Do you know that best-selling artist are not always the richest artists in the world? Yeah, this is because not every music artist is famous for their highest-selling album. Also, not every wealthy artist makes their wealth from music alone. Read this article to see the top 10 best-selling music artists of all time.
Top-Selling Music Artists of All Time | Top 10
Below here are the rankings of the top 10 best-selling music artists of all time including music groups and bands:
1. The Beatles
The Beatles leads the list of the 10 top-selling music artists of all time. This English group has a total certified unit of 289.6 million and claimed sales of $600 million. The Beatles has earned several awards 7 Grammy Awards, 4 Brit Awards, the number 1 album on the UK Albums Chart, 15 Ivor Novello Awards, etc.
2. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley is the top-selling solo music artist of all time with a total certified unit of 230.8 million and claimed sales of $500 million. This music artist is one of the most influential persons of the 20th century. Elvis was well-known as the King of Rock and Roll.
3. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson falls at the 3rd position among the top 10 best-selling music artists of all time. He has a total certified unit of 275.4 million and a claimed sale of $400 million. Michael Jackson is popularly known as the King of Pop.
4. Elton John
With a total certified unit of 207 million and claimed sales of 300 million, Elton is ranked 4th place among the best-selling music artists of all time. Elton is a pianist and singer with over 50 top 4-hit singles in the UK and US Billboard Hot 100. He is a recipient of 2 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 5 Grammy Awards, etc.
Madonna is another top-selling music artist of all time with a claimed sale of 300 million and a total certified unit of 181.5 million. She is well-known as the queen of pop. Also, Madonna is one of the most-touring female artists ever, and the best-female recording artist of all time.
6. Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin has a total certified unit of 142.4 million and a claimed sale of 300 million. This is an English rock band founded in 1968. Led Zeppelin is one of the most famous live bands that has performed in over 100 sold-out concerts.
Rihanna ranks 7th position among the top 10 best-selling music artists of all time. She has a claimed sale of 250 million and a total certified unit of 335 million. Rihanna is a Barbadian singer who was first located by the American record producer, Evan Rogers in 2003.
8. Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd is an English rock band founded in 1965. This rock band has a total certified sale of 250 million and total certified units of 123.5 million. Some of Pink Floyd’s best albums are The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, etc.
Eminem ranks 9th place among the best-selling music artists of all time. This music artist has a claimed sale of 220 million and a total certified unit of 324.4 million. Eminem has received several awards including the Grammy Album of the Year Award, etc.
10. Mariah Carey
Mariah has a total certified unit of 196.5 million and a claimed sale of 220 million. She is an American songwriter and singer who is well-known for her Christmas. Mariah Carey is nicknamed the Queen of Christmas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the #1 Best-Selling Artist of All Time?
Top-selling artists worldwide as of 2022. Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list of best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units of certified sales. Second is Garth Brooks with over 157 million unit sales, followed by Elvis Presley with 139 million units.
What is the Number 1 Selling Song of All Time?
According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.
There are numerous musicians found in the world. In the above article, you will see the top 10 best-selling music artists of all time. Some of these music artists are Rihanna, Michael Jackson, etc.