Top 10 Best-Selling Products of All Time

Michael Jackson’s thriller

Every investor wants his product to be the bestseller in the market. But some products have been the bestseller product with such a large number that it made history. With every such product, the market transforms, trends change, and everyone starts talking about it.

Most of the best selling products are the first one to be launched in that category. Like when Apple launched the i-phone, which is still the bestselling phone ever that was the first one to launch a touch screen phone that could do so much more than just calling. To play the music, you didn’t need an I-pod, and to use the internet you didn’t need a computer anymore. That is one of the key reasons that made the I-phone a bestselling product.

Similar to that, with the release of Star Wars, the mainstream films were comedy, romance, or drama. Star wars first introduced the concept of science fiction in the industry, and that time it becomes a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.

When harry potter released, we 90s kid know what hype it brought with it. People were obsessed; making is the best-selling book series ever. There are many more best-selling products that changed the era altogether, and some of them remain the best-selling product of all-time base upon the review of 24/7 Wall St.

1. PlayStation


Category: video game console

Parent company: Sony

Total units sold: 344 million units

In 1994 when Sony first launched the PlayStation is had the fastest 32-bit processor available in the market. The sales went up to 102.49 million.

After that, PlayStation launched PlayStation 2, 3, 4, and the most recent one play station 5 in 2020. And each one had a record-breaking sale every time. The latest generation PS5 has been wildly successful, with a total of 3.9 million units sold already.

2. Lipitor


Category: pharmaceutical

Parent company: Pfizer

Total sales: $141 billion

Pfizer Lipitor is a prescribed medicine for lower LDL or high cholesterol problems that helped to reduce the risk of heart disease. Although Lipitor sales have dramatically declined after its US patent expiration in 2011.

Even today, Lipitor is a force to be reckoned with $1.92 billion sales in 2017. The sales went down from $9.6 billion to $2.3 billion in two years (from 2011 to 2013). But the immense commercial success of Lipitor is inevitable still now in the pharmaceutical industry.

3. Corolla


Category: car

Parent company: Toyota (TM)

Total units sold: 40.7 million

Since the Corolla’s introduction in Japan in 1966, the car became a game-changer in the vehicle industry. With lower gas consumption, affordability, and better millage, it becomes the bestselling car ever.

With its launch in the US, it sold over 40.7 million corollas. The 11th generation redesigned corolla in 2014 came up with better gas mileage and larger interiors.

4. Star wars

Star wars

Category: movie

Parent company: 20th-century fox

Total sales: $4.6 billion

Star Wars is an ‘American epic space opera media franchise’ created by George Lucas, which began with the eponymous 1977 film and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon. Not only movies, but they have launched television series, video games, comic books, theme park attractions, and themed areas. Star wars also hold a Guinness world records title for the ‘most successful film merchandising franchise.’

The original trilogy crossed over $2.4 billion in sales, whereas ‘gone with the wind’ has more income than the actual star wars movie. Although Disney bought the star wars universe – Lucasflims, for $4 billion in 2012, the 20th-century fox still owns the right to the original star wars.

5. I-pad


Category: tablet

Parent company: apple

Total units sold: 211 million

With over 58.66% of market share in 2020, apple’s iPad has been the bestseller since its launch. Initially, when it launched though it lost some market share in the first quarter of 2011 still managed to hold 40% of the total tablet market share in 2013.

According to the reports of IDC, apple lost its market share because customers tend to hold on to their tablets for longer rather than buying a newer version. But in the race of tablets, the iPad still is unbeatable.

6. Mario bros. Franchise

Mario bros. Franchise

Category: arcade game

Parent company: Nintendo

Total units sold: 262 million

We all have played super Mario at least once in our life. Mario originally was a jump-man in a Japanese arcade game later it was transformed into a plumber in 2011 in the time of US launch. Mario also holds the title of Guinness world records for the top video game character of all time.

7. Michael Jackson’s thriller

Michael Jackson’s thriller

Category:  album

Parent company: epic records

Total units sold: 70 million units

Michael Jackson’s thriller was ushering in the MTV generation that brought the moonwalk in the trends, giving Jackson the moniker “the king of pop.” The album featured evergreen hits like “Beat It” and “Billie Jean.”

8. Harry potter


Category: book

Parent company: scholastic (US publisher)

Total units sold: 500 million

Harry Potter series is in 80 languages as of now, and that is sold over 500 million copies till now. With this book, J.K Rowling becomes the highest-paid author in the world.

The first part of the series – “harry potter and the philosopher’s stone” sold 120 million copies, making it the highest-selling part.

9. I-phone


 Category: Smartphone

Parent company: apple

Total units sold: 2.2 billion

2019’s most affordable iPhone is the highest selling Smartphone in the world. Apple sold over 37.7 million iPhone 11 in the first half of 2020, as per the report.

iPhone 11 is currently available at a starting price of 64,900. Till now, every version of the iPhone has set new records, thus raising the bar for other Smartphones.

10. Rubik’s cube

Rubik’s cube

 Category: puzzle toy

Parent company: seven towns

Total units sold: 400 million

Since the launch of Rubik’s cube in 1980, it became the best-selling single toy of all time, with over 400 million units sold. It is so popular that for decades they hold competitions on speed-solving Rubik’s cube.

Interestingly, like other popular toys like monopoly and Gumby doll, this cube was not a toy traditionally. Its inventor architect professor Erno Rubik created it in 1974 as a way to teach his students three-dimensional geometry. Although Mattel’s Barbie Doll and Hot wheels outsold Rubik’s cube, none of them was a single toy.

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