Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

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.

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#YearCoverArtistAlbumAlbum SalesAs Of
11973ThePink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon43,300,00006/18/17
21978GreaseVarious ArtistsGrease38,100,00009/14/21
31971LedLed ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV36,800,00009/07/21
41977RumoursFleetwood MacRumours35,500,00010/21/21
51977SaturdayBee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever34,800,00004/09/17
61979ThePink FloydThe Wall31,300,00006/18/17
71976HotelEaglesHotel California30,050,00012/20/17
81977BatMeat LoafBat Out of Hell27,410,00006/16/18
91976BostonBostonBoston22,430,00006/01/19
101975WishPink FloydWish You Were Here22,300,00006/18/17
111970BridgeSimon & GarfunkelBridge over Troubled Water19,580,00005/11/18
121979OffMichael JacksonOff the Wall19,425,00009/27/17
131973HousesLed ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy17,700,00009/07/21
141979BreakfastSupertrampBreakfast in America16,760,00008/13/19
151978VanVan HalenVan Halen15,575,00008/14/20
161972HarvestNeil YoungHarvest15,325,00005/16/21
171977TheBilly JoelThe Stranger15,300,00011/03/21
181979HighwayAC/DCHighway to Hell15,150,00002/20/18
191970DéjàCrosby, Stills, Nash & YoungDéjà Vu [CSNY]14,600,00005/16/21
201970LedLed ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III13,700,00009/07/21
211975PhysicalLed ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti13,400,00009/07/21
22197852ndBilly Joel52nd Street13,300,00011/03/21
231973GoodbyeElton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road12,510,00002/05/18
241977AnimalsPink FloydAnimals12,150,00006/18/17
251970LetThe BeatlesLet It Be11,900,00004/17/22
261970AbraxasSantanaAbraxas11,870,00008/05/20
271979SpiritsBee GeesSpirits Having Flown11,700,00004/09/17
281976SongsStevie WonderSongs in the Key of Life11,600,00003/20/21
291979InLed ZeppelinIn Through The Out Door11,500,00009/07/21
301975AQueenA Night at the Opera11,400,00001/25/20
311978SomeThe Rolling StonesSome Girls11,300,00002/10/22
321979TheEaglesThe Long Run11,150,00012/20/17
331976DirtyAC/DCDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap10,970,00002/20/18
341976ArrivalABBAArrival10,800,00011/02/16
351975BornBruce SpringsteenBorn to Run10,700,00007/07/17
361978Don'tBostonDon't Look Back10,470,00006/01/19
371978DireDire StraitsDire Straits10,320,00003/23/18
381975ToysAerosmithToys in the Attic10,180,00006/01/18
391971L.A.The DoorsL.A. Woman10,130,00003/03/19
401970ParanoidBlack SabbathParanoid9,920,00003/08/20
411977NewsQueenNews of the World9,540,00001/25/20
421975FleetwoodFleetwood MacFleetwood Mac9,400,00010/21/21
431971StickyThe Rolling StonesSticky Fingers9,350,00002/10/22
441972MachineDeep PurpleMachine Head9,045,00008/18/21
451970Cosmo'sCreedence Clearwater RevivalCosmo's Factory9,030,00001/31/19
461974CrimeSupertrampCrime of the Century8,720,00008/13/19
471973BandPaul McCartney & WingsBand on the Run8,630,00012/13/18
481971ImagineJohn LennonImagine8,220,00010/16/18
491976ABarbra StreisandA Star Is Born8,190,00003/16/18
501979ReggattaThe PoliceReggatta de Blanc8,120,00006/06/20
511972ExileThe Rolling StonesExile on Main St8,100,00002/10/22
521977ExodusBob MarleyExodus8,025,00011/21/17
531971MeddlePink FloydMeddle7,950,00006/18/17
541977SlowhandEric ClaptonSlowhand7,800,00009/21/22
551976DesireBob DylanDesire7,700,00012/14/21
561976HighAC/DCHigh Voltage7,550,00002/20/18
