The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists

Published: Friday 12th Sep 2008 by Sam
The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists To celebrate their 50th Anniversary, Billboard have released the list of Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists. Consisting of stats and chartings from all of Billboard’s charts, the list below certainly provides many a surprise:

1 The Beatles
2 Madonna
3 Elton John
4 Elvis Presley
5 Stevie Wonder
6 Mariah Carey
7 Janet Jackson
8 Michael Jackson
9 Whitney Houston

10 The Rolling Stones
11 Paul McCartney/Wings
12 Bee Gees
13 Chicago
14 The Supremes
15 Daryl Hall & John Oates
16 Prince
17 Rod Stewart
18 Olivia Newton-John
19 Aretha Franklin
20 Marvin Gaye
21 Usher
22 Phil Collins
23 Billy Joel
24 Donna Summer
25 Diana Ross
26 Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons
27 The Temptations
28 The Beach Boys
29 Lionel Richie
30 Neil Diamond
31 Carpenters
32 Boyz II Men
33 The Jackson 5/The Jacksons

34 Connie Francis
35 Brenda Lee
36 Barbra Streisand
37 Kenny Rogers
38 Bryan Adams
39 Cher
40 George Michael
41 Bobby Vinton
42 John Mellencamp
43 Three Dog Night
44 Huey Lewis & The News
45 Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine
46 Bon Jovi
47 Ray Charles
48 Chubby Checker
49 Foreigner
50 Kool & The Gang
51 Ricky Nelson
52 Duran Duran
53 Commodores
54 Eagles
55 Paul Anka
56 TLC
57 Barry Manilow
58 Dionne Warwick
59 Gladys Knight & The Pips
60 Heart
61 The Everly Brothers
62 R. Kelly
63 Bobby Darin
64 James Brown
65 Paula Abdul
66 Richard Marx
67 Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship
68 Destiny’s Child
69 Linda Ronstadt
70 Celine Dion
71 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
72 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
73 Fleetwood Mac
74 Bruce Springsteen
75 The Pointer Sisters
76 John Denver
77 Four Tops
78 Tony Orlando & Dawn
79 The 5th Dimension
80 Alicia Keys
81 Captain & Tennille
82 Andy Gibb
83 Air Supply
84 Nelly
85 Roy Orbison
86 The Spinners
87 Queen
88 50 Cent
89 Dion
90 Aerosmith
91 Billy Ocean
92 Tommy James
93 Earth, Wind & Fire
94 Brook Benton
95 Michael Bolton
96 Styx
97 Toni Braxton
98 Neil Sedaka
99 Herman’s Hermits
100 Simon & Garfunkel

One very interesting list, I must say. Who would have thought it, Mariah above Michael…Janet above Michael(!)…Usher listed so high…TLC topping Destiny’s Child. I’m sure many will dissect and contest the list, but it does make for a real insightful read.

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  1. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    The question is where is Aaliyah? I know she’s gone but her fans don’t forget her and she was original star with class

  2. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    What’s wrong with TLC topping DC? I love Beyonce, but TLC is definitely the best girl group ever.

  3. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    where iz mary, beyonce, jay-z, and tupac

  4. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Beyonce only has 2 cds so I get that. But were is jay-z, mary and tupac?

  5. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    I thought TLC would be higher..

  6. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    I was suprised Beyonce wasn’t on there. But as someone mentioned she only has 2 cd’s. But i’m even MORE suprised Jay z isn’t on there! WTF! He has like 15 cd’s! lol And they all do well!

    janfan_48

  7. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Madonna is the ultimate female entertainer…can’t wait to see the show next month. Sorry for those of you who thought that Beywolf shoulda been on there. And TLC deserved to be ahead of DC and should have ranked higher. You can’t contest Billboard tho, they know what they are talking about unlike stans on websites

  8. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Janet is the best !!!! And her Rock Witchu Tour !!!!!

  9. tia September 12, 2008

    actually the list makes sense to me.i mean only person that should have been there was jay-z…..and maybe tupac but i dont have a problem with this list at all.

  10. T September 12, 2008

    BRITNEY SPEARS??? OR DID I JUST MISS HER!!??? and Usher being high, in his time period, he held it down but not to be there, 50 sumthin

  11. JAZZII(IMA ASHANTI STAN) SO WHAT September 12, 2008

    TLC SHOULD BE AHEAD OF DC!!! TLC IS DC INSPIRATION SAM WHERE THE HALL HAVE YOU BEEN AND WHERE IS AALIYAH!!! THIS LIST HAS ISSIUES

  12. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    I’M SORRY BUT TLC SHOULD NOT BE RANKED HIGHER THAN DESTINY’S CHILD. THEY ARE GOOD AND EVERYTHING BUT NOTHING SPECTACULAR LIKE THE TRULY BEST GIRL GROUP OF ALL TIME DESTINY’S CHILD.

