Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

It has been over 2 years since I introduced to you the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept, nicknamed CSPC, in March 2016. This revolutionary concept enables to define accurately the most successful artists ever. During this timeframe I, with the precious help of Hernan Lopez and Anthony Blanchard, studied nearly 100 artists, 1,000 albums plus countless singles and stand-alone tracks worth a gigantic 8,5 billion equivalent album sales combined!

Many of you praised the effort and the ongoing results which really makes us feel great about the website. One recurrent negative feedback though has been the difficulty to navigate the blog. One unique, cross-artist source of data was needed. While I can advise you to use the search function at the top-right, which works really well, an article grouping together the main data is definitely a positive improvement. So, here it is, please say hi to the Data Collector!

This article lists various rankings, with more added frequently, please see the summary on page 2. Top selling singles / albums / artists, per format, per year, per artist type, etc… everything is possible!

Thanks to this Data Collector it isn’t necessary anymore to repeat the comprehensive rankings at the end of each article. It will solve an issue by removing some pages and letting you reach always the same final pages for all acts – CSPC totals, the artist’s singles ranking and their records & achievements. This article will be kept updated which will also prevent us from having lists updated at different moments here and there.

Anthony will handle the updates of this thread from now on and try to answer your questions the best he can. We won’t be answering to lists requests on comments though as it will be impossible to maintain them. Instead, when you request something, and if it is relevant for many people, we will add a page to the article with the said list.

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7 musicians, 7 different stories of success selling various numbers of albums 10 = family&friends circle willing to spend money on your album/music 100 = musician performs and sells albums towards the public on the street 1k= Big town musician performing for hundreds of fans frequently, selling albums on website/gigs 10k= Local release on a small music market such as Switzerland or Austria 100k= Local release on a big music market such as Germany or France 1M= US/Japan market release by a big local artist or international release by a mid sized international star 10M or more= international Supersuperstar releases… Read more »


Is it a coincidence that 13 artists have around 150 mill EAS (143-159), whereas only 4 acts are in the 16 mill range under that, and only 2 in the 16 mill range above. Are some artists just not studied or is this some magical threshold ;-)? I know it’s more or less temporarily, but it just seems a bit odd. Any ideas?


Is any of the following females in the dimension to enter the female top10 (#10 is Enya with 87 Million CSPC) when studied?

Tina Turner
Dolly Parton
Mareile Mathieu
Diana Ross
Donna Summer
Olivia Newton-John
Aretha Franklin


as much as i love her i dont think dolly could reach that, and if exluding grease i doubt olivia newton john. always wondered if diana ross and the supremes should be studied together, and how hight that result would be

Last edited 2 months ago by ojd

How are there artists missing on this list? Chris Brown is not there at all




He simply hasn’t been studied, There’s way bigger names that aren’t on the list too…


Oh ok do you have to request for them to be studied or is there a list pending?


You can request any artist here

I’m sure he will get studied at one point though since he definitely sold considerable amounts

Ricky Webb

I request that Cliff Richard with a career of over 60 years to be one of your studied artists.


Why is Madonna and Pink Floyd in the four big pictures section when the four biggest selling artists are The Beatles, Elvis, Wacko, and Queen? That needs updating, surely?

Last edited 2 months ago by Steve

I think it is just a select four, from the top ten, as oppose to being the top four.


I guess you meant “The Beatles, Michael JACKSON, Elvis and Queen”.

You’re so damn disrespectful


george michael’s streaming numbers haven’t updated since november 🙂


If BTS released an album every month from now on, how many times would they score a 1 Million CSPC debut before failing the fist time to do so?

Gaby perez

Quiero buscar a Danna Paola.


Amy Winehouse’s numbers are not being updated after a search. Cheers!

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