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 Beatles928 (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. ABBA582 (as of Nov 2016)
8. Madonna552 (as of Aug 2017)
9. Pink Floyd551 (as of Jun 2017)
10. The Rolling Stones551 (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. Eric Clapton497 (as of Oct 2022)
16. U2497 (as of Aug 2016)
17. Céline Dion490 (as of Sep 2016)
18. Whitney Houston463 (as of May 2017)
19. Fleetwood Mac463 (as of Oct 2016)
20. Rod Stewart & Faces458 (as of Nov 2019)
21. Phil Collins455 (as of Apr 2018)
22. Bon Jovi444 (as of Nov 2016)
23. Bob Marley440 (as of Nov 2017)
24. Mariah Carey426 (as of Apr 2017)
25. Eminem424 (as of Jun 2021)
26. The Police419 (as of Jun 2020)
27. Garth Brooks409 (as of Jan 2019)
28. Billy Joel408 (as of Oct 2016)
29. Guns N’ Roses403 (as of Mar 2018)
30. Bruce Springsteen402 (as of Jul 2017)
31. The Doors396 (as of Mar 2019)
32. Adele383 (as of Jun 2022)
33. Metallica382 (as of Feb 2019)
34. Santana376 (as of Aug 2020)
35. Dire Straits375 (as of Mar 2018)
36. Aerosmith365 (as of Jun 2018)
37. Nirvana349 (as of Jul 2017)
38. Creedence Clearwater Revival343 (as of Jan 2019)
39. Jimi Hendrix341 (as of Dec 2021)
40. Bryan Adams339 (as of Mar 2019)
41. Barbra Streisand333 (as of Mar 2018)
42. Journey322 (as of Sep 2019)
43. Backstreet Boys318 (as of Feb 2017)
44. Stevie Wonder316 (as of Mar 2021)
45. Britney Spears314 (as of Apr 2019)
46. Shania Twain305 (as of Dec 2016)
47. Prince304 (as of Oct 2018)
48. George Michael & Wham!302 (as of May 2017)
49. Bob Dylan294 (as of Oct 2016)
50. David Bowie292 (as of Jan 2017)
51. Deep Purple283 (as of Aug 2021)
52. Van Halen270 (as of Dec 2020)
53. Coldplay269 (as of Jun 2021)
54. Taylor Swift268 (as of Nov 2022)
55. Genesis264 (as of May 2022)
56. John Lennon260 (as of Oct 2018)
57. Red Hot Chili Peppers257 (as of Mar 2018)
58. Ed Sheeran251 (as of Oct 2021)
59. Sade250 (as of Jul 2020)
60. Black Sabbath247 (as of Mar 2020)
61. Alanis Morissette244 (as of Jun 2018)
62. Supertramp242 (as of Aug 2019)
63. Enya242 (as of Feb 2018)
64. R.E.M.241 (as of Sep 2021)
65. BTS240 (as of Jun 2022)
66. Meat Loaf234 (as of Jun 2018)
67. Linkin Park233 (as of Jun 2017)
68. Justin Bieber233 (as of May 2022)
69. Iron Maiden230 (as of Nov 2021)
70. Cream230 (as of Oct 2022)
71. Beyonce229 (as of Jul 2022)
72. Green Day228 (as of Mar 2017)
73. Sting227 (as of Jun 2020)
74. Rihanna225 (as of Jun 2021)
75. Lady Gaga225 (as of Dec 2020)
76. Paul McCartney223 (as of Dec 2018)
77. Robbie Williams217 (as of Dec 2019)
78. P!nk214 (as of Jun 2022)
79. Crosby Stills & Nash214 (as of May 2021)
80. Cher213 (as of Aug 2017)
81. Jackson 5 & The Jacksons211 (as of Sep 2017)
82. Janet Jackson205 (as of Apr 2017)
83. Boston204 (as of Jun 2019)
84. Neil Young203 (as of May 2021)
85. 2Pac203 (as of Jan 2022)
86. Spice Girls203 (as of Mar 2017)
87. Maroon 5201 (as of Dec 2019)
88. Tracy Chapman194 (as of Jun 2019)
89. Destiny’s Child193 (as of Jul 2022)
