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Artists Ranking – ASR – Overall

The ASR (Artist Success Rating) represents the cumulative success of an artist, regardless of how the value of the discography has been exploited. Each figure is a key indicator, without any unit. For a better readability, it is given in base 1000.

Please keep in mind that some artists are missing, because their analysis has not been done yet. The complete list is available here. All figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles.

1. Michael Jackson1000 (as of Sep 2017)
2. The Beatles928 (as of Mar 2017)
3. Queen843 (as of Jan 2020)
4. Elvis Presley696 (as of Sep 2018)
5. Eagles639 (as of Dec 2017)
6. Led Zeppelin583 (as of Aug 2016)
7. ABBA582 (as of Nov 2016)
8. Madonna552 (as of Aug 2017)
9. Pink Floyd551 (as of Jun 2017)
10. The Rolling Stones551 (as of Dec 2016)
11. Simon & Garfunkel542 (as of May 2018)
12. Elton John542 (as of Feb 2018)
13. AC/DC507 (as of Feb 2018)
14. Bee Gees501 (as of Apr 2017)
15. U2497 (as of Aug 2016)
16. Céline Dion490 (as of Sep 2016)
17. Whitney Houston463 (as of May 2017)
18. Fleetwood Mac463 (as of Oct 2016)
19. Rod Stewart & Faces458 (as of Nov 2019)
20. Phil Collins455 (as of Apr 2018)
21. Bon Jovi444 (as of Nov 2016)
22. Bob Marley440 (as of Nov 2017)
23. Mariah Carey426 (as of Apr 2017)
24. The Police419 (as of Jun 2020)
25. Eminem416 (as of Jun 2021)
26. Garth Brooks409 (as of Jan 2019)
27. Billy Joel408 (as of Oct 2016)
28. Guns N’ Roses403 (as of Mar 2018)
29. Bruce Springsteen402 (as of Jul 2017)
30. The Doors396 (as of Mar 2019)
31. Metallica382 (as of Feb 2019)
32. Santana376 (as of Aug 2020)
33. Dire Straits375 (as of Mar 2018)
34. Aerosmith365 (as of Jun 2018)
35. Adele357 (as of Oct 2021)
36. Nirvana349 (as of Jul 2017)
37. Creedence Clearwater Revival343 (as of Jan 2019)
38. Jimi Hendrix341 (as of Dec 2021)
39. Bryan Adams339 (as of Mar 2019)
40. Barbra Streisand333 (as of Mar 2018)
41. Journey322 (as of Sep 2019)
42. Backstreet Boys318 (as of Feb 2017)
43. Stevie Wonder316 (as of Mar 2021)
44. Britney Spears314 (as of Apr 2019)
45. Shania Twain305 (as of Dec 2016)
46. Prince304 (as of Oct 2018)
47. George Michael & Wham!302 (as of May 2017)
48. Bob Dylan294 (as of Oct 2016)
49. David Bowie292 (as of Jan 2017)
50. Deep Purple283 (as of Aug 2021)
51. Van Halen270 (as of Dec 2020)
52. Coldplay269 (as of Jun 2021)
53. John Lennon260 (as of Oct 2018)
54. Red Hot Chili Peppers257 (as of Mar 2018)
55. Ed Sheeran251 (as of Oct 2021)
56. Sade250 (as of Jul 2020)
57. Black Sabbath247 (as of Mar 2020)
58. Alanis Morissette244 (as of Jun 2018)
59. Supertramp242 (as of Aug 2019)
60. Enya242 (as of Feb 2018)
61. R.E.M.241 (as of Sep 2021)
62. Meat Loaf234 (as of Jun 2018)
63. Linkin Park233 (as of Jun 2017)
64. Iron Maiden230 (as of Nov 2021)
65. Green Day228 (as of Mar 2017)
66. Sting227 (as of Jun 2020)
67. Rihanna227 (as of Jun 2021)
68. Lady Gaga225 (as of Dec 2020)
69. Paul McCartney223 (as of Dec 2018)
70. Justin Bieber222 (as of May 2022)
71. Robbie Williams217 (as of Dec 2019)
72. Taylor Swift216 (as of May 2021)
73. Crosby Stills & Nash214 (as of May 2021)
74. Cher213 (as of Aug 2017)
75. Jackson 5 & The Jacksons211 (as of Sep 2017)
76. Janet Jackson205 (as of Apr 2017)
77. Boston204 (as of Jun 2019)
78. Neil Young203 (as of May 2021)
79. 2Pac203 (as of Jan 2022)
80. Spice Girls203 (as of Mar 2017)
81. Maroon 5201 (as of Dec 2019)
82. Tracy Chapman194 (as of Jun 2019)
83. Beyonce191 (as of May 2018)
84. Oasis190 (as of Dec 2017)
85. Bruno Mars185 (as of Jun 2019)
86. Paul Simon182 (as of May 2018)
87. P!nk177 (as of Oct 2017)
88. Norah Jones176 (as of Nov 2016)
89. No Doubt172 (as of Mar 2020)
90. Black Eyed Peas170 (as of Aug 2017)
91. TLC169 (as of Apr 2019)
92. Destiny’s Child165 (as of May 2018)
93. Cranberries162 (as of Jan 2018)
94. Shakira161 (as of Jun 2018)
95. Drake159 (as of Jul 2021)
96. Usher159 (as of Sep 2017)
97. Ozzy Osbourne157 (as of Mar 2020)
98. Katy Perry156 (as of Jun 2019)
99. BTS155 (as of May 2021)
100. Nickelback153 (as of Jun 2017)
101. Michael Buble152 (as of Dec 2016)
102. Ayumi Hamasaki150 (as of Sep 2019)
103. Alicia Keys148 (as of Nov 2016)
104. Evanescence147 (as of Jun 2019)
105. NSYNC146 (as of Feb 2018)
106. Christina Aguilera145 (as of Mar 2017)
107. Fugees141 (as of Feb 2021)
108. Avril Lavigne141 (as of Feb 2018)
109. Justin Timberlake137 (as of Feb 2018)
110. Take That137 (as of Dec 2019)
111. Amy Winehouse134 (as of Jul 2019)
112. Johnny Hallyday127 (as of Jan 2018)
113. Enrique Iglesias127 (as of Sep 2016)
114. Ariana Grande127 (as of Sep 2021)
115. Dido123 (as of Feb 2019)
116. One Direction123 (as of May 2017)
117. Jennifer Lopez123 (as of Jun 2018)
118. James Blunt121 (as of Feb 2019)
119. Kelly Clarkson117 (as of May 2018)
120. Foo Fighters110 (as of Oct 2017)
121. Imagine Dragons107 (as of Sep 2018)
122. Miley Cyrus107 (as of Dec 2020)
123. Ms. Lauryn Hill107 (as of Feb 2021)
124. The Weeknd106 (as of Sep 2020)
125. Kylie Minogue105 (as of Apr 2018)
126. Post Malone102 (as of Nov 2020)
127. Mannheim Steamroller95 (as of Dec 2020)
128. Carrie Underwood90 (as of Sep 2018)
129. Sam Smith89 (as of Oct 2017)
130. Gwen Stefani86 (as of Apr 2020)
131. Travis Scott86 (as of Apr 2022)
132. Selena Gomez84 (as of Mar 2021)
133. Gorillaz81 (as of May 2017)
134. Billie Eilish74 (as of Jul 2020)
135. Dua Lipa73 (as of Jan 2021)
136. Shawn Mendes73 (as of Oct 2019)
137. Blackpink72 (as of Sep 2021)
138. Macklemore72 (as of Nov 2017)
139. Buffalo Springfield71 (as of May 2021)
140. Kendrick Lamar71 (as of Apr 2019)
141. Fergie71 (as of Jul 2017)
142. Bad Bunny71 (as of Jul 2021)
143. Cardi B70 (as of Sep 2021)
144. Björk68 (as of Dec 2018)
145. Avicii65 (as of Apr 2018)
146. Aaliyah61 (as of Feb 2017)
147. Juice Wrld60 (as of Aug 2021)
148. Lana Del Rey60 (as of Aug 2017)
149. Lil Nas X59 (as of Sep 2021)
150. Lin-Manuel Miranda59 (as of Jan 2022)
151. Lewis Capaldi58 (as of Sep 2021)
152. Harry Styles55 (as of Jul 2021)
153. Lorde51 (as of Jun 2017)
154. Arctic Monkeys50 (as of May 2018)
155. Renaud48 (as of Nov 2017)
156. Will.i.am46 (as of Jul 2017)
157. Demi Lovato43 (as of Oct 2018)
158. Doja Cat34 (as of Aug 2021)
159. Little Mix34 (as of Feb 2020)
160. Olivia Rodrigo33 (as of Aug 2021)

