150 Best Selling Artists in the World!

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This is a list of the top 150 worldwide best-selling music artists of all time. The measure is the total number of singles and albums sold world-widep, this info comes from the IFIP at the end of 2007. Michael Jackson is #2 with 350 million sold.

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dennis hauser

United States

#9934 Jan 18, 2013
octo wrote:
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Hank Williams was still different than Elvis at Sun records.
But I can understand why Elvis wanted to mix it up together.
And the country purists were against any kind of change.
It is very strange since they embraced Hank but shot down Elvis.
Hank was doing some early rockabilly from the blues.
Short bursts of anger in between all the deep torment.
It was really incredible what Hank Williams achieved...
The country purists did the same thing to Waylon, Willie & Hank. Jr. As Jim Morrison sang;" Break on through to the other side, " sometimes that's what it takes to get past the norm or set standard of that time.
King Elvis

Sydney, Australia

#9935 Jan 18, 2013
octo wrote:
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The meat heads in cowboy hats today are so lame.
They all sound like a clone of one another.
I agree. Even our Aussie country stars sound like your guys.

Keith Urban? Give me a break!

I saw him about 20 years ago at our biggest country festival, and in those days he rocked. Really good, original. But now it's all that Alan Jackson-type shite. Can't stand it.

It's the same with all your black "R&B" stars ... Kanye, Diddy, Usher ... etc etc ... not a difference between them, and they're all wankers.

The difference between now and the "good ol' days" is that the main music charts here and in the US & UK are all about modern music. When I was kid in the 70s, and prior to that, pretty much everything was based on one chart, so you'd get a mixture (eg The Beatles and Dean Martin at 1 and 2 in 1964). I miss those days.
chris

United States

#9936 Jan 18, 2013
Patricktruth wrote:
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I read his bio and stats . He had 41 number ones ! He won a academy award . He still has the biggest selling single of all time " white Christmas " 100 million copies sold . He total units sold is estimated at 500 million ! He was a top box office star from 1934 - 1954 . I think elvis was the greatest that ever was , but it is not hyperbole to say at bings peak he was more popular than anyone or group of the 20 th century .
I think the stat for Bings total of #1 hits being 41 might be wrong. Because currently the Beatles hold the record for most #1s in the US at 20. And I believe that covers any artist in any genre, but I could be mistaken.

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#9937 Jan 18, 2013
chris wrote:
<quoted text>I think the stat for Bings total of #1 hits being 41 might be wrong. Because currently the Beatles hold the record for most #1s in the US at 20. And I believe that covers any artist in any genre, but I could be mistaken.
It's not the same number one ( no billboard back in the thirties )
Bubba

Everett, WA

#9938 Jan 18, 2013
King Elvis wrote:
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I agree. Even our Aussie country stars sound like your guys.
Keith Urban? Give me a break!
I saw him about 20 years ago at our biggest country festival, and in those days he rocked. Really good, original. But now it's all that Alan Jackson-type shite. Can't stand it.
It's the same with all your black "R&B" stars ... Kanye, Diddy, Usher ... etc etc ... not a difference between them, and they're all wankers.
The difference between now and the "good ol' days" is that the main music charts here and in the US & UK are all about modern music. When I was kid in the 70s, and prior to that, pretty much everything was based on one chart, so you'd get a mixture (eg The Beatles and Dean Martin at 1 and 2 in 1964). I miss those days.
The two good Aussie bands were Men at Work and my favorite Little River Band. Never have been much of a fan of Rick Springfield.I can't stand Allan Jackson-Trace Adkins and the other new country bumpkins that all sound alike. Blake Shelton is another clone.

Since: Jan 10

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#9939 Jan 18, 2013
I think Bing Crosby was a model for Elvis staring in movies...to a point. They both sang alot in movies -Bing did the Road to ?? movies with Bob Hope and Elvis did his travelogs.
chris

United States

#9940 Jan 19, 2013
Patricktruth wrote:
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It's not the same number one ( no billboard back in the thirties )
Thanks for the info, I forgot about Billboard.
chris

United States

#9941 Jan 19, 2013
Bubba wrote:
<quoted text> The two good Aussie bands were Men at Work and my favorite Little River Band. Never have been much of a fan of Rick Springfield.I can't stand Allan Jackson-Trace Adkins and the other new country bumpkins that all sound alike. Blake Shelton is another clone.
You just taught me something new, I never knew the Little River Band was from Austraila.

