In the music industry, creating music is not just an art of expression. But it is also about charts, popularity, and sales. Over the decades, many musical artists have conquered the music scene with their critically-acclaimed albums, best-selling singles, and sold out concerts and tours.
Now, let us get to know some of the best-selling artists of all time based on the global sales of their musical masterpieces:
The English rock band The Beatles has started gaining popularity in 1960. They have a total of 19 number one albums in the US charts and over 20 number one singles. Overall, they have recorded a total of 23 studio albums. Their compilation album entitled “1” ranked number 5 in the best-selling albums of the 21st century.
Elvis Presley, named as the “King of Rock and Roll” is regarded as one of the most influential musical icons of the 20th century. He began his musical career in 1954 and has recorded 24 studio albums. Elvis has a total of 25 multi-platinum, 53 platinum, and 90 gold certified albums. According to RCA, Presley sold more than 1.5 billion records worldwide.
Started from the family group Jackson 5, Michael Jackson became the “King of Pop” after his solo act debut in 1971. Apart from being a best-selling artist, he marked a name in the dance and fashion industry. He recorded a total of 10 studio albums. His first best-selling album was Off the Wall released in 1979. On the other hand, his best-selling album of all time was Thriller.
Dubbed as the first “Queen of Pop”, Madonna is indeed the greatest female artist of all time. According to her record company, she has sold 300 million records worldwide. She recorded 13 studio albums, 12 of which are number one. Her albums The Immaculate Collection, Like a Virgin and True Blue are among RIAA’s top 100 certified albums. Guinness World Records also hailed Madonna as the world’s best-selling female recording artist of all time.
Sir Elton Hercules John or Elton John in short recorded 33 studio albums in the span of his five-decade musical career. He has released 128 singles to date, over 50 of it are included in the U.S. Top 40 Hits. According to his record label, he sold more than 300 million records. His single “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” spent 14 straight weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. RIAA and Guinness World Records hailed it as the best-selling single of all time”.
The American icon of rock and roll Garth Brooks is one of the most successful solo artists since Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Based on the data of RIAA, he sold 148 million domestic units making him the best-selling solo artist in the U.S. Brooks is also the only solo artist with seven diamond-certified albums.
Other best-selling artists include Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Pink Floyd.