Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time


Artists Ranking – ASR – Per type

The ASR (Artist Success Rating) represents the cumulative success of an artist, regardless of how the value of the discography has been exploited. Each figure is a key indicator, without any unit. For a better readability, it is given in base 1000.

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.

ASR – Bands
1. The Beatles915 (as of Mar 2017)
2. Queen843 (as of Jan 2020)
3. Eagles639 (as of Dec 2017)
4. Led Zeppelin577 (as of Aug 2016)
5. ABBA575 (as of Nov 2016)
6. Pink Floyd551 (as of Jun 2017)
7. The Rolling Stones546 (as of Dec 2016)
8. Simon & Garfunkel542 (as of May 2018)
9. AC/DC507 (as of Feb 2018)
10. Bee Gees501 (as of Apr 2017)
11. U2492 (as of Aug 2016)
12. Fleetwood Mac456 (as of Oct 2016)
13. Bon Jovi438 (as of Nov 2016)
14. The Police419 (as of Jun 2020)
15. Guns N’ Roses403 (as of Mar 2018)
16. The Doors396 (as of Mar 2019)
17. Metallica382 (as of Feb 2019)
18. Santana376 (as of Aug 2020)
19. Dire Straits375 (as of Mar 2018)
20. Aerosmith365 (as of Jun 2018)
21. Nirvana349 (as of Jul 2017)
22. Creedence Clearwater Revival343 (as of Jan 2019)
23. Journey322 (as of Sep 2019)
24. Backstreet Boys312 (as of Feb 2017)
25. Van Halen270 (as of Dec 2020)
26. Red Hot Chili Peppers257 (as of Mar 2018)
27. Coldplay250 (as of Nov 2019)
28. Sade250 (as of Jul 2020)
29. Black Sabbath247 (as of Mar 2020)
30. Supertramp242 (as of Aug 2019)
31. Linkin Park233 (as of Jun 2017)
32. Green Day228 (as of Mar 2017)
33. Jackson 5 & The Jacksons211 (as of Sep 2017)
34. Boston204 (as of Jun 2019)
35. Spice Girls203 (as of Mar 2017)
36. Maroon 5201 (as of Dec 2019)
37. Oasis190 (as of Dec 2017)
38. No Doubt172 (as of Mar 2020)
39. Black Eyed Peas170 (as of Aug 2017)
40. TLC169 (as of Apr 2019)
41. Destiny’s Child165 (as of May 2018)
42. The Cranberries162 (as of Jan 2018)
43. Nickelback153 (as of Jun 2017)
44. Evanescence147 (as of Jun 2019)
45. NSYNC146 (as of Feb 2018)
46. Fugees141 (as of Feb 2021)
47. Take That137 (as of Dec 2019)
48. One Direction123 (as of May 2017)
49. BTS122 (as of Sep 2020)
50. Foo Fighters110 (as of Oct 2017)
51. Imagine Dragons107 (as of Sep 2018)
52. Mannheim Steamroller95 (as of Dec 2020)
53. Gorillaz81 (as of May 2017)
54. Arctic Monkeys50 (as of May 2018)
55. Little Mix34 (as of Feb 2020)

