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List of best-selling music artists

The following list of best-selling music artists includes those music acts from the 20th century to the present with claims of 75 million or more record sales worldwide. This information cannot be listed officially, as there is no organization that has recorded global music sales.

The tables are listed with both their claimed sales figure along with their total independently certified units and are ranked in descending order, with the artist with the highest amount of claimed sales at the top. If two or more artists have the same claimed sales, they are then ranked by certified units. The claimed sales figure and the total of certified units (for each country) within the provided sources include sales of albums, singles, compilation-albums, music videos as well as downloads of singles and full-length albums. Sales figures, such as those from SoundScan, which are sometimes published by Billboard magazine, have not been included in the certified units column.

Definitions

Gold/Platinum certifications issued after 2016, especially on singles, are in some cases more than 50% streaming generated. Some of the 20th century artists can also have significant amount of streaming based certifications. The certified units of the newer artists may sometimes be higher than their listed claimed figures. This is because Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and almost all other certifying bodies count streaming towards Gold and Platinum thresholds required for Digital Single Award certification. For this reason, some singles and even albums get over certified by hundreds of thousands of units. The over certified figures, however, are often in millions of units for RIAA certifications, one such example is Rihanna's single "We Found Love", which is certified at nine times Platinum by the RIAA, yet during the time of the certification, it had sold 5.4 million downloads.

The certified units for some artists/bands who have multi-disc albums can be higher than their listed claimed figures due to the RIAA counting each unit within set as one unit toward certification. The certified units also can be inflated by the redundancy of certifications, because each of tracks downloads and streams contributed to the certifications of both of the single and the respective album. The RIAA counts 10 downloads of individual track as well as 1,500 audio/video streams as an equivalent to one unit of album, including those from singles released prior to the album release. Theoretically, if one song were streamed 1.5 billion times on YouTube, the single would receive Diamond and the whole album could be certified Platinum, thus creating a combined total of 11 million certified units without any sales. Kanye West's album The Life of Pablo achieved Platinum without selling a single copy and was only available for streaming.

Issued certifications for songs which have been recorded by multiple artists including featured artists are added to each artist's total amount of certified units, as all the artists would have played a significant part in a song. For example, "This Is What You Came For" and "Where Them Girls At" include Rihanna and Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj as featured artists respectively, so the certifications issued for these songs are added to the total amount of certified units for all involved artists. However, the certifications issued for songs that have been recorded by four or more artists are not included as the artists involved would have played minor roles, examples of such songs are Kanye West's "Monster" and/or "All Day".

Standards

  • To ensure the highest level of fact checking and editorial control, this list sources sales figures to news organizations and highly regarded music industry related organizations such as Billboard.
  • The figures of total certified units within the tables below are based on certified units of albums, singles (including digital downloads) and videos.
  • Markets' order within the tables is based on Retail Value: each market generates respectively, the largest market at the top and smallest at the bottom.
  • The column for certified sales includes markets, the databases of which contain certifications representing figures of 100,000 and more.

Artists by reputed sales

250 million or more records

Artist Country Period active Release year of first charted record Genre Total certified units
(from available markets)
Claimed sales
The Beatles United Kingdom 1960–1970 1962 Rock / pop

289.8 million
  • US: 217.250 million
  • JPN: 4.950 million
  • GER: 8 million
  • UK: 29.945 million
  • FRA: 3.990 million
  • CAN: 14.455 million
  • AUS: 3.060 million
  • BRA: 550,000
  • NLD: 345,000
  • ITA: 640,000
  • SPA: 1.250 million
  • SWE: 485,000
  • NOR: 200,000
  • DEN: 565,000
  • SWI: 350,000
  • ARG: 1.926 million
  • BEL: 440,000
  • AUT: 500,000
  • POL: 175,000
  • FIN: 118,048
  • NZ: 660,000
  • POR: 135,000
600 million
500 million
Elvis Presley United States 1954–1977 1956 Rock and roll / pop / country

231 million
  • US: 199.650 million
  • JPN: 300,000
  • GER: 1.2 million
  • UK: 19.515 million
  • FRA: 2.590 million
  • CAN: 2.925 million
  • AUS: 1.867 million
  • BRA: 125,000
  • NLD: 555,000
  • ITA: 150,000
  • SPA: 300,000
  • SWE 380,000
  • NOR: 130,000
  • DEN: 210,000
  • SWI: 185,000
  • MEX: 105,000
  • ARG: 110,000
  • BEL: 115,000
  • AUT: 205,000
  • FIN: 213,945
  • NZ: 117,500
  • POR: 100,000
500 million
Michael Jackson United States 1964–2009 1971 Pop / rock / dance / soul / R&B

276.6 million
  • US: 177.3 million
  • JPN: 4.650 million
  • GER: 11.275 million
  • UK: 39.320 million
  • FRA: 11.6 million
  • CAN: 4.860 million
  • AUS: 6.915 million
  • BRA: 280,000
  • NLD: 2.2 million
  • ITA: 1.310 million
  • SPA: 1.995 million
  • SWE: 1.330 million
  • NOR: 275,000
  • DEN: 2.184 million
  • SWI: 1.010 million
  • MEX: 5.6 million
  • ARG: 664,000
  • BEL: 695,000
  • AUT: 1.197 million
  • POL: 530,000
  • FIN: 384,127
  • NZ: 912,500
  • POR: 125,000
400 million
Elton John United Kingdom 1964–present 1970 Pop / rock

207.6 million
  • US: 138.050 million
  • JPN: 1.1 million
  • GER: 7.9 million
  • UK: 34.705 million
  • FRA: 5.158 million
  • CAN: 6.055 million
  • AUS: 4.627 million
  • BRA: 835,000
  • NLD: 975,000
  • ITA: 300,000
  • SPA: 1.280 million
  • SWE: 740,000
  • NOR: 400,000
  • DEN: 825,000
  • SWI: 1.333 million
  • MEX: 450,000
  • ARG: 128,000
  • BEL: 850,000
  • AUT: 915,000
  • POL: 445,000
  • FIN: 163,481
  • NZ: 420,000
300 million
250 million
Queen United Kingdom 1971–present 1973 Rock

184 million
  • US: 97.7 million
  • JPN: 3.8 million
  • GER: 12.525 million
  • UK: 45.010 million
  • FRA: 5.220 million
  • CAN: 2.470 million
  • AUS: 3.792 million
  • BRA: 970,000
  • NLD: 1.990 million
  • ITA: 1.870 million
  • SPA: 1.920 million
  • SWE: 190,000
  • NOR: 150,000
  • DEN: 1.170 million
  • SWI: 1.256 million
  • ARG: 1.080 million
  • BEL: 190,000
  • AUT: 900,000
  • POL: 940,000
  • FIN: 366,152
  • NZ: 515,000
  • POR: 222,000
300 million
250 million
Madonna United States 1979–present 1983 Pop / dance / electronica

181.7 million
  • US: 85.675 million
  • JPN: 6.450 million
  • GER: 12.650 million
  • UK: 31.445 million
  • FRA: 12.905 million
  • CAN: 6.030 million
  • AUS: 5.387 million
  • BRA: 3.490 million
  • NLD: 1.745 million
  • ITA: 3.375 million
  • SPA: 3.015 million
  • SWE: 1.070 million
  • NOR: 280,000
  • DEN: 747,000
  • SWI: 1.280 million
  • MEX: 550,000
  • ARG: 2.102 million
  • BEL: 1.035 million
  • AUT: 645,000
  • POL: 590,000
  • FIN: 665,267
  • NZ: 430,000
  • POR: 142,000
300 million
250 million
Led Zeppelin United Kingdom 1968–1980 1969 Hard rock / blues rock / folk rock

142.4 million
  • US: 115.1 million
  • JPN: 400,000
  • GER: 3.775 million
  • UK: 10.730 million
  • FRA: 2.310 million
  • CAN: 4.710 million
  • AUS: 2.8 million
  • BRA: 970,000
  • ITA: 535,000
  • SPA: 450,000
  • SWI: 211,000
  • ARG: 360,000
  • POL: 120,000
300 million
200 million
Rihanna Barbados 2005–present 2005 R&B / pop / dance / hip-hop

335.1 million
  • US: 242.550 million
  • JPN: 1.4 million
  • GER: 10.775 million
  • UK: 49.9 million
  • FRA: 1.915 million
  • CAN: 3.2 million
  • AUS: 10.2 million
  • BRA: 1.975 million
  • ITA: 2.075 million
  • SPA: 1.470 million
  • SWE: 2.560 million
  • DEN: 2.751 million
  • SWI: 860,000
  • MEX: 860,000
  • BEL: 780,000
  • AUT: 135,000
  • POL: 820,000
  • IRE: 240,000
  • NZ: 712,500
250 million
230 million
Pink Floyd United Kingdom 1965–1996, 2005, 2012–2014 1967 Progressive rock / psychedelic rock

123.5 million
  • US: 78 million
  • JPN: 100,000
  • GER: 7.5 million
  • UK: 14.010 million
  • FRA: 6.260 million
  • CAN: 6.790 million
  • AUS: 3.242 million
  • BRA: 515,000
  • NLD: 435,000
  • ITA: 1.810 million
  • SPA: 625,000
  • SWE: 220,000
  • NOR: 165,000
  • DEN: 290,000
  • SWI: 390,000
  • MEX: 210,000
  • ARG: 582,000
  • BEL: 165,000
  • AUT: 460,000
  • POL: 770,000
  • NZ: 787,500
  • POR: 194,500
250 million
200 million

200 million to 249 million records

Artist Country Period active Release-year of first charted record Genre Total certified units
(from available markets)
Claimed sales
Eminem United States 1996–present 1999 Hip-hop

325.5 million
  • US: 241.7 million
  • JPN: 2.9 million
  • GER: 8.1 million
  • UK: 44.825 million
  • FRA: 3.665 million
  • CAN: 4.570 million
  • AUS: 10.307 million
  • BRA: 300,000
  • NLD: 250,000
  • ITA: 1.350 million
  • SPA: 290,000
  • SWE: 970,000
  • NOR: 345,000
  • DEN: 2.426 million
  • SWI: 790,000
  • MEX: 365,000
  • BEL: 515,000
  • AUT: 377,500
  • POL: 310,000
  • FIN: 130,351
  • IRE: 270,000
  • NZ: 712,500
  • POR: 105,000
220 million
Mariah Carey United States 1988–present 1990 R&B / pop / soul / hip-hop

201.6 million
  • US: 146.8 million
  • JPN: 14.5 million
  • GER: 4.3 million
  • UK: 15.260 million
  • FRA: 4.690 million
  • CAN: 4.1 million
  • AUS: 5.580 million
  • BRA: 875,000
  • NLD: 1.425 million
  • ITA: 145,000
  • SPA: 1.1 million
  • SWE: 425,000
  • NOR: 575,000
  • DEN: 465,000
  • SWI: 515,000
  • BEL: 325,000
  • AUT: 200,000
  • POL: 100,000
  • NZ: 267,500
220 million
Taylor Swift United States 2006–present 2006 Pop / country / rock / folk / alternative

239.7 million
  • US: 189.5 million
  • JPN: 3.3 million
  • GER: 2.050 million
  • UK: 24 million
  • FRA: 450,000
  • CAN: 6.060 million
  • AUS: 8.670 million
  • BRA: 670,000
  • ITA: 455,000
  • SPA: 140,000
  • SWE: 320,000
  • NOR: 1.2 million
  • DEN: 985,000
  • MEX: 510,000
  • BEL: 300,000
  • AUT: 130,000
  • POL: 370,000
  • NZ: 600,000
200 million
170 million
Beyoncé United States 1997–present 2002 R&B / pop

223.2 million
  • US: 171.830 million
  • JPN: 1.7 million
  • GER: 1.7 million
  • UK: 28.030 million
  • FRA: 560,000
  • CAN: 6.975 million
  • AUS: 7.410 million
  • BRA: 920,000
  • NLD: 135,000
  • ITA: 465,000
  • SPA: 1.310 million
  • SWE: 340,000
  • NOR: 235,000
  • DEN: 779,000
  • SWI: 165,000
  • MEX: 140,000
  • BEL: 155,000
  • POL: 150,000
  • NZ: 262,500
200 million
160 million
Whitney Houston United States 1977–2012 1984 R&B / soul / pop / gospel

155.1 million
  • US: 107.375 million
  • JPN: 4.3 million
  • GER: 5.6 million
  • UK: 19.945 million
  • FRA: 3.625 million
  • CAN: 3.750 million
  • AUS: 2.245 million
  • BRA: 1.065 million
  • NLD: 780,000
  • ITA: 265,000
  • SPA: 1.260 million
  • SWE: 1.035 million
  • NOR: 480,000
  • DEN: 655,000
  • SWI: 915,000
  • ARG: 240,000
  • BEL: 480,000
  • AUT: 565,000
  • POL: 240,000
  • FIN: 247,222
  • NZ: 107,500
200 million
Eagles United States 1971–1980, 1994–present 1972 Rock

152 million
  • US: 127.9 million
  • JPN: 600,000
  • GER: 925,000
  • UK: 9.985 million
  • FRA: 2.040 million
  • CAN: 4.2 million
  • AUS: 4.025 million
  • NLD: 540,000
  • ITA: 200,000
  • SPA: 500,000
  • SWE: 140,000
  • DEN: 240,000
  • SWI: 290,000
  • FIN: 124,749
  • NZ: 367,500
200 million
Celine Dion Canada 1981–present 1981 Pop / Rock

137.3 million
  • US: 61.550 million
  • JPN: 7.150 million
  • GER: 8 million
  • UK: 16.115 million
  • FRA: 15.918 million
  • CAN: 12.485 million
  • AUS: 3.827 million
  • BRA: 505,000
  • NLD: 2.180 million
  • SPA: 1 million
  • SWE: 1.105 million
  • NOR: 860,000
  • DEN: 800,000
  • SWI: 1.685 million
  • ARG: 340,000
  • BEL: 2.160 million
  • AUT: 440,000
  • POL: 700,000
  • FIN: 356,183
  • NZ: 192,500
200 million
175 million
AC/DC Australia 1973–present 1975 Hard rock / blues rock / rock and roll

130 million
  • US: 87.2 million
  • GER: 10.5 million
  • UK: 9.765 million
  • FRA: 4.380 million
  • CAN: 2.490 million
  • AUS: 8.265 million
  • ITA: 1.060 million
  • SPA: 1.375 million
  • SWE: 350,000
  • DEN: 500,000
  • SWI: 914,000
  • MEX: 1.56 million
  • ARG: 594,000
  • BEL: 100,000
  • AUT: 395,000
  • POL: 115,000
  • FIN: 321,169
  • NZ: 140,000
200 million
200 million
The Rolling Stones United Kingdom 1962–present 1963 Rock / blues rock

102.7 million
  • US: 74.750 million
  • JPN: 950,000
  • GER: 3.8 million
  • UK: 11.970 million
  • FRA: 3.380 million
  • CAN: 3.025 million
  • AUS: 697,500
  • BRA: 100,000
  • NLD: 610,000
  • ITA: 375,000
  • SPA: 690,000
  • SWE: 310,000
  • NOR: 100,000
  • DEN: 170,000
  • SWI: 238,000
  • ARG: 718,000
  • BEL: 220,000
  • AUT: 300,000
  • POL: 140,000
  • NZ: 190,000
200 million

120 million to 199 million records


Artist Country Period active Release-year of first charted record Genre Total certified units
(from available markets)
Claimed sales
Drake Canada 2001–present 2009 Hip-hop / R&B / pop

411.5 million
  • US: 324.78 million
  • GER: 2.650 million
  • UK: 55.36 million
  • FRA: 3.649 million
  • CAN: 9.720 million
  • AUS: 5.575 million
  • BRA: 390,000
  • ITA: 1.885 million
  • SPA: 520,000
  • SWE: 1.310 million
  • DEN: 2.820 million
  • MEX: 1.2 million
  • BEL: 315,000
  • AUT: 112,500
  • POL: 390,000
  • NZ: 562,500
  • POR: 350,000
170 million
Garth Brooks United States 1989–present 1989 Country

165.3 million
  • US: 158.4 million
  • UK: 520,000
  • CAN: 5.730 million
  • AUS: 595,000
  • IRE: 120,000
170 million
Kanye West United States 1996–present 2003 Hip-hop / electronic / pop

253.6 million
  • US: 215.550 million
  • JPN: 200,000
  • GER: 1.750 million
  • UK: 28.660 million
  • FRA: 225,000
  • CAN: 1.66 million
  • AUS: 3.010 million
  • ITA: 515,000
  • SWE: 300,000
  • DEN: 1.670 million
  • NZ: 177,500
160 million
Billy Joel United States 1964–present 1971 Pop / rock

134.4 million
  • US: 116.350 million
  • JPN: 2 million
  • GER: 1.250 million
  • UK: 8.215 million
  • FRA: 1.025 million
  • CAN: 3.275 million
  • AUS: 1.687 million
  • NLD: 350,000
  • AUT: 125,000
  • NZ: 162,500
160 million
Justin Bieber Canada
United States
2008–present 2009 Pop / teen pop / dance pop

272.8 million
  • US: 182 million
  • JPN: 950,000
  • GER: 5.8 million
  • UK: 35.485 million
  • FRA: 2.247 million
  • CAN: 9.380 million
  • AUS: 8.820 million
  • BRA: 1 million
  • ITA: 3.015 million
  • SPA: 1.4 million
  • SWE: 2.910 million
  • NOR: 3.960 million
  • DEN: 5.5 million
  • SWI: 175,000
  • MEX: 6.650 million
  • BEL: 810,000
  • AUT: 327,500
  • POL: 870,000
  • NZ: 1.275 million
  • POR: 305,000
150 million
Ed Sheeran United Kingdom 2004–present 2011 Pop / folk pop

245.2 million
  • US: 101 million
  • JPN: 350,000
  • GER: 13.150 million
  • UK: 77.720 million
  • FRA: 4.156 million
  • CAN: 12.640 million
  • AUS: 13.865 million
  • BRA: 720,000
  • NLD: 370,000
  • ITA: 4.855 million
  • SPA: 1.340 million
  • SWE: 1.680 million
  • NOR: 395,000
  • DEN: 6.010 million
  • SWI: 675,000
  • MEX: 270,000
  • BEL: 860,000
  • AUT: 805,000
  • POL: 2.27 million
  • NZ: 1.785 million
  • POR: 330,000
150 million
Bruno Mars United States 2004–present 2010 Pop rock / R&B

201.6 million
  • US: 147.5 million
  • JPN: 1.2 million
  • GER: 3.8 million
  • UK: 25.2 million
  • FRA: 2.250 million
  • CAN: 7 million
  • AUS: 6.965 million
  • BRA: 520,000
  • NLD: 105,000
  • ITA: 1.160 million
  • SPA: 510,000
  • SWE: 440,000
  • DEN: 1.480 million
  • SWI: 415,000
  • MEX: 1.230 million
  • BEL: 360,000
  • AUT: 180,000
  • POL: 170,000
  • NZ: 712,500
  • PHL: 330,000
  • POR: 115,000
150 million
Bruce Springsteen United States 1972–present 1973 Rock

126.8 million
  • US: 94.650 million
  • JPN: 400,000
  • GER: 4.425 million
  • UK: 11.150 million
  • FRA: 2.037 million
  • CAN: 3.2 million
  • AUS: 3.537 million
  • BRA: 100,000
  • NLD: 740,000
  • ITA: 740,000
  • SPA: 1.770 million
  • SWE: 810,000
  • NOR: 340,000
  • DEN: 620,000
  • SWI: 535,000
  • MEX: 280,000
  • BEL: 230,000
  • AUT: 290,000
  • FIN: 449,800
  • IRE: 189,500
  • NZ: 375,000
150 million
U2 Ireland 1976–present 1980 Rock

114.6 million
  • US: 53.1 million
  • JPN: 1.450 million
  • GER: 5.8 million
  • UK: 22.245 million
  • FRA: 5.325 million
  • CAN: 7.155 million
  • AUS: 4.622 million
  • BRA: 2.8 million
  • NLD: 1.240 million
  • ITA: 1.080 million
  • SPA: 2.295 million
  • SWE: 515,000
  • NOR: 150,000
  • DEN: 838,000
  • SWI: 771,000
  • MEX: 835,000
  • ARG: 966,000
  • BEL: 770,000
  • AUT: 522,500
  • POL: 370,000
  • FIN: 235,460
  • IRE: 316,000
  • NZ: 850,000
  • POR: 433,000
150 million
Aerosmith United States 1970–present 1973 Hard rock

104.6 million
  • US: 87.250 million
  • JPN: 2.7 million
  • GER: 2 million
  • UK: 5.310 million
  • FRA: 225,000
  • CAN: 3.950 million
  • AUS: 365,000
  • BRA: 600,000
  • NLD: 200,000
  • ITA: 170,000
  • SPA: 200,000
  • SWE: 260,000
  • NOR: 150,000
  • DEN: 195,000
  • SWI: 145,000
  • MEX: 230,000
  • ARG: 338,000
  • AUT: 125,000
  • POL: 100,000
  • FIN: 101,722
150 million
Phil Collins United Kingdom 1980–2011, 2015–present 1981 Rock / progressive rock / adult contemporary

99.4 million
  • US: 44.850 million
  • JPN: 800,000
  • GER: 14.3 million
  • UK: 18.450 million
  • FRA: 6.410 million
  • CAN: 3.875 million
  • AUS: 1.595 million
  • BRA: 1.370 million
  • NLD: 1.150 million
  • ITA: 425,000
  • SPA: 2.150 million
  • SWE: 245,000
  • DEN: 345,000
  • SWI: 973,000
  • ARG: 1.144 million
  • BEL: 355,000
  • AUT: 465,000
  • FIN: 182,581
  • NZ: 140,000
  • POR: 208,000
150 million
Barbra Streisand United States 1960–present 1963 Pop / adult contemporary

98.4 million
  • US: 82.450 million
  • GER: 750,000
  • UK: 5.825 million
  • FRA: 3.250 million
  • CAN: 2.650 million
  • AUS: 2.222 million
  • NLD: 710,000
  • SPA: 150,000
  • SWE: 120,000
  • FIN: 186,501
  • NZ: 142,500
150 million
ABBA Sweden 1972–1982, 2016–present 1972 Pop / disco

69 million
  • US: 12.7 million
  • JPN: 1.5 million
  • GER: 11.1 million
  • UK: 24.665 million
  • FRA: 2.850 million
  • CAN: 2.785 million
  • AUS: 5.662 million
  • BRA: 275,000
  • NLD: 1.390 million
  • ITA: 175,000
  • SPA: 1.005 million
  • SWE: 1.020 million
  • DEN: 955,000
  • SWI: 600,000
  • MEX: 260,000
  • ARG: 238,000
  • BEL: 470,000
  • AUT: 197,500
  • POL: 230,000
  • FIN: 656,319
  • NZ: 297,500
150 million
Frank Sinatra United States 1935–1971, 1973-1995 1940 Pop / swing / easy listening

28.2 million
  • US: 28.2 million
150 million
Katy Perry United States 2001–present 2008 Pop

172.3 million
  • US: 127.4 million
  • JPN: 400,000
  • GER: 4 million
  • UK: 19.1 million
  • FRA: 867,000
  • CAN: 6.360 million
  • AUS: 6.840 million
  • BRA: 685,000
  • ITA: 930,000
  • SPA: 180,000
  • SWE: 600,000
  • NOR: 2.450 million
  • DEN: 600,000
  • SWI: 160,000
  • MEX: 1.080 million
  • BEL: 135,000
  • AUT: 247,500
  • NZ: 360,000
143 million
Chris Brown United States 2005–present 2005 Pop / R&B / hip-hop

