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Who Is The Top Pop/Rock Band Record Sellers Ever?  
User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3055 times:
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Over the years, basically from the 1950's up until today, who is listed on the official Top 10 record seller list as the most successfull with the most records sold? The Beatles, Abba, Queen, U2, etc? Remember: Groups, not soloists


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[Edited 2005-11-12 11:49:30]

[Edited 2005-11-12 11:50:50]


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User currently offlineTheSorcerer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

The rolling stones maybe, they've been around for ages. They've had plenty of time and records to get up there.

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User currently offlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4968 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

Officially I don't have a clue, but I would imagine The Beatles, The Rolling Stones to be the top 2.


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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

I moonlight as a DJ (not as glamorous a gig as one would think!)...and we were just talking about this last weekend...

Theres many ways of measuring it:

Single sales
Albums (CD) sales
Number of Top 10 singles
Number of Charted singles
Number of Number 1 singles
Overall time spent in airplay charts (Billboard/Cashbox)
Concert tickets sales/attendance
etc.

The Beatles are generally regarded as leaders in most categories except in some album sales categories. The Rolling Stones are a close second. Pink Floyd right behind...but again, there are SO many ways to slice it.
Before Jerry died...the Dead were on their way to some concert attendance record, while the Stones I believe currently lead in lifetime ticket sales...with upstarts U2 and Aerosmith close behind.

Our discussion was if U2, Aerosmith or a future band would ever equal the mass popularity of the Fab Four...so far the jury says no.



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User currently offlineBoeing Nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3015 times:

The Eagles have the top selling album of all time, so I'm sure they are up there.

User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3015 times:
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Okay, let's say total albums (records and CD's) sold from when the group started up until now.


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SA7700



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User currently offlineD5DBY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3003 times:

1 no use for a name

2 thrice

3 atom and his package

4 AFI

5 Pulley


there u got them....best selling band ever..


User currently offlineStlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9496 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2998 times:

The Eagles
Pink Floyd
Fleetwood Mac
The Beatles
Led Zepplin
The Rolling Stones
AC/DC
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Kiss
Simon & Garfunkel



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User currently offlinePhaeton From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 406 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

In the United States by album sales:

1. The Beatles - 168.5 million
2. Led Zeppelin - 107.5 million
3. Eagles - 89 million
4. Pink Floyd - 73.5 million
5. AC/DC - 66 million
6. Aerosmith - 65.5 million
7. The Rolling Stones - 64.5 million
8. Mettalica - 57 million
9. Van Halen - 56.5 million
10. U2 - 50.5 million

Not bad, 4 British, 4 American, 1 Australian and 1 Irish Band.

http://www.riaa.com/gp/bestsellers/topartists.asp

Cheers,
Thomas



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User currently offlineStlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9496 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2989 times:

for what it's worth, when you take out repackages and greatest hits compilations (which many die hard fans and critics don't consider applicable to real record sales), it's quite an interesting mix up on the list.


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User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4521 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

I would think Pink Floyd would have to be up there considering the success of Dark Side of the Moon and subsequent albums

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