Highest Selling Artists worldwide (Album Sales Only)!

gopies1981

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According to www.chartsinfrance.net here are the highest selling artists worldwide with album sales only!

1 - Beatles = 346.500.000 (12/2007)
2 - Michael Jackson = 205.500.000 (09/2008)
3 - Pink Floyd = 193.700.000 (02/2008)
4 - Madonna = 188.500.000 (01/2008)
5 - Elvis Presley = 187.000.000
6 - Elton John = 177.200.000 (01/2008)
7 - Queen = 170.100.000 (09/2008)
8 - Rolling Stones = 169.100.000
9 - U2= 166.400.000 (02/2008)
10 - Led Zeppelin = 165.500.000 (01/2008)
11 - Celine Dion = 163.000.000 (12/2007)

12 - Eagles = 147.800.000 (12/2007)
13 - Mariah Carey = 147.800.000 (12/2007)
14 - Rod Stewart = 140.100.000 (03/2008)
15 - Barbra Streisand= 139.800.000 (02/2008)
16 - Whitney Houston = 134.200.000 (12/2007)
17 - AC/DC = 133.700.000 (11/2007)
18 - Garth Brooks = 131.900.000 (02/2008)
19 - Bruce Springsteen = 130.900.000 (02/2008)
20 - Eric Clapton = 129.000.000 (02/2008)
21 - Billy Joel = 124.500.000 (12/2007)
22 - Bee Gees = 122.100.000 (12/2007)
23 - Phil Collins = 122.000.000 (12/2007)
24 - Bob Dylan = 119.800.000 (12/2007)
25 - Fleetwood Mac = 118.100.000 (12/2007)
26 - Santana - 117.700.000 (03/2008)
27 - Neil Diamond = 117.300.000 (02/2008)
28 - Aerosmith = 113.500.000 (11/2007)
29 - Bon Jovi = 107.200.000 (12/2007)
30 - Simon and Garfunkel = 105.100.000 (03/2008)
31 - ABBA = 104.200.000 (09/2007)
32 - Paul McCartney - 103.700.000 (02/2008)
33 - Dire Strait = 102.800.000 (12/2007)
34 - Metallica - 102.500.000 (01/2008)

35 - Prince = 99.900.000 (02/2008)
36 - Genesis = 98.000.000 (12/2007)
37 - David Bowie = 95.700.000 (12/2007)
38 - Van Halen = 94.000.000 (02/2008)
39 - Guns N' Roses = 93.200.000 (12/2007)
40 - Kenny Rogers = 90.400.000 (02/2008)
41 - The Doors = 89.700.000 (01/2008)
42- Julio Iglesias = 89.500.000 (03/2008)
43 - Stevie Wonder= 87.100.000 (03/2008)
44 - Bob Marley = 86.600.000 (01/2008)
45 - Backstreet Boys = 85.900.000 (02/2008)
46 - R.E.M. = 83.800.000 (02/2008)
47 - Eminem = 83.400.000 (12/2007)
48 - Neil Young = 79.900.000 (06/2008)
49 - Enya = 78.300.000 (12/2007)
50 - Kenny G = 77.900.000 (03/2008)
51 - The Police = 75.600.000 (02/2008)
52 - George Strait = 74.400.000 (02/2008)
53 - Shania Twain = 74.200.000 (02/2008)
54 - Willie Nelson = 73.000.000 (03/2008)
55 - Britney Spears = 72.300.000 (02/2008)
56 - Red Hot Chili Peppers = 69.600.000 (02/2008)
57 - Nirvana = 69.400.000 (02/2008)
58 - Sade = 69.200.000 (02/2008)
59 - Janet Jackson = 66.300.000 (12/2007)
60 - The Who = 66.200.000 (11/2008)
61 - Sting = 65.700.000 (02/2008)
62 - Bob Seger = 65.400.000 (02/2008)
63 - Lionel Richie = 65.300.000 (03/2008)
64 - Andrea Bocelli = 64.200.000 (05/2008)
65 - Journey = 64.000.000 (01/2008)
66 - Bryan Adams = 63.600.000 (12/2007)
67 - Def Leppard = 62.500.000 (12/2007)
68 - Alabama = 62.000.000 (12/2007)
69 - Meat Loaf = 61.500.000 (01/2008)
70 - Deep Purple = 61.400.000 (11/2008)
71 - Foreigner = 59.900.000 (12/2007)
72 - Iron Maiden = 59.700.000 (02/2008)
73 - Gloria Estefan = 58.800.000 (02/2008)
74 - Pearl Jam = 56.700.000 (03/2008)
75 - Reba Mc Entire = 56.600.000 (03/2008)
76 - Marvin Gaye = 56.100.000 (11/2008)
77 - George Michael = 56.000.000 (02/2008)
78 - Simply Red = 55.900.000 (02/2008)
79 - James Taylor= 55.600.000 (03/2006)
80 - Linda Ronstadt = 55.300.000 (02/2008)
81 - Michael Bolton = 54.600.000 (02/2008)
82 - Green Day = 54.500.000 (12/2007)
83 - Tina Turner = 54.500.000 (02/2008)
84 - Kiss = 54.500.000 (11/2008)
85 - Alan Jackson = 53.600.000 (12/2007)
86 - Diana Ross= 53.300.000 (03/2008)
87 - Alanis Morissette = 52.100.000 (02/2008)
88 - Robbie Williams = 51.100.000 (02/2008)
89 - B'z = 51.000.000 (12/2007)
90 - Cher = 50.200.000 (03/2008)
91 - Black Sabbath = 48.400.000 (11/2008)
92 - 2Pac = 48.300.000 (11/2007)
93 - Ray Charles = 47.800.000 (03/2008)
94 - Boston = 46.700.000 (02/2008)
95 - Ozzy Osbourne = 46.700.000 (11/2008)
96 - Jackson 5/The Jacksons = 46.300.000 (12/2007)
97 - Scorpions = 44.900.000 (11/2008)
98 - R.Kelly = 44.800.000 (02/2008)
99 - Tracy Chapman = 44.400.000 (12/2007)
100 - Boyz II Men = 43.500.000 (12/2007)
101 - Duran Duran = 43.400.000 (12/2007)
102 - Oasis = 42.800.000 (11/2007)
103 - Tim McGraw = 41.200.000 (03/2008)
104 - Eros Ramazzotti = 41.100.000 (11/2008)
105 - Spice Girls = 39.700.000 (02/2008)
106 - Jay-Z= 39.600.000 (02/2008)
107 - Coldplay = 39.500.000 (03/2008)
108 - The Cranberries = 39.400.000 (12/2007)
109 - N' SYNC = 39.400.000 (02/2008)
110 - Dixie Chicks = 38.700.000 (02/2008)
111 - Ayumi Hamasaki = 38.400.000 (11/2008)
112 - Norah Jones = 37.400.000 (01/2008)
113 - Destiny's child = 35.800.000 (12/2007)
114 - Mary J Blige = 33.900.000 (05/2008)
115 - TLC = 33.600.000 (02/2008)
116 - Kylie Minogue - 31,900,000
117 - The Corrs = 31.700.000 (03/2008)
118 - Shakira = 31.100.000 (03/2008)
119 - Christina Aguilera = 30.800.000 (03/2008)
120 - Usher = 30.700.000 (03/2008)
 

