Top Music Artists
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1 BEATLES, THE 164.5
2 Led Zepplin 106.0
3 BROOKS, GARTH 105.0
4 PRESLEY, ELVIS 103.0
5 EAGLES 86.0
6 Joel, Billy 77.5
7 Pink Floyd 73.5
8 STREISAND, BARBRA 70.0
9 John, Elton 67.5
10 AEROSMITH 63.5
11 ROLLING STONES, THE 63.5
12 AC/DC 63.0
13 Madonna 60.0
14 SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE 58.5
15 JACKSON, MICHAEL 58.0
16 CAREY, MARIAH 57.0
17 DownloadMETALLICA         56.0
18 HOUSTON, WHITNEY 54.0
19 STRAIT, GEORGE 53.5
20 Van Halen 50.5
21 50.0
23 FLEETWOOD MAC 48.5
24 KENNY G 47.5
25 U2 47.0
26 ALABAMA 46.0
27 DION, CELINE 45.5
28 DownloadSantana                           42.5
29 DownloadJourney                     40.0
30 NELSON, WILLIE 39.0
31 CLAPTON, ERIC 38.5
32 CHICAGO 37.0
33 PRINCE 36.5
34 SIMON & GARFUNKEL 36.0
35 BACKSTREET BOYS 36.0
36 FOREIGNER 36.0
37 DownloadTUPAC                                35.5
38 GUNS 'N ROSES 35.5
39 MC ENTYRE, REBA 35.0
40 BON JOVI 33.5
41 Dylan, Bob 33.0
42 JACKSON, ALAN 32.5
43 DENVER, JOHN 32.5
44 TWAIN, SHANIA 32.0
45 DEF LEPPARD 32.0
46 COLLINS, PHIL 32.0
47 Bob Seger/Silver Bullet Band 31.5
48 RONSTADT, LINDA 31.5
49 QUEEN 30.5
50 TAYLOR, JAMES 30.0
51 STEWART, ROD 30.0
52 DOORS, THE 29.5
53 BOSTON 29.0
54 MATTHEWS, DAVE BAND 28.0
55 'N SYNC 28.0
56 BOLTON, MICHAEL 28.0
57 DIXIE CHICKS 28.0
58 OSBOURNE, OZZY 27.5
59 KELLY, R. 27.0
60 BOYZ II MEN 27.0
61 PETTY, TOM & THE HEARTBREAKERS 27.0
62 PEARL JAM 27.0
63 MELLENCAMP, JOHN 26.5
64 SPEARS, BRITNEY 26.0
65 BEE GEES 25.5
66 MC CARTNEY, PAUL 25.0
67 ZZ TOP 25.0
68 LYNYRD SKYNYRD 24.5
69 NIRVANA 24.0
70 MANILOW, BARRY 24.0
71 JACKSON, JANET 24.0
72 CARPENTERS, THE 24.0
73 RUSH 24.0
74 DownloadMILLER, STEVE BAND          23.5
75 CARS, THE 23.5
76 EARTH, WIND & FIRE 23.0
77 VANDROSS, LUTHER 22.5
78 MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER 22.5
79 BROOKS & DUNN 22.5
80 SINATRA, FRANK 22.5
81 SADE 22.5
82 MOTLEY CRUE 22.5
83 CREED 22.0
84 ENYA 22.0
85 HILL, FAITH 22.0
86 TLC 22.0
87 DownloadDOOBIE BROTHERS                                                       22.0
88 POLICE, THE 22.0
89 CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL 22.0
90 ESTEFAN, GLORIA 22.0
91 GILL, VINCE 21.5
92 GENESIS 21.5
93 R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON 21.5
94 MC GRAW, TIM 21.0
95 RICHIE, LIONEL 21.0
96 BEASTIE BOYS 21.0
97 MEAT LOAF 20.5
98 HEART 20.5
99 MORISSETTE, ALANIS 20.5
100 HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH 20.0
101 HENDRIX, JIMI 20.0
102 WHO, THE 20.0
103 EMINEM 20.0
 
Originally related to feature story on the two guitar gods from the San Francisco Mission District Santana & Jerry_Garcia. Part of the Carnaval.com family of web sites.
Santana is the most successful individual musical artist associated with the San Francisco Bay Area behind Metallica at #17 . However if you combine their vibe with Journey (#29) who began as an offshoot of Santana. (co-founders Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie were Santana members in 1973 when they founded Journey) the pioneers of world music collectively shoot to the top 6 all time. The only other San Francisco artist to appear on this list is the Steve Miller Band #74). These same four charted artists appear on the top 100 albums by sales of all time with one addition, MC Hammer who charts with the 10 million selling "PLEASE HAMMER DON'T HURT 'EM" in 76th place.
The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia's band, do not appear although they are the most successful touring band in the history of rock n roll.  The Grateful Dead had it's beginnings in 1964 when Jerry Garcia (banjo and  guitar) teamed up with Bob Weir (guitar) and Ron "Pigpin" McKernan (keyboard) to found  "Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champion's" playing live gigs of mostly folk and bluegrass. By 1965 the group added Phil Lesh (bass) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums) and became the Warlocks. By the end of 1965 the band became finally "The Grateful Dead" and started the legend by performing live concerts for the frolicking, music-loving hippies of nineteen-sixties Haight/Ashbury.

This chart was generated on 8/25/2003 and posted at http://www.riaa.com/gp/bestsellers/topartists.asp

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