Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

2015 Oct 22, Hello Music Video (4)

Tracks Ranking – Raw sales – Digital singles

All sales made through legal platforms are considered, as well as ringtones. 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. 2010 – AdeleRolling In The Deep [21]20,600,000
2. 2010 – Maroon 5 ft. Christina AguileraMoves Like Jagger [Hands All Over]20,140,000
3. 2008 – Lady GagaPoker Face [The Fame]20,110,000
4. 2010 – Eminem ft. RihannaLove the Way You Lie [Recovery]18,650,000
5. 2009 – Black Eyed PeasI Gotta Feeling [The E.N.D.]17,700,000
6. 2011 – AdeleSomeone Like You [21]17,350,000
7. 2014 – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno MarsUptown Funk [Uptown Special]17,030,000
8. 2010 – Bruno MarsJust the Way You Are [Doo-Wops & Hooligans]16,190,000
9. 2013 – Various ArtistsLet It Go [Frozen]15,540,000
10. 2002 – EminemLose Yourself [8 Mile]15,450,000
11. 2009 – Black Eyed PeasBoom Boom Pow [The E.N.D.]14,350,000
12. 2008 – ColdplayViva La Vida [Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends]14,240,000
13. 2012 – Maroon 5 ft. Wiz KhalifaPayphone [Overexposed]14,000,000
14. 2008 – Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’DonisJust Dance [The Fame]13,630,000
15. 2012 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. WanzThrift Shop [The Heist]13,360,000
16. 1981 – JourneyDon’t Stop Believin’ [Escape]13,140,000
17. 2008 – BeyoncéHalo [I Am… Sasha Fierce]13,120,000
18. 2010 – Katy PerryFirework [Teenage Dream]12,820,000
19. 2011 – Rihanna ft. Calvin HarrisWe Found Love [Talk That Talk]12,690,000
20. 2010 – Bruno MarsGrenade [Doo-Wops & Hooligans]12,470,000
21. 2007 – Rihanna ft. Jay-ZUmbrella [Good Girl Gone Bad]12,400,000
22. 2008 – Taylor SwiftLove Story [Fearless]12,310,000
23. 2009 – Lady GagaBad Romance [The Fame Monster]12,240,000
24. 2012 – Imagine DragonsRadioactive [Night Visions]12,100,000
25. 2010 – Justin Bieber ft. LudacrisBaby [My Worlds]12,070,000
26. 2008 – BeyoncéSingle Ladies (Put a Ring on It) [I Am… Sasha Fierce]11,930,000
27. 2010 – EminemNot Afraid [Recovery]11,820,000
28. 2008 – Katy PerryI Kissed A Girl [One Of The Boys]11,810,000
29. 2008 – Katy PerryHot N Cold [One Of The Boys]11,790,000
30. 2013 – Katy PerryRoar [Prism]11,750,000
31. 2007 – Avril LavigneGirlfriend [The Best Damn Thing]11,630,000
32. 2014 – Ed SheeranThinking Out Loud [x (Multiply)]11,430,000
33. 2006 – Justin Timberlake ft. TimbalandSexyBack [FutureSex/LoveSounds]11,310,000
34. 2015 – AdeleHello [25]11,270,000
35. 2006 – BeyoncéIrreplaceable [B’Day]11,140,000
36. 2013 – AviciiWake Me Up [True]11,120,000
37. 2005 – Shakira ft. Wyclef JeanHips Don’t Lie / Sera Sera [Oral Fixation, Vol. 2]11,080,000
38. 2010 – Katy Perry ft. Snoop DoggCalifornia Gurls [Teenage Dream]11,060,000
39. 2009 – Jay-Z ft. Alicia KeysEmpire State Of Mind [The Blueprint 3]10,900,000
40. 2012 – Bruno MarsLocked Out of Heaven [Unorthodox Jukebox]10,850,000
41. 2012 – Maroon 5One More Night [Overexposed]10,650,000
42. 2008 – RihannaTake A Bow [Good Girl Gone Bad]10,480,000
43. 2011 – Lady GagaBorn This Way [Born This Way]10,330,000
44. 2011 – AdeleSet Fire To The Rain [21]10,040,000
45. 2012 – Bruno MarsWhen I Was Your Man [Unorthodox Jukebox]9,950,000
46. 2011 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray DaltonCan’t Hold Us [The Heist]9,800,000
47. 2014 – Taylor SwiftShake It Off [1989]9,720,000
48. 1994 – Mariah CareyAll I Want for Christmas Is You [Merry Christmas]9,600,000
49. 2013 – Katy Perry ft. Juicy JDark Horse [Prism]9,470,000
50. 2009 – Lady Gaga ft. BeyoncéTelephone [The Fame Monster]9,460,000

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lover boy

Drake is at 103m+ eas

L145

hey MJD, i heard that China has banned Bulk buying and fan funds on all its Music platforms snd that daily sales figures went down because of it, does that mean Chinese DLs won’t be downweighted anymore?

matt

China sales are downweighted because albums are being sold for less than four dollars, not because of bulk buying

Padilla

the minimum price to Chart in Billboard 200 is 3.49 dollars and a LOT of Elvis albums were sold very cheaply, MJD himself said that bulk buying is the issue not the price

Jaz

Isn’t music sold in China a lot cheaper because their pay, housing and everything else is also a lot cheaper so its actually fair to be sold at that price?

Fanofpop

Chinese sales aren’t really down weighted.
It’s just most albums are sold for different lower price points, depending on if it’s an EP, a four song bundle; or a full album or compilation so CSPC uses 50 yuan as the baseline for an album unit over there because it’s similar to the streaming revenue of 1500 paid streams and albums elsewhere.

Minhyun

When will “Tracks Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales” and other all-time categories be updated? It seems, at least as far as the all-time single sales (EAS) section doesn’t include any songs after 2015, despite some songs having more than enough EAS to make the list.

lover boy

Drake is at 102.6m eas

L145

why does Rihanna’s total keep fluctuating ?

Speed of Life

Hi Guys – will you do a manual update on David Bowie’s streaming figures please.It seems to be missing a load of songs.

Alex

I was wondering when the most successful rappers after Eminem and Drake – Jay-Z, Kanye, and Lil Wayne – are going to be included in these stats?

Analord
obro

If I had to guess I would say 2pac followed by the artist you mentioned but I think potentially Kanye over Jay, I also think Nicki won’t be that far behind Lil Wayne tbh

Analord

I vaguely remember MJD saying that one of the reasons why there hasn’t been many studies of rappers is the fact that, for example, Lil Wayne has 7.5 billion spotify streams as a solo artist and 12 billion as a featured artist… How much of that should he be credited for ?

By the way, the Beastie Boys sold around 40 million albums while Lil Wayne would be more like 20m, and I can think of a few rappers who sold around 30m.

Mar

Jay is more successful than Kanye, his US pure sales are 29.5M (2013) and kanye total US sps units are 24M (2021)

MJD

Hi Mar! Not sure where your numbers come from, but that’s not accurate. Your Jay-Z pure number is comprehensive, from Nielsen Soundscan. For Kanye though, it seems to be total RIAA units from 2020 of his solo albums. He also released Watch The Throne, Kids See Ghosts and Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer, which push his total to 30.5 million. These are split over 12 albums, they are not all at “just” the number certified, if they are mid-way to the next criteria, that’s 5.25 million more sales, 36 million total. Add in the year since these updates,… Read more »

Martin

I wish people didn’t see music sales, chart positions etc like some football table or cup!

Like football, not just one team!

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