Since: Jun 12

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#9942 Jan 19, 2013
dennis hauser wrote:
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The country purists did the same thing to Waylon, Willie & Hank. Jr. As Jim Morrison sang;" Break on through to the other side, " sometimes that's what it takes to get past the norm or set standard of that time.
Country purists wanted to keep bluegrass or cowboy folk music.

However, over time things were bound to change with rock n roll.

They tried for a lot years to slow down any radial change.

But it was bound to happen with the explosion of Elvis in the 1950's.

They blamed Elvis for stealing the spotlight from country music.

Whereas, Johnny Cash was embraced.

Of course, Elvis did his own version of country, modernizing it.

They moaned and groaned when Elvis was inducted in their hall.

The old purists simply died off and country became more modern.

They had to change to appeal to a younger country audience.

Willie and Waylon were the new breed of outlaws in the seventies.

They helped country music become cool with Johnny Cash.

Then you had John Denver with his light and breezy pop songs.

It all expanded their audience even if they didn't always like it.

I think Elvis's country like stuff in the seventies is excellent.

It set the tone for its revival in the eighties.

Since: Jun 12

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#9943 Jan 19, 2013
King Elvis wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree. Even our Aussie country stars sound like your guys.
Keith Urban? Give me a break!
I saw him about 20 years ago at our biggest country festival, and in those days he rocked. Really good, original. But now it's all that Alan Jackson-type shite. Can't stand it.
It's the same with all your black "R&B" stars ... Kanye, Diddy, Usher ... etc etc ... not a difference between them, and they're all wankers.
The difference between now and the "good ol' days" is that the main music charts here and in the US & UK are all about modern music. When I was kid in the 70s, and prior to that, pretty much everything was based on one chart, so you'd get a mixture (eg The Beatles and Dean Martin at 1 and 2 in 1964). I miss those days.
It is like that all wanted to sound like Garth Brooks.

I can't tell them apart, really.

It is made to make money, not because they actually dig it.

That is why it sounds so fake and watered down for pop exposure.

They simply put on cowboy hats and call it country.

Most of them would be doing rock if it were still popular.

They all remind me of those late eighties meat head hair bands...

Winger
Slaughter
Bon Jovi
White Lion
Poison

It is obvious what they really are. They jumped on the band wagon.

Since: Jun 12

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#9944 Jan 19, 2013
chris wrote:
<quoted text>I think the stat for Bings total of #1 hits being 41 might be wrong. Because currently the Beatles hold the record for most #1s in the US at 20. And I believe that covers any artist in any genre, but I could be mistaken.
Vinyl records and record players back in the thirties were costly.

Most people listened to music on radio if they could afford one.

And Bing Crosby had his own radio programs that were very popular.

I don't think the billboard was like it is today.

He was able to chart many hits simply because he did film also.

It was not the rock era and mostly wealthy people bought records.

Of course, Bing Crosby gets ignored. It is very old music.

But that didn't mean that he didn't put the hits there.

It had to start someplace.

Over time, records became cheaper to produce and to buy.

Home entertainment was unheard of for normal, everyday people.

It is like television, microwaves, computers and everything else.

The more people that can afford them, the less costly they become.

Since: Jun 12

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#9945 Jan 19, 2013
jim - wrote:
I think Bing Crosby was a model for Elvis staring in movies...to a point. They both sang alot in movies -Bing did the Road to ?? movies with Bob Hope and Elvis did his travelogs.
I've heard that Col Parker and Hal Wallis thought up "Blue Hawaii"

It was based on an old Bing Crosby film made on the Hawaiian islands.

However, timing was perfect because Hawaii became a state in 1959.

Despite criticism of the film, "Blue Hawaii" is an Elvis classic.

Elvis doing Hawaiian music on film that helped tourism there.

It wasn't a rock n roll movie but it wasn't meant to be.

Since: Jun 12

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#9946 Jan 19, 2013
Bubba wrote:
<quoted text> The two good Aussie bands were Men at Work and my favorite Little River Band. Never have been much of a fan of Rick Springfield.I can't stand Allan Jackson-Trace Adkins and the other new country bumpkins that all sound alike. Blake Shelton is another clone.
AC/DC is probably the best example of a great rock band down under.

Bon Scott was a true rock n roller. Old AC/DC still sounds great.

Bon Scott's AC/DC, Chuck Berry cover of "School Days" is amazing.

Aren't the Young brothers related to the sixties band, The Easybeats?

