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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Paula Abdul Forever your girl?


According in Discogs, the most collected album of 1962 is Bob Dylan debut album “Bob Dylan” 33000 + copies. Second most collected has recieved 22000 collected copies, (Stan Getz). The year’s best selling albums are Elvis “Kiss, kiss, kiss” and “Pot Happy”. 5000 and 6000 collected copies in Discogs. What seems to be out of balance is Dylan’s debut album 33000 + collected copies and 1,2 million pure copies sold. And that album been good catalogue sellér everywhere whole 60 years and it is Dylan’s 12th most collected album in Discogs. Compared to Dylan and to other artists, Rolling Stones,… Read more »


Lets be real Uptown funk has sold more than 17m in digital tracks, it should be in the top 3. Don’t think your numbers are updated.


Can you do lists of the complete sales for Nicki Minaj and Kanye West? Thanks!


It is done . Thank You !


Why “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” had only 12.520.000 on this list ? It was update in her article .


And so is Lover by Taylor Swift! Would you please fix it?


This is utter bullshit…what a skank site…there is no way MHWGO is above all other songs ~~~period


The albums from 2019 appear with the numbers of the day 10.


page 8 not showing pink hurts 2b human


Madonna’s albuns haven’t been certificated since 90’s or de early 00’s, how much a possible new certifications will add to her CSPC?


Nothing, her album figures in the article, have been estimated up until that point, so sales since last certification have been factored in.

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