The Best Ever Top 50 Lists In The World Ever

50As this is the 50th post of my blog, I thought I’d celebrate it in an Almanac style. I’ve collected together some Top 50 lists that I found interesting, and I know that if you’re remotely interesting then you’ll find some interest in them too.

As this is primarily a writing blog I’ve concentrated on ‘writing related’ lists, but I threw in some film and music lists just for fun at the end. I’ve also stuck to specific measurement lists rather than the subjective ‘who’s your favourite band’ type lists.

Here goes…

List of best-selling single-volume books

Book Author(s) First published Approximate sales

1

A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

1859

200 million[1]

2

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

1943

200 million[2]

3

The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien 1954–1955 150 million[3]

4

The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

1937

100 million[4]

5

紅樓夢/红楼梦 Hong lou meng (Dream of the Red Chamber) Cao Xueqin 1759–1791 100 million[5]

6

And Then There Were None Agatha Christie

1939

100 million[6]

7

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

1950

85 million[7]

8

She H. Rider Haggard

1887

83 million[8]

9

The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

2003

80 million[9]

10

Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill

1937

70 million[10]

11

The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

1951

65 million[11]

12

O Alquimista (The Alchemist) Paulo Coelho

1988

65 million[12]

13

Steps to Christ Ellen G. White

1892

60 million[13]

14

Lolita Vladimir Nabokov

1955

50 million[14]

15

Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre (Heidi’s Years of Wandering and Learning) Johanna Spyri

1880

50 million[15]

16

The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care Dr. Benjamin Spock

1946

50 million[16]

17

Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery

1908

50 million[17]

18

Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions: The autobiography of a horse Anna Sewell

1877

50 million[18]

19

Il Nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose) Umberto Eco

1980

50 million[19]

20

The Eagle Has Landed Jack Higgins

1975

50 million[20]

21

Watership Down Richard Adams

1972

50 million[21]

22

The Hite Report Shere Hite

1976

48 million[22]

23

Charlotte’s Web E.B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams

1952

45 million[23]

24

The Ginger Man J. P. Donleavy

1955

45 million[24]

25

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter

1902

45 million[25]

26

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows[26] J. K. Rowling

2007

44 million[27]

27

Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach

1970

40 million[28]

28

A Message to Garcia Elbert Hubbard

1899

40 million[16]

29

Sofies verden (Sophie’s World) Jostein Gaarder

1991

40 million[29]

30

Angels and Demons Dan Brown

2000

39 million[30]

31

Как закалялась сталь (Kak zakalyalas’ stal’; How the Steel Was Tempered) Nikolai Ostrovsky

1932

36.4 million copies in USSR[31]

32

Война и мир (Voyna i mir; War and Peace) Leo Tolstoy

1869

36.0 million copies in USSR[31]

33

Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino (The Adventures of Pinocchio) Carlo Collodi

1881

35 million[32]

34

You Can Heal Your Life Louise Hay

1984

35 million[33]

35

Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer

1979

34 million[34]

36

Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank) Anne Frank

1947

30 million[35]

37

In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? Charles M. Sheldon

1896

30 million[16]

38

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

1960

30 million[36]

39

Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann

1966

30 million[16]

40

Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

1936

30 million[37]

41

Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) Gabriel García Márquez

1967

30 million[38][39]

42

The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren

2002

30 million[40]

43

The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough

1977

30 million[41]

44

The Revolt of Mamie Stover William Bradford Huie

1951

30 million[42]

45

Män som hatar kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Stieg Larsson

2005

30 million[43]

46

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle

1969

30 million[44]

47

The Late, Great Planet Earth Hal Lindsey, C. C. Carlson

1970

28 million[45]

48

Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson

1998

26 million[46]

49

The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame

1908

25 million[47]

50

Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

1949

25 million[48]

