250 million or more records
- 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.
|Artist||Country / Market||Period active||Release year of first charted record||Genre||Total certified units|
(from available markets)
|The Beatles||United Kingdom||1960–1970||1962||Rock / Pop||show|
Total available certified units: 281.7 million
|Elvis Presley||United States||1954–1977||1954||Rock and roll / Pop / Country||show|
Total available certified units: 226.6 million
|Michael Jackson||United States||1964–2009||1971||Pop / Rock / Dance / Soul / R&B||show|
Total available certified units: 233.5 million
|Elton John||United Kingdom||1964–present||1969||Pop / Rock||show|
Total available certified units: 193.3 million
|Madonna||United States||1979–present||1982||Pop / Dance / Electronica||show|
Total available certified units: 173.8 million
|Led Zeppelin||United Kingdom||1968–1980||1969||Hard rock / Blues rock / Folk rock||show|
Total available certified units: 141.3 million
|2005–present||2005||R&B / Pop / Dance / Hip-hop||show|
Total available certified units: 288.6 million
|Pink Floyd||United Kingdom||1965–1996, 2005, 2012–2014||1967||Progressive rock / Psychedelic rock||show|
Total available certified units: 121.5 million
- The column for certified sales includes markets, the databases of which contain certifications representing figures of 100,000 and more.