  13. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    ^^ Well, they are. So, get over it!

  14. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    I get it and i suppor the lists accurarcy. LOL..no for real. it does make sense.

    JANET JACKSON “ROCK WITH YOU TOUR” get yo tickets!!!!!

  15. Shawna September 12, 2008

    50 Cent and no Tupac? Are you serious? Who was in charge of approving these listings, because this cannot be accurate. Tupac is still popular to this day and he is not even here on earth physically!

  16. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    This is about the number of times an artist reached the charts in sales as number 1 or top ten; this is not a popularity contest/list of artist. Beyonce has not sold more CDs nor has she had more top hits than this list shows!

  17. Melodic September 12, 2008

    ummm….where the hell is Britney Spears on this list????! She practically takes over arewaves whenever she comes out….

  18. Melodic September 12, 2008

    ^^airwaves*

  19. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    im hugely suprised to see Aaliyah did not make this list !
    im very shocked and disgusted

  20. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    This list stinks

  21. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Hey where is beyonce, and how in the wolrd janet jackson got higher than michael. But how in the world Alicia made this list and beyonce did not. Shitty list.

  22. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Hey where is beyonce, and how in the wolrd janet jackson got higher than michael. But how in the world Alicia made this list and beyonce did not. Shitty list.

  23. nick September 12, 2008

    I dont knw wat this list is based off of, if its billboards singles, than yeah maybe…but I thot Mariah jst beat the Beatles??…O well, its a kool list (i guess)

  24. Young One September 12, 2008

    Beyonce only has 2 Albums and she needs to put in more work and Make BETTER MUSIC THAN B'DAY! But Crazy In Love, Baby Boy & Irreplaceable are some of this Decades BIGGEST HITS! So IDK!

  25. 0731 September 12, 2008

    Like someone else said, this list is strictly about how many times an artist has topped their charts. There’s nothing surprising about this list actually.

  26. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    HAHAHAHA@Destiny’s Child!!!! Yeah, “biggest Girl Group ever.” LOLOLOLOL

  27. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Alicia made the list because 30 million albums sold 11 Grammys and over 75 + awards lets not forget her work in Africa and she is one of the most accomplished singers of are time. i don’t see Miss hill. she should be up there as well
    Beyonce is up there with destinys child.
    my only thing is why is usher so high on the list???????

  28. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Madonna has released more singles than Mariah!!! Mariah has more numbers 1 and is better!

  29. TronAnthony September 12, 2008

    TLC should have ranked higher than Usher. Based on the fact that TLC had 3 albums that sold well over 5 million copies and one of the 3 is at 12 million now. i would have expected them to be in the to 50 at least. And hell f*** yea TLC ranked higher that Destiny’s child please come on!!! But yea Britney and Shania sould be on the list.

  30. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    TLC is the best group EVER! Usher I’m surprised but for real he do have a few hits under his belt (U MAKE ME WANNA, YEAH, CAUGHT UP, CONFESSIONS, U REMIND ME, MY WAY, LOVE IN DA CLUB). Not to mention all his albums went multi-platinum except his first LP. I’m proud of him even tho I’m not feeling him anymore. I think Michael Jackson should have been #1, but it’s whatever. Alicia my girl made the list, now that’s what I’m talking about. Madonna over Mariah…mmmm…idk…I have my doubts about that.

  31. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    i think this list consists of runs at no.1 radio airplay and album sales all together. madonna has sold alot of albums and the beatles, elvis bee gees have been around for numerous decades the list does kinda make since to me. but i thought micheal would have at least been no. 3 maybe madonna no 4 and mariah and whitney 5 and 6.

  32. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    some of yall are stupid. its not about popularity its about the HITS!!! Britney is very popular but as far as hits go she only had 1 #1 hit on HOT 100. Christina has more #1 hits than that. i do believe that janet and mariah is higher than micheal, because they not only count pop charts but rnb charts and micheal doesnt have a lot of rnb #1 hits.

  33. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    One more problem where is the Jackson 5? They set the tone boy bands. WHERE ARE THEY?

  34. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    ^oh nevermind I see. LOL!

