Top 10 Best-Selling Bands of All Time

Each of these bands has managed to sell more than 100 million records globally. There is a lot of factors you can consider when talking about the greatest bands of all time, most of them will be subjective. Even though an art form, the music business is first and foremost is just that: A business. And no statistic is more important for figuring out the top bands in history than the sales stats. The following therefore lists the Top 10 Best-Selling Bands of All Time, based on the certified number of records each band managed to sell all around the world.

1. The Beatles

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Worldwide record sales: ~ 290 million

Active years: 1960 – 1970
Founded in: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Band members: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr

Genre: Rock
Best-selling album: The Beatles (1968)
Best-selling single: She Loves You (1963)

2. Eagles

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Worldwide record sales: ~ 160 million

Active years: 1971 – present
Founded in: Los Angeles, California, United States
Band members: Don Henley, Joe Walsh (since 1975), Timothy Schmit (since 1977), Bernie Leadon (1971-2016), Randy Meisner (1971-1977), Glenn Frey (1973-2016), Don Felder (1974-2001)

Genre: Rock
Best-selling album: Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) (1976)
Best-selling single: Hotel California (1977)

3. Queen

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Worldwide record sales: ~ 150 million

Active years: 1970 – present
Founded in: London, England, United Kingdom
Band members: Brian May, Roger Taylor, Farrokh Bulsara (Freddie Mercury”) (1970-1991), John Deacon (1971-1997)

Genre: Rock
Best-selling album: Greatest Hits (1981)
Best-selling single: Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)

4. Led Zeppelin

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Worldwide record sales: ~ 140 million

Active years: 1968 – 1980
Founded in: London, England, United Kingdom
Band members: John Baldwin, John Bonham, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant

Genre: Hard Rock
Best-selling album: Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Best-selling single: Whole Lotta Love (1969)

5. Pink Floyd

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Worldwide record sales: ~ 130 million

Active years: 1965 – 2014
Founded in: London, England, United Kingdom
Band members: Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Bob Klose (only 1965), David Gilmour (1967-2014)

Genre: Rock
Best-selling album: The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Best-selling single: Another Brick in the Wall (1979)

6. AC/DC

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Worldwide record sales: ~ 125 million

Active years: 1973 – present
Founded in: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Band members: Angus Young, Chris Slade (since 1989), Stevie Young (since 2014), William Rose (since 2016), Malcolm Young (1973-2014), Dave Evans (1973-1974), Bon Scott (1974-1980), Phil Rudd (1975-2015), Mark Evans (1975-1977), Cliff Williams (1977-2016), Brian Johnson (1980-2016), Simon Wright (1983-1989)

Genre: Hard Rock
Best-selling album: Back in Black (1980)
Best-selling single: Highway to Hell (1979)

7. Maroon 5

Worldwide record sales: ~ 120 million

Active years: 1994 – present
Founded in: Los Angeles, California, United States
Band members: Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Michael Madden, James Valentine (since 2001), Matthew Flynn (since 2006), Paul Morton (since 2012), Samuel Farrar (since 2016), Ryan Dusick (1994-2006)

Genre: Pop Rock
Best-selling album: Songs About Jane (2002)
Best-selling single: She Will Be Loved (2004)

8. U2

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Worldwide record sales: ~ 110 million

Active years: 1976 – present
Founded in: Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Band members: Paul Hewson (“Bono”), Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen, Richard Evans (1976-1978), Ivan McCormick (only 1976)

Genre: Rock
Best-selling album: The Joshua Tree (1987)
Best-selling single: Beautiful Day (2000)

9. Metallica

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Worldwide record sales: ~ 105 million

Active years: 1981 – present
Founded in: Los Angeles, California, United States
Band members: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett (since 1983), Robert Trujillo (since 2003), Cliff Burton (1982-1986), David Mustaine (1982-1983), Jason Newsted (1986-2001), Ron McGovney (only 1982)

Genre: Heavy Metal
Best-selling album: Metallica (1991)
Best-selling single: Enter Sandman (1991)

10. The Rolling Stones

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Worldwide record sales: ~ 100 million

Active years: 1962 – present
Founded in: London, England, United Kingdom
Band members: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts (since 1963), Ronnie Wood (since 1975), Brian Jones (1962-1969), Bill Wyman (1962-1993), Ian Stewart (1962-1963), Mick Taylor (1969-2014)

Genre: Rock
Best-selling album: Sticky Fingers (1971)
Best-selling single: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965)

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