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
11982ThrillerMichael JacksonThriller65,800,00009/27/17
21980BackAC/DCBack in Black35,810,00002/20/18
31987BadMichael JacksonBad33,600,00009/27/17
41985BrothersDire StraitsBrothers in Arms30,850,00003/23/18
51987AppetiteGuns N' RosesAppetite For Destruction30,770,00003/01/18
61987DirtyDirty DancingDirty Dancing29,970,00001/13/18
71984BornBruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.29,300,00007/07/17
81987TheU2The Joshua Tree26,800,00009/18/21
91986SlipperyBon JoviSlippery When Wet23,600,00001/28/22
101985NoPhil CollinsNo Jacket Required23,310,00004/11/18
111984PurplePrince and the RevolutionsPurple Rain23,030,00010/04/18
121986TrueMadonnaTrue Blue22,550,00008/20/17
131988TracyTracy ChapmanTracy Chapman22,470,00006/25/19
141985WhitneyWhitney HoustonWhitney Houston21,900,00005/04/17
151984LikeMadonnaLike A Virgin21,250,00008/20/17
161989?ButPhil Collins?But Seriously20,810,00004/11/18
171987WhitneyWhitney HoustonWhitney19,800,00005/04/17
181987FaithGeorge MichaelFaith18,850,00005/06/17
191988?AndMetallica?And Justice For All15,840,00002/13/19
201981FacePhil CollinsFace Value15,640,00004/11/18
211983FlashdanceVarious ArtistsFlashdance15,590,00012/05/18
2219841984Van Halen198415,440,00008/14/20
231983SynchronicityThe PoliceSynchronicity15,050,00006/06/20
241986GracelandPaul SimonGraceland14,570,00005/10/18
251989LikeMadonnaLike A Prayer14,275,00008/20/17
261984MakeWham!Make It Big14,000,00005/06/17
271986MasterMetallicaMaster Of Puppets13,980,00002/13/19
281988NewBon JoviNew Jersey13,900,00001/28/22
291988RattleU2Rattle And Hum13,800,00009/18/21
301984DiamondSadeDiamond Life13,590,00007/02/20
311980GuiltyBarbra StreisandGuilty13,140,00003/16/18
321988WatermarkEnyaWatermark13,130,00002/25/18
331983AnBilly JoelAn Innocent Man13,000,00011/03/21
341986InvisibleGenesisInvisible Touch12,970,00005/25/22
351984RecklessBryan AdamsReckless12,300,00003/22/19
361981EscapeJourneyEscape11,850,00009/13/19
371984RideMetallicaRide The Lightning11,740,00002/13/19
381987TangoFleetwood MacTango In The Night11,300,00010/21/21
391980GlassBilly JoelGlass Houses11,000,00011/03/21
401983WarU2War10,900,00009/18/21
411989RhythmJanet JacksonRhythm Nation 181410,900,00004/17/17
421985PromiseSadePromise10,540,00007/02/20
431989PumpAerosmithPump10,520,00006/01/18
441987APink FloydA Momentary Lapse of Reason10,200,00006/18/17
451980TheBruce SpringsteenThe River10,050,00007/07/17
461981ForAC/DCFor Those About to Rock We Salute You10,040,00002/20/18
471982Hello,Phil CollinsHello, I Must Be Going!9,990,00004/11/18
481988GnrGuns N' RosesGnr Lies9,940,00003/01/18
491980DoubleJohn Lennon & Yoko OnoDouble Fantasy9,920,00010/16/18
501985TheStingThe Dream of the Blue Turtles9,750,00006/14/20
511983MadonnaMadonnaMadonna9,625,00008/20/17
521987?NothingSting?Nothing Like the Sun9,540,00006/14/20
531980TheQueenThe Game9,330,00001/25/20
541986ControlJanet JacksonControl9,200,00004/17/17
551980ZenyattaThe PoliceZenyatta Mondatta8,820,00006/06/20
561989Garth BrooksGarth Brooks8,780,00001/05/19
571983GenesisGenesisGenesis8,780,00005/25/22
581988Dirty DancingMore Dirty Dancing8,780,00001/13/18
5919865150Van Halen51508,765,00008/14/20
601983Let'sDavid BowieLet's Dance8,700,00003/11/22
611983KillMetallicaKill 'Em All8,510,00002/13/19
621981TattooThe Rolling StonesTattoo You8,500,00002/10/22
631987TunnelBruce SpringsteenTunnel of Love8,350,00007/07/17
641982TheIron MaidenThe Number of the Beast8,330,00011/12/21
651988StrongerSadeStronger than Pride8,280,00007/02/20
661980SuperABBASuper Trouper8,200,00011/02/16
671981GhostThe PoliceGhost in the Machine8,130,00006/06/20
681984TheU2The Unforgettable Fire8,100,00009/18/21
691989StormBilly JoelStorm Front7,900,00011/03/21
