The 50 best-selling musical artists of all time: list

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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


The figures).

Rap star Eminem has seen a surge in album sales recently after his Super Bowl halftime performance this year, surpassing music legends like Whitney Houston, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Diamond.

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: