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Encyclopedia > List of best selling music artists

This is a non-definitive list of best selling recording artists, embracing worldwide single and album sales.

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Note

In general there is no organization 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. Fans, biographers, and record lables may grossly overestimate sales figures for publicity purposes. Many of bestselling artists from Asia, Africa and Latin America are still not included because of the lack of data. Thus, the list cannot be considered definitive, and must be taken with a 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. ...


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# Name Albums Worldwide Sales Nationality Years Active Genre Estimate based on
1 The Beatles 12/39 ~500,000,000 UK 60s Rock and roll/Rock *168.5 mil. albums US
Elvis Presley 31/39 ~500,000,000 US 50s-70s Rock and roll source (http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/elvis_the_record_sales_debate_nick_keene.shtml)
Led Zeppelin 9/11 ~320,000,000 UK 60s-80s Hard rock *106 mil. albums US
Alla Pugacheva ~260,000,000 Russia 70s-00s Disco/Pop source 1997 (http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9114570)
Nana Mouskouri 450 ~250,000,000 Greece 60s-00s Pop 1 (http://www.universalmusic.fr/servlet/FrontCreatorServlet?action=biography&artiste_id=49082&page=8) 2 (http://artists.universal-music.de/nanamouskouri/html/bio/bio_fr.html)
Julio Iglesias 80 ~250,000,000 Spain 70s-00s Latino Pop source 1 (http://www.julioiglesias.com/eng/index.php) source 2 (http://www.forbes.com/2003/10/31/cx_bs_1031movers.html)
Cliff Richard ~250,000,000 UK 50s-00s Pop source 1 (http://www.cliffchartsite.co.uk/best.html) source 2 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008G95Z/002-0798253-1696857?v=glance)
Madonna 9/10 250,000,000 US/UK 80s-00s Pop WBR 2004 source 2
Mariah Carey 13 230,000,000 US 80s-00s R&B/Pop source
10 Céline Dion 20 212,000,000 Canada 80s-00s Pop source
Elton John ~210,000,000 UK 70s-00s Rock,Pop *(70 mil. US)
Garth Brooks ~210,000,000 US 80s-00s Country (US albums. 105mil)
The Rolling Stones ~210,000,000 UK 60s-00s Rock *63 mil. US
Pink Floyd ~210,000,000 UK 60s-00s Rock 180mil. albums
Michael Jackson 14 ~210,000,000 US 70s-00s R&B/soul/Pop 170 mil. albums
Johnny Mathis ~180,000,000 US 50s-00s Pop source
Metallica ~170,000,000 US 80s-00s Hard Rock *(57 mil. US)
ABBA 16 ~160,000,000 Sweden 70s-80s Disco
Whitney Houston 10 ~150,000,000 US 80s-00s R&B/Pop 129 mil. albums
U2 11 ~150,000,000 Ireland 80s-00s Rock/Pop *(50mil. US)
Mireille Mathieu 37 ~150,000,000 France 60s-00s Pop source
20 David Bowie 136,000,000 UK 60s-00s Rock source
E. Humperdinck ~130,000,000 UK/US 50s-00s Rock/Pop source 1 (http://www.engelbert.com/biography.html) source 2
Neil Diamond 120,000,000 US 60s-00s Pop source (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/22/arts/music/22lela.html)
Modern Talking 13 120,000,000 Germany 80s-00s Disco/Dance BMG June 2003
AC/DC ~120,000,000 Australia/UK 70s-00s Hard Rock source
The Bee Gees 110,000,000 UK/Australia 60s-00s Pop/Disco source 1 source 2 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/12/newsid_4071000/4071857.stm)
Bon Jovi ~110,000,000 US 80s-00s Rock/Hard Rock (100mil.albums)
R.E.M. ~110,000,000 US 80s-00s Rock (106mil.albums)
Kenny Rogers 105,000,000 US

