The 50 best-selling music artists of all time

England’s greatest rock band holds the top spot on the all-time ranking of best-selling artists by album sales, and it looks untouchable on a bizarre list filled with a number of surprising appearances.

It’s somewhat shocking to find out, for instance, that smooth-jazz saxophonist Kenny G has sold more albums than Eminem, and that Garth Brooks has sold more than Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

We compiled this list by ranking the most successful acts in music history according to their total certified album units sold in the US, as provided by the RIAA.

Check out the 50 best-selling music artists of all time by album sales:

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article ranked artists by “total certified units” of worldwide sales for albums, singles, and music videos. The information included was outdated and inaccurate, so we’ve updated with proper certified RIAA numbers

50. Dave Matthews Band — 33.5 million units

50. Dave Matthews Band — 33.5 million units

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49. Phil Collins — 33.5 million units

49. Phil Collins — 33.5 million units

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48. Britney Spears — 34 million units

48. Britney Spears — 34 million units

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47. Bon Jovi — 34.5 million units

47. Bon Jovi — 34.5 million units

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46. Queen — 34.5 million units

46. Queen — 34.5 million units

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45. Def Leppard — 35 million units

45. Def Leppard — 35 million units

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44. Bob Dylan — 36 million units

44. Bob Dylan — 36 million units

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43. Tupac Shakur — 36.5 million units

43. Tupac Shakur — 36.5 million units

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42. Foreigner — 37 million units

42. Foreigner — 37 million units

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41. Backstreet Boys — 37 million units

41. Backstreet Boys — 37 million units

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40. Eminem — 37.5 million units

40. Eminem — 37.5 million units

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39. Tim McGraw — 37.5 million units

39. Tim McGraw — 37.5 million units

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38. Rod Stewart — 38 million units

38. Rod Stewart — 38 million units

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37. Simon & Garfunkel — 38.5 million units

37. Simon & Garfunkel — 38.5 million units

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36. Chicago — 38.5 million units

36. Chicago — 38.5 million units

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35. Eric Clapton — 40 million units

35. Eric Clapton — 40 million units

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34. Reba McEntire — 41 million units

34. Reba McEntire — 41 million units

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33. Santana — 43.5 million units

33. Santana — 43.5 million units

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32. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band — 43.5 million units

32. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band — 43.5 million units

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31. Alan Jackson — 43.5 million units

31. Alan Jackson — 43.5 million units

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30. Guns N’ Roses — 44.5 million units

30. Guns N’ Roses — 44.5 million units

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29. Alabama — 46.5 million units

29. Alabama — 46.5 million units

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28. Kenny Rogers — 47.5 million units

28. Kenny Rogers — 47.5 million units

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27. Shania Twain — 48 million units

27. Shania Twain — 48 million units

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26. Kenny G — 48 million units

26. Kenny G — 48 million units

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25. Journey — 48 million units

25. Journey — 48 million units

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24. Neil Diamond — 49.5 million units

24. Neil Diamond — 49.5 million units

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23. Fleetwood Mac — 49.5 million units

23. Fleetwood Mac — 49.5 million units

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22. Celine Dion — 50 million units

22. Celine Dion — 50 million units

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21. U2 — 52 million units

20. Van Halen — 56.5 million units

20. Van Halen — 56.5 million units

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19. Whitney Houston — 57 million units

19. Whitney Houston — 57 million units

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18. Metallica — 62 million units

17. Mariah Carey — 64 million units

17. Mariah Carey — 64 million units

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16. Madonna — 64.5 million units

16. Madonna — 64.5 million units

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15. Bruce Springsteen — 65.5 million units

15. Bruce Springsteen — 65.5 million units

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14. Aerosmith — 66.5 million units

14. Aerosmith — 66.5 million units

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13. The Rolling Stones — 66.5 million units

13. The Rolling Stones — 66.5 million units

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12. Barbara Streisand — 68.5 million units

12. Barbara Streisand — 68.5 million units

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11. George Strait — 69 million units

11. George Strait — 69 million units

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10. AC/DC — 72 million units

10. AC/DC — 72 million units

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9. Pink Floyd — 75 million units

9. Pink Floyd — 75 million units

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8. Elton John — 77 million units

8. Elton John — 77 million units

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7. Michael Jackson — 79 million units

6. Billy Joel — 82.5 million units

6. Billy Joel — 82.5 million units

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5. Eagles — 101 million units

5. Eagles — 101 million units

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4. Led Zeppelin — 111.5 million units

4. Led Zeppelin — 111.5 million units

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3. Elvis Presley — 136 million units

3. Elvis Presley — 136 million units

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2. Garth Brooks — 136 million units

2. Garth Brooks — 136 million units

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1. The Beatles — 178 million units

1. The Beatles — 178 million units

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