SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 2918 posts, RR: 20 Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2008 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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Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 27 Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1982 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:
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
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.
Phaeton From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 406 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1948 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.
Stlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8981 posts, RR: 27 Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1942 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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