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ARTISTS OF THE CENTURY
(based on sales reported by RIAA)

1 The Beatles

Only artist with 5 LPs selling more than 10 million copies each

106 million The Beatles - 1967-1970
2 Garth Brooks

Best-Selling Country Artist of the Century and Best-Selling Country Album of the Century

92 million Garth Brooks - No Fences
3 Led Zeppelin

Best-Selling Hard Rock Artist of the Century

83 million Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
4 Elvis Presley

Artist with the most Gold (80) and Platinum (43) LPs

77 million Elvis Presley  - 30 #1 Hits
5 Eagles

Best-Selling LP of the Century: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (26 million)

65 million Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975
6 Billy Joel 63 million Billy Joel - Greatest Hits, Volume 1 and 2 (1973-1985)
7 Barbra Streisand

Best-Selling Female Artist of the Century

62 million Barbra Streisand - Guilty
8 Elton John

Best-Selling Single of the Century: "Canlde In The Wind 1997" (11 million)

61 million Elton John - Greatest Hits
9 Aerosmith 54 million Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
10 Pink Floyd 52 million Pink Floyd - The Wall
11 Mariah Carey 51 million Mariah Carey - Music Box
12 Van Halen 50 million Van Halen - 1984
13 Kenny Rogers 50 million Kenny Rogers - Greatest Hits
14 Michael Jackson

Best-Selling LP by a Male Artist and Best-Selling Male R&B Artist

50 million Michael Jackson - Thriller
15 Whitney Houston

Best-Selling LP by a Female Artist and Best-Selling Female R&B Artist of Century

49 million Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard soundtrack
16 Madonna 46 million Madonna - Like A Virgin
17 AC/DC 45 million AC/DC - Back In Black
18 Bruce Springsteen 44 million Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.
19 Kenny G 44 million Kenny G - Breathless
20 Alabama

Best-Selling Country Group of the Century

41 million Alabama
21 George Strait 41 million George Strait
22 Neil Diamond 41 million Neil Diamond - The Essential Neil Diamond
23 Rolling Stones 41 million Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964 - 1971
24 Metallica 41 million Metallica - Metallica
25 U2

Best-Selling Alternative Rock Artist of the Century

40 million U2 - The Joshua Tree
26 Fleetwood Mac 39 million Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
27 Journey 39 million Journey - Greatest Hits
28 Celine Dion 37 million Celine Dion - Falling Into You
29 Chicago 36 million Chicago - The Best Of Chicago - Only The Beginning
30 Guns N' Roses 35 million Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
31 Prince 34 million  
32 Eric Clapton 33 million  
33 Reba McEntire 33 million  
34 Willie Nelson 32 million  
35 Bon Jovi 31 million  
36 Def Leppard 31 million  
37 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 29 million  
38 Phil Collins 29 million  
39 Boston 28 million  
40 Shania Twain 28 million  
41 James Taylor 27 million  
42 Rod Stewart 27 million  
43 Michael Bolton 27 million  
44 Boyz II Men 26 million  
45 Linda Ronstadt 26 million  
46 Alan Jackson 25 million  
47 Pearl Jam 24 million  
48 Simon & Garfunkel 24 million  
49 Bee Gees 24 million  
50 ZZ Top 24 million  

sales figures based on US sales up until December 31, 1999

The ARC Weekly Top 40 Charts For 1999

Top Songs of 1999: 1 - 100 and Top Songs of 1999: 101 - 209
Top Pop Singles Artists of 1999

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