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.

Available Lists

#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
331983AnBilly JoelAn Innocent Man13,000,00011/03/21
341984RecklessBryan AdamsReckless12,300,00003/22/19
361984RideMetallicaRide The Lightning11,740,00002/13/19
371987TangoFleetwood MacTango In The Night11,300,00010/21/21
381980GlassBilly JoelGlass Houses11,000,00011/03/21
391989RhythmJanet JacksonRhythm Nation 181410,900,00004/17/17
431987APink FloydA Momentary Lapse of Reason10,200,00006/18/17
441980TheBruce SpringsteenThe River10,050,00007/07/17
451981ForAC/DCFor Those About to Rock We Salute You10,040,00002/20/18
461982Hello,Phil CollinsHello, I Must Be Going!9,990,00004/11/18
471988GnrGuns N' RosesGnr Lies9,940,00003/01/18
481980DoubleJohn Lennon & Yoko OnoDouble Fantasy9,920,00010/16/18
491985TheStingThe Dream of the Blue Turtles9,750,00006/14/20
511987?NothingSting?Nothing Like the Sun9,540,00006/14/20
521980TheQueenThe Game9,330,00001/25/20
531986ControlJanet JacksonControl9,200,00004/17/17
541980ZenyattaThe PoliceZenyatta Mondatta8,820,00006/06/20
551988Dirty DancingMore Dirty Dancing8,780,00001/13/18
561989Garth BrooksGarth Brooks8,780,00001/05/19
5719865150Van Halen51508,765,00008/14/20
581983Let'sDavid BowieLet's Dance8,700,00003/11/22
591983KillMetallicaKill 'Em All8,510,00002/13/19
601981The Rolling StonesTattoo You8,500,00002/10/22
611987TunnelBruce SpringsteenTunnel of Love8,350,00007/07/17
621982TheIron MaidenThe Number of the Beast8,330,00011/12/21
631988StrongerSadeStronger than Pride8,280,00007/02/20
641980SuperABBASuper Trouper8,200,00011/02/16
651981GhostThe PoliceGhost in the Machine8,130,00006/06/20
661984TheU2The Unforgettable Fire8,100,00009/18/21
671989StormBilly JoelStorm Front7,900,00011/03/21
691987PermanentAerosmithPermanent Vacation7,590,00006/01/18
701982LoveDire StraitsLove over Gold7,510,00003/23/18
711980HotterStevie WonderHotter than July7,435,00003/20/21
721980BlizzardOzzy OsbourneBlizzard of Ozz7,370,00003/12/20
731989CrossroadsTracy ChapmanCrossroads7,230,00006/25/19
741980MakingDire StraitsMaking Movies7,040,00003/23/18
751980UprisingBob MarleyUprising7,025,00011/21/17
7619821999Prince and the Revolutions19997,010,00010/04/18
771983ThePink FloydThe Final Cut6,800,00006/18/17
791988AMannheim SteamrollerA Fresh Aire Christmas6,645,00012/28/20
801984TheStevie WonderThe Woman In Red6,620,00003/20/21
811983PieceIron MaidenPiece of Mind6,615,00011/12/21
821986ThirdBostonThird Stage6,590,00006/01/19
831986AQueenA Kind of Magic6,550,00001/25/20
841984ChristmasMannheim SteamrollerChristmas6,450,00012/28/20
851987EnyaEnyaEnya (The Celts)6,190,00002/25/18
861989HeartCherHeart of Stone6,000,00008/30/17
871985InStevie WonderIn Square Circle5,980,00003/20/21
881988OU812Van HalenOU8125,795,00008/14/20
891982DiverVan HalenDiver Down5,705,00008/14/20
901980EmotionalThe Rolling StonesEmotional Rescue5,700,00002/10/22
911981DiaryOzzy OsbourneDiary of a Madman5,650,00003/12/20
921984PowerslaveIron MaidenPowerslave5,610,00011/12/21
931989SteelThe Rolling StonesSteel Wheels5,600,00002/10/22
941989SleepingElton JohnSleeping with the Past5,540,00002/05/18
951982MirageFleetwood MacMirage5,500,00010/21/21
961982?FamousSupertramp?Famous Last Words?5,480,00008/13/19
971987Who'sMadonnaWho's That Girl5,400,00008/20/17
981980WomenVan HalenWomen and Children First5,385,00008/14/20
991985TheBarbra StreisandThe Broadway Album5,350,00003/16/18
1001986SomewhereIron MaidenSomewhere in Time5,290,00011/12/21
1011987SignPrinceSign 'o' the Times5,250,00010/04/18
1031984TheQueenThe Works5,140,00001/25/20
1041988KylieKylie MinogueKylie5,040,00004/16/18
1051985AroundPrince and the RevolutionsAround the World in a Day5,000,00010/04/18
1061982TheBilly JoelThe Nylon Curtain4,900,00011/03/21
1071981KillersIron MaidenKillers4,855,00011/12/21
1081988SeventhIron MaidenSeventh Son of a Seventh Son4,815,00011/12/21
1091981TheABBAThe Visitors4,800,00011/02/16
1101983BarkOzzy OsbourneBark at the Moon4,780,00003/12/20
1111989TheQueenThe Miracle4,780,00001/25/20
1131988OutRod StewartOut Of Order4,600,00011/23/19
1141986ParadePrince and the RevolutionsParade4,560,00010/04/18
1151984VictoryThe JacksonsVictory4,475,00009/26/17
1161986TheBilly JoelThe Bridge4,400,00011/03/21
1171982NebraskaBruce SpringsteenNebraska4,200,00007/07/17
1181982TugPaul McCartneyTug of War4,190,00012/13/18
1191980IronIron MaidenIron Maiden4,175,00011/12/21
