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According To U.S. Recording Industry Sales Figures, Here Are

The Best Selling Singles        The Best Selling Albums

The Top Ten Album Artists        Artist's Awards





The Top Ten Best Selling Singles Of All Time


In All Categories, Including: Rock, Country, Rap, Movie Soundtracks, Big Band and Children's.
As Of November, 2003


Number Millions Sold Title Artist's Name
1 37 Candle In The Wind -- (Princess Diana Tribute) Elton John
2 30 White Christmas Bing Crosby
3 17 Rock Around The Clock Bill Haley and His Comets
4 12 I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles
5 12 Louie Louie The Kingsmen
6 10 Hey Jude The Beatles
7 10 It's Now Or Never Elvis Presley
8 10 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston
9 9 Hound Dog Elvis Presley
10 9 Diana Paul Anka


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The Best Selling Albums Of All Time

In All Categories, Including: Rock, Country, Rap, Movie Soundtracks, Big Band and Children's.
As Of July, 2009


Millions Sold Title Artist's Name
29 Their Greatest Hits (vol. 1) The Eagles
28 Thriller Michael Jackson
23 The Wall Pink Floyd
23 Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin
22 Back In Black AC/DC
21 Greatest Hits VOL I & II Billy Joel
21 Double Live Garth Brooks
20 Come On Over Shania Twain
19 The Beatles The Beatles
19 Rumours Fleetwood Mac
18 Appetite For Destruction Guns 'n Roses
17 Boston Boston
17 The Bodyguard (soundtrack) Whitney Houston
17 No Fences Garth Brooks
16 The Beatles 1967 - 1970 The Beatles
16 Hotel California Eagles
16 Greatest Hits Elton John
16 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette
16 Cracked Rear View Hootie & The Blowfish
16 Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin
15 The Beatles 1962 - 1966 The Beatles
15 Saturday Night Fever The Bee Gees
15 Born In The U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
15 Dark Side Of The Moon Pink Floyd
15 Greatest Hits Journey
14 Supernatural Santana
14 Bat Out Of Hell Meat Loaf
14 Ropin' The Wind Garth Brooks
14 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys
14 Baby One More Time Britney Spears
14 Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel
14 Metallica Metallica
13 Frampton Comes Alive Peter Frampton
13 Purple Rain (soundtrack) Prince & The Revolution
13 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston
13 Millennium Backstreet Boys
13 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live Bruce Springsteen
13 Greatest Hits 1974 - 1978 Steve Miller Band
13 Ten Pearl Jam
12 Abbey Road The Beatles
12 Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin
12 Hot Rocks The Rolling Stones
12 Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi
12 II Boyz II Men
12 Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers
12 Breathless Kenny G
12 Hysteria Def Leppard
12 The Woman In Me Shania Twain
12 No Jacket Required Phil Collins
12 Yourself Or Someone Like You Matchbox Twenty
12 Forrest Gump Soundtrack Various Artists
12 Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
12 Pieces Of You Jewel
11 Dirty Dancing Soundtrack Various Artists
11 James Taylor's Greatest Hits James Taylor
11 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles
11 Crazysexycool TLC
11 Up! Shania Twain
11 Houses Of The Holy Led Zeppelin
11 Titanic Soundtrack Various Artists
11 No Strings Attached 'N Sync
11 Falling Into You Celine Dion
11 Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II Eagles
11 Devil Without A Cause Kid Rock
11 Human Clay Creed
11 Aerosmith's Greatest Hits Aerosmith
10 The Stranger Billy Joel
10 1984 Van Halen
10 Best Of The Doobies The Doobie Brothers
10 Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie
10 Daydream Mariah Carey
10 Dookie Green Day
10 Eliminator ZZ Top
10 Faith George Michael
10 Fly Dixie Chicks
10 Appetite for Destruction Guns and Roses
10 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
10 Legend Bob Marley & The Wailers
10 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion
10 Life After Death Notorious B.I.G.
10 Tragic Kingdom No Doubt
10 Like A Virgin Madonna
10 Music Box Mariah Carey
10 'N Sync 'N Sync
10 Nevermind Nirvana
10 Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'em MC Hammer
10 Tapestry Carole King
10 The Hits Garth Brooks
10 The Immaculate Collection Madonna
10 The Joshua Tree U2
10 The Lion King Soundtrack Various Artists
10 Unplugged Eric Clapton
10 Van Halen Van Halen
10 Greatest Hits Tom Petty
10 Pyromania Def Leppard
10 Come Away With Me Nora Jones
10 Greatest Hits Patsy Cline
10 Hybrid Theory Linkin Park
10 Best Of The Doors The Doors
10 Oops! I Did It Again Britney Spears
10 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks
10 Confessions Usher
10 Songs In The Key Of Live Stevie Wonder
10 Sevens Garth Brooks
10 1 The Beatles
9 Top Gun Soundtrack Various Artists
9 Footloose Soundtrack Various Artists
9 All Eyez On Me Tupac
9 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Smashing Pumkins
9 High Infidelity REO Speedwagon
9 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey
9 Cooleyhighharmony Boyz II Men
9 Licenced To Ill Beastie Boys
9 The Sign Ace Of Base
9 Whitney Whitney Houston
9 Escape Journey
9 Some Gave All Billy Ray Cyrus
9 Greatest Hits John Denver
9 Brothers In Arms Dire Straits
9 Great Band Era Various Artists
9 Big Willie Style Will Smith
9 Greatest Hits 2 Pac