List of best-selling series books

Book series Author Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
1 Harry Potter J.K.Rowling English 7 1997-2007 450 million[120]
2 Goosebumps R. L. Stine English 62 + spin off series 1992–1997-present 300 million[121]
3 Perry Mason Erle Stanley Gardner English 82 1933 — 1970 300 million[122]
4 Berenstain Bears Stan and Jan Berenstain English over 300 1962 — present 260 million[123]
5 Choose Your Own Adventure various authors English 185 1979 — 1998 250 million[124]
6 Sweet Valley High Francine Pascal and ghostwriters English 400 1983–2003 250 million[125]
7 Noddy Enid Blyton English 24 1949–present 200 million[126]
8 Nancy Drew various authors as Carolyn Keene English 175 1930 — present 200 million[127]
9 The Railway Series
10 (spawned Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends) Rev. W. Awdry, Christopher Awdry English 41 1945–2011 200 million[128]
11 San-Antonio Frédéric Dard French 173 1949–2001 200 million[129]
12 The Baby-sitters Club Ann Martin English 335 1986 — present 172 million[130]
13 Star Wars various authors English over 300 1977 — present 160 million[131]
14 Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter English 6 1902–1930 150 million[132]
15 Chicken Soup for the Soul Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen English 105 1997 — present 130 million[133]
16 Frank Merriwell Gilbert Patten English 209 1896 – 125 million[134]
17 Dirk Pitt Clive Cussler English 19 1973 — present 120 million[135]
18 宮本武蔵 (Musashi) Eiji Yoshikawa Japanese 7 1935–1939 120 million[136]
19 American Girl various authors English 1986 — present 120 million[137]
20 The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis English 7 1949–1954 120 million[138]
21 Mr. Men Roger Hargreaves, Adam Hargreaves English 43 1971 — present 120 million[139]
22 Twilight Stephenie Meyer English 4 + 1 Novella + 1 Guide 2005–2011 116 million[119]
23 Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell English 1963 — present 110 million[140]
24 James Bond Ian Fleming English 14 1953–1966 100 million[141]
25 Martine Gilbert Delahaye, Marcel Marlier French 60 1954 — present 100 million[142]
26 Nijntje (Miffy) Dick Bruna Dutch 119 1955 — present 85 million[143]
27 Fear Street R. L. Stine English 114 1989 — present 80 million[144]
28 The Vampire Chronicles Anne Rice English 12 1976-2003 80 million[145]
29 Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren Swedish 3 + 3 picture books 1945-2001 80 million[146]
30 OSS 117 Jean Bruce French 265 1949–1992 75 million[147]
31 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney English 7 2007–present 75 million[148]
32 Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne; illustrated by E. H. Shepard English 2 1926–1928 70 million[149]
33 Magic Tree House series Mary Pope Osborne English 43 1992–present 70 million[150]
34 Left Behind Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins English 16 1996 — 2007 65 million[151]
35 A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler English 13 1999–2006 65 million[152]
36 Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder English 12 1932–2006 60 million[153]
37 Jack Reacher Lee Child English 16 1997–present 60 million[154]
38 Arch Books (Lantern Books) various authors English 1958 — present 58 million[155]
39 Discworld Terry Pratchett English 39 1983–present 55 million[156]
40 Where’s Wally?[157] Martin Handford English 13 1987–present 55 million[158]
41 Millennium Trilogy Stieg Larsson Swedish 3 2005–2007 53 million[159]
42 Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus John Gray English 15 1992–present 50 million[160]
43 The Hardy Boys various authors as Franklin W. Dixon English 190 1927–present 50 million[161]
44 The Bobbsey Twins various authors as Laura Lee Hope English 72 1904–1979 50 million[162]
45 Tarzan Edgar Rice Burroughs English 26 1914–1995 50 million[163]
46 The Hunger Games trilogy Suzanne Collins English 3 2008–2010 50 million[164]
47 A Child’s First Library Of Learning various authors English 1980 – 45 million[165]
48 Junie B. Jones Barbara Park English 1992 – 44 million[166]
49 The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan English Currently 13. 14 planned 1990 – 44 million[167]
50 Harry Bosch Michael Connelly English 15 1992 – 42 million[168]

Highest Grossing Films of All-Time

Rank Title Worldwide gross Year
1 Avatar $2,782,275,172 2009
2 Titanic $2,185,372,302 1997
3 The Avengers $1,511,288,162 2012
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $1,328,111,219 2011
5 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $1,123,746,996 2011
6 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,119,929,521 2003
7 The Dark Knight Rises $1,066,824,014 2012
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1,066,179,725 2006
9 Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 2010
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $1,043,871,802 2011
11 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace $1,027,044,677 1999
12 Alice in Wonderland $1,024,299,904 2010
13 The Dark Knight $1,003,045,358 2008
14 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone $974,755,371 2001
15 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $963,420,425 2007
16 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $956,399,711 2010
17 The Lion King $951,583,777 1994
18 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $939,885,929 2007
19 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $934,416,487 2009
20 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $926,047,111 2002
21 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004
22 Jurassic Park $914,691,118 1993
23 Finding Nemo $905,690,427 2003
24 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $896,911,078 2005
25 Spider-Man 3 $890,871,626 2007
26 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009
27 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $878,979,634 2002
28 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $871,530,324 2001
29 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith $848,754,768 2005
30 Ice Age: Continental Drift $837,855,907 2012
31 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $836,303,693 2009
32 Inception $825,532,764 2010
33 Spider-Man $821,708,551 2002
34 Independence Day $817,400,891 1996
35 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007
36 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $796,688,549 2004
37 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $792,910,554 1982
38 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $786,636,033 2008
39 Spider-Man 2 $783,766,341 2004
40 Star Wars $775,398,007 1977
41 2012 $769,679,473 2009
42 The Da Vinci Code $758,239,851 2006
43 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010
44 The Amazing Spider-Man $748,974,838 2012
45 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe $745,013,115 2005
46 The Matrix Reloaded $742,128,461 2003
47 Up $731,342,744 2009
48 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $709,827,462 2009
49 Transformers $709,709,780 2007
50 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $705,058,657 2011

