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
12002ComeNorah JonesCome Away With Me23,900,00001/16/22
22000TheEminemThe Marshall Mathers LP23,340,00006/22/21
32002TheEminemThe Eminem Show23,020,00006/22/21
42000HybridLinkin ParkHybrid Theory20,800,00006/04/17
52000Oops!...Britney SpearsOops!... I Did It Again19,305,00004/28/19
72002LetAvril LavigneLet Go16,220,00002/10/18
82006BackAmy WinehouseBack To Black15,940,00007/19/19
92008TheLady GagaThe Fame / The Fame Monster15,745,00012/22/20
112000NoNSYNCNo Strings Attached15,300,00002/09/18
122004AmericanGreen DayAmerican Idiot15,250,00003/11/17
132000AEnyaA Day Without Rain14,430,00002/25/18
142002AColdplayA Rush Of Blood To The Head13,865,00006/07/21
152004BackJames BluntBack to Bedlam13,320,00002/05/19
162003MeteoraLinkin ParkMeteora13,300,00006/04/17
172001LaundryShakiraLaundry Service12,630,00006/21/18
182001SongsAlicia KeysSongs In A Minor12,600,00002/03/22
192002SongsMaroon 5Songs About Jane12,410,00012/02/19
202000AllU2All That You Can't Leave Behind12,300,00009/18/21
222005AllNickelbackAll the Right Reasons11,850,00006/28/17
242000BlackBackstreet BoysBlack & Blue11,500,00004/02/22
252004FeelsNorah JonesFeels Like Home11,500,00001/16/22
262002Up!Shania TwainUp!11,400,00002/25/22
272001SilverNickelbackSilver Side Up11,100,00006/28/17
292004BreakawayKelly ClarksonBreakaway10,980,00005/23/18
312003LifeDidoLife for Rent10,540,00002/18/19
3220028Eminem8 Mile10,330,00006/22/21
332005MonkeyBlack Eyed PeasMonkey Business10,300,00008/03/17
342001BritneyBritney SpearsBritney10,240,00004/28/19
362004HowU2How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb10,200,00009/18/21
372001SurvivorDestiny's ChildSurvivor10,070,00005/02/18
382008VivaColdplayViva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends9,985,00006/07/21
392008FearlessTaylor SwiftFearless9,955,00005/25/21
402003DangerouslyBeyoncéDangerously In Love9,920,00005/02/18
412002StrippedChristina AguileraStripped9,550,00003/18/17
422003Black Eyed PeasElephunk9,500,00008/03/17
432002ACéline DionA New Day Has Come9,400,00009/28/21
442002ByRed Hot Chili PeppersBy the Way9,390,00003/29/18
452006FutureSex/LoveSoundsJustin TimberlakeFutureSex/LoveSounds9,340,00002/09/18
462005ConfessionsMadonnaConfessions Of A Dancefloor9,325,00008/20/17
472007GoodRihannaGood Girl Gone Bad9,115,00006/02/21
482001EscapeEnrique IglesiasEscape9,100,00010/11/21
492009TheBlack Eyed PeasThe E.N.D.9,050,00008/03/17
502006HighHigh School MusicalHigh School Musical9,000,00009/06/17
512005It'sMichael BubléIt's Time8,850,00003/02/22
532009CrazyMichael BubléCrazy Love8,650,00003/02/22
542005SomeCarrie UnderwoodSome Hearts8,610,00009/09/18
552005TheMariah CareyThe Emancipation of Mimi8,600,00004/28/17
562002JustifiedJustin TimberlakeJustified8,550,00002/09/18
572001J.LoJennifer LopezJ.Lo8,320,00006/24/18
582000CrushBon JoviCrush8,100,00001/28/22
592004UnderAvril LavigneUnder My Skin8,020,00002/10/18
602003TheAlicia KeysThe Diary Of Alicia Keys8,000,00002/03/22
612002EscapologyRobbie WilliamsEscapology7,940,00012/15/19
622004Love.Gwen StefaniLove. Angel. Music. Baby.7,900,00004/12/20
632007MinutesLinkin ParkMinutes To Midnight7,800,00006/04/17
642000LoversSadeLovers Rock7,650,00007/02/20
652008IBeyoncéI Am? Sasha Fierce7,570,00005/02/18
662001SwingRobbie WilliamsSwing When You're Winning7,520,00012/15/19
682003MichaelMichael BubléMichael Bublé7,250,00003/02/22
692007CallMichael BubléCall Me Irresponsible7,200,00003/02/22
702006StadiumRed Hot Chili PeppersStadium Arcadium7,130,00003/29/18
712008BlackAC/DCBlack Ice7,000,00002/20/18
722003InBritney SpearsIn The Zone7,000,00004/28/19
742005DemonGorillazDemon Days6,800,00005/08/17
