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The 30 best-selling music artists of all time, ranked by platinum albums

Business Insider Logo By John Lynch of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 31: <p>In the decades before <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjtgoakqv_UAhVKMz4KHQ0MAXUQFggqMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rollingstone.com%2Fmusic%2Fnews%2Friaa-to-count-streaming-towards-album-certifications-20160201&usg=AFQjCNEY81cKjEqHqdmyicTxZ_8pkWRsUQ"> streaming-era rules</a> and digital downloads inflated album sales, platinum certification was more difficult for artists to obtain.</p><p> When an artist achieved platinum status back then - selling a million or more physical copies of an album - it took a greater, more fervent effort from fans (driving to record stores, finding an album, handing over your hard-earned cash for it), but many acts reached platinum certification routinely nonetheless.</p><p> Using <a href="https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=top_tallies&ttt=AT&col=platinum_units&ord=desc#search_section"> RIAA data</a>, we ranked the best-selling artists of all time by the number of platinum albums they've sold in the US. </p><p> While some the results are surprising - country singer Garth Brooks, for instance, has the most diamond (or 10-times platinum) albums of all time with seven - the legendary acts sitting atop the list are the ones you'd probably expect. </p><p> Check out the 30 best-selling artists of all time, ranked by platinum albums:</p>

In the decades before streaming-era rules and digital downloads inflated album sales, platinum certification was more difficult for artists to obtain.

When an artist achieved platinum status back then - selling a million or more physical copies of an album - it took a greater, more fervent effort from fans (driving to record stores, finding an album, handing over your hard-earned cash for it), but many acts reached platinum certification routinely nonetheless.

Using RIAA data, we ranked the best-selling artists of all time by the number of platinum albums they've sold in the US.

While some the results are surprising - country singer Garth Brooks, for instance, has the most diamond (or 10-times platinum) albums of all time with seven - the legendary acts sitting atop the list are the ones you'd probably expect.

Check out the 30 best-selling artists of all time, ranked by platinum albums:

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