Top Pop Artist Accomplishments 1955 - 2002

Source:
Recording Industry Association of America
Billboard's Pop Singles & Albums Charts 1955 - 2002





Singles

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(Source: Billboard's Pop Singles & Albums Charts 1955 - 2002)









Top 100 Best Selling Albums of the 60's

(Includes live albums and original movie soundtracks but not compilation or greatest hits albums )


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Artist

Album

Album Sales

1  BEATLES

THE WHITE ALBUM

19,000,000

2  LED ZEPPELIN

LED ZEPPELIN II

12,000,000

3  BEATLES

ABBEY ROAD

12,000,000

4  BEATLES

SGT. PEPPER'S LONLEY HEARTS CLUB BAND

11,000,000

5  LED ZEPPELIN

LED ZEPPELIN

10,000,000

6  BEATLES

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

6,000,000

7  BEATLES

RUBBER SOUL

6,000,000

8  MONKEES

MORE OF THE MONKEES

6,000,000

9  MONKEES

MONKEES

5,000,000

10  BEATLES

REVOLVER

5,000,000

11  BEATLES

MEET THE BEATLES

5,000,000

12  CROSBY, STILLS & NASH

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH

4,000,000

13  BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS

BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS

4,000,000

14  IRON BUTTERFLY

IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA

4,000,000

15  JIMI HENDRIX

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED

4,000,000

16  BEATLES

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT

4,000,000

17  VAN MORRISON

MOONDANCE

4,000,000

18  CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

GREEN RIVER

3,000,000

19  JOHNNY CASH

JOHNNY CASH AT SAN QUENTIN

3,000,000

20  JOHNNY CASH

AT FOLSOM PRISON

3,000,000

21  SIMON & GRRFUNKEL

PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY & THYME

3,000,000

22  SIMON & GRRFUNKEL

SOUNDS OF SILENCE

3,000,000

23  BEATLES

BEATLES '65

3,000,000

24  BEATLES

HELP

3,000,000

25  SOUNDTRACK

WEST SIDE STORY

3,000,000

26  ELVIS PRESLEY

BLUE HAWAII

3,000,000

27  ROLLING STONES

LET IT BLEED

2,000,000

28  CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

WILLIE AND THE POOR BOYS

2,000,000

29  CHICAGO

THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY

2,000,000

30  SANTANA

SANTANA

2,000,000

31  CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

BAYOU COUNTRY

2,000,000

32  WHO

TOMMY

2,000,000

33  GLEN CAMPBELL

WICHITA LINEMAN

2,000,000

34  SIMON & GARFUNKEL

THE GRADUATE

2,000,000

35  CHEAP TRICK

CHEAP THRILLS

2,000,000

36  SIMON & GARFUNKEL

BOOKENDS

2,000,000

37  MONKEES

PISCES, AQUARIUS, CAPRICORN & JONES LTD.

2,000,000

38  MONKEES

HEADQUARTERS

2,000,000

39  ELVIS PRESLEY

HOW GREAT THOU ART

2,000,000

40  DOORS

THE DOORS

2,000,000

41  BOB DYLAN

BLONDE ON BLONDE

2,000,000

42  BEATLES

YESTERDAY AND TODAY

2,000,000

43  SOUNDTRACK

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

2,000,000

44  BEATLES

SECOND ALBUM

2,000,000

45  PETER, PAUL & MARY

PETER, PAUL AND MARY

2,000,000

46  THE BAND

THE BAND

1,000,000

47  DOORS

THE SOFT PARADE

1,000,000

48  BLIND FAITH

BLIND FAITH

1,000,000

49  SLY & THE FAMILY STONE

STAND

1,000,000

50  BOB DYLAN

NASHVILLE SKYLINE

1,000,000

51  MOODY BLUES

ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM

1,000,000

52  GLEN CAMPBELL

GALVESTON

1,000,000

53  BEATLES

YELLOW SUBMARINE

1,000,000

54  ROLLING STONES

BEGGAR'S BANQUET

1,000,000

55  JIMI HENDRIX

ELECTRIC LADYLAND

1,000,000

56  SOUNDTRACK

ROMEO AND JULIET

1,000,000

57  DOORS

WAITING FOR THE SUN

1,000,000

58  SOUNDTRACK

FUNNY GIRL

1,000,000

59  MONKEES

THE BIRDS, THE BEES & THE MONKEES

1,000,000

60  BOB DYLAN

JOHN WESLEY HARDING

1,000,000

61  JIMI HENDRIX

AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE

1,000,000

62  DOORS

STRANGE DAYS

1,000,000

63  GLEN CAMPBELLS

BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX

1,000,000

64  MOODY BLUES

DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED

1,000,000

65  CREAM

DISRAELI GEARS

1,000,000

66  SOUNDTRACK

CAMELOT

1,000,000

67  GLEN CAMPBELL

GENTLE ON MY MIND

1,000,000

68  FRANK SINATRA

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

1,000,000

69  BEACH BOYS

PET SOUNDS

1,000,000

70  BILL COSBY

WONDEFULNESS

1,000,000

71  ROLLING STONES

AFTERMATH

1,000,000

72  BARBRA STREISAND

MY NAME IS BARBRA, TWO...

