The 8 Best-Selling Recording Artists Of All Time

By on February 9, 2012 in ArticlesEntertainment

Fads come and go, particularly in the world of pop music. However, there are some acts who have real staying power—remaining popular and vital for many years and, in many cases, even after they have retired or passed on. As a reward, these talents get their names emblazoned on lists like this: These are the eight best-selling recording artists of all time.

8. Rihanna

Years active: 2005–present

First charted record: 2005

Total available certified units: 264 million

Claimed sales: 230 million

7. Pink Floyd

Years active: 1965–1996, 2014

First charted record: 1967

Total available certified units: 120.1 million

Claimed sales: 250 million

6. Led Zeppelin

Years active: 1968–1980

First charted record: 1969

Total available certified units: 140 million

Claimed sales: 300 million

5. Elton John

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Years active: 1964–present

First charted record: 1969

Total available certified units: 183 million

Claimed sales: 300 million

4. Madonna

Years active: 1979–present

First charted record: 1982

Total available certified units: 172.9 million

Claimed sales: 300 million

3. Michael Jackson

Years active: 1964–2009

First charted record: 1971

Total available certified units: 230 million

Claimed sales: 350 million

2. Elvis Presley

Years active: 1954–1977

First charted record: 1954

Total available certified units: 224.7 million

Claimed sales: 600 million

1. The Beatles

Years active: 1960–1970

First charted record: 1962

Total available certified units: 272 million

Claimed sales: 600 million