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Top 10 best-selling music artists of all time

CachHayNhat - They've sold hundreds of millions of records and each contributed to the music world in their own unique ways. The music business is constantly changing. But it has consistently produced some of the best-selling musical artists who are distinctive and capable of capturing listeners worldwide, regardless of background, gender, or age. The following list shows you the top 10 best-selling solo artists of all time. The chart is based on sales of certified singles and albums in the markets that issued these official certification numbers.

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Top 10 best-selling solo music artists of all time

(as of December 2019)


10 BEST-SELLING MUSIC ARTISTS OF ALL TIME

~ 1.5 billion units sold

~ 1 billion units sold

~ 340 million units sold

~ 305 million units sold

~ 271 million units sold

~ 227 million units sold

~ 212 million units sold

~ 205 million units sold

~ 202 million units sold

~ 175 million units sold


Top 10 Best Selling Music Artists based on total albums and singles (units) sold.


1. Elvis Presley

~ 1,5 billion units sold

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

Real name: Elvis Presley

Born: January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

Nationality: American


Year of operation: 1954 - 1977

Main Genre: Rock 'n Roll

Best-selling album: Elvis' Christmas Album (1957)

Best-selling single: It's Now or Never (1960)


Elvis Presley, hailed as the 'King of Rock' n Roll, is also the best-selling artist of all time. Elvis Presley has sold an estimated 1.5 billion records to date. Most of them after his death in 1977. Not only did his music make Elvis stand out, but he also revolutionized the way musicians act on stage and are seen outside. stage. Elvis is not only a musical legend but also a cultural phenomenon revered by millions around the world to this day.

 

2. Michael Jackson

~ 1,0 billion units sold

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

Real name: Michael Jackson Date

Born: August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, USA

Nationality: American


Year of operation: 1964 - 2009

Main Genre: Pop

Best-selling album: Thriller (1982)

Best-selling single: Billie Jean (1983)


Along with Elvis, Michael Jackson aka 'King of Pop' is the only solo artist to have sold over a billion records worldwide. Michael Jackson started out as one of the 'Jackson 5', but has truly become a world superstar as a solo artist. Like Elvis, Michael Jackson has shaped an entire generation and changed the world of music forever. His album 'Thriller' remains the best-selling album in history.


 

3. Madonna

~ 340 million units sold

Madonna
Madonna

Real name: Madonna Ciccone

Born: August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, USA

Nationality: American


Year active: 1979 - present

Main Genre: Pop

Best-selling album: The Immaculate Collection (1990)

Best-selling single: Hung Up (2005)

If Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, then Madonna is the Queen of Pop. At the same time, Madonna Ciccone (her full name) is also the best-selling female solo artist of all time. Madonna is also one of the few artists to stay in shape and succeed over the course of four decades. And since her career is still ongoing, she will most likely hit fifth.


 

4. Elton John

~ 305 million units sold

Elton John
Elton John

Real name: Elton John

Born: March 25, 1947 in Pinner, England, United Kingdom

British nationality


Year of operation: 1964 - present

Main Genre: Pop

Best-selling album: Greatest Hits (1974)

Best-selling single: Candle in the Wind (1997)


With more than 300 million records sold, Elton John is the world's best-selling non-American music artist. British singer and songwriter who started out in the 1960s but is still successful today. His single 'Candle in the Wind' from 1997, in memory of Lady Diana, who tragically died in a car accident that year, remains the fourth best-selling single in music history.


 

5. Rihanna

~ 271 million units sold

Rihanna
Rihanna

Real name: Robyn Fenty

Born: February 20, 1988 in Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados

Nationality: Barbadian


Year of operation: 2005 - present

Main Genre: R&B

Best-selling album: Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)

Best-selling single: Work (2016)


Having only started her career in 2005 but having sold over 200 million records worldwide, Rihanna can be considered the fastest rising music star in music history. The Barbados-born girl is also the most successful non-American born female singer of all time. And considering Robyn Rihanna Fenty (her full name) is only in her 30s, much more can be expected of her career.


 

6. Eminem

~ 227 million units sold

Eminem
Eminem

Real name: Marshall Mathers

Born: October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA

Nationality: American


Year of operation: 1996-present

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Best-selling album: The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

Best-selling single: Love The Way You Lie (2010)

 

7. Taylor Swift

~ 212 million units sold

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Real name: Taylor Swift

Born: December 13, 1989 in West Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Nationality: American


Year of operation: 2006-present

Main Genre: Pop

Best-selling album: 1989 (2014)

Best-selling single: Blank Space (2014)


 

8. Whitney Houston

~ 205 million units sold

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

Real name: Whitney Houston

Born: August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Nationality: American


Year of operation: 1977 - 2012

Main Genre: R&B

Best-selling album: Whitney Houston (1985)

Best-selling single : I Will Always Love You (1992)


 

9. Mariah Carey

~ 202 million units sold

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Real name: Mariah Carey

Born: March 27, 1970 in Huntington, New York, USA

Nationality: American


Year of operation: 1988 - present

Main Genre: R&B

Best-selling album: Music Box (1993)

Best-selling single: All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994)

 

10. Celine Dion

~ 175 million units sold

Celine Dion
Celine Dion

Real name: Celine Dion

Born: March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada

Nationality: Canadian


Year of operation: 1980 - present

Main Genre: Pop

Best-selling album: Falling Into You (1996)

Best-selling single : My Heart Will Go On (1997)


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