If you ever look at the list of top-selling recording artists, you’re going to get some surprises. For example, the album sales of Jimi Hendrix (23 million units) don’t come close to the numbers posted by, say, the Dixie Chicks (30.5 million).
But once you get to the top 10, things start making sense. That’s where you find names like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson. These artists electrified entire generations, and their albums continue to sell at a remarkable clip decades after their release.