- The best-selling musicians of all time include pop sensations like Taylor Swift and rock legends like Metallica.
- We’ve ranked the best-selling musicians of all time based on the total number of certified album units sold in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
- Swift recently shot up the charts thanks to her latest album, “Midnights.”
Pop sensations like Taylor Swift have ignited their stardom in recent years, but Swift still isn’t the best-selling artist of all time.
Insider turned to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) list to find out who is. The list is based on the total number of certified album units sold in the United States (including streaming numbers).
Rap star Eminem saw a surge in album sales after his Super Bowl halftime performance earlier this year, surpassing music legends like Whitney Houston, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Diamond.
Swift herself has also risen through the ranks recently, thanks to her latest album, “Midnights”, surpassing Kenny Rogers and Shania Twain.
England’s biggest rock band still hold the top spot in this all-time chart of top-selling artists by album sales, and they look untouchable on a list filled with a number of surprising appearances.
It might be somewhat shocking to discover, for example, that country star Garth Brooks outsold Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.
This post has been updated with the most recent data from the RIAA. John Lynch contributed to an earlier version of this article.
Check out the 50 best-selling musical artists of all time in the United States by album sales: