Many great American artists have achieved success both in the United States and around the world. Today, we will take a look at some of the best-selling American artists of all time. These talented individuals have created some of the most iconic songs in history, and their work is loved by millions of people.
It’s important to note that we’re paying attention to total certified units in this guide as opposed to claimed sales or any other metrics.
Michael Jackson – 276 million records
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the King of Pop is near the top of this list. Michael Jackson’s incredible talent and showmanship made him one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and his music has been enjoyed by millions of people. Jackson’s album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with more than 100 million copies sold worldwide.
Elvis Presley – 230 million records
The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, is one of the most influential musicians of all time. His unique style and charisma captivated audiences around the world, and he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Elvis has sold over 230 million records, an impressive number that continues to rise today. As well as singing, Elvis was an accomplished actor, appearing in 31 successful films.
Madonna – 181 million records
Next, we have Madonna who is one of the only female artists in history to have sold over 180 million records. The ‘Queen of Pop’ has released an incredible 13 studio albums and has had an immeasurable impact on the music industry. Like Elvis, Madonna has also dabbled in acting and has appeared in several high-profile films throughout her career.
Eminem – 324 million records
Climbing back up the rankings, we find Eminem in third place with a staggering 324 million records sold. The American rapper has released eight studio albums, five of which have topped the Billboard 200 charts. Eminem is also the only artist in history to have won 13 Grammy Awards in a single year.
Taylor Swift – 239 million records
As a second modern name, we have Taylor Swift coming with a still-impressive 239 million records sold. The American singer-songwriter has released seven studio albums, one live album, and one compilation album. Swift is known for her sticky melodies and confessional lyrics, which have resonated with a wide range of fans.
Beyonce – 223 million records
In the list of best-selling American musicians of all time, we couldn’t leave out Beyonce. The American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress has released six studio albums and a live album, all of which have been very successful. To date, she has sold an estimated 223 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Kanye West – 252 million records
In a career spanning over two decades, Kanye West has released eight studio albums, three collaborative albums, one live album, and one compilation album. He is also a successful producer and has released several successful singles. To date, he has sold an estimated 252 million records worldwide and has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney, and more.
Mariah Carey – 196 million records
Finally, the list wouldn’t be complete without the “Queen of Christmas”, Mariah Carey. She is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide. Carey has released fourteen studio albums, two compilation albums, three live albums, and one extended play. She has had an incredible career spanning over three decades and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
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