1 (http://www.sitemason.com/newspub/fxjfEY) 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. ... Elvis Presley Elvis Aron 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. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Led Zeppelin (clockwise from left: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones) Led Zeppelin was a British band noted for their innovative, influential approach to heavy blues-rock and as one of the most popular and influential bands of all time. ... Hard rock is a form of rock and roll music that finds its closest roots in early 1960s garage rock. ... Alla on the Star Factory television show, 2004 Alla Borisovna Pugacheva (А́лла Бори́совна Пугачё́ва), pronounced Pougachyova, born April 15, 1949 in Moscow, Russia, is perhaps the best known musical performer in Russia, her career having started in 1965 and continuing to this day. ... 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. ... Sir Cliff Richard (born Harry Rodger Webb in Lucknow, India, on October 14, 1940) is the stage name of one of the UKs most popular singers. ... Madonna Ciccone Madonna Louise Ciccone (born in Bay City, Michigan, August 16, 1958), simply known by the stage name Madonna, also occasionally referred to as Madonna Ciccone Ritchie, is an American singer frequently referred to as the Queen of Pop music. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Warner Music Group is one of the Big Five record labels. ... This page includes discography of Madonna Ciccone Ritchie. ... Mariah Carey, April, 2005 Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970 in Huntington, New York) is an American popular music singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, diva, actress, and philanthropist who rose to prominence in the 1990s. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Albums 1990 Mariah Carey #1 US (11 weeks), #6 UK, #6 AU Sales: US:9 million Worldwide:18 million 1991 Emotions #4 US, #4 UK, #8 AU Sales: US:5 million Worldwide:14 million 1992 MTV Unplugged EP #3 US, #3 UK, #7 AU Sales: US:3 million Worldwide:15... Céline Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion OC (born March 30, 1968) is a French-Canadian popular vocalist from Quebec, Canada, who has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. ... Céline Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion OC (born March 30, 1968) is a French-Canadian popular vocalist from Quebec, Canada, who has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. ... Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born March 25, 1947) is a highly successful British pop singer, pianist, and songwriter. ... Garth Brooks Garth Brooks (born Troyal Garth Brooks on February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American singer/songwriter who performs country music. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... For other uses, see Rolling Stones (disambiguation) The Rolling Stones in 1964 The Rolling Stones are a British rock and roll band who rose to prominence during the mid-1960s. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Pink Floyd c. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Michael Jackson on the cover of the album Bad in 1987. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Johnny Mathis (born September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American popular singer, and one of the few remaining male vocalists associated with Traditional Pop music. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Johnny Mathis (born September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American popular singer, and one of the few remaining male vocalists associated with Traditional Pop music. ... Old logo, as used in Master Of Puppets, circa 1986. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... ABBA (clockwise from top: Benny, Björn, Frida, Agnetha) on the cover of their album The Definitive Collection (2001) ABBA was a Swedish pop music group. ... Disco is an up-tempo style of dance music (generally between 110 and 136 beats per minute) that originated in the early 1970s, mainly from funk and soul music, popular with audiences in larger cities all over the world, and derives its name from the French word discothèque (meaning... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963, Newark, New Jersey) is an American pop, R&B and soul singer and actress. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... U2 U2 is an Irish rock band featuring Bono (Paul David Hewson) on vocals and guitar, The Edge (David Howell Evans) on guitar and pianos, vocals, and bass, Adam Clayton on bass and guitar, and Larry Mullen on drums. ... Mireille Mathieu (album) Mireille Mathieu (born July 22, 1946) is a French singer. ... Mireille Mathieu (album) Mireille Mathieu (born July 22, 1946) is a French singer. ... David Bowie David Robert Jones (born January 8, 1947), better known as David Bowie, is a British rock and roll musician, actor, and artist who has had a profound influence on rock and roll from the 1960s to the present. ... David Bowie David Robert Jones (born January 8, 1947), better known as David Bowie, is a British rock and roll musician, actor, and artist who has had a profound influence on rock and roll from the 1960s to the present. ... Engelbert Humperdinck Engelbert Humperdinck, born May 2, 1936 in what was then known as Madras, India as Arnold George Dorsey, is a well-known pop singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Engelbert Humperdinck Engelbert Humperdinck, born May 2, 1936 in what was then known as Madras, India as Arnold George Dorsey, is a well-known pop singer. ... Essential Neil Diamond album cover. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Dieter Bohlen and Thomas Anders Modern Talking was a German pop music duo consisting of composer/producer/guitarist Dieter Bohlen and singer/composer Thomas Anders. ... Bertelsmann is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in Gütersloh, Germany. ... From left to right: Singer Brian Johnson, Rhythm Guitarist Malcolm Young, Bass Guitarist Cliff Williams, Lead Guitarist Angus Young, Drummer Phil Rudd. ... From left to right: Singer Brian Johnson, Rhythm Guitarist Malcolm Young, Bass Guitarist Cliff Williams, Lead Guitarist Angus Young, Drummer Phil Rudd. ... The Bee Gees: Maurice, Barry and Robin The Bee Gees were a British and Australian band, originally a pop singer-songwriter combination, reborn as funk and disco. ... The Bee Gees: Maurice, Barry and Robin The Bee Gees were a British and Australian band, originally a pop singer-songwriter combination, reborn as funk and disco. ... Jon Bon Jovi Portrait by T.HO 2004 Bon Jovi is a rock band from New Jersey, USA that sold more than 100 million albums in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and played live concerts in major cities in Asia, Europe, Australia, Canada and South America, in addition to a... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Jon Bon Jovi Portrait by T.HO 2004 Bon Jovi is a rock band from New Jersey, USA that sold more than 100 million albums in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and played live concerts in major cities in Asia, Europe, Australia, Canada and South America, in addition to a... R.E.M. is a rock band formed in Athens, Georgia on April 5, 1980 by Michael Stipe (vocals), Bill Berry (drums), Peter Buck (guitar), and Mike Mills (bass). ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... R.E.M. is a rock band formed in Athens, Georgia on April 5, 1980 by Michael Stipe (vocals), Bill Berry (drums), Peter Buck (guitar), and Mike Mills (bass). ... Kenneth Donald Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, TX) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer and actor. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ...

Black Sabbath ~100,000,000 UK 70s-00s Hard Rock
30 Ricky Nelson ~100,000,000 US 50s-80s Pop source (http://www.rockabillyhall.com/nelsonshell.html)
Status Quo ~100,000,000 UK 60s-00s Rock source  (http://www.sanctuaryrecords.co.uk/index.php?page=2&l1=2&l2=&l3=&rt=NE&article_id=1086)
Luciano Pavarotti ~100,000,000 Italia 60s-00s Opera
Brenda Lee ~100,000,000 US 50s-60s Pop
A. R. Rahman ~100,000,000 India 90s-00s BBC news (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3211258.stm)
Janet Jackson ~100,000,000 US 80s-00s R&B/Pop (76mil.albums)
Barry White ~100,000,000 US 70s-00s Pop
Deep Purple ~100,000,000 UK 60s-00s Hard Rock source (http://www.100xr.com/100_XR/Artists/D/Deep_Purple.htm)
Lionel Richie ~100,000,000 US 80s-00s Pop source (http://www.umusic.ca/lionelrichie/index.php)
Dolly Parton ~100,000,000 US 70s-00s Country CBS news (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/11/11/earlyshow/leisure/music/main583103.shtml)
40 Donna Summer ~100,000,000 US 70s-90s Disco source
Queen ~100,000,000 UK 70s-90s Rock *(30 mil. US)
The Jackson 5 ~100,000,000 US 60s-90s Soul/Disco/R&B source
Vicky Leandros ~100,000,000 Greece 60s-00s source
Rod Stewart ~100,000,000 UK 60s-00s Rock/Standards [1] (http://www.worldmusicawards.com/diamondaward.html)
Aerosmith ~100,000,000 US 80s-00s Hard Rock source (http://www.aerosmith.net/)
Billy Joel ~100,000,000 US 70s-00s Pop Rock (78 mil. albums US)
Fleetwood Mac ~100,000,000 UK/US 2 (http://burnish.net/articles/070904siouxcity.php)
Shania Twain 4 ~95,000,000 Canada 90s-00s Country/Rock/Pop (82mil. albums)
49 The Eagles ~90,000,000 US 70s-00s Country/Rock *(80 mil. US)

