ESC stars top sales chart

by Richard West-Soley 184 views

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published its updated list of the 150 best selling artists of all time this week. No less than five of the top 20 are former participants of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Nana Mouskouri, Cliff Richard, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias and ABBA have all sold in excess of 150 million units, earning them a place amongst the elite of pop music makers. The top 20, detailing the artist name and the number of albums sold to date, looks like this:

  • 01. The Beatles 400,000,000
  • 02. Michael Jackson 350,000,000
  • 03. Elvis Presley 300,000,000
  • 04. Madonna 275,000,000
  • 05. Nana Mouskouri 250,000,000
  • 06. Cliff Richard 250,000,000
  • 07.The Rolling Stones 250,000,000
  • 08. Mariah Carey 230,000,000
  • 09. Elton John 220,000,000
  • 10.Celine Dion 220,000,000
  • 11. Pink Floyd 210,000,000
  • 12. Led Zeppelin 200,000,000
  • 13. Metallica 200,000,000
  • 14. Julio Iglesias 200,000,000
  • 15. Queen 180,000,000
  • 16 AC/DC 180,000,000
  • 17 Whitney Houston 180,000,000
  • 18. ABBA 160,000,000
  • 19. U2 150,000,000
  • 20.The Jacksons 150,000,000
  • Only two of the five artists actually won the Eurovision Song Contest, Celine Dion taking the prize for Switzerland in 1988 and ABBA winning for Sweden in 1974. Nana Mouskouri flew the flag for Luxembourg, rather than her native Greece in 1963, and came eighth. Cliff Richard came second for the UK in 1968, then third in 1973. Julio Iglesais came joint fourth place for Spain in 1970.

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    Richard West-Soley

    Senior Editor

    Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.

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