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.

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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
481972TheDavid BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars8,550,00003/11/22
491971ImagineJohn LennonImagine8,220,00010/16/18
501976ABarbra StreisandA Star Is Born8,190,00003/16/18
511979ReggattaThe PoliceReggatta de Blanc8,120,00006/06/20
521972ExileThe Rolling StonesExile on Main St8,100,00002/10/22
531977ExodusBob MarleyExodus8,025,00011/21/17
541971MeddlePink FloydMeddle7,950,00006/18/17
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
781978KayaBob MarleyKaya5,925,00011/21/17
791975CaptainElton JohnCaptain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy5,910,00002/05/18
801978JazzQueenJazz5,840,00001/25/20
811970DeepDeep PurpleDeep Purple in Rock5,775,00008/18/21
821970AtomPink FloydAtom Heart Mother5,700,00006/18/17
831978DarknessBruce SpringsteenDarkness on the Edge of Town5,700,00007/07/17
841976ARod StewartA Night On The Town5,560,00011/23/19
851973Don'tElton JohnDon't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player5,460,00002/05/18
861971SantanaSantanaSantana III5,440,00008/05/20
871976AQueenA Day at the Races5,390,00001/25/20
881976RocksAerosmithRocks5,350,00006/01/18
891978PowerageAC/DCPowerage5,220,00002/20/18
901975AtlanticRod StewartAtlantic Crossing5,070,00011/23/19
911970BlackBlack SabbathBlack Sabbath4,910,00003/08/20
921973AladdinDavid BowieAladdin Sane4,900,00003/11/22
931971MasterBlack SabbathMaster of Reality4,810,00003/08/20
941971HunkyDavid BowieHunky Dory4,700,00003/11/22
951970BandJimi HendrixBand of Gypsys4,700,00012/21/21
961979SurvivalBob MarleySurvival4,600,00011/21/17
971976RastamanBob MarleyRastaman Vibration4,525,00011/21/17
981970PendulumCreedence Clearwater RevivalPendulum4,490,00001/31/19
991978InfinityJourneyInfinity4,420,00009/13/19
1001970McCartneyPaul McCartneyMcCartney4,310,00012/13/18
1011974OnEaglesOn The Border4,275,00012/20/17
1021974SheerQueenSheer Heart Attack4,240,00001/25/20
1031972CaravanseraiSantanaCaravanserai4,200,00008/05/20
1041977MoonflowerSantanaMoonflower4,145,00008/05/20
1051972Vol.Black SabbathVol. 44,120,00003/08/20
1061976BlackThe Rolling StonesBlack and Blue4,100,00002/10/22
1071974BurnDeep PurpleBurn4,060,00008/18/21
1081973SabbathBlack SabbathSabbath Bloody Sabbath4,030,00003/08/20
1091971RamPaul McCartney & Linda McCartneyRam3,960,00012/13/18
1101973GreetingsBruce SpringsteenGreetings from Asbury Park, N.J.3,950,00007/07/17
1111971ElvisElvis PresleyElvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas3,900,00009/01/18
1121976WingsWingsWings at the Speed of Sound3,890,00012/13/18
1131974GetAerosmithGet Your Wings3,880,00006/01/18
1141975Crisis?SupertrampCrisis? What Crisis?3,870,00008/13/19
1151972NeverRod StewartNever A Dull Moment3,870,00011/23/19
1161978LondonWingsLondon Town3,860,00012/13/18
1171977MoodyElvis PresleyMoody Blue3,820,00009/01/18
1181973DesperadoEaglesDesperado3,800,00012/20/17
1191979EvolutionJourneyEvolution3,770,00009/13/19
1201974CaribouElton JohnCaribou3,760,00002/05/18
1211974Fulfillingness'Stevie WonderFulfillingness' First Finale3,720,00003/20/21
1221974It?sThe Rolling StonesIt?s Only Rock ?n Roll3,700,00002/10/22
1231974DiamondDavid BowieDiamond Dogs3,650,00003/11/22
1241974NattyBob MarleyNatty Dread3,650,00011/21/17
1251972ObscuredPink FloydObscured by Clouds3,600,00006/18/17
1261975ABBAABBAABBA3,600,00011/02/16
1271979SlowBob DylanSlow Train Coming3,600,00012/14/21
1281971FireballDeep PurpleFireball3,565,00008/18/21
1291973TheBruce SpringsteenThe Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle3,550,00007/07/17
1301973AerosmithAerosmithAerosmith3,540,00006/01/18
1311975VenusWingsVenus and Mars3,470,00012/13/18
1321979StevieStevie WonderStevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants3,295,00003/20/21
1331972HonkyElton JohnHonky Château3,280,00002/05/18
1341975StillPaul SimonStill Crazy After All These Years3,270,00005/10/18
1351971MadmanElton JohnMadman Across the Water3,270,00002/05/18
1361974TheBarbra StreisandThe Way We Were3,260,00003/16/18
