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The World’s best selling music artists

Jonathan Thangeo



The World’s best selling music artists

Celine Dion, Canada

Genre                   : Pop

Claimed Sales   : 200 million      


Celine Dion

She is a popular figure in the world of music and reigned as one of the best female singers during the late 90s and the early 2000s. Celine Dion began singing at an early age of 12 now at 46 She is still singing and performing in concerts. She was recently bound for an Asia tour but it eventually was cancelled

Celine Dion has won 5 Grammys, 7 American Music Awards, 12 World Music Awards, 20 Juno and 43 Felix Awards.


Mariah Carey, United States

Genre                   : Pop/R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Claimed Sales   : 200 million

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey had a tough life as a kid but it never stopped her from achieving her goals and boy did she achieve more than that. Carey was one of the hit makers during the 90s, her songs like butterfly and Rainbow made her a worldwide success. Apart from all the singing Carey has also acted in a few movies as well. She is a devoted Christian and a philanthropist as she is associated with many organizations such as the Fresh Air Funfd and the Fishkill camps located in New York.

Mariah Carrey has won 5 Grammys, 10 American Music Awards , 18 World Music Awards and 32 Billboard Music Awards

Pink Floyd, United Kingdom

Genre                   : Progressive Rock

Claimed Sales   : 250 million



One of the most successful Rock bands that have been entertaining the world with their psychedelic stage performances and heavy rock music. The Band was formed in 1965 and two years later they unveiled their first album “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” which was an ultimate success on the UK Charts. On July 2006 the band faced a setback as one of their member Barret passed away. In the same year on September another member, Wright died of cancer at 65. The Band is still active with new members.

Led Zeppelin, United Kingdom

Genre                   : Hard rock/ Heavy metal

Claimed Sales   : 300 million


Led Zeppelin

Almost every rock fan during the 70s was a fan of Led Zeppelin, the rock band known for their innovative instrumentals music. However it was “the Stairway to heaven song” where Jimmy Page played a legendary solo that shot them to fame. The band used the name Yardbirds at first but later changed to Led Zeppelin and also named their first album with the same which was a huge success in the UK and the rest of the world. The band live a lavish rock star lifestyle. They own a private Boeng 702 plane and while on tour they would book an entire hotel.

Led Zeppelin has won one American Music Awards, 5 Grammys and several other notable awards. They have been inducted to the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, “UK Music Hall of Fame” and “Mojo Hall of Fame”

Elton John, United Kingdom

GenrE                   : Pop/Rock

Claimed Sales   : 300 million

Elton John

Elton John

Music runs in the blood of Elton John, the man who has been in the music industry for more than 4 decades. He is one of the few successful singers who write their own songs. The fact that he would one day become a successful singer was evident as Elton John began playing the piano at the age of 3 and mastered it just a year later. The “Sacrifice” hit maker began  his career as a performer in a local pub where he played the piano. Then later on in 1969 he released his first album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”. Elton John has also committed himself to a lot of charity works and is an avid supporter of Watford Football Club.

Elton John has won a total of 11 Grammys and many other awards as well including a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also won three Oscars from his Original Score of the Lion King Movie.


Madonna, United States

Genre                   : Pop/Rock/Dance/Electronica

Claimed Sales   : 350 million



The Queen of Pop, Madonna knows no bounds, as she continues to rule the world of music everyday with her new singles and world tours. A straight A student as a kid, Madonna began her career as a backup singer and dancer for different artists when finally In 1982 she released her debut singles “everybody” . Apart from her success in music, the papa don’t preach hit maker’s  fashion has also influenced many young girls, who followed her style of dressing widely during the 80s and 90s. Along with singing Madonna also excels in dancing and can also play several musical instruments like the drums and  guitar.

Madonna has won a total of 20 MTV Music Awards, the most any artist has ever won, and besides that she has also won several other awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and a life time achievement award.  Her total number of awards won tally to 266 from 485 nominations.

Michael Jackson, United States

Genre                   : Pop/Rock/Dance/R&B

Claimed Sales   : 400 million

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

No one is as befitting for the ‘King of Pop’ title other than the late and great Michael Jackson himself. Michael Jackson Changed the whole style of Music with his own. He shocked the world with his never before seen style of singing, and moved everyone with one of the best inventions in dance, the “moon walk”.  Michael began singing in front of live audiences at a very early age with his brothers called the Jackson five. Michael’s thriller album has been considered as the most successful album of all time.

In June 25, 2009, Michael breathed his last due to a cardiac arrest, he was due to perform a concert titled ‘this is it’ the same year.

Michael is considered to be the most influential singer of all time. During his musical career he won 13 Grammys, 26 American Music Awards, 38 World Music Awards and many others. He also holds 31 Guinness World Records and is the first and only singer till now from the music industry to be inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame.


Elvis Presley, United States

Genre                   : Rock and Roll/Pop/Country

Claimed Sales   : 550 million

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

If anyone ever wondered where did the whole rock and roll genre come from as back in the days there was nothing more than classical music and country songs, then they need not look further for it was none other than Elvis Presley during the 50s who didn’t go by the book and changed the rules by his swinging hip and his Blues songs, a song sung mostly by the African American communities of that time. He rose to fame when he began singing in Live Shows where the crowd mostly youths enjoyed this new style that he had brought with him and followed him word to word when he would sing “You aint nothing but a hound dog.  On March 1958, Elvis was drafted into the military, thousands of fans thronged the streets to catch a glimpse of the superstar as he descended from the bus. Along with movies Elvis also starred in several movies some of which became an instant hit like his debut movie “Love me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock”.

In the year 1977, due to constant health deterioration Elvis Presley Passed away. The cause of his death is still unconfirmed. Some believe it to be the effect of CDI, while others claim it to be a sudden violent heart attack.

Elvis has won 3 Grammys, 3 Laurel Awards and has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


The Beatles, United Kingdom

Genre                   : Rock/Pop

Claimed Sales   : 600 million

The Beatles

The Beatles

The most successful band the world has ever seen. If Elvis gave birth to rock and roll, then the Beatles have perfected it. Their music was played everywhere from their home in Liverpool to the US and to the rest of the world as well. Some doctors those times even prescribed their patients who suffered from stress and disappointments to listen to the Beatle’s songs. Their songs like Yellow Submarine and Michelle  are still played even today.

So huge was their success that they even dominated the US Charts. The band was formed in 1960 in Liverpool, England. The members John Lennon, Paul McCarthy, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were still in their mid teens.

The Beatles together won 3 Brit Awards, 10 Grammys and a Grammy lifetime achievement Award.


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