100 biggest selling music artists of all time

Stolen from somewhere else obviously – no way I could compile this myself. 

Some of the great guitarists featured in here:

Slash, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Neal Schon, Ace Frehley, Joe Perry, Tony Iommi, Angus Young, Dave Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Richie Sambora, Phil Collen, Edge, Prince and uh, Keith Richards.

100. The Monkees, Albums sold: 57.5 M, Genre: Rock, USA
99. John Denver, Albums sold: 58 M, Genre: Folk/Rock/Country, USA
98. Pearl Jam, Albums sold: 58.5 M, Genre: Alternative, USA,
97. Simon and Garfunkel, Albums sold: 59.5 M, Genre: Folk/Rock, USA
96. Frank Sinatra, Albums sold: 60 M, Genre: Standards, USA
95. Perry Como, Albums sold: 60.2 M, Genre: Standards, USA
94. Tina Turner, Albums sold: 60.5 M, Genre: Rock/Pop, USA
93. The Doors, Albums sold: 61 M, Genre: Rock. USA
92. Bryan Adams, Albums sold: 61.5 M, Genre: Pop/Rock, Canada
91. Vicky Leandros, Albums sold: 62 M, Genre: Pop, Greece
90. Chicago, Albums sold: 62.3 M, Genre: Jazz/Rock, USA
89. Guns N’ Roses, Albums sold: 62.7 M, Genre: Hard Rock, USA
88. Phil Collins, Albums sold: 63 M, Genre: Rock/Pop, UK
87. Genesis, Albums sold: 63.5 M, Genre: Rock/Pop, UK
86. Tupac, Albums sold: 64 M, Genre: Rap, USA
85. Eminem, Albums sold: 65 M, Genre: Rap, USA
84. Iron Maiden, Albums sold: 65.2 M, Genre: Metal, UK
83. George Strait, Albums sold: 65.6 M, Genre: Country, USA
82. Kylie Minogue, Albums sold: 66.3 M, Genre: Synth, Australia
81. Van Halen, Albums sold: 66.7 M, Genre: Hard Rock, USA
80. Bay City Rollers, Albums sold: 67.5 M, Genre: Rock, UK
79. Charley Pride, Albums sold: 68.5 M, Genre: Country, USA
78. Roberto Carlos, Albums sold: 68.8 M, Genre: Pop, Brazil
77. Enya, Albums sold: 70 M, Genre: New Age/Celtic, Ireland
76. Gloria Estefan, Albums sold: 70.5 M, Genre: Latino Pop, USA
75. The Carpenters, Albums sold: 71 M, Genre: Pop, USA
74. A-ha, Albums sold: 71.4 M, Genre: Pop, Norway
73. Depeche Mode, Albums sold: 71.9 M, Genre: Pop/Rock, UK
72. Shania Twain, Albums sold: 73 M, Genre: Country/Pop, Canada
71. Dire Straits, Albums sold: 73.3 M, Genre: Pop/Rock, UK
70. Paul McCartney, Albums sold: 74.2 M, Genre: Rock, UK
69. Journey, Albums sold: 74.5 M, Genre: Rock/Pop, USA
68. Backstreet Boys, Albums sold: 75 M, Genre: Pop, USA
67. Spice Girls 3, Albums sold: 76 M, Genre: Pop, UK
66. Hank Snow, Albums sold: 76.5 M, Genre: Folk, Canada
65. Stevie Wonder, Albums sold: 78 M, Genre: Soul/R&B/Disco, USA
64. Eric Clapton, Albums sold: 79 M, Genre: Rock/Blues, UK
63. Fairouz, Albums sold: 79.5 M, Genre: Tradition Arab/pop Lebanon
62. Salavatore Adamo, Albums sold: 80 M, Genre: Italian Pop, Italy
61. Dalida, Albums sold: 80.8 M, Genre: Pop, France
60. Santana, Albums sold: 81 M, Genre: Rock, USA
59. Jean- Michael Jarre, Albums sold: 82 M, Genre: Synth/Pop, France
58. Modern Talking, Albums sold: 82.5 M, Genre: Eurodance, Germany
57. Britney Spears, Albums sold: 84 M, Genre: Pop, USA
56. Eddy Arnold, Albums sold: 85 M, Genre: Country, USA