571978BlondesRod StewartBlondes Have More Fun7,540,00011/23/19
581971EveryRod StewartEvery Picture Tells A Story7,430,00011/23/19
591976PresenceLed ZeppelinPresence7,300,00009/07/21
601979VanVan HalenVan Halen II7,225,00008/14/20
611977TheABBAThe Album7,200,00011/02/16
621975OneEaglesOne Of These Nights7,175,00012/20/17
631970MorrisonThe DoorsMorrison Hotel7,130,00003/03/19
641973InnervisionsStevie WonderInnervisions7,110,00003/20/21
651979Voulez-VousABBAVoulez-Vous7,000,00011/02/16
661979CommuniquéDire StraitsCommuniqué6,870,00003/23/18
671975BloodBob DylanBlood on the Tracks6,800,00012/14/21
681973PianoBilly JoelPiano Man6,700,00011/03/21
691970AfterNeil YoungAfter the Gold Rush6,670,00005/16/21
701979TuskFleetwood MacTusk6,600,00010/21/21
711972TalkingStevie WonderTalking Book6,505,00003/20/21
721977FootRod StewartFoot Loose & Fancy Free6,480,00011/23/19
731977EvenSupertrampEven in the Quietest Moments?6,370,00008/13/19
741973GoatsThe Rolling StonesGoats Head Soup6,350,00002/10/22
751977CSNCrosby, Stills & NashCSN [CSN]6,350,00005/16/21
761978OutlandosThe PoliceOutlandos d'Amour6,250,00006/06/20
771977LetAC/DCLet There Be Rock6,200,00002/20/18
781970LaylaDerek and the DominosLayla and Other Assorted Love Songs6,040,00009/21/22
791978KayaBob MarleyKaya5,925,00011/21/17
801975CaptainElton JohnCaptain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy5,910,00002/05/18
811978JazzQueenJazz5,840,00001/25/20
821970DeepDeep PurpleDeep Purple in Rock5,775,00008/18/21
831978DarknessBruce SpringsteenDarkness on the Edge of Town5,700,00007/07/17
841970AtomPink FloydAtom Heart Mother5,700,00006/18/17
851974461Eric Clapton461 Ocean Boulevard5,670,00009/21/22
861976ARod StewartA Night On The Town5,560,00011/23/19
871973Don'tElton JohnDon't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player5,460,00002/05/18
881971SantanaSantanaSantana III5,440,00008/05/20
891976AQueenA Day at the Races5,390,00001/25/20
901976RocksAerosmithRocks5,350,00006/01/18
911978PowerageAC/DCPowerage5,220,00002/20/18
921975AtlanticRod StewartAtlantic Crossing5,070,00011/23/19
931970BlackBlack SabbathBlack Sabbath4,910,00003/08/20
941973AladdinDavid BowieAladdin Sane4,900,00003/11/22
951971MasterBlack SabbathMaster of Reality4,810,00003/08/20
961970BandJimi HendrixBand of Gypsys4,700,00012/21/21
971971HunkyDavid BowieHunky Dory4,700,00003/11/22
981973SellingGenesisSelling England by the Pound4,665,00005/25/22
991978...AndGenesis...And Then There Were Three...4,640,00005/25/22
1001979SurvivalBob MarleySurvival4,600,00011/21/17
1011976RastamanBob MarleyRastaman Vibration4,525,00011/21/17
1021970PendulumCreedence Clearwater RevivalPendulum4,490,00001/31/19
1031978InfinityJourneyInfinity4,420,00009/13/19
1041970McCartneyPaul McCartneyMcCartney4,310,00012/13/18
1051974OnEaglesOn The Border4,275,00012/20/17
1061974SheerQueenSheer Heart Attack4,240,00001/25/20
1071972CaravanseraiSantanaCaravanserai4,200,00008/05/20
1081977MoonflowerSantanaMoonflower4,145,00008/05/20
1091972Vol.Black SabbathVol. 44,120,00003/08/20
1101976BlackThe Rolling StonesBlack and Blue4,100,00002/10/22
1111974BurnDeep PurpleBurn4,060,00008/18/21
1121973SabbathBlack SabbathSabbath Bloody Sabbath4,030,00003/08/20
1131976AGenesisA Trick of the Tail4,010,00005/25/22
1141971RamPaul McCartney & Linda McCartneyRam3,960,00012/13/18
1151973GreetingsBruce SpringsteenGreetings from Asbury Park, N.J.3,950,00007/07/17
1161971ElvisElvis PresleyElvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas3,900,00009/01/18