From left to right, Bill Ward, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler This article is about the British heavy metal band. ... Eric Hilliard Ricky Nelson, alternately Rick Nelson (May 8, 1940 - December 31, 1985), was one of the first American teen idols. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Status Quo is a UK rock band founded by Alan Lancaster and Francis Rossi in 1962. ... The Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (born October 12, 1935), is one of the most famous living opera singers. ... Brenda Lee on the cover of her collection, part of The Millennium Collection Brenda Lee, real name Brenda Mae Tarpley (born December 11, 1944) was an American teen idol and country singer, from Lithonia, Georgia. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... AR Rahman Allah Rakha Rahman (born Thursday January 6, 1966 as AS Dileep Kumar in Chennai, India) is a popular Indian film music composer. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana) is an African-American pop, R&B and soul singer-songwriter and the youngest child of the hugely successful Jackson music family. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana) is an African-American pop, R&B and soul singer-songwriter and the youngest child of the hugely successful Jackson music family. ... Barry White Barry White (September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003) was an American record producer and singer responsible for the creation of numerous hit soul and disco songs. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Deep Purple is the name of a British rock group, and is also the name of a song composed by Peter De Rose, from which the band may have borrowed its name. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Dolly Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American country singer, songwriter and actress. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Donna Summer on the cover of her 1993 collection The Donna Summer Anthology Donna Summer (born la Donna Andrea Gaines on December 31, 1948) is an American pop music singer best known for a string of disco music hits in the 1970s that earned her the title Queen of Disco... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Disco is an up-tempo style of dance music (generally between 110 and 136 beats per minute) that originated in the early 1970s, mainly from funk and soul music, popular with audiences in larger cities all over the world, and derives its name from the French word discothèque (meaning... Donna Summer on the cover of her 1993 collection The Donna Summer Anthology Donna Summer (born la Donna Andrea Gaines on December 31, 1948) is an American pop music singer best known for a string of disco music hits in the 1970s that earned her the title Queen of Disco... Queen is a British rock band which was popular in the 1970s and 1980s. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... Vicky Leandros at home in Greece Vicky Leandros, born Vassiliki Papathanasiou, daughter of musician and composer Leandros Papathanasiou (known as Leo Leandros), is a Greek singer with a long international career. ... Vicky Leandros at home in Greece Vicky Leandros, born Vassiliki Papathanasiou, daughter of musician and composer Leandros Papathanasiou (known as Leo Leandros), is a Greek singer with a long international career. ... Rod Stewart Roderick David Stewart (born January 10, 1945 in Highgate, London) is a British singer and songwriter of Scottish descent, most known for his uniquely raspy, gravelly voice and personable singing style, as exemplified in his signature song Maggie May. In a career now entering its fifth decade, Stewart... This style refers to the high point of western vocal pop music, the era of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and Rosemary Clooney. ... Arrowsmith is a 1925 book by Sinclair Lewis. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Billy Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Fleetwood Mac is a rock group led by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (whose names partially form the groups name), who had their biggest hits in the 1970s. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Shania Twain Shania Twain (born August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer and songwriter who has been very successful in the country and pop music genres. ... The Eagles are an American rock music group that originally came together in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ...

