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I coppied this from Wikipedia. Zep is so important to music history that they are in group two. I just thought that you may be interested in where they are according to million selling record sales. No matter what. They were meant to change the world of music.


500 million records or more

Artist ↓ Country ↓ Period ↓ Genre ↓ Source

The Beatles United Kingdom 1960–1970 Rock / Pop / Psychedelic / Experimental [1]

Bing Crosby U.S. 1926–1977 Jazz / Vocal / Pop [2]

Elvis Presley U.S. 1953–1977 Rock / R&B / Gospel / Blues / Rockabilly / Pop / Country [3]

Frank Sinatra U.S. 1935–1995 Pop / Easy Listening / Vocal / Jazz / Swing [4]

Michael Jackson U.S. 1967–Present Pop / R&B / Rock / Soul / Dance/ Disco / Motown / Funk / New jack swing [5]

200 million to 500 million records

Artist ↓ Country ↓ Period ↓ Genre ↓ Source

A. R. Rahman India 1992–Present Film Score / World Music [6]

ABBA Sweden 1972–1982 Pop / Disco [7]

Alla Pugacheva Russia 1965–Present Pop [8]

The Bee Gees Australia/United Kingdom 1958–2003 Pop / Disco / Adult Contemporary / R&B [9]

Celine Dion Canada 1981–Present Pop / Chanson / Rock / Adult Contemporary [10]

Cher U.S. 1964–Present Pop / Dance / Rock / Disco / Folk / Country / Adult Contemporary [11][dubious – discuss]

Cliff Richard United Kingdom 1958–Present Pop / Rock / Adult Contemporary [12]

Elton John United Kingdom 1964–Present Pop / Rock / Adult Contemporary [13]

Julio Iglesias Spain 1968–Present Latin [14]

Led Zeppelin United Kingdom 1968–1980 Hard Rock / Blues / Heavy Metal / Folk Rock [15]

Madonna U.S. 1982–Present Pop / Dance / Electronica [16]

Nana Mouskouri Greece - France 1958–Present Pop / Folk / Jazz [17]

Pink Floyd United Kingdom 1964–Present Progressive Rock / Psychedelic / Space Rock [18]

Queen United Kingdom 1970–Present Hard Rock / Glam Rock / Pop / Heavy Metal / Progressive Rock [19]

Rod Stewart United Kingdom 1962–Present Rock / Pop [20]

The Rolling Stones United Kingdom 1962–Present Rock / Hard Rock / Pop [21]

Tino Rossi France 1929–1982 Swing [22]

Wei Wei China 1986–Present Pop [23]

Whitney Houston U.S. 1977–Present Pop / R&B / Adult Contemporary / Gospel / Dance [24][25][26][27][28][29]

100 million to 200 million records

Artist ↓ Country ↓ Period ↓ Genre ↓ Source

AC/DC Australia 1973–Present Hard Rock / Heavy Metal [30]

Adriano Celentano Italy 1957–Present Pop [31]

Aerosmith U.S. 1970–Present Hard Rock / Blues Rock [32]

Backstreet Boys U.S. 1993–Present Pop [33]

Barry White U.S. 1972–2003 R&B / Soul / Disco [34]

The Beach Boys U.S. 1961–1996 Rock / Pop [35]

Billy Joel U.S. 1964–Present Pop / Rock / Adult Contemporary [36]

Bon Jovi U.S. 1983–Present Rock / Hard Rock [37]

Boney M. Germany 1975–Present Pop / Disco [38]

Brenda Lee U.S. 1957–Present Pop [39]

The Carpenters U.S. 1967–1983 Pop / Adult Contemporary [40]

Charles Aznavour France 1936–Present Pop / Chanson / Jazz [41]

Chicago U.S. 1967–Present Rock / Blues / Jazz / Adult Contemporary [42]

Dalida France 1956–1987 Pop / Disco [43]

Dave Clark Five United Kingdom 1964–1970 Rock [44]

Deep Purple United Kingdom 1968–Present Hard Rock / Heavy Metal [45]

Dionne Warwick U.S. 1962–Present Pop / R&B / Soul / Adult Contemporary [46]

Dolly Parton U.S. 1964–Present Pop / Country / Folk / Bluegrass [47]