198.7 million
  • US: 165.350 million
  • JPN: 500,000
  • GER: 800,000
  • UK: 20.280 million
  • FRA: 100,000
  • CAN: 1.910 million
  • AUS: 6.020 million
  • BRA: 670,000
  • SPA: 140,000
  • ITA: 175,000
  • SWE: 370,000
  • NOR: 315,000
  • DEN: 897,500
  • SWI: 100,000
  • MEX: 640,000
  • NZ: 437,500
140 million
Jay-Z United States 1996–present 1996 Hip-hop

136.2 million
  • US: 108.7 million
  • JPN: 1.050 million
  • GER: 2.3 million
  • UK: 17.780 million
  • FRA: 650,000
  • CAN: 2.450 million
  • AUS: 1.890 million
  • BRA: 110,000
  • ITA: 335,000
  • SPA: 380,000
  • SWE: 210,000
  • DEN: 275,000
  • BEL: 100,000
125 million
Metallica United States 1981–present 1983 Heavy metal / thrash metal

105.6 million
  • US: 73.3 million
  • JPN: 900,000
  • GER: 10.025 million
  • UK: 5.535 million
  • FRA: 940,000
  • CAN: 3.885 million
  • AUS: 3.407 million
  • BRA: 380,000
  • NLD: 460,000
  • ITA: 265,000
  • SPA: 420,000
  • SWE: 675,000
  • NOR: 320,000
  • DEN: 500,000
  • SWI: 560,000
  • MEX: 430,000
  • ARG: 874,000
  • BEL: 385,000
  • AUT: 340,000
  • POL: 1.195 million
  • FIN: 530,676
  • NZ: 335,000
125 million
Lady Gaga United States 2005–present 2008 Pop / dance / electronic

158.1 million
  • US: 105 million
  • JPN: 5.4 million
  • GER: 4.5 million
  • UK: 21.385 million
  • FRA: 3.403 million
  • CAN: 3.640 million
  • AUS: 4.545 million
  • BRA: 470,000
  • NLD: 130,000
  • ITA: 1.665 million
  • SPA: 630,000
  • SWE: 680,000
  • NOR: 2.470 million
  • DEN: 1.045 million
  • SWI: 535,000
  • MEX: 420,000
  • BEL: 485,000
  • AUT: 227,500
  • POL: 730,000
  • IRE: 165,000
  • NZ: 472,500
  • POR: 120,000
124 million
Lil Wayne United States 1996–present 1999 Hip-hop

188.7 million
  • US: 180 million
  • GER: 300,000
  • UK: 6.6 million
  • FRA: 100,000
  • CAN: 360,000
  • AUS: 1.2 million
  • DEN: 190,000
120 million
Maroon 5 United States 1994–present 2002 Pop rock / funk rock / dance-pop

142.6 million
  • US: 98.5 million
  • JPN: 2.250 million
  • GER: 3.150 million
  • UK: 17 million
  • FRA: 1.625 million
  • CAN: 5.965 million
  • AUS: 4.305 million
  • BRA: 1.050 million
  • ITA: 1.365 million
  • SPA: 350,000
  • SWE: 850,000
  • DEN: 1.192 million
  • MEX: 4.055 million
  • SWI: 100,000
  • BEL: 185,000
  • POL: 240,000
  • NZ: 450,000
120 million
Adele United Kingdom 2006–present 2008 Pop / soul

133.1 million
  • US: 68 million
  • JPN: 100,000
  • GER: 4.7 million
  • UK: 33.450 million
  • FRA: 738,333
  • CAN: 8.540 million
  • AUS: 4.585 million
  • BRA: 1.950 million
  • NLD: 380,000
  • ITA: 1.845 million
  • SPA: 860,000
  • SWE: 510,000
  • NOR: 835,000
  • DEN: 1.577 million
  • MEX: 2.370 million
  • SWI: 600,000
  • BEL: 835,000
  • POL: 340,000
  • FIN: 151,639
  • NZ: 727,500
  • POR: 110,000
120 million
Red Hot Chili Peppers United States 1983–present 1987 Funk rock / alternative rock

100 million
  • US: 66.250 million
  • JPN: 2.6 million
  • GER: 3.450 million
  • UK: 15.095 million
  • FRA: 1.470 million
  • CAN: 2.020 million
  • AUS: 2.625 million
  • BRA: 1 million
  • NLD: 660,000
  • ITA: 785,000
  • SPA: 640,000
  • SWE: 390,000
  • DEN: 720,000
  • SWI: 405,000
  • MEX: 150,000
  • BEL: 195,000
  • ARG: 406,000
  • AUT: 247,500
  • POL: 270,000
  • FIN: 171,951
  • NZ: 285,000
120 million
Fleetwood Mac United Kingdom
United States
1967–present 1968 Rock / pop

94.2 million
  • US: 56.250 million
  • GER: 3.5 million
  • UK: 25.325 million
  • FRA: 800,000
  • CAN: 2.950 million
  • AUS: 3.327 million
  • NLD: 590,000
  • SPA: 300,000
  • SWI: 100,000
  • DEN: 260,000
  • BEL: 100,000
  • NZ: 752,500
120 million
Bon Jovi United States 1983–present 1983 Hard rock / glam metal

88.5 million
  • US: 49.9 million
  • JPN: 4.4 million
  • GER: 5.650 million
  • UK: 11.990 million
  • FRA: 825,000
  • CAN: 4.735 million
  • AUS: 3.835 million
  • BRA: 435,000
  • NLD: 710,000
  • ITA: 215,000
  • SPA: 1.620 million
  • SWE: 365,000
  • DEN: 185,000
  • SWI: 1.275 million
  • MEX: 250,000
  • ARG: 358,000
  • BEL: 290,000
  • AUT: 725,000
  • POL: 120,000
  • FIN: 422,500
  • NZ: 210,000
120 million
Rod Stewart United Kingdom 1964–present 1969 Rock / pop

84.9 million
  • US: 46.650 million
  • JPN: 500,000
  • GER: 4.050 million
  • UK: 20.790 million
  • FRA: 1.8 million
  • CAN: 4.055 million
  • AUS: 3.660 million
  • BRA: 980,000
  • NLD: 140,000
  • SPA: 290,000
  • SWE: 440,000
  • DEN: 120,000
  • SWI: 100,000
  • ARG: 524,000
  • AUT: 175,000
  • POL: 220,000
  • IRE: 195,000
  • NZ: 285,000
120 million
Bee Gees United Kingdom
Australia
1963–2003
2009–2012
1963 Pop / disco

74.7 million
  • US: 42.5 million
  • JPN: 300,000
  • GER: 7.175 million
  • UK: 12.525 million
  • FRA: 3.4 million
  • CAN: 4.215 million
  • AUS: 1.987 million
  • BRA: 350,000
  • ITA: 135,000
  • NLD: 540,000
  • SPA: 450,000
  • SWI: 415,000
  • ARG: 188,000
  • AUT: 125,000
  • POL: 100,000
  • NZ: 380,000
120 million

100 million to 119 million records

Artist Country Period active Release-year of first charted record Genre Total certified units
(from available markets)
Claimed sales
Nicki Minaj Trinidad and Tobago 2008–present 2010 Hip-hop / pop

154.8 million
  • US: 113.460 million
  • JPN: 550,000
  • GER: 2.450 million
  • UK: 19.4 million
  • FRA: 1.099 million
  • CAN: 2.960 million
  • AUS: 4.2 million
  • BRA: 470,000
  • ITA: 775,000
  • SPA: 580,000
  • SWE: 420,000
  • NOR: 595,000
  • DEN: 385,000
  • SWI: 180,000
  • MEX: 6.9 million
  • POL: 185,000
  • NZ: 247,500
100 million
Coldplay United Kingdom 1996–present 1999 Alternative rock / pop rock / pop

107.8 million
  • US: 38.6 million
  • JPN: 750,000
  • GER: 5.450 million
  • UK: 36.905 million
  • FRA: 3.353 million
  • CAN: 3.930 million
  • AUS: 4.285 million
  • BRA: 640,000
  • NLD: 410,000
  • ITA: 3.575 million
  • SPA: 1.270 million
  • SWE: 750,000
  • NOR: 260,000
  • DEN: 1.749 million
  • SWI: 580,000
  • MEX: 2.4 million
  • ARG: 528,000
  • BEL: 785,000
  • AUT: 242,500
  • POL: 570,000
  • IRE: 210,000
  • NZ: 352,500
  • POR: 246,500
100 million
Linkin Park United States 1996–present 2000 Alternative rock / nu metal / rap rock

