Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

Céline Dion

Tracks Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales

This list is about the most successful songs of all time (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.

1. 1997 – Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On [Titanic / Let’s Talk About Love]62,750,000
2. 1976 – EaglesHotel California [Hotel California]51,840,000
3. 1982 – Michael JacksonBillie Jean [Thriller]41,890,000
4. 1992 – Whitney HoustonI Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard]33,620,000
5. 1983 – The PoliceEvery Breath You Take [Synchronicity]32,690,000
6. 1975 – QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night at the Opera]32,240,000
7. 1977 – Bee GeesStayin’ Alive [Saturday Night Fever]31,660,000
8. 1964 – Simon & GarfunkelThe Sound of Silence [Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. / Sounds of Silence]28,800,000
9. 1961 – Elvis PresleyCan’t Help Falling in Love [Blue Hawaii]27,580,000
10. 1981 – JourneyDon’t Stop Believin’ [Escape]27,230,000
11. 1982 – Michael JacksonBeat It [Thriller]27,160,000
12. 1971 – Led ZeppelinStairway To Heaven [Led Zeppelin IV]26,530,000
13. 1971 – Rod StewartMaggie May [Every Picture Tells a Story]26,510,000
14. 1981 – Phil CollinsIn the Air Tonight [Face Value]25,090,000
15. 1976 – ABBADancing Queen [Arrival]24,490,000
16. 1986 – Bon JoviLivin’ on a Prayer [Slippery When Wet]23,460,000
17. 1982 – Michael JacksonThriller [Thriller]23,430,000
18. 1987 – U2With Or Without You [The Joshua Tree]23,430,000
19. 1981 – Queen & David BowieUnder Pressure [Hot Space]22,640,000
20. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here [Wish You Were Here]22,260,000
21. 1980 – QueenAnother One Bites the Dust [The Game]22,170,000
22. 1970 – SantanaBlack Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen [Abraxas]22,070,000
23. 1980 – AC/DCBack in Black [Back in Black]21,680,000
24. 1978 – Dire StraitsSultans of Swing [Dire Straits]20,880,000
25. 1991 – Bryan Adams(Everything I Do) I Do It for You [Waking Up the Neighbours / Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves]20,820,000
26. 1971 – John LennonImagine [Imagine]20,770,000
27. 1984 – Bryan AdamsSummer of ’69 [Reckless]20,670,000
28. 1996 – Spice GirlsWannabe [Spice]20,670,000
29. 1987 – Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) [Whitney]19,630,000
30. 1976 – Fleetwood MacGo Your Own Way [Rumours]19,540,000
31. 1989 – Phil CollinsAnother Day in Paradise […But Seriously]19,230,000
32. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesSweet Child O’ Mine [Appetite for Destruction]19,070,000
33. 1968 – Simon & GarfunkelMrs. Robinson [Bookends]18,990,000
34. 1970 – Elton JohnYour Song [Elton John]18,940,000
35. 1991 – Michael JacksonBlack or White [Dangerous]18,860,000
36. 1972 – EaglesTake It Easy [Eagles]18,700,000
37. 1957 – Elvis PresleyJailhouse Rock [Jailhouse Rock]18,700,000
38. 1980 – AC/DCYou Shook Me All Night Long [Back in Black]18,560,000
39. 1989 – MadonnaLike A Prayer [Like A Prayer]18,550,000
40. 1998 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time]18,370,000
41. 1999 – Backstreet BoysI Want It That Way [Millennium]18,360,000
42. 1990 – Garth BrooksFriends In Low Places [No Fences]18,260,000
43. 1979 – AC/DCHighway to Hell [Highway to Hell]17,950,000
44. 1976 – BostonMore Than a Feeling [Boston]17,890,000
45. 1978 – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-JohnYou’re the One That I Want [Grease]17,680,000
46. 1991 – NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit [Nevermind]17,650,000
47. 1970 – Black SabbathParanoid [Paranoid]17,330,000
48. 1957 – Elvis PresleyBlue Christmas [Elvis’ Christmas Album]17,310,000
49. 1975 – AerosmithWalk This Way [Toys in the Attic]17,270,000
50. 1983 – U2Sunday Bloody Sunday [War]16,800,000