gopies1981

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A couple of Changes I made to the list. I added Madonna's Hard Candy Album to her total! Hard Candy sold 3,200,000 worldwide! I also added Mariah Carey's the Emminupation of Mimi pt2 to Mariah's total sales! The Emminupation of Mimi Pt2 sold 1,900,000 worldwide!

Also Coldplay's Viva la Vida sold 6,600,000 albums in 2008 and AC/DC sold 5,000,000 Albums. I also added Britney spears Circus Album to her total sales! Circus has sold 2,100,000 albums.

Also I added Kylie Minogue to the list. Her total Album Sales are 31,900,000.
 

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That is quite a comprenhensive list, but there is definitely bands missing from it. It is hard to know the exact sales of a lot of earlier bands as sales tracking devices had not been introduced. For a start Supertramp should be on it, as they sold 25million copies of one album alone. Rush have surely done 30m+ also. There are many more
 

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Those figures don't seem correct.

2Pac has sold more records then Eminem.

I know for a fact 2Pac has sold more then 50 million records. His album "The Seven Day Theory" had 28 million sales worldwide, with his album "All Eyez On Me" topping that. That is instantly over 50 million.

Then you also have his greatest hits which went 9 times plantinum in America alone I believe. So that's about 65+ million of 3 albums alone.
 

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I like Supertramp but have never heard of one of their albums selling 25m
Wikipedia says 18 million for it - so I maybe slightly out, but its hard to say how accurate any of these figures are - all I know was it was one of the biggest selling albums of 1979. I would estimate the band has done between 50-60m overall.
 

gopies1981

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Not at all for me.

I heard somewhere she's got the most #1 hits of all time for a solo artist and has spent more weeks at #1 then another other artist in music history.

Pretty sad if true.
That is Only in the U.S for a Female Artist! But worldwide Mariah has not hasd as much success! Worldwide Madonna has more No.1 Hits then any other female Artist!

Lets look at the breakdown of No.1 hits for Madonna and Mariah in the biggest music Countries;

U.S.A

Madonna - 12
Mariah - 18

U.K

Madonna - 13
Mariah - 2

Canada

Madonna - 20
Mariah - 7

Australia

Madonna - 11
Mariah - 2

Germany

Madonna - 4
Mariah - 1

Switzerland

Madonna - 9
Mariah - 1

Japan

Madonna - 22
Mariah - 13
 

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I'm a big Van Halen fan but I surprised to see them that high seeing as they haven't made that many albums and they never achieved very big popularity outside of the USA.

Good effort by Guns and Roses on the back of basically 3 albums.

Can't believe Johnny Cash doesn't get a spot. How could that be. Sold millions over 4+ decades and is still selling after his death.
 

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