10 Best selling music artists of all time: billboard record sales
But one thing is abundantly clear—they are the best selling music artists of all time .
Top 10 best selling musicians of all time
10. Celine Dion.
Records sold—124 million albums. This 51 year old Canadian crooner can charm leopards out of their spots with her irresistible voice. Even as a teenager in her native French speaking Quebec in Canada, Celine mesmerized and became an outstanding performer.
However, her worldwide success came in the 90s with her two consecutive albums ‘Falling into you, and ‘Let’s talk about love’ 1996 and 1997 respectively. Ms Celine Dion has not looked back since. The music icon who has a net worth of $650 million is number 10 on the list of best selling music artistes of all time.
Record sales—129 million albums sold. They are the most successful US rock band ever. The Eagles are an American Rock Band formed in Los Angeles California in 1971. There success has been remarkable, even though the band has been off and on over the years. Their first burst of success was from 1971-1980, after which the disbanded. New and founding members joined up again for their longest run, from 1994—2016. The disbanded, but reunited again less than a year later in 2017.
8. Mariah Carey—134.7 million units sold.
Her voice has captivated millions for years now. And her hypnotic sound has won her so many fans and millions in record sales. Mariah Carey’s incredible five octave vocal range is only part of what makes this iconic songstress one of the most popular singers on earth. Her vocal range, combined with her singing style and heart stirring voice makes you truly realize you witnessing one of the greats. Especially when you experience her live performances. The 49 year old who is a self confessed diva, is also one of the most consistent performers in music and certainly one of the most successful singers.
7. Led Zeppelin—139.3 million units sold.
They are the highest selling rock band in history. One of Led Zeppelin’s hit songs Stairway to heaven is still considered by many as the greatest ever Rock song. Formed in London in 1968, the band which consisted of Charismatic lead vocal Robert Plant, bass guitarist Jimmy Page, drummer John Bonham, and Keyboardist John Paul Jones, is one of the most influential rock bands in living memory. After the death of their drummer John Bonham in 1980 from alcohol poisoning, the Band was never really the same again. Many agree that Boham’s ingenious drum Stokes was actually the heart and soul of the band’s music and their popular sound.
This is the super talented singer who took country music to heights never before seen. Multi Grammy Award winning country singer Garth Brooks is by no means the first artiste to infuse pop into his country songs. Before him, Dolly Parton and Shania Twain did just that with great success. But the 57 year old Mr. Garth Brooks took things several notches up, by incorporating pop and Rock into his songs in way that became an instant hit, and created widespread appeal in the United states and the rest of the World.
5. Elton John—167.4 million records sold.
The legendary Sir Elton Hercules John is currently the most successful British solo artiste ever and the 5th best selling music artiste of all time. The singer/ songwriter and music composer is renowned for his soul stirring songs and remarkable piano playing skills. The 72 year old is still going strong musically after almost six decades of making great music.
Record sales—170 million albums. Madonna is One of the most resilient and consistent musical acts ever. And the most successful female artiste in history. Widely regarded as the Queen of pop, the singer/songwriter, recording artiste, actor and entrepreneur has some of the most memorable music videos and concerts you have ever seen. The 61 year old cones in at number four.
3. Micheal Jackson.
Record sales—183.5 million albums sold. He really needs no introduction, but we’ll do our best anyway. The late King of Pop Michael Jackson has broken almost every music record there is and continues to do so even years after his death.
A couple of Important points here: Mr. Jackson holds the incredible distinction of having the first and second highest selling albums in history. The groundbreaking albums are Thriller (1983) and Bad (1988).
2. Elvis Presley.
Record sales— 211.5 million albums sold. The ‘King’ Elvis Presley is the most successful solo artiste in history. Popularly referred to by the single name Elvis, the Mercurial entertainer shaped a great deal of the music genres we have today. He was prolific, in genres such as Rock, pop, blues, gospel and more. His impact on popular culture can hardly be compared to that of any before him, only Michael Jackson was able to eclipse this. Incidentally both men died much too early, and almost in the same manner.
1. The Beatles.
Record sales — 270.1 million albums sold.
Who are the best selling singers of all time?
- The Beatles
- Elvis Presley
- Michael Jackson
- Elton John
- Garth Brooks
- Led Zeppelin
- Mariah Carey
- The Eagles
- Celine Dion