Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

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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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matt

Why is “My Dear Melancholy” by The Weeknd on the 2020 list when it’s a 2018 EP? It has been for a while…

Mikko

A large number of artists have died from drugs or suicide. Only Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan have remained in working order.
Good role models for young artists. For some artists, death has been good commercially. Fans can be happy.

iilumight

Hi,I was wondering what happened to relapseby eminem, before the new EAS formula it was at 9,248,000 and now it has dissapeared from the list. If I go to Eminem albums and song sales page it says only 8,425,000 but if you add the numbers in the columns up it should either be around 8,982,000 (verified streams) or 9,297,000 (auto update).

KantClark

MJD, you could do a Olivia Newton-John’s article due her passing. It would be interesting to see.

Alexis

Hello there, when are Nicki Minaj sales going to be updated?

Ver

Can you update Demi Lovato?

stin

why does justin bieber’s justice have -57,000 by its physical singles?

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