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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What happened to Coldplay’s page? I can’t enter it.


SOUR – Olivia Rodrigo?

LJ Bam

Hi, I think there’s an error on Adele. Her studio album sales show 500+ million.


There’s a difference between records and albums equivalents.. studios always claim higher numbers


why are taylors number not updating


now she fell by 2m units lmao these glitches


I want to ask if you are considering an annual update of the biggest performers in the net sales of studio albums in the near future. Thank you in advance for your answer.



Last edited 1 year ago by Jeyashri

I have a question about the streams tracking?….How come sometimes, (easily visible at times when I check in on the list daily and look at a couple of specific artists) the streams stop updating for a while (a few days to a week) and when they are updated again the number goes DOWN? How is that possible? Isn’t it an automatic tracker? How on earth does the number go DOWN, and a popular artist LOSE sales?


Hi Eliza! Discographies of artists are often re-structured. Songs can be removed, or move from the artist page to the ‘appears on’ section, which will push them into the ‘Features’ category in our statistics. Obviously, glitches can happen as well. On top of this, every day, when Spotify update their database, there are numerous versions of the same song with playcounts from the previous and the new day, so if these get saved, it creates the illusion the number went down the following day. As the total is lower, our system doesn’t save the value. That’s why when a duplicated… Read more »


Are these updates?


Ah, that makes sense! Thank you for your reply.


Numbers of R.E.M. fail to be updated after a search . Cheers!


And Fleetwood Mac as well!


Thanks for fixing!


Drake is at 104.6m eas


Hey, I wanted to check where Chris Brown would be on the list/ how much has he sold?
would there be any updates showing his numbers soon?



I think he won’t be done for a while because he’s not got the highest total compared to his discography size, plus that he mostly sold through downoads and he’s not really the fast growing artist right now.

Whilst I am not personally a fan I do want to find out his sales, specifically in UK because I feel like he’s never been an a-list artist despite many hits

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