  35. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Boo hooo Bey stans….no BEYSUS…see she’s more hype than actual numbers…her PR machine is FIERCE…her ACTUAL hits…not so much. And no DC does not equal Beyonce…BEYTARDS…or what, billboard is hating..its a conspiracy…you BEYTARDS are TRULY NUTS and MORONIC.

  36. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    If she wants to be an icon she needs to make about 10 more albums……

  37. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    @11:24 AM

    LMAO! Damn son! ROFLMAO!

  38. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    hmmmm…Mariah trying to be like BEY, Janet trying to be like Bey, Madonna trying to be like Bey, Aretha hating on Bey….can’t you all see you;ve got the order all wrong…BEY IS HYPE AND PR…like never before witnessed by the music industry. Her dad brought his guerilla marketing tactics learned in Corporate America to the Music Industry…which has NEVER been DONE BEFORE…that is what her claim to fame truly is..GREAT MARKETING…as it certainly isn’t hits, originality, creativity, artistry..etc…

    **clearing throat**now can yall BEY MARKETING VICTIMS…shut the F up for once and for all and let the child make about 8 more albums and then DECLARE her the SAVIOUR of MUSIC…

    Thank you BILLBOARD…who can argue with them besides BEYTURDS AND TARDS….as they don’t have much going on upstairs and believe things just because they hear an UGLY drug dealer SWAGGER JACKER say it…like hottest chick…that would be Janet or Mariah or Whiteny..not Beyonce…please folks can the hype finally die down and we sit back and watch her career WHICH HAS ONLY BEGUN while the other ladies have established and proven themselves OVER AND OVER again, Beyonce has yet to do that.

    And she is such a biter…Ciara’s like a boy was slick, smoove now her biting predator a** has to come in and get some of the shine, like she had to do to Jlo, Shakira…no identity UNLIKE every other TRUE ARTIST listed.

  39. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Miss Jackson…and she takes long breaks between album…Billboard is the official industy bible….it is def. interesting. Biggup Janet…See ya at MSG…i want to Rockwitu…Holla Jmoore

  40. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    @11:31 AM, Anonymous

    I dont think Beyonce's the one we should be questioning because ATLEAST DC is up there. Where's Britney, Justin, Shakira, Christina & AALIYAH??? You Beyonce is all hype BUT She is up there in a way! I cant say the same for those others!

  41. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    To me The Supremes should be in the top 10. BUT The Supremes singles ALWAYS did way better than they albums. So I think this list is VERY fair. The Supremes nor Diana Ross has ever won even a Grammy due to industry hate. But this list is very on point in my opinion. Don’t be too shocked…its about facts and great points.

  42. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    In a way…not by herself as is Janet, Mariah, Whitney…the true DIVAs that didn’t need a band to propel them to the top…Beyonce has YET to prove HERSELF…and biting ain’t gone get it…All the other people you named Britney (another marketing ploy as she only has about 1 or 2 hits), Shakira(not even American, in her country sure she reigns supreme she just started making English albums), Justin (another biter) Usher is there…and Aaliyah(RIP…career cut short..no comparison)…

    You all have been trying to get Beyonce on Mariah’s level, Janet’s level..SHEs NOT..yeah, more like Britney who is also absent…

    And instead of respected TLC what have her and HER PEOPLE tried to LIE and DO…make DC bigger than TLC..selfish, hogs that don’t deserve ALL THE SHINE they try and TAKE from OTHERS..which is UNDESERVED…

    TLC was bigger than DC….Beyonce IS NOWHERE YET..OK…NOWHERE….as a solo artist and yes she should be grateful to be the second biggest black girl group but theyre NOT they have CONSISTENTLY tried to FOOL THE PUBLIC and have succeeded in many cases….

    Damn…why can’t she and her people spend their energy developing a body of work instead of wanting instant ICON STATUS…

  43. MzJGaines September 12, 2008

    Any list that has Mariah Carey above Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston is just wrong and I refuse to even read any further . . . Straight B*******!!!!!

  44. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    @12:24 PM, Anonymous

    How are we trying to make DC bigger than TLC when BILBBOARD THEMSELVES, stated that DC SOLD MORE Than TLC! They have achieved more Worldwide success than TLC! Stating that its not all about Statistics, its based on votes by the Billboard commitee, Not so much statistics!