1201984PerfectDeep PurplePerfect Strangers4,170,00008/18/21
1211981FairVan HalenFair Warning4,030,00008/14/20
1231986TheOzzy OsbourneThe Ultimate Sin3,900,00003/12/20
1241983FlickAC/DCFlick of the Switch3,900,00002/20/18
1251988BlowAC/DCBlow Up Your Video3,860,00002/20/18
1261986DirtyThe Rolling StonesDirty Work3,850,00002/10/22
1291981TonightRod StewartTonight I'm Yours3,740,00011/23/19
1311988NoOzzy OsbourneNo Rest for the Wicked3,690,00003/12/20
1331984BonBon JoviBon Jovi3,600,00001/28/22
13419857800°Bon Jovi7800° Fahrenheit3,600,00001/28/22
1351983CutsBryan AdamsCuts Like a Knife3,580,00003/22/19
1361983StayingBee GeesStaying Alive3,550,00004/09/17
1371989FlowersPaul McCartneyFlowers in the Dirt3,540,00012/13/18
1381985FlyAC/DCFly on the Wall3,510,00002/20/18
1391983YentlBarbra StreisandYentl3,500,00003/16/18
1401980ScaryDavid BowieScary Monsters (And Super Creeps)3,450,00003/11/22
1411980HeavenBlack SabbathHeaven and Hell3,440,00003/08/20
1421984TonightDavid BowieTonight3,400,00003/11/22
1431983UndercoverThe Rolling StonesUndercover3,400,00002/10/22
1451983TooElton JohnToo Low for Zero3,350,00002/05/18
1461987IntoBryan AdamsInto the Fire3,340,00003/22/19
1471986RaisedJourneyRaised on Radio3,290,00009/13/19
1481982HotQueenHot Space3,200,00001/25/20
1491983PipesPaul McCartneyPipes of Peace3,130,00012/13/18
1501980FlashQueenFlash Gordon3,110,00001/25/20
1511988Phil Collins & Various ArtistsBuster3,090,00004/11/18
1521980TriumphThe JacksonsTriumph3,075,00009/26/17
1531982DaylightCrosby, Stills & NashDaylight Again [CSN]3,005,00005/16/21
1541983ConfrontationBob MarleyConfrontation2,950,00011/21/17
1551980FoolishRod StewartFoolish Behaviour2,900,00011/23/19
1561983BodyRod StewartBody Wishes2,750,00011/23/19
1571987E.S.P.Bee GeesE.S.P.2,700,00004/09/17
1581989Mother'sRed Hot Chili PeppersMother's Milk2,630,00003/29/18
1591988TillBarbra StreisandTill I Loved You2,550,00003/16/18
1601984BreakingElton JohnBreaking Hearts2,530,00002/05/18
1611988AmericanCrosby, Stills, Nash & YoungAmerican Dream [CSNY]2,430,00005/16/21
1621985IceElton JohnIce on Fire2,390,00002/05/18
1631987CharactersStevie WonderCharacters2,355,00003/20/21
1641980McCartneyPaul McCartneyMcCartney II2,340,00012/13/18
1651989EnjoyKylie MinogueEnjoy Yourself2,320,00004/16/18
1671987NeverDavid BowieNever Let Me Down2,300,00003/11/22
1681984CamouflageRod StewartCamouflage2,280,00011/23/19
1691986LifesR.E.M.Lifes Rich Pageant2,215,00009/24/21
1701985BrotherSupertrampBrother Where You Bound2,210,00008/13/19
1711984MilkJohn Lennon & Yoko OnoMilk and Honey2,170,00010/16/18
1721986EveryRod StewartEvery Beat Of My Heart2,160,00011/23/19
1731984GivePaul McCartneyGive My Regards to Broad Street2,160,00012/13/18
1741987TheDeep PurpleThe House of Blue Light2,115,00008/18/21
1751989FreedomNeil YoungFreedom2,095,00005/16/21
1781983InfidelsBob DylanInfidels2,000,00012/14/21
1801981DeadMeat LoafDead Ringer1,980,00006/16/18
1811984EmotionBarbra StreisandEmotion1,960,00003/16/18
1821981MobBlack SabbathMob Rules1,930,00003/08/20
1831988RegElton JohnReg Strikes Back1,880,00002/05/18
1841986MusicWham!Music from the Edge of Heaven1,700,00005/06/17
1851985FablesR.E.M.Fables of the Reconstruction1,695,00009/24/21
1861983MorganeRenaudMorgane de toi1,640,00011/01/17
1871980DirtyPrinceDirty Mind1,540,00010/04/18
1881985MistralRenaudMistral gagnant1,460,00011/01/17
1891986GangJohnny HallydayGang1,460,00001/01/18
1901985RockJohnny HallydayRock N' Roll Attitude1,450,00001/01/18
1911980One-TrickPaul SimonOne-Trick Pony1,430,00005/10/18
192198021Elton John21 at 331,400,00002/05/18
1931982JumpElton JohnJump Up!1,330,00002/05/18

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Is Neil Diamond missing on page 17?


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


“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…


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


will you be updating michael jackson any time soon?


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 »


“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”.


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.


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 »


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.


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

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?


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