Open main menu

List of highest-certified music artists in the United States

  (Redirected from List of best-selling music artists in the United States)

This is the list of the highest-certified music artists in the United States based on certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[1] RIAA certifications are based on wholesale shipments rather than retail sales. Since 2016, the RIAA album certification has also included on-demand audio/video streams (1,500 streams = 1 album unit) and track sale equivalent (10 track sales = 1 album unit).[2] Additionally, awards are only presented if and when a record company applies for certification. Therefore, the total certified units for a given artist may be incomplete or out of date.

The RIAA began its certifications in 1958, therefore, popular artists from earlier eras are generally not represented on this list. The Beatles are the act with highest-certified albums, while Drake is the act with the highest-certified digital singles. Michael Jackson is the only act in the Top 20 of both lists, placing 7th with albums and 16th with singles.

Contents

Top 100 certified music artists (albums)Edit

List of artists with the highest-certified albums as of 12 April 2019[3]
No. Name Nat. Active Units
(millions)
1 The Beatles UK 1960s–1970s 183
2 Garth Brooks US 1980s–2010s 148
3 Elvis Presley US 1950s–1970s 146.5
4 Eagles US 1970s–2010s 120
5 Led Zeppelin UK 1960s–1980s 111.5
6 Billy Joel US 1970s–2010s 84.5
7 Michael Jackson US 1960s–2000s 84
8 Elton John UK 1960s–2010s 78.5
9 Pink Floyd UK 1960s–2010s 75
10 AC/DC Australia 1970s–2010s 72
11 George Strait US 1980s–2010s 69
12 Barbra Streisand US 1960s–2010s 68.5
13 Aerosmith US 1970s–2010s 66.5
The Rolling Stones UK 1960s–2010s
15 Bruce Springsteen US 1970s–2010s 65.5
16 Madonna US 1980s–2010s 64.5
17 Mariah Carey US 1990s–2010s 64
18 Metallica US 1980s–2010s 63
19 Whitney Houston US 1980s–2010s 58.5
20 Van Halen US 1970s–2010s 56.5
21 Fleetwood Mac UK 1960s–2010s 54.5
22 U2 Ireland 1970s–2010s 52
23 Celine Dion Canada 1980s–2010s 50
24 Neil Diamond US 1960s–2010s 49.5
25 Journey US 1970s–2010s 48
Kenny G US 1980s–2010s
Shania Twain Canada 1990s–2010s
28 Kenny Rogers US 1950s–2000s 47.5
29 Alabama US 1970s–2010s 46.5
30 Eminem US 1990s–2010s 46
31 Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band US 1960s–2010s 44.5
Guns N' Roses US 1980s–2010s
33 Alan Jackson US 1980s–2010s 43.5
Santana US 1960s–2010s
35 Taylor Swift US 2000s–2010s 43
36 Reba McEntire US 1970s–2010s 41
37 Eric Clapton UK 1960s–2010s 40
38 Chicago US 1960s–2010s 38.5
Simon & Garfunkel US 1960s–1970s
40 Foreigner US 1970s–2010s 38
Rod Stewart UK 1960s–2010s
42 Tim McGraw US 1990s–2010s 37.5
43 Backstreet Boys US 1990s–2010s 37
44 Tupac Shakur US 1990s 36.5
45 Bob Dylan US 1960s–2010s 36
46 Def Leppard UK 1970s–2010s 35.5
47 Queen UK 1970s–2000s 35
48 Bon Jovi US 1980s–2010s 34.5
Dave Matthews Band US 1990s–2010s
Britney Spears US 1990s–2010s
51 Phil Collins UK 1970s–2010s 33.5
John Denver US 1960s–1990s
53 The Doors US 1960s–1970s 33
James Taylor US 1960s–2010s
55 R. Kelly US 1990s–2010s 32
56 Willie Nelson US 1950s–2010s 31.5
Pearl Jam US 1990s–2010s
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers US 1970s–2010s
59 Boston US 1970s–2010s 31
60 Kenny Chesney US 1990s–2010s 30.5
Dixie Chicks US 1980s–2000s
62 Linda Ronstadt US 1960s–2000s 30
63 Ozzy Osbourne UK 1960s–2010s 29.25
64 Lynyrd Skynyrd US 1960s–2000s 28.5
65 Adele UK 2000s–2010s 28
Bee Gees UK 1960s–2000s
Michael Bolton US 1980s–2010s
Creedence Clearwater Revival US 1960s–1970s
Mannheim Steamroller US 1970s–2010s
NSYNC US 1990s–2000s
71 Brooks & Dunn US 1990s–2000s 27.5
Jay Z US 1990s–2010s
Linkin Park US 1990s–2010s
Barry Manilow US 1970s–2010s
John Mellencamp US 1970s–2010s
76 Boyz II Men US 1990s–2010s 27
Frank Sinatra US 1930s–1990s
78 Enya Ireland 1980s–2010s 26.5
79 Janet Jackson US 1980s–2010s 26
80 Faith Hill US 1990s–2010s 25.5
Steve Miller Band US 1960s–2010s
Luther Vandross US 1960s–2000s
83 Creed US 1990s–2000s 25
Hootie & the Blowfish US 1980s–2010s
Toby Keith US 1990s–2010s
Mötley Crüe US 1980s–2010s
Nirvana US 1980s–1990s
Red Hot Chili Peppers US 1980s–2010s
Rush Canada 1970s–2010s
ZZ Top US 1970s–2010s
91 The Carpenters US 1960s–1980s 24.5
REO Speedwagon US 1970s–2010s
93 Vince Gill US 1970s–2010s 24
Green Day US 1980s–2010s
Nickelback Canada 1990s–2010s
96 The Cars US 1970s–2010s 23.5
Johnny Cash US 1970s–2000s
Earth, Wind & Fire US 1970s–2010s
Kid Rock US 1990s–2010s
Sade UK 1980s–2010s

