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. 1996 – Spice GirlsSpice21,900,000
43. 1985 – Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston21,900,000
43. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II21,900,000
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. 1995 – Shania TwainThe Woman in Me16,000,000
73. 1998 – MadonnaRay Of Light16,000,000
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. 1977 – Billy JoelThe Stranger15,300,000
86. 2000 – NSYNCNo Strings Attached15,300,000
88. 2004 – Green DayAmerican Idiot15,250,000
89. 1979 – AC/DCHighway to Hell15,150,000
90. 1983 – The PoliceSynchronicity15,050,000
91. 1986 – Paul SimonGraceland14,570,000
92. 1999 – DidoNo Angel14,460,000
93. 1991 – Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik14,430,000
93. 2000 – EnyaA Day Without Rain14,430,000
95. 1965 – The BeatlesRubber Soul14,400,000
96. 1989 – MadonnaLike A Prayer14,275,000
97. 1990 – Mariah CareyMariah Carey14,050,000
98. 1984 – Wham!Make It Big14,000,000
99. 1986 – MetallicaMaster Of Puppets13,980,000
100. 1997 – Spice GirlsSpiceworld13,950,000

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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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