Animated Music Chart Illustrates the Best-Selling Artists in the Last 50 Years
Thu, January 27, 2022

Animated Music Chart Illustrates the Best-Selling Artists in the Last 50 Years


In the past fifty years from 1969 to 2019, the soundscape has evolved to include the biggest and most popular genres of each decade, and an animated chart just wonderfully illustrated this. 


According to a report by CBC, an English-language online service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the chart promptly started off at Q4 of 1969 during which The Beatles were at the top of the list, followed by the King of Rock n’ Roll Elvis Presley, folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand, Goddess of Pop Cher, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, and Neil Diamond. 


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From there, there occurs a shifting of the bars that show the album sales as each artist outsells the other. There is a moment between year of 1970 to Q4 of 1974 that Led Zeppelin races to the top of the chart, outselling The Beatles. At this point, Billy Joel and Santana enter the charts, too.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest jump to the top was done by none other than the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, only a year after he joined the music world in the late 70s, dominating the chart until 1997, from which he was only unseated by Queen, Madonna, and Whitney Houston for a brief period of time before he regained the top spot again. 

Madonna made a huge comeback at the beginning of the 90s, which was also around the time that metal rock band Metallica and glam rock Guns N’ Roses were weaving their way around other artists as well. 

The Backstreet Boys entered the charts then, too, as well as rapper Eminem, who quickly took the first spot in 2000, followed by Mariah Carey. Rappers Lil Wayne and Jay-Z had also entered the chart.


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Rihanna took charge of the charts in 2008 and handed it over to Drake around 2013. At this point, the chart has a whole new set of artists including newcomer Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, and Adele. Drake will continue to be at the top of the charts up until 2019, though, while rising stars South Korean boyband BTS will join the mostly-Western line-up in second place. 



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