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This is the list of the top 100 best-selling music artists in the United Statesmarker only as of December 2008 and based on certifications of albums by the RIAA.

The RIAA does not deal in sales of albums, only certifications of shipped units. Therefore this best-selling list is based on total accumulated certifications given per artist and may not reflect the true physical sales obtained by these artists.

The RIAA began its certifications in 1952.This list therefore excludes large-selling artists like Bing Crosby whose sales in the 1930s-1950s were not certified. Also affected are artists such as Frank Sinatra, who although they were successful after 1952, were also best-selling prior to 1952. Therefore their positions in the chart reflect certifications from 1952 onwards. The list also excludes certifications of albums recorded by artists in collaboration with others as part of an singular artist or group's total. For example, country music artist Willie Nelson recorded a large number of albums in collaboration with others, several of which have been certified by the RIAA but aren't considered among his total RIAA certified album units. It should be noted that since digital music players have become the dominant listening medium, sales of "hard albums" have declined sharply.

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References

  1. 'Top Artists' web page at RIAA.com


See also



Number Name Nationality Years Active Genre Certification
in millions
1 The Beatles U.K.marker 60s-70s Rock / Pop Rock / Psychedelic rock/ Rock and Roll 170
2 Garth Brooks U.S.marker 80s-00s Country 128
3 Elvis Presley U.S. 50s-70s Rock'n roll / Rock / Pop / Country / Gospel 120
4 Led Zeppelin UK 60s-80s Hard rock / Blues rock 111.5
5 Eagles U.S. 70s-00s Rock / Country rock 100
6 Billy Joel U.S. 60s-00s Rock 79.5
7 Pink Floyd UK 60s-90s Psychedelic rock / Space rock / Progressive rock 74.5
8 Barbra Streisand U.S. 60s-00s Pop 71.5
9 AC/DC AUS 70s-00s Hard rock 71
10 Elton John UK 60s-00s Pop / Rock 70
11 George Strait U.S. 80s-00s Country 68.5
12 Michael Jackson U.S. 60s-00s Pop / R&B 67.5
13 Aerosmith U.S. 70s-00s Hard rock 66.5
14 The Rolling Stones UK 60s-00s Rock / Blues rock 66
15 Bruce Springsteen U.S. 70s-00s Rock / Folk 64
16 Madonna U.S. 80s-00s Pop / Dance 63.5
17 Mariah Carey U.S. 90s-00s Pop / R&B 62.5
18 Metallica U.S. 80s-00s Heavy metal 59
19 Van Halen U.S. 70s-00s Hard rock 56.5
20 Whitney Houston U.S. 80s-00s Pop/ R&B 54.5
21 U2 Irelandmarker 80s-00s Rock 51.5
22 Kenny Rogers U.S. 50s-00s Pop/ Rock/ Country 51
23 Celine Dion Canadamarker 80s-00s Pop 50
24 Fleetwood Mac UK./U.S. 60s-00s Rock 48.5
25 Neil Diamond U.S. 60s-00s Pop 48.5
26 Shania Twain Canada 90s-00s Pop country 48
27 Kenny G U.S. 80s-00s Jazz 48
28 Journey U.S. 70s-00s Pop / Rock 47
29 Alabama U.S. 70s-00s Country rock 46
30 Guns N' Roses U.S. 80s-00s Hard rock / Heavy Metal 43.5
31 Santana Mexicomarker 60s-00s Latin / Rock 43
32 Alan Jackson U.S. 80s-00s Country 42.5
33 Eric Clapton UK 60s-00s Blues / Blues rock / Rock 42.5