  45. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Post the link……RIAA has TLC ahead of DC and theyre defunct now…but even after another DC album RIAA had TLC in front….guerilla MARKETING TACTICS unheard of before Matthew and his Baby came on the scene..it truly used to be about the music..not the endorsements, false statistic reports, blurring fact and fiction…..she is the QUEEN of this..No doubt…the other ARTIST were not concerned with being an ICON they were just making good music…and not just BLATANTLY biting off others..cough..Amerie, Jlo, Shakira, Tina, josephine…who’s next? Oh, Cici.

  46. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Well…i know B has only two cds…though where is Britney n Christina???

  47. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    How can Michael Jackson be in 8th place?????? and wtf is Paula Abdul doing there????

  48. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    please visit RIAA…CRAZYSEXYCOOL outsold any DC album….combined can’t really be combined as we know what happened to left eye…at their heights TLC was bigger…it is so wrong for the Knowles clan to try, succesfully, to STEAL other artist shine….and what is up with Beyonce releasing two singles the day of Michelle’s release…darn…oh well, if you like it, I love it…but facts are facts, delusions, delusions….
    rock on beytards….in all your stupidty…and blatant disregard for the TRUTH.

  49. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Keith,

    I’m a fan of both groups equally but can you tell me which is truly the best selling female group: Destiny’s Child or TLC? My friends and I have argued this fact forever and I need some clarity. Can you please help me end this feud among friends?

    Thanks,

    Joan Bivins
    Chicago

    Hi Joan,

    This is the question that Destiny’s Child fans have been asking for months. If we only look at the U.S. album sales of each group, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Destiny’s Child has now pulled ahead of TLC.

    Destiny’s Child’s seven albums have moved a cumulative 16.1 million units. Meanwhile, TLC’s five releases have shifted 15.3 million.

    http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001883408

    Its probably a bit more than that now!

  50. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    I know what’s up with it…Beyonce has always been given ‘feeder fish’ you know how you feed goldfish to a parania…it keeps her confidence up to STOMP on someone and her Dad she has the need to overshadow someone…that is what theyre boot camp was all about…it has done wonders for her confidence as she actually thinks she is on Mariah, Janet or Whitney’s level from walking back and forth on the kellys and michelles of the world. But she can’t F with the real divas…her dad knows that, that is why he has to build her up by making her feel SUPERIOR to their hand selecting feeder fish.

  51. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    And thats ONLY In the US STUPID!!! LOL!

  52. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    MY QUESTION IS: WHERE IS BRITNEY SPEARS EVERYBODY????????????????????????

  53. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    where Mary J Blige?????????????

  54. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    I guess Mariah is the winner! among the Top 10 listed, she is the youngest and started in 1990 to hit the Hot 100. It also weird to see my old lady Aretha at #19, she only had like 3 #1 hits..

    yet then again, I don’t know how they were counted.

  55. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    BEYONCE ISNT EVEN ON THIS LIST AND MOST OF THE POST ARE ABOUT HER………..CANT NO BODY GRAB ATTENTION LIKE BEY…GOOD OR BAD YOU TALKIN ABOUT HER

  56. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    HANDS DOWN TLC IS NOT BIGGER OR BETTER THAN DESTINY’S CHILD…DESTINY’S CHILD IS WAY MORE TALENTED AND ITS MESSED THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE ON HERE R SAYING TLC ARE BIGGER THAN DESTINY’S CHILD JUST BECAUSE LEFT-EYE DIED!!!

  57. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    right she isnt even on the list.

  58. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    BRITNEY SPEARS IS THE 3rd OR 5th BEST SELLING FEMALE OF ALL TIME!? THIS MAKES NO SENSE! MICHAEL JACKSON HAVE MORE NUMBA 1s THAN JANET

  59. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH, WHERE IS BRITNEY AND CHRISTINA!
    IF THE LIKES OF 50 CENT CAN BE ON THAT LIST, THEY SHOULD BE ON IT MORE THEN HIM, EVEN EMINEM IS NOT THERE AND AS THERE ARE DEAD ACTS ON THE LIST, WHERE THE HELL IS 2PAC!

  60. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    TLC may be bigger chart and sell wise in the US, but lets be honest Destiny’s Child is the biggest girl group because the are international. TLC never did well anywhere but in the US. If this list added international #1’s and sells DC3 would be ahead TRUST ME!!!!!!!!

    DC3 BEST GIRL GROUP EVER^__^

  61. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    WHERE IS BOB MARLEY!!!!!!

  62. T September 12, 2008

    to sum it up: THIS LIST IS TRASH, F*** IT!! NO BRITNEY, SHANIA, CHRISTINA, LAURYN, BOB, TUPAC, BIGGIE, F*** IT!!

