Who Sold The Most Records In Music History?

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Mark Henderson Profile
Mark Henderson answered
The band who have sold the most records in history is The Beatles - while Elvis Presley is the highest selling solo artist and Madonna is the highest selling female artist in history.

In this list, at least 15% of the number must be certified units, and the rest are the claimed sales from reliable sources which may still have an element of inaccuracy. Notable exclusions include Cliff Richard, who would probably have made the top 5, if there was more information regarding his certified sales.

The sales number takes into consideration the sale of albums, singles, compilation albums, music videos and downloads.

1. The Beatles
- Claimed sales: 1 billion

- Certified sales: 250 million

- Nationality: British

- Active: 1960 - 70

- Genre: Rock/pop

2. Elvis Presley
- Claimed sales: 1 billion

- Certified sales: 200 million

- Nationality: American

- Active: 1954 - 1977

- Genre: Rock n Roll/Pop/Country

3. Michael Jackson
- Claimed sales: 750 million

- Certified sales: 155 million

- Nationality: American

- Active: 1964 - 2009

- Genre: Pop/R&B/Rock/Dance/Soul

4. Madonna
- Claimed sales: 300 million

- Certified sales: 155 million

- Nationality: American

- Active: 1979 - present

- Genre: Pop/Rock/Dance

5. Elton John
- Claimed sales: 300 million

- Certified sales: 150 million

- Nationality: British

- Active: 1964 - present

- Genre: Pop/Rock
Anonymous Profile
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Sorry MJ Fans..but worldwide MJ has only sold 750 million..while the Beatles and Elvis have sold over 1 billion.
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Elvis
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Beatles
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Elvis Presley.
andrew parkin Profile
andrew parkin answered
Combined single and album sales WORLDWIDE , I believe it is Elvis (but there's only the Beatles who may challenge this)?
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More than a billion - The Beatles and Elvis
Less than a million - Michael Jackson with 750 millions
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Elvis Presley has sold more "units" worldwide than any other artist or group.
Units include singles, albums, EPS, cassettes, 8 tracks, reel to reel, and of course CDs.
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These figures are from a year back...

Best-Selling Artist
Cliff Richard has sold more singles than any other artist (21m).
The Beatles are the top group (20.8m).
Top female artist is Madonna (14.9m).

Only five other acts have sold more than 10 million singles. They are Elvis Presley (20.0m), Elton John (13.8m), Michael Jackson (11.3m), Queen (10.3m) and Abba (10m).

Best-selling all female group is The Spice Girls (7.5m).

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