Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

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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]15,000,000
1970 – SantanaBlack Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen [Abraxas]22,070,000
1971 – Led ZeppelinStairway To Heaven [Led Zeppelin IV]26,870,000
1972 – Deep PurpleSmoke on the Water [Machine Head]23,630,000
1973 – Billy JoelPiano Man [Piano Man]15,460,000
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]23,910,000
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]63,040,000
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]14,980,000
2001 – NickelbackHow You Remind Me [Silver Side Up]11,080,000
2002 – EminemLose Yourself [8 Mile]15,860,000
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]9,500,000
2006 – Justin Timberlake ft. TimbalandSexyBack [FutureSex/LoveSounds]5,450,000
2007 – Rihanna ft. Jay-ZUmbrella [Good Girl Gone Bad]5,520,000
2008 – ColdplayViva La Vida [Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends]10,380,000
2009 – Lady GagaBad Romance [The Fame Monster]7,100,000
2010 – AdeleRolling In The Deep [21]12,880,000
2011 – AdeleSomeone Like You [21]14,730,000
2012 – Imagine DragonsRadioactive [Night Visions]4,670,000
2013 – Various ArtistsLet It Go [Frozen]9,010,000
2014 – Ed SheeranThinking Out Loud [x (Multiply)]6,530,000
2015 – AdeleHello [25]10,450,000
2016 – Drake ft. Wizkid & KylaOne Dance [Views]3,490,000
2017 – Ed SheeranShape of You [÷ (Divide)]8,620,000
2018 – Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperShallow [A Star Is Born]3,310,000
2019 – BTS ft. HalseyBoy with Luv [Map of the Soul: Persona]4,360,000
2020 – BTSDynamite [BE]4,600,000
2021 – Olivia RodrigoDrivers License [Sour]1,270,000

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DenysAnatol

What is going on with Justin Bieber’s numbers on the “Top CSPC – the best
selling artists of all-time” page ? From 88 mil to 94 mil within a few days .

L145

his total is always glitching I don’t get it

john

thats why I think they should update his streaming master page bcz his Spotify streams are not clear

Iris

I’m not sure on how these numbers compare to this site but according to chartsinfrance, these are the top selling female albums artists in USA. (Special thanks to Choley from UKMix) • Barbra Streisand – 95 million • Mariah Carey – 72.65 million • Madonna – 72.3 million • Celine Dion – 62.3 million • Whitney Houston – 60.3 million • Reba Mcentire – 55.2 million • Linda Ronstadt – 45.5 million • Shania Twain – 45.5 million • Janet Jackson – 43.5 million • Britney Spears – 40.7 million • Taylor Swift – 38 million • Dixie Chicks –… Read more »

Nicknock

Hi! U can update Madonna´s figure? Thank u!

hug

Where’s cheek to cheek on the bestseller list in pure sales of 2014? Sold +1.3 million copies worldwide!

L145

the cutoff is 2m

deekennj

This is the best time to update Mariah Carey’s figures. Hoping you give her time and thank you in advance!! I can’t waitttt!!! Happy New Year <3

Mikko

Earlier on the week David Bowie sold catalogue rights to Warner company. He did not own his master recordings . Surpise. Bowie got 250$ million +. Artist has three types rights for sale. The publishing rights and master recordings + artists rights. Maybe by the end of week the Sting will complete its own business. Startin price, 250 $ million. Sting own his publishing rights and the master recordings. He sales not all. Annually he get 12-13 $ dollars. I quess that Sting worth is lot more. 300-400 dollar i believe. Usually artist want to keep the master tapes. Prince… Read more »

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