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
32011ChristmasMichael BubléChristmas11,600,00003/02/22
42013FrozenVarious ArtistsFrozen10,900,00010/08/21
520141989Taylor Swift198910,400,00005/25/21
62010MyJustin BieberMy Worlds9,385,00004/27/22
72014xEd Sheeranx (Multiply)9,055,00010/29/21
92010Doo-WopsBruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans8,000,00006/27/19
102017÷Ed Sheeran÷ (Divide)7,655,00010/29/21
112012RedTaylor SwiftRed7,180,00005/25/21
122010TeenageKaty PerryTeenage Dream6,910,00006/16/19
132012UnorthodoxBruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox6,825,00006/27/19
142011BornLady GagaBorn This Way6,725,00012/22/20
162014InSam SmithIn The Lonely Hour6,525,00010/11/17
172010SpeakTaylor SwiftSpeak Now6,315,00005/25/21
182011MyloColdplayMylo Xyloto6,315,00006/07/21
192012TakeOne DirectionTake Me Home6,300,00005/14/17
202011UpOne DirectionUp All Night6,250,00005/14/17
212011+Ed Sheeran+ (Plus)5,455,00010/29/21
222012BornLana Del ReyBorn to Die5,450,00008/24/17
232012TheP!nkThe Truth About Love5,450,00010/15/17
242013MidnightOne DirectionMidnight Memories5,250,00005/14/17
252012NightImagine DragonsNight Visions5,170,00009/19/18
262013TheEminemThe Marshall Mathers LP 24,770,00006/22/21
272015PurposeJustin BieberPurpose4,740,00004/27/22
282019MapBTSMap of the Soul: Persona4,305,00005/21/21
292013PrismKaty PerryPrism4,230,00006/16/19
312011TalkRihannaTalk That Talk3,865,00006/02/21
322013TheJustin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience3,800,00002/09/18
342015AColdplayA Head Full Of Dreams3,660,00006/07/21
352014GhostColdplayGhost Stories3,480,00006/07/21
362014FourOne DirectionFour3,400,00005/14/17
372017ReputationTaylor SwiftReputation3,400,00005/25/21
382011TakeDrakeTake Care3,345,00007/02/21
392012OverexposedMaroon 5Overexposed3,320,00012/02/19
402011Amy WinehouseLioness: Hidden Treasures3,300,00007/19/19
412013ToMichael BubléTo Be Loved3,300,00003/02/22
422010ProgressTake ThatProgress3,290,00012/15/19
432018ALady Gaga & Bradley CooperA Star Is Born3,255,00012/22/20
442012BelieveJustin BieberBelieve3,185,00004/27/22
452016Hardwired...MetallicaHardwired... to Self-Destruct3,140,00002/13/19
472013PureLordePure Heroine3,100,00006/22/17
482010TheBlack Eyed PeasThe Beginning3,100,00008/03/17
492018LoveBTSLove Yourself: Answer3,090,00005/21/21
502014RockAC/DCRock or Bust3,010,00002/20/18
512013AMArctic MonkeysAM2,890,00005/14/18
532012TheMacklemoreThe Heist2,800,00011/07/17
542010SoldierSadeSoldier of Love2,760,00007/02/20
552011UnderJustin BieberUnder The Mistletoe2,755,00004/27/22
562018LoveBTSLove Yourself: Tear2,720,00005/21/21
572010ALinkin ParkA Thousand Suns2,700,00006/04/17
582017LoveBTSLove Yourself: Her2,700,00005/21/21
592015MadeOne DirectionMade in the A.M.2,700,00005/14/17
612010HandsMaroon 5Hands All Over2,690,00012/02/19
622014ThePink FloydThe Endless River2,650,00006/18/17
632010SaleShakiraSale el Sol2,610,00006/21/18
64201624KBruno Mars24K Magic2,550,00006/27/19
662011WastingFoo FightersWasting Lights2,525,00010/10/17
672013NothingDrakeNothing Was the Same2,510,00007/02/21
682012MerryRod StewartMerry Christmas, Baby2,490,00011/23/19
692015HamiltonBroadway cast of HamiltonHamilton2,488,00012/30/21
702010ThankDrakeThank Me Later2,475,00007/02/21
712014VMaroon 5V2,400,00012/02/19
722012GoodKendrick LamarGood Kid, M.A.A.D City2,300,00004/12/19
732010MichaelMichael JacksonMichael2,300,00009/27/17
742012LivingLinkin ParkLiving Things2,250,00006/04/17
752011HereNickelbackHere and Now2,250,00006/28/17
762015BeautyThe WeekndBeauty Behind the Madness2,245,00009/26/20
772011I'mRed Hot Chili PeppersI'm with You2,230,00003/29/18
782013ArtpopLady GagaArtpop2,135,00012/22/20
792012BlownCarrie UnderwoodBlown Away2,110,00009/09/18
802010RaymondUsherRaymond v. Raymond2,100,00009/04/17
812013BangerzMiley CyrusBangerz2,095,00012/07/20
822016?David Bowie? (Blackstar)2,000,00003/11/22
842014MyAriana GrandeMy Everything1,960,00009/27/21
