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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1950s1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
1960s1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
1980s1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
2000s2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
2010s2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
2020s202020212022
#YearCoverArtistAlbumAlbum SalesAs Of
11980BackAC/DCBack in Black35,810,00002/20/18
21980GuiltyBarbra StreisandGuilty13,140,00003/16/18
31980GlassBilly JoelGlass Houses11,000,00011/03/21
41980TheBruce SpringsteenThe River10,050,00007/07/17
51980DoubleJohn Lennon & Yoko OnoDouble Fantasy9,920,00010/16/18
61980TheQueenThe Game9,330,00001/25/20
71980ZenyattaThe PoliceZenyatta Mondatta8,820,00006/06/20
81980SuperABBASuper Trouper8,200,00011/02/16
91980HotterStevie WonderHotter than July7,435,00003/20/21
101980BlizzardOzzy OsbourneBlizzard of Ozz7,370,00003/12/20
111980MakingDire StraitsMaking Movies7,040,00003/23/18
121980UprisingBob MarleyUprising7,025,00011/21/17
131980EmotionalThe Rolling StonesEmotional Rescue5,700,00002/10/22
141980WomenVan HalenWomen and Children First5,385,00008/14/20
151980DukeGenesisDuke4,940,00005/25/22
161980IronIron MaidenIron Maiden4,175,00011/12/21
171980DepartureJourneyDeparture3,810,00009/13/19
181980BoyU2Boy3,700,00009/18/21
191980ScaryDavid BowieScary Monsters (And Super Creeps)3,450,00003/11/22
201980HeavenBlack SabbathHeaven and Hell3,440,00003/08/20
211980FlashQueenFlash Gordon3,110,00001/25/20
221980TriumphThe JacksonsTriumph3,075,00009/26/17
231980FoolishRod StewartFoolish Behaviour2,900,00011/23/19
241980McCartneyPaul McCartneyMcCartney II2,340,00012/13/18
251980DirtyPrinceDirty Mind1,540,00010/04/18
261980One-TrickPaul SimonOne-Trick Pony1,430,00005/10/18
27198021Elton John21 at 331,400,00002/05/18

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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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