  63. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    People, go to billboard. com and they would break everything down to you. I agree with the list. It is basically about performance of a song or an album on the billboard charts. Example: How long has the song or album been on the charts? etc.

  64. Miranda Priestly @ Runaway Mag. September 12, 2008

    LMAO @ 50 Cent making the list while Beyonce is nowhere near.. HAHAHA!!! Oh, and you Madonna haters can go shave your backs now.. Also, please explain how Usher made it so high up there? Sounds like someone @ Billboard has a teenage love affair goin on over him. HAHA.. good list though.. it definitely shows the effect of file sharing on the music business over time. I mean, why else would Elvis Presley sit @ #4 when he’s been gone since before I was even conceived…

  65. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    well since this is a list through time so far.. i kinda agree. umm just minus madonna being so high. she really isnt that grea. i get she was influential but gawd no..

  66. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Lets just face it the fact of the matter is when OUR artists were big, everybody was not running around buying their music just US. Now that R & B is in, everybody jumpin on the stello wanting to be down (with whomever)these new artists are reaping the benefits.

    TLC was hands down the best group ever, because even through the turmoil, they remained a group. No one replaced, and their success was international as well, they have a big following over the world. DC is also big, but they cannot take away what TLC brought to the table. I really do not agree with Billboard at all, been stop watching their awards, the grammy's etc. Alicia is good, but lets be forreal Clive bought her grammy's because her albulm was not a turner, neither was Beyonce's.

    A Turner is an albulm that you do not have to skip songs. Mary J Blige, Faith, Aaliyah, Whitney, Babyface, Lauryn, TOni Braxton, TLC…all had ALBULMS that were not appreciated by the masses, just by a certain demographic at the time. But with all the silicon azzes and lips ohh and tits..it is understandable that all of them are vying for the pop appeal to get their money.

    It is rather sad because we always knew who the real winners were and the grammy's, billboard etc, have always been racist. In the 80's we had lots of good artist, but we were often dissapointed by the winners. Now ANYBODY can get five grammy's. Although LAURYN was the last albulm that actually deserved them..don't get me wrong Alicia and Beyonce were good but I am sorry anytime Mary is JUST NOW getting what two or three and FAITH(HER FIRST ALBULM)Crazy..Toni too…lets just say..those of use who know Aaliyah's(RIP) Toni, TLC, Mary, etc. music continue to support your favorite artists..and maybe they will make those turners again..
    I will be at the Janet tour too..GO JANET

  67. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    Trust me you have probably never been out of the country, I live in another country and Aaliyah AND TLC were huge and very influential overseas, where you have likely NEVEER BEEN, which countries, typical delusional ignorant stans making unfounded claims.

  68. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    How can U argue with Alicica being on there and not beyonce? Alicia puts out music of crazy substance that the masses love…just goes to show Keys is better than knowles

  69. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    IT SAYS ALL CHARTS OF BILLBOARD AND JANET SURRPASSED MJ ON MANY LEVELS SO B****** DO YALL RESEARCH.

  70. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    LOL @ the Beyonce worshippers getting mad. Numbers don’t lie!

  71. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    I think this chart shows how hype can fool alot of people

  72. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    This is list is accurate. I know that TLC has 2 diamond selling albums. DC has none. Their best-selling album only sold 9 million.

    BTW I agree with some people in here. TLC was indeed a much better a group than DC. They were original and every member had their chance to shine. DC was just another girl group from the 90’s that was heavily influenced by En Vogue, except most of the focus was on the lead singer. There was no balance to them at all. Also, the fact that there was no other upcoming girl group around them at the time and the fact that MTV highlighted the drama of the members leaving the group back then helped build their hype. They were a good group, but overrated because of drama within the group and we all know hype equals sales.

  73. Anonymous September 12, 2008

    dumb asses like 50 n nelly on da list???? wat??? u crazy billboard mothafuckas!!!

    where da hell is tupac??? ll coolj???