1371979RustNeil Young with Crazy HorseRust Never Sleeps3,220,00005/16/21
1381978StreetBob DylanStreet Legal3,200,00012/14/21
1391973Burnin'Bob MarleyBurnin'3,200,00011/21/17
1401973CatchBob MarleyCatch a Fire3,175,00011/21/17
1411978DestinyThe JacksonsDestiny3,150,00009/26/17
1421972PaulPaul SimonPaul Simon3,150,00005/10/18
1431973WhoDeep PurpleWho Do We Think We Are3,135,00008/18/21
1441973QueenQueenQueen3,120,00001/25/20
1451978ComesNeil YoungComes a Time3,100,00005/16/21
1461970JacksonJackson 5Jackson 5 Christmas Album3,075,00009/26/17
1471974QueenQueenQueen II3,060,00001/25/20
1481976ChildrenBee GeesChildren of the World3,000,00004/09/17
1491970JohnJohn LennonJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono Band2,990,00010/16/18
1501974StormbringerDeep PurpleStormbringer2,985,00008/18/21
1511972EaglesEaglesEagles2,950,00012/20/17
1521978AnThe DoorsAn American Prayer2,930,00003/03/19
1531977HeroesDavid BowieHeroes2,900,00003/11/22
1541976TurnstilesBilly JoelTurnstiles2,900,00011/03/21
1551975RockJohn LennonRock 'n' Roll2,820,00010/16/18
1561975MainBee GeesMain Course2,800,00004/09/17
1571979WetBarbra StreisandWet2,770,00003/16/18
1581973TherePaul SimonThere Goes Rhymin' Simon2,770,00005/10/18
1591973PinDavid BowiePin Ups2,750,00003/11/22
1601977DrawAerosmithDraw the Line2,740,00006/01/18
1611977SupermanBarbra StreisandSuperman2,720,00003/16/18
1621974WaterlooABBAWaterloo2,700,00011/02/16
1631976AmigosSantanaAmigos2,700,00008/05/20
1641975YoungDavid BowieYoung Americans2,650,00003/11/22
1651970EltonElton JohnElton John2,650,00002/05/18
1661976StationDavid BowieStation to Station2,600,00003/11/22
1671977LowDavid BowieLow2,600,00003/11/22
1681975SabotageBlack SabbathSabotage2,560,00003/08/20
1691970That'sElvis PresleyThat's the Way It Is2,420,00009/01/18
1701978AElton JohnA Single Man2,410,00002/05/18
1711976BlueElton JohnBlue Moves2,410,00002/05/18
1721974PlanetBob DylanPlanet Waves2,400,00012/14/21
1731971AFacesA Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse2,380,00011/23/19
1741974WallsJohn LennonWalls and Bridges2,310,00010/16/18
1751975RockElton JohnRock of the Westies2,290,00002/05/18
1761978InnerSantanaInner Secrets2,205,00008/05/20
1771970NewBob DylanNew Morning2,200,00012/14/21
1781973RedPaul McCartney & WingsRed Rose Speedway2,130,00012/13/18
1791974BorbolettaSantanaBorboletta2,130,00008/05/20
1801972BenMichael JacksonBen2,125,00009/27/17
1811970TumbleweedElton JohnTumbleweed Connection2,090,00002/05/18
1821979PrincePrincePrince2,080,00010/04/18
1831970ABCJackson 5ABC2,075,00009/26/17
1841972MusicStevie WonderMusic of My Mind2,060,00003/20/21
1851975ComeDeep PurpleCome Taste the Band2,010,00008/18/21
1861973MindJohn LennonMind Games2,010,00010/16/18
1871973PatBob DylanPat Garrett and Billy the Kid2,000,00012/14/21
1881979BackWingsBack to the Egg2,000,00012/13/18
1891974OnNeil YoungOn the Beach1,960,00005/16/21
1901970TheDavid BowieThe Man Who Sold the World1,900,00003/11/22
1911970ThirdJackson 5Third Album1,900,00009/26/17
1921975ZumaNeil Young with Crazy HorseZuma1,805,00005/16/21
1931970SelfBob DylanSelf Portrait1,800,00012/14/21
1941975TheBob DylanThe Basement Tapes1,800,00012/14/21
1951976TheThe JacksonsThe Jacksons1,800,00009/26/17
1961978SongbirdBarbra StreisandSongbird1,790,00003/16/18
1971974StreetlifeBilly JoelStreetlife Serenade1,700,00011/03/21
1981977AmericanNeil Young with Crazy HorseAmerican Stars 'n Bars1,655,00005/16/21
1991979LodgerDavid BowieLodger1,650,00003/11/22
2001972GotMichael JacksonGot to Be There1,600,00009/27/17
2011972MardiCreedence Clearwater RevivalMardi Gras1,570,00001/31/19
2021970GasolineRod StewartGasoline Alley1,530,00011/23/19
2031972HeElvis PresleyHe Touched Me1,400,00009/01/18
2041971StoneyBarbra StreisandStoney End1,380,00003/16/18
2051973OohFacesOoh La La1,380,00011/23/19
2061971ColdBilly JoelCold Spring Harbor1,100,00011/03/21
2071971Gypsys,CherGypsys, Tramps & Thieves1,000,00008/30/17
2081973RingABBARing Ring1,000,00011/02/16
2091971MaybeJackson 5Maybe Tomorrow975,00009/26/17
2101970SignedStevie WonderSigned Sealed & Delivered685,00003/20/21
2111976DerrièreJohnny HallydayDerrière L'Amour680,00001/01/18
2121971TrafalgarBee GeesTrafalgar600,00004/09/17

