Artists Who Sold Over 200 Million Albums Worldwide


The Top Ten

1 Rod Stewart Rod Stewart Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

This guy has all the luck. His love and passion for music and his fans catapulted him to the top.

Songwriter, singer, Rod Stewart sold over 250 million albums. - phr

And I have lots of his music, keep on rocking,

Biggest selling British solo artist in all genres.

2 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top more.

One of the greatest vocalist of our time. Incredible songwriter, with major influence on aspiring singers. Also the best selling female artist of all time.

the greatest vocalist ever, and what people should know she's a great song writer, a huge achievement and an outstanding career, 18 number ones or 19 I don't remember, discreet philanthropist and a recent mother of 2 all that at 40! and the best is yet to come. I'm not a fan but I'm in love with her voice from day one. have a lot of respect for the lady.

CAUSE SHE WRITES HER OWN SONGS AND PRODUCE IT and WORKs for her Music; when we listen a Mariah's album it's her work as an artist ( it's very rare)and even if sometimes we don't like her songs we know she gives her all and her best! And we can not forget about her incredible Voice even if she gets old she hits her high notes and she is always able to perform live even if it's less tham before ( very rare too )

I love her songs so much and she can even write and produce her own songs, such a beautiful voice, she is a living legend

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3 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

Does not belong in this list, sold over 300 million. - phr

Should be 1! Best artist ever!

Should be number one - HazelJackson

Number one

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4 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

How can The Beatles be at 14 when they are number 1 with $247.8 million sold worldwide. They are the real number 1. The only one that is correct is Michael jackson at number 3. Elvis too should be at number 2. How did Mariah Carey Be number 1. She was only big in The United States. This is how it really goes; 1. Beatles 2. Elvis 3. Michael Jackson 4. Madonna 5. Elton John 6. Led Zeppelin 7. Queen 8. ABBA 9. Mariah Carey 10. Celine Dion - westofohio

The Beatles have outsold everyone. Stats shows this easily. And they still out sell others every time they release a CD.. Always a #1 sell for them.. And they haven't been together in 45 years..

Stop confusing opinion with fact, morons.

You seem to get something wrong, guys, this list is not about which artists sold the most, it's about which artist that also happens to have sold more than 200M albums is the best.
I'd still say The Beatles should be #1st, what the hell is a child rapist (and who are the other two again? ) doing in front of them?

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5 Bee Gees Bee Gees The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

Well for me bee gees should be in top 10.. One of the greatest songwriters of all time.. How can we forget that

Sold over 200 million. - phr

Best songwriters

Universally UNIQUE!

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6 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

Best Musical Band ever. They covered every Genre. Freddie Mercury was the ultimate Showman. Every Band member wrote hit songs.

No: they sold 300 million! Check it!

Sold 200 million. - phr

Its true
Check the records I think Queen should be up there, right
For one album, Greatest hits, they made around $25 Mil :-)

7 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Best sounding rock and roll band of all time

Sold over 250 million. - phr

8 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

Sold over 250 million. - phr

9 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

No belong in this list, sold aprox 180 million. - phr

10 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

With ABBA just receiving an award recently to mark the groups 375 million worldwide record sale, ABBA is well over the 200 million mark. In reviewing this list, only Elvis, Michael Jackson and the Beatles have sold more than ABBA. Someone seems to really be pushing Mariah Carey, laugh out loud

Definitely the most amazing band to ever exist! All of ABBA's songs are so outstanding, breathtaking, catchy and just fantastic! Each one of the ABBA members are so incredible and talented. I couldn't understand how anyone could not adore the sensational Swedish pop group.

They actually sold more than 300 million records. Only Elvis, the Beatles and Michael Jackson are ahead! - ivylee

Does not belong in this list, sold over 300 million. - phr

The Contenders

11 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has more.

Madonna should be at least in Top 3. What's wrong with you guys? She is real legend not Mariah Cary who cannot even write her own material without additional help. Send me please at least one song which would be written 100% by Carey and without other songwriters? Hah, Madonna wins Forever!
... but I guess MJ and MC fans can't stand the truth - Alexandr

Err Madonna is recognized with over 300 million sales by the Guinness World Records and this figure has not been updated for a few years now

Come on Lucky Stars, let's "get together" and "justify our love" by voting!

Sold over 300 million

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12 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an 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. more.

Elvis was amazing and really shaped how we think of music today. Most teenagers haven't heard of the Beatles or The Rolling Stones but, unlike them elvis is remembered and still enjoyed to this very day

He is the top selling artist in the history of music

Lets get real elvis 100% he solid 2.5 billion world wide Untouchable!

Does not belong in this list, sold over 300 million. - phr

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13 Jackson 5 Jackson 5

Michael was the big seller, Jackson Five stayed under 100 million. - phr

14 Celine Dion Celine Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.

Dion has sold close to 300 million. Mariah's sales figures are mainly in the US. Among many Artists, Dions albums sales includes about 80-100 more countries then most. Not only that but here in the US, they don't count many of these countries, which is vary sad. To the world, (except for stupid US), she is royalty.

According to Billboard, Celine has sold an almost 250 Million albums globally. Meaning her record sales is now at 300 Million. You need to deal with that one big fact!

Queen of pop for sure, she is 45 and still going strong. No drugs or scandal, she truly is royalty and should be at he top!

Celine Dion is the Best Selling Foreign Female Artist in Africa, Best Selling Female Artist in France, Best Selling Female Artist in Canada, 5th Best Selling Female Artist in US, 2nd Best Selling Female Artist in Japan, 2nd Best Selling Female Artist in Germany, and 2nd Best Selling Female Artist in Europe.

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15 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

AC/Dc the most influential high voltage rock and roll band ever!

Sold aprox 180 million. - phr

16 Julio Iglesias Julio Iglesias

Sold over 200 million. - phr

"Sold over 300 million"

17 Nana Mouskouri

Sold aprox 180 million. - phr

Greek singer, Nana Mouskouri has sold over 300 million records and is considered the most famous in music history. She has sang in several languages including Greek, French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Welsh, Mandarin Chinese an
d more.

18 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

The most beautiful voice ever! My all time favorite.

Hate and love to say second to none

Sold over 200 million. - phr

19 Eminem Eminem Eminem, 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 300 million records 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 more.

He's barely sold 100 million. - IronSabbathPriest

Sold aprox 100 million. - phr

20 Elton John Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

Elton John has sold 350 MILLION albums worldwide!

Now he's my current favorite artist and singer - Kevinsidis

Sold aprox 200 million. - phr

21 Phil Collins Phil Collins Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.

Sold aprox 150 million. - phr

22 New Order New Order New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980, currently comprising Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman.
23 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American pop singer. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning more.

Sold way over 200M, factually.

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