Top Selling Music Artists of All Time

  Artist Period active Genre Certified Sales Claimed sales
1 The Beatles 1960–1970 Rock / Pop 257.7 million 2.3 billion
2 Elvis Presley 1954–1977 Rock and roll / Pop / Country 206.8 million 600 million
3 Michael Jackson 1964–2009 Pop / Rock / Dance / R&B 169.7 million 400 million
4 Madonna 1979–Present Pop / Rock / Dance 164.4 million 300 million
5 Elton John 1964–Present Pop / Rock 159.1 million 300 million
6 Led Zeppelin 1968–1980 Hard rock / Heavy metal 137.2 million 300 million
7 Pink Floyd 1965–1996 Progressive rock 114.1 million 250 million
8 Mariah Carey 1988–Present R&B/Pop/ Rock 128.3 million 200 million
9 Celine Dion 1981–Present Pop 120.8 million 200 million
10 Whitney Houston 1977–2012 R&B / Pop 110.2 million 200 million
11 AC/DC 1973–Present Hard rock / Heavy metal 108.7 million 200 million
12 Queen 1971–Present Rock 95.6 million 200 million
13 The Rolling Stones 1962–Present Rock / Blues rock 93.9 million 200 million
14 ABBA 1972–1982 Pop / Disco 57.8 million 200 million
15 Garth Brooks 1989–Present Country 135.8 million 150 million
16 Eagles 1971–Present Soft rock / Country rock 125.8 million 150 million
17 U2 1976–Present Rock 135,600,000 170,000,000
18 Rihanna 2005–Present R&B / Pop / Dance /Hip-hop 114 million 150 million
19 Billy Joel 1964–Present Pop / Rock 98.8 million 150 million
20 Phil Collins 1980–2011 Adult contemporary 84.9 million 150 million
21 Aerosmith 1970–Present Hard rock 82.9 million 150 million
22 Frank Sinatra 1935–1995 Pop / Swing 36.9 million 150 million
23 Barbra Streisand 1960–Present Pop / Adult contemporary 95.1 million 145 million
24 Genesis 1967–2011 Progressive rock / Pop rock 39 million 130 million
25 Donna Summer 1968–2012 Pop / Disco / R&B 30.8 million 130 million
26 Neil Diamond 1966–Present Pop / Rock 66.5 million 125 million
27 Bruce Springsteen 1972–Present Rock 97 million 120 million
28 Bee Gees 1963–2012 Pop / Disco 66.4 million 120 million
29 Julio Iglesias 1968–Present Latin 50.3 million 120 million
30 Dire Straits 1977–1995 Rock / Pop 42.1 million 120 million
31 Metallica 1981–Present Heavy metal / Thrash metal 89.3 million 110 million
32 Taylor Swift 2006–Present Country / Country pop / Pop / Pop-rock 75 million 101 million
33 Eminem 1996–Present Hip hop 88.7 million 100 million
34 Britney Spears 1998–Present Pop / Dance / Dance-pop 76 million 100 million
35 Rod Stewart 1964–Present Rock / Pop 74.9 million 100 million
36 Bon Jovi 1983–Present Hard rock / Glam metal 73.3 million 100 million
37 Fleetwood Mac 1967–Present Rock / Pop 72.4 million 100 million
38 Backstreet Boys 1993–Present Pop 70.1 million 100 million
39 Guns N’ Roses 1985–Present Hard rock / Heavy metal 66.7 million 100 million
40 Prince 1976–Present Funk / R&B / Pop / Soul / Rock 61.1 million 100 million
41 Kenny Rogers 1958–Present Country / Pop 58.6 million 100 million
42 Paul McCartney 1960–Present Rock 56.5 million 100 million
43 Janet Jackson 1982–Present R&B / Pop 50.8 million 100 million
44 Chicago 1967–Present Rock / Pop 47.8 million 100 million
45 The Carpenters 1969–1983 Pop 45.8 million 100 million
46 Bob Dylan 1959–Present Folk / Rock 43.2 million 100 million
