023,490,0001,480,0005,330,000102,090,00002/09/189,837,000*
(09/23/21)
97TracyTracy Chapman51,716,00043,760,0003,519,0003,480,00012,490,00006/25/191,518,000*
(09/02/21)
98AliciaAlicia Keys50,741,00032,960,0002,524,0003,690,00057,750,00011/19/165,487,000*
(09/23/21)
99BostonBoston50,240,00041,330,0004,803,0005,640,0009,540,00006/01/19985,000*
(08/28/21)
100SpiceSpice Girls49,554,00037,050,0004,349,00020,020,0005,200,00003/23/171,369,000*
(09/18/21)
101ArianaAriana Grande48,710,0005,225,000499,00050,00050,360,00010/16/1935,414,000*
(09/23/21)
102Destiny'sDestiny's Child48,044,00033,010,0005,800,00011,120,00022,320,00005/02/182,551,000*
(09/21/21)
103MileyMiley Cyrus47,563,00023,050,0002,365,000250,00070,530,00012/06/2011,493,000*
(09/22/21)
104CranberriesCranberries46,004,00037,650,0003,710,0004,120,0008,210,00001/25/182,177,000*
(09/10/21)
105AvrilAvril Lavigne45,605,00032,290,0001,206,0003,510,00046,160,00002/10/183,764,000*
(09/22/21)
106TheThe Weeknd45,383,0005,235,0003,035,00080,00044,270,00009/10/2025,875,000*
(09/23/21)
107NSYNCNSYNC45,016,00037,930,0002,669,0006,980,0005,110,00002/09/181,557,000*
(09/23/21)
108JenniferJennifer Lopez44,485,00026,120,0004,811,00010,760,00036,810,00006/24/184,805,000*
(09/23/21)
109MannheimMannheim Steamroller44,147,00033,305,00010,344,00040,0002,410,00012/24/20116,000*
(08/09/21)
110FooFoo Fighters42,607,00026,750,0006,207,0001,430,00026,610,00010/10/175,230,000*
(09/23/21)
111TLCTLC40,904,00032,195,0001,920,00013,120,0008,350,00004/07/191,600,000*
(08/17/21)
112TakeTake That39,126,00019,930,00014,016,0009,210,00010,240,00012/15/19846,000*
(09/02/21)
113KellyKelly Clarkson37,039,00021,600,0001,460,0002,200,00062,010,00005/23/184,016,000*
(09/23/21)
114KylieKylie Minogue36,799,00020,320,0007,103,00019,720,00012,150,00004/16/181,636,000*
(09/17/21)
115NoNo Doubt35,384,00025,730,0006,058,0004,910,0006,080,00003/29/201,212,000*
(09/23/21)
116ImagineImagine Dragons34,824,0007,960,000371,00030,00045,410,00009/19/1819,671,000*
(09/23/21)
117BadBad Bunny34,329,000184,000003,910,00007/24/2133,558,000*
(09/23/21)
118KendrickKendrick Lamar33,591,0005,725,00050,000032,650,00004/12/1922,918,000*
(09/23/21)
119PostPost Malone33,428,0001,720,00010,00040,00014,640,00011/26/2029,489,000*
(09/23/21)
120AmyAmy Winehouse33,109,00023,180,0002,411,000580,00021,660,00007/19/194,095,000*
(09/23/21)
121DidoDido31,041,00026,630,000420,0005,320,0006,210,00002/18/191,463,000*
(09/02/21)
122EvanescenceEvanescence30,940,00022,440,0002,755,0002,170,00018,390,00006/30/192,336,000*
(08/22/21)
123SelenaSelena Gomez30,500,0005,780,000270,00080,00041,610,00003/21/2118,180,000*
(09/23/21)
124CarrieCarrie Underwood29,664,00018,050,000839,000500,00054,410,00009/09/182,464,000*
(09/20/21)
125JamesJames Blunt28,672,00020,440,0001,020,0002,130,00023,090,00002/05/193,108,000*
(09/02/21)
126SamSam Smith28,559,0006,525,00025,000100,00032,700,00010/11/1717,074,000*
(09/23/21)
127BjörkBjörk25,986,00019,730,0004,372,0002,620,0003,460,00012/23/18579,000*
(09/05/21)
128GorillazGorillaz24,932,00014,830,0001,240,0002,110,00019,000,00005/08/175,379,000*
(09/23/21)
129ShawnShawn Mendes24,131,0002,630,000120,00040,00020,330,00010/08/1918,320,000*
(09/21/21)
130BillieBillie Eilish23,941,0002,270,0002,00010,0005,920,00007/04/2020,759,000*
(09/23/21)
131LanaLana Del Rey22,921,0007,950,000565,000210,00020,200,00008/24/1711,313,000*
(09/23/21)
132FugeesFugees22,604,00017,310,0001,348,0007,160,0005,240,00002/18/211,011,000*
(09/04/21)
133JuiceJuice Wrld22,335,000623,000003,010,00008/13/2121,259,000*
(09/21/21)
134RenaudRenaud22,238,00013,230,0007,667,0002,660,000690,00011/01/17439,000*
(08/07/21)
135ArcticArctic Monkeys21,865,00010,340,000302,000560,00012,870,00005/14/189,125,000*
(09/23/21)
136DemiDemi Lovato21,792,0004,480,00035,00050,00035,890,00010/09/1811,878,000*
(09/23/21)
137Ms.Ms. Lauryn Hill21,708,00015,610,0001,734,0003,660,0007,670,00002/18/212,116,000*
(09/02/21)
138AviciiAvicii21,332,0002,200,000170,000250,00036,700,00004/25/1813,382,000*
(09/17/21)
139DuaDua Lipa20,878,000945,0006,00020,0007,020,00001/05/2118,868,000*
(09/23/21)
140GwenGwen Stefani20,116,00012,060,000154,0003,130,00029,040,00004/12/202,607,000*
(09/23/21)
141AaliyahAaliyah18,213,00012,200,0003,174,0006,350,0003,050,00002/14/17475,000*
(09/23/21)
142CardiCardi B17,424,000361,000020,00012,140,00009/07/2115,237,000*
(09/23/21)
143BlackpinkBlackpink17,251,0003,005,0001,069,000350,00012,880,00008/28/2111,141,000*
(09/23/21)
144MacklemoreMacklemore17,048,0003,225,00045,00080,00039,270,00011/07/177,864,000*
(09/04/21)
145FergieFergie14,078,0006,450,00025,000750,00036,900,00007/12/171,843,000*
(09/23/21)
146LittleLittle Mix13,152,0003,670,0000130,00012,020,00002/02/207,640,000*
(09/23/21)
147Will.i.amWill.i.am12,651,000950,0000750,00053,300,00007/20/173,482,000*
(09/04/21)
148LordeLorde12,067,0003,300,000100,000019,250,00006/22/175,780,000*
(09/23/21)
149HarryHarry Styles11,494,0002,820,000010,0003,480,00007/15/218,151,000*
(09/23/21)
150BuffaloBuffalo Springfield11,104,0002,885,0006,698,0001,980,0003,550,00005/15/21401,000*
(09/02/21)
151DojaDoja Cat8,539,00096,000010,0001,650,00008/25/218,191,000*
(09/23/21)
152LewisLewis Capaldi7,380,000738,0003,00040,0003,420,00008/31/216,113,000*
(09/15/21)
153OliviaOlivia Rodrigo5,881,000485,0001,0000900,00008/24/215,259,000*
(09/23/21)