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#    Name Albums Worldwide Sales Nationality Years Active Genre Estimation on
50 Eddy Arnold 85,000,000 US 40s-90s Country source (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47318DE47A57020CF9B314391E453A2588C0DF48B0A6E4359C0A61C438B554CF371E9DFD2B0F96AB679AFFA62A55B05D7CDE455FBCC1740&sql=11:v7uvadokv8wj~T1)
Eurythmics ~80,000,000 UK 80s-90s Pop source 1 (http://www.annie-lennox.com/news.htm) source 2
KISS 30 ~80,000,000 US 70s-00s Hard Rock source (http://www.kissonline.com/news/news/1997/05.html)
Britney Spears 5 ~80,000,000 US 90s-00s Pop 65mil. albums
Santana ~80,000,000 US source
Dalida ~80,000,000 France 50s-80s as of 1981
Prince 24 ~80,000,000 US 80s-00s Pop/Funk/Rock *(40 mil. US)
Phil Collins ~80,000,000 UK
Barbara Streisand ~80,000,000 US 60s-00s Standards/Pop 71mil. albums US
Bruce Springsteen ~80,000,000 US 70s-00s Rock/Pop *(61 mil. albums US)
Fairouz ~80,000,000 Lebanon 60s-00s Traditional Arab, Modern, Pop *(35 mil. US)
Eric Clapton ~80,000,000 UK 80s-00s Rock, Blues *(38 mil. US)
Stevie Wonder ~80,000,000 US 60s-00s Soul/R&B/Pop,Disco
Spice Girls 3 76,000,000 UK 90s-00s Pop source
60 Backstreet Boys 75,000,000 US 90s-00s Pop source
Bobby Vinton 75,000,000 US 60's Pop source
Sade 75,000,000 UK 80s-00s Jazz/Soul/Pop *(22mil.US)
Paul McCartney ~75,000,000 UK 60s-00s Rock *(25mil.US)
Jean-Michel Jarre 19 ~72,000,000 France 70s-00s Synth Pop *Francis Dreyfus / Sony BMG
Gloria Estefan ~70,000,000 US 80s-00s Latino Pop source
Duran Duran 16 ~70,000,000 UK 80s-00s Pop source (http://www.duranduran.com/bio.html)
Enya 5 70,000,000 Ireland 80s-00s Classic *(22mil.US)
Kenny G 5 ~70,000,000 US 90s-00s Jazz *(50mil. US)
Roberto Carlos ~70,000,000 Brazil 60s-00s source1 (http://www.allbrazilianmusic.com/en/Artists/Artists.asp?Status=ARTISTA&Nu_Artista=513) source2 (http://www.moun.com/Articles/dec2003/12-28-1.htm)
Charley Pride ~70,000,000 US 60s-00s Country source
Ray Conniff ~70,000,000 US 60s-00s source1 source2 (http://www.mp3.com/ray-conniff/artists/1575/biography.html)
Kylie Minogue 65,000,000 Australia 80s-00s Synth Pop source
70 Bryan Adams ~60,000,000 Canada 80s-00s Pop 1 (http://www.zrock.com/zforum/about561.html)
George Strait ~60,000,000 US 70s-00s Country *(54 mil. US)
The Doors ~60,000,000 US 60s-70s Rock *(30 mil. US)
Tina Turner ~60,000,000 US 70s-00s Rock/Pop
Boney M ~60,000,000 Germany 70s-80s Disco
Perry Como ~60,000,000 US 30s-00s Standards Source (http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/Articles/a2003-05-01-mag-popstars.html)
Van Halen ~60,000,000 US 70s-00s Hard Rock *(50 mil. US)
Frank Sinatra ~60,000,000 US 40s-90s Standards *(25 mil.US)
Iron Maiden 22 ~60,000,000 UK 70s-00s source
Def Leppard ~60,000,000 UK *(32 mil. US)
Eminem ~60,000,000 US *(22 mil. US)
Pearl Jam ~60,000,000 US *(29 mil. US)
80 N*SYNC ~60,000,000 US *(30 mil. US)
Enrique Iglesias ~60,000,000 US 51 mil. albums
Tom Jones ~60,000,000 UK 60s-00s Pop
Alanis Morissette ~55,000,000 Canada 90s-00s Rock/Pop source
Ozzy Osbourne ~55,000,000 UK *(27mil.US)
Boyz II Men ~55,000,000 US 80s-00s *(27mil.US)
Tony Bennett ~51,000,000 US 50s-00s Standards/Jazz source (http://www.tonybennett.net/biotext.html)
George Michael ~50,000,000 UK 80s-00s source
Depeche Mode ~50,000,000 UK 80s-00s Abbey Music (http://www.abbeymusic.com/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Depeche_Mode_497.html)
Rush ~50,000,000 Canada 70s-00s *(25 mil.US)
Alabama ~50,000,000 US 70s-00s *(46mil. US)
Michael Bolton 50,000,000 US
The Police ~50,000,000 UK 70s-80s *(22mil.US)
Nirvana ~50,000,000 US *(24mil.US)
90 Mötley Crüe ~50,000,000 US *(22mil.US)
Chicago ~50,000,000 US *(37mil.US)
Foreigner ~50,000,000 US/UK *(36mil.US)
Guns N' Roses 50,000,000 US
Dire Straits ~50,000,000 UK *(15.5mil US)
Oasis ~50,000,000 UK (46mil albums)
UB40 ~50,000,000 UK 80s-00s BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/your_community/bhm/black_hall_of_fame_music.shtml)
Meat Loaf ~50,000,000 US 70s-00s source 1 (http://www.t1music.com/html/body_meatloaf.htm) source 2
Simply Red ~50,000,000 UK 80s-00s Pop source 1 (http://www.electricartists.com/simplyred/bio.html) source 2
Ace of Base >45,000,000 Sweden 90s-00s Pop/Dance source (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Ace-Of-Base-Biography/C902DD82FAC049AE4825686B00168F7C)
2 Pac ~45,000,000 US *(36mil.US)
Bananarama ~45,000,000 UK 80s-00s