Donna Summer U.S. 1971–Present Pop / Disco / R&B / Dance [48]

Duane Eddy U.S. 1958–1986 Rock [49]

Eagles U.S. 1971–Present Rock / Country [50]

Electric Light Orchestra United Kingdom 1970–1988 Progressive Rock / Pop Rock / Electronica [51]

Engelbert Humperdinck United Kingdom/U.S. 1956–Present Pop / Easy Listening / Vocal [52]

Fats Domino U.S. 1949–Present Rock / R&B [53]

Fleetwood Mac United Kingdom/U.S. 1967-Present Rock / Blues [54][55]

Garth Brooks U.S. 1989–Present Country [56]

Gene Autry U.S. 1931–1964 Country [57]

Genesis United Kingdom 1967–Present Progressive Rock / Pop Rock [58]

Gheorghe Zamfir Romania 1964–Present Instrumental [59]

Herbert von Karajan Austria 1943–1989 Classical [60]

Iron Maiden United Kingdom 1980–Present Heavy Metal [61]

James Last Germany 1963-Present Instrumental / Classical [62]

Janet Jackson U.S. 1977–Present R&B / Soul / Dance / Pop [63]

Johnny Hallyday France 1957–Present Rock / Pop [64]

Johnny Mathis U.S. 1956–Present Jazz / Pop [65]

Joni James U.S. 1952–1964 Rock [66]

KC and the Sunshine Band U.S. 1973–Present Pop / Disco / Funk [67]

Kenny Rogers U.S. 1958–Present Country / Pop [68]

Lionel Richie U.S. 1968–Present Pop / R&B / Soul / Adult Contemporary [69]

Luciano Pavarotti Italy 1961–2006 Opera [70]

Mariah Carey U.S. 1990–Present Pop / R&B [71]

Michiya Mihashi Japan 1955–1995 Enka [72]

Mireille Mathieu France 1950–Present Pop [73]

Modern Talking Germany 1984–2003 Disco / Synthpop [74]

Neil Diamond U.S. 1966–Present Pop / Rock / Adult Contemporary [75]

Patti Page U.S. 1948–Present Country [76]

Perry Como U.S. 1933–1998 Pop / Swing / Easy Listening [77]

Pet Shop Boys United Kingdom 1981–Present Synthpop / Electronica [78]

Phil Collins United Kingdom 1980–Present Rock / Pop [79]

Prince U.S. 1978–Present Pop / Funk / R&B / Rock / Soul [80]

Ricky Nelson U.S. 1957–1985 Pop [81]

Roberto Carlos Brazil 1950–Present Latin [82]

Status Quo United Kingdom 1967–Present Rock [83]

Teresa Teng Republic of China 1967-1995 Pop [84]

Tina Turner U.S. 1955–Present Pop / R&B / Rock / Soul / Dance [85]

Tommy James U.S. 1971–Present Rock [86]

U2 Ireland 1976–Present Rock [87]

Valeriya Russia 1991–Present Pop [88]

The Who United Kingdom 1964–Present Rock / Hard Rock [89]

75 million to 100 million records

Artist ↓ Country ↓ Period ↓ Genre ↓ Source

a-ha Norway 1982–Present Pop / New Wave [90]

Adamo Belgium 1966–Present Pop [91]

The Andrews Sisters U.S. 1937–1951 Swing [92]

B'z Japan 1988–Present Rock / Pop / Hard Rock [93]

Barry Manilow U.S. 1973–Present Pop / Easy Listening / Adult Contemporary [94]

Bobby Vinton U.S. 1967–1991 Pop [95]

Britney Spears U.S. 1999–Present Pop [96]

Carlos Santana Mexico 1966–Present Rock / Blues [97]

Donny Osmond U.S. 1961–Present Pop [98]

The Doors U.S. 1965–1973 Rock / Psychedelic Rock / Blues Rock [99]

Earth, Wind & Fire U.S. 1969–Present Pop / R&B / Disco / Soul / Funk [100]

Eddy Arnold U.S. 1946–Present Country [101]

Fairuz Lebanon 1949–Present Pop [102]

George Michael United Kingdom 1981–Present Pop / Blue-eyed Soul [103]