90. Oasis190 (as of Dec 2017)
91. Bruno Mars185 (as of Jun 2019)
92. Paul Simon182 (as of May 2018)
93. Norah Jones176 (as of Nov 2016)
94. No Doubt172 (as of Mar 2020)
95. Black Eyed Peas170 (as of Aug 2017)
96. TLC169 (as of Apr 2019)
97. The Weeknd165 (as of Jul 2022)
98. Cranberries162 (as of Jan 2018)
99. Shakira161 (as of Jun 2018)
100. Usher159 (as of Sep 2017)
101. Ozzy Osbourne157 (as of Mar 2020)
102. Katy Perry156 (as of Jun 2019)
103. Nickelback153 (as of Jun 2017)
104. Michael Buble152 (as of Dec 2016)
105. Drake151 (as of Jul 2021)
106. Ayumi Hamasaki150 (as of Sep 2019)
107. Alicia Keys148 (as of Nov 2016)
108. Evanescence147 (as of Jun 2019)
109. NSYNC146 (as of Feb 2018)
110. Christina Aguilera145 (as of Mar 2017)
111. Fugees141 (as of Feb 2021)
112. Avril Lavigne141 (as of Feb 2018)
113. Justin Timberlake137 (as of Feb 2018)
114. Take That137 (as of Dec 2019)
115. Amy Winehouse134 (as of Jul 2019)
116. Johnny Hallyday127 (as of Jan 2018)
117. Enrique Iglesias127 (as of Sep 2016)
118. Ariana Grande127 (as of Sep 2021)
119. Billie Eilish126 (as of Jul 2022)
120. Shawn Mendes124 (as of Dec 2022)
121. Dido123 (as of Feb 2019)
122. One Direction123 (as of May 2017)
123. Jennifer Lopez123 (as of Jun 2018)
124. James Blunt121 (as of Feb 2019)
125. Kelly Clarkson117 (as of May 2018)
126. Dua Lipa115 (as of May 2022)
127. Foo Fighters110 (as of Oct 2017)
128. Imagine Dragons107 (as of Sep 2018)
129. Miley Cyrus107 (as of Dec 2020)
130. Ms. Lauryn Hill107 (as of Feb 2021)
131. Kylie Minogue105 (as of Apr 2018)
132. Charlie Puth103 (as of Dec 2022)
133. Post Malone102 (as of Nov 2020)
134. Kendrick Lamar97 (as of May 2022)
135. Mannheim Steamroller95 (as of Dec 2020)
136. Lana Del Rey93 (as of Aug 2022)
137. Arctic Monkeys93 (as of Oct 2022)
138. Bad Bunny92 (as of Jun 2022)
139. Carrie Underwood90 (as of Sep 2018)
140. Sam Smith89 (as of Oct 2017)
141. Gwen Stefani86 (as of Apr 2020)
142. Travis Scott86 (as of Apr 2022)
143. Lil Nas X85 (as of Aug 2022)
144. Carly Rae Jepsen85 (as of Dec 2022)
145. Selena Gomez84 (as of Mar 2021)
146. Gorillaz81 (as of May 2017)
147. Meghan Trainor76 (as of Oct 2022)
148. Harry Styles75 (as of May 2022)
149. Blackpink72 (as of Sep 2021)
150. Macklemore72 (as of Nov 2017)
151. Buffalo Springfield71 (as of May 2021)
152. Fergie71 (as of Jul 2017)
153. Cardi B70 (as of Sep 2021)
154. Björk68 (as of Dec 2018)
155. Xuxa67 (as of Oct 2022)
156. Olivia Rodrigo66 (as of Aug 2022)
157. Blind Faith66 (as of Oct 2022)
158. The Yardbirds66 (as of Oct 2022)
159. Avicii65 (as of Apr 2018)
160. Doja Cat63 (as of Aug 2022)
161. Aaliyah61 (as of Feb 2017)
162. Juice Wrld60 (as of Aug 2021)
163. Lin-Manuel Miranda59 (as of Jan 2022)
164. Lewis Capaldi58 (as of Sep 2021)
165. SZA54 (as of Dec 2022)
166. Lorde51 (as of Jun 2017)
167. Renaud48 (as of Nov 2017)
168. Will.i.am46 (as of Jul 2017)
169. Demi Lovato43 (as of Oct 2018)
170. Little Mix34 (as of Feb 2020)

