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List of artists that sold 250 million or more records


250 million or more records

  • Rihanna
  • The Beatles
  • Michael Jackson
  • Elvis Presley
  • Elton John
  • Madonna
  • Led Zeppelin
  • To ensure the highest level of fact checking and editorial control, this list sources sales figures to news organizations and highly regarded music industry related organizations such as MTV, VH1, and Billboard.
  • The figures of total certified units within the tables below are based on certified units of albums, singles (including digital downloads) and videos.
  • Markets’ order within the tables is based on Retail Value: each market generates respectively, the largest market at the top and smallest at the bottom.
ArtistCountry / MarketPeriod activeRelease year of first charted recordGenreTotal certified units
(from available markets)
Claimed sales
The BeatlesUnited Kingdom1960–19701962Rock / Popshow
Total available certified units: 281.7 million
600 million
500 million
Elvis PresleyUnited States1954–19771954Rock and roll / Pop / Countryshow
Total available certified units: 226.6 million
600 million
500 million
Michael JacksonUnited States1964–20091971Pop / Rock / Dance / Soul / R&Bshow
Total available certified units: 233.5 million
350 million
300 million
Elton JohnUnited Kingdom1964–present1969Pop / Rockshow
Total available certified units: 193.3 million
300 million
250 million
MadonnaUnited States1979–present1982Pop / Dance / Electronicashow
Total available certified units: 173.8 million
300 million
275 million
Led ZeppelinUnited Kingdom1968–19801969
Hard rock / Blues rock / Folk rockshow
Total available certified units: 141.3 million
300 million
200 million
United States
2005–present2005R&B / Pop / Dance / Hip-hopshow
Total available certified units: 288.6 million
250 million
Pink FloydUnited Kingdom1965–1996, 2005, 2012–20141967Progressive rock / Psychedelic rockshow
Total available certified units: 121.5 million
250 million[102]
200 million]
  • The column for certified sales includes markets, the databases of which contain certifications representing figures of 100,000 and more.
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