  74. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    TLC NEVER REALLY TRIED TO RUBB ANYTHING IN PEOPLE’S FACES ABOUT THEM BEING THE BESTSELLING FEMALE GROUP. THE REASON DESTINY’S CHILD IS SAID TO BE NO.1 SELLING IS BECAUSE OF GROUP AND SOLO NUMBERS ARE ADDED TOGETHER. IN ALL ACUTALLY DIXIE CHICKS ARE THE BEST SELLING FEMALE GROUP THEN TLC THEN SPICE GIRLS THEN DESTINY’S CHILD BASED ON RIAA.COM. I LIKE BEYONCE BUT NEVER WAS A DESTINY’S CHILD FAN. I’M A HUGE FAN OF TLC BECAUSE THEY HAVE CHEMISTRY ON AND OFF STAGE AND LET’S FACE IT THEIR MUSIC IS TIMELESS. WHILE DC’S MUSIC IS VERY DATED AND WAS HOT AT THE TIME. I THINK IF TLC RELEASED SONGS LIKE RED LIGHT SPECIAL, WATERFALLS, CREEP AND EVEN BABY BABY BABY TODAY IT WOULD GET THE SAME POSITIVE RESPONSE IT DID BACK THEN. WHILE DC’S MUSIC IS VERY TEENY BOP, CATCHY YES BUT TIMELESS NO!

  75. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    IS JUS REALIZED THIS IS BASED ON HOT 100 SINGLES ARTIST NOT ALBUMS BUT SINGLES BASED ON AIRPLAY, SINGLE SALES. IF THIS WAS ALBUM SALES NSYNC, BSB, BRITNEY AND ALL THOSE POP GROUPS WOULD BE ALL OVER THIS.

  76. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    And doesnt anyone here believe that INFLUENCE has anything to do with the ranking?

  77. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    Lol I think that people are misunderstanding the list. The list is based off of number one songs and number one albums. DC has sold more than TLC but TLC has had 2 # 1 ablums and DC only one (SURVIOR). TLC has also had more # songs than DC3. #1 songs and albums not just hits people. As for Beyonce she is an excellent singer and entertainer but she has only had 3 number one songs and 2 number albums. Thsi list is about the history of bilboard not just the last 5 to 6 years so please stop acting like janet, mariah, madonna, and whitney was all over the charts with # 1 for years. I wonder why do people always say that Mariah, janet, madonna, whitney have all been were beyonce is so give them they credit there si room for everyone.

  78. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    TLC does deserve to be on top of DC. Their music is timeless and their style, originality and flare comes through on their records. They painted wise messages through their songs and influenced many artists out there right now. They dared to do the unthinkable (including burning down houses)and that makes them legendary and they deserve to be on the list, maybe higher!!

  79. Nothing But Love September 13, 2008

    TLC deserve to be ahead of DC they were a much better group and all this crap about DC being the biggest/best selling girl group of all time is nothing but a bunch of LIES!!!! everytime these list come up TLC are alwaysss ahead of DC, One album alone went diamond so is this talk about DC selling more is nosense.

    Im a fan of Mariah but her being above Michael Jackson is pure nosense as well.

    If Aaliyah was still alive she would DEF be on that list there is no doubt about it especially if you got 50 cent on list…wtf??

  80. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    Janet has 6 #1 albums Mike has 5. if it was my list Jan would be #1!

  81. rihanna sucks September 13, 2008

    It’s billboard NOT soundscan, so the list seems right.

  82. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    Bless ya’ll poor pathetic hearts…Billboard is based on NUMBERS people…This isn’t a popularity ranking. If you favorite artist isn’t on there, it’s because they haven’t pulled in the numbers to make the list. And these numbers aren’t based on album sales alone, they are also based on single sales and airplay. So there is a lot that goes into this. Overall, TLC has done better in the US than DC. However, DC has done A LITTLE better internationally and therefore they have larger numbers as far as overall sales so that’s how they won the title “best selling female music group of all-time” at the World Music Awards a few years back. But, in terms of Billboard and the US alone, yes, TLC has done better.

  83. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    OMG HATERS EAT THIS !!! were the f*** is MAry J look at Mariah, Janet, Michael and other greats topping the top 10!! u gotta giv it to them i Bey but hey she got a long way to go!! sorry Britney and stuff hahahahahahaha

  84. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    To tell you the truth, the internet messed it up for music artists. You’re never going to see huge numbers like back in the day when Whitney, Michael and Janet was at their peak. They didn’t have the internet. People had no other choice but BUY their albums. Now, you can download songs and burn cds. Back then, if you were a successful music artist, you didn’t need endorsements, especially when one album sold 20 million by itself. That’s why you see so many artists today getting endorsement deals because they really don’t make too much money. Now, if they had a hand in writing, they would pull in some money. But, if i had a choice to be an artist today or back then, it would back then.

