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Top Selling Music Artists of All Time

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 ArtistPeriod activeGenreCertified SalesClaimed sales
1The Beatles1960–1970Rock / Pop257.7 million2.3 billion
2Elvis Presley1954–1977Rock and roll / Pop / Country206.8 million600 million
3Michael Jackson1964–2009Pop / Rock / Dance / R&B 169.7 million400 million
4Madonna1979–PresentPop / Rock / Dance 164.4 million300 million
5Elton John1964–PresentPop / Rock 159.1 million300 million
6Led Zeppelin1968–1980Hard rock / Heavy metal 137.2 million300 million
7Pink Floyd1965–1996Progressive rock 114.1 million250 million
8Mariah Carey1988–PresentR&B/Pop/ Rock 128.3 million200 million
9Celine Dion1981–PresentPop 120.8 million200 million
10Whitney Houston1977–2012R&B / Pop 110.2 million200 million
11AC/DC1973–PresentHard rock / Heavy metal108.7 million200 million
12Queen1971–PresentRock95.6 million200 million
13The Rolling Stones1962–PresentRock / Blues rock93.9 million200 million
14ABBA1972–1982Pop / Disco57.8 million200 million
15Garth Brooks1989–PresentCountry135.8 million150 million
16Eagles1971–PresentSoft rock / Country rock125.8 million150 million
17U21976–PresentRock135,600,000170,000,000
18Rihanna2005–PresentR&B / Pop / Dance /Hip-hop114 million150 million
19Billy Joel1964–PresentPop / Rock98.8 million150 million
20Phil Collins1980–2011Adult contemporary 84.9 million150 million
21Aerosmith1970–PresentHard rock 82.9 million150 million
22Frank Sinatra1935–1995Pop / Swing 36.9 million150 million
23Barbra Streisand1960–PresentPop / Adult contemporary 95.1 million145 million
24Genesis1967–2011Progressive rock / Pop rock 39 million130 million
25Donna Summer1968–2012Pop / Disco / R&B 30.8 million130 million
26Neil Diamond1966–PresentPop / Rock 66.5 million125 million
27Bruce Springsteen1972–PresentRock 97 million120 million
28Bee Gees1963–2012Pop / Disco 66.4 million120 million
29Julio Iglesias1968–PresentLatin 50.3 million120 million
30Dire Straits1977–1995Rock / Pop 42.1 million120 million
31Metallica1981–PresentHeavy metal / Thrash metal 89.3 million110 million
32Taylor Swift2006–PresentCountry / Country pop / Pop / Pop-rock 75 million101 million
33Eminem1996–PresentHip hop 88.7 million100 million
34Britney Spears1998–PresentPop / Dance / Dance-pop 76 million100 million
35Rod Stewart1964–PresentRock / Pop 74.9 million100 million
36Bon Jovi1983–PresentHard rock / Glam metal 73.3 million100 million
37Fleetwood Mac1967–PresentRock / Pop 72.4 million100 million
38Backstreet Boys1993–PresentPop 70.1 million100 million
39Guns N’ Roses1985–PresentHard rock / Heavy metal 66.7 million100 million
40Prince1976–PresentFunk / R&B / Pop / Soul / Rock 61.1 million100 million
41Kenny Rogers1958–PresentCountry / Pop 58.6 million100 million
42Paul McCartney1960–PresentRock 56.5 million100 million
43Janet Jackson1982–PresentR&B / Pop 50.8 million100 million
44Chicago1967–PresentRock / Pop 47.8 million100 million
45The Carpenters1969–1983Pop 45.8 million100 million
46Bob Dylan1959–PresentFolk / Rock 43.2 million100 million
47George Michael1981–PresentPop 43 million100 million
48Bryan Adams1979–PresentRock 42.2 million100 million
49Def Leppard1977–PresentHard rock / Heavy metal 41.1 million100 million
50Cher1964–PresentPop / Rock / Dance / Folk 39.3 million100 million
51Lionel Richie1968–PresentPop / R&B 37.4 million100 million
52Olivia Newton-John1966–PresentPop 34.7 million100 million
53Linda Ronstadt1967–PresentRock / Folk / Country 32.5 million100 million
54Stevie Wonder1961–PresentFunk / R&B / Soul 33.5 million100 million
55Tina Turner1955–PresentRock / Pop 31.8 million100 million
56The Beach Boys1961–PresentRock / Pop / Surf Rock 29.3 million100 million
57Kiss1972–PresentHard rock / Heavy metal 26.7 million100 million
58The Who1964–PresentRock / Hard rock 25 million100 million
59Johnny Hallyday1957–2007Rock / Pop 23.2 million100 million
60Barry White1972–2003R&B / Soul 22.9 million100 million
61Santana1966–PresentRock 60.4 million90 million
62Gloria Estefan1977–PresentLatin / Dance / Pop 34.5 million90 million
63R.E.M.1980–2011Alternative rock 41.7 million85 million
64Shania Twain1993–PresentCountry pop72.3 million80 million
65B’z1988–PresentRock / Pop rock / Hard rock 71.8 million80 million
66Van Halen1978–PresentHard rock / Heavy metal 63.7 million80 million
67Lady Gaga2005–PresentPop / Dance / Electronic/ Rock 59.9 million80 million
68Red Hot Chili Peppers1983–PresentFunk rock / Alternative rock 51.1 million80 million
69Foreigner1976–PresentRock / Hard Rock 45.4 million80 million
70The Doors1965–1973Rock 44.6 million80 million
71Reba McEntire1975–PresentCountry / Country Pop 42.2 million80 million
72Meat Loaf1968–PresentHard rock 39.7 million80 million
73Barry Manilow1973–PresentPop / Soft rock 36.8 million80 million
74Tom Petty1976–PresentRock 31.3 million80 million
75New Kids on the Block1984–PresentTeen pop 30.2 million80 million
76The Black Eyed Peas1995–PresentHip-hop / R&B / Dance 52.5 million76 million
77Journey1973–PresentRock / Soft rock 60.3 million75 million
78Beyoncé2003–PresentR&B / Pop 55.7 million75 million
79Kenny G1982–PresentSmooth jazz 52 million75 million
80Enya1982–PresentNew age / Celtic 48.1 million75 million
81Alabama1972–PresentCountry / Pop rock 47.5 million75 million
82Green Day1987–PresentPunk rock / Alternative rock 45.2 million75 million
83Tupac Shakur1988–1996Hip hop 42.7 million75 million
84Nirvana1987–1994Grunge / Alternative rock 42.4 million75 million
85Spice Girls1996-2008Pop / Dance-pop 40.6 million75 million
86Andrea Bocelli1994–PresentPop / Classical / Opera 36.6 million75 million
87Bob Marley1962–1981Reggae 30 million75 million
88Mötley Crüe1981–PresentGlam metal 27 million75 million
89Depeche Mode1980–PresentSynth rock / Electronic 25.8 million75 million
90Aretha Franklin1956–PresentSoul / Jazz/ Blues/ R&B 24.5 million75 million
91Scorpions1969–PresentHard rock 18.7 million75 million
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Sources: RIAA, Universal Records, Sony Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI, Billboard
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 6, 2016

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