Best Selling Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Bands of All Time

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By popular demand, after publishing “Best Selling Heavy Metal Albums of All Time,” some of you were interested in the best selling heavy metal/hard rock bands or artists of all time. Here it is. There is the same problem. Are some of these bands heavy metal? Again, it depends on how you define heavy metal, but to make most happy I just say hard rock too, that way I have it covered. Of course, sells figures are not absolute but I think its  a pretty good guess. The last list had 10 this one has 11. Why? I didn’t want to leave out Van Halen. Rolling Stone could also be added to this list, but I don’t really think they are hard rock. We could argue about it, if you want them on the list, just pretend. I could have put Pink Floyd here too. But if I put Pink Floyd, I would have to put the Stones. The Stones and Floyd are among my favorite bands especially Floyd…damn it. I just don’t want the Stones on this list.

Here it is:

  • AC/DC from Australia and active from 1973-present with 200 million to 499 million records sold
  • Led Zeppelin from United Kingdom and active from 1968-1980 with 200 million to 499 million records sold
  • Aerosmith from U.S. and active from 1970-present with 100 million to 199 million records sold
  • Bon Jovi from U.S. and active from 1983-present with 100 million to 199 million records sold
  • Deep Purple from United Kingdom and active from 1968-present with 100 million to 199 million records sold
  • Guns N’ Roses from U.S. and active from 1985-present with 100 million to 199 million records sold
  • Iron Maiden from United Kingdom and active from 1975-present with 100 million to 199 million records sold
  • Queen from United Kingdom and active from 1970-present with 100 million to 199 million records sold
  • Metallica from U.S. and active from 1981-present with 75 million to 99 million records sold
  • Scorpions from Germany and active from 1969-present with 75 million to 99 million records sold
  • Van Halen from U.S. and active from 1972-present with 75 million to 99 million records sold

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10 Comments

  1. er, yeah, i’ll post a comment! first, you can take out queen and bon jovi ( they were kick ass alright but not heavy and certainly not hard rock!)secondly were the f*** are black sabbath, thin lizzy and kiss??? got to edit this list, it’s not accurate, mate.
    good day.

  2. I would have to agree, Bon Jovi shouldn’t really be on this list, but their first few albums were hard rock and they have sold so many of them. You are off your rocker if you don’t think Queen should be on this list. They practically invented speed metal with “Stone Cold Crazy”…did you forget about “Headlong”, “We Will Rock You”, “Princes of the Universe” and others? Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, and Kiss do belong, but only if this was a top 25 list.

  3. this gargles my sweaty crusty greasy smegma covered ballsack and swallows.

  4. i think that your list is not correct. Firstly do not have kiss. Secondly bands like iron maiden do not have so many selling lp’s when they even dont know them in market of america

  5. Kiss has sold a lot of records, just not as many as the others on the list. Iron Maiden does have a large presents in the American Market and continually sells a lot of records in the US with a rabid fan base. This list is about who sold the most records not who your favorite bands are.

  6. black sabbath deserves to be on this list and I glad to see van halen. both dlr and sammy were huge back in the day.

  7. This is interesting. I would have thought Metallica would have been up higher on the list. AC/DC has been popular since I’ve been alive… and still making music.
    .-= Chaz´s last blog ..Rev Theory =-.

  8. This is a pretty good list, but first and foremost all of you suck if you believe that KISS should be on this list. They were overrated. The only thing they had was a good show. Their music wasn’t even that good. Secondly, Where the fuck is Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne. You can definately replace them with Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. Aerosmith is a great Rock n Roll band but definately not heavy metal. Thirdly, you can take out deep purple and replace them with Pantera or Motorhead. For christ’s sake deep purple is blues. If your going to make a heavy metal list, Ozzy Osbourne should always be at the top because he is the godfather of Metal. And where the hell is pantera?

  9. here’s what the real list should look like

    1. Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath
    2. Van Halen
    3. AC/DC
    4. Led Zeppelin
    5. Metallica
    6. Iron Maiden
    7. Guns ‘n’ Roses
    8. Queen
    9. Pantera
    10. Megadeth

  10. Bradley, as has been noted many times, this list is based on actual album sells and not someone’s playlist. If you will also note that the title says “Best Selling Heavy Metal/ Hard Rock Bands” Not that the word hard rock is in there. Aerosmith definitely belongs on the list. Deep Purple too!…. They have inspired numerous hard rock and heavy metal bands. I imagine that Dimebag Darrell thought Ritchie Blackmore a god.