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The Top Ten Artists in U.S. Album Sales

Number Artist Sales
1 The Beatles 106,530,000
2 Garth Brooks 92,000,000
3 Led Zeppelin 83,620,000
4 Elvis Presley 77,280,000
5 Eagles 65,000,000
6 Billy Joel 63,250,000
7 Barbra Streisand 62,750,000
8 Elton John 61,620,000
9 Aerosmith 54,370,000
10 Pink Floyd 52,600,000


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Artists Awards

Here are the Recording Industry Association of America's awards for record sales in U.S.
These sales numbers include all retail, mail order, and record club sales,
but not promotional radio and press copies, inventory sell-offs and surplus sales.
These figures were compiled in November, 2003.

The Artists Are Listed In Alphabetical Order


Artist Gold
500,000 units shipped
Platinum
one million units shipped
Multi-Platinum
two million units shipped
AC/DC 19 19 11
AEROSMITH 23 18 11
ALABAMA 22 20 10
ALLMAN BROTHERS 10 4 1
HERB ALPERT 15 1 0
BEACH BOYS 19 5 3
BEATLES 41 36 24
BEE GEES 24 14 3
BLACK SABBATH 12 8 3
BOWIE, DAVID 14 4 0
BUFFETT, JIMMY 15 8 2
CAMPBELL, GLEN 17 5 1
CARPENTERS 22 8 6
CASH, JOHNNY 12 4 3
CHICAGO 22 18 7
CLAPTON, ERIC 21 12 7
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL 23 14 6
DENVER, JOHN 20 13 7
DIAMOND, NEIL 38 20 11
DOOBIE BROTHERS 13 10 4
DOORS 17 14 5
DYLAN, BOB 32 14 4
EAGLES 13 10 9
FLEETWOOD MAC 15 9 7
FOUR SEASONS 7 1 1
FRANKLIN, ARETHA 28 4 1
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD 14 6 2
GRATEFUL DEAD 18 6 4
HALL & OATES 17 6 3
HENDRIX, JIMI 15 9 5
HUMPERDINCK, ENGELBERT 11 1 1
ISLEY BROTHERS 15 10 3
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE/STARSHIP 20 5 1
JETHRO TULL 15 3 1
JOEL, BILLY 18 17 11
JOHN, ELTON 36 25 12
JONES, TOM 13 0 0
JOURNEY 17 8 7
KISS 24 10 2
LED ZEPPELIN 16 16 13
LENNON, JOHN (solo) 11 3 2
LYNYRD SKYNYRD 16 11 6
MADONNA 16 16 12
MANILOW, BARRY 20 12 5
MARLEY, BOB & THE WAILERS 11 2 2
MARTIN, DEAN 12 0 0
MATHIS, JOHNNY 16 6 2
McCARTNEY, PAUL (solo) 23 15 5
MELLENCAMP, JOHN 16 11 5
MOODY BLUES 16 6 0
MURRAY, ANNE 15 5 2
NEWTON-JOHN, OLIVIA 21 5 3
O'JAYS 14 4 0
PETTY, TOM 15 8 5
PINK FLOYD 18 15 12
PRESLEY, ELVIS 89 46 23
PRINCE 21 14 6
QUEEN 16 7 1
R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON 11 8 4
ROGERS, KENNY 29 20 8
ROLLING STONES 39 26 11
RONSTADT, LINDA 19 14 7
RUSH 22 14 3
SANTANA 20 11 7
SEGER, BOB 11 10 6
SIMON & GARFUNKEL 10 8 7
SIMON, PAUL (solo) 11 6 2
SINATRA, FRANK 29 8 3
SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE 16 15 10
STEELY DAN 12 8 1
STEVENS, CAT 12 5 3
STEWART, ROD 22 14 8
STREISAND, BARBRA 50 28 13
SUMMER, DONNA 23 5 2
TAYLOR, JAMES 16 12 5
TEMPTATIONS 16 5 1
THREE DOG NIGHT 20 0 0
U2 15 15 11
LUTHER VANDROSS 17 14 6
WAR 10 2 0
WHITE, BARRY 18 5 1
WHO 18 10 5
WILLIAMS, ANDY 18 3 0
WILLIAMS HANK JR 22 8 1
YES 22 8 2
YOUNG, NEIL 16 7 3
ZZ TOP 12 7 4






These charts are provided for entertainment and academic purposes only. No ownership of the data is claimed or implied.
*These figures show U.S. sales only.*


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