Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

Tracks Ranking – Raw sales – Physical singles

This list is about physical single sales only. If a single has been released several times, all the sales coming from all the releases are added. The figures given here are units sold.

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. 1997 – Elton John for The Diana FoundationCandle in the Wind [Orphan]29,730,000
2. 1992 – Whitney HoustonI Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard]10,560,000
3. 1978 – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-JohnYou’re the One That I Want [Grease]10,400,000
4. 1968 – The BeatlesHey Jude [Orphan]8,200,000
5. 1991 – Bryan Adams(Everything I Do) I Do It for You [Waking Up the Neighbours / Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves]7,960,000
6. 1963 – The BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand [Meet The Beatles!]7,800,000
7. 1984 – Stevie WonderI Just Called to Say I Love You [The Woman in Red]7,400,000
8. 1998 – CherBelieve [Believe]7,020,000
9. 1997 – Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On [Titanic / Let’s Talk About Love]6,910,000
10. 1977 – Bee GeesStayin’ Alive [Saturday Night Fever]6,470,000
11. 1984 – George MichaelCareless Whisper [Make It Big]6,290,000
12. 1980 – Barbra StreisandWoman in Love [Guilty]6,260,000
13. 1978 – Rod StewartDa Ya Think I’m Sexy? [Blondes Have More Fun]6,250,000
14. 1983 – Irene CaraFlashdance… What a Feeling [Flashdance / What a Feelin’]6,240,000
15. 1975 – QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night at the Opera]6,180,000
16. 1979 – Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall (Part II) [The Wall]5,750,000
17. 1978 – Bee GeesToo Much Heaven [Spirits Having Flown]5,640,000
18. 1977 – Bee GeesNight Fever [Saturday Night Fever]5,520,000
19. 1983 – David BowieLet’s Dance [Let’s Dance]5,500,000
20. 1960 – Elvis PresleyIt’s Now Or Never [Orphan]5,420,000
21. 1963 – The BeatlesShe Loves You [Orphan]5,400,000
22. 1956 – Elvis PresleyDon’t Be Cruel [Orphan]5,390,000
23. 1976 – ABBADancing Queen [Arrival]5,350,000
24. 1998 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time]5,330,000
25. 1969 – The BeatlesGet Back [Let It Be]5,300,000
26. 1980 – QueenAnother One Bites the Dust [The Game]5,270,000
27. 1965 – The Rolling Stones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Out Of Our Heads]5,200,000
28. 1977 – QueenWe Are the Champions [News of the World]5,190,000
29. 1979 – Bee GeesTragedy [Spirits Having Flown]5,050,000
29. 1996 – Spice GirlsWannabe [Spice]5,050,000
31. 1984 – Wham!Last Christmas [Music from the Edge of Heaven]4,980,000
32. 1964 – The BeatlesI Feel Fine [Beatles ’65]4,900,000
32. 1978 – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-JohnSummer Nights [Grease]4,900,000
34. 1977 – Bee GeesHow Deep Is Your Love [Saturday Night Fever]4,890,000
35. 1982 – Michael JacksonBillie Jean [Thriller]4,870,000
36. 1971 – John LennonImagine [Imagine]4,840,000
37. 1970 – The BeatlesLet It Be [Let It Be]4,750,000
38. 1982 – Paul McCartney & Stevie WonderEbony And Ivory [Tug Of War]4,740,000
39. 1983 – Paul McCartney & Michael JacksonSay Say Say [Pipes of Peace]4,570,000
40. 1960 – Elvis PresleyAre You Lonesome Tonight? [Orphan]4,450,000
41. 1975 – Elton John & Kiki DeeDon’t Go Breaking My Heart [Rock of the Westies]4,420,000
42. 1982 – Michael JacksonBeat It [Thriller]4,410,000
43. 1965 – The BeatlesHelp! [Help!]4,400,000
44. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin [Like A Virgin]4,360,000
45. 1964 – The BeatlesCan’t Buy Me Love [A Hard Day’s Night]4,300,000
45. 1967 – The BeatlesHello, Goodbye [Magical Mystery Tour]4,300,000
47. 1977 – WingsMull of Kintyre [Orphan]4,250,000
48. 1970 – Simon & GarfunkelBridge Over Troubled Water [Bridge over Troubled Water]4,160,000
49. 1993 – Meat Loaf ft. Lorraine CrosbyI’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) [Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell]4,110,000
50. 1978 – Frankie ValliGrease [Grease]4,100,000
50. 1976 – ABBAFernando [Greatest Hits]4,100,000

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Hey chartmasters, June 26 marks the ariana grande’s 28th anniversary. She sets major records in the music industry and is one of the most successful female artist of all time.