852013SwingsRobbie WilliamsSwings Both Ways1,920,00012/15/19
862016MoanaVarious ArtistsMoana1,905,00012/30/21
872019LoverTaylor SwiftLover1,885,00005/25/21
892011StrongerKelly ClarksonStronger1,830,00005/23/18
902012GirlAlicia KeysGirl on Fire1,800,00002/03/22
912014XscapeMichael JacksonXscape1,750,00009/27/17
922012WreckingBruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball1,750,00007/07/17
932015IfDrakeIf You're Reading This It's Too Late1,705,00007/02/21
942019WhenBillie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?1,690,00007/05/20
952011FemmeBritney SpearsFemme Fatale1,680,00004/28/19
962011GoodbyeAvril LavigneGoodbye Lullaby1,650,00002/10/18
972019FineHarry StylesFine Line1,615,00007/16/21
982014SonicFoo FightersSonic Highways1,550,00010/10/17
992010SomeJames BluntSome Kind of Trouble1,530,00002/05/19
1002015ToKendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly1,530,00004/12/19
1012014SexEnrique IglesiasSex And Love1,500,00010/11/21
1022010PlasticGorillazPlastic Beach1,450,00005/08/17
1032014UltraviolenceLana Del ReyUltraviolence1,450,00008/24/17
1042013MoonJames BluntMoon Landing1,410,00002/05/19
1052017EvolveImagine DragonsEvolve1,400,00009/19/18
1062013TheJustin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience - 2 of 21,400,00002/09/18
1072015SmokeImagine DragonsSmoke + Mirrors1,390,00009/19/18
1082010BurlesqueChristina Aguilera & CherBurlesque1,375,00008/30/17
1092010EuphoriaEnrique IglesiasEuphoria1,350,00010/11/21
1102016TheRed Hot Chili PeppersThe Getaway1,340,00003/29/18
1112016StarboyThe WeekndStarboy1,330,00009/26/20
1122016JoanneLady GagaJoanne1,300,00012/22/20
1132010ASelena Gomez & The SceneA Year Without Rain1,295,00003/22/21
1152014SkoolBTSSkool Luv Affair1,245,00005/21/21
1162017DAMN.Kendrick LamarDAMN.1,240,00004/12/19
1172017HarryHarry StylesHarry Styles1,205,00007/16/21
1192011WhenSelena Gomez & The SceneWhen the Sun Goes Down1,190,00003/22/21
1202011Love?Jennifer LopezLove?1,180,00006/24/18
1212013DemiDemi LovatoDemi1,160,00010/09/18
1222013YoursAriana GrandeYours Truly1,115,00009/27/21
1242016DangerousAriana GrandeDangerous Woman1,055,00009/27/21
1252016GloryLittle MixGlory Days1,050,00002/02/20
1262016IlluminateShawn MendesIlluminate1,020,00010/08/19
1272019No.6Ed SheeranNo.6 Collaborations Project995,00010/29/21
1282015GetLittle MixGet Weird940,00002/02/20
1292015HandwrittenShawn MendesHandwritten900,00010/08/19
1312012LookingUsherLooking 4 Myself850,00009/04/17
1322015TheBTSThe Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2845,00005/21/21
1332015RevivalSelena GomezRevival815,00003/22/21
1342018AstroworldTravis ScottAstroworld805,00004/09/22
1352013StarsSelena GomezStars Dance805,00003/22/21
1362011UnbrokenDemi LovatoUnbroken770,00010/09/18
1372010ValleysJimi HendrixValleys of Neptune765,00012/21/21
1382018SweetenerAriana GrandeSweetener765,00009/27/21
1392015WhatDrake & FutureWhat a Time to Be Alive755,00007/02/21
1402013AvrilAvril LavigneAvril Lavigne740,00002/10/18
1412019DivinelyLewis CapaldiDivinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent738,00008/31/21
1422015TheBTSThe Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1720,00005/21/21
1432018ShawnShawn MendesShawn Mendes710,00010/08/19
1442018BeerbongsPost MaloneBeerbongs & Bentleys710,00011/27/20
1452019ThankAriana GrandeThank U, Next690,00009/27/21,00007/20/17
1472017WitnessKaty PerryWitness600,00006/16/19
1492019Hollywood'sPost MaloneHollywood's Bleeding590,00011/27/20
1502017MoreDrakeMore Life585,00007/02/21
1512017Don'tBillie EilishDon't Smile at Me580,00007/05/20
1522017DuaDua LipaDua Lipa580,00001/06/21
1532019KillBlackpinkKill This Love565,00008/28/21
1542017RedMaroon 5Red Pill Blues540,00012/02/19
1552015ConfidentDemi LovatoConfident510,00010/09/18

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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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