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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Ariana Grande albums and song sales hasn’t received an update since 2019 🙁 please update it 🙏


One thing i am confused about. BTS streaming eas here was above 30 million yesterday which put them at 75 million EAS, but then it was reduced to 28.6 million in their article and but now it is reduced to 27 million here. Can you clarify?
But here total sales is 72.6 million now, which is more than 72.5 million in article, but if they have streaming eas of 30 million, aren’t they above 75 million?


Hi aditya! The 27m was an error, in the database I typed it wrong putting 26851k rather than 28651k. It’s now fixed. About the 30m+ figure, it was an extrapolation from our last article and current streams. We check the ratio Spotify streams:comprehensive streams EAS from the article, and then add to that proportionnally to how much the Spotify streams increased. In the case of BTS, their Spotify streams are now growing faster than their streams on remaining platforms like Genie, which is natural since they exploded abroad after they did in South Korea. Thus, the extrapolation based on former… Read more »

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Ariana grande sales hasn’t received an update since 2019 ,,,, 🙁 please update .🙏


hi i wonder if you have the data for highest unfiltered song on spotify? and how many Mariah Carey gets when she hits 17M filtered streams? thank you in advance


add Bigbang they have sold more than 150 Million


FYI – The Van Halen streaming figures haven’t updated since February. I searched for them with the Spotify tool and it didn’t change.


Thank you for noticing Kris, it’s now fixed!


20 million sales fpr Adele rolling in the Deep

And how much with Streaming on Spotify and Youtube ect?

Must be 25 mio ww or ?


Can you please tell us where all of this data that you use throughout the site comes from? You seem to have data from small markets that I have been unable to find. Many have been saying that this website is unreliable. Please tell me your sources. Thank you!


Hi A S! All figures from all websites we always be regarded as “unreliable” since 90% of people commenting them are fans who would prefer higher results for their favorite artist and lower results for the ones he regard as rivals. There are literally hundreds of sources used, if you point out specific figures I would be glad to explain where it comes from. The general process is to put together the known data (we have more than the average online follower btw), to value sales of records in places where the number is fairly safe. Usually, these “safe” figures… Read more »


Modern Talking: 120 million albums sold


More like 12 million.


Please update Eminem sales and Drake too


Could you guys make a post of the top 10 biggest albums of the 2020s decade? I know it has been less than 1.5 years, but it would be interesting if you guys can make it and update frequently.

Also, what would you guys estimate Future Nostalgia’s total to be right now? The 3.8m from Warner seems to be way too low:


theres no way FN only sold 3.8m…. it did 3.3m from Spotify Only (5 billion /1500)

it should be around 6m (including Un Dia and Prisonner)

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