Beatles Top RIAA's 'Artists Of The
The Beatles are the best-selling act
of the 20th century, according to
the Recording Industry Association
of America (RIAA). The
organization's "Artists Of The
Century" list, which it released
today, credits the Fab Four for
selling than 106 million albums in the
With 89 million albums sold, Garth Brooks is the top
male artist on the list; Barbra Streisand, who has
moved nearly 62 million albums, is the top female.
The Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" (Elektra)
is the century's top album, certified for sales of 26
million units. The set squeaked by Michael Jackson's
"Thriller" (Epic), which held the album sales title from
1984 to January of this year.
Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997"
(Rocket/A&M) is this century's best-selling single,
having moved 11 million copies in the U.S. And Elvis
Presley is this century's performer with the most
certified gold and platinum albums and singles. (A gold
certification denotes 500,000 units shipped, while a
platinum certification denotes 1 million shipped.)
Other century honorees include Brooks (top-selling
country artist), Reba McEntire (top female country
artist), and Alabama (top country group); Jackson
(top-selling R&B artist), Whitney Houston (top R&B
female artist), and Boyz II Men (top R&B group); and
Presley (top-selling rock artist), Madonna (top female
rock artist), and the Beatles (top rock act).
In addition, TLC's "CrazySexyCool" (LaFace/Arista) is
the leading hip-hop album, Bob Marley & the Wailers'
"Legend" (Tuff Gong/IDJMG) is the top reggae set,
and the Three Tenors' "In Concert" (London) is the
best-selling classical album.