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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Let me also report some Sony artists Soundscan sales from 1991-2013.
Johnny Cash 25 million, Bob Dylan 23 million, Barbra Streisand 23 million, Bruce Springsteen 22 million, Billy Joel 21 million and Neil Diamond 21 million.


Billboard magazine (03/1998) had a big Sony ad for their artists album sales. I think it is adequate. And this is only from album sales.
Julio Iglesias over 120 million albums, Michael Jackson over 118 millions, Billy Joel over 90 millions, Barbra Streisand over 80 millions, Mariah Carey over 80 million albums in, Bruce Springsteen 75 millions, Bob Dylan 70 millions, Celine Dion 70 million, Sade 40 millions, Ozzy Ozbourne 35 million albums. This is 25 year old informations. Things have changed later. 2009 Michael Jackson died and his sales exploded like never before.


MJ had probably sold over 150m albums at that point.


Springsteen ja Dylan have doubled their sales after 1998. Springsteen 75 million 1998 and now 140 million albums. And Dylan same. Why Jackson not same 118+118 = 236 million albums.


Can you please investigate/update the sales of Avril Lavigne’s albums Under My Skin and The Best Damn Thing?
According to an article posted a decade ago by the album UMS had already sold 10 million copies, and TBDT sold over 6 million.
And according to the product description on Amazon, UMS sold over 14 million copies


pls i wanna talk with the owner of this website cuz its vital to me having nicki sales estimate, with features ofc


Hei, i go through Discogs most collected box sets and artists: Here is top 100. (how many sets are in top 100 ) -Beatles 7 sets -Bob Dylan 5 sets -Pink Floyd 3 sets + David Gilmour’s 2 sets -David Bowie 3 sets -Led Zeppelin 3 sets -Bruce Springsteen 2 sets No Elvis or Michael Jackson! I think these artists fans are older and fans are perhaps more affluent. Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen have sold about 8 million box sets. Dylan songs are mainly new songs or new versions and previously unreleased. And these box sets are often expensive,… Read more »


Hi, Chartmasters! I just wonder Katy Perry, Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Madonna, Mariah Carey and Lana Del Rey, their newest sales. Could you update them please? Thank you!


Missing p!nk hurts to be human on 2019


where is cry baby on 2015’s top albums? he sold over 500k in pure sales only in usa


Where is BTS ?


Their biggest song, Dynamite is only at 6.87 million eas.


please update melanie martinez and little mix sales

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