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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Hi Chartmasters! Numbers of Fleetwood Mac don’t update after a search. Cheers!


Bon Jovi,Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Fleetwood Mac, U2, Led Zeppelin and many more they didn’t sell an album? You update streams not net sales. I don’t believe albums likeCome on over, The Joshua Tree or Slippery when wet they have not sold a pure album in 5 years or a piece of! Please fix it nicely.


Bruce Springsteen sells about half million copies his physical albums every year in USA.


Hi Meca76!

Doing updates takes time, we can’t just clap our hands and get them, that’s why the update date is listed. If we start ‘rushing’ updates like crazy, ultimately we wouldn’t dig numbers anymore, and we would provide the same stuff as Wikipedia, copy/pasting what’s claimed here and there. This is not our target!


After 2016 Dylan and Springsteen has sold 10-15 million copies pure albums and Dylan is sold eithér several big seller expencive box sets. After Nobel prize Dylan sales increased lot in Asia and in Europe. And his massive Lyrics 1962-2012 sold pretty like a hell. I am quite sure that Dylan is biggest book seller of all artists. But it’s not a music.
And you have to take into account that Springsteen and Dylan does everything himself. Very current men now and in future, expecially Dylan.


Still Bring me The Horizon’s DiE4u track isn’t listed on their discography. DiE4u has 30 million streams so They should’ve 4 billion streams now. Pls fix it thank you


Hi Jam!

It has been fixed, DIE4U is back, although they haven’t cross 4b yet.


Awesome, thought its 4B already! Thank u


This day DiE4u by Bring me the horizon wasn’t included on their discography. They had 3.8 billion streams already. So now since DiE4u wasn’t there it was reduced. DiE4u remix and DiE4u single are different. Please check on it. Thank you


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.

Adele Museum

What about Adele’s 30?

Joe Kenney

Where is the Doobie Brother’s Minute by Minute?


What about “The Immacullate Collection” by Madonna?


It’s a compilation album. Stop treating it as a studio album


Britney Spears’ Blackout isn’t present in the 2007 section [Albums Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales]


I think that “The Lion King” Soundtrack is the biggest animation theme of all time . Why it is not included in the “Albums Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales” list ?

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