701983FrontiersJourneyFrontiers7,680,00009/13/19
711987PermanentAerosmithPermanent Vacation7,590,00006/01/18
721982LoveDire StraitsLove over Gold7,510,00003/23/18
731980HotterStevie WonderHotter than July7,435,00003/20/21
741980BlizzardOzzy OsbourneBlizzard of Ozz7,370,00003/12/20
751989CrossroadsTracy ChapmanCrossroads7,230,00006/25/19
761980MakingDire StraitsMaking Movies7,040,00003/23/18
771980UprisingBob MarleyUprising7,025,00011/21/17
7819821999Prince and the Revolutions19997,010,00010/04/18
791983ThePink FloydThe Final Cut6,800,00006/18/17
801989BatmanPrinceBatman6,680,00010/04/18
811988AMannheim SteamrollerA Fresh Aire Christmas6,645,00012/28/20
821984TheStevie WonderThe Woman In Red6,620,00003/20/21
831983PieceIron MaidenPiece of Mind6,615,00011/12/21
841986ThirdBostonThird Stage6,590,00006/01/19
851986AQueenA Kind of Magic6,550,00001/25/20
861984ChristmasMannheim SteamrollerChristmas6,450,00012/28/20
871981AbacabGenesisAbacab6,395,00005/25/22
881989JourneymanEric ClaptonJourneyman6,365,00009/21/22
891987EnyaEnyaEnya (The Celts)6,190,00002/25/18
901989HeartCherHeart of Stone6,000,00008/30/17
911985InStevie WonderIn Square Circle5,980,00003/20/21
921988OU812Van HalenOU8125,795,00008/14/20
931982DiverVan HalenDiver Down5,705,00008/14/20
941980EmotionalThe Rolling StonesEmotional Rescue5,700,00002/10/22
951981DiaryOzzy OsbourneDiary of a Madman5,650,00003/12/20
961984PowerslaveIron MaidenPowerslave5,610,00011/12/21
971989SteelThe Rolling StonesSteel Wheels5,600,00002/10/22
981989SleepingElton JohnSleeping with the Past5,540,00002/05/18
991982MirageFleetwood MacMirage5,500,00010/21/21
1001982?FamousSupertramp?Famous Last Words?5,480,00008/13/19
1011987Who'sMadonnaWho's That Girl5,400,00008/20/17
1021980WomenVan HalenWomen and Children First5,385,00008/14/20
1031985TheBarbra StreisandThe Broadway Album5,350,00003/16/18
1041986SomewhereIron MaidenSomewhere in Time5,290,00011/12/21
1051987SignPrinceSign 'o' the Times5,250,00010/04/18
1061989BleachNirvanaBleach5,200,00007/09/17
1071984TheQueenThe Works5,140,00001/25/20
1081988KylieKylie MinogueKylie5,040,00004/16/18
1091985AroundPrince and the RevolutionsAround the World in a Day5,000,00010/04/18
1101980DukeGenesisDuke4,940,00005/25/22
1111982TheBilly JoelThe Nylon Curtain4,900,00011/03/21
1121981KillersIron MaidenKillers4,855,00011/12/21
1131988SeventhIron MaidenSeventh Son of a Seventh Son4,815,00011/12/21
1141981TheABBAThe Visitors4,800,00011/02/16
1151983BarkOzzy OsbourneBark at the Moon4,780,00003/12/20
1161989TheQueenThe Miracle4,780,00001/25/20
1171988GreenR.E.M.Green4,765,00009/24/21
1181988OutRod StewartOut Of Order4,600,00011/23/19
1191986ParadePrince and the RevolutionsParade4,560,00010/04/18
1201984VictoryThe JacksonsVictory4,475,00009/26/17
1211986TheBilly JoelThe Bridge4,400,00011/03/21
1221982NebraskaBruce SpringsteenNebraska4,200,00007/07/17
1231982TugPaul McCartneyTug of War4,190,00012/13/18
1241980IronIron MaidenIron Maiden4,175,00011/12/21
1251984PerfectDeep PurplePerfect Strangers4,170,00008/18/21
1261981FairVan HalenFair Warning4,030,00008/14/20
1271987DocumentR.E.M.Document4,025,00009/24/21
1281986TheOzzy OsbourneThe Ultimate Sin3,900,00003/12/20
1291983FlickAC/DCFlick of the Switch3,900,00002/20/18
1301988BlowAC/DCBlow Up Your Video3,860,00002/20/18
1311986DirtyThe Rolling StonesDirty Work3,850,00002/10/22
1321980DepartureJourneyDeparture3,810,00009/13/19
1331983FantasticWham!Fantastic3,750,00005/06/17
1341981TonightRod StewartTonight I'm Yours3,740,00011/23/19
1351980BoyU2Boy3,700,00009/18/21
1361988NoOzzy OsbourneNo Rest for the Wicked3,690,00003/12/20
1371981OctoberU2October3,600,00009/18/21
13819857800°Bon Jovi7800° Fahrenheit3,600,00001/28/22
1391984BonBon JoviBon Jovi3,600,00001/28/22
1401983CutsBryan AdamsCuts Like a Knife3,580,00003/22/19
