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. 1972 – Neil YoungHeart of Gold [Harvest]10,950,000
167. 1987 – Fleetwood MacEverywhere [Tango In The Night]10,930,000
168. 1984 – Stevie WonderI Just Called to Say I Love You [The Woman in Red]10,810,000
169. 1973 – EaglesDesperado [Desperado]10,760,000
170. 1973 – The Rolling StonesAngie [Goats Head Soup]10,760,000
171. 1985 – Phil CollinsSussudio [No Jacket Required]10,760,000
172. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesKnockin’ on Heaven’s Door [Use Your Illusion II]10,740,000
173. 1979 – Pink FloydComfortably Numb [The Wall]10,740,000
174. 1984 – Wham!Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go [Make It Big]10,670,000
175. 1970 – Simon & GarfunkelCecilia [Bridge over Troubled Water]10,630,000
176. 1991 – EnyaCaribbean Blue [Shepherd Moons]10,590,000
177. 2000 – EminemThe Real Slim Shady [The Marshall Mathers LP]10,500,000
178. 2008 – ColdplayViva La Vida [Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends]10,380,000
179. 1993 – Janet JacksonThat’s the Way Love Goes [Janet]10,360,000
180. 1997 – Shania TwainYou’re Still the One [Come On Over]10,320,000
181. 1956 – Elvis PresleyHound Dog [Orphan]10,300,000
182. 1995 – Mariah CareyFantasy [Daydream]10,280,000
183. 1994 – TLCWaterfalls [CrazySexyCool]10,210,000
184. 1999 – Destiny’s ChildSay My Name [The Writing’s on the Wall]10,200,000
185. 1981 – The PoliceEvery Little Thing She Does Is Magic [Ghost in the Machine]10,170,000
186. 2004 – James BluntYou’re Beautiful [Back to Bedlam]10,170,000
187. 1997 – Robbie WilliamsAngels [Life thru a Lens]10,160,000
188. 1970 – SantanaOye Como Va [Abraxas]10,150,000
189. 1971 – Led ZeppelinBlack Dog [Led Zeppelin IV]10,130,000
190. 1975 – Elton John & Kiki DeeDon’t Go Breaking My Heart [Rock of the Westies]10,100,000
191. 1986 – Paul SimonYou Can Call Me Al [Graceland]10,070,000
192. 1980 – Ozzy OsbourneCrazy Train [Blizzard of Ozz]10,040,000
193. 1996 – FugeesKilling Me Softly [The Score]9,980,000
194. 1995 – Michael JacksonThey Don’t Care About Us [HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I]9,940,000
195. 1993 – AerosmithCrazy [Get a Grip]9,940,000
196. 1963 – The BeatlesTwist and Shout [Please Please Me]9,890,000
197. 1964 – The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night [A Hard Day’s Night]9,860,000
198. 1975 – EaglesOne Of These Nights [One Of These Nights]9,840,000
199. 1977 – Bee GeesNight Fever [Saturday Night Fever]9,840,000
200. 1990 – Garth BrooksThe Thunder Rolls [No Fences]9,840,000

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ROMANN

Hey chartmasters, June 26 marks the ariana grande’s 28th anniversary. She sets major records in the music industry and is one of the most successful female artist of all time.

In celebration of that can u please update her career sales and streaming total?

Jazz

She might be in the future but dont think she is right now. In this list alone there are 24 women above her. And that doesnt include acts that havent been studied yet like Diana Ross, Olivia Newton John, Donna Summer, etc. Which would probably pass her too.

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Mikko

Hej. MJD did a comprehensive analysis of Bob Dylan’s sales 20/10.2016, week after Dylan won the Nobel literature prize, background work had probably been done over the years.
The Nobel is the prestigious award in the world. Dylan climbed in one fell swoop with Faulkner, Heminway, Steinbeck, into heavy weight series.
Dylan is said to have earned royalties up to $20 million per year, much from cover versions, Feel my love, Watchtower, Heavens door..

It would be nice to have an estimate of Dylan own current sales.
In “Discogs” Dylan is “most collected” artist before Beatles and David Bowie.

Fanofpop

https://chartmasters.org/2016/10/cspc-bob-dylan-popularity-analysis/
Isn’t this his sales?
I don’t think it would’ve changed by a significant amount since 2016. Especially coz streams are automatically updated.

Mikko

That gets $ 15-20 million royalties per year, needs to sell quite nicely. Dylan made biggest deal ever 12/2020, amount was 400 $ million only publishing rights. Premium-rate stuff. Hardly record company charity does.

Analord

“Update Bob Dylan” is better than “Update Ariana Grande”, that said I don’t see why he should be a priority over The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd…etc.

Clockingbell

I think an update on legacy acts should be done when an artist’s total rises enough to ensure a rise of a couple of places (or just 1 in the top 10) on the all-time best sellers list or a significant rise for a huge album. That would allow Fleetwood Mac (Rumours!), AC/DC, Bob Marley or maybe Nirvana or Oasis to be updated sooner than Beatles, Floyd or Zep, although I would like to see them be updated as well

Mikko

Let me tell you one thing. Led Zeppelin royalties 2011-2016 was 58,5 dollars to 12 million per year. That is 5 year. Dylan royalties was up to 20 million per year. Many of the bands you mentions are dead. Dylan “Rough ways” realisead last year and was number one in USA, UK, Germany.. really global success. Dylan still going strong.

Clockingbell

I’m not denying this (haven’t said anything about Dylan), but in absolute numbers, he’s not increasing that much and doesn’t have really big albums to be updated, that’s all

Analord

So he had one album last year that sold, what, 300k ? Who cares, albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Abbey Road or Rumours sell more than that every year, not to mention their massive streaming numbers.

And Led Zeppelin’s catalog is obviously much more popular than Dylan’s. Those “$58.5m in royalties” have to do with Stairway To Heaven, and as you said yourself Dylan’s royalties have a lot to do with covers (Adele, Hendrix, Guns N Roses…etc.).

Mikko

Red Hot Chilly Peppers sold publishing rights to Hipgnosis Merck Mercuriadis, most hated man business (cause he pay more than others). Chilly Peppers royalties per year was 5-6 million dollars and normal factor is 5-20, but they got 23, and 23×6= 140 million dollars. And remember Led Zeppelin annual royalties is average 12 million dollars. I looked through the European album charts. +UK and Germany, France, Netherland, Italy, Spain Sweden almost every country. Led Zeppelin last entries end just in 2016. Zeppelin Oricon charts was very strong and records was big, expencive boxs. Oasis, almost nothing but Music Week’s UK… Read more »

Analord

ok

ChartGod

wayyy too wrong. Dark Horse sold less than Hot N Cold and I Kissed a Girl 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Adele with the best-selling single, even digitally, in 2017 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Jazz

https://chartmasters.org/2019/06/katy-perry-albums-and-songs-sales/

Actually no. Dark horse is bigger than hot n cold as per this website. Also Dark Horse is still growing faster than Hot N Cold and it will only move further and bigger than Hot N Cold. Plus, according to Youtube views. I Kissed A Girl total official video youtube views all 220 million while Hot N Cold are at 1 billion already. So if anybody is wrong here it is u.

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