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Encyclopedia > Best selling music artists

This is the list of best selling music artists (including groups) worldwide, alltime. Albums and singles.

Disclaimer: You may notice there are no such links. That is because there is no organisation that certifies worldwide record sales (such as the RIAA does for U.S. record sales). Thus, there are few if any reliable figures to go into this list. Moreover, fans of some of these artists use their creative imagination to introduce numbers that benefit their favourites. Thus, the entire list must be viewed with a large grain of salt. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a special interest group representing the U.S. recording industry, and the body responsible for certifying gold and platinum albums and singles in the USA. For more information about sales data see list of best selling albums and list of best selling... (With) a grain of salt is a literal translation of an ancient Latin phrase, (cum) grano salis. ...

Volume (Total Albums and Singles)

#    Name Albums Worldwide Sales Nationality Born Years Active
1 The Beatles ~1,300,000,000+ United Kingdom 1940s 60s
2 ABBA 16 ~370,000,000 Sweden 70s-80s
3 Elvis Presley 100+ ~330,000,000 United States 1935
4 Nana Mouskouri 450 ~300,000,000 Greece 1934
5 Julio Iglesias 80 250,000,000 Spain 1934 70s-00s
6 Madonna 17 250,000,000 United States 1958 80s-00s
7 Mariah Carey 13 200,000,000 United States 1970 80s-00s
8 Céline Dion 20 185,000,000 Canada 1968 80s-00s
9 Whitney Houston 10 150,000,000 United States 1963 80s-00s
10 Michael Jackson 14 150,000,000 United States 1958 70s-00s
11 Engelbert Humperdinck ~150,000,000 United States 50s-00s
12 Mireille Mathieu 37 ~150,000,000 France 60s-00s
13 Modern Talking 13 120,000,000 Germany 80s-00s
14 Garth Brooks 115,000,000 United States 1962
15 Janet Jackson 100,000,000 United States 1966 80s-00s
16 Shania Twain 4 82,000,000 Canada 1965 90s-00s
17 Billy Joel 81,000,000 United States 1949 70s-00s
18 Barbara Streisand 80,000,000+ United States 1942
19 Elton John 80,000,000+ United Kingdom 1947 70s-00s
20 Bruce Springsteen 80,000,000+ United States 1949
21 Spice Girls 3 75,000,000 United Kingdom 1970s 90s-00s
22 Britney Spears 5 70,000,000 United States 1981 90s-00s
23 Kylie Minogue 65,000,000 Australia 1968 80s-00s
24 George Michael ~50,000,000 United Kingdom 80s-00s
25 Michael Bolton 50,000,000 United States 1954
26 Destiny's Child 4 43,000,000 United States 1980s 90s-00s
27 Prince 4 (US Sales)37,000,000 United States 1958 80s-00s
  • Notes: sign "~" means that there is no even nearly exact data (it can be 60 milion or it can be 40 milion , its unknown).

The Beatles (L-R, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon), in 1964, performing on The Ed Sullivan Show during their first United States tour, promoting their first U.S. hit song, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... ABBA on the cover of their album The Definitive Collection (2001) ABBA were a Swedish pop music group; the most successful to date from that country. ... Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The king of Rock and Roll, or as just simply The King, was an American singer who had an effect on world culture rivaled only by The Beatles and Chuck Berry. ... Nana Mouskouri (born Ioanna Mouskouri on October 13, 1934 in Crete, Greece) is a Greek singer and politician. ... Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva aka Julio Iglesias (born September 23, 1943) in Madrid is Spains best selling singer in history and one of the best selling Hispanic singers of all time. ... Madonna Ciccone Ritchie Madonna Ciccone Ritchie (born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City, Michigan, August 16, 1958), simply known by the stage name Madonna, is an American singer frequently referred to as the Queen of Pop music. ... Mariah Carey on the cover of her album Butterfly Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970 in Huntington, New York) is an American popular music singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and actress, who rose to prominence in the 1990s. ... Céline Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion OC (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian vocalist. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963, Newark, New Jersey) is an American pop, R&B and soul singer and actress. ... Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana), is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... Engelbert Humperdinck, born May 2, 1936 in what was then known as Madras, India as Arnold George Dorsey, is a well-known pop singer. ... Mireille Mathieu (album) Mireille Mathieu (born July 22, 1946) is a French singer. ... Modern Talkings poster Modern Talking was a German pop music duo consisting of composer/producer/guitarist Dieter Bohlen and singer Thomas Anders. ... Garth Brooks Garth Brooks (born Troyal Garth Brooks on February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American singer/songwriter who performs country music. ... Janet Jackson (born Janet Damita Jo Jackson May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana) is an African-American pop, R&B and soul singer-songwriter and the baby of the hugely successful Jackson music family. ... Shania Twain Shania Twain (born August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. ... Billy Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. ... Barbra Streisand on the cover of her album Higher Ground Barbra Streisand (born April 24, American singer and film actress, producer, and director. ... Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is a highly successful British pop singer, pianist, and songwriter. ... Bruce Springsteen on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. ... The Spice Girls were a British vocal girl band. ... Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American pop music singer. ... Kylie Minogue in the music video for Slow (2003) Kylie Ann Minogue (pronounced: , to rhyme with vogue) (born May 28, 1968) is an Australian singer and actress. ... George Michael George Michael (born June 25, 1963) is a Greek-British pop singer/songwriter born in East Finchley, London. ... Michael Bolton, American singer-songwriter, was born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Connecticut, on February 26, 1954. ... Destinys Child featured on the cover of their latest album, Destiny Fulfilled. ... Prince changed his stage name into an unpronounceable symbol in 1993, but took up the name Prince again in 1999. ...

See also

This is the list of best selling music artists worldwide. ... This is a list of best-selling albums in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America. ... This is a list of best selling singles in the United States certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. ...

  Results from FactBites:
best-selling music artist: Information from Answers.com (1158 words)
The World Music Awards is the only music awards organisation who based their awards on worldwide record sales.
According to their official website, "The world's best-selling recording artists are determined by a thorough enquiry conducted by the organization, which include sales figures and record certifications." However, their databases don't hold a lot of information from the 1950s or 1960s, or sales of uncertified releases.
The Beatles were a British group active from 1962 to 1970, who recorded various musical styles, most commonly known for their pop and rock numbers.
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