1411983StayingBee GeesStaying Alive3,550,00004/09/17
1421989FlowersPaul McCartneyFlowers in the Dirt3,540,00012/13/18
1431985FlyAC/DCFly on the Wall3,510,00002/20/18
1441983YentlBarbra StreisandYentl3,500,00003/16/18
1451980ScaryDavid BowieScary Monsters (And Super Creeps)3,450,00003/11/22
1461980HeavenBlack SabbathHeaven and Hell3,440,00003/08/20
1471983UndercoverThe Rolling StonesUndercover3,400,00002/10/22
1481984TonightDavid BowieTonight3,400,00003/11/22
1491988LovesexyPrinceLovesexy3,390,00010/04/18
1501983TooElton JohnToo Low for Zero3,350,00002/05/18
1511987IntoBryan AdamsInto the Fire3,340,00003/22/19
1521988XouXuxaXou da Xuxa 33,325,00010/13/22
1531986RaisedJourneyRaised on Radio3,290,00009/13/19
1541982HotQueenHot Space3,200,00001/25/20
1551983PipesPaul McCartneyPipes of Peace3,130,00012/13/18
1561980FlashQueenFlash Gordon3,110,00001/25/20
1571988Phil Collins & Various ArtistsBuster3,090,00004/11/18
1581980TriumphThe JacksonsTriumph3,075,00009/26/17
1591982DaylightCrosby, Stills & NashDaylight Again [CSN]3,005,00005/16/21
16019894ºXuxa4º Xou da Xuxa2,995,00010/13/22
1611987XegundoXuxaXegundo Xou da Xuxa2,970,00010/13/22
1621983ConfrontationBob MarleyConfrontation2,950,00011/21/17
1631980FoolishRod StewartFoolish Behaviour2,900,00011/23/19
1641986XouXuxaXou da Xuxa2,885,00010/13/22
1651986AugustEric ClaptonAugust2,780,00009/21/22
1661983BodyRod StewartBody Wishes2,750,00011/23/19
1671987E.S.P.Bee GeesE.S.P.2,700,00004/09/17
1681989Mother'sRed Hot Chili PeppersMother's Milk2,630,00003/29/18
1691988TillBarbra StreisandTill I Loved You2,550,00003/16/18
1701984BreakingElton JohnBreaking Hearts2,530,00002/05/18
1711988AmericanCrosby, Stills, Nash & YoungAmerican Dream [CSNY]2,430,00005/16/21
1721985IceElton JohnIce on Fire2,390,00002/05/18
1731987CharactersStevie WonderCharacters2,355,00003/20/21
1741980McCartneyPaul McCartneyMcCartney II2,340,00012/13/18
1751989EnjoyKylie MinogueEnjoy Yourself2,320,00004/16/18
1761981ControversyPrinceControversy2,320,00010/04/18
1771987NeverDavid BowieNever Let Me Down2,300,00003/11/22
1781984CamouflageRod StewartCamouflage2,280,00011/23/19
1791985BehindEric ClaptonBehind the Sun2,240,00009/21/22
1801986LifesR.E.M.Lifes Rich Pageant2,215,00009/24/21
1811985BrotherSupertrampBrother Where You Bound2,210,00008/13/19
1821984MilkJohn Lennon & Yoko OnoMilk and Honey2,170,00010/16/18
1831984GivePaul McCartneyGive My Regards to Broad Street2,160,00012/13/18
1841986EveryRod StewartEvery Beat Of My Heart2,160,00011/23/19
1851987TheDeep PurpleThe House of Blue Light2,115,00008/18/21
1861989FreedomNeil YoungFreedom2,095,00005/16/21
1871987CherCherCher2,050,00008/30/17
1881981Zebop!SantanaZebop!2,015,00008/05/20
1891983InfidelsBob DylanInfidels2,000,00012/14/21
1901983MurmurR.E.M.Murmur1,990,00009/24/21
1911981DeadMeat LoafDead Ringer1,980,00006/16/18
1921984EmotionBarbra StreisandEmotion1,960,00003/16/18
1931981MobBlack SabbathMob Rules1,930,00003/08/20
1941981AnotherEric ClaptonAnother Ticket1,925,00009/21/22
1951988RegElton JohnReg Strikes Back1,880,00002/05/18
1961986MusicWham!Music from the Edge of Heaven1,700,00005/06/17
1971985FablesR.E.M.Fables of the Reconstruction1,695,00009/24/21
1981983MorganeRenaudMorgane de toi1,640,00011/01/17
1991980DirtyPrinceDirty Mind1,540,00010/04/18
2001985MistralRenaudMistral gagnant1,460,00011/01/17
2011986GangJohnny HallydayGang1,460,00001/01/18
2021985RockJohnny HallydayRock N' Roll Attitude1,450,00001/01/18
2031980One-TrickPaul SimonOne-Trick Pony1,430,00005/10/18
204198021Elton John21 at 331,400,00002/05/18
2051982JumpElton JohnJump Up!1,330,00002/05/18

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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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