Gloria Estefan U.S. 1977–Present Latin / Pop / Dance [104]

Guns N' Roses U.S. 1985–Present Hard Rock [105]

Hank Snow Canada 1936–Present Country [106]

Hibari Misora Japan 1949–1989 Enka [107]

Jean Michel Jarre France 1971–Present New Age [108]

Kenny G U.S. 1987–Present Instrumental / Jazz [109]

Kiss U.S. 1973–Present Metal [110]

Luis Miguel Mexico 1981–Present Latin / Pop [111]

Metallica U.S. 1981–Present Heavy Metal / Thrash Metal / Hard Rock [112]

Mina Italy 1958–Present Pop [113]

Peter Wolf Austria 1968–Present Pop / Rock [114]

Scorpions Germany 1969–Present Hard Rock / Heavy Metal [115]

Van Halen U.S. 1972–Present Hard Rock / Heavy Metal [116]

The Ventures U.S. 1959–Present Instrumental Rock [117]

50 million to 75 million records

Artist ↓ Country ↓ Period ↓ Genre ↓ Source

Alanis Morissette Canada 1991–Present Alternative / Folk Rock [118]

Alabama U.S. 1969–Present Country [119]

Alice Cooper U.S. 1965–Present Hard Rock / Heavy Metal / Shock Rock / Glam Rock [120]

Andre Kostelanetz U.S. 1940s–1980 Easy Listening [121]

Anne Murray Canada 1968–Present Pop / Country [122]

Ayumi Hamasaki Japan 1995–Present Pop [123]

Barbra Streisand U.S. 1960–Present Pop / Adult Contemporary / Classical / Easy listening / Showtunes [124]

B.J. Thomas U.S. 1966–Present Country [125]

Black Sabbath United Kingdom 1968–Present Heavy Metal [126]

Blondie U.S. 1977–Present New Wave [127]

Bob Dylan U.S. 1959–Present Folk / Rock / Blues / Country [128]

Bob Marley Jamaica 1962–1981 Reggae [129]

Bob Seger U.S. 1961–Present Rock [130]

Boyz II Men U.S. 1990–Present R&B / Soul [131]

Bruce Springsteen U.S. 1965–Present Rock / Folk Rock / Heartland Rock [132]

Bryan Adams Canada 1977–Present Rock / Pop / Adult Contemporary [133]

Cat Stevens United Kingdom 1966–Present Folk / Pop [134]

Charlie Daniels U.S. 1971–Present Country / Rock [135]

The Corrs Ireland 1990–Present Rock [136]

Dave Wong Republic of China 1987–Present Pop [137]

Def Leppard United Kingdom 1977–Present Hard Rock / Heavy Metal [138]

Depeche Mode United Kingdom 1980–Present New Wave / Synthpop [139]

Dreams Come True Japan 1989–Present Pop / Jazz [140]

The Diamonds Canada 1953–1970s R&B [141]

The Doobie Brothers U.S. 1970–Present Rock [142]

Don Cornell U.S. 1942–2004 Pop [143]

Duran Duran United Kingdom 1981–Present New Wave / Synthpop / Rock [144]

Eminem U.S. 1995–Present Rap [145]

Enya Ireland 1982–Present New Age / Celtic [146]

Four Tops U.S. 1954–Present R&B [147]

George Strait U.S. 1981–Present Country [148]

Herb Alpert U.S. 1957–Present Instrumental Pop / Easy Listening [149]

James Brown U.S. 1956–2006 Soul / R&B / Funk [150]

Jethro Tull United Kingdom 1968–Present Progressive Rock / Hard Rock /Rock [151]

Johnny Cash U.S. 1955–2003 Country [152]

Kazuhiro Moriuchi Japan 1966–Present Enka [153]

Kylie Minogue Australia 1987–Present Pop / Dance [154] [155]

Linda Ronstadt U.S. 1967–Present Rock / Pop / Country

[156] [157]

Linkin Park U.S. 1997–Present Rapcore/ Nu Metal [158]

Meat Loaf U.S. 1968–Present Rock / Hard Rock [159]

Mills Brothers U.S. 1928–1982 Pop [160]

Mr. Children Japan 1992–Present Pop / Rock [161]

