Top Ten Greatest Male American Solo Music Artists of All Time

ParasN2000

The Top TenXW

1Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

Michael should be on number 1, definitely!

Michael should definitely be number 1!

The battle for the #2 all-time spot between MJ and Ol' Blue Eyes is a fascinating one. Both were not only the biggest American stars of their respective eras, but they were both also the biggest star in the world.

V2 Comments
2EminemEminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 172 million albums making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.V1 Comment
3Frank SinatraFrancis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.

Fran k and MJ were both International stars of the first order. MJ sold more records than Frank, primarily because the record market was so much larger during his era.
However, Frank was a beacon of light during the dark years of WW2, and his post-war "Bobby Soxer" fandom became the basis of teenage culture right up until the present.
Frank also had a fine movie career, including Oscar nods, which more than eclipses MJ's groundbreaking video productions.

4Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

Any list like this that does not have Elvis Presley at #1 is incorrect, and ignorant of history.

Elvis has sold more than double the number of records that MJ has sold, and Elvis also has more #1 singles and more #1 albums; all of this during an era when the potential record-buying market was much smaller. In fact, in USA sales, MJ is only the #7 selling music artist of all time, he is not even ahead of Billy Joel.

Michael is thousand times better than this...

5TupacTupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

You don't compare 2pac to other rappers he was much more he was a poet

One Of the best rappers of all time

6Stevie WonderStevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
7Bob DylanBob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .
8Bruno MarsPeter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer.
9Justin Timberlake
10Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .

The Contenders

11The Notorious B.I.G.Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.
12Johnny CashJohn R. "Johnny" Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.
13Chris BrownChristopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. He is most well known for his physical assault towards the singer Rihanna in ...read more.

The only thing he is the greatest at is the man vs. woman bare knuckle boxing competition, at which he is the heavyweight champ.

I'd like to see him get in the ring against Holly Holm or Ronda Rousey.

14James TaylorJames Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
15Chuck BerryCharles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.
16James Brown
17PrincePrince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, and died on April 21st, 2016. he was a music legend from the 80s up until his death, best known for songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry".
18Garth BrooksTroyal Garth Brooks, known professionally as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.
19Ray CharlesRaymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.
20Bing CrosbyHarry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.

Had an astounding 41 singles from the 1920's to the 1940's that hit the #1 position, plus countless more that were in the Top 10. This was long before RIAA certification started in 1958, so there is no way to know how many records he actually sold.

BAdd New Item
7129

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top Ten Greatest Female American Solo Music Artists of All Time Top Ten Best Black Male Music Artists of All Time Top Ten Best North American Music Artists of All Time Top Ten Greatest American Music Artists of All Time Best American Solo Artists of All Time

List StatsUpdated 10 Dec 2016

24 listings
349 days old

Top Remixes

1. Frank Sinatra
2. Bob Dylan
3. Marvin Gaye
Billyv
1. Eminem
2. Elvis Presley
3. Michael Jackson
ParasN2000
1. Michael Jackson
2. Frank Sinatra
3. Elvis Presley
htoutlaws2012

WRemix

Posts

Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P