51. 1979 – Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall (Part II) [The Wall]16,700,000
52. 1977 – QueenWe Will Rock You [News of the World]16,650,000
53. 1988 – Tracy ChapmanFast Car [Tracy Chapman]16,650,000
54. 1986 – Bon JoviYou Give Love a Bad Name [Slippery When Wet]16,520,000
55. 1996 – Céline DionBecause You Loved Me [Falling Into You]16,310,000
56. 1991 – Red Hot Chili PeppersUnder the Bridge [Blood Sugar Sex Magik]16,160,000
57. 1995 – Alanis MorissetteIronic [Jagged Little Pill]16,060,000
58. 2002 – EminemLose Yourself [8 Mile]15,900,000
59. 1963 – The BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand [Meet The Beatles!]15,750,000
60. 1983 – Van HalenJump [1984]15,670,000
61. 1978 – QueenDon’t Stop Me Now [Jazz]15,660,000
62. 1977 – Bee GeesHow Deep Is Your Love [Saturday Night Fever]15,600,000
63. 1966 – The Rolling StonesPaint It Black [Aftermath]15,590,000
64. 1984 – Prince and the RevolutionsPurple Rain [Purple Rain]15,570,000
65. 1970 – The BeatlesLet It Be [Let It Be]15,540,000
66. 1995 – No DoubtDon’t Speak [Tragic Kingdom]15,490,000
67. 1978 – Bob MarleyIs This Love [Kaya]15,470,000
68. 1990 – AC/DCThunderstruck [The Razors Edge]15,460,000
69. 1994 – The CranberriesZombie [No Need to Argue]15,370,000
70. 1973 – AerosmithDream On [Aerosmith]15,240,000
71. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin [Like A Virgin]15,210,000
72. 1976 – QueenSomebody to Love [A Day at Races]15,140,000
73. 1985 – Dire StraitsMoney for Nothing [Brothers in Arms]15,080,000
74. 1973 – Billy JoelPiano Man [Piano Man]15,020,000
75. 1972 – Elton JohnRocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) [Honky Château]14,970,000
76. 1995 – OasisWonderwall [(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?]14,920,000
77. 1975 – ABBAMamma Mia [ABBA]14,890,000
78. 1998 – CherBelieve [Believe]14,850,000
79. 1978 – Rod StewartDa Ya Think I’m Sexy? [Blondes Have More Fun]14,810,000
80. 1984 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A. [Born in the U.S.A.]14,800,000
81. 1969 – Led ZeppelinWhole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin II]14,790,000
82. 2000 – U2Beautiful Day [All That You Can’t Leave Behind]14,770,000
83. 1965 – The Rolling Stones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Out Of Our Heads]14,770,000
84. 1997 – Backstreet BoysEverybody (Backstreet’s Back) [Backstreet’s Back]14,760,000
85. 1991 – U2One [Achtung Baby]14,750,000
86. 1991 – MetallicaNothing Else Matters [Metallica]14,620,000
87. 1977 – Fleetwood MacDreams [Rumours]14,580,000
88. 1991 – MetallicaEnter Sandman [Metallica]14,510,000
89. 1987 – Michael JacksonMan in the Mirror [Bad]14,390,000
90. 1982 – Phil CollinsYou Can’t Hurry Love [Hello, I Must Be Going!]14,310,000
91. 1974 – Barbra StreisandThe Way We Were [The Way We Were]14,230,000
92. 1994 – Mariah CareyAll I Want for Christmas Is You [Merry Christmas]14,190,000
93. 1986 – MadonnaLa Isla Bonita [True Blue]14,160,000
94. 1967 – The DoorsLight My Fire [The Doors]14,150,000
95. 1973 – Pink FloydMoney [The Dark Side of the Moon]14,130,000
96. 1993 – Mariah CareyHero [Music Box]14,130,000
97. 2000 – Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again [Oops!… I Did It Again]14,090,000
98. 1991 – NirvanaCome As You Are [Nevermind]14,070,000
99. 1965 – Bob DylanLike a Rolling Stone [Highway 61 Revisited]14,040,000
100. 1983 – Billy JoelUptown Girl [An Innocent Man]13,940,000
101. 2011 – AdeleSomeone Like You [21]13,890,000
102. 1969 – Elvis PresleySuspicious Minds [Orphan]13,880,000
103. 1981 – The Rolling StonesStart Me Up [Tattoo You]13,690,000
104. 1979 – Michael JacksonDon’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough [Off the Wall]13,630,000
105. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesNovember Rain [Use Your Illusion I]13,580,000