  85. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    TLC absolutely needs to be ahead of DC. DC did not even start selling until after they kicked out their original two members then the drama surrounding that launched them. Their first album did not sell and only had one successful R-n-B single(no No No). Also, this is not a vote billboard used a method based on sales, chart position to rank them…read http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/hot100faq.shtml

  86. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    Also it took DC about seven or eight albums to outsell TLC by a smidge. TLC only had what 5. So it is quite unfair to say DC is bigger…if TLC had had 7 albums Im sure DC would not have more than TLC. Also DC does not even have a certified diamond record hile TLC does! So all you talk about DC should be higher that is simply your opinion, the facts and methodology show TLC is definitely greater than DC!
    http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/hot100faq.shtml

  87. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    Also let us not forget TLC has four billboard hot 100 single while DC only has 3. TLC had 2 studio albums debut number one while DC only has 1! The list is absolutely right! They used a methodology while every one else is influence by their opinion! Not to mention, DC was a supporting act for TLC not the other way around. DC only got their first number one hit for Bills Bills Bills coat tailing on TLC’s success of No Scrubs. TLC and DC are both great and different groups but TLC should definitely out rank DC!

  88. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    For those that don’t want to read how they came up with the rankings…they used a point system for every week that an artist was on the hot 100 or the billboard 200. So basically TLC many more weeks on teh HOT 100 and Billboard 200 than Destiny’s Child’s albums and songs did. Remember CSC spent almost 2 years on the chrats. While DC has had many hits their songs and albums starrting after the Writings on the Wall did not stay on the charts as long as TLC. DC’s first album doesn’t even cound cause it had no hits and only staye don the charts for what a week and a half? LOL! Know your facts! TLC was the greats. DC with 7 albums was not even able to out sell TLC’s 5 albums by more than a million copies. Come on, you guys like Beyonce yea yea yea but she is not the greatest thing when it comes to girl groups.

  89. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    TLC is the best selling female group of all time-they made the book of world records!!! So they should be ahead of DC!!! R.I.P. Lisa

  90. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    ELLO PEOPLE WAIT YEAH IF DIANA ROSS MADE IT AND THE SURPREMES THEN WHERE IS BEYONCE. this is a crazy list and tupac WHere the hell he at. and im suprised xtina or britney not on there. wow ann all the people i just name have been called legends. britney the bigg pop star. beyonce the next legend . xtina voice of our generation. but i think that lil cinnes girl on oprah can kill er in vocals.lol but yea crazy indeed,

  91. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    why is 50cent on this list. Where is Eminem, where is Christina, Where is Tupuc..Biggie only had two albums so i see why he is not there. Where is Nas and Jay-z. Why 50cent am not getting that. Did they just pick a random rapper’s name out of a hat.

  92. Anonymous September 13, 2008

    Some of you guys need to check your facts…TLC and DC both had 4 number 1’s
    TLC-creep, waterfalls,no scrubs,unpretty
    DC-bills bills bills,say my name, independent women,bootylicuous.

    also, people who say dc were better than tlc…dc was about one person..if dc were a great group as a whole..why is it one person is successful..while the other 2 flop? and why is it one of the females that were fired back in 99 had a successful record in 06? at least tlc wasnt about one person.
    bottom line..bee stans need to fall back. i swear you guys act like she personally pay your bills..when in reality you all are the ones that are payng her’s

  93. Rob September 13, 2008

    A lot of the people on here are so stupid. The list is about HOT 100 ARTIST PERFORMANCE, so it’s all about SINGLES CHART PERFORMANCE and has nothing to do with album sales and charting.

    If they want to measure album performance it should be TOP 200 ALBUM and the list would difinitely place shania, garth brooks, the rolling stones, barbra streisand etc. high on the list.

  94. Anonymous September 14, 2008

    WHERE THE F*** IS AALIYAH ON THIS STUPID LIST I DONT KNOW WHICH F***** MADE THIS BUT THEY NEED TO SORT THERE F****** S*** OUT !!! RIGHT NOW !!!

  95. Anonymous September 14, 2008

    where is ashanti,beyonce,brandy? boo at bey
    aaliyah should ve been there her first album sold 4 milli copies in us and 9 million worldwide
    one in a milion also sold 4 milliion copies in us and 11 million copies worlwide
    aaliyah sold 3.7 million copies in us and 12 million copies worldwide
    and still the compilation and so on

  96. Anonymous September 14, 2008

    To all the haters in the world, TLC is the best Female Group in the whole world, can’t no other female top them, please don’t hate.

  97. Anonymous September 14, 2008

    Somebody is sooo right…bills, bills, bills did ride the coat tails of SCRUBS…BITER BEYONCE was striking back then…she has talent, but no originality…where TLC was original, creative etc…

    DC cannot compare to TLC…and the public, minus the Bey stans, know this FULL WELL!