40mil albums (http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Union/6146/tribumove.html) Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918) is a country music singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Eurythmics (often incorrectly referred to as The Eurythmics) are a British musical group, formed around a core duo of Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. ... Eurythmics (often incorrectly referred to as The Eurythmics) are a British musical group, formed around a core duo of Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. ... The original line-up of KISS; from left to right, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American pop music singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American pop music singer. ... Santana in concert, Barcelona 2003 Carlos Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican rock and roll and jazz-rock guitarist, originally from Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Santana during concert in Barcelona 2003 Carlos Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a famous Mexican rock and roll guitarist, originally from Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco. ... Dalida as shown on a French stamp issued in 2001 Dalida (January 17, 1933 - May 3, 1987) was an Egyptian-born singer, of Italian origin, making her career in France. ... Dalida as shown on a French stamp issued in 2001 Dalida (January 17, 1933 - May 3, 1987) was an Egyptian-born singer, of Italian origin, making her career in France. ... Prince changed his stage name into an unpronounceable symbol in 1993, but took up the name Prince again in 1999. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Philip David Charles Collins (born January 30, 1951 in London), better known as Phil Collins, is a British rock/pop musician. ... Barbra Streisand on the cover of her album Higher Ground Barbra Streisand (born April 24, American singer and film actress, producer, and director. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Bruce Springsteen on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Fairuz at Carnegie Hall in 1971 Fairuz (also spelled Fairouz) (born 21 November 1935?) is a Lebanese singer greatly admired throughout the Arab world. ... Eric Clapton at the Tsunami Relief concert in Cardiffs Millennium Stadium, January 22nd 2005 Eric Clapton CBE (born Eric Patrick Clapp on March 30, 1945) is a British guitarist and composer, nicknamed slowhand. ... Stevie Wonder is a legend in rock and pop music history. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Victoria, Emma, Mel B, Geri, Mel C; The Spice Girls at the MTV Europe Video Awards 1997 The Spice Girls were a British vocal girl band. ... Victoria, Emma, Mel B, Geri, Mel C; The Spice Girls at the MTV Europe Video Awards 1997 The Spice Girls were a British vocal girl band. ... The Backstreet Boys, or BSB, are one of the best selling musical groups of all-time. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... The Backstreet Boys, or BSB, are one of the best selling musical groups of all-time. ... Bobby Vinton (born April 16, 1935) is an American pop music singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Bobby Vinton (born April 16, 1935) is an American pop music singer. ... Categories: Stub | Jazz musicians ... Paul McCartney, as photographed by John Kelley for the 1968 LP The Beatles (aka The White Album). Sir James Paul McCartney, KBE, MBE (born June 18, 1942), better known as Paul McCartney, is a British musician, composer, and producer, who first came to prominence as a member of The Beatles. ... Jean-Michel André Jarre (born August 24, 1948 in Lyon, France) is a French composer of electronic music. ... Gloria, Live & Re-wrapped Tour Promo Poster Gloria Estefan (birth name Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo, born September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba), is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, who began her career as lead vocalist for the then exclusively Spanish-language band, Miami Sound Machine, in 1977... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Gloria, Live & Re-wrapped Tour Promo Poster Gloria Estefan (birth name Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo, born September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba), is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, who began her career as lead vocalist for the then exclusively Spanish-language band, Miami Sound Machine, in 1977... At the height of its fame, Duran Duran (The Fab Five) was featured on the cover of the February 1984 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. ... Enya won a Grammy for Best New Age Album, though she denies her music is of that genre. ... Kenny G on the cover of Ultimate Kenny G Kenneth Gorelick (born June 5, 1956), better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an American saxophonist who was born in Seattle. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Roberto Carlos Braga (born April 19, 1941 in Cachoeiro do Itapemirim, Espírito Santo, Brazil) is the most popular MPB singer in history. ... Charley Frank Pride was one of eleven children born in Sledge, Mississippi, on March 18, 1938 to poor sharecroppers. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Charley Frank Pride was one of eleven children born in Sledge, Mississippi, on March 18, 1938 to poor sharecroppers. ... Ray Conniff Ray Conniff (Christian name Joseph Raymond Coniff) born November 6, 1916 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA, and died October 12, 2002, Escondido, California, USA) was an American musician. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Ray Conniff Ray Conniff (Christian name Joseph Raymond Coniff) born November 6, 1916 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA, and died October 12, 2002, Escondido, California, USA) was an American musician. ... 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. ... 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. ... Bryan Guy Adams (born November 5, 1959) is a successful Canadian singer and songwriter. ... George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is an American country singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... The Doors self-titled debut, released in 1967 The Doors were a musical band of the 1960s and early 1970s, consisting of Jim Morrison (lead vocals), Ray Manzarek (organ, keyboard), Robby Krieger (guitar), and John Densmore (drums). ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Tina Turner on the cover of her 1991 compilation album Simply the Best Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, November 26, 1939) is an African American/Native American, R&B, pop, rock and soul singer, Buddhist and occasional actress. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Boney M Boney M is a Eurodance and disco group, which was phenomenally successful during the 1970s. ... Perry Como (born Pierino Ronald Como; May 18, 1912–May 12, 2001) was an Italian-American crooner during the last half of the 20th century. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Van Halen is a United States hard rock band named after the guitarist Eddie Van Halen and his brother drummer Alex Van Halen. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Frank Sinatra in 1947 Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer who is considered one of the finest vocalists of all time, renowned for his impeccable phrasing and timing. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Iron Maiden promo image for The Wicker Man single. ... Iron Maiden promo image for The Wicker Man single. ... Def Leppard. ... Eminem Eminem is the stage name of Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972 in St. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... The current Pearl Jam lineup. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... *NSYNC is a five-part pop music vocal group, specifically a boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida, USA. The group members are James Lance Bass, Joshua Scott Chasez (JC), Joseph Anthony Fatone Junior (Joey), Christopher Alan Kirkpatrick (Chris), and Justin Randall Timberlake. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... For the economist and president of the Inter-American Development Bank, see Enrique V. Iglesias. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... For the economist and president of the Inter-American Development Bank, see Enrique V. Iglesias. ... Tom Jones (born June 7, 1940) is a Welsh pop singer with a large and powerful voice. ... Alanis Morissette Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a successful French-Canadian/American singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ... Alanis Morissette Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a successful French-Canadian/American singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ... John Michael Osbourne (born December 3, 1948, in Aston, a suburb of Birmingham, West Midlands, England), better known as Ozzy Osbourne, was the lead singer of the rock band Black Sabbath and later a popular solo artist and reality television star. ... Boyz II Men is a Motown vocal group from Philadelphia, founded in 1988. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Tony Bennett is a jazz and pop music singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... George Michael George Michael (born June 25, 1963) is a Greek-British pop singer/songwriter born in East Finchley, London. ... George Michael George Michael (born June 25, 1963) is a Greek-British pop singer/songwriter born in East Finchley, London. ... Depeche Mode was originally founded in 1980 as a synth pop band in the town of Basildon, England. ... The starman logo of Rush first appeared on the back cover of 2112. ... Alabama is a country music band that was started in 1969 but did not get a recording contract until 1977. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Michael Bolton, American singer-songwriter, was born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Connecticut, on February 26, 1954. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... The Police was a three-piece British pop band which was strongly influenced by reggae. ... This article is about the 1980s-1990s grunge band Nirvana. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Mötley Crüe in 2004 (from the left: Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee) Mötley Crüe (Pronounced Mott-Lee Crew) is an American rock band whose members include Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, and Vince Neil. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Chicago is a rock band that formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Original 1981 UK 45 rpm single peelable-stickers picture cover: Foreigner - Urgent Foreigner is a rock and roll band formed in New York in 1976 by Mick Jones, Ian McDonald, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ed Gagliardi and Lou Gramm. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... The original line-up of Guns N Roses. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Dire Straits performing live Dire Straits is a British rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass) and Pick Withers (drums), and managed by Ed Bicknell. ... Oasis as of 2005, left to right:Andy Bell, Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher and Gem Archer Oasis are a best-selling rock and roll Britpop band, originally from Manchester, England. ... Oasis as of 2005, left to right:Andy Bell, Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher and Gem Archer Oasis are a best-selling rock and roll Britpop band, originally from Manchester, England. ... UB40 is a popular dub reggae / reggae pop music band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. ... This article is about the singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... This article is about the singer. ... Brussels December 22nd 2003 Simply Red is a British band currently composed of Mick Hucknall (lead singer) and various backing musicians. ... Brussels December 22nd 2003 Simply Red is a British band currently composed of Mick Hucknall (lead singer) and various backing musicians. ... Ace of Base is a Swedish pop band that consists of Jonas Berggren (Joker), Ulf Ekberg (Buddha), Linn Berggren and Jenny Berggren; the three Berggrens are siblings. ... Years after his death, Tupac Shakur is still considered one of the most influential rap artists of all time. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Bananaramas members on the cover of their 1984 album Bananarama. Bananarama is a girl group that found worldwide fame with their melodic pop songs. ...

