While some of these bands will come as no surprise, others might just cause you to raise your eyebrows and wonder. From legends to bad boys, from rock to country, these bands span the genres and the continents. After taking into account official sources in the music industry we proudly present the most accurate list of best selling musical artists, based on the “certified sales”, backed up by the Recording Industry Association of America. So here it is, our chart of the 25 top selling music artists of all time.
The rock band Journey was formed in San Francisco in 1973. The band’s heyday was between the years of 1978 and 1987 when they released their hit songs, including “Don’t Stop Believin'”, “Open Arms” and “Faithfully”. The band’s eighth and most successful, album “Escape” reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The sales of their records have resulted in two Gold albums, eight multi-platinum albums, and two diamond albums. They have had eighteen Top 40 singles in the US. According to the RIAA, Journey has sold 48 million albums in the U.S., making them the 25th best-selling band. Their worldwide sales have reached over 75 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. Their songs have are still played on rock radio stations across the world. Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
24. Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond was born in 1941 in New York. He is a singer-songwriter who came to fame in the 70s and is best known for his hits: “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”, “Longfellow Serenade”, “I’ve Been This Way Before”, “If You Know What I Mean”, “Desiree”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “America”, “Yesterday’s Songs”, and “Heartlight”. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. In January 2018, it was announced that Diamond would receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.