1,000,000

73  ROLLING STONES

OUT OF OUR HEADS

1,000,000

74  BOB DYLAN

HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED

1,000,000

75  BOB DYLAN

BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME

1,000,000

76  BOB DYLAN

THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN

1,000,000

77  BEACH BOYS

LITTLE DEUCE COUPE

1,000,000

78  BILL COSBY

BILL COSBY IS A VERY FUNNY FELLOW - RIGHT!

1,000,000

79  RAY CONNIFF

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

1,000,000

80  NAT KING COLE

RAMBLIN' ROSE

1,000,000

81  ELVIS PRESLEY

HIS HAND IN MINE

1,000,000

82  ELVIS PRESLEY

G.I. BLUES

1,000,000

83  SOUNDTRACK

T.C.B.

500,000

84  CREAM

WHEELS OF FIRE

500,000

85  SOUNDTRACK

HAIR

500,000

86  BOBBIE GENTRY

ODE TO BILLIE JOE

500,000

87  HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS

SOUNDS LIKE

500,000

88  MAMA'S AND THE PAPA'S

IF YOU CAN BELIEVE YOUR EYES AND EARS

500,000

89  SSGT BARRY SADLER

BALLADS OF THE GREEN BERETS

500,000

90  SOUNDTRACK

DR. ZHIVAGO

500,000

91  SOUNDTRACK

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

500,000

92  ELVIS PRESLEY

ROUSTABOUT

500,000

93  SOUNDTRACK

GOLDFINGER

500,000

94  SOUNDTRACK

MARY POPPINS

500,000

95  SISTER LUC-GABRIELLE

THE SINGING NUN

500,000

96  ANDY WILLIAMS

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES

500,000

97  VAUGHN MEADER

THE FIRST FAMILY

500,000

98  RAY CHARLES

MODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY & WESTERN MUSIC

500,000

99  HENRY MANCINI

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

500,000

100  BOB NEWHART

THE BUTTON-DOWN MIND OF BOB NEWHART

500,000



(Source: Recording Industry Association of America)

ABOUT THE RIAA: The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents U.S. record companies, has been the official certification agency for single and album certifications since 1958. The gold award is bestowed on albums that have shipped 500,000 units. The RIAA added platinum awards, signifying shipments of one million copies, in 1976, multiplatinum awards, for 2 million units and above, in 1984, and Diamond awards, 10 million units for a single title, in 1999.









Top 58 Best Selling Greatest Hits Albums 1955-2001

(Includes greatest hits albums that have sold 5,000,000 units or more)