101.8 million
  • US: 72.6 million
  • JPN: 1.550 million
  • GER: 6.2 million
  • UK: 13.085 million
  • FRA: 1.025 million
  • CAN: 1.330 million
  • AUS: 1.485 million
  • BRA: 670,000
  • ITA: 1.045 million
  • SPA: 200,000
  • SWE: 165,000
  • DEN: 530,000
  • SWI: 435,000
  • MEX: 225,000
  • ARG: 108,000
  • BEL: 140,000
  • AUT: 260,000
  • POL: 245,000
  • FIN: 120,469
  • NZ: 260,000
  • POR: 140,000
100 million
George Strait United States 1981–present 1984 Country

99.8 million
  • US: 99.150 million
  • CAN: 745,000
100 million
Pink United States 1995–present 2000 Pop / pop rock / R&B

89.3 million
  • US: 34.225 million
  • JPN: 400,000
  • GER: 6.325 million
  • UK: 22.565 million
  • FRA: 1.448 million
  • CAN: 7.210 million
  • AUS: 10.570 million
  • BRA: 1.530 million
  • NLD: 215,000
  • ITA: 450,000
  • SWE: 710,000
  • NOR: 215,000
  • DEN: 471,500
  • SWI: 675,000
  • MEX: 750,000
  • BEL: 275,000
  • AUT: 447,500
  • POL: 220,000
  • FIN: 130,442
  • NZ: 532,500
100 million
Britney Spears United States 1998–present 1998 Pop / dance / dance-pop

88.7 million
  • US: 46.7 million
  • JPN: 2.1 million
  • GER: 5.350 million
  • UK: 15.550 million
  • FRA: 3.882 million
  • CAN: 3.840 million
  • AUS: 3.2 million
  • BRA: 380,000
  • NLD: 665,000
  • ITA: 315,000
  • SPA: 990,000
  • SWE: 1.010 million
  • NOR: 220,000
  • DEN: 555,000
  • SWI: 485,000
  • MEX: 1.205 million
  • ARG: 428,000
  • BEL: 940,000
  • AUT: 365,000
  • POL: 210,000
  • FIN: 143,627
  • NZ: 240,000
100 million
B'z Japan 1988–present 1988 Rock / pop rock / hard rock

86.2 million
  • JPN: 86.250 million
100 million
Shania Twain Canada 1993–present 1993 Country pop

84.2 million
  • US: 59.9 million
  • JPN: 400,000
  • GER: 1.750 million
  • UK: 8.555 million
  • FRA: 975,000
  • CAN: 6.880 million
  • AUS: 2.360 million
  • BRA: 475,000
  • NLD: 540,000
  • SPA: 100,000
  • SWE: 330,000
  • NOR: 430,000
  • DEN: 210,000
  • SWI: 310,000
  • MEX: 100,000
  • ARG: 120,000
  • BEL: 250,000
  • AUT: 115,000
  • NZ: 402,500
100 million
Guns N' Roses United States 1985–present 1987 Hard rock / heavy metal

80.2 million
  • US: 48.5 million
  • JPN: 1.7 million
  • GER: 4.1 million
  • UK: 9.450 million
  • FRA: 1 million
  • CAN: 3.520 million
  • AUS: 3.190 million
  • BRA: 1.9 million
  • NLD: 705,000
  • ITA: 750,000
  • SPA: 450,000
  • SWE: 485,000
  • NOR: 250,000
  • DEN: 530,000
  • SWI: 365,000
  • MEX: 760,000
  • ARG: 1.248 million
  • BEL: 165,000
  • AUT: 365,000
  • POL: 160,000
  • IRE: 105,000
  • FIN: 267,540
  • NZ: 270,000
100 million
Backstreet Boys United States 1993–present 1995 Pop

78 million
  • US: 44.5 million
  • JPN: 5.4 million
  • GER: 7 million
  • UK: 5.075 million
  • FRA: 325,000
  • CAN: 3.630 million
  • AUS: 2.485 million
  • BRA: 1.625 million
  • NLD: 830,000
  • SPA: 1.850 million
  • SWE: 655,000
  • NOR: 140,000
  • DEN: 465,000
  • SWI: 415,000
  • MEX: 1.475 million
  • ARG: 740,000
  • BEL: 450,000
  • AUT: 325,000
  • POL: 300,000
  • FIN: 171,390
  • NZ: 132,500
100 million
Eric Clapton United Kingdom 1962–present 1970 Rock / blues

71.6 million
  • US: 47.7 million
  • JPN: 3.950 million
  • GER: 3.030 million
  • UK: 7.790 million
  • FRA: 1.475 million
  • CAN: 2.275 million
  • AUS: 1.115 million
  • BRA: 715,000
  • NLD: 745,000
  • ITA: 120,000
  • SPA: 700,000
  • SWE: 320,000
  • DEN: 170,000
  • SWI: 385,000
  • ARG: 420,000
  • BEL: 125,000
  • AUT: 285,000
  • POL: 145,000
  • FIN: 129,679
  • NZ: 102,500
100 million
Neil Diamond United States 1966–present 1966 Pop / rock

71.1 million
  • US: 55.9 million
  • GER: 1 million
  • UK: 9.470 million
  • FRA: 400,000
  • CAN: 1.725 million
  • AUS: 2.190 million
  • NLD: 250,000
  • SPA: 100,000
  • NZ: 132,500
100 million
Prince United States 1976–2016 1978 Funk / R&B / pop / soul / rock

66.3 million
  • US: 48.950 million
  • JPN: 300,000
  • GER: 2.4 million
  • UK: 8.245 million
  • FRA: 2.110 million
  • CAN: 1 million
  • AUS: 1.120 million
  • NLD: 670,000
  • SPA: 700,000
  • SWE: 100,000
  • DEN: 140,000
  • SWI: 300,000
  • AUT: 150,000
  • NZ: 182,500
100 million
Journey United States 1973–present 1975 Rock / soft rock

65.2 million
  • US: 60.7 million
  • JPN: 300,000
  • UK: 3 million
  • CAN: 725,000
  • AUS: 560,000
100 million
Paul McCartney United Kingdom 1960–present 1970 Rock

66 million
  • US: 44.450 million
  • JPN: 500,000
  • GER: 1.925 million
  • UK: 13.925 million
  • FRA: 1.305 million
  • CAN: 1.955 million
  • AUS: 745,000
  • SPA: 640,000
  • SWE: 210,000
  • DEN: 405,000
100 million
Kenny Rogers United States 1958–2020 1975 Country / pop

64.7 million
  • US: 55.550 million
  • JPN: 100,000
  • UK: 3.920 million
  • CAN: 4.740 million
  • AUS: 175,000
  • SPA: 100,000
  • NZ: 130,000
100 million
Santana United States 1966–present 1969 Rock

62.8 million
  • US: 47.475 million
  • JPN: 400,000
  • GER: 2.4 million
  • UK: 3.480 million
  • FRA: 3.510 million
  • CAN: 1.660 million
  • AUS: 855,000
  • BRA: 375,000
  • NLD: 540,000
  • SPA: 450,000
  • SWE: 125,000
  • SWI: 375,000
  • MEX: 405,000
  • ARG: 158,000
  • BEL: 190,000
  • AUT: 145,000
  • POL: 205,000
  • NZ: 135,000
100 million
Simon & Garfunkel United States 1956–2004 1964 Folk rock

62.1 million
  • US: 42.6 million
  • JPN: 700,000
  • GER: 2.325 million
  • UK: 9.4 million
  • FRA: 3.9 million
  • CAN: 1.425 million
  • AUS: 390,000
  • NLD: 300,000
  • ITA: 125,000
  • SWE: 150,000
  • NOR: 140,000
  • SWI: 450,000
  • AUT: 100,000
  • FIN: 163,350
100 million
Janet Jackson United States 1982–present 1982 R&B / pop

