Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time

The list of best selling music artists includes artists with claims of 75 million or more record sales in multiple third-party reliable sources. The claimed sales figures and the total certified sales figures (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. The artists in the following tables are listed with both their claimed and certified sales figures and are ranked in descending order, with the highest claimed sales at the top. Artists with the same claimed sales are then ranked by certified units. Sales figures, such as those from Soundscan, which are sometimes published by Billboard magazine, have not been included in the certified units column. Currently, The Beatles are listed at the top of the list as they are considered the highest-selling band based both on sales claims and certified units. Elvis Presley, who is listed the second on the list is considered the highest-selling individual artist based both on sales claims and certified units.

All artists included on this list, which have begun charting on official albums/singles charts have their available claimed figure(s) supported by at least 20% in certified units. That is why Cliff RichardDiana RossCharles AznavourBing CrosbyNana MouskouriDeep PurpleIron MaidenTom JonesThe Jackson 5Dionne WarwickThe Andrews Sisters,Luciano Pavarotti and others have not been included on this list. The percentage amount of certified sales needed increases the newer the artist is, meaning, artists such as Rihanna are expected to have their claimed figures supported by over 60% in certified units. The certified units are sourced from available online databases of local music industry associations. Note that all certified units are converted from Gold/Platinum/Diamond certification awards based on criteria provided by certifying bodies.

The requirements of certified sales are designed to avoid inflated sales figures, which are frequently practiced by record companies for promotional purposes.

The claimed figures are sourced to articles that use the term records (singles, albums, videos) and not albums. However, if all available sources for an artist/band say albums, such sources can only be used if the certified album units of the said artist meet the required percentage amount. Note that this list uses claimed figures that are closer to artists’ available certified sales. In other words, inflated claimed figures that will meet the required certified sales amount but are unrealistically high from available certified sales, will not be used.

Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time

  • The Beatles Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

    The Beatles

The Beatles United Kingdom 1960–1974
Rock / Pop

600 million
Michael Jackson Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson
United States 1964–2009
Pop / Rock / Dance /R&B

400 million
350 million
300 million
  • Madonna Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time with Rhode Island Wedding DJ


Madonna United States 1979–present
Pop / Rock / Dance

300 million
275 million
  • Led Zeppelin Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin United Kingdom 1968–1980
    Hard rock / Heavy metal

    300 million
    200 million

    I am not surprised The Beatles are #1 but am a bit so that Elvis Presley is ahead of Michael Jackson, due to Michael Jackson’s global appeal. It is somewhat amazing that Led Zeppelin can be this high on Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time without a long history of hit singles, based solely on the strength of their album sales. These have been the most consistent hit producers of Pop Music and deserve their ranking. All are great artists for any professional Wedding DJ or Party DJ.

    is there any artist(s) that you thought would be in the top five Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time that did not reach this level of sales?

    DJ Mystical Michael New jersey DJ & Boston DJ


Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love

It still amazes me to his day how much appreciation of Elvis Presley and Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love exists as there was when I first started out more than thirty years ago as a professional DJ. I assumed at some point he would have saturated the market and lost his appeal. I thought the younger generation would not feel the same about his music with the processed music they are raised with today. I was wrong. His songs are strong as ever and receive at least the same degree of enthusiasm as in the past for this professional Wedding DJ.

Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling In Love Icon

When I was a kid, I used to walk to the local 7-Eleven about a half mile away from our home for a Slurpy or a pack of baseball cards. Next to the counter there was one of those wire free-standing record racks that only contained Elvis records. This was not a surprise since he was one of the most famous people in America at the time. What did seem confusing to me was that I knew Elvis as an actor. His movies were on TV all the time and that was the medium that I was introduced to him. I obviously knew he sang, his voice was deep and rich and what he did most in all the films but did not put 1 and 1 together to figure out that he was a singer that was in movies, not an actor who sang in those movies. I remember staring at that rack trying to understand why they were selling his albums since they were not selling albums by any of the other famous actors during that period. As I got older, I eventually realized just how popular and talented a singer he was, by then he was gone. His music still lives today.

 Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love Music Video

At mostly every wedding I provide music at some point there is a request for Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love for the professional Wedding DJ. I never get tired of hearing it and seeing young and old make their way to the dance floor. It’s what a professional Wedding DJ looks forward to.

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