762007HighHigh School MusicalHigh School Musical 26,600,00009/06/17
772006TaylorTaylor SwiftTaylor Swift6,600,00005/25/21
782005IntensiveRobbie WilliamsIntensive Care6,510,00012/15/19
792001InvincibleMichael JacksonInvincible6,475,00009/27/17
802006TheFergieThe Dutchess6,450,00007/12/17
812007AsAlicia KeysAs I Am6,400,00002/03/22
822001FeverKylie MinogueFever6,330,00004/16/18
832004DestinyDestiny's ChildDestiny Fulfilled6,300,00005/02/18
842006I'mP!nkI'm Not Dead6,175,00010/15/17
852003TheNickelbackThe Long Road6,100,00006/28/17
862000SingRobbie WilliamsSing When You're Winning6,090,00012/15/19
882002ItRod StewartIt Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook6,050,00011/23/19
892007LongEaglesLong Road Out Of Eden6,025,00012/20/17
902002ThisJennifer LopezThis Is Me? Then6,000,00006/24/18
922001AllJanet JacksonAll for You5,900,00004/17/17
932008DarkNickelbackDark Horse5,700,00006/28/17
942007TheAvril LavigneThe Best Damn Thing5,660,00002/10/18
952008DeathMetallicaDeath Magnetic5,330,00002/13/19
972003AsRod StewartAs Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Volume II5,170,00011/23/19
992003St.MetallicaSt. Anger5,050,00002/13/19
1002002TheBruce SpringsteenThe Rising5,000,00007/07/17
1012005OralShakiraOral Fixation, Vol. 25,000,00006/21/18
1032006HannahMiley CyrusHannah Montana4,705,00012/07/20
1042007ItMaroon 5It Won't Be Soon Before Long4,690,00012/02/19
1052006TheEvanescenceThe Open Door4,560,00006/30/19
1072007NotNorah JonesNot Too Late4,400,00001/16/22
1082009NoU2No Line On The Horizon4,400,00009/18/21
1092003OneCéline DionOne Heart4,400,00009/28/21
1102007HannahMiley CyrusHannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus4,235,00012/07/20
1112000Can'tP!nkCan't Take Me Home4,225,00010/15/17
1122000StiffAC/DCStiff Upper Lip4,160,00002/20/18
1132008OneKaty PerryOne Of The Boys4,140,00006/16/19
1142005InFoo FightersIn Your Honor4,050,00010/10/17
1152001RockNo DoubtRock Steady4,050,00003/29/20
1162008HighHigh School MusicalHigh School Musical 34,025,00009/06/17
1172006BackChristina AguileraBack to Basics4,000,00003/18/17
1182009TheAlicia KeysThe Element of Freedom4,000,00002/03/22
1192001ChristmasMannheim SteamrollerChristmas Extraordinaire3,990,00012/28/20
1202003FrankAmy WinehouseFrank3,940,00007/19/19
1212007AllJames BluntAll the Lost Souls3,910,00002/05/19
1222004Stardust:Rod StewartStardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III3,900,00011/23/19
123200921stGreen Day21st Century Breakdown3,800,00003/11/17
1242007CarnivalCarrie UnderwoodCarnival Ride3,790,00009/09/18
1252002OneFoo FightersOne by One3,775,00010/10/17
1262006ARihannaA Girl Like Me3,770,00006/02/21
1272006BeautifulTake ThatBeautiful World3,770,00012/15/19
1282008CircusBritney SpearsCircus3,755,00004/28/19
1292008HardMadonnaHard Candy3,650,00008/20/17
1302003ThankfulKelly ClarksonThankful3,630,00005/23/18
1312006TheGwen StefaniThe Sweet Escape3,620,00004/12/20
1322005HaveBon JoviHave a Nice Day3,600,00001/28/22
1332005FijaciónShakiraFijación Oral, Vol. 13,590,00006/21/18
1342001Garth BrooksScarecrow3,540,00001/05/19
1352000DutyAyumi HamasakiDuty3,520,00009/27/19
1362009HannahMiley CyrusHannah Montana: The Movie3,515,00012/07/20
1372001Until2PacUntil the End of Time3,470,00001/22/22
1382000WarningGreen DayWarning3,450,00003/11/17
1392007TakingCéline DionTaking Chances3,400,00009/28/21
1402006WhateverArctic MonkeysWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not3,390,00005/14/18
1412003AmericanMadonnaAmerican Life3,375,00008/20/17
1422009RatedRihannaRated R3,360,00006/02/21
1432002TestifyPhil CollinsTestify3,260,00004/11/18
1442002UnderAlanis MorissetteUnder Rug Swept3,230,00006/05/18