ASR – Females
1. Madonna552 (as of Aug 2017)
2. Céline Dion486 (as of Sep 2016)
3. Whitney Houston463 (as of May 2017)
4. Mariah Carey426 (as of Apr 2017)
5. Adele338 (as of Jun 2019)
6. Barbra Streisand333 (as of Mar 2018)
7. Britney Spears314 (as of Apr 2019)
8. Shania Twain302 (as of Dec 2016)
9. Alanis Morissette244 (as of Jun 2018)
10. Enya242 (as of Feb 2018)
11. Lady Gaga225 (as of Dec 2020)
12. Cher213 (as of Aug 2017)
13. Taylor Swift205 (as of Oct 2020)
14. Janet Jackson205 (as of Apr 2017)
15. Rihanna205 (as of Jul 2019)
16. Tracy Chapman194 (as of Jun 2019)
17. Beyoncé191 (as of May 2018)
18. P!nk177 (as of Oct 2017)
19. Norah Jones173 (as of Nov 2016)
20. Shakira161 (as of Jun 2018)
21. Katy Perry156 (as of Jun 2019)
22. Ayumi Hamasaki150 (as of Sep 2019)
23. Christina Aguilera145 (as of Mar 2017)
24. Alicia Keys142 (as of Nov 2016)
25. Avril Lavigne141 (as of Feb 2018)
26. Amy Winehouse134 (as of Jul 2019)
27. Dido123 (as of Feb 2019)
28. Jennifer Lopez123 (as of Jun 2018)
29. Kelly Clarkson117 (as of May 2018)
30. Miley Cyrus107 (as of Dec 2020)
31. Lauryn Hill107 (as of Feb 2021)
32. Kylie Minogue105 (as of Apr 2018)
33. Ariana Grande99 (as of Oct 2019)
34. Carrie Underwood90 (as of Sep 2018)
35. Gwen Stefani86 (as of Apr 2020)
36. Selena Gomez84 (as of Mar 2021)
37. Billie Eilish74 (as of Jul 2020)
38. Dua Lipa73 (as of Jan 2021)
39. Fergie71 (as of Jul 2017)
40. Björk68 (as of Dec 2018)
41. Aaliyah61 (as of Feb 2017)
42. Lana Del Rey60 (as of Aug 2017)
43. Lorde51 (as of Jun 2017)
44. Demi Lovato43 (as of Oct 2018)

ASR – Males
1. Michael Jackson1000 (as of Sep 2017)
2. Elvis Presley696 (as of Sep 2018)
3. Elton John542 (as of Feb 2018)
4. Rod Stewart458 (as of Nov 2019)
5. Phil Collins455 (as of Apr 2018)
6. Bob Marley440 (as of Nov 2017)
7. Garth Brooks409 (as of Jan 2019)
8. Billy Joel405 (as of Oct 2016)
9. Bruce Springsteen402 (as of Jul 2017)
10. Eminem395 (as of Jul 2019)
11. Bryan Adams339 (as of Mar 2019)
12. Stevie Wonder316 (as of Mar 2021)
13. Prince304 (as of Oct 2018)
14. George Michael & Wham!302 (as of May 2017)
15. Bob Dylan292 (as of Oct 2016)
16. David Bowie288 (as of Jan 2017)
17. John Lennon260 (as of Oct 2018)
18. Meat Loaf234 (as of Jun 2018)
19. Sting227 (as of Jun 2020)
20. Paul McCartney223 (as of Dec 2018)
21. Robbie Williams217 (as of Dec 2019)
22. Ed Sheeran211 (as of Oct 2019)
23. Justin Bieber200 (as of Nov 2020)
24. Bruno Mars185 (as of Jun 2019)
25. Paul Simon182 (as of May 2018)
26. Usher159 (as of Sep 2017)
27. Ozzy Osbourne157 (as of Mar 2020)
28. Michael Bublé146 (as of Dec 2016)
29. Justin Timberlake137 (as of Feb 2018)
30. Johnny Hallyday127 (as of Jan 2018)
31. Enrique Iglesias122 (as of Sep 2016)
32. James Blunt121 (as of Feb 2019)
33. The Weeknd106 (as of Sep 2020)
34. Drake106 (as of Aug 2017)
35. Post Malone102 (as of Nov 2020)
36. Sam Smith89 (as of Oct 2017)
37. Shawn Mendes73 (as of Oct 2019)
38. Macklemore (& Ryan Lewis)72 (as of Nov 2017)
39. Kendrick Lamar71 (as of Apr 2019)
40. Avicii65 (as of Apr 2018)
41. Renaud48 (as of Nov 2017)
42. Will.i.am46 (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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