53.3 million
  • US: 40.250 million
  • JPN: 1.6 million
  • GER: 1.4 million
  • UK: 4.960 million
  • FRA: 1.475 million
  • CAN: 1.460 million
  • AUS: 1.190 million
  • NLD: 400,000
  • SPA: 150,000
  • SWE: 105,000
  • SWI: 170,000
  • BEL: 175,000
100 million
George Michael United Kingdom 1981–2016 1984 Pop

52.8 million
  • US: 20.8 million
  • JPN: 300,000
  • GER: 2.4 million
  • UK: 17.110 million
  • FRA: 3.217 million
  • CAN: 1.870 million
  • AUS: 2.205 million
  • BRA: 390,000
  • NLD: 1.190 million
  • ITA: 115,000
  • SPA: 850,000
  • SWE: 310,000
  • NOR: 160,000
  • DEN: 520,000
  • SWI: 335,000
  • ARG: 118,000
  • BEL: 315,000
  • AUT: 140,000
  • POL: 340,000
  • NZ: 140,000
100 million
Julio Iglesias Spain 1968–present 1968 Latin

51.7 million
  • US: 11 million
  • JPN: 800,000
  • GER: 250,000
  • UK: 1.620 million
  • FRA: 6.1 million
  • CAN: 1.5 million
  • AUS: 505,000
  • BRA: 12.475 million
  • NLD: 1.2 million
  • ITA: 435,000
  • SPA: 8.8 million
  • SWE: 290,000
  • MEX: 2.975 million
  • ARG: 3.220 million
  • BEL: 125,000
  • FIN: 131,636
  • POR: 288,000
100 million
Dire Straits United Kingdom 1977–1995 1978 Rock

51.7 million
  • US: 15.5 million
  • GER: 3.750 million
  • UK: 13.625 million
  • FRA: 7.305 million
  • CAN: 2.575 million
  • AUS: 2.190 million
  • BRA: 175,000
  • NLD: 900,000
  • ITA: 1.135 million
  • SPA: 1.380 million
  • SWE: 360,000
  • DEN: 495,000
  • SWI: 1 million
  • BEL: 300,000
  • AUT: 400,000
  • FIN: 471,530
  • NZ: 155,000
100 million
The Doors United States 1965–1973 1967 Psychedelic rock

50.5 million
  • US: 38.6 million
  • GER: 1.750 million
  • UK: 2.840 million
  • FRA: 2.2 million
  • CAN: 2.780 million
  • AUS: 1.267 million
  • BRA: 100,000
  • ITA: 280,000
  • SPA: 300,000
  • SWI: 125,000
  • ARG: 150,000
  • AUT: 125,000
100 million
Foreigner United States
United Kingdom
1976–present 1977 Rock / hard rock

50.4 million
  • US: 45.1 million
  • GER: 1.5 million
  • UK: 2.3 million
  • FRA: 400,000
  • CAN: 700,000
  • AUS: 140,000
  • NLD: 150,000
  • SWI: 125,000
100 million
Chicago United States 1967–present 1969 Rock / pop

48.5 million
  • US: 44.150 million
  • JPN: 400,000
  • GER: 250,000
  • UK: 1.490 million
  • FRA: 100,000
  • CAN: 1.865 million
  • AUS: 105,000
  • NLD: 100,000
  • SPA: 100,000
100 million
Bob Dylan United States 1959–present 1963 Folk / rock

47.9 million
  • US: 35.6 million
  • GER: 625,000
  • UK: 7.990 million
  • FRA: 800,000
  • CAN: 1.5 million
  • AUS: 690,000
  • ITA: 170,000
  • NOR: 250,000
  • SWI: 175,000
  • NZ: 105,000
100 million
The Carpenters United States 1969–1983 1969 Pop

46.7 million
  • US: 34.6 million
  • JPN: 3.050 million
  • GER: 250,000
  • UK: 8.450 million
  • CAN: 275,000
  • BRA: 100,000
100 million
Meat Loaf United States 1968–2022 1977 Rock / hard rock

46.6 million
  • US: 25.6 million
  • GER: 2.350 million
  • UK: 11.665 million
  • CAN: 3.380 million
  • AUS: 2.662 million
  • NLD: 425,000
  • SWE: 100,000
  • SWI: 115,000
  • AUT: 100,000
  • NZ: 302,500
100 million
Earth, Wind & Fire United States 1969–present 1971 Funk / R&B / soul

44.1 million
  • US: 37.7 million
  • JPN: 500,000
  • UK: 3.985 million
  • FRA: 500,000
  • CAN: 360,000
  • AUS: 420,000
  • NLD: 250,000
  • DEN: 180,000
  • MEX: 210,000
100 million
Cher United States 1964–present 1965 Pop / rock / dance / folk

43.1 million
  • US: 21.9 million
  • JPN: 100,000
  • GER: 4.175 million
  • UK: 8.290 million
  • FRA: 1.525 million
  • CAN: 1.380 million
  • AUS: 1.530 million
  • BRA: 125,000
  • NLD: 375,000
  • ITA: 325,000
  • SPA: 600,000
  • SWE: 850,000
  • NOR: 115,000
  • DEN: 460,000
  • SWI: 295,000
  • MEX: 200,000
  • ARG: 106,000
  • BEL: 275,000
  • AUT: 250,000
  • POL: 100,000
  • NZ: 150,000
100 million
Def Leppard United Kingdom 1977–present 1979 Hard rock / heavy metal

42.6 million
  • US: 36.150 million
  • JPN: 300,000
  • UK: 2.120 million
  • FRA: 200,000
  • CAN: 2.995 million
  • AUS: 407,500
  • SWE: 150,000
  • SWI: 125,000
  • MEX: 200,000
100 million
Genesis United Kingdom 1967–1999
2006–present
1969 Progressive rock / pop rock

40.3 million
  • US: 21.650 million
  • JPN: 100,000
  • GER: 5.875 million
  • UK: 7.565 million
  • FRA: 3.260 million
  • CAN: 805,000
  • NLD: 300,000
  • SPA: 250,000
  • SWE: 100,000
  • SWI: 450,000
100 million
David Bowie United Kingdom 1962–2016 1967 Art rock / glam rock / pop

41.5 million
  • US: 15.7 million
  • JPN: 200,000
  • GER: 525,000
  • UK: 17.995 million
  • FRA: 2.430 million
  • CAN: 2.315 million
  • AUS: 845,000
  • NLD: 465,000
  • ITA: 570,000
  • SPA: 170,000
  • DEN: 200,000
  • NZ: 142,500
100 million
Stevie Wonder United States 1961–present 1962 Funk / R&B / soul

38.9 million
  • US: 21.650 million
  • JPN: 1.050 million
  • GER: 750,000
  • UK: 11.845 million
  • FRA: 1.4 million
  • CAN: 1.550 million
  • NLD: 250,000
  • ITA: 100,000
  • SPA: 250,000
  • DEN: 135,000
100 million
James Taylor United States 1968–present 1970 Rock / pop

36.5 million
  • US: 35.250 million
  • UK: 1.055 million
  • CAN: 100,000
  • AUS: 100,000
100 million
Tina Turner United States 1958–2009 1960 Rock / pop

36.4 million
  • US: 12.7 million
  • GER: 6.3 million
  • UK: 10.435 million
  • FRA: 1.135 million
  • CAN: 1.6 million
  • AUS: 480,000
  • NLD: 565,000
  • SPA: 700,000
  • SWE: 330,000
  • NOR: 185,000
  • SWI: 675,000
  • BEL: 190,000
  • AUT: 745,000
  • POL: 140,000
  • FIN: 241,954
100 million
Olivia Newton-John Australia 1966–2022 1966 Pop

36.1 million
  • US: 27 million
  • JPN: 100,000
  • GER: 500,000
  • UK: 3.950 million
  • FRA: 1 million
  • CAN: 3.025 million
  • AUS: 450,000
  • NLD: 150,000
100 million
Linda Ronstadt United States 1967–2011 1968 Rock / folk / country