Artist

Album

Album Sales

1  EAGLES

EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975

29,000,000

2  BILLY JOEL

GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II

21,000,000

3  BEATLES

THE BEATLES 1967 - 1970

16,000,000

4  ELTON JOHN

GREATEST HITS

16,000,000

5  BEATLES

THE BEATLES 1962 - 1966

15,000,000

6  SIMON & GARFUNKEL

SIMON & GARFUNKEL'S GREATEST HITS

14,000,000

7  STEVE MILLER BAND

GREATEST HITS 1974-1978

13,000,000

8  KENNY ROGERS

KENNY ROGERS' GREATEST HITS

12,000,000

9  ROLLING STONES

HOT ROCKS

12,000,000

10  EAGLES

EAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II

11,000,000

11  JAMES TAYLOR

JAMES TAYLOR'S GREATEST HITS

11,000,000

12  AEROSMITH

AEROSMITH'S GREATEST HITS

10,000,000

13  BEATLES

1

10,000,000

14  GARTH BROOKS

THE HITS

10,000,000

15  DOOBIE BROTHERS

BEST OF THE DOOBIES

10,000,000

16  JOURNEY

GREATEST HITS

10,000,000

17  TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS

GREATEST HITS

10,000,000

18  2 PAC

GREATEST HITS

9,000,000

19  PATSY CLINE

GREATEST HITS

9,000,000

20  JOHN DENVER

JOHN DENVER'S GREATEST HITS

9,000,000

21  DOORS

THE BEST OF THE DOORS

9,000,000

22  BEATLES

THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY

8,000,000

23  FLEETWOOD MAC

GREATEST HITS

8,000,000

24  CARPENTERS

THE SINGLES 1969 - 1973

7,000,000

25  ERIC CLAPTON

TIME PIECES/BEST OF ERIC CLAPTON

7,000,000

26  FOREIGNER

RECORDS

7,000,000

27  MICHAEL JACKSON

HISTORY: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE BOOK I

7,000,000

28  JANIS JOPLIN

JANIS JOPLIN'S GREATEST HITS

7,000,000

29  QUEEN

GREATEST HITS

7,000,000

30  LINDA RONSTADT

GREATEST HITS

7,000,000

31  SANTANA

SANTANA'S GREATEST HITS

7,000,000

32  BOB SEGER

GREATEST HITS

7,000,000

33  ABBA

GOLD - GREATEST HITS

6,000,000

34  JIMMY BUFFETT

SONGS YOU KNOW BY HEART

6,000,000

35  CARS

THE CARS GREATEST HITS

6,000,000

36  CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG

SO FAR

6,000,000

37  ALAN JACKSON

GREATEST HITS, VOL. II

6,000,000

38  ELVIS PRESLEY

ELVIS' GOLDEN RECORDS, VOLUME 1

6,000,000

39  AIR SUPPLY

AIR SUPPLY GREATEST HITS

5,000,000

40  ALABAMA

FOR THE RECORD - 41 NUMBER ONE HITS

5,000,000

41  ALABAMA

GREATEST HITS

5,000,000

42  BREAD

THE BEST OF BREAD

5,000,000

43  MARIAH CAREY

#1'S

5,000,000

44  CHICAGO

CHICAGO IX - CHICAGO'S GREATEST HITS

5,000,000

45  CHICAGO

GREATEST HITS 1982-1989

5,000,000

46  BOB DYLAN

BOB DYLAN'S GREATEST HITS

5,000,000

47  BOB DYLAN

BOB DYLAN'S GREATEST HITS VOLUME II

5,000,000

48  EARTH, WIND & FIRE

THE BEST OF EARTH, WIND & FIRE - VOL. 1

5,000,000

49  ALAN JACKSON

GREATEST HITS COLLECTION

5,000,000

50  WAYLON JENNINGS

GREATEST HITS

5,000,000

51  ELTON JOHN

GREATEST HITS, VOLUME II

5,000,000

52  LYNYRD SKYNYRD

SKYNYRD'S INNYRDS

5,000,000

53  REBA MC ENTIRE

GREATEST HITS, VOLUME II

5,000,000

54  POLICE

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE: THE CLASSICS

5,000,000

55  SLY & THE FAMILY STONE

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE'S GREATEST HITS

5,000,000

56  GEORGE STRAIT

50 #1's

5,000,000

57  BARBRA STREISAND

GREATEST HITS VOLUME II

5,000,000

58  HANK WILLIAMS JR.

GREATEST HITS

5,000,000





(Source:  Recording Industry Association of America)

ABOUT THE RIAA: The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents U.S. record companies, has been the official certification agency for single and album certifications since 1958. The gold award is bestowed on albums that have shipped 500,000 units. The RIAA added platinum awards, signifying shipments of one million copies, in 1976, multiplatinum awards, for 2 million units and above, in 1984, and Diamond awards, 10 million units for a single title, in 1999.

* The RIAA only certifies a record if that record company pays for its official certification; some companies do not consider this an important distinction and will not request certifications unless pressed by its active, still saleable artists. A full and complete list of RIAA-certified recordings would be a very incomplete list of popular American music.

* The RIAA only certifies a particular recording of a song. For example, sales of Elton John's original "Candle in the Wind" single are not counted towards the 1997 version's official total.

* Retroactive RIAA certification only goes back to 1958; thus, a record like Bing Crosby's "White Christmas", released in 1942 and reported in 1963 as having sold 30 million copies, and currently listed by the Guinness Book of World Records at 50 million sales, would not be eligible. Bill Haley and His Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" is assumed to have sold more than 25 million copies since 1955. According to Billboard Magazine's statistician Joel Whitburn, other pre-1958 singles that would be affected by this cutoff point include Gene Autry's "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8 million sales reported); Crosby's "Silent Night" (7 million); Vernon Dalhart's "The Prisoner's Song" (7 million); the Mills Brothers' "Paper Doll" (6 million); Patti Page's "The Tennessee Waltz" (6 million); Gene Austin's "My Blue Heaven" (5 million); and Ben Selvin's "Dardanella" (5 million); and another 21 single releases in the 2-3 million range. (That is, assuming their respective record companies would elect to bear the optional expense of an official RIAA certification. It is unlikely, for example, that Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which absorbed RCA Records, which in turn had long ago purchased the Victor Talking Machine Company, now sees any particular advantage in precisely determining the sales for Selvin's 1920 smash hit on Victor Records.) The first officially RIAA-certified million-selling single was Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star", in March 1958.

* Prior to 1989, singles were awarded with a Gold certification for sales of 1,000,000 units and a Platinum certification for sales of 2,000,000 units. For certification dates after January 1, 1989, a Gold award represents sales of 500,000 units and a Platinum award represents sales of 1,000,000 units.













It's very interesting where certain "artists" rank
on these lists... and where they don't!  I suppose these
RIAA certified lists and Billboard rankings just may
put many, many things more clearly into perspective.









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