In celebration of that can u please update her career sales and streaming total?


She might be in the future but dont think she is right now. In this list alone there are 24 women above her. And that doesnt include acts that havent been studied yet like Diana Ross, Olivia Newton John, Donna Summer, etc. Which would probably pass her too.

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Hej. MJD did a comprehensive analysis of Bob Dylan’s sales 20/10.2016, week after Dylan won the Nobel literature prize, background work had probably been done over the years.
The Nobel is the prestigious award in the world. Dylan climbed in one fell swoop with Faulkner, Heminway, Steinbeck, into heavy weight series.
Dylan is said to have earned royalties up to $20 million per year, much from cover versions, Feel my love, Watchtower, Heavens door..

It would be nice to have an estimate of Dylan own current sales.
In “Discogs” Dylan is “most collected” artist before Beatles and David Bowie.

Isn’t this his sales?
I don’t think it would’ve changed by a significant amount since 2016. Especially coz streams are automatically updated.


That gets $ 15-20 million royalties per year, needs to sell quite nicely. Dylan made biggest deal ever 12/2020, amount was 400 $ million only publishing rights. Premium-rate stuff. Hardly record company charity does.


“Update Bob Dylan” is better than “Update Ariana Grande”, that said I don’t see why he should be a priority over The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd…etc.


I think an update on legacy acts should be done when an artist’s total rises enough to ensure a rise of a couple of places (or just 1 in the top 10) on the all-time best sellers list or a significant rise for a huge album. That would allow Fleetwood Mac (Rumours!), AC/DC, Bob Marley or maybe Nirvana or Oasis to be updated sooner than Beatles, Floyd or Zep, although I would like to see them be updated as well


Let me tell you one thing. Led Zeppelin royalties 2011-2016 was 58,5 dollars to 12 million per year. That is 5 year. Dylan royalties was up to 20 million per year. Many of the bands you mentions are dead. Dylan “Rough ways” realisead last year and was number one in USA, UK, Germany.. really global success. Dylan still going strong.


I’m not denying this (haven’t said anything about Dylan), but in absolute numbers, he’s not increasing that much and doesn’t have really big albums to be updated, that’s all


So he had one album last year that sold, what, 300k ? Who cares, albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Abbey Road or Rumours sell more than that every year, not to mention their massive streaming numbers.

And Led Zeppelin’s catalog is obviously much more popular than Dylan’s. Those “$58.5m in royalties” have to do with Stairway To Heaven, and as you said yourself Dylan’s royalties have a lot to do with covers (Adele, Hendrix, Guns N Roses…etc.).


Red Hot Chilly Peppers sold publishing rights to Hipgnosis Merck Mercuriadis, most hated man business (cause he pay more than others). Chilly Peppers royalties per year was 5-6 million dollars and normal factor is 5-20, but they got 23, and 23×6= 140 million dollars. And remember Led Zeppelin annual royalties is average 12 million dollars. I looked through the European album charts. +UK and Germany, France, Netherland, Italy, Spain Sweden almost every country. Led Zeppelin last entries end just in 2016. Zeppelin Oricon charts was very strong and records was big, expencive boxs. Oasis, almost nothing but Music Week’s UK… Read more »




wayyy too wrong. Dark Horse sold less than Hot N Cold and I Kissed a Girl 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Adele with the best-selling single, even digitally, in 2017 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂


Actually no. Dark horse is bigger than hot n cold as per this website. Also Dark Horse is still growing faster than Hot N Cold and it will only move further and bigger than Hot N Cold. Plus, according to Youtube views. I Kissed A Girl total official video youtube views all 220 million while Hot N Cold are at 1 billion already. So if anybody is wrong here it is u.

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