Top 50 certified music artists (digital singles)Edit

List of artists with the highest-certified digital singles as of 12 April 2019[4]
No. Name Nat. Active Units
(millions)
1 Drake Canada 2000s–2010s 142
2 Rihanna Barbados 2000s–2010s 125
3 Taylor Swift US 2000s–2010s 120
4 Eminem US 1990s–2010s 107.5
5 Katy Perry US 2000s–2010s 99
6 Justin Bieber Canada 2000s–2010s 69.5
Bruno Mars US 2000s–2010s
8 Kanye West US 1990s–2010s 68.5
9 Maroon 5 US 2000s–2010s 67
10 Ed Sheeran UK 2000s–2010s 63.5
11 Lady Gaga US 2000s-2010s 61
12 The Weeknd Canada 2010s 52
13 Chris Brown US 2000s–2010s 51
Post Malone US 2010s
15 Flo Rida US 2000s–2010s 49.5
16 Luke Bryan US 2000s–2010s 49
17 Michael Jackson US 1960s–2000s 42
18 Kendrick Lamar US 2010s 41
19 Florida Georgia Line US 2010s 39
20 Twenty One Pilots US 2010s 36.5
21 Ariana Grande US 2010s 35.5
Kesha US 2000s–2010s
23 Imagine Dragons US 2010s 32
Lil Wayne US 1990s–2010s
Carrie Underwood US 2000s–2010s
26 Adele UK 2000s–2010s 31.5
27 Wiz Khalifa US 2000s-2010s 31
28 Nicki Minaj Trinidad and Tobago 2000s–2010s 30.5
29 Linkin Park US 1990s–2010s 30
30 Jason Derulo US 2000s-2010s 29.5
31 Jason Aldean US 2000s–2010s 28.5
Kenny Chesney US 1990s–2010s
33 The Chainsmokers US 2010s 28
34 Meghan Trainor US 2010s 27.5
35 Sam Smith UK 2000s-2010s 26.5
36 Beyoncé US 1990s–2010s 26
Cardi B US 2010s
Miley Cyrus US 2000s–2010s
Fall Out Boy US 2000s–2010s
Blake Shelton US 2000s–2010s
Panic! at the Disco US 2000s–2010s
Rae Sremmurd US 2000s–2010s
43 Queen UK 1970s–2010s 25.5
44 DJ Khaled US 2000s–2010s 24.5
45 The Black Eyed Peas US 1990s–2010s 24
Future US 2010s
47 Big Sean US 2010s 23
Jay-Z US 1990s–2010s
Zac Brown Band US 2000s–2010s
50 Travis Scott US 2000s-2010s 22.5
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis US 2010s

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Top Artists' By Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "RIAA Accepts Streams for Gold and Platinum Certifications". billboard.com. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 12 April 2019.