Depending on whom you ask and what part of the world you are in, you could get a lot of different answers to, “Who are the best musical artists of all time?” Some of you might say that Boy George is the best musical artist of all time, while some of you might say that Celine Dion is. When you ask who the best musical artist is, you are certainly welcoming the personal preferences and musical tastes of the person that you are questioning.
However, when you ask who the best-selling musical artists of all time are, there really is no debate. This can be measured by calculating the number of certified units sold. When taking these numbers into account, the best-selling artists of all time become apparent – these are The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Madonna.
To this day, The Beatles are still considered one of the most successful and popular musical acts in the entire history of Pop. And even though they called it quits more than thirty years ago, the sale of their music has never quite slowed down. Perhaps the reason for this is the evergreen nature of their music. It was transcendent, overlapped genres, and included many different styles in order to evoke palpable emotions in their audience.
Elvis Presley is no doubt one of the most loved musical artists of all time. What Elvis was able to do was extraordinary. In a time of great struggle, he was able to grow from his roots as a small town kid from Mississippi into the best-selling solo artist ever. It was something in Elvis’s voice that fans seemed to really connect to, and it helped quite a bit that he was also an amazing dancer and actor. Thanks to his status as a global musical icon, he has been honored in more music hall of fames than almost any other solo artist.
When Michael Jackson passed away, the world mourned the true King of Pop. Michael had been entertaining audiences with his amazing moves and entrancing voice since his childhood, when he was a member of his family band, The Jackson Five. For over four decades, Michael was a true icon, doing more to influence fashion, music, and dance than almost any other musician in history. Today, his musical sales have resurged, and his publishing catalog is now worth over $400 million.
Who is the best-selling female artist of all time? It won’t take many of you long to come up with the answer – the wonderful, glorious, and ever-evolving Madonna. Madge is a one-woman show, and she has found a way to continuously re-invent herself and stay relevant in the world as trends in music change, while still maintaining her original essence. And, not only has Madonna been able to stay relevant in the world of music, but she has also used her talents to branch out into the worlds of interior decorating, movies, books, and fashion. Today, not only is Madonna one of the best-selling artists of all time, but she is also the highest grossing female artist ever for concert tour sales. Take that Lady Gaga!
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