Best Selling Music Albums of All-Time

Artist Album Sales
1. Micheal Jackson  ‘Thriller’ (1982)  Copies sold: 110 million
2. AC/DC  ‘Back In Black’ (1980)  Copies sold: 49 million
3. Pink Floyd  ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ (1973)  Copies sold: 45 million
4. Whitney Houston/Various Artists  ‘The Bodyguard’ (1992)  Copies sold: 44 million
5. Meat Loaf  ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ (1977)  Copies sold: 43 million
6. Eagles  ‘Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)’ (1976)  Copies sold: 42 million
7. Various Artists  ‘Dirty Dancing’ (1987)  Copies sold: 42 million
8. Backstreet Boys  ‘Millennium’ (1999)  Copies sold: 40 million
9. Bee Gees/Various Artists  ‘Saturday Night Fever’ (1977)  Copies sold: 40 million
10. Fleetwood Mac  ‘Rumours’ (1977)  Copies sold: 40 million
11. Shania Twain  ‘Come On Over’ (1997)  Copies sold: 39 million
12. Led Zeppelin  ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ (1971)  Copies sold: 37 million
13. Alanis Morissette  ‘Jagged Little Pill’ (1995)  Copies sold: 33 million
14. The Beatles  ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967)  Copies sold: 32 million
15. Celine Dion  ‘Falling Into You’ (1996)  Copies sold: 32 million
16. Mariah Carey  ‘Music Box’ (1993)  Copies sold: 32 million
17. Micheal Jackson  ‘Dangerous’ (1991)  Copies sold: 32 million
18. The Beatles  ‘1’ (2000)  Copies sold: 31 million
19. Celine Dion  ‘Let’s Talk About Love’ (1997)  Copies sold: 31 million
20. Elton John  ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ (1973)  Copies sold: 31 million
21. Bee Gees  ‘Spirits Having Flown’ (1979)  Copies sold: 30 million
22. Bruce Springsteen  ‘Born in the USA’ (1984)  Copies sold: 30 million
23. Dire Straits  ‘Brothers In Arms’ (1985)  Copies sold: 30 million
24. James Horner  ‘Titanic’ (1997)  Copies sold: 30 million
25. Madonna  ‘The Immaculate Collection’ (1990)  Copies sold: 30 million
26. Micheal Jackson  ‘Bad’ (1987)  Copies sold: 30 million
27. Pink Floyd  ‘The Wall’ (1979)  Copies sold: 30 million
28. Abba  ‘Gold’ (1992)  Copies sold: 28 million
29. Backstreet Boys  ‘Backstreet’s Back’ (1997)  Copies sold: 28 million
30. Bon Jovi  ‘Slippery When Wet’ (1986)  Copies sold: 28 million
31. Guns N’ Roses  ‘Appetite For Destruction’ (1987)  Copies sold: 28 million
32. Various Artists  ‘Grease’ (1978)  Copies sold: 28 million
33. Santana  ‘Supernatural’ (1999)  Copies sold: 27 million
34. Nirvana  ‘Nevermind’ (1991)  Copies sold: 26 million
35. Britney Spears  ‘Baby One More Time’ (1999)  Copies sold: 25 million
36. Carole King  ‘Tapestry’ (1971)  Copies sold: 25 million
37. Iron Butterfly  ‘In-A-Gadda-da-Vida’ (1968)  Copies sold: 25 million
38. Mariah Carey  ‘Daydream’ (1995)  Copies sold: 25 million
39. Queen  ‘Greatest Hits’ (1981)  Copies sold: 25 million
40. Simon and Garfunkel  ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ (1970)  Copies sold: 25 million
41. U2  ‘The Joshua Tree’ (1987)  Copies sold: 25 million
42. Whitney Houston  ‘Whitney Houston’ (1985)  Copies sold: 25 million
43. Backstreet Boys  ‘Black and Blue’ (2000)  Copies sold: 24 million
44. Linkin Park  ‘Hybrid Theory’ (2000)  Copies sold: 24 million
45. Madonna  ‘True Blue’ (1986)  Copies sold: 24 million
46. Ace of Base  ‘Happy Nation’ (1994)  Copies sold: 23 million
47. Spice Girls  ‘Spice’ (1996)  Copies sold: 23 million
48. Oasis  ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ (1995)  Copies sold: 22 million
49. Dido  ‘No Angel’ (1999)  Copies sold: 21 million
50. Madonna  ‘Like A Virgin’ (1984)  Copies sold: 21 million
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4 responses to “The Best Ever Top 50 Lists In The World Ever

  1. Glad that Where’s Wally is in the list…..had me worried for a minute, thought you had gone all serious, ha ha. Nice one son.

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