Top 20 Bestselling Books of All Time [As of 2023]

Top 20 Bestselling Books of All Time [As of 2023]

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Books have been a source of knowledge, inspiration, and entertainment for centuries, shaping cultures and leaving an indelible mark on human history. Some books, however, have transcended mere popularity to become cultural phenomena, selling millions upon millions of copies worldwide. In this article, we'll explore the 20 bestselling books of all time, ranging from timeless classics to modern masterpieces, and we'll include their release dates to provide context for their enduring popularity.

  1. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling (2007) - 50 Million Copies

The magical world of Harry Potter continues to enchant readers around the globe. The final installment in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was an epic conclusion that sold 50 million copies.

  1. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by J.K. Rowling (2003) - 55 Million

The fifth book in the Harry Potter series, "The Order of the Phoenix," follows Harry's struggles during his fifth year at Hogwarts. Its captivating storyline captured the hearts of 55 million readers.

  1. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" by J.K. Rowling (2000) - 55 Million

Another Harry Potter adventure, "The Goblet of Fire," comes in at number 18 with 55 million copies sold. This book introduced readers to the Triwizard Tournament and marked a turning point in the series.

  1. "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger (1951) - 60 Million

J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye" is a classic of American literature, resonating with readers for generations. With 60 million copies sold, it continues to explore the complex journey of teenage rebellion.

  1. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J.K. Rowling (1998) - 60 Million

Returning to the wizarding world, "The Chamber of Secrets" stands at 16th place with 60 million copies sold. It's a testament to the enduring popularity of J.K. Rowling's beloved series.

  1. "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho (1988) - 65 Million

Paulo Coelho's philosophical novel "The Alchemist" has struck a chord with readers worldwide, selling 65 million copies. It weaves a tale of dreams, destiny, and personal legend.

  1. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" by J.K. Rowling (2005) - 65 Million

Continuing Harry's journey, "The Half-Blood Prince" occupies the 14th spot with 65 million copies sold. This installment delves deeper into the mysteries of the wizarding world.

  1. "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill (1937) - 70 Million

Napoleon Hill's self-help classic "Think and Grow Rich" has empowered countless individuals to pursue their dreams. With 70 million copies sold, it emphasizes the power of the mind in achieving success.

  1. "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown (2003) - 80 Million

Dan Brown's gripping thriller "The Da Vinci Code" takes readers on a quest for hidden secrets. With 80 million copies sold, it's a rollercoaster ride of intrigue and conspiracy.

  1. "She: A History of Adventure" by H. Rider Haggard (1887) - 83 Million

H. Rider Haggard's "She" is a pioneering work of adventure fiction. With 83 million copies sold, it transports readers to a mythical world of exploration and mystery.

  1. "The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis (1950) - 85 Million

C.S. Lewis's timeless tale of "The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe" enchants readers with its magical realm of Narnia. With 85 million copies sold, it remains a beloved classic.

  1. "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937) - 100 Million

J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" introduces readers to the fantastical world of Middle-earth. With 100 million copies sold, it's a prelude to his epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

  1. "Dream of the Red Chamber" by Cao Xueqin (1791) - 100 Million

"Dream of the Red Chamber" by Cao Xueqin, also known as "The Story of the Stone," is a masterpiece of Chinese literature. With 100 million copies sold, it explores themes of love, fate, and society.

  1. "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie (1939) - 100 Million

Agatha Christie's suspenseful thriller "And Then There Were None" keeps readers guessing until the very end. With 100 million copies sold, it's a testament to her unparalleled talent for mystery.

  1. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling (1997) - 120 Million

The book that introduced us to the wizarding world, "The Sorcerer's Stone," takes the 6th spot with 120 million copies sold. It's the magical beginning of a beloved series.

  1. "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943) - 142 Million

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince" is a whimsical fable cherished by readers of all ages. With 142 million copies sold, it imparts profound wisdom through a charming tale.

  1. "The Lord of The Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954-1955) - 150 Million

J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy "The Lord of The Rings" is a monumental work of fiction. With 150 million copies sold, it immerses readers in a richly crafted world of heroes and villains.

  1. "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens (1859) - 200 Million

Charles Dickens's historical novel "A Tale of Two Cities" explores the tumultuous times of the French Revolution. With 200 million copies sold, it remains a literary classic.

  1. "Xinhua Zidian" (1957) - 400 Million

"Xinhua Zidian," a Chinese dictionary, takes the second spot with a staggering 400 million copies sold. Its significance in preserving and teaching the Chinese language cannot be overstated.

  1. "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes (1605) - 500 Million

Sitting atop the list of bestselling books of all time is Miguel de Cervantes's "Don Quixote." With a remarkable 500 million copies sold, this timeless masterpiece continues to capture the imagination of readers worldwide.


These 20 bestselling books have left an indelible mark on the literary world, captivating millions of readers across generations and cultures. From the enchanting world of Harry Potter to the profound wisdom of "The Alchemist" and the epic journeys of "The Lord of The Rings" and "Don Quixote," these books continue to inspire and entertain, proving that great storytelling knows no bounds.

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