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Jsak

Is Neil Diamond missing on page 17?

ojd

yes, he hasn’t been studied, but he’s definitely sold a lot

Analord

“Please keep in mind that some artists are missing, because their analysis has not been done yet.”

I’m genuinely stunned by the amount of people who comment on articles without having read them, I think it’s literally most of the comments on the “Request Your Artists” page…

Jsak

I remembered it had been studied by confusing it with Neil Young

David

will you be updating michael jackson any time soon?

Mikko

Ajournal a. cross published list about artists who have sold their songs. Latest is Drake, maybe biggest star in world now, priced at 400 $ million and continues to be Universal company. And now Pink Floyd is just selling their songs. Very interesting. Lets say now is bit bad time, war in Ukraine, inflation among others. That’s running list: Bob Dylan 550$ million (400 $ million publishing), Bruce Springsteen 550 $ dollar. And next Drake 400 $ million. Neil Diamond, Sting, Paul Simon all about 300 $ million. Neil Young 150 $ million, David Bowie 250 $ million, only publishing… Read more »

Analord

“As you can see, no Divas.”

No Beatles or Michael Jackson either, so your attempt at trolling is likely to fail. Also, I’m pretty sure Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks qualify as “divas”.

Mikko

Ok, i will add. Madonna made a deal with Warner 2021, but the price had been kept quit. Why?Madonna’s composer partner sold her stake in the same deal.
No has rap music been worthy of investors until now, Drake.
Music business professionals will the help record company add value to the music. It is a auction and the one thats pays the most wins. I only write what i know. That’s it.

RS

I appreciate the work that you guys are doing. I can tell without a doubt that Chartmasters is the most accurate website for music statistics. I’ve read all your articles regarding formulas. All the formulas set are very well-thought. But I humbly disagree with some points that I think is a mistake and I would kindly like to mention them and I hope you will consider them: (1) Featured songs: It’s not correct to give equal value to lead songs and featured songs as only singing a few lines gives them the full value. For the featured artist, either it… Read more »

RS

Oh, another thing about features: In my humble opinion, feature of a singer under a DJ should be considered a lead song for the singer too as the singer sings the whole song in order to know the true popularity of the artist. It doesn’t make any difference when listening to the song whether the DJ is credited as lead, feature or as producer.

MJD

Hi RS! Thanks for the nice words and thanks for the clear and non-partisan views, this is the kind of critics which are pleasing to read! We are constantly thinking about adjustments as the market evolves. For example, I used to consider features were correctly considered, because the featured act gets only CSPC units from singles formats (physical, download, streams), while the lead artist got most of the units from album formats (the studio album, compilations, lives, videos). I often used the example of Love The Way You Lie, where Rihanna effectively had way less units from it than Eminem… Read more »

Lim Hyunjin

Where I live, I have to pay to use Spotify. On the other hand, YouTube allows me to listen to music for free. For this reason, many people will use YouTube instead of Spotify to listen to music. So I think the YouTube view rate and audio streaming rate should be the same. Thank you for your good comments. Whenever I entered Chartmaster, I always felt uncomfortable at the thought that the YouTube view rate was too low. Hopefully it will be improved in a reasonable way.

Last edited 10 days ago by Lim Hyunjin
Smiley

Just out of interest regarding ASR, is the baseline (Michael Jackson) being continually reevaluated as other artists are being updated?

I see, for example, that The Beatles are now up to 928. Is this against the baseline as it is now (May 2022) or from the date when Michael Jackson was first studied/calculated?

Thanks.

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