55. B’z 14, Albums sold: 86 M, Genre: J-Pop, Japan
54. Kiss 30, Albums sold: 87 M, Genre: Hard Rock, USA
53. Earth Wind & Fire, Albums sold: 88 M, Genre: R&B/Funk/Disco/Pop
52. Bob Dylan, Albums sold: 89 M, Genre: Folk/Rock, USA
51. Def Leppard, Albums sold: 89.6 M, Genre: Hard Rock, UK
50. Bruce Springsteen, Albums sold: 90 M, Genre: Rock/Pop, USA
49. Charles Aznavour, Albums sold: 91 M, Genre: Pop, France
48. Johnny Hallyday, Albums sold: 92 M, Genre: Pop, France
47. Fleetwood Mac, Albums sold: 93 M, Genre: Pop/Rock, UK/US
46. Billy Joel, Albums sold: 95 M, Genre: Pop/Rock, USA
45. Aerosmith, Albums sold: 97 M, Genre: Hard Rock, USA
44. Donna Summer, Albums sold: 98 M, Genre: Disco, USA
43. Dolly Parton, Albums sold: 99 M, Genre: Country, USA
42. Lionel Riche, Albums sold: 100 M, Genre: Pop/R&B, USA
41. Johnny Mathis, Albums sold: 101 M, Genre: Rock/Pop, UK
40. Illayaraja, Albums sold: 102 M, Genre: Indian, India
39. OmPrakash, Albums sold: 103 M, Genre: Indian, India
38. Brenda Lee, Albums sold: 104 M, Genre: Pop/Country, USA
37. Luciano Pavarotti, Albums sold: 105 M, Genre: Opera, Italy
36. Ricky Nelson, Albums sold: 105.5 M, Genre: Pop/Country/Rock, USA
35. Prince, Albums sold: 107 M, Genre: Rock/Pop, USA
34. Alla Pugacheva, Albums sold: 107.3 M, Genre: Rock/Pop, Russia
33. Mireille Mathieu, Albums sold: 107.6 M, Genre: Pop, France
32. Barbra Streisand, Albums sold: 107.9 M, Genre: Pop, USA
31. Black Sabbath, 108.2 M, Genre: Hard Rock/Metal, USA
30. Kenny Rogers, Albums sold: 109 M, Genre: Country/Pop/Rock, USA
29. R.E.M., Albums sold: 109.5 M, Genre: Rock, USA
28. Bon Jovi, Albums sold: 114 M, Genre: Rock/Hard Rock, USA
27. The Bee Gees, Albums sold: 116 M, Genre: Pop/Disco, UK/Australia
26. Wei Wei, Albums sold: 120 M, Genre: Pop, China
25. The Eagles, Albums sold: 122 M, Genre: Country/Rock, USA
24. Janet Jackson, Albums sold: 130 M, Genre: R&B/Pop, USA
23. Garth Brooks, Albums sold: 145 M, Genre: Country, USA
22. The Jacksons, Albums sold: 150 M, Genre: R&B, USA
21. U2, Albums sold: 155 M, Genre: Rock/Pop, Ireland
20. ABBA, Albums sold: 160 M, Genre: Disco/Pop, Sweden
19. Whitney Houston, Albums sold: 180 M, Genre: R&B/Pop, USA
18. AC/DC, Albums sold: 185 M, Genre: Hard Rock, Australia/UK
17. Queen, Albums sold: 190 M, Genre: Rock, R&R, UK
16. Julio Iglesias, Albums sold: 200 M, Genre: Latino Pop, Spain
15. Metallica, Albums sold: 204 M, Genre: Hard Rock, USA
14. Led Zeppelin, Albums sold: 207 M, Genre: Rock/Blues, UK
13. Pink Floyd, Albums sold: 210 M, Genre: Prog Rock, UK
12. Celine Dion, Albums sold: 220 M, Genre: Pop, Canada
9. Elton John, Albums sold: 225 M, Genre: Pop, UK
8. Mariah Carey, Albums sold: 240 M, Genre: Pop/R&B, USA
7. The Rolling Stones, Albums sold: 250 M, Genre: Rock, UK
6. Cliff Richard, Albums sold: 252 M, Genre: Rock/Pop, UK
5. Nana Mouskouri, Albums sold: 255 M, Genre: Pop, Greece
4. Madonna, Albums sold: 275 M, Genre: Pop, USA
3. Elvis Presley, Albums sold: 300 M, Genre: Country/Rock, USA
2. Michael Jackson, Albums sold: 350 M, Genre: Pop/R&B, USA
1. The Beatles, Albums sold: 400 M, Genre: Rock, UK

