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. 1998 – CherBelieve [Believe]7,020,000
8. 1997 – Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On [Titanic / Let’s Talk About Love]6,910,000
9. 1977 – Bee GeesStayin’ Alive [Saturday Night Fever]6,470,000
10. 1984 – George MichaelCareless Whisper [Make It Big]6,290,000
11. 1980 – Barbra StreisandWoman in Love [Guilty]6,260,000
12. 1978 – Rod StewartDa Ya Think I’m Sexy? [Blondes Have More Fun]6,250,000
13. 1983 – Irene CaraFlashdance… What a Feeling [Flashdance / What a Feelin’]6,240,000
14. 1975 – QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night at the Opera]6,180,000
15. 1979 – Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall (Part II) [The Wall]5,750,000
16. 1978 – Bee GeesToo Much Heaven [Spirits Having Flown]5,640,000
17. 1977 – Bee GeesNight Fever [Saturday Night Fever]5,520,000
18. 1983 – David BowieLet’s Dance [Let’s Dance]5,500,000
19. 1960 – Elvis PresleyIt’s Now Or Never [Orphan]5,420,000
20. 1963 – The BeatlesShe Loves You [Orphan]5,400,000
21. 1956 – Elvis PresleyDon’t Be Cruel [Orphan]5,390,000
22. 1976 – ABBADancing Queen [Arrival]5,350,000
23. 1998 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time]5,330,000
24. 1969 – The BeatlesGet Back [Let It Be]5,300,000
25. 1980 – QueenAnother One Bites the Dust [The Game]5,270,000
26. 1965 – The Rolling Stones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Out Of Our Heads]5,200,000
27. 1977 – QueenWe Are the Champions [News of the World]5,190,000
28. 1979 – Bee GeesTragedy [Spirits Having Flown]5,050,000
28. 1996 – Spice GirlsWannabe [Spice]5,050,000
30. 1984 – Wham!Last Christmas [Music from the Edge of Heaven]4,980,000
31. 1978 – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-JohnSummer Nights [Grease]4,900,000
31. 1964 – The BeatlesI Feel Fine [Beatles ’65]4,900,000
33. 1977 – Bee GeesHow Deep Is Your Love [Saturday Night Fever]4,890,000
34. 1982 – Michael JacksonBillie Jean [Thriller]4,870,000
35. 1971 – John LennonImagine [Imagine]4,840,000
36. 1970 – The BeatlesLet It Be [Let It Be]4,750,000
37. 1983 – Paul McCartney & Michael JacksonSay Say Say [Pipes of Peace]4,570,000
38. 1960 – Elvis PresleyAre You Lonesome Tonight? [Orphan]4,450,000
39. 1975 – Elton John & Kiki DeeDon’t Go Breaking My Heart [Rock of the Westies]4,420,000
40. 1982 – Michael JacksonBeat It [Thriller]4,410,000
41. 1965 – The BeatlesHelp! [Help!]4,400,000
42. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin [Like A Virgin]4,360,000
43. 1964 – The BeatlesCan’t Buy Me Love [A Hard Day’s Night]4,300,000
43. 1967 – The BeatlesHello, Goodbye [Magical Mystery Tour]4,300,000
45. 1977 – WingsMull of Kintyre [Orphan]4,250,000
46. 1970 – Simon & GarfunkelBridge Over Troubled Water [Bridge over Troubled Water]4,160,000
47. 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
48. 1978 – Frankie ValliGrease [Grease]4,100,000
48. 1976 – ABBAFernando [Greatest Hits]4,100,000
50. 1983 – The PoliceEvery Breath You Take [Synchronicity]4,100,000

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Valeria

This means that BTS has sold 50M of albums worldwide???? 50M album units worldwide?

linex-

Please do blackpink

KingRickyMartin

Please calculate Ricky Martin’s sales

Tony

‘Greatest Hits’ Tops 2020 Catalogue Chart In USAMore good news for Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’! The 1981 compilation album was the biggest selling catalogue album in the US for 2020, outselling Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and The Beatles!

Mikko

Streaming services currently make some songwriters rich. Most recently Neil Young sold 50 % of his songwritings and publishment rights for $150 m. Stevie Nicks sold her rights for $100 million to Private Wave investment firm like Young. Catalogue prizes have risen maybe 3‐5 times in recent years. “It’s no secret that the art of songwriting is fundamental key to the all great music”, said Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge. It’s rare today, that one person do everything, songs, publishment, singing, produce.. It’s usual that4 or 5 person make songwriting and many people is doing another parts of music. It… Read more »

Steve

The four big pictures should be The Beatles, Elvis, Jakson, and Queen.

deekennj

UPDATE MARIAH CAREY PLEASE

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