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    But, I believe that's only USA sales. It's lists VH as having sold more albums than the Stones. And that is impossible.

    Let's put it this way it definetly doesn't account for World sales.

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    Does anyone know any websites that list Artists total record sales. I am looking to do a little research but cant find any sites with this info
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    Yes it's the Recording Industry Association of America, so it's just US sales. Also keep in mind that if a record label doesn't pay to get an album re-certified it isn't. So some albums definitely may have have more sales, but if the record company doesn't pay to have it re-certified, the platinum/gold thing isn't completely accurate.
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    The Rolling Stones have sold more than Van Halen according to the RIAA. The Stones have 59.5 million and Van Halen has 50.5 million. Not really close. The number #1 group in US and World sales is the Beatles by a loonnnnngggg shot. I think they have roughly 2 billion in world album sales.

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    This thread always seems to pop up at the Links. The totals when Balance came out were 60 million world wide and that's almost 8 yrs. ago. I'd be inclined to think that they're somewhere around the 70 million mark world wide and that is pretty amazing when you think about it.
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    Yeah but the Stones have like 30-35 albums to get 59.5 mil and VH has 13 to get to 50.5.
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    Originally posted by Brett:
    Yeah but the Stones have like 30-35 albums to get 59.5 mil and VH has 13 to get to 50.5.
    That's one thing ppl forget, it only took VH a relative few albums of material compared to the other bands with the same sale figures. Greatest RNR band of all time, no matter who sings! (Dave era was better, but they both kicked ass!!)
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    Van Halen does have the record for most multi platinum albums in rock history with 12, tied with Zep.
    And they were one of few to have every release be multiplatinum, maybe the only band, up until III.

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    Brett & rebel78,

    Thanx for pointing out the fewer releases angle. I am a strong advocate of tossing out the sales figures of compilations and best-ofs (and live albums that contain less than 50% new material), and focusing strictly on the original releases. With a couple of bands this is not easy to do (The Who and Jimi Hendrix come to mind).

    Another factor to consider is that all the other bands before VH have had all those extra years to pad their numbers. The true test of greatness is very telling in Billboard's Back Catalog Sales chart. The releases on that chart are far more indicative of the all-time great releases than the sum of all releases.

    I think the only 2 rock bands that have engineered gold or better status out of a catalog of over 15 original releases and during a span of greater than 25 years are The Rolling Stones and Rush. Who else has done this?

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    I did a little research on some of the most obvious candidates that might qualify for the standard I mentioned in the post above...

    Aerosmith - I'm not sure how many original Aerosmith releases there have been since 1996, but up to '96 they had 11 (all gold or better). So unless they've released 4 original albums since 1996, they don't qualify (but they will soon)...

    Elton John - This guy has a ton of gold or better albums, but between 1979 & 1986 John released 3 original albums that (by his standards) bombed - 'The Fox' & 'Victim Of Love' & 'Leather Jackets'. I'm pretty sure that even with recertification, these releases haven't sold half a mil...

    KISS - No brainer, right? Every original release of theirs is gold or better except one: 'Music From The Elder' (1980). Recertification prob'ly won't get this one over the hump...

    Artists that will probably make it: Besides Aerosmith, it appears that AC/DC, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, U2 (won't reach the 25 year mark until 2006) and (if they can muster 4 more albums) Van Halen will reach this very exclusive club. All of these artists have a catalog of at least 11 original releases that are all gold or better.

    So by this standard, the most consistently popular rock bands in the US are as follows:

    1 - The Rolling Stones
    2 - Rush
    3 - Aerosmith
    4 - AC/DC
    5 - Bruce Springsteen

    The Rolling Stones are at least 5 albums ahead of Rush and will probably be the top dog for a long time to come...

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