Top 10 Best Selling Female Artists in The World

In this age where feminism and its philosophies are on the up rise, the world seriously has been needing to look up to some personifications of girl power in the form of various powerful and influential girl and women celebrities. This list will focus on the global female artists who have accomplished groundbreaking records in releasing chartbusters. I am sure there will be almost no reader out there who will be hearing any of these names for the first time or not have heard at least one of their songs by themselves, or through a friend. In a distant radio, through a youtube suggestion or maybe a loudspeaker blaring out the song in a party or disco venue these female artists are a hit everywhere.

These women portray a new form of strength and charisma for the youth and show them a whole new path of ‘living’ life and making it large! This is the list of the best-selling female artists.

List of the world’s top 10 most popular and best selling female artists in 2018

(10.) Enya (Album sold: 75 million sales worldwide)

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Also known as Enya Patricia Brennan, she was born on 17th May 1961 at County Donegal, Ireland. She is an Irish singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. She had started her musical career at the age of 18 by joining her family’s Celtic band named Clannad after which she left the band to start a solo career in music. She has sung in 10 different languages and also she had recorded the song ‘May it be’ from the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

(9.) Shania Twain (Album sold: 85 million sales worldwide)

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Shania was born Eileen Regina Edwards on August 28th, 1965 and is an esteemed Canadian songwriter and singer. She is the best-selling female artist in the country music genre and has nearly 25 years of experience in the music industry. Her album ‘Come on over’ is the best selling studio album which sold over 40 million copies globally. She decided to semi-retire in the year 2004 and retreated to her home in Switzerland.

(8.) Beyoncé (Album sold: 85 million sales worldwide)

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She was born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter on September 4th, 1981 and became an American songwriter, singer, actress and record producer. She became the lead singer of the girl group Destiny’s Child and the group performed in her birthplace Houston, Texas. Her debut album Dangerously in love earned 5 Grammy Awards, and two of her singles from that album featured the Billboard Hot 100. She got married to the famous rapper Jay-Z and has won 20 Grammy Awards till now and also is the most nominated woman for the Grammys. She featured as the most powerful woman in the entertainment industry of 2015.

(7.) Katty Perry (Album sold: 92 million sales worldwide)

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This American hottie was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25th, 1984. She is a singer as well as a songwriter and had started her career as a gospel music singer in churches. Her debut album Katy Hudson which was released in 2001 was unsuccessful, but she had her shot at fame in 2008 with her release of the singles ‘I kissed a girl’ though it was considered quite controversial due to its homosexual themes. As of present, hour net worth is $125 million and has sold almost 100 million records globally in her career. A documentary on her named Katy Perry: Part of me was released in 2012.

(6.) Adele (Album sold: $100 million sales worldwide)

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This talented British singer and songwriter graduated from the BRIT school of performing arts and technology and received the best new artist and female pop vocal performance at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. Her success was only on the rise as she broke her first record in success with the release of her second album ’21’ which earned her six Grammy awards in 2012. The release of this album also made her get etched in the Guinness book of world records and her songs became a regular in the Billboard Hot 100s. Skyfall became a household song after it released with the Bond movie of the same name.

(5.) Lady Gaga (Album sold: $114 million sales worldwide)

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An American singer, songwriter, and actress who was born on March 28th, 1986. During her school life, she was interested in theaters and drama and was often seen in school plays. Initially, she worked with Sony as a songwriter before trying out her vocal abilities. Every one of her albums starting from her debut one ‘The Fame’ has been tremendously successful. She won a Golden Globe in 2016 for her work in the television series ‘American Horror Story: Hotel.’

(4.) Taylor Swift (Album sold: $170 million sales worldwide)

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With her fans calling themselves ‘Swifties,’ she has an enormous fan following and due to her constant breakup and relationships which result in her releasing songs related to those experiences, she draws tremendous attention to herself. She is mainly a country music singer and mostly appears in her music videos with a guitar which have her name emblazoned on its fret. Her album ‘Fearless’ won her 4 Grammy Awards and her singles like Love Story, Back to December, You belong to me, we are never getting back together, I knew you were trouble, etc. are a rage. Her songs are mostly narrative of her personal experiences, and thus her fans can many times relate to her experiences and fall in love with her more.

(3.) Celine Dion (Album sold: $200 million sales worldwide)

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Well, who can forget that voice behind the song ‘My heart will go on’ from the movie Titanic? Is there anyone out there who has not hummed with the tune at least once in their lives? By ‘anyone’ I mean people who are alive after the movie released of course. She is a Canadian singer whose album D’eux became the most sold French language music album ever. Her English singles were number one hits, for example, it is all coming back to me now, The Power of Love, My heart will go on, etc. Her semi-retired in 1999 to sideline more time for her family.

(2.) Rihanna (Album sold: $200 million sales worldwide)

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Also called fondly as ‘RiRi,’ this Barbadian singer and songwriter has surely never given up bagging one success after another. Her international lead single ‘Umbrella’ made her a household name and Unapologetic won her a Grammy. Her success increased with her collaborating with Eminem and releasing the singles ‘Love the way you lie’ and ‘The Monster’. She has won 8 Grammys as of now and has was nominated as the fourth most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine in 2012.

(1.) Madonna (Album sold: $300 million sales worldwide)

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She is the oldest and the most famous in this list because of her long time in the music industry. She has earned tremendous popularity through her unending successes as well as controversies. She is referred to as the ‘Queen of Pop’ and had her shot at the limelight through MTV. She moved to New York and started making as well as producing her music. Her singles like ‘Papa do not preach’, ‘Like a Prayer,’ ‘Vogue,’ ‘Frozen,’ etc. were instant chartbusters. She also acted in movies like Desperately Seeking Susan, Evita and Dick Tracy, Evita even earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She is the founding members of the UK Music Hall of Fame, and her name is also etched in the walls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Whitney Houston should have been put up on this list too, but sadly her death due to overuse of drugs wavered her fandom and immense popularity. The above list might change with time, but the names mentioned have already made their mark in history.


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  1. Why is Mariah Carey not among them??????????? For now, I have a problem with your ranking. Please do a research on Mariah. Thanks.

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