Nat King Cole U.S. 1936–1965 Jazz / Vocal / Pop [162]

Nelson Gonçalves Brazil 1941–1998 Samba [163]

New Kids on the Block U.S. 1984–Present Pop [164]

Nirvana U.S. 1988–1994 Grunge / Alternative Rock [165]

'N Sync U.S. 1995–2002 Pop/Dance [166]

Olivia Newton-John Australia 1966–Present Adult Contemporary / Pop


Orhan Gencebay Turkey 1966–Present Arabesque / Folk [168]

The Osmonds U.S. 1970–Present Rock [169]

Ozzy Osbourne United Kingdom 1980–Present Heavy Metal [170]

Pearl Jam U.S. 1990–Present Grunge / Rock / Hard Rock [171]

Petula Clark United Kingdom 1942–Present Pop [172]

Red Hot Chili Peppers U.S. 1983-Present Alternative rock [173]

The Police United Kingdom 1977–Present Rock / New Wave [174]

Ray Conniff U.S. 1956–2002 Pop / Easy Listening [175]

Reba McEntire U.S. 1974–Present Country [176]

Richard Clayderman France 1976–Present Easy Listening / Instrumental Pop [177]

Roxette Sweden 1986–Present Pop / Rock [178]

Sade United Kingdom 1984–Present R&B / Soul / Jazz [179]

Shakira Colombia 1991–Present Pop / Latin


Shania Twain Canada 1993–Present Pop / Country


The Seekers Australia 1963–Present Folk / Rock [182]

Spice Girls United Kingdom 1996–Present Pop / Dance [183]

Stevie Wonder U.S. 1961–Present R&B / Soul / Funk [184]


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers U.S. 1976–Present Rock [186]

Tony Bennett U.S. 1949–Present Traditional Pop / Jazz [187]

Tupac Shakur U.S. 1991–1996 Rap [188]

The Turtles U.S. 1965–Present Rock [189]

UB40 United Kingdom 1980–Present Reggae [190]

Vernon Dalhart U.S. 1916–1948 Country [191]

Willie Nelson U.S. 1956–Present Country

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I coppied this from Wikipedia. Zep is so important to music history that they are in group two.

Yes, and look at how important that group 2 is: Celine Dion, Nana Mouskouri and Whitney Houston...

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I think it's done on total sales of albums and singles. All the artists in the first group sold loads of singles where as LZ didn't.

I think only The Beatles have sold more albums than LZ.

Agreed. Zep was all about the entire album as a work.

The list could change depending on how you use the sales data. Further I think history is still writing the potential sales story of LZ, (London and beyond perhaps) whereas the Beatles are finished with the exception of the obvious legacy catalog.

A better measure of how this could pan out is who is out selling who today and in what numbers? I know the Beatles Remastered #1 hits did very well for a time.

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I think it's done on total sales of albums and singles. All the artists in the first group sold loads of singles where as LZ didn't.

And most of those in the second group as well.

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I think somebody should organize a Led Zeppelin sales Drive.

Eeach month could be assigned an Album. Like May could be "Houses of the Holy" month every year.

So what you do is each month, you would evaluate your current copy of that months album. decide if maybe it needs to be upgraded. (mayby it scratched, worn out, not a current version (a.k.a. not the most recent remastering, maybe you want it on vinyl, maybe you want to gift it) then got out and buy it.

If your a true fan you've many different copies of a CD. And maybe your collection is not complete.

So an album of the month program would encourage people to get off there ass and get it.

At first it would be a grass roots effort, and as it takes off and the record company takes notice maybe they could get involved and offer promotions and advertising.

eventually The concept would seep into popular culture. When somenone mentions to you that it is May, the first thing you will think of is Led Zeppelin "Houses of the Holy".

in addition to just buying the album of the Month, The concept could lead to discussions of the album, tributes to the album, documentaries about the album, posters of the album artwork etc.

And Lets face the bare Facts. In U.S. album sales Led Zeppelin is in 4th place behind The Beatles, Elvis Which thats no so bad. Plus one could rationalize that Elvis and the Beatles released 3 times as many albums that have been around twice as long to get to their totals. But what really needs to be corrected is the Fact that Garth Brooks is in 3rd Place just ahead of LZ.

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