Destiny's Child 4 43,000,000 US 90s-00s
Alan Jackson 43,000,000 US 90s-00s Country source (http://www.hollywoodsportsbook.com/lasvegas_shows/mgmgrandshow.cfm)
Journey (US)~40,000,000 US
99 Judas Priest 15 ~40,000,000 UK 70s-00s Hard Rock source

Destinys Child featured on the cover of their latest album, Destiny Fulfilled. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Alan Jackson wearing his hat Alan Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country music singer, and songwriter, originally from Newnan, Georgia. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Country music, once known as country and western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... Journey is an American rock and roll band formed in 1973 in San Francisco. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Judas Priest are an immensely influential heavy metal band formed in 1969 in Birmingham, England. ... Judas Priest are an immensely influential heavy metal band formed in 1969 in Birmingham, England. ...

100-140

#    Name Albums Worldwide Sales Nationality Years Active Genre Estimation on
100 The Who ~40,000,000 UK *(20mil.US)
Willie Nelson ~40,000,000 US
The Cars ~40,000,000 US *(23mil.US)
Simon and Garfunkel ~40,000,000 US *(36mil.US)
R. Kelly ~40,000,000 US *(28mil.US)
Christina Aguilera 4 ~40,000,000 US 90s-00s 34mil. albums
Reba McEntire ~36,000,000 US Country
Bob Dylan ~36,000,000 US 60s-00s
Dixie Chicks ~35,000,000 US 80s-00s Country *28 mil US
John Denver ~35,000,000 US
Linda Ronstadt ~30,000,000 US
Boston ~30,000,000 US
James Taylor ~30,000,000 US
Dave Matthews Band ~30,000,000 US
John Mellencamp ~30,000,000 US
Lynyrd Skynyrd ~30,000,000 US
ZZ Top ~30,000,000 US
Steve Miller Band ~30,000,000 US
Earth, Wind & Fire ~30,000,000 US *(23 mil.US)
120 Sarah McLachlan 30,000,000 Canada 80s-00s source
Barry Manilow ~30,000,000 US
Robbie Williams ~30,000,000 UK 90s-00s Pop source
The Cure 12 27,000,000 UK 70s-00s Rock source (http://yahoo.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,14461,00.html?yhnws)
Karel Gott 100+ 27,000,000 Czech Republic 50s-00s source (http://www.radio.cz/en/article/37256)
Melissa Etheridge 8 27,000,000 US 80s-00s Rock source (http://www.teamshania.com/lounge/archive/index.php/t-1026.html)
Amy Grant 19 26,000,000 US 70s-00s Gospel/Christian *(25mil.US)
Toto 15 25,000,000 US 70s-00s Pop source (http://legacyrecordings.com/toto/discog.html)
Norah Jones 3 25,000,000 US 00s Jazz source
A-ha 8 ~25,000,000 Norway 80s-00s Pop source (http://www.banman.co.uk/artists.htm)
Avril Lavigne 2 24,000,000 Canada 00s Pop/Rock source
The Carpenters (US)24,000,000 US
Brooks & Dunn (US)23,000,000 US
Creed (US)23,000,000 US
Faith Hill (US)23,000,000 US
130 Vince Gill (US)23,000,000 US
Luther Vandross (US)23,000,000 US
Mannheim Steamroller (US)23,000,000 US
TLC (US)22,000,000 US
The Doobie Brothers (US)22,000,000 US
Creedence Clearwater Revival (US)22,000,000 US
Genesis (US)22,000,000 UK
Randy Travis 11 21,000,000 US 80s-00s Country source 1 (http://www.ourbrowncounty.com/0901s4.htm) source2 (http://www.nationalacts.com/bands/randy_travis.htm)
Jimi Hendrix (US)20,000,000 US
The Beach Boys (US)20,000,000 US
Jay-Z (US)20,000,000 US
Eros Ramazzotti ~20,000,000 Italy 80s-00s source
140 Kim Wilde 20,000,000 UK 80s-00s Rock/Synth Pop source