  98. Anonymous September 14, 2008

    wow Im shocked Usher is that high too! I guess Confessions put him near the top…and I could see TLC beating Destiny’s child most of their singles were on the charts much longer than DC’s

  99. Anonymous September 14, 2008

    Wow at all this hate toward Bey. Her fans don’t care that she is not on this list because she only has 2 albums compared to eveyone else on here who have at least 3. Hater stay trying to find a reason to grasp on to hate her but she has sold hella albums already worlwide with only 2 to date. Also she has accomplished things no other female on this list has done like First African American woman to win Ascap award,First to win International award at American Music awards and First women to have#1 album and single in the US and internationally with Crazy in Love and DIL so hate on that. And who cares if TLC ranked higher this list is about singles not album sales and looking at it it’s still questionable considering Alicia’s only #1 hits were Fallin ,You don’t know my name and No one and Beys were Crazy in Love,Check on it,Baby Boy,and Irreplaceable but whatever. lol at the haters getting happy and trying to convince people she’ all hype based off a singles list.

  100. Anonymous September 14, 2008

    @551

    its not hate its backlash for the LIeS her people have tried to force feed the public…

    and backlash at her being a relative newbie but already talking about legend rather than focusing on making good music..

    its backlash, not hate…and people are just happy that the truth is being told since Her people Lie soooo bad….

    let the truth be told….and no the truth does not equal hate.

    TLC was the better group
    Bey has a loooong way to go before she can begin to tap on legend status.

    Crazy in love was an Amerie rip, Check up on it supposedly had Kelly’s vocals and the chick lied about writing irreplaceable…she is mostly hype and Rich Harrison has gone on record several times stating Crazy in Love was already written so that award was paid for not earned, just like the OScar committee had to pump the brakes on her so called illustrious writing…she is mostly PR..yes she has talent, but most of it is her father’s corporate learned guerilla marketing tactics…hate on that…people are just tired of all the lies…and half truths out of that camp.

  101. Anonymous September 14, 2008

    Intelligent people don’t like to have their intelligence insulted and everyone with a brain knows that her camp has been lying, its relief not hate.

    Morons see it as hate as they don’t have the intelligence that would cause them to feel insulted by the lies, deception and half truths that flow from that camp.

    Bey needs to stop biting everyone, get a life and come with decent material or she will never be among the greats…she would have been popular but laughed at when her body of work is examined along side her camp’s claims.

  102. Anonymous September 14, 2008

    Did yall stans buy the beyonce samsung phone, I was just reading that she has some vertu phone…that greedy bey…she doesn’t care about this list anyway…she cares about the paper more than anything, and that is why they need to come up with another term from her predartist or something as the music isnt what she’s in it for, but the money and fame..she doesn’t belong on this list of artists.yeah she is on with DC but they HAD to make better music trying to get established but once established Ms. Bey has been all about the paper not the art…this isn’t forbes, this is about top artist not top earners…and we know she doesn’t wear that clothing line, or the perfume, likely doesn’t have direct tv…she is a money maker a business woman..not an artist.

  103. kitchi06 September 14, 2008

    Go Janet!! 6 #1 albums and 2 #2 albums. Three that sold over 5 million in the US and three that sold over 3 million. Her reign lasted 1986 to 2002 and now she’s an undeniable icon, a legend, a trend setter, and queen of popular music.

  104. Anonymous September 15, 2008

    Wow, how the hell is Nelly even on the list? Anyway, congrats to Usher for being so high up and so young! Also congrats to Alicia Keys. She hasn’t been out near as long as most of these artists and is already on the list. In her case looks as if talent and music of substance CAN take you far. The list really shows how so many of the artist that are popular right now are just mostly style over substance, no true talent just studio magic, makeup, marketing, and weave.

  105. Anonymous September 16, 2008

    how the hell is usher ahead of tlc?

  106. Anonymous September 16, 2008

    Destinys Child would KILL TLC vocally, hands down.. But far as bringing something different to the table, being creative, innovative, and having TRUE chemistry, TLC hands down is the better female group.. I like both groups, but I’m sorry DC just can’t compare to TLC in that sense. (and I’m not just saying this because of Left Eyes passing) It’s just the truth. You take Beyonce out the group, there IS no more DC.. But u take Kelly or Michelle out it will still go on… Take one member out of TLC, just one member, and there is NO MORE TLC.

  107. Asokan November 14, 2013

    Simon and Garfunkel a 100? If it is a joke a real bad one

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