30 Best Selling Music Artists of All Time
Music changes with time, the hits that topped the charts 50 years ago probably wouldn’t even hit the top 100 if they came out today because people’s interests change. It’s a true testament to an artist if they withstand the sands of time and remain popular.
However you don’t have to stay trending as an artist if you take advantage of your prime. In fact the number 1 artist in this list was only active for 10 years, yet they outsold the second placed artist by over 50 million units. These units are the total certified sales of singles, albums and videos including digital sales.There are a lot of surprise names that appear on this list, so without further ado lets get into it.
This list was put together using data available here.
|Rank||Artist||Years Active||Total Certified Sales (million)|
|27||The Rolling Stones||1962-Present||96.8|
There are a lot of unexpected artists that have made the list, and even more unexpected rankings. This could be due to the fact only certified sales were taken into account and some artists don’t have the certification to back up there claimed sales. For example Elvis has claimed sales of 500-600 million units however only a little over 200 million are certified. This isn’t an issue for more modern artists however it does raise problems for older artists.
Ignoring this the list is still interesting, especially when looking at the years an artist is active compared the the sales accumulated in that period. The Beatles selling over 270 million units in 10 years is an extremely impressive feat. It goes to show the true popularity they had at the time. Second is Rihanna, few would expect her to place to highly on this list, and in an 11 year period selling over 210 million units is an admirable accomplishment. Especially in a time where artists are regularly forgotten leaving behind many, many one hit wonders.
For those interested in singing, you may want to take a look at Singorama created by Melanie Alexander who has had a number 1 hit, 2 gold albums and a platinum album as a member of the band Girlfriend.