The Who in 1968. ... Willie Nelson Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American guitarist and country singer, originally from Abbott, Texas. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... The Cars were an American New Wave band, one of the most popular to emerge out of the early punk scene in the late 1970s. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Bridge Over Troubled Water was Simon and Garfunkels last album; the title track was one of three number one hits in the United States but their only number one hit in the United Kingdom. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... R. Kelly R. Kelly (born Robert Sylvester Kelly on January 8, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois) is an African-American R&B and soul singer, songwriter and record producer who found international acclaim in the 1990s for his diverse talents as a singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and musician. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Christina Aguilera Christina Maria Aguilera (born December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York) is an American popular music singer and songwriter. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Christina Aguilera Christina Maria Aguilera (born December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York) is an American popular music singer and songwriter. ... Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma) is one of the best-selling country music performers of the last half of the 20th century, best known for pop ballads that include 22 American #1 hits. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Country music, once known as country and western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... Portrait photograph of Bob Dylan taken by Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941) is widely regarded as one of Americas greatest popular songwriters. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... The Dixie Chicks: Martie, Natalie and Emily The Dixie Chicks is a country music group, formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, USA. Group history The original members of the Dixie Chicks were the sisters Martie Erwin and Emily Erwin, Laura Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... John Denver John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Linda Ronstadt on the cover of her 2002 collection The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Boston is a best-selling rock band that achieved its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... James Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Boston, Massachusetts. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Dave Matthews Band in concert Dave Matthews Band is an American jam band, originally formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991 by singer and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, Leroi Moore, who plays a wide variety of instruments from the saxophone to the flute, violin player Boyd Tinsley, drummer Carter... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American singer and songwriter, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including Jack and Diane, and by his role in the Farm Aid charity event. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1973 Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American Southern rock band, described by All Music Guides Stephen Thomas Erlewine as the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious, Southern image and a hard rock swagger. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... ZZ Top is a rock band, most prominent in the 1970s and 1980s, from Houston, Texas. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Steve Miller is a blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Earth, Wind & Fire is a legendary African American funk band, formed in Chicago in 1969. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Sarah McLachlan Sarah Ann McLachlan (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. ... Sarah McLachlan Sarah Ann McLachlan (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. ... Barry Manilow in 2004 doing that same move MJ did during his Copacabana song Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York on June 17, 1943) is an American singer and songwriter. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Album cover for Williams 2004 Greatest Hits Robert Peter Williams (born February 13, 1974 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire) is a British pop singer. ... Album cover for Williams 2004 Greatest Hits Robert Peter Williams (born February 13, 1974 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire) is a British pop singer. ... Cover to The Cures 1989 album Disintegration The Cure is a British rock band widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock and post-punk scenes of the 1980s. ... Karel Gott (born July 14, 1939) has been arguably the most successful Czech singer (crooner) between the 1960s and 2000. ... Melissa Etheridge on the cover of her album Breakdown Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American rock musician. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Amy Grant, Age To Age, 1982 Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American singer-songwriter whose music has strong Christian themes. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Gospel music may refer either to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the 1930s or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by white southern Christian artists. ... Toto is an American pop/rock band which had their greatest commercial success in the 1980s. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Norah Jones Norah Jones (born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30, 1979; she changed her name officially to Norah Jones at age 16) is an American multi-Grammy Award winning pianist and singer-songwriter whose career was launched with her successful 2002 debut album Come Away With Me, a... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Norah Jones Norah Jones (born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30, 1979; she changed her name officially to Norah Jones at age 16) is an American multi-Grammy Award winning pianist and singer-songwriter whose career was launched with her successful 2002 debut album Come Away With Me, a... a-ha is a Norwegian pop music band. ... Avril Lavigne in her music video for the song Complicated (2002) Avril Ramona Lavigne (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. ... Avril Lavigne in her music video for the song Complicated (2002) Avril Ramona Lavigne (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. ... Karen and Richard Carpenter This article is about a musical group. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Brooks & Dunn are country music singer/songwriter duo, one of the most successful in the history of country music. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Creed Creed (1995 – 2004) was formed in 1995 as a rock, and alternative rock group. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Faith Hill Audrey Faith Perry known as Faith Hill (born September 21, 1967) is an American country singer, known for her remarkable pop success as well as her much-publicized marriage to singer Tim McGraw. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Vince Gill Vince Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American country music musician and singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Luther Vandross (born Luther Ronzoni Vandross April 20, 1951 in New York, New York) is an American R&B singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Mannheim Steamroller is a 18th century classical rock/New Age group founded by Chip Davis, and specializing in modern recordings of Christmas music. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... TLC, as pictured on the cover of their third album, FanMail. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band, best known for hit singles like Black Water. They were popular throughout the 1970s. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Creedence Clearwater Revival album cover Creedence Clearwater Revival is the name of an American rock band, fronted by John Fogerty. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Genesis is a progressive rock group that was formed in 1967 when founding members Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks were still students at Charterhouse School. ... Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959) is a North Carolina-born country singer. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Jimi Hendrix James Marshall Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer who is widely considered to be the most important electric guitarist in the history of popular music. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are a pop music group formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961, whose popularity has lasted into the twenty-first century. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Eros Ramazzotti, Italian singer, born on October 28, 1963, in the Rome suburb of Cinecittà, the son of a housepainter. ... Eros Ramazzotti, Italian singer, born on October 28, 1963, in the Rome suburb of Cinecittà, the son of a housepainter. ... Kim Wilde, circa 1982 Kim Wilde (born November 18, 1960) was born in Chiswick, West London as the first child of 1950s Rock & Roller Marty Wilde and Joyce Baker, formerly of the British singing and dancing group the Vernons Girls. ... Kim Wilde, circa 1982 Kim Wilde (born November 18, 1960) was born in Chiswick, West London as the first child of 1950s Rock & Roller Marty Wilde and Joyce Baker, formerly of the British singing and dancing group the Vernons Girls. ...