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36 Responses to “100 biggest selling music artists of all time”

  1. The artists at number 10 and 11 have been left out. Could you tell who they are please.

    Regards
    Denis

  2. Nana mouskouri sold over 350 million albums

    • Anonymous Says:

      MOUSKOURI HAS EM ALL BEAT, REPETOIRE UNMATCHED BY ABY OTHER SINGER..OVER 300 GOLD/PLATINUM ALBUMS WORLDWIDE.NO ONE ELSE CAN MAKE THAT CLAIM

  3. Hey Denis – you’re right! I never noticed that. I went back to the source that I copied it from and it was the same, so I guess that’s just a numbering error.

  4. [...] 100 biggest selling music artists of all time Bay City Rollers, Albums sold: 67.5 M, Genre: Rock, UK 79. Charley Pride, Albums sold: 68.5 M, Genre: Country, USA 78. Roberto Carlos, Albums sold: 68.8 M, Genre: Pop, Brazil 77. Enya, Albums sold: 70 M, Genre: New Age/Celtic, Ireland … [...]

  5. Abba had 400 million records sold

  6. Henk: according to?

  7. Johnny Mathis has sold over 350 milion records this has been verified by Guiness Chart historian Paul Gambacini

  8. To J and Henk – this chart is ‘album’ sales, not all records including singles. Anyway, I didn’t make it – go complain to the originator – URL above. Besides, this is a guitar blog -nobody cares where Johnny Mathis or Abba are in it.

  9. The Top sellers of all time:

    1) The beatles- 390 million

    2) Michael Jackson- 380 million

    3) Elvis- 315 million

    but MJ has surpassed them all when it comes to overall succsess though.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Michael Jackson is definitely the worlds biggest selling overall artist of alltime.
      His second album the worlds biggest selling album of alltime with over 110 million copies sold worldwide.His fourth album Dangerous is the worlds biggest selling New jack swing album of alltime with over 32 million copies sold worldwide.his fifth album History is the worlds biggest selling multiple disk of alltime with over 20 million copies[40 million units]sold world wide. his sixth album Blood on the dancefloor is the worlds biggest selling remix album of alltime with over 8million copies sold worldwide. even his third album Bad was for afew years the second biggest selling album of alltime worldwide.According to Wikipedia He has sold over 750million units worldwide during his solo career. He has also sold over 150 million records worldwide as a member off the Jackson 5,which bring his tota sales to close to 1billion records worldwide.he is a double inductee of the rock and roll hall of fame and an inductee of hte songwriters hall of fame.He has been proclaimed the wolrds biggest selling artyist of alltime. he in the world most awarded artist of alltime[19 cgrammy awards and atotal of 410 awards]. He has been proclaimed the most popular artist in the history of show buisness 4,surpassing in the minds of many superstars like the beatles ,Elvis Presly and Madonna.

      • annonymous 2 Says:

        elvis is no1 he sold over one billion

      • I have no idea where some people get their info from. Michael Jackson being the overall biggest selling artist of all time just isn’t true, they are not even 2nd, Elvis is. The Beatles are the biggest selling artists in history, fact, look it up where it matters, the guinness book of records, look it up anywhere you wish to find this info, sorry you just have your figures wrong, very wrong

      • OH one thing I forgot, Elvis, he was around for over 20 years, Michael Jackson around for over 40 years, The Beatles were around for under 8 years, and still surpasses every other artist in history, that speaks a million words.

    • annonymous 2 Says:

      what do you call overall, elvis has had over abillion sales, one billion sixhundred thousand if we are gonna be picky,beat that,

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  22. Anonymous Says:

    Elvis and The Beatles have sold over a Billion. MJ does not come close to them too. Fact.
    Elvis has more Gold or Platinum certificates than anyone in both USA and UK.

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