Top 17 best-selling music artists of all time

Here are all of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million or more claimed record sales.

After recently checking out the top 10 most streamed artists on Spotify, we thought it’d be interesting to turn back the clock and take a look at the best-selling artists of all time.

The artists below are ranked by their ‘claimed sales’, all with at least 200 million record sales. This includes physical and digital downloads of albums, singles, compilation-albums and music videos. To see the full break-down, and how these numbers are defined, sourced, ordered and verified, find the Wikipedia article here.

1. The Beatles

Claimed sales: 500 – 600 million

Period active: 1960 – 1970


2. Elvis Presley

Claimed sales: 500 million

Period active: 1954 – 1977


3. Michael Jackson

Claimed sales: 300 – 350 million

Period active: 1964 – 2009


4. Elton John

Claimed sales: 250 – 300 million

Period active: 1964 – present


5. Madonna

Claimed sales: 275 – 300 million

Period active: 1979 – present


6. Led Zeppelin

Claimed sales: 200 – 300 million

Period active: 1968 – 1980


7. Rihanna

Claimed sales: 250 million

Period active: 2005 – present


8. Pink Floyd

Claimed sales: 200 – 250 million

Period active: 1965 – 1996, 2005, 2012 – 2014


9. Eminem

Claimed sales: 220 million

Period active: 1996 – present


10. Taylor Swift

Claimed sales: 220 million

Period active: 2006 – present


11. Mariah Carey

Claimed sales: 200 million

Period active: 1988 – present


12. Queen

Claimed sales: 200 million

Period active: 1971 – present


13. Eagles

Claimed sales: 200 million

Period active: 1971 – 1980, 1994 – present


14. Whitney Houston

Claimed sales: 170 – 200 million

Period active: 1977 – 2012


15. Celine Dion

Claimed sales: 175 – 200 million

Period active: 1981 – present


16. AC/DC

Claimed sales: 150 – 200 million

Period active: 1973 – present


17. The Rolling Stones

Claimed sales: 200 million

Period active: 1962 – present

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