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lover boy

Drake is at 103m+ eas

L145

hey MJD, i heard that China has banned Bulk buying and fan funds on all its Music platforms snd that daily sales figures went down because of it, does that mean Chinese DLs won’t be downweighted anymore?

matt

China sales are downweighted because albums are being sold for less than four dollars, not because of bulk buying

Padilla

the minimum price to Chart in Billboard 200 is 3.49 dollars and a LOT of Elvis albums were sold very cheaply, MJD himself said that bulk buying is the issue not the price

Jaz

Isn’t music sold in China a lot cheaper because their pay, housing and everything else is also a lot cheaper so its actually fair to be sold at that price?

Fanofpop

Chinese sales aren’t really down weighted.
It’s just most albums are sold for different lower price points, depending on if it’s an EP, a four song bundle; or a full album or compilation so CSPC uses 50 yuan as the baseline for an album unit over there because it’s similar to the streaming revenue of 1500 paid streams and albums elsewhere.

Minhyun

When will “Tracks Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales” and other all-time categories be updated? It seems, at least as far as the all-time single sales (EAS) section doesn’t include any songs after 2015, despite some songs having more than enough EAS to make the list.

lover boy

Drake is at 102.6m eas

L145

why does Rihanna’s total keep fluctuating ?

Speed of Life

Hi Guys – will you do a manual update on David Bowie’s streaming figures please.It seems to be missing a load of songs.

Alex

I was wondering when the most successful rappers after Eminem and Drake – Jay-Z, Kanye, and Lil Wayne – are going to be included in these stats?

Analord
obro

If I had to guess I would say 2pac followed by the artist you mentioned but I think potentially Kanye over Jay, I also think Nicki won’t be that far behind Lil Wayne tbh

Analord

I vaguely remember MJD saying that one of the reasons why there hasn’t been many studies of rappers is the fact that, for example, Lil Wayne has 7.5 billion spotify streams as a solo artist and 12 billion as a featured artist… How much of that should he be credited for ?

By the way, the Beastie Boys sold around 40 million albums while Lil Wayne would be more like 20m, and I can think of a few rappers who sold around 30m.

Mar

Jay is more successful than Kanye, his US pure sales are 29.5M (2013) and kanye total US sps units are 24M (2021)

MJD

Hi Mar! Not sure where your numbers come from, but that’s not accurate. Your Jay-Z pure number is comprehensive, from Nielsen Soundscan. For Kanye though, it seems to be total RIAA units from 2020 of his solo albums. He also released Watch The Throne, Kids See Ghosts and Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer, which push his total to 30.5 million. These are split over 12 albums, they are not all at “just” the number certified, if they are mid-way to the next criteria, that’s 5.25 million more sales, 36 million total. Add in the year since these updates,… Read more »

Martin

I wish people didn’t see music sales, chart positions etc like some football table or cup!

Like football, not just one team!

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