top 100 most successful Artists on American Billboard History!

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Here is the Full list of the top 100 most successful Artist's on American billboard history from 1958 to 2008 listed on Billboard.com . The rankings are All based on Chart Success.


01. The Beatles
02. Madonna
03. Elton John
04. Elvis Presley
05. Stevie Wonder
06. Mariah Carey
07. Janet Jackson
08. Michael Jackson
09. Whitney Houston
10. The Rolling Stones

11. Paul Macca/Wings
12. Bee Gees
13. Chicago
14. The Supremes
15. Daryl Hall & John Oates
16. Prince
17 Rod Stewart
18. Olivia Newton-John
19. Aretha Franklin
20. Marvin Gaye
21. Usher
22. Phil Collins
23. Billy Joel
24. Donna Summer
25. Diana Ross
26. Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons
27. The Temptations
28. The Beach Boys
29. Lionel Richie
30. Neil Diamond
31. The Carpenters
32. Boyz II Men
33. Jackson 5/The Jacksons
34. Connie Francis
35. Brenda Lee
36. Barbra Streisand
37. Kenny Rogers
38. Bryan Adams
39. Cher
40. George Michael
41. Bobby Vinton
42. John Mellencamp
43. Three Dog Night
44. Huey Lewis & The news
45. Gloria Estafan/Miama Sound Machine
46. Bon Jovi
47. Ray Charles
48. Chubby Checker
49. Foreigner
50. Kool & The Gang
51. Ricky Nelson
52. Duran Duran
53. Commodores
54. Eagles
55. Paul Anka
56. TLC
57. Barry Manilow
58. Dionne Warwick
59. Gladys Knight & The Pips
60. Heart
61. The Everly Brothers
62. R Kelly
63. Bobby Darin
64. James Brown
65. Paula Abdul
66. Richard Marx
67. Jefferson Airplane/Starship
68. Destiny's Child
69. Linda Ronstadt
70. Celine Dion
71. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
72. Bob Sager & The Silver Bullet Band
73. Fleetwood Mac
74. Bruce Springsteen
75. The Pointer Sisters
76. John Denver
77. Four Tops
78. Tony Orlando & Dawn
79. The 5th Dimension
80. Alicia Keys
81. Captain & Tennille
82. Andy Gibb
83. Air Supply
84. Nelly
85. Roy Orbison
86. The Spinners
87. Queen
88. 50 Cent
89. Dion
90. Aerosmith
91. Billy Ocean
92. Tommy Janes
93. Earth, Wind & Fire
94. Brook Benton
95. Michael Bolton
96. Stix
97. Tony Braxton
98. Neil Sedaka
99. Herman's Hermit
100. Simon & Garfunkle


Based on these rankings the Beatles are the most successful Artist of All-time! Madonna is the most successful female artist of all-time and Elton John is the most successful male artist of all-time. Elvis was a suprise being ranked No.4 as I thought he would of been ranked atleast No.2
 

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Id be interested to know the criteria for this, as Jay-Z has the equal most #1 Albums ever in Billboard Chart history (10) yet is not present in the top 100
 

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2 things it's told us

1 - popular music isn't always good music
2 - typical of the yanks there are some huge british bands left off - led zep and the who. didn't notice eric clapton on there either or the kinks.

very suprisingly the doors (an american band as well) aren't on there.

means **** all really.
 

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I think its hard to draw any conclusions from it when we can't even realise what statistics are used. Jay-Z who has had TEN #1 Albums isn't there, as pointed out Metallica and Led Zep who have sold heaps of records aren't either, so it seems to be some weird statistics used
 

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That artists included has me convinced that the list is for "singles" and not albums.

That would explain the inclusion of such acts like Huey Lewis and the News/Toni Braxton and the exclusion of acts like Pink Floyd, Led Zep and Metallica.
 

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That artists included has me convinced that the list is for "singles" and not albums.