34 Bob Seger U.S. 60s-00s Rock 41
35 Reba McEntire U.S. 70s-00s Country 40.5
36 Prince U.S. 70s-00s R&B / Rock / Funk 39.5
37 Simon and Garfunkel U.S. 60s-80s Folk / Pop 38.5
38 Chicago U.S. 60s-00s Pop / Rock 38
39 Foreigner U.S./UK 70s-00s Rock 37.5
40 2 Pac U.S. 90s Rap 37.5
41 Rod Stewart UK 70s-00s Pop / Rock 37
42 Bob Dylan U.S. 60s-00s Folk / Rock 37
43 Backstreet Boys U.S. 90s-00s Teen pop 37
44 Tim McGraw U.S. 90s-00s Country 35
45 Def Leppard UK 70s-00s Hard rock / Heavy Metal 35
46 Willie Nelson U.S. 50s-00s Country 35
47 Bon Jovi U.S. 80s-00s Rock / Hard Rock 34
48 Phil Collins UK 80s-00s Rock/ Progressive rock 33.5
49 R. Kelly U.S. 90s-00s R&B 33
50 James Taylor U.S. 70s-00s Folk / Pop 33
51 John Denver U.S. 60s-90s Pop / Country 32.5
52 Queen UK 70s-00s Pop rock / Hard rock 32.5
53 The Doors U.S. 60s-70s Rock / Psychedelic Rock 32.5
54 Britney Spears U.S. 90s-00s Pop / Dance 32
55 Dave Matthews Band U.S. 90s-00s Alternative rock 31
56 Pearl Jam U.S. 90s-00s Grunge / Alternative rock 31
57 Boston U.S. 70s-00s Rock / Hard rock 31
58 Dixie Chicks U.S. 80s-00s Pop country 30.5
59 Linda Ronstadt U.S. 60s-00s Rock/ Pop 30
60 Tom Petty U.S. 70s-00s Rock 29
61 Ozzy Osbourne UK 60s-00s Hard Rock / Heavy metal 28.75
62 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers U.S. 70s-00s Rock 28.5
63 Lynyrd Skynyrd U.S. 60s-00s Southern rock 28
64 Michael Bolton U.S. 80s-00s Pop 28
65 'N Sync U.S. 90s-00s Teen pop 28
66 Mannheim Steamroller U.S. 70s-00s New Age 28
67 John Mellencamp U.S. 70s-00s Rock 27.5
68 Barry Manilow U.S. 70s-00s Pop 27.5
69 Jay-Z U.S. 80s-00s Rap 27
70 Boyz II Men U.S. 90s-00s R&B 27
71 Frank Sinatra U.S. 30s-90s Traditional pop 27
72 Eminem U.S. 90s-00s Rap 27
73 Brooks & Dunn U.S. 90s-00s Country 26.5
74 Enya Ireland 80s-00s New Age / Celtic 26.5
75 Creedence Clearwater Revival U.S. 60s-70s Country / Rock 26
76 Janet Jackson U.S. 80s-00s R&B / Pop 26
77 The Bee Gees UK 60s-00s Pop/ Disco 26
78 Faith Hill U.S. 90s-00s Country 25.5
79 Creed U.S. 90s-00s Alternative Rock 25
80 Luther Vandross U.S. 60s-00s R&B 25
81 ZZ Top U.S. 70s-00s Rock / Blues rock / Hard rock 25
82 Nirvana U.S. 80s-90s Grunge / Alternative rock 25
83 Rush Canada 70s-00s Hard rock / Progressive rock 25
84 Steve Miller Band U.S. 60s-00s Rock 24.5
85 The Carpenters U.S. 60s-80s Pop 24.5
86 Vince Gill U.S. 70s-00s Country 24
87 Toby Keith U.S. 90s-00s Country 24
88 Mötley Crüe U.S. 80s-00s Hard rock / Heavy Metal 23.5
89 The Cars U.S. 70s-80s Rock / New wave 23.5
90 Earth, Wind & Fire U.S. 70s-00s Funk / R&B / Disco 23.5
91 Jimmy Buffett U.S. 60s-00s Rock / Pop / Country 23
92 Green Day U.S. 80s-00s Punk Rock / Alternative Rock 22.5
93 The Police UK 70s-80s Pop / New wave 22.5
94 Jimi Hendrix U.S. 60s-70s Psychedelic rock 22.5
95 Sade UK 80s-00s R&B / Pop 22.5
96 Kenny Chesney U.S. 90s-00s Country 22.5
97 Outkast U.S. 90s-00s Rap / R&B / Alternative 22
98 Kid Rock U.S. 90s-00s Rap / Hard Rock / Country 22
99 TLC U.S. 90s-00s Rap / R&B / Pop 22
100 Lionel Richie U.S. 70s-00s Soul / R&B / Pop 22

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