Notes

  • In albums column: left number is a number of studio albums, right number other albums.
  • The sign "~" represents that the total sales are not specific. Even if it reads "50 million", the total sales could actually be 60 million. Also note to the above "grain of salt" method.
  • * - sales projected from US album sales data based on "popularity" in the world and based on US/World sales ratio of similar artists that already have both US and World sales data. (US sales data provided on RIAA.Com (http://www.riaa.com/gp/bestsellers/topartists.asp)).
  • About ABBA, Beatles and Elvis sales see link here (http://www.abbasite.com/forum/thread.php?t=10484) and here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABBA_Discography).
  • For "Standards" music style see article Pop Standards.

This style refers to the high point of western vocal pop music, the era of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and Rosemary Clooney. ...

Estimation Table

According to the RIAA (http://www.riaa.com/news/marketingdata/default.asp), the World music market is estimated at $40 billion annually, and the U.S. recording industry accounts for one-third of the world market. Global music market was estimated at 30$-$40 billion in 2004 (*). Total annual unit sales (CDs, music video, mp3) in this year were 3 billion. ...


This table represents the album sales of artists that are popular both in the USA and in the world. The ratio between their US and worldwide album sales can be helpful in estimating the worlwide sales of artists that are similar in their US and worldwide exposure but only have US sales figures. However, this estimation technique cannot be used to estimate the US sales of non-English-singing artists, as their US figures will likely be very low. This technique may also undercount artists who sometimes record in other languages in addition to English, since they will likely have a larger worldwide audience. Also since this technique is based on album sales, it will tend to undercount those artists popular in the 1960s and before, when singles were much more popular relative to albums than they have been since then.

Artist US Album Sales Worldwide Album Sales Ratio
Mariah Carey 67 mil. 196 mil. 3.26
Madonna 67 mil. 175 mil. 2.92
Céline Dion 45.5 mil. 185 mil. 4.07
Michael Jackson 58.5 mil. 160 mil. 2.73
Whitney Houston 54 mil. 129 mil. 2.38
Janet Jackson 24 mil. 76 mil. 3.16
Bon Jovi 33.5 mil. 100 mil. 2.98
Gloria Estefan 22 mil. 70 mil. 3.18

Average US/Worldwide album sales ratio = 2.99. US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Mariah Carey, April, 2005 Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970 in Huntington, New York) is an American popular music singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, diva, actress, and philanthropist who rose to prominence in the 1990s. ... Madonna Ciccone Madonna Louise Ciccone (born in Bay City, Michigan, August 16, 1958), simply known by the stage name Madonna, also occasionally referred to as Madonna Ciccone Ritchie, is an American singer frequently referred to as the Queen of Pop music. ... Céline Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion OC (born March 30, 1968) is a French-Canadian popular vocalist from Quebec, Canada, who has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. ... Michael Jackson on the cover of the album Bad in 1987. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963, Newark, New Jersey) is an American pop, R&B and soul singer and actress. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana) is an African-American pop, R&B and soul singer-songwriter and the youngest child of the hugely successful Jackson music family. ... Jon Bon Jovi Portrait by T.HO 2004 Bon Jovi is a rock band from New Jersey, USA that sold more than 100 million albums in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and played live concerts in major cities in Asia, Europe, Australia, Canada and South America, in addition to a... Gloria, Live & Re-wrapped Tour Promo Poster Gloria Estefan (birth name Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo, born September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba), is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, who began her career as lead vocalist for the then exclusively Spanish-language band, Miami Sound Machine, in 1977...


Chart Statistics

Number of best sellers: 140.


By Country

Genre #N of bestsellers
United States 76
United Kingdom 22
Canada 7
Australia 3
France 3
Sweden 2
Ireland 2
Russia 1
Spain 1
Greece 2
Germany 2
Total 115

By Genre

Genre #N of bestsellers
Synth Pop 20
Rock 12
Hard Rock 5
Latino Pop 2
Rock and Roll 2
Country 2
Instrumental 1
Gospel/Christian 1
Classic 1
Disco 4
Dance 1
Total 51

See also

Global music market was estimated at 30$-$40 billion in 2004 (*). Total annual unit sales (CDs, music video, mp3) in this year were 3 billion. ... This is the list of best selling music artists worldwide. ... This is an alphabetical list of popular music performers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. ... This article discusses who is the Worlds Biggest Selling Female Recording Artist of all time. ...

External links

  • Rockonthenet.Com (http://www.rockonthenet.com/) - Contains information about US sales.
  • http://www.xfm.co.uk/Article.asp?b=news&id=86590

 
 

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