By looking at who are the best-selling artists in music history, we get to see who is the most popular and most liked artists in music. It makes sense that if someone likes an artist, they would buy their album, thus the more sales the more popularity as well as likability. Today that is becoming harder to pinpoint because albums are not sold anymore like they used to be. We can still keep track by looking at album downloads across multiple platforms as well as the number of streams on platforms like YouTube or Spotify.
For this article, we will be listing the best-selling artists to compare who are the all-time greats. Without further ado, let’s take a look.
1. The Beatles – 178 million units sold
The Beatles top the list as the number one group with most units sold. This tells to their superstardom and their all-round quality as the best band ever. The Beatles was a rock band that formed in Liverpool, UK. The band was made up of John Lennon on vocals, Paul McCartney on bass, Ringo Starr on drums and George Harrison on guitar. The group made rock and roll music through the 60s and 70s.
2. Garth Brooks – 148 million units sold
Garth Brooks is the American singer and songwriter who brought rock and pop elements into country music. This is what brought him his popularity is mostly in America but also internationally. Today Brooks is 58 years old.
3. Elvis Presley – 136 million units sold
None other than the King of Rock and Roll or simply The King. Everyone knows Elvis Presley as the person to revolutionize rock music. Presley was active from the 50s through to the 70s and he inspired most of the big names on this list.
4. Led Zeppelin – 111 million units sold
Another all-time great is the rock band Led Zeppelin. Also from UK origins, the group consisted of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. They produced most of their music from the late 60s to early 80s.
5. Eagles – 101 million units sold
An American rock band formed in LA, the USA in 1971. The Eagles also made their music through the 70s and 80s. It seems that this era produced rock music as we will never see again. Founding members were Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner.
6. Billy Joel – 82 million units sold
7. Michael Jackson – 82 million units sold
8. Elton John – 78 million units sold
9. Pink Floyd – 75 million units sold
10. AC/DC – 72 million units sold
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