Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

1996/1997 - History Tour, Billie Jean

Albums Ranking – Raw sales – Studio albums

This list is about studio albums only. Compilations, lives and box sets are not considered here. 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. 1982 – Michael JacksonThriller65,800,000
2. 1973 – Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon43,300,000
3. 1992 – Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard41,100,000
4. 1978 – Various ArtistsGrease38,100,000
5. 1971 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV36,800,000
6. 1980 – AC/DCBack in Black35,810,000
7. 1977 – Fleetwood MacRumours35,500,000
8. 1977 – Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever34,800,000
9. 1987 – Michael JacksonBad33,600,000
10. 1995 – Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill33,570,000
11. 1997 – Shania TwainCome On Over33,500,000
12. 1979 – Pink FloydThe Wall31,300,000
13. 1985 – Dire StraitsBrothers in Arms30,850,000
14. 1991 – MetallicaMetallica30,790,000
15. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction30,770,000
16. 2011 – Adele2130,140,000
17. 1976 – EaglesHotel California30,050,000
18. 1987 – Dirty DancingDirty Dancing29,970,000
19. 1997 – Céline DionLet’s Talk About Love29,800,000
20. 1991 – Michael JacksonDangerous29,550,000
21. 1984 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.29,300,000
22. 1997 – James HornerTitanic28,510,000
23. 1996 – Céline DionFalling Into You28,100,000
24. 1991 – NirvanaNevermind27,750,000
25. 1977 – Meat LoafBat Out of Hell27,410,000
26. 1987 – U2The Joshua Tree26,800,000
27. 1969 – The BeatlesAbbey Road26,700,000
28. 1993 – Mariah CareyMusic Box26,100,000
29. 1999 – SantanaSupernatural25,990,000
30. 1967 – The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band24,800,000
31. 2002 – Norah JonesCome Away With Me23,900,000
32. 1999 – Backstreet BoysMillennium23,800,000
33. 1999 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time23,735,000
34. 1986 – Bon JoviSlippery When Wet23,600,000
35. 1985 – Phil CollinsNo Jacket Required23,310,000
36. 2000 – EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP23,290,000
37. 1984 – Prince and the RevolutionsPurple Rain23,030,000
38. 2002 – EminemThe Eminem Show22,950,000
39. 1986 – MadonnaTrue Blue22,550,000
40. 1988 – Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman22,470,000
41. 1976 – BostonBoston22,430,000
42. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here22,300,000
43. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II21,900,000
43. 1985 – Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston21,900,000
43. 1996 – Spice GirlsSpice21,900,000
46. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin21,250,000
47. 1989 – Phil Collins…But Seriously20,810,000
48. 2000 – Linkin ParkHybrid Theory20,800,000
49. 2015 – Adele2520,410,000
50. 1995 – Mariah CareyDaydream19,900,000
51. 1987 – Whitney HoustonWhitney19,800,000
52. 1994 – Green DayDookie19,750,000
53. 1970 – Simon & GarfunkelBridge over Troubled Water19,580,000
54. 1979 – Michael JacksonOff the Wall19,425,000
55. 1968 – The BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)19,000,000
56. 2000 – Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again18,935,000
57. 1987 – George MichaelFaith18,850,000
58. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion II18,800,000
59. 1995 – Michael JacksonHIStory: Past, Present and Future18,625,000
60. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I18,010,000
61. 1995 – No DoubtTragic Kingdom17,870,000
62. 1994 – The CranberriesNo Need to Argue17,840,000
63. 1973 – Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy17,700,000
64. 1995 – Oasis(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?17,660,000
65. 1991 – U2Achtung Baby17,500,000
66. 1979 – SupertrampBreakfast in America16,760,000
67. 2003 – EvanescenceFallen16,730,000
68. 1990 – Garth BrooksNo Fences16,640,000
69. 1993 – Céline DionThe Colour Of My Love16,600,000
70. 1999 – Red Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication16,270,000
71. 2002 – Avril LavigneLet Go16,220,000
72. 1998 – MadonnaRay Of Light16,000,000
72. 1995 – Shania TwainThe Woman in Me16,000,000
74. 2006 – Amy WinehouseBack To Black15,940,000
75. 1994 – TLCCrazySexyCool15,900,000
76. 1988 – Metallica…And Justice For All15,840,000
77. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I15,800,000
78. 2008 – Lady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster15,745,000
79. 1981 – Phil CollinsFace Value15,640,000
80. 1983 – Various ArtistsFlashdance15,590,000
81. 1978 – Van HalenVan Halen15,575,000
82. 2004 – UsherConfessions15,500,000
83. 1984 – Van Halen198415,440,000
84. 2000 – NSYNCNo Strings Attached15,300,000
84. 1977 – Billy JoelThe Stranger15,300,000
86. 2004 – Green DayAmerican Idiot15,250,000
87. 1979 – AC/DCHighway to Hell15,150,000
88. 1983 – The PoliceSynchronicity15,050,000
89. 1986 – Paul SimonGraceland14,570,000
90. 1999 – DidoNo Angel14,460,000
91. 2000 – EnyaA Day Without Rain14,430,000
91. 1991 – Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik14,430,000
93. 1965 – The BeatlesRubber Soul14,400,000
94. 1989 – MadonnaLike A Prayer14,275,000
95. 1990 – Mariah CareyMariah Carey14,050,000
96. 1984 – Wham!Make It Big14,000,000
97. 1986 – MetallicaMaster Of Puppets13,980,000
98. 1997 – Spice GirlsSpiceworld13,950,000
99. 1988 – Bon JoviNew Jersey13,900,000
100. 2002 – ColdplayA Rush Of Blood To The Head13,840,000

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Rodriguez18

I’m hoping you guys can add Luis Miguel to this list. He’s a legacy artist with over 4.5 billion streams on Spotify which is insane.

Mikko

Shakira is the latest superstar singer-songwriter to sell her copyright-publishment catalogue. Shakira sold 100% of her rights to Hipgnosis Songs Fund limited. The sales comprises 145 songs including global smashes like “Whenever, whenever”, “Hips dont lie”. Being a songwriter is an accomplishment that i consider equal to and perhaps even greater than being singer and an artist. Calvin Harris sold all his songwiting and publishment rights for 90 million dollar. About 400 artists has sold their songs to private investment group. Half dozen or so companies who are buing up to catalogues of successful artists (songwriters). The artist gets a… Read more »

Valeria

This means that BTS has sold 50M of albums worldwide???? 50M album units worldwide?

linex-

Please do blackpink

KingRickyMartin

Please calculate Ricky Martin’s sales

Tony

‘Greatest Hits’ Tops 2020 Catalogue Chart In USAMore good news for Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’! The 1981 compilation album was the biggest selling catalogue album in the US for 2020, outselling Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and The Beatles!

Mikko

Streaming services currently make some songwriters rich. Most recently Neil Young sold 50 % of his songwritings and publishment rights for $150 m. Stevie Nicks sold her rights for $100 million to Private Wave investment firm like Young. Catalogue prizes have risen maybe 3‐5 times in recent years. “It’s no secret that the art of songwriting is fundamental key to the all great music”, said Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge. It’s rare today, that one person do everything, songs, publishment, singing, produce.. It’s usual that4 or 5 person make songwriting and many people is doing another parts of music. It… Read more »

Steve

The four big pictures should be The Beatles, Elvis, Jakson, and Queen.

deekennj

UPDATE MARIAH CAREY PLEASE

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