These Are The Best-Selling Musicians Of All Time

Laura Martin | May 29, 2018 3:43 pm

In today’s climate, album sales are few and far between. Artists who used to sell millions in the first week are now selling hundreds of thousands (which is kind of hard to have sympathy for because it’s still hundreds of thousands!). In 2018, streaming has pretty much squashed the idea of a record sale, but some artists seem impervious to the changing industry. From Metallica to Michael Jackson, these artists are the best-selling of all time and each holds a major cultural significance.

Van Halen (56.5 million units)

Photo credit: Shink Music / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Photo credit: Shink Music / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Van Halen has long been heralded as the champion of shreddy hair metal. Despite selling 56.5 million records in the States, they only ever managed to squeeze out one No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. “Jump,” the lead single from 1984, proves you can be one of the most successful people in the world and still never make it to the top. Better luck next time, Van Halen (though, we’re certain they’re not sweating it).