Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time


Tracks Ranking – CSPC – #1 per year

This list is about the most successful songs per release year (understand “which have generated the most sales”). The figures are given in EAS (equivalent album sales).

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.

1954 – Elvis PresleyThat’s All Right [Orphan]2,110,000
1955 – Elvis PresleyBaby Let’s Play House [A Date with Elvis]600,000
1956 – Elvis PresleyHound Dog [Orphan]10,300,000
1957 – Elvis PresleyJailhouse Rock [Jailhouse Rock]18,700,000
1958 – Elvis PresleyDon’t [Orphan]1,720,000
1959 – Elvis PresleyA Big Hunk Of Love [Orphan]1,790,000
1960 – Elvis PresleyIt’s Now Or Never [Orphan]4,940,000
1961 – Elvis PresleyCan’t Help Falling in Love [Blue Hawaii]27,580,000
1962 – The BeatlesLove Me Do [Please Please Me]11,080,000
1963 – The BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand [Meet The Beatles!]15,750,000
1964 – Simon & GarfunkelThe Sound of Silence [Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. / Sounds of Silence]28,800,000
1965 – The Rolling Stones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Out Of Our Heads]14,770,000
1966 – The Rolling StonesPaint It Black [Aftermath]15,590,000
1967 – The DoorsLight My Fire [The Doors]14,150,000
1968 – Simon & GarfunkelMrs. Robinson [Bookends]18,990,000
1969 – Led ZeppelinWhole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin II]14,790,000
1970 – SantanaBlack Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen [Abraxas]22,070,000
1971 – Led ZeppelinStairway To Heaven [Led Zeppelin IV]26,530,000
1972 – EaglesTake It Easy [Eagles]18,700,000
1973 – AerosmithDream On [Aerosmith]15,240,000
1974 – Barbra StreisandThe Way We Were [The Way We Were]14,230,000
1975 – QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night at the Opera]32,240,000
1976 – EaglesHotel California [Hotel California]51,840,000
1977 – Bee GeesStayin’ Alive [Saturday Night Fever]31,660,000
1978 – Dire StraitsSultans of Swing [Dire Straits]20,880,000
1979 – AC/DCHighway to Hell [Highway to Hell]17,950,000
1980 – QueenAnother One Bites the Dust [The Game]22,170,000
1981 – JourneyDon’t Stop Believin’ [Escape]27,230,000
1982 – Michael JacksonBillie Jean [Thriller]41,890,000
1983 – The PoliceEvery Breath You Take [Synchronicity]32,690,000
1984 – Bryan AdamsSummer of ’69 [Reckless]20,670,000
1985 – Dire StraitsMoney for Nothing [Brothers in Arms]15,080,000
1986 – Bon JoviLivin’ on a Prayer [Slippery When Wet]23,460,000
1987 – U2With Or Without You [The Joshua Tree]23,430,000
1988 – Tracy ChapmanFast Car [Tracy Chapman]16,650,000
1989 – Phil CollinsAnother Day in Paradise […But Seriously]19,230,000
1990 – Garth BrooksFriends In Low Places [No Fences]18,260,000
1991 – Bryan Adams(Everything I Do) I Do It for You [Waking Up the Neighbours / Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves]20,820,000
1992 – Whitney HoustonI Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard]33,620,000
1993 – Mariah CareyHero [Music Box]14,130,000
1994 – The CranberriesZombie [No Need to Argue]15,370,000
1995 – Alanis MorissetteIronic [Jagged Little Pill]16,060,000
1996 – Spice GirlsWannabe [Spice]20,670,000
1997 – Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On [Titanic / Let’s Talk About Love]62,750,000
1998 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time]18,370,000
1999 – Backstreet BoysI Want It That Way [Millennium]18,360,000
2000 – U2Beautiful Day [All That You Can’t Leave Behind]14,770,000
2001 – NickelbackHow You Remind Me [Silver Side Up]11,080,000
2002 – EminemLose Yourself [8 Mile]15,900,000
2003 – EvanescenceBring Me to Life [Fallen]9,380,000
2004 – James BluntYou’re Beautiful [Back to Bedlam]10,170,000
2005 – ColdplayFix You [X&Y]8,840,000
2006 – Justin Timberlake ft. TimbalandSexyBack [FutureSex/LoveSounds]5,450,000
2007 – Alicia KeysNo One [As I Am]5,030,000
2008 – ColdplayViva La Vida [Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends]9,620,000
2009 – Lady GagaBad Romance [The Fame Monster]7,100,000
2010 – AdeleRolling In The Deep [21]12,780,000
2011 – AdeleSomeone Like You [21]13,890,000
2012 – Imagine DragonsRadioactive [Night Visions]4,670,000
2013 – Various ArtistsLet It Go [Frozen]7,850,000
2014 – Ed SheeranThinking Out Loud [x (Multiply)]5,810,000
2015 – AdeleHello [25]11,090,000
2016 – Drake ft. Wizkid & KylaOne Dance [Views]3,180,000
2017 – Ed SheeranShape of You [÷ (Divide)]7,710,000
2018 – Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperShallow [A Star Is Born]3,310,000
2019 – BTS ft. HalseyBoy with Luv [Map of the Soul: Persona]3,650,000
2020 – The WeekndBlinding Lights [After Hours]2,010,000