1171976WingsWingsWings at the Speed of Sound3,890,00012/13/18
1181974GetAerosmithGet Your Wings3,880,00006/01/18
1191972NeverRod StewartNever A Dull Moment3,870,00011/23/19
1201975Crisis?SupertrampCrisis? What Crisis?3,870,00008/13/19
1211978LondonWingsLondon Town3,860,00012/13/18
1221977MoodyElvis PresleyMoody Blue3,820,00009/01/18
1231973DesperadoEaglesDesperado3,800,00012/20/17
1241979EvolutionJourneyEvolution3,770,00009/13/19
1251974CaribouElton JohnCaribou3,760,00002/05/18
1261974TheGenesisThe Lamb Lies Down on Broadway3,760,00005/25/22
1271974Fulfillingness'Stevie WonderFulfillingness' First Finale3,720,00003/20/21
1281974It?sThe Rolling StonesIt?s Only Rock ?n Roll3,700,00002/10/22
1291974DiamondDavid BowieDiamond Dogs3,650,00003/11/22
1301974NattyBob MarleyNatty Dread3,650,00011/21/17
1311972ObscuredPink FloydObscured by Clouds3,600,00006/18/17
1321979SlowBob DylanSlow Train Coming3,600,00012/14/21
1331975ABBAABBAABBA3,600,00011/02/16
1341971FireballDeep PurpleFireball3,565,00008/18/21
1351973TheBruce SpringsteenThe Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle3,550,00007/07/17
1361973AerosmithAerosmithAerosmith3,540,00006/01/18
1371975VenusWingsVenus and Mars3,470,00012/13/18
1381976WindGenesisWind & Wuthering3,470,00005/25/22
1391979StevieStevie WonderStevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants3,295,00003/20/21
1401972HonkyElton JohnHonky Château3,280,00002/05/18
1411971MadmanElton JohnMadman Across the Water3,270,00002/05/18
1421975StillPaul SimonStill Crazy After All These Years3,270,00005/10/18
1431974TheBarbra StreisandThe Way We Were3,260,00003/16/18
1441979RustNeil Young with Crazy HorseRust Never Sleeps3,220,00005/16/21
1451972FoxtrotGenesisFoxtrot3,215,00005/25/22
1461978StreetBob DylanStreet Legal3,200,00012/14/21
1471973Burnin'Bob MarleyBurnin'3,200,00011/21/17
1481973CatchBob MarleyCatch a Fire3,175,00011/21/17
1491978DestinyThe JacksonsDestiny3,150,00009/26/17
1501972PaulPaul SimonPaul Simon3,150,00005/10/18
1511973WhoDeep PurpleWho Do We Think We Are3,135,00008/18/21
1521973QueenQueenQueen3,120,00001/25/20
1531978ComesNeil YoungComes a Time3,100,00005/16/21
1541970JacksonJackson 5Jackson 5 Christmas Album3,075,00009/26/17
1551974QueenQueenQueen II3,060,00001/25/20
1561976ChildrenBee GeesChildren of the World3,000,00004/09/17
1571970JohnJohn LennonJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono Band2,990,00010/16/18
1581974StormbringerDeep PurpleStormbringer2,985,00008/18/21
1591978BacklessEric ClaptonBackless2,960,00009/21/22
1601972EaglesEaglesEagles2,950,00012/20/17
1611971NurseryGenesisNursery Cryme2,930,00005/25/22
1621978AnThe DoorsAn American Prayer2,930,00003/03/19
1631977HeroesDavid BowieHeroes2,900,00003/11/22
1641976TurnstilesBilly JoelTurnstiles2,900,00011/03/21
1651975RockJohn LennonRock 'n' Roll2,820,00010/16/18
1661975MainBee GeesMain Course2,800,00004/09/17
1671979WetBarbra StreisandWet2,770,00003/16/18
1681973TherePaul SimonThere Goes Rhymin' Simon2,770,00005/10/18
1691973PinDavid BowiePin Ups2,750,00003/11/22
1701977DrawAerosmithDraw the Line2,740,00006/01/18
1711977SupermanBarbra StreisandSuperman2,720,00003/16/18
1721974WaterlooABBAWaterloo2,700,00011/02/16
1731976AmigosSantanaAmigos2,700,00008/05/20
1741975YoungDavid BowieYoung Americans2,650,00003/11/22
1751970EltonElton JohnElton John2,650,00002/05/18
1761976StationDavid BowieStation to Station2,600,00003/11/22
1771977LowDavid BowieLow2,600,00003/11/22
