Top 10 Best Selling Musicians of All-Time

Top 10 Best Selling Musicians of All-Time

These are the top-selling music artists of
all-time. If Robyn Rihanna Fenty’s early success continues,
the 26-year-old superstar from Barbados will probably one day be #1 on this list. She has
already tied Michael Jackson for third all-time with 13 #1 singles. She also reigns over the
Internet and is the most streamed and subscribed artist in the world. Her home country even
celebrates an official national holiday in her honor every February 22nd. Eagles have come a long way from their first
performance at Disneyland backing Linda Ronstadt. After coming up with their name during a tequila
and peyote fueled trip in the Mojave Desert, the band decided they should simply be called
Eagles. They had five #1 singles and four #1 albums in a row in the 70’s. Eagles are
the best-selling American band ever. The massively influential Mariah Carey broke
through in 1988. Mariah was introduced to classical opera as a teenager, which clearly
influenced her unique singing style. Her voice was so fresh that her first four singles from
her debut album all went to number one on the charts, the first artist since The Jackson
5 to achieve that level of lightening-fast success. Led Zeppelin was the biggest and most innovative
band in the world in the 1970’s. The track “Stairway to Heaven” may be the most important
song in rock history. After the tragic death of their drummer, John Bonham, the band broke
up. Their 2007 reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena set the record for Highest Demand
for Tickets for One Music Concert. Garth Brooks brilliantly fused elements of
rock with country, producing hit after hit, and revolutionizing the entire genre. He is
the best-selling albums artist in the United States in the SoundScan era, the time period
after 1991 when sales figures began to me more accurately counted. Brooks has six albums
that have sold more than 10 million copies. Elton John was a prodigy on the piano since
his fingers first touched the keys as a three year old, able to playback classical pieces
that he had heard just once. Within just a three-year span, between 1972 and 1975, he
had seven consecutive albums reach number one in the US. His single honoring the life
of British Princess Diana after her death is the best-selling single in music history. Madonna Louise Cissone is the “Queen of
Pop” and is the best-selling female artist of all-time. It all started when she dropped
out of the University of Michigan to pursue a career in dance. “It was the first time
I’d ever taken a plane, the first time I’d ever gotten a taxi cab,” she remembers.
“I came here with $35 in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I’ve ever done.” Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” spent
virtually his entire life on top of the charts, and in the glaring spotlight. After churning
out hit after hit with his brothers, he began his prolific solo career at 13 years old.
His masterpiece, Thriller, is the best-selling album of all-time. Jackson’s legendary moonwalk
performance of “Billie Jean” in 1983 to a live television audience of 47 million Americans
launched his fame into the stratosphere. Then there’s Elvis, or simply, “The King.”
His leg shake was a result of his nerves, but soon became his signature move, driving
crowds crazy. Elvis was unlike anything anyone had seen or heard before, and his blend of
Motown and southern sounds arrived right as the civil rights movement was taking off.
At age 23, right when his career was peaking, Presley was drafted into the US Army and served
for two years in Germany. While there, he became severely dependent on drugs, which
eventually ruined his body and career, and took his life when he was just 42. The Beatles are the most successful band in
human history. They’ve sold more albums than any other act and have the most #1 hits
on the US Billboard Chart, with 20 over just a 7 year period. On February 9th, 1964, the
Beatles appeared in front of a live audience of 73 million Americans on The Ed Sullivan
Show, launching the British Invasion of the pop music charts that continues to this day. I hope you enjoyed this musical mini-doc.
Which artist’s music do you think people should be buying more of? Thanks for watching.
For TDC, I’m Bryce Plank.


  1. This is not true, I read documents at

    The Beatles #1
    Garth Brooks #2
    Elvis Presley #3
    Eagles #5

  2. I'm sorry but this list is very wrong. Please research before you upload stuff like this. There are 2 female solo artists in the top 10, Madonna and Celine Dion. Rihanna is nowhere near the top ten, maybe in 20 years she will be but she has a long long way to go.

