List of highest-certified music artists in the United States

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This is the list of the highest-certified music artists in the United States based on certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[1] RIAA certifications are based on wholesale shipments rather than retail sales. Since 2016, the RIAA album certification has also included on-demand audio/video streams (1,500 streams = 1 album unit) and track sale equivalent (10 track sales = 1 album unit).[2] Additionally, awards are only presented if and when a record company applies for certification. Therefore, the total certified units for a given artist may be incomplete or out of date.

The RIAA began its certifications in 1958, therefore, popular artists from earlier eras are generally not represented on this list. The Beatles are the act with highest-certified albums, while Drake is the act with the highest-certified digital singles. Michael Jackson is the only act in the Top 20 of both lists.

Top 100 certified music artists (albums)[edit]

List of artists with the highest-certified albums as of March 27, 2020[3]
Rank Units
(millions)
Name Nat. Active
1 183 The Beatles UK 1960s–1970s
2 148 Garth Brooks US 1980s–2020s[4]
3 146.5 Elvis Presley US 1950s–1970s
4 120 Eagles US 1970s–2020s[5]
5 111.5 Led Zeppelin UK 1960s–1980s
6 84.5 Billy Joel US 1970s–2020s[6]
7 84 Michael Jackson US 1960s–2000s
8 79 Elton John UK 1960s–2020s[7]
9 75 AC/DC Australia 1970s–2010s
Pink Floyd UK 1960s–2010s
11 69 George Strait US 1980s–2020s[8]
12 68.5 Barbra Streisand US 1960s–2010s
13 66.5 Aerosmith US 1970s–2020s[9]
Mariah Carey US 1990s–2020s
The Rolling Stones UK 1960s–2010s
16 65.5 Bruce Springsteen US 1970s–2020s[10]
17 64.5 Madonna US 1980s–2020s[11]
18 63 Metallica US 1980s–2010s
19 59 Whitney Houston US 1980s–2010s
20 56.5 Van Halen US 1970s–2010s
21 54.5 Fleetwood Mac UK 1960s–2010s
22 52 U2 Ireland 1970s–2010s
23 50 Celine Dion Canada 1980s–2020s[12]
24 49.5 Neil Diamond US 1960s–2010s
25 48 Journey US 1970s–2010s
Kenny G US 1980s–2010s
Shania Twain Canada 1990s–2020s[13]
28 47.5 Kenny Rogers US 1950s–2000s
29 46.5 Alabama US 1970s–2010s
30 46.5 Eminem US 1990s–2020s[14]
31 45 Taylor Swift US 2000s–2020s
32 44.5 Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band US 1960s–2010s
Guns N' Roses US 1980s–2010s
34 43.5 Alan Jackson US 1980s–2020s[15]
Santana US 1960s–2010s
36 41 Reba McEntire US 1970s–2010s
37 40 Eric Clapton UK 1960s–2020s[16]
38 38.5 Chicago US 1960s–2010s
Simon & Garfunkel US 1960s–2010s
40 38 Foreigner US 1970s–2020s[17]
Rod Stewart UK 1960s–2010s
42 37.5 Tim McGraw US 1990s–2010s
43 37 Backstreet Boys US 1990s–2020s[18]
44 36.5 Tupac Shakur US 1990s
45 36 Bob Dylan US 1960s–2010s
46 35.5 Def Leppard UK 1970s–2010s
47 35 Queen UK 1970s–2020s[19]
48 34.5 Bon Jovi US 1980s–2010s
Dave Matthews Band US 1990s–2010s
Britney Spears US 1990s–2010s
51 33.5 Phil Collins UK 1970s–2010s
John Denver US 1960s–1990s
53 33 Dixie Chicks US 1980s–2010s[20]
The Doors US 1960s–1970s
James Taylor US 1960s–2020s[21]
56 32 R. Kelly US 1990s–2010s
57 31.5 Willie Nelson US 1950s–2020s[22]
Pearl Jam US 1990s–2010s
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers US 1970s–2010s
60 31 Boston US 1970s–2010s
61 30.5 Kenny Chesney US 1990s–2010s
62 30 Linda Ronstadt US 1960s–2010s[23]
63 29.25 Ozzy Osbourne UK 1960s–2010s
64 28.5 Lynyrd Skynyrd US 1960s–2020s[24]
65 28 Adele UK 2000s–2010s
Bee Gees UK/Australia 1960s–2010s
Michael Bolton US 1980s–2020s[25]
Creedence Clearwater Revival US 1960s–1970s
Mannheim Steamroller US 1970s–2010s
Nirvana US 1980s–1990s
NSYNC US 1990s–2000s
72 27.5 Brooks & Dunn US 1990s–2010s
Jay-Z US 1990s–2010s
Linkin Park US 1990s–2010s
Barry Manilow US 1970s–2010s
John Mellencamp US 1970s–2010s
77 27 Boyz II Men US 1990s–2020s[26]
Frank Sinatra US 1930s–1990s
79 26.5 Enya Ireland 1980s–2010s
80 26 Janet Jackson US 1980s–2010s
81 25.5 Drake Canada 2000s–2020s[27]
Faith Hill US 1990s–2010s
Steve Miller Band US 1960s–2010s
Luther Vandross US 1960s–2000s
85 25 Creed US 1990s–2010s
Hootie & the Blowfish US 1980s–2010s
Toby Keith US 1990s–2010s
Mötley Crüe US 1980s–2010s
Red Hot Chili Peppers US 1980s–2020s
Rush Canada 1970s–2010s
ZZ Top US 1970s–2010s
92 24.5 The Carpenters US 1960s–1980s
REO Speedwagon US 1970s–2010s
94 24 Vince Gill US 1970s–2010s
Green Day US 1980s–2020s[28]
Nickelback Canada 1990s–2010s
97 23.5 The Cars US 1970s–2010s
Johnny Cash US 1970s–2000s
Earth, Wind & Fire US 1970s–2010s
Kid Rock US 1980s–2010s
Sade UK 1980s–2010s