33.2 million
  • US: 31.5 million
  • UK: 435,000
  • FRA: 100,000
  • CAN: 500,000
  • AUS: 665,000
100 million
The Beach Boys United States 1961–present 1962 Rock / pop / surf rock

32.7 million
  • US: 25.6 million
  • GER: 250,000
  • UK: 5.610 million
  • FRA: 400,000
  • CAN: 100,000
  • AUS: 492,500
  • SPA: 250,000
100 million
Donna Summer United States 1968–2012 1974 Pop / disco / R&B

31.3 million
  • US: 24.5 million
  • UK: 4.055 million
  • FRA: 900,000
  • CAN: 1.550 million
  • BRA: 100,000
  • NLD: 100,000
  • SPA: 100,000
100 million

80 million to 99 million records

Artist Country Period active Release-year of first charted record Genre Total certified units
(from available markets)
Claimed sales
Alicia Keys United States 1996–present 2001 Hip-hop / R&B / pop

85.8 million
  • US: 66.050 million
  • JPN: 1.050 million
  • GER: 2.250 million
  • UK: 9.220 million
  • FRA: 1.127 million
  • CAN: 1.6 million
  • AUS: 2.170 million
  • NLD: 460,000
  • ITA: 310,000
  • SPA: 260,000
  • SWE: 200,000
  • DEN: 277,500
  • SWI: 275,000
  • MEX: 240,000
  • BEL: 185,000
  • AUT: 115,000
  • POL: 100,000
90 million
Lionel Richie United States 1968–present 1981 Pop / R&B

43 million
  • US: 28.650 million
  • GER: 1.050 million
  • UK: 8.155 million
  • FRA: 1.4 million
  • CAN: 2.380 million
  • AUS: 260,000
  • BRA: 100,000
  • NLD: 605,000
  • SPA: 150,000
  • SWI: 170,000
  • BEL: 100,000
90 million
Johnny Cash United States 1954–2003 1956 Country / rock and roll / gospel

32.2 million
  • US: 25.7 million
  • GER: 550,000
  • UK: 5.010 million
  • CAN: 490,000
  • AUS: 522,500
90 million
Justin Timberlake United States 1992–present 2002 Pop / R&B / neo soul

82.8 million
  • US: 50.2 million
  • JPN: 200,000
  • GER: 3.9 million
  • UK: 17.070 million
  • FRA: 778,000
  • CAN: 3.360 million
  • AUS: 2.915 million
  • BRA: 105,000
  • NLD: 185,000
  • ITA: 520,000
  • SPA: 220,000
  • SWE: 560,000
  • DEN: 1.125 million
  • SWI: 250,000
  • MEX: 710,000
  • BEL: 325,000
  • POL: 240,000
  • NZ: 227,500
88 million
Ariana Grande United States 2008–present 2013 Pop / R&B

143 million
  • US: 88.5 million
  • JPN: 1.3 million
  • GER: 2.5 million
  • UK: 24.6 million
  • FRA: 1.974 million
  • CAN: 7.320 million
  • AUS: 4.695 million
  • BRA: 1.560 million
  • NLD: 140,000
  • ITA: 1.375 million
  • SPA: 380,000
  • SWE: 710,000
  • NOR: 3.180 million
  • DEN: 1.430 million
  • SWI: 460,000
  • MEX: 810,000
  • BEL: 270,000
  • AUT: 120,000
  • POL: 1.010 million
  • NZ: 502,500
  • POR: 185,000
85 million
R.E.M. United States 1980–2011 1983 Alternative rock

45.3 million
  • US: 21.650 million
  • GER: 4.275 million
  • UK: 10.460 million
  • FRA: 1.450 million
  • CAN: 2.650 million
  • AUS: 1.030 million
  • BRA: 100,000
  • NLD: 100,000
  • ITA: 255,000
  • SPA: 1.1 million
  • SWE: 500,000
  • NOR: 135,000
  • DEN: 290,000
  • SWI: 450,000
  • ARG: 158,000
  • BEL: 210,000
  • AUT: 350,000
  • IRE: 127,500
  • NZ: 105,000
85 million
Post Malone United States 2013–present 2015 Pop / R&B / hip-hop

174.1 million
  • US: 122.5 million
  • GER: 2.4 million
  • UK: 20.2 million
  • FRA: 1.533 million
  • CAN: 13.440 million
  • AUS: 6.510 million
  • BRA: 1.2 million
  • ITA: 810,000
  • SWE: 900,000
  • NOR: 420,000
  • DEN: 2.290 million
  • MEX: 330,000
  • BEL: 235,000
  • POL: 290,000
  • NZ: 840,000
  • POR: 290,000
80 million
Flo Rida United States 2007–present 2007 Hip-hop / hip house /EDM

85 million
  • US: 59 million
  • JPN: 650,000
  • GER: 4.1 million
  • UK: 11.260 million
  • FRA: 225,000
  • CAN: 3.090 million
  • AUS: 3.605 million
  • ITA: 515,000
  • SPA: 140,000
  • SWE: 780,000
  • DEN: 420,000
  • SWI: 420,000
  • MEX: 330,000
  • AUT: 210,000
  • POL: 100,000
  • NZ: 247,500
80 million
Usher United States 1991–present 1994 R&B / pop

76.4 million
  • US: 54.415 million
  • JPN: 750,000
  • GER: 1.150 million
  • UK: 12.925 million
  • FRA: 210,000
  • CAN: 1.850 million
  • AUS: 4.222 million
  • ITA: 125,000
  • SWE: 105,000
  • DEN: 382,500
  • SWI: 170,000
  • NZ: 150,000
80 million
Tim McGraw United States 1990–present 1994 Country

72.3 million
  • US: 80.650 million
  • UK: 200,000
  • CAN: 1.535 million
80 million
Shakira Colombia 1988–present 1995 Latin pop / pop / pop rock

69.7 million
  • US: 31.040 million
  • GER: 4.750 million
  • UK: 7 million
  • FRA: 4.102 million
  • CAN: 1.060 million
  • AUS: 1.640 million
  • BRA: 3.795 million
  • NLD: 380,000
  • ITA: 1.040 million
  • SPA: 3.580 million
  • SWE: 730,000
  • NOR: 165,000
  • DEN: 270,000
  • SWI: 855,000
  • MEX: 7.115 million
  • ARG: 736,000
  • BEL: 490,000
  • AUT: 355,000
  • POL: 235,000
  • FIN: 123,950
  • POR: 269,000
80 million
The Black Eyed Peas United States 1995–present 1998 Hip-hop / R&B / dance

69.7 million
  • US: 34.930 million
  • JPN: 1.250 million
  • GER: 3.3 million
  • UK: 13.8 million
  • FRA: 3.516 million
  • CAN: 3.1 million
  • AUS: 3.882 million
  • BRA: 475,000
  • NLD: 160,000
  • ITA: 825,000
  • SPA: 660,000
  • SWE: 350,000
  • DEN: 226,000
  • SWI: 540,000
  • MEX: 1.440 million
  • BEL: 560,000
  • POL: 110,000
  • IRE: 135,000
  • NZ: 340,000
  • POR: 104,000
80 million
Van Halen United States 1978–2020 1978 Hard rock / heavy metal

65.2 million
  • US: 57.8 million
  • JPN: 1.3 million
  • GER: 1.5 million
  • UK: 1.180 million
  • FRA: 400,000
  • CAN: 2.450 million
  • AUS: 175,000
  • BRA: 200,000
  • NLD: 200,000
80 million
Ayumi Hamasaki Japan 1998–present 1998 J-pop / pop / dance / electronic

64.5 million
  • JPN: 64.5 million
80 million
Tom Petty United States 1976–2017 1977 Rock

36 million
  • US: 31.750 million
  • GER: 500,000
  • UK: 1.860 million
  • CAN: 1.7 million
  • SWE: 200,000
80 million
Johnny Hallyday France 1957–2017 1960 Rock / pop

28.9 million
  • FRA: 28.170 million million
  • SWI: 268,000
  • BEL: 540,000
80 million

75 million to 79 million records

Artist Country Period active Release-year of first charted record Genre Total certified units
(from available markets)
Claimed sales
The Weeknd Canada 2010–present 2013 Pop / R&B