Since: Jun 12

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#9947 Jan 19, 2013
octo wrote:
<quoted text>
It is like that all wanted to sound like Garth Brooks.
I can't tell them apart, really.
It is made to make money, not because they actually dig it.
That is why it sounds so fake and watered down for pop exposure.
They simply put on cowboy hats and call it country.
Most of them would be doing rock if it were still popular.
They all remind me of those late eighties meat head hair bands...
Winger
Slaughter
Bon Jovi
White Lion
Poison
It is obvious what they really are. They jumped on the band wagon.
Opps...

It is like they all wanted to sound like Garth Brooks...

BTW, I liked the band, Cowboy Junkies "Blue Moon" (song for Elvis)

It really captured something different but wasn't strictly country.

They didn't last long though.

The Kentucky Headhunters were great also but were short lived.

Since: Jun 12

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#9950 Jan 20, 2013
Elmer Jackson wrote:
<quoted text> yeah I tried to jump on that bandwagon but it was moving too fast and I was drunk and fell off. Guess I'll stick to jumping on Boxcars and riding the rails.
Elmer Jackson And Traveling Willies: Riding The Rails

Bandwagon Blues
Moanin' Joan
Drinkin' Til The Sunrise
Mah Woman Left Me For Another Hobo
Spinnin' Round Roy And Rosie
Hey, Mr Bartender
Boxcar Bingo
Jumpin' A Train To St Louis
Got The Blues For Ya, Baby
Pour Some Whiskey For This Ole Heart
Riding The Rails
Shakin' Willie Rag
Mah New Woman Is Cousin Mae
Huggin' The Bottle
Twelve Beers N Some Cheap Wine
Broken Wheeled Shopping Cart Blues
Til The Next Time I Get To Houston
Farewell, Miss Ticket Lady

Since: Jun 12

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#9951 Jan 20, 2013
Bubba wrote:
<quoted text>Yes their older Brother George was in the Easybeats. I still hear that song Friday Night in the city on the radio now and then. I can't stand their replacement singer Brian Johnson or whatever his name is.
Seriously, Brian Johnson's first two AC/DC albums were good.

"Back In Black" and "For Those About To Rock"

However, Bon Scott was the original AC/DC.

Bon Scott had more boogie to him and was a superior singer.

I like old AC/DC much better because it was pure rock n roll.

I thought The Easybeats one classic was called, "Friday On My Mind"
RICK

Midlothian, IL

#9953 Jan 21, 2013
As far as Bing Crosby being bigger than Elvis,absolutely no possible way,Crosby was a big star in his time,but he did a fast fade in the late 40's and early 50's,but weirdly enough,the idiot Mcwhirter brothers,who ran the Guinness Book of World Records,listed him as the most successful recording artist of all time,based on some bogus gold record awarded to him by Decca Records in 1960,selling 400 million records globally,supposedly,and only listed Elvis as the best selling artist of all time AFTER Elvis died in 1977,saying that experts concluded the 400 million Crosby sales figure was`before the industry became highly developed,as exaggerated',FUNNY THAT THEY WOULD COME TO THIS CONCLUSION AFTER ELVIS DIED,ELVIS PASSED AWAY NEVER KNOWING THAT HE WAS,IN FACT,THE BEST SELLING ARTIST OF ALL TIME,BUT AT LEAST NOW THE WORLD KNOWS IT,AND THAT'S SOME CONSOLATION,peace out.
RICK

Midlothian, IL

#9954 Jan 21, 2013
And Crosby should have retired from show business and become a WRESTLER,IF HE HAD DONE THAT,HIS THREE SONS FROM HIS FIRST MARRIAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN SPARED A LOT OF ABUSE,POOR FELLOWS,WHEN I READ HOW CRUEL AND ABUSIVE HE WAS TO THEM,GIVING THEM AN INHERITANCE ONLY WHEN THEY REACHED 65,I LOST ALL RESPECT FOR DER BINGELSHNITZEL.peace out.
King Elvis

Sydney, Australia

#9955 Jan 21, 2013
chris wrote:
<quoted text>You just taught me something new, I never knew the Little River Band was from Austraila.
They got their name when driving to one of their first gigs, and were passing through the small town of Little River.
King Elvis

Sydney, Australia

#9956 Jan 21, 2013
Bubba wrote:
<quoted text>Yes their older Brother George was in the Easybeats. I still hear that song Friday Night in the city on the radio now and then.
The song is Friday On My Mind.

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