106. 1970 – Creedence Clearwater RevivalHave You Ever Seen The Rain [Pendulum]13,560,000
107. 1984 – Bruce SpringsteenDancing in the Dark [Born in the U.S.A.]13,530,000
108. 1980 – Barbra StreisandWoman in Love [Guilty]13,440,000
109. 1987 – U2I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For [The Joshua Tree]13,420,000
110. 1997 – Shania TwainMan! I Feel Like a Woman! [Come On Over]13,320,000
111. 1969 – Creedence Clearwater RevivalFortunate Son [Willy And The Poor Boys]13,240,000
112. 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]13,140,000
113. 1984 – George MichaelCareless Whisper [Make It Big]13,110,000
114. 1993 – Céline DionThe Power of Love [The Colour Of My Love]13,080,000
115. 1973 – Elton JohnBennie and the Jets [Goodbye Yellow Brick Road]13,020,000
116. 1965 – The BeatlesYesterday [Help!]13,010,000
117. 1969 – The BeatlesCome Together [Abbey Road]13,000,000
118. 1984 – QueenI Want to Break Free [The Works]12,960,000
119. 1994 – Green DayBasket Case [Dookie]12,960,000
120. 1985 – Dire StraitsWalk of Life [Brothers in Arms]12,880,000
121. 1987 – Michael JacksonSmooth Criminal [Bad]12,800,000
122. 2010 – AdeleRolling In The Deep [21]12,780,000
123. 1971 – The DoorsRiders on the Storm [L.A. Woman]12,710,000
124. 1977 – QueenWe Are the Champions [News of the World]12,570,000
125. 1984 – MadonnaMaterial Girl [Like A Virgin]12,550,000
126. 1967 – The DoorsBreak On Through (To the Other Side) [The Doors]12,460,000
127. 1972 – Stevie WonderSuperstition [Talking Book]12,440,000
128. 1968 – The Rolling StonesSympathy For The Devil [Beggars Banquet]12,420,000
129. 1999 – Santana ft. Rob ThomasSmooth [Supernatural]12,410,000
130. 1996 – Céline DionIt’s All Coming Back to Me Now [Falling Into You]12,280,000
131. 1995 – Mariah CareyAlways Be My Baby [Daydream]12,220,000
132. 1968 – The BeatlesHey Jude [Orphan]12,210,000
133. 1969 – Simon & GarfunkelThe Boxer [Bridge over Troubled Water]12,140,000
134. 1979 – SupertrampThe Logical Song [Breakfast in America]12,140,000
135. 1987 – Michael JacksonThe Way You Make Me Feel [Bad]12,100,000
136. 1969 – The Jackson 5I Want You Back [Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5]12,100,000
137. 2000 – Linkin ParkIn The End [Hybrid Theory]12,040,000
138. 1987 – George MichaelFaith [Faith]11,890,000
139. 1976 – Barbra StreisandEvergreen [A Star Is Born]11,890,000
140. 1978 – The Rolling StonesBeast Of Burden [Some Girls]11,870,000
141. 1970 – Simon & GarfunkelBridge Over Troubled Water [Bridge over Troubled Water]11,800,000
142. 1990 – MadonnaVogue [I’m Breathless]11,790,000
143. 1969 – The BeatlesHere Comes the Sun [Abbey Road]11,660,000
144. 1977 – Meat LoafParadise by the Dashboard Light [Bat Out of Hell]11,600,000
145. 1989 – Garth BrooksThe Dance [Garth Brooks]11,580,000
146. 1992 – Whitney HoustonI Have Nothing [The Bodyguard]11,570,000
147. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesWelcome to the Jungle [Appetite for Destruction]11,530,000
148. 1978 – The PoliceRoxanne [Outlandos d’Amour]11,510,000
149. 1969 – Creedence Clearwater RevivalBad Moon Rising [Green River]11,460,000
150. 1993 – Mariah CareyWithout You [Music Box]11,440,000
151. 1985 – Whitney HoustonHow Will I Know [Whitney Houston]11,350,000
152. 1973 – Paul McCartney & WingsBand on the Run [Band on the Run]11,320,000
153. 1987 – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life [Dirty Dancing]11,270,000
154. 1988 – MetallicaOne […And Justice For All]11,210,000
155. 1999 – TLCNo Scrubs [FanMail]11,130,000
156. 1999 – Santana ft. The Product G&BMaria Maria [Supernatural]11,120,000
157. 1975 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run [Born to Run]11,100,000
158. 2015 – AdeleHello [25]11,090,000
159. 1962 – The BeatlesLove Me Do [Please Please Me]11,080,000
160. 2001 – NickelbackHow You Remind Me [Silver Side Up]11,080,000
161. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesParadise City [Appetite for Destruction]11,050,000
162. 1979 – The PoliceMessage in a Bottle [Reggatta de Blanc]11,020,000
163. 1984 – SadeSmooth Operator [Diamond Life]11,020,000
164. 1987 – StingEnglishman in New York […Nothing Like the Sun]10,990,000
165. 2000 – Bon JoviIt’s My Life [Crush]10,990,000
166. 1987 – Fleetwood MacEverywhere [Tango In The Night]10,930,000
167. 1984 – Stevie WonderI Just Called to Say I Love You [The Woman in Red]10,810,000
168. 1973 – EaglesDesperado [Desperado]10,760,000
169. 1973 – The Rolling StonesAngie [Goats Head Soup]10,760,000
170. 1985 – Phil CollinsSussudio [No Jacket Required]10,760,000
171. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesKnockin’ on Heaven’s Door [Use Your Illusion II]10,740,000
172. 1979 – Pink FloydComfortably Numb [The Wall]10,740,000
173. 1984 – Wham!Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go [Make It Big]10,670,000
174. 1970 – Simon & GarfunkelCecilia [Bridge over Troubled Water]10,630,000
175. 1991 – EnyaCaribbean Blue [Shepherd Moons]10,590,000
176. 2000 – EminemThe Real Slim Shady [The Marshall Mathers LP]10,500,000
177. 1993 – Janet JacksonThat’s the Way Love Goes [Janet]10,360,000
178. 1997 – Shania TwainYou’re Still the One [Come On Over]10,320,000
179. 1956 – Elvis PresleyHound Dog [Orphan]10,300,000
180. 1995 – Mariah CareyFantasy [Daydream]10,280,000
181. 1994 – TLCWaterfalls [CrazySexyCool]10,210,000
182. 1999 – Destiny’s ChildSay My Name [The Writing’s on the Wall]10,200,000
183. 1981 – The PoliceEvery Little Thing She Does Is Magic [Ghost in the Machine]10,170,000
184. 2004 – James BluntYou’re Beautiful [Back to Bedlam]10,170,000
185. 1997 – Robbie WilliamsAngels [Life thru a Lens]10,160,000
186. 1970 – SantanaOye Como Va [Abraxas]10,150,000
187. 1971 – Led ZeppelinBlack Dog [Led Zeppelin IV]10,130,000
188. 1975 – Elton John & Kiki DeeDon’t Go Breaking My Heart [Rock of the Westies]10,100,000
189. 1986 – Paul SimonYou Can Call Me Al [Graceland]10,070,000
190. 1980 – Ozzy OsbourneCrazy Train [Blizzard of Ozz]10,040,000
191. 1996 – FugeesKilling Me Softly [The Score]9,980,000
192. 1995 – Michael JacksonThey Don’t Care About Us [HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I]9,940,000
193. 1993 – AerosmithCrazy [Get a Grip]9,940,000
194. 1963 – The BeatlesTwist and Shout [Please Please Me]9,890,000
195. 1964 – The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night [A Hard Day’s Night]9,860,000
196. 1975 – EaglesOne Of These Nights [One Of These Nights]9,840,000
197. 1977 – Bee GeesNight Fever [Saturday Night Fever]9,840,000
198. 1990 – Garth BrooksThe Thunder Rolls [No Fences]9,840,000
199. 2002 – Robbie WilliamsFeel [Escapology]9,820,000
200. 1977 – ABBATake a Chance on Me [The Album]9,780,000

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Bon

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

Hossein

Nah eminem has sold more records

L145

Eminem debuted in the 90s though

dery22

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

L145

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

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KantClark

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

ludaluda

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

linex-

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

Analord

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.

obro

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

Geoffrey

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 »

Mikko

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 »

Tommy

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

Al

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.

L145

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

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