Top 50 certified music artists (digital singles)[edit]

List of artists with the highest-certified digital singles as of March 27, 2020[29]
Rank Units
(millions)
Name Nat. Active
1 163.5 Drake Canada 2000s–2020s[27]
2 128 Rihanna Barbados 2000s–2020s
3 126.5 Taylor Swift US 2000s–2020s
4 120.2 Eminem US 1990s–2020s[14]
5 105 Katy Perry US 2000s–2020s
6 82.5 Lady Gaga US 2000s–2020s
7 73 Maroon 5 US 2000s–2010s
The Weeknd Canada 2010s
9 71.5 Justin Bieber Canada 2000s–2020s
10 72 Kanye west US 1990s–2020s[30]
11 69.5 Chris Brown US 2000s–2020s
Bruno Mars US 2000s–2020s
13 68 Ed Sheeran UK 2000s–2010s
14 54.5 Luke Bryan US 2000s–2010s
15 52 Post Malone US 2010s–2020s[31]
16 51.5 Flo Rida US 2000s–2010s
17 44 Florida Georgia Line US 2010s
18 42.5 Twenty One Pilots US 2010s
19 42 Michael Jackson US 1960s–2000s
20 41.5 Carrie Underwood US 2000s–2010s
21 41 Kendrick Lamar US 2010s
22 40 Ariana Grande US 2010s–2020s[32]
23 37 Sam Smith UK 2000s–2010s
24 35.5 Kesha US 2000s–2020s[33]
Khalid US 2010s
26 35 Cardi B US 2010s–2020s
27 33.5 The Chainsmokers US 2010s
Jason Derulo US 2000s–2010s
29 33 Mariah Carey US 1990s–2020s
Wiz Khalifa US 2000s–2010s
Lil Wayne US 1990s–2010s
32 32 Imagine Dragons US 2010s
33 31.5 Adele UK 2000s–2010s
34 31 DJ Khaled US 2000s–2020s[9]
35 30.5 Nicki Minaj Trinidad and
Tobago
2000s–2010s
36 30 Linkin Park US 1990s–2010s
Keith Urban Australia 1990s–2020s[34]
38 29.5 Jason Aldean US 2000s–2020s[35]
Panic! at the Disco US 2000s–2010s
Travis Scott US 2000s–2010s
Blake Shelton US 2000s–2020s[36]
Demi Lovato US 2000’s-2020’s
42 29 Kenny Chesney US 1990s–2010s
Tim McGraw US 1990s–2010s
Queen UK 1970s–2020s[19]
45 28.5 Meghan Trainor US 2010s–2020s[13]
46 28 Thomas Rhett US 2010s
47 27.5 Big Sean US 2000s–2010s
48 27 Future US 2000s–2020s
49 26.5 Lil Uzi Vert US 2010s
Shawn Mendes Canada 2010s


See also[edit]

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