1452003SacredStingSacred Love3,150,00006/14/20
1462002IAyumi HamasakiI Am?3,130,00009/27/19
1472001JustAerosmithJust Push Play3,120,00006/01/18
1482007LostBon JoviLost Highway3,100,00001/28/22
1492008BreakoutMiley CyrusBreakout2,950,00012/07/20
1502007Echoes,Foo FightersEchoes, Silence, Patience & Grace2,925,00010/10/17
1512002BounceBon JoviBounce2,900,00001/28/22
1532003TryP!nkTry This2,825,00010/15/17
1542002CharmbraceletMariah CareyCharmbracelet2,800,00004/28/17
1552002Better2PacBetter Dayz2,775,00001/22/22
1562002HeathenOasisHeathen Chemistry2,750,00012/06/17
1572007MagicBruce SpringsteenMagic2,750,00007/07/17
1582008ChineseGuns N' RosesChinese Democraty2,740,00003/01/18
1592008AndEnyaAnd Winter Came?2,710,00002/25/18
1602004PatienceGeorge MichaelPatience2,700,00005/06/17
1612005NeverBackstreet BoysNever Gone2,650,00004/02/22
1622008CampVarious ArtistsCamp Rock2,640,00010/09/18
1632000ReturnNo DoubtReturn of Saturn2,640,00003/29/20
1642000StandingOasisStanding on the Shoulder of Giants2,620,00012/06/17
1652008TheTake ThatThe Circus2,610,00012/15/19
1662006RudeboxRobbie WilliamsRudebox2,600,00012/15/19
1682009PlayCarrie UnderwoodPlay On2,580,00009/09/18
1692005AThe Rolling StonesA Bigger Bang2,550,00002/10/22
1702009TheMiley CyrusThe Time of Our Lives2,485,00012/07/20
1712007BlackoutBritney SpearsBlackout2,475,00004/28/19
1722006ModernBob DylanModern Times2,450,00012/14/21
1732002RainbowAyumi HamasakiRainbow2,440,00009/27/19
1742002BoucanRenaudBoucan d'enfer2,420,00011/01/17
1752009IWhitney HoustonI Look To You2,400,00005/04/17
1762009RealityRobbie WilliamsReality Killed the Video Star2,380,00012/15/19
1772005ThanksRod StewartThanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Volume IV2,340,00011/23/19
1792000BraveIron MaidenBrave New World2,290,00011/12/21
1802005Don'tOasisDon't Believe the Truth2,240,00012/06/17
1812009TheNorah JonesThe Fall2,200,00001/16/22
1822008HereUsherHere I Stand2,200,00009/04/17
1832004Loyal2PacLoyal to the Game2,150,00001/22/22
1842008E=MC²Mariah CareyE=MC²2,150,00004/28/17
1852006StillRod StewartStill the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time2,080,00011/23/19
1862006WeBruce SpringsteenWe Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions2,050,00007/07/17
1882007FavouriteArctic MonkeysFavourite Worst Nightmare2,020,00005/14/18
1892002AJohnny HallydayA La Vie, A La Mort1,970,00001/01/18
1902005DevilsBruce SpringsteenDevils & Dust1,950,00007/07/17
1912009WorkingBruce SpringsteenWorking on a Dream1,950,00007/07/17
1922001SongsElton JohnSongs from the West Coast1,940,00002/05/18
1932005RebirthJennifer LopezRebirth1,940,00006/24/18
1942001DownOzzy OsbourneDown to Earth1,930,00003/12/20
1952002JustWhitney HoustonJust Whitney?1,900,00005/04/17
1962001GlitterMariah CareyGlitter1,900,00004/28/17
1972009SheShakiraShe Wolf1,780,00006/21/18
1982005MusicRihannaMusic Of The Sun1,755,00006/02/21
1992009TheBon JoviThe Circle1,750,00001/28/22
2002009AllKelly ClarksonAll I Ever Wanted1,750,00005/23/18
2012007InsomniacEnrique IglesiasInsomniac1,450,00010/11/21
2022009KissSelena Gomez & The SceneKiss & Tell1,430,00003/22/21
2032004MyAyumi HamasakiMy Story1,420,00009/27/19
2042003MemorialAyumi HamasakiMemorial Address1,410,00009/27/19
2052000LightKylie MinogueLight Years1,220,00004/16/18
2062006(Miss)understoodAyumi Hamasaki(Miss)understood1,140,00009/27/19
2072009MemoirsMariah CareyMemoirs of an Imperfect Angel1,050,00004/28/17
2082009SoDrakeSo Far Gone990,00007/02/21
2092006SecretAyumi HamasakiSecret860,00009/27/19

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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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