    1. Beatles – 405,737,000 (as of Mar 2017)
    2. Michael Jackson – 323,741,000 (as of Sep 2017)
    3. Madonna – 241,134,000 (as of Aug 2017)
    4. Queen – 238,637,000 (as of Oct 2017)
    5. Rolling Stones – 237,135,000 (as of Dec 2016)
    6. Pink Floyd – 229,426,000 (as of Jun 2017)
    7. Led Zeppelin – 200,459,000 (as of Aug 2016)
    8. Elton John – 196,130,000 (as of Feb 2018)
    9. U2 – 194,519,000 (as of Aug 2016)
    10. Céline Dion – 193,422,000 (as of Sep 2016)

    This list is compiled by It is used by adding, CDs, Lps, videos, dvds, streams and downloads combined. Elvis Presley is still to be worked on.

  3. That’s why I don’t agree with comparing today’s artists with these icons. Most of them were selling albums without YouTube. Imagine if MJ or the Beatles were making music during this media era!! I’m sorry there is no comparison btw MJ and the Beatles to modern era singers. It’s just not close. Kudos to Rihanna though. I know a lot of emphasis is placed of Beyoncé but Rihanna has one of the most successful artists of this era. When it comes down to it, sells are a major part of an artist success.

  4. I'm sorry but your WRONG the best selling musical artist of all time are abba with 500 million records sold world wide, far surpassing the beatles. all because the beatles are the best dosnt mean they are the best selling.

  5. Too many salty mj fans there is no way that mj is better than elvis and there is no way that there is any band and music artist that is same sentence with the beatles

  6. Too many salty mj fans there is no way that mj is better than elvis and there is no way that there is any band and music artist that is same sentence with the beatles

  7. Michael was the most successful in my opinion. No one will ever compare to him. His level of fame was absolutely crazy

  8. Best Selling Male Artists

    1. The Beatles
    2. Elvis Presley
    3. Michael Jackson
    4. Elton John
    5. Led Zepplin
    6. Pink Floyd
    7. AC/DC
    8. Queen
    9. The Rolling Stones
    10. Eminem

  9. Best Selling Female Artists

    1. Madonna
    2. Mariah Carey
    3. Celine Dion
    4. Whitney Houston
    5. Janet Jackson
    6. Britney Spears
    7. Rihanna
    8. Beyonce
    9. Lady Gaga
    10. Taylor Swift

  10. The Jackson fans, do not like the truth: Elvis is always be miles ahead of their so called singer. Elvis is the true king of music not that freak.

  11. Happy new 2109!!! Ladies and gentlemen, The one and only " Madonna"…………..The best selling female singer of all time.. and she will be….. My respects to the 3 singers who are n the 3 firsts spots. Elvis P is amazing… And of course, The King Michael Jackson. No one will be like you man. We miss you so much……….

  12. Correct, but your doing US numbers. Like for example that's what Elvis sold in the US, but he sold 1 Billion worldwide. Look it up he's on guiness for best selling solo artist

  13. 10. George Michael
    9. Madonna
    8. Michael Jackson
    7. Led Zeppelin
    6. The Who
    5. Abba
    4. Pink Floyd
    3. The Rolling Stones
    2. Elvis Presley
    1. The Beatles

  14. Why do people get mad when Michael Jackson isn't number 1 with the argument "he has the best-selling album of all time", but don't find valid the argument that "the Beatles are the musical act with most number one songs ever", making them the best selling MUSICAL ACT of all time. Read the title. One song or one album doesn't define an artist's career to have always being best selling. And even if that was the case, The Beatles would still be number 1, because in an average of their whole career, they simply were/are the musical act that has sold the most music ever. Also, even if the data of the list isn't accurate you can't say "Michael Jackson should be number one" or "Elvis Presley should be number one", and suddenly turning that artist's sales into the biggest ones in the world. The list (and every other "Best Selling Artists List") isn't saying which artist is better than the other, it just tells you which artist has the most certified sales, and one's opinion or discontent won't change that.

  15. Even though The Beatles sold more I think MJ and Elvis are more famous globally. I'm from the middle east and I have known MJ and Elvis way before The Beatles.

  16. Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist, Until March 2015 has sold worldwide 335 million records (albums and singles (including digital tracks). Source GWR

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