Thu. Nov 21st, 2019

The 50 best-selling music artists of all time

England’s greatest rock band holds the top spot on this all-time ranking of best-selling artists by album sales, and it looks untouchable on a bizarre list filled with a number of surprising appearances.

It’s somewhat shocking to find out, for instance, that smooth-jazz saxophonist Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and that Garth Brooks has sold more than Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

We compiled this list by ranking the most successful acts in music history according to their total certified album units sold in the U.S. (including streaming figures), as provided by the RIAA.

50. Dave Matthews Band — 33.5 million units

49. Phil Collins — 33.5 million units

48. Britney Spears — 34 million units

47. Bon Jovi — 34.5 million units

46. Queen — 34.5 million units

45. Def Leppard — 35 million units

44. Bob Dylan — 36 million units

43. Tupac Shakur — 36.5 million units

41. Backstreet Boys — 37 million units

40. Tim McGraw — 37.5 million units

39. Foreigner — 37.5 million units

38. Rod Stewart — 38 million units

37. Simon & Garfunkel — 38.5 million units

36. Chicago — 38.5 million units

35. Eric Clapton — 40 million units

34. Reba McEntire — 41 million units

33. Santana — 43.5 million units

32. Alan Jackson — 43.5 million units

30. Eminem — 44.5 million units

30. Guns N’ Roses — 44.5 million units

30. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band — 44.5 million units

29. Alabama — 46.5 million units

28. Kenny Rogers — 47.5 million units

25. Shania Twain — 48 million units

25. Kenny G — 48 million units

25. Journey — 48 million units

23. Neil Diamond — 49.5 million units

23. Fleetwood Mac — 49.5 million units

22. Celine Dion — 50 million units

21. U2 — 52 million units

20. Van Halen — 56.5 million units

19. Whitney Houston — 57 million units

18. Metallica — 63 million units

17. Mariah Carey — 64 million units

16. Madonna — 64.5 million units

13. Bruce Springsteen — 65.5 million units

13. Aerosmith — 66.5 million units

13. The Rolling Stones — 66.5 million units

12. Barbara Streisand — 68.5 million units

11. George Strait — 69 million units

10. AC/DC — 72 million units

9. Pink Floyd — 75 million units

8. Elton John — 78 million units

7. Michael Jackson — 81 million units

6. Billy Joel — 82.5 million units

5. Eagles — 101 million units

4. Led Zeppelin — 111.5 million units

3. Elvis Presley — 136 million units

2. Garth Brooks — 148 million units

1. The Beatles — 178 million units