198.9 million
  • US: 138.860 million
  • GER: 4.8 million
  • UK: 24.760 million
  • FRA: 3.033 million
  • CAN: 9.880 million
  • AUS: 5.250 million
  • BRA: 300,000
  • ITA: 1.810 million
  • SPA: 840,000
  • SWE: 2.180 million
  • NOR: 940,000
  • DEN: 3.130 million
  • MEX: 1 million
  • BEL: 570,000
  • AUT: 120,000
  • POL: 775,000
  • NZ: 442,500
  • POR: 295,000
75 million
Imagine Dragons United States 2008–present 2012 Pop rock / electropop / pop

124.4 million
  • US: 87.5 million
  • GER: 5.450 million
  • UK: 12 million
  • FRA: 3.333 million
  • CAN: 4.640 million
  • AUS: 3.150 million
  • BRA: 750,000
  • ITA: 2.375 million
  • SPA: 240,000
  • SWE: 1.180 million
  • NOR: 555,000
  • DEN: 690,000
  • MEX: 510,000
  • BEL: 340,000
  • AUT: 572,500
  • POL: 790,000
  • NZ: 270,000
  • POR: 140,000
75 million
Luke Bryan United States 2001–present 2007 Country / country pop

84.5 million
  • US: 82.5 million
  • CAN: 2.040 million
75 million
Christina Aguilera United States 1993–present 1998 R&B / pop / rock

71.6 million
  • US: 48.7 million
  • JPN: 600,000
  • GER: 2.075 million
  • UK: 10.470 million
  • FRA: 575,000
  • CAN: 3.020 million
  • AUS: 2.620 million
  • BRA: 100,000
  • NLD: 170,000
  • ITA: 215,000
  • SPA: 310,000
  • SWE: 500,000
  • DEN: 445,500
  • SWI: 225,000
  • MEX: 885,000
  • ARG: 100,000
  • BEL: 260,000
  • AUT: 140,000
  • NZ: 195,000
75 million
Tupac Shakur United States 1991–1996 1991 Hip-hop

59.9 million
  • US: 51.7 million
  • GER: 650,000
  • UK: 5.895 million
  • FRA: 100,000
  • CAN: 820,000
  • AUS: 430,000
  • NLD: 200,000
  • DEN: 200,000
75 million
Alabama United States 1972–present 1980 Country / pop rock

58 million
  • US: 56.8 million
  • CAN: 1.2 million
75 million
R. Kelly United States 1989–2019 1991 R&B / soul / hip-hop

56.8 million
  • US: 46.9 million
  • GER: 1.4 million
  • UK: 6.520 million
  • FRA: 825,000
  • CAN: 300,000
  • AUS: 140,000
  • NLD: 365,000
  • SWI: 100,000
  • BEL: 275,000
75 million
Nirvana United States 1987–1994 1990 Grunge / alternative rock

56 million
  • US: 30.2 million
  • JPN: 1.3 million
  • GER: 1.5 million
  • UK: 9.070 million
  • FRA: 2.6 million
  • CAN: 3.690 million
  • AUS: 2.202 million
  • BRA: 725,000
  • NLD: 250,000
  • ITA: 460,000
  • SPA: 450,000
  • SWE: 380,000
  • NOR: 125,000
  • DEN: 345,000
  • SWI: 190,000
  • MEX: 475,000
  • ARG: 522,000
  • BEL: 675,000
  • AUT: 230,000
  • POL: 430,000
  • NZ: 215,000
75 million
Robbie Williams United Kingdom 1990–present 1996 Pop rock

55.6 million
  • US: 500,000
  • GER: 10.575 million
  • UK: 29.550 million
  • FRA: 2.695 million
  • CAN: 250,000
  • AUS: 2.905 million
  • NLD: 1.205 million
  • ITA: 470,000
  • SPA: 440,000
  • SWE: 445,000
  • DEN: 811,500
  • SWI: 1.018 million
  • MEX: 1.595 million
  • ARG: 462,000
  • BEL: 600,000
  • AUT: 932,500
  • POL: 140,000
  • FIN: 235,743
  • IRE: 135,000
  • NZ: 445,000
  • POR: 280,000
75 million
Bob Seger United States 1961–present 1967 Rock / Hard rock/ Pop rock

55.3 million
  • US: 52.5 million
  • UK: 260,000 million
  • FRA: 2.6 million
  • CAN: 2.560 million
75 million
Kenny G United States 1982–present 1984 Smooth jazz

53.9 million
  • US: 49.6 million
  • JPN: 700,000
  • UK: 360,000
  • CAN: 950,000
  • AUS: 525,000
  • BRA: 1.350 million
  • SPA: 450,000
75 million
Enya Ireland 1982–present 1987 New-age / Celtic

51.9 million
  • US: 26.5 million
  • JPN: 4.6 million
  • GER: 4.3 million
  • UK: 6.010 million
  • FRA: 775,000
  • CAN: 1.540 million
  • AUS: 1.680 million
  • BRA: 1.650 million
  • NLD: 730,000
  • SPA: 1.760 million
  • SWE: 390,000
  • DEN: 150,000
  • SWI: 370,000
  • MEX: 125,000
  • ARG: 390,000
  • BEL: 510,000
  • AUT: 185,000
  • POL: 120,000
  • NZ: 135,000
75 million
Bryan Adams Canada 1979–present 1979 Rock

49.9 million
  • US: 22 million
  • JPN: 650,000
  • GER: 4.450 million
  • UK: 10.775 million
  • FRA: 650,000
  • CAN: 5.120 million
  • AUS: 2.080 million
  • BRA: 100,000
  • NLD: 500,000
  • SPA: 450,000
  • SWE: 440,000
  • NOR: 185,000
  • DEN: 380,000
  • SWI: 805,000
  • BEL: 375,000
  • AUT: 400,000
  • POL: 110,000
  • FIN: 183,444
  • POR: 286,000
75 million
Bob Marley Jamaica 1962–1981 1975 Reggae

46.1 million
  • US: 21.850 million
  • JPN: 200,000
  • GER: 1.750 million
  • UK: 13.440 million
  • FRA: 4.735 million
  • CAN: 600,000
  • AUS: 490,000
  • NLD: 420,000
  • ITA: 410,000
  • SPA: 500,000
  • SWE: 120,000
  • DEN: 160,000
  • SWI: 303,000
  • ARG: 376,000
  • BEL: 225,000
  • AUT: 125,000
  • NZ: 432,500
75 million
The Police United Kingdom 1977–1986
2007–2008
1978 Pop / rock

42.2 million
  • US: 23.650 million
  • JPN: 100,000
  • GER: 1.775 million
  • UK: 10.260 million
  • FRA: 3.340 million
  • CAN: 875,000
  • AUS: 527,500
  • BRA: 140,000
  • NLD: 350,000
  • ITA: 205,000
  • SPA: 350,000
  • SWI: 100,000
  • MEX: 100,000
  • ARG: 228,000
  • BEL: 115,000
  • NZ: 105,000
75 million
Gloria Estefan United States 1975–present 1984 Latin pop / dance pop

37.6 million
  • US: 25.9 million
  • JPN: 600,000
  • GER: 250,000
  • UK: 4.210 million
  • FRA: 325,000
  • CAN: 750,000
  • AUS: 455,000
  • NLD: 625,000
  • SPA: 3.240 million
  • SWI: 110,000
  • MEX: 825,000
  • ARG: 380,000
75 million
Barry Manilow United States 1973–present 1973 Pop / soft rock

36.7 million
  • US: 33.3 million
  • UK: 3.225 million
  • CAN: 400,000
75 million
Kiss United States 1972–present 1974 Hard rock / heavy metal

28.7 million
  • US: 26 million
  • JPN: 100,000
  • UK: 800,000
  • CAN: 1.495 million
  • AUS: 130,000
  • NLD: 200,000
75 million
Aretha Franklin United States 1956–2018 1961 Soul / jazz / blues / R&B

26.6 million
  • US: 23.5 million
  • UK: 2.640 million
  • FRA: 275,000
  • CAN: 150,000
  • ITA: 110,000
75 million

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