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Top Ten Selling Artists of all Time

Michael ​Jackson​
Michael ​Jackson​

Platinum record for Michael Jackson's Thriller (1982), the best-selling album of all time This is a list of the world's best-selling albums of recorded music. The criteria are that the figure must have been published by a reliable source and the album must have sold at least 20 million copies worldwide.

Billy Joel​
Billy Joel​

In 1979, Joel also traveled to Havana, Cuba, to participate in the historic Havana Jam festival that took place between March 2–4, alongside Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Stills, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Weather Report, and an array of Cuban artists such as Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Tata Güines and Orquesta Aragón.

Eagles​
Eagles​

Billy Joel, even though widely unknown among millennials, is the third biggest-selling artist in the US behind Elvis and Garth Brooks and his Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 has gone platinum twenty-three times, which makes it the third best-selling album of all time in the United States.

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Led Zeppelin​
Led Zeppelin​

We had a lot of those in the suburbs of Virginia, and a lot of muscle cars and keggers and Zeppelin and acid and weed. Somehow they all went hand in hand. To me, Zeppelin were spiritually inspirational. I was going to Catholic school and questioning God, but I believed in Led Zeppelin.

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Elvis Presley​
Elvis Presley​

Is Elvis the Biggest Selling Recording Artist? ... greatest selling recording artist of all time. ... sales whereas Elvis Presley is a truly international artist.

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Garth Brooks​
Garth Brooks​

Brooks was previously noted as the best-selling solo artist in the U.S. by the RIAA in November 2007, based solely on his album sales, which, at the time, totaled 123 million to Presley's 118.5 million.

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The Beatles​
The Beatles​

As of 2017, based on both sales claims and certified units, The Beatles are considered the highest-selling band. Elvis Presley is considered the highest-selling individual artist based on sales claims and Rihanna is the highest-selling individual artist based on certified units.

Dave ​Matthews Band​
Dave ​Matthews Band​

For example, only a few hip-hop artists appear on the best-selling artists of all time list. Eminem is right behind Guns N’ Roses. 2Pac manages to hold his own, narrowly beating out Bob Dylan and Def Leppard. Proving the power of manufactured pop, the Backstreet Boys make a strong showing, beating out Phil Collins and Dave Matthews Band.

Phil Collins​
Phil Collins​

Country, rap, and even 90s pop artists appear in the RIAA’s list of best-selling artists of all time. Breaking down the RIAA’s list of Gold and Platinum artists, you’ll find a few surprises. For example, only a few hip-hop artists appear on the best-selling artists of all time list.

Britney ​Spears​
Britney ​Spears​

This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson. This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson.

Queen​
Queen​

Apple England's greatest rock band holds the top spot on this all-time ranking of best-selling artists by album sales, and it looks untouchable on a bizarre list filled with a number of surprising appearances.

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Def Leppard​
Def Leppard​

For example, only a few hip-hop artists appear on the best-selling artists of all time list. Eminem is right behind Guns N’ Roses. 2Pac manages to hold his own, narrowly beating out Bob Dylan and Def Leppard.

Bob Dylan​
Bob Dylan​

This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson. This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson.

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Tupac Shakur​
Tupac Shakur​

Tupac Shakur (June 16, 1971 to September 13, 1996) was an American rapper and actor who came to embody the 1990s gangsta-rap aesthetic and in death became an icon symbolizing noble struggle. He has sold 75 million albums to date, making him one of the top-selling artists of all time.

source: biography.com
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Backstreet ​Boys​
Backstreet ​Boys​

Country, rap, and even 90s pop artists appear in the RIAA’s list of best-selling artists of all time. Breaking down the RIAA’s list of Gold and Platinum artists, you’ll find a few surprises. For example, only a few hip-hop artists appear on the best-selling artists of all time list.

Rod Stewart​
Rod Stewart​

This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds ... Check out the 50 best-selling music artists of all time by ... Rod Stewart — 38 ...

Simon & ​Garfunkel​
Simon & ​Garfunkel​

Simon is an electronic game of memory skill invented by Ralph H. Baer and Howard J. Morrison, with software programming by Lenny Cope. The device creates a series of tones and lights and requires a user to repeat the sequence. If the user succeeds, the series becomes progressively longer and more complex.

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Eric Clapton​
Eric Clapton​

This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson. This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson.

Reba ​McEntire​
Reba ​McEntire​

Underscoring the popularity of country music, several country artists appear on the list. Garth Brooks takes second place, while Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, George Strait, and Fleetwood Mac rank high with total albums sold in the double-digits.

Carlos ​Santana​
Carlos ​Santana​

Carlos Santana's music is a family thing for Chicanos. It's what you listen to when you're all hanging out: Drinking some beers, listening to "Oye Como Va" and cooking some barbecue is the best thing in the world.

Alan Jackson​
Alan Jackson​

Not surprisingly, Garth Brooks, who is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year tops our list of the 20 best-selling acts in country music history as reported by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Kenny Rogers​
Kenny Rogers​

This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson. This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson.

Celine Dion​
Celine Dion​

Since Celine Dion’s debut album La Voix de bon Dieu came out in 1981, Dion has become one of the most successful female artists of all time with five Grammy wins under her belt and nearly 250 million albums sold.

Whitney ​Houston​
Whitney ​Houston​

Houston was No. 1 artist of the year and Whitney Houston was the No. 1 album of the year on the 1986 Billboard year-end charts, making her the first woman to earn that distinction. At the time, Houston released the best-selling debut album by a solo artist.

Metallica​
Metallica​

Billy Joel, even though widely unknown among millennials, is the third biggest-selling artist in the US behind Elvis and Garth Brooks and his Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 has gone platinum twenty-three times, which makes it the third best-selling album of all time in the United States.

source: list25.com
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Mariah Carey​
Mariah Carey​

This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson. This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson.

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Madonna​
Madonna​

The "Material Girl"'s biggest-selling albums are The Immaculate Collection (1990; c. 28.2 million copies sold), True Blue (1986; c. 23 million) and Like a Virgin (1984; c. 21.4 million), while five of her singles are estimated to have registered sales in excess of 5 million units: "Like a Virgin" (1984), "4 Minutes" (2008), "Like a Prayer" (1989), "Vogue" (1990) and "Hung Up" (2005).

Barbra ​Streisand​
Barbra ​Streisand​

Barbra Streisand and the Other 19 Top-Selling Female Recording Artists of All Time Barbra Streisand, who turns 75 today (April 24), is the best-selling female recording artist in history. ... Streisand landed her first gold album in May 1964, before such rivals as Mariah Carey and Celine Dion were even born. ...

source: yahoo.com
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George Strait​
George Strait​

Underscoring the popularity of country music, several country artists appear on the list. Garth Brooks takes second place, while Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, George Strait, and Fleetwood Mac rank high with total albums sold in the double-digits.

AC/DC​
AC/DC​

... we ranked the best-selling artists of all time — including acts ... we ranked the best-selling artists of all time by the number of platinum albums ... AC/DC ...

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Pink Floyd​
Pink Floyd​

Pink Floyd Why they're on the list: Unlike some of the other artists on this list, Pink Floyd's absence from both Guitar Hero and Rock Band is surely self-imposed.

source: complex.com
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Elton John​
Elton John​

This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson. This surprising list of best-selling music artists by all-time sales finds Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and Garth Brooks more than Michael Jackson.

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