Top Ten Artists by Millions of Record Sales

Music is something that holds a part in each person’s daily life. Everybody listens to music at some time or another, whether it’s intentionally listened to through headphones, or unintentionally heard in the grocery store.

Everyone has a musical preference when it comes to artists or genres, and everyone has their favorites. However, there are some stand-out artists who have out-performed and out-sold others.

Here are the top ten best-selling artists of all time, by amount of certifiable record sales:


According to, The Beatles is the best-selling group of all time with 265 million record sales. Elvis Presley was next on the list, trailing by 55 million record sales. The amount of record sales continues to go downhill with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, respectively.

Rock and Pop artists dominate the field of top-selling artists. In fact, Garth Brooks is the only top-ten artist that does not fit into the Rock or Pop genres.

This chart will probably change in time, however The Beatles will most likely always be known as the best-selling group of all time.



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