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. 1996 – FugeesThe Score16,525,000
71. 1999 – Red Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication16,270,000
72. 2002 – Avril LavigneLet Go16,220,000
73. 1998 – MadonnaRay Of Light16,000,000
73. 1995 – Shania TwainThe Woman in Me16,000,000
75. 2006 – Amy WinehouseBack To Black15,940,000
76. 1994 – TLCCrazySexyCool15,900,000
77. 1988 – Metallica…And Justice For All15,840,000
78. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I15,800,000
79. 2008 – Lady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster15,745,000
80. 1981 – Phil CollinsFace Value15,640,000
81. 1998 – Lauryn HillThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill15,610,000
82. 1983 – Various ArtistsFlashdance15,590,000
83. 1978 – Van HalenVan Halen15,575,000
84. 2004 – UsherConfessions15,500,000
85. 1984 – Van Halen198415,440,000
86. 1972 – Neil YoungHarvest15,325,000
87. 1977 – Billy JoelThe Stranger15,300,000
87. 2000 – NSYNCNo Strings Attached15,300,000
89. 2004 – Green DayAmerican Idiot15,250,000
90. 1979 – AC/DCHighway to Hell15,150,000
91. 1983 – The PoliceSynchronicity15,050,000
92. 1970 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungDéjà Vu14,600,000
93. 1986 – Paul SimonGraceland14,570,000
94. 1999 – DidoNo Angel14,460,000
95. 1991 – Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik14,430,000
95. 2000 – EnyaA Day Without Rain14,430,000
97. 1965 – The BeatlesRubber Soul14,400,000
98. 1989 – MadonnaLike A Prayer14,275,000
99. 1990 – Mariah CareyMariah Carey14,050,000
100. 1984 – Wham!Make It Big14,000,000

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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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