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Best-Selling Musical Acts by Category

For each category, name the best-selling musical act.
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First submittedOctober 26, 2010
Last updatedAugust 30, 2018
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Category
Sales
Musical Act
Pop
176,000,000
The Beatles
Country
128,000,000
Garth Brooks
Hard Rock
111,500,000
Led Zeppelin
Jazz
48,000,000
Kenny G
Folk
38,500,000
Simon & Garfunkel
Rap
37,500,000
Tupac Shakur
Boy Band
37,000,000
Backstreet Boys
Celtic
26,500,000
Enya
Disco
26,000,000
Bee Gees
Grunge
31,500,000
Pearl Jam
Category
Sales
Musical Act
R&B
33,000,000
R. Kelly
Punk
22,500,000
Green Day
Female
71,500,000
Barbra Streisand
Plays Piano
79,500,000
Billy Joel
Latin American
43,000,000
Santana
Canadian
50,000,000
Celine Dion
Born in the 1970's
63,000,000
Mariah Carey
Born in the 1980's
32,000,000
Britney Spears
African American
69,500,000
Michael Jackson
Female African American
55,000,000
Whitney Houston
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level 83
Dec 23, 2010
Can you accept Zeppelin, please? Most of us who take a lot of these quizzes are in the habit of typing the one-word common name for almost everything, to save time.
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level ∞
Nov 28, 2011
The data comes from here:
http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinum.php?content_selector=top-selling-artists
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level 77
Jun 13, 2014
Ok, so this is in the US, not worldwide.
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level 79
Nov 17, 2014
Ahh, a note that states US sales only would have been useful. AC/DC was the first thought for hard rock, and probably true for worldwide?
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level 70
May 28, 2016
I think it's time for a little update - there have been changes over the last years
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level 40
Jul 17, 2012
Kenny G is elevator music at best, not jazz
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level 65
Nov 9, 2012
Can you accept Kelly for R. Kelly, please?
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level 40
Jan 5, 2013
Tupac beats NWA, Beasty Boys and Eminem? Surprising.
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level 43
Oct 29, 2018
Pretty sure Em has 45 million
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level 46
Feb 28, 2013
Please don't call Kenny G a jazz musician. As a matter of fact, please don't call Kenny G a musician at all. It's demeaning.
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level 73
Jun 27, 2013
Not sure why everyone hates on Kenny G. Sure he looks like a goofball, and the soprano sax looks weird, and he playes out of the side of his mouth...but he's good. I like him...not saying I would listen to his album with a bunch of my friends over, but it's still pretty good.
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level 43
Jul 8, 2013
You have catagories for Celtic and Disco but not metal? Wow!
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level 67
Dec 19, 2013
If Justin Bieber had sold more records than Celine Dion then I would finally have lost all faith in the world.
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level 77
Jun 13, 2014
Rush should outsell them both :p.
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level 75
May 27, 2014
Simon and Garfunkel are folk rock. I believe Bob Dylan has outsold them in that genre, but both crossed over into other genres as well.
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level 50
Sep 4, 2014
If these figures are US only (as seems to be the case), could you please say so in the quiz description?
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level 31
Oct 20, 2014
I would have kept Kenny G out of this quiz on principle...lol
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level 81
May 26, 2015
I'd never have guessed that Beatles = pop. When they were playing pop wasn't even invented yet, it was rock 'n' roll.
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level 62
Mar 13, 2016
The term "pop music" was used back then. They're definitely either pop or rock, but regardless of what category they would fall in, they really should be everyone's first guess. As the best-selling artist of all time, they're clearly going to fill one of the categories.
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level 45
May 26, 2015
I got Simon & Garfunkel but I missed Michael Jackson...
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level 17
Jul 3, 2015
I thought Pink Floyd sold more album's than Led Zeppelin
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level 53
Apr 4, 2016
Michael Jackson was the king of pop...
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level 71
Apr 18, 2016
Does Bob Dylan span too many genres to be considered folk? He must have sold more albums than Simon & Garfunkel, surely?
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level 58
May 29, 2018
this is stupid because it is only in America. Why can't it be in the world. Why does it have to be only American sales? People like Garth Brooks for example, not many people outside America know him compared to all the other best selling artists.
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level ∞
May 29, 2018
Exact worldwide sales are not known.