List of best-selling female music artists

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Madonna is recognized by Guinness World Records as the "Best-selling female recording artist of all time".

The following is a list of the world's best-selling female music artists of all time. The criteria for inclusion are women whose claimed record sales have at least reached 75 million or more of their musical productions. Artists are listed in order of the number of records sold and thereafter by their tenier and available cross-referenced music recording certifications, with the highest being for claims of at least 300 million records, and the lowest for claims of 75 million records.

Since there is no official entity that certifies sales in their totality;[1] the artists' sales figure must have been published by a reliable source (news organizations and highly regarded music industry-related organization) such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, MTV, and VH1.

To date, Madonna is believed to have sold the most records among any female music artists in history, with 335 million records sold worldwide,[2] recognized by the Guinness World Records and other major media outlets.[3]

Female artists by reputed sales[edit]

300 million or more records sold

Artist Country of origin Period of activity Genre(s) Estimated sales
Madonna  United States 1983–present Pop / dance /

electronic music

335 million[2][4]

200 million to 300 million records[edit]

Artist Country of origin Period of activity Genre(s) Estimated sales
Céline Dion  Canada 1981–present Pop rock[5] 250 million[6][7]
Rihanna  Barbados 2005–present Pop / R&B / Dance[8] 250 million[9]
Mariah Carey  United States 1990–present R&B / Pop[10] 220 million[11]
Whitney Houston  United States 1985 - 2012 R&B / Pop / Soul[12] 200 million[13]
Taylor Swift  United States 2006–present Pop / Country[14] 200 million[15]

100 million to 199 million records[edit]

Artist Country of origin Period of activity Genre(s) Estimated sales
Barbra Streisand  United States 1963–present Pop / adult contemporary 150 million[16]
Britney Spears  United States 1999–present Pop / dance / electronic 150 million[17]
Katy Perry  United States 2001–present Pop 143 million[18]
P!nk  United States 2000–present Pop / pop rock / R&B 135 million[19]
Lady Gaga  United States 2008–present Pop / dance /electronic /

jazz

124 million[20]
Adele  United Kingdom 2008–present Pop / soul 120 million[21]
Beyoncé  United States 2003–present R&B / pop 118 million[22]
Dionne Warwick  United States 1963–present R&B / Soul 100 million[23]
Cher  United States 1965–present Pop / rock / dance / folk 100 million[24]
Dolly Parton  United States 1967–present Country 100 million[25]
Linda Ronstadt  United States 1969–present Rock / folk / country 100 million[26]
Diana Ross  United States 1970–present R&B/Pop 100 million[27]
Olivia Newton-John  Australia 1971–present Pop 100 million[28]
Tina Turner  United States 1974 - 2009 Rock / Pop 100 million[29]
Donna Summer  United States 1974 - 2012 Pop / disco / R&B 100 million[30]
Janet Jackson  United States 1982–present R&B / pop 100 million[31]
Shania Twain  Canada 1993–present Country Pop 100 million[32]
Nicki Minaj  Trinidad and Tobago 2010–present Hip-hop / pop 100 million[33]

75 million to 99 million records[edit]

Artist Country of origin Period of activity Genre(s) Estimated sales
Reba McEntire  United States 1977–present Country/Gospel 90 million[34]
Alicia Keys  United States 2001–present Hip-hop / R&B / pop 90 million[35]
Avril Lavigne  Canada 2002–present Pop punk / Pop rock 90 million[36]
Ariana Grande  United States 2013–present Pop/R&B 85 million[37]
Enya  Ireland 1987–present New-age / Celtic 80 million[38]
Kylie Minogue  Australia 1988–present Disco-pop 80 million[39]
Shakira  Colombia 1991–present Latin pop 80 million[40]
Ayumi Hamasaki  Japan 1999–present J-pop / pop / dance 80 million[41]
Aretha Franklin  United States 1961–2018 Soul/R&B 75 million[42]
Carole King  United States 1970–present Pop/soft-rock 75 million[43]
Alanis Morissette  Canada 1991–present Alternative rock 75 million[44]
Christina Aguilera  United States 1999–present R&B / pop / rock 75 million[45]
Jennifer Lopez  United States 1999–present Dance Pop 75 million[46]
Gloria Estefan  Cuba 1989–present Latin Pop / pop rock 75 million[47]
Miley Cyrus  United States 2007–present Pop 75 million[48]

See also[edit]

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