Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

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Artists Ranking – ASR – Overall

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.

1. Michael Jackson1000 (as of Sep 2017)
2. The Beatles915 (as of Mar 2017)
3. Queen843 (as of Jan 2020)
4. Elvis Presley696 (as of Sep 2018)
5. Eagles639 (as of Dec 2017)
6. Led Zeppelin583 (as of Aug 2016)
7. ABBA575 (as of Nov 2016)
8. Madonna552 (as of Aug 2017)
9. Pink Floyd551 (as of Jun 2017)
10. The Rolling Stones546 (as of Dec 2016)
11. Simon & Garfunkel542 (as of May 2018)
12. Elton John542 (as of Feb 2018)
13. AC/DC507 (as of Feb 2018)
14. Bee Gees501 (as of Apr 2017)
15. U2497 (as of Aug 2016)
16. Céline Dion490 (as of Sep 2016)
17. Whitney Houston463 (as of May 2017)
18. Fleetwood Mac463 (as of Oct 2016)
19. Rod Stewart & Faces458 (as of Nov 2019)
20. Phil Collins455 (as of Apr 2018)
21. Bob Marley440 (as of Nov 2017)
22. Bon Jovi438 (as of Nov 2016)
23. Mariah Carey426 (as of Apr 2017)
24. The Police419 (as of Jun 2020)
25. Eminem416 (as of Jun 2021)
26. Garth Brooks409 (as of Jan 2019)
27. Billy Joel408 (as of Oct 2016)
28. Guns N’ Roses403 (as of Mar 2018)
29. Bruce Springsteen402 (as of Jul 2017)
30. The Doors396 (as of Mar 2019)
31. Metallica382 (as of Feb 2019)
32. Santana376 (as of Aug 2020)
33. Dire Straits375 (as of Mar 2018)
34. Aerosmith365 (as of Jun 2018)
35. Adele357 (as of Oct 2021)
36. Nirvana349 (as of Jul 2017)
37. Creedence Clearwater Revival343 (as of Jan 2019)
38. Bryan Adams339 (as of Mar 2019)
39. Barbra Streisand333 (as of Mar 2018)
40. Journey322 (as of Sep 2019)
41. Stevie Wonder316 (as of Mar 2021)
42. Britney Spears314 (as of Apr 2019)
43. Backstreet Boys312 (as of Feb 2017)
44. Prince304 (as of Oct 2018)
45. Shania Twain302 (as of Dec 2016)
46. George Michael & Wham!302 (as of May 2017)
47. Bob Dylan292 (as of Oct 2016)
48. David Bowie288 (as of Jan 2017)
49. Deep Purple283 (as of Aug 2021)
50. Van Halen270 (as of Dec 2020)
51. Coldplay269 (as of Jun 2021)
52. John Lennon260 (as of Oct 2018)
53. Red Hot Chili Peppers257 (as of Mar 2018)
54. Ed Sheeran251 (as of Oct 2021)
55. Sade250 (as of Jul 2020)
56. Black Sabbath247 (as of Mar 2020)
57. Alanis Morissette244 (as of Jun 2018)
58. Supertramp242 (as of Aug 2019)
59. Enya242 (as of Feb 2018)
60. R.E.M.241 (as of Sep 2021)
61. Meat Loaf234 (as of Jun 2018)
62. Linkin Park233 (as of Jun 2017)
63. Iron Maiden230 (as of Nov 2021)
64. Green Day228 (as of Mar 2017)
65. Sting227 (as of Jun 2020)
66. Rihanna227 (as of Jun 2021)
67. Lady Gaga225 (as of Dec 2020)
68. Paul McCartney223 (as of Dec 2018)
69. Robbie Williams217 (as of Dec 2019)
70. Taylor Swift216 (as of May 2021)
71. Crosby Stills & Nash214 (as of May 2021)
72. Cher213 (as of Aug 2017)
73. Jackson 5 & The Jacksons211 (as of Sep 2017)
74. Janet Jackson205 (as of Apr 2017)
75. Boston204 (as of Jun 2019)
76. Neil Young203 (as of May 2021)
77. Spice Girls203 (as of Mar 2017)
78. Maroon 5201 (as of Dec 2019)
79. Justin Bieber200 (as of Nov 2020)
80. Tracy Chapman194 (as of Jun 2019)
81. Beyonce191 (as of May 2018)
82. Oasis190 (as of Dec 2017)
83. Bruno Mars185 (as of Jun 2019)
84. Paul Simon182 (as of May 2018)
85. P!nk177 (as of Oct 2017)
86. Norah Jones173 (as of Nov 2016)
87. No Doubt172 (as of Mar 2020)
88. Black Eyed Peas170 (as of Aug 2017)
89. TLC169 (as of Apr 2019)
90. Destiny’s Child165 (as of May 2018)
91. Cranberries162 (as of Jan 2018)
92. Shakira161 (as of Jun 2018)
93. Drake159 (as of Jul 2021)
94. Usher159 (as of Sep 2017)
95. Ozzy Osbourne157 (as of Mar 2020)
96. Katy Perry156 (as of Jun 2019)
97. BTS155 (as of May 2021)
98. Nickelback153 (as of Jun 2017)
99. Ayumi Hamasaki150 (as of Sep 2019)
100. Evanescence147 (as of Jun 2019)
101. Michael Buble146 (as of Dec 2016)
102. NSYNC146 (as of Feb 2018)
103. Christina Aguilera145 (as of Mar 2017)
104. Alicia Keys142 (as of Nov 2016)
105. Fugees141 (as of Feb 2021)
106. Avril Lavigne141 (as of Feb 2018)
107. Justin Timberlake137 (as of Feb 2018)
108. Take That137 (as of Dec 2019)
109. Amy Winehouse134 (as of Jul 2019)
110. Johnny Hallyday127 (as of Jan 2018)
111. Enrique Iglesias127 (as of Sep 2016)
112. Ariana Grande127 (as of Sep 2021)
113. Dido123 (as of Feb 2019)
114. One Direction123 (as of May 2017)
115. Jennifer Lopez123 (as of Jun 2018)
116. James Blunt121 (as of Feb 2019)
117. Kelly Clarkson117 (as of May 2018)
118. Foo Fighters110 (as of Oct 2017)
119. Imagine Dragons107 (as of Sep 2018)
120. Miley Cyrus107 (as of Dec 2020)
121. Ms. Lauryn Hill107 (as of Feb 2021)
122. The Weeknd106 (as of Sep 2020)
123. Kylie Minogue105 (as of Apr 2018)
124. Post Malone102 (as of Nov 2020)
125. Mannheim Steamroller95 (as of Dec 2020)
126. Carrie Underwood90 (as of Sep 2018)
127. Sam Smith89 (as of Oct 2017)
128. Gwen Stefani86 (as of Apr 2020)
129. Selena Gomez84 (as of Mar 2021)
130. Gorillaz81 (as of May 2017)
131. Billie Eilish74 (as of Jul 2020)
132. Dua Lipa73 (as of Jan 2021)
133. Shawn Mendes73 (as of Oct 2019)
134. Blackpink72 (as of Sep 2021)
135. Macklemore72 (as of Nov 2017)
136. Buffalo Springfield71 (as of May 2021)
137. Kendrick Lamar71 (as of Apr 2019)
138. Fergie71 (as of Jul 2017)
139. Bad Bunny71 (as of Jul 2021)
140. Cardi B70 (as of Sep 2021)
141. Björk68 (as of Dec 2018)
142. Avicii65 (as of Apr 2018)
143. Aaliyah61 (as of Feb 2017)
144. Juice Wrld60 (as of Aug 2021)
145. Lana Del Rey60 (as of Aug 2017)
146. Lil Nas X59 (as of Sep 2021)
147. Lewis Capaldi58 (as of Sep 2021)
148. Harry Styles55 (as of Jul 2021)
149. Lorde51 (as of Jun 2017)
150. Arctic Monkeys50 (as of May 2018)
151. Renaud48 (as of Nov 2017)
152. Will.i.am46 (as of Jul 2017)
153. Demi Lovato43 (as of Oct 2018)
154. Doja Cat34 (as of Aug 2021)
155. Little Mix34 (as of Feb 2020)
156. Olivia Rodrigo33 (as of Aug 2021)