That would explain the inclusion of such acts like Huey Lewis and the News/Toni Braxton and the exclusion of acts like Pink Floyd, Led Zep and Metallica.
I thought that, but surely U2 would be on the list then, and acts like Simon and Garfunkel above 50 Cent
 

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i have a feeling this is including singles as well as album sales, which could explain why artists like led zeppelin and pink floyd aren't on the list. while LZ had numerous number one albums they only had one single go top 10, being 'whole lotta love'. in comparison madonna will has her records go to number one and then two or three singles from each record go to number one as well

madonna has released 87 singles in comparison to LZ's 20 (4 of which are re-releases)
 

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i have a feeling this is including singles as well as album sales, which could explain why artists like led zeppelin and pink floyd aren't on the list. while LZ had numerous number one albums they only had one single go top 10, being 'whole lotta love'. in comparison madonna will has her records go to number one and then two or three singles from each record go to number one as well

madonna has released 87 singles in comparison to LZ's 20 (4 of which are re-releases)

I would say it's a singles list as the Bee Gees sales are much higher than 12th when albums are included.
 

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2 things it's told us

1 - popular music isn't always good music
2 - typical of the yanks there are some huge british bands left off - led zep and the who. didn't notice eric clapton on there either or the kinks.

very suprisingly the doors (an american band as well) aren't on there.

means **** all really.
Led Zeppelin were much much much more popular in the US than they ever were in the UK
 

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Led Zeppelin were much much much more popular in the US than they ever were in the UK
On the contrary, the Eagles are way lower than what I expected and they are a US band.

Queen are low down as well, considering their popularity and sheer amount of hit singles.
 

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Here is the Full list of the top 100 most successful Artist's on American billboard history from 1958 to 2008 listed on Billboard.com . The rankings are All based on Chart Success.


01. The Beatles
02. Madonna
03. Elton John
04. Elvis Presley
05. Stevie Wonder
06. Mariah Carey
07. Janet Jackson
08. Michael Jackson
09. Whitney Houston
10. The Rolling Stones

11. Paul Macca/Wings
12. Bee Gees
13. Chicago
14. The Supremes
15. Daryl Hall & John Oates
16. Prince
17 Rod Stewart
18. Olivia Newton-John
19. Aretha Franklin
20. Marvin Gaye
21. Usher
22. Phil Collins
23. Billy Joel
24. Donna Summer
25. Diana Ross
26. Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons
27. The Temptations
28. The Beach Boys
29. Lionel Richie
30. Neil Diamond
31. The Carpenters
32. Boyz II Men
33. Jackson 5/The Jacksons
34. Connie Francis
35. Brenda Lee
36. Barbra Streisand
37. Kenny Rogers
38. Bryan Adams
39. Cher
40. George Michael
41. Bobby Vinton
42. John Mellencamp
43. Three Dog Night
44. Huey Lewis & The news
45. Gloria Estafan/Miama Sound Machine
46. Bon Jovi
47. Ray Charles
48. Chubby Checker
49. Foreigner
50. Kool & The Gang
51. Ricky Nelson
52. Duran Duran
53. Commodores
54. Eagles
55. Paul Anka
56. TLC
57. Barry Manilow
58. Dionne Warwick
59. Gladys Knight & The Pips
60. Heart
61. The Everly Brothers
62. R Kelly
63. Bobby Darin
64. James Brown
65. Paula Abdul
66. Richard Marx
67. Jefferson Airplane/Starship
68. Destiny's Child
69. Linda Ronstadt
70. Celine Dion
71. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
72. Bob Sager & The Silver Bullet Band
73. Fleetwood Mac
74. Bruce Springsteen
75. The Pointer Sisters
76. John Denver
77. Four Tops
78. Tony Orlando & Dawn
79. The 5th Dimension
80. Alicia Keys
81. Captain & Tennille
82. Andy Gibb
83. Air Supply
84. Nelly
85. Roy Orbison
86. The Spinners
87. Queen
88. 50 Cent
89. Dion
90. Aerosmith
91. Billy Ocean
92. Tommy Janes
93. Earth, Wind & Fire
94. Brook Benton
95. Michael Bolton
96. Stix
97. Tony Braxton
98. Neil Sedaka
99. Herman's Hermit
100. Simon & Garfunkle


Based on these rankings the Beatles are the most successful Artist of All-time! Madonna is the most successful female artist of all-time and Elton John is the most successful male artist of all-time. Elvis was a suprise being ranked No.4 as I thought he would of been ranked atleast No.2
Where did you get this list because that list is wrong it doesn't tell you on how many records they sold.

Aerosmith,Journey and Led Zeppelin have sold millions alone in the USA you have Jefferson Airplane/Starship in there and i know they haven't sold more then Aerosmith.
 

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