Saturday, 23 January 2010

Music: All-Time Best Selling Heavy Metal Bands


The All-Time Best Selling Heavy Metal Bands

Updated December 5 2014.

Worldwide certified album sales for heavy metal bands complied from a variety of on-line sources are summarized below. Music sales figures are notoriously unreliable, and the numbers should be considered indicative only. The Certified Sales List is much more accurate than the wildly inflated and unsubstantiated claims often manufactured by record companies and perpetuated by fans (and sometime band members). Older bands from the seventies and early eighties tend to have less accurate and overall lower certified sales figures.

All sales are worldwide unless noted as US only. Depending on the band, certified US sales typically account for between 55% and 95% of worldwide certified sales. Bands like Bon Jovi, Nirvana and AC/DC have a more global reach with strong sales in markets like Japan, the UK, Canada, Germany and Australia. The likes of Motley Crue and Van Halen are much more US-centric.

Please email links to better or newer certified data, or to data for additional bands that should be researched and included, to aceblackblog@gmail.com.


Certified Sales List

3 Million (US only)
Dio

4 Million (US only)
Slayer

6 Million (US only)
Marilyn Manson

8 Million (US only)
Megadeth

9.7 Million
Soundgarden

10.4 Million
System Of A Down

10.5 Million (US only)
Alice Cooper

10.5 Million
Deep Purple

10.5 Million (US only)
Nine Inch Nails

12 Million (US only)
Alice In Chains

12.1 Million
Judas Priest

12.5 Million (US only)
Whitesnake

14 Million (US only)
Ted Nugent

14.5 Million (US only)
Poison

15 Million (US only)
Black Sabbath

16.5 Million (US only)
Korn

16.5 Million (US only)
Limp Bizkit

16.6 Million
Iron Maiden

18.9 Million
Scorpions

20 Million (US only)
Linkin Park

23.5 Million (US only)
Jimi Hendrix

23.5 Million (US only)
Kid Rock

25 Million (US only)
Rush

25 Million (US only)
ZZ Top

26.8 Million
Kiss

27.1 Million
Motley Crue

28 Million (US only)
Lynyrd Skynyrd

28.8 Million (US only)
Ozzy Osbourne

41.4 Million
Def Leppard

43.3 Million
Nirvana

63.8 Million
Van Halen

68.8 Million
Guns N' Roses

74.5 Million
Bon Jovi

83 Million
Aerosmith

90.1 Million
Metallica

109.5 Million
AC/DC

138.5 Million
Led Zeppelin


Bands still being researched:

Machine Head
Audioslave
Twisted Sister
Payable On Death (P.O.D.)
Tool
Anthrax
Cinderella
Disturbed
Saxon
Staind
Rob Zombie
Rage Against The Machine
Ratt
Europe
Godsmack
Papa Roach
Queensryche
Skid Row
Slipknot
Pantera
Motörhead
Sepultura


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