1781975SabotageBlack SabbathSabotage2,560,00003/08/20
1791970That'sElvis PresleyThat's the Way It Is2,420,00009/01/18
1801978AElton JohnA Single Man2,410,00002/05/18
1811976BlueElton JohnBlue Moves2,410,00002/05/18
1821974PlanetBob DylanPlanet Waves2,400,00012/14/21
1831971AFacesA Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse2,380,00011/23/19
1841974WallsJohn LennonWalls and Bridges2,310,00010/16/18
1851975RockElton JohnRock of the Westies2,290,00002/05/18
1861978InnerSantanaInner Secrets2,205,00008/05/20
1871970NewBob DylanNew Morning2,200,00012/14/21
1881974BorbolettaSantanaBorboletta2,130,00008/05/20
1891973RedPaul McCartney & WingsRed Rose Speedway2,130,00012/13/18
1901972BenMichael JacksonBen2,125,00009/27/17
1911970TumbleweedElton JohnTumbleweed Connection2,090,00002/05/18
1921979PrincePrincePrince2,080,00010/04/18
1931970ABCJackson 5ABC2,075,00009/26/17
1941972MusicStevie WonderMusic of My Mind2,060,00003/20/21
1951970EricEric ClaptonEric Clapton2,060,00009/21/22
1961975ComeDeep PurpleCome Taste the Band2,010,00008/18/21
1971970TrespassGenesisTrespass2,010,00005/25/22
1981973MindJohn LennonMind Games2,010,00010/16/18
1991979BackWingsBack to the Egg2,000,00012/13/18
2001973PatBob DylanPat Garrett and Billy the Kid2,000,00012/14/21
2011974OnNeil YoungOn the Beach1,960,00005/16/21
2021970TheDavid BowieThe Man Who Sold the World1,900,00003/11/22
2031970ThirdJackson 5Third Album1,900,00009/26/17
2041975ZumaNeil Young with Crazy HorseZuma1,805,00005/16/21
2051976TheThe JacksonsThe Jacksons1,800,00009/26/17
2061970SelfBob DylanSelf Portrait1,800,00012/14/21
2071975TheBob DylanThe Basement Tapes1,800,00012/14/21
2081978SongbirdBarbra StreisandSongbird1,790,00003/16/18
2091974StreetlifeBilly JoelStreetlife Serenade1,700,00011/03/21
2101977AmericanNeil Young with Crazy HorseAmerican Stars 'n Bars1,655,00005/16/21
2111979LodgerDavid BowieLodger1,650,00003/11/22
2121972GotMichael JacksonGot to Be There1,600,00009/27/17
2131972MardiCreedence Clearwater RevivalMardi Gras1,570,00001/31/19
2141970GasolineRod StewartGasoline Alley1,530,00011/23/19
2151972HeElvis PresleyHe Touched Me1,400,00009/01/18
2161971StoneyBarbra StreisandStoney End1,380,00003/16/18
2171973OohFacesOoh La La1,380,00011/23/19
2181971ColdBilly JoelCold Spring Harbor1,100,00011/03/21
2191973RingABBARing Ring1,000,00011/02/16
2201971Gypsys,CherGypsys, Tramps & Thieves1,000,00008/30/17
2211971MaybeJackson 5Maybe Tomorrow975,00009/26/17
2221970SignedStevie WonderSigned Sealed & Delivered685,00003/20/21
2231976DerrièreJohnny HallydayDerrière L'Amour680,00001/01/18
2241971TrafalgarBee GeesTrafalgar600,00004/09/17

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futiledevices

why “red (taylor’s version)” isn’t included

Ultimate

In Page 5, in Digital Singles Sales

The likes of Maroon 5 and Eminem numbers are increasing while Lady Gaga and Adele are still the same. Taking note that they which are supposed to be top 2 in the first place. The update supposed to be all of such lists.
Can the admins answer this question?

Jazz

Adele and Lady Gaga are both increasing. A few years back Adele was at 80 million, Gaga was at 60 million. Now Adele at 102 and Gaga 77. Eminem and Maroon 5 just have better streaming figures.

Paviurso

Why is Adele’s 30 not among the albums with the most pure sales? if they have even given it a Guinness World Record for selling 5M of pure units in 2021

Yefersonc_28

Actualicen a billie

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