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Padilla

hey MJD, i saw some rumors on Twitter that Tidal will start making their streamind data available for users circa January 2022. if that would be true will you incorporate them into the CSPC formula ?

Al

Tidal to me seems way too irrelevant for 99% of artists as it only got 4m users or so (even that is disputed). The exceptions being Jay-Z or Beyoncé possibly.

MJD

Hi Padilla!

We’ll have to wait & see, but as Al stated they will be mainly useful for specific artists, we will no doubt look at the nummbers for Beyoncé, Kanye, Jay-Z, Rihanna, etc. It would be important to cross-check former Billboard/RIAA numbers to make sure they aren’t inflated though as there have been some claims regarding this.

Sarah

Why have 7 million been removed from bts? It was at 79 million and they have sold millions this year, over 7 million in albums alone this year as well as their single sales???

DenysAnatol

When we will see the new artist in the list ? Please tell us if you can ! Thanks anyway !

Mikko

Madonna and David Bowie made deal with Warner.
Madonna returned to Warner. It has hardly any talking about. Cold truth is Madonna’s music sells very little. But they have a planes.
One month later David Bowie sold copyrights to his music. $ 200 million is stated a amount. Bowie seems to endure time.

Lolo

where are sales something to remenber ‘s madonna?

DenysAnatol

It’s not a studio album ! It is compilation !

Sonique

Chartmasters, how true is this? “Beatles sales are about 80% totally accounted for. Elvis is higher at 88%. Michael only has about 50% of his sales calculated in their primary markets(English speaking markets). This has a few meanings. 1) it means the claimed sales of Elvis and the Beatles numbers ranging from 500 million to a billion records is WAY inflated. The problem is there was no certification system in 50’s or 60’s so their claimed sales then become unrealistic when you realized that they managed to calculate 80%-88% of their sales in their main markets. At max, that puts… Read more »

Sonique

I hope MJD or other cm staff will answer me huhhuhu

Lim Hyunjin

I agree with you

Sonique

I think this is fake. I didn’t make that piece

Nainmer

Well, The Beatles already got over 500 million records.
All albums + all singles.
It’s not inflated.

Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley is around 450 million.

Meca76
Tre

Adele is about to be #1 2021

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