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Clockingbell

If the daily gains (Av and LD) are an indicator, and I extrapolate them with rounded figures for the top albums EAS, the top 20 would look something like this in 10 years: 1. Thriller 130 2. Hotel California 76 3. SNF 75 4. Rumours 72 5. Bad 71 6. Nevermind 69 7. Back in Black 68 8. 21 66 9. DSOTM 63 10. IV 62 11. Bodyguard 58 11. Grease 58 11. The Wall 58 11. SWW 58 15. AfD 57 15. Metallica 57 17. Eminem Show 54 18. Joshua Tree 53 18. The Fame / Monster 53 20.… Read more »

Kris

It’s nice to see some “newer” albums possibly entering the top spots. Adele top 10, and Lady Gaga and Eminem top 20. The top of the lists are finally changing!

Clockingbell

And who knows how close 1989 and Divide will be by then!

Nick

1989 will be around 50m or probably higher given tht its doing 8000 daily right now and its rerecording is coming soon

Clockingbell

That’s definitely possible, but the LD’S of newer albums are changing more than older albums, so it’s even more speculating to predict their future numbers.

Antonio

I believe that today there is an error for the daily streaming for The Joshua Tree (U2), yesterday it reported 2,011,000 streams with a daily stream of 1,160 strams and today instead always 2,011,000 streams with a daily stream of only 140, therefore still less than War, The Unforgettable Fire, Rattle And Hum, Achtung Baby and All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

Antonio

There is an error in today’s stream numbers for …And Justice for All (Metallica)

CGF

Hello.

Can you check the sales for singer Anastacia? Her self-titled album seems to have sold circa 10 M in Europe in 2004, being allegedly the second most successful album behind Usher’s confession.

Thank you!

Analord

It’s only 3x platinum in Europe… Her best selling album sold maybe 5 million worldwide, she had zero success in the US which is kinda weird considering she’s American!

Meca76

In a few hours Nevermind replaces in eighth place current album The Dark side of the moon.

Antonio

i noticed that maybe there are some errors for physical singles of some artists like Sting & Police, Metallica, U2, so maybe their total of their physical singles in their CSPC articles where there is also streaming might change, check it out I await your reply.

Smiley

Of the artists studied so far, how many have sold more than 100 million albums (all types) outside the United States?

Off the top of my head there are the obvious candidates like The Beatles, Queen, MJ, Pink Floyd, Madonna, The Stones etc. U2 might sneak it?

Are there any others I’ve missed?

Cheers!

Clockingbell

Maybe Celine Dion and Abba have also managed?

Analord

Approximately :

The Beatles 170m
MJ 155m
Queen 145m
Madonna 130m
Pink Floyd 125m
ABBA 110m
Céline Dion 110m
Rolling Stones 110m
U2 105m

Smiley

Cheers! Quite a select group…

Patrik Barta

When will Melanie Martinez be on the list? She definitely has enough sales and streams…

matt

She has sold about 6-7M albums. I doubt she even has enough for a light article.

Patrik Barta

I’m sorry, but there is an article about Zara Larsson who is in the same league as Melanie Martinez. I doubt I deserved the dislike for what I was saying. She deserves to be on the list.

ellie.m4a

its obvious that Paramore have at least +15million albums sales worldwide….they have like 60 million singles too, why not update??? 😓

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