47 George Michael 1981–Present Pop 43 million 100 million
48 Bryan Adams 1979–Present Rock 42.2 million 100 million
49 Def Leppard 1977–Present Hard rock / Heavy metal 41.1 million 100 million
50 Cher 1964–Present Pop / Rock / Dance / Folk 39.3 million 100 million
51 Lionel Richie 1968–Present Pop / R&B 37.4 million 100 million
52 Olivia Newton-John 1966–Present Pop 34.7 million 100 million
53 Linda Ronstadt 1967–Present Rock / Folk / Country 32.5 million 100 million
54 Stevie Wonder 1961–Present Funk / R&B / Soul 33.5 million 100 million
55 Tina Turner 1955–Present Rock / Pop 31.8 million 100 million
56 The Beach Boys 1961–Present Rock / Pop / Surf Rock 29.3 million 100 million
57 Kiss 1972–Present Hard rock / Heavy metal 26.7 million 100 million
58 The Who 1964–Present Rock / Hard rock 25 million 100 million
59 Johnny Hallyday 1957–2007 Rock / Pop 23.2 million 100 million
60 Barry White 1972–2003 R&B / Soul 22.9 million 100 million
61 Santana 1966–Present Rock 60.4 million 90 million
62 Gloria Estefan 1977–Present Latin / Dance / Pop 34.5 million 90 million
63 R.E.M. 1980–2011 Alternative rock 41.7 million 85 million
64 Shania Twain 1993–Present Country pop 72.3 million 80 million
65 B’z 1988–Present Rock / Pop rock / Hard rock 71.8 million 80 million
66 Van Halen 1978–Present Hard rock / Heavy metal 63.7 million 80 million
67 Lady Gaga 2005–Present Pop / Dance / Electronic/ Rock 59.9 million 80 million
68 Red Hot Chili Peppers 1983–Present Funk rock / Alternative rock 51.1 million 80 million
69 Foreigner 1976–Present Rock / Hard Rock 45.4 million 80 million
70 The Doors 1965–1973 Rock 44.6 million 80 million
71 Reba McEntire 1975–Present Country / Country Pop 42.2 million 80 million
72 Meat Loaf 1968–Present Hard rock 39.7 million 80 million
73 Barry Manilow 1973–Present Pop / Soft rock 36.8 million 80 million
74 Tom Petty 1976–Present Rock 31.3 million 80 million
75 New Kids on the Block 1984–Present Teen pop 30.2 million 80 million
76 The Black Eyed Peas 1995–Present Hip-hop / R&B / Dance 52.5 million 76 million
77 Journey 1973–Present Rock / Soft rock 60.3 million 75 million
78 Beyoncé 2003–Present R&B / Pop 55.7 million 75 million
79 Kenny G 1982–Present Smooth jazz 52 million 75 million
80 Enya 1982–Present New age / Celtic 48.1 million 75 million
81 Alabama 1972–Present Country / Pop rock 47.5 million 75 million
82 Green Day 1987–Present Punk rock / Alternative rock 45.2 million 75 million
83 Tupac Shakur 1988–1996 Hip hop 42.7 million 75 million
84 Nirvana 1987–1994 Grunge / Alternative rock 42.4 million 75 million
85 Spice Girls 1996-2008 Pop / Dance-pop 40.6 million 75 million
86 Andrea Bocelli 1994–Present Pop / Classical / Opera 36.6 million 75 million
87 Bob Marley 1962–1981 Reggae 30 million 75 million
88 Mötley Crüe 1981–Present Glam metal 27 million 75 million
89 Depeche Mode 1980–Present Synth rock / Electronic 25.8 million 75 million
90 Aretha Franklin 1956–Present Soul / Jazz/ Blues/ R&B 24.5 million 75 million
91 Scorpions 1969–Present Hard rock 18.7 million 75 million
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Statistic Sources & References
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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