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El Jolito

I don’t believe Metallica’s Black album has outsold Guns ‘n’ Roses Appetite for Destruction.


Thank you for your contribution.


Will Taylor‘s rerecordings make her the winner in the race for the 100 Million in the 21st century?


Nah eminem has sold more records


Eminem debuted in the 90s though


Bahaha what!? Taylor has sold more Albums & Digital Singles than Eminem just in the US ALONE!
RIAA Certified Albums:
Eminem – 64.5m
Taylor – 64m (and that’s not including Any Album sales from 2018 to Today, Big Machine refuses to have them audited or allow her to she’s been due to pass him for years they’ve been back to back unmoving)

RIAA Digital Singles:
Taylor – 134m (3rd most and again without any sales from 2018 to Today and she is due for more diamond certifications)
Eminem – 107.5m (6th he’s recieved certification in 2020 & 2021)


Eminem has 20m plus us albums yet to be certified


Certifications are out of date for most artists. Labels have to choose to update them, and most don’t. It’s not automatic like in some countries. So certifications only show the MINIMUM sales of an artists, not the total sales.


I think Coldplay and Rihanna were already over 100 Million before her


if you update the pure sales of the 3 of them Taylor Swift is already at 100m while Coldplay and Rihanna are around 99.5m currently

Last edited 11 days ago by L145

This is over 4yrs old so


Eminem obviously crushed everybody during the 21st century with 175 million EAS. Then you have Coldplay, Rihanna and Taylor with a respectable total of 100 million.


Is there any act who could break the top 5 best selling digital single artist? Maybe Kanye West?? In top 10 maybe Nicki Minaj?


If you have time, please update Blackpink’s! It’s been quite a while since the last update. Thank you!


I think they haven’t been studied since not that many album releases yet and there are obviously older acts who sold more and are in need to be studied more. It would be cool if they were added though, since they are pretty big when it comes to streaming


Shouldn’t Sting and The Police totals be combined ? Considering “Rod Stewart & Faces”, “George Michael & Wham”, Bon Jovi’s total including Jon’s solo album… I mean, Sting basically WAS The Police, writing the songs and singing them.


I disagree they are two distinct and separate acts, I also disagree with Rod Stewart & Faces being combined.

I think Bon Jovi is different because Jon’s album sold because he was in Bon Jovi and all they did was add three letter before the bands name.

And its impossible to split George Michael and Wham! because there are solo Michael works on Wham! albums and George Michael compilations that dont contain Wham! songs still contain those songs


Was wondering have you guys considered adding a devoted page to a running list of best-selling compilation albums for artists that have been studied? Would be nice to have as a reference since they get excluded out from the Studio Albums page.

Mika Koskinen

And now Paul Simon has sold publishing rights to Sony’s for 200 $ million. Fleetwood Mac (Lyndsey Buckinham and Steve Nicks), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovis), Dylan, Neil Young, Ryan Tedder (200 $ million) and now P.Simon and many others songwrites have recieved hundres million dollars in compensation for their work. Biggest deal at this time Bob Dylan’s 400 $ millions. But i think that Madonna and many others pop singers finds difficult to sell her or his music, cause of the songwrites as many as ten. Beyonce Lemonades record had about 40 authors(! )said Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis. The authentic… Read more »


Business is changing. Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis has been great gift to songwriters, who are most important in the business. Spotify payment to artists and expecially the songwrites is non-existent. Now Dylan, Young, Paul Simon, Calvin Harris, Ryan Tedder, Fleerwood Mac, Shakira and dozens others got a decent reward for their work. 80-400 $ million ballpark. Spotify is rude and the most important thing for them is to make money. Founder Daniel Ek net worth 4,5 billion dollars and his friends in Spotify are billionaires too. This seam was struck by this Mr. Mercuradius. For him music is most important… Read more »


I would like do you all count/esitmate Apple Music US streaming data, because it’s A LOT of affect for US charts?


Hi Tommy!

There’s an article on them already. Of course it would be great to include them, but it’s their choice to hide their numbers.


i think Lana needs an update… she released two albums since her article was last updated

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