There is no definitive answer to this question. There are a number of artists who have sold millions of records as solo performers, and it is difficult to say definitively who is the “biggest” solo artist of all time.
Some people might argue that Elvis Presley is the biggest solo artist ever, while others might say that someone like Michael Jackson or Madonna is more deserving of that title.
There are many different factors that could be considered when trying to determine who the biggest solo artist is, including record sales, chart success, and overall influence on popular music. So it’s hard to say with certainty who holds that distinction.
But nevertheless, let’s try.
Best-Selling Solo Artists Of All Time
If we decide to measure success by record sales, then the biggest solo artist of all time is probably Elvis Presley. Presley has sold an estimated 600 million records worldwide, more than any other solo artist in history. Some suspect that their gross sales for Elvis might be even above a billion, as many of his records were released before the modern era of accurate sales tracking.
Considering how short-lived his career was — he only recorded for about 20 years before his untimely death in 1977 — that’s an incredibly impressive feat.
To better understand why that’s so impressive, we need to take a look at the number two on this list – Michael Jackson.
The undisputed King of Pop had an illustrious career spanning four decades, during which he released 10 solo studio albums that sold an estimated 500 million records worldwide. That’s more than any other solo artist in history, but it’s still 100 million behind Presley even though his career was twice as long.
However, these are all claimed sales best described as educated guesses.
If we just take a peek at certified sales, according to Wikipedia, both Elvis and MJ lose their top spot to Rihanna by a large, large margin.
So, is RiRi the best-selling solo artist of all time? Well, if we’re just judging by the official numbers, then yes, she is – by a great margin.
Who Has The Most Number-One Hits?
We can all agree that Elvis Presley is one of the most successful solo artists of all time. But is he the solo artist with the most number-one hits?
The answer, surprisingly, is no.
That honor actually belongs to Mariah Carey, who has amassed a total of 19 number-one singles over the course of her career, trailing only the most overrated band in the history of music – The Beatles.
Following the legendary singer, we have none other than Elvis himself with 18 number-one hits, then Rihanna with 14, and MJ with 13.
So, if we’re judging by chart success, then Mariah Carey is the biggest solo artist of all time.
But, we’re pretty sure that it would be impossible to make a compelling case for Mariah Carey being the biggest solo artist of all time when taking into account all the different factors that could be considered, including the fact her plays and streams skyrocket ’round Christmas on all music platforms, including Mp3 Juice.
Who Is The Most Influential?
If we take a look at artists who have had the greatest influence on popular music, there are a few clear candidates.
One name that stands out is undoubtedly Bob Dylan. There are so many great songs that he has written, and his influence on popular music is undeniable. He is often credited as being the “voice of a generation” and is widely considered to be one of the most influential musicians of all time.
Many, many artists have taken a page from Dylan’s playbook, including Bruce Springsteen, who is often referred to as the “American Dylan.”
The Boss has had a huge impact on popular music and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with millions of records sold worldwide. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
But then again, Michal Jackson redefined what it meant to be a pop star. In fact, he is the one that set the standard for what a pop star is supposed to be. He was an incredible singer, dancer, and entertainer, and he changed the face of popular music.
Plenty of artists have cited Jackson as an influence, including Justin Timberlake, Usher, Chris Brown, and so many others.
So, who is the most influential solo artist of all time?
It’s hard to say for sure, but all things considered, we would have to give the edge to MJ. His influence on popular music is undeniable, and he has inspired countless artists over the years.
So, Who’s The Best To Ever Do It?
All things considered, in our mind, there is only one answer to this question – Justin Bieber.
Just kidding. It’s Michael Jackson.
He was and still is the King of Pop, and he is the greatest solo artist of all time. He changed the face of popular music and influenced countless artists. His career spanned four decades, and he released 10 solo studio albums that sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide.
But, it’s not just about the metrics and the accolades and commercial success. MJ was an incredible entertainer, and he is widely considered to be one of the greatest performers of all time. He was a master of showmanship, and his live shows were legendary.
But, not even that is the reason why he is the greatest solo artist of all time.
The reason MJ is the GOAT is that he was able to connect with people on an emotional level which few other artists have ever been able to do. His music touched the hearts of millions of people around the world, and his impact on popular culture is still felt today.
He overcame oh-so-many obstacles in his life, and he did it all with a smile on his face. He was an absolute legend, and there will never be another like him