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Jsak

Is Neil Diamond missing on page 17?

ojd

yes, he hasn’t been studied, but he’s definitely sold a lot

Analord

“Please keep in mind that some artists are missing, because their analysis has not been done yet.”

I’m genuinely stunned by the amount of people who comment on articles without having read them, I think it’s literally most of the comments on the “Request Your Artists” page…

Jsak

I remembered it had been studied by confusing it with Neil Young

David

will you be updating michael jackson any time soon?

Mikko

Ajournal a. cross published list about artists who have sold their songs. Latest is Drake, maybe biggest star in world now, priced at 400 $ million and continues to be Universal company. And now Pink Floyd is just selling their songs. Very interesting. Lets say now is bit bad time, war in Ukraine, inflation among others. That’s running list: Bob Dylan 550$ million (400 $ million publishing), Bruce Springsteen 550 $ dollar. And next Drake 400 $ million. Neil Diamond, Sting, Paul Simon all about 300 $ million. Neil Young 150 $ million, David Bowie 250 $ million, only publishing… Read more »

Analord

“As you can see, no Divas.”

No Beatles or Michael Jackson either, so your attempt at trolling is likely to fail. Also, I’m pretty sure Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks qualify as “divas”.

Mikko

Ok, i will add. Madonna made a deal with Warner 2021, but the price had been kept quit. Why?Madonna’s composer partner sold her stake in the same deal.
No has rap music been worthy of investors until now, Drake.
Music business professionals will the help record company add value to the music. It is a auction and the one thats pays the most wins. I only write what i know. That’s it.

RS

I appreciate the work that you guys are doing. I can tell without a doubt that Chartmasters is the most accurate website for music statistics. I’ve read all your articles regarding formulas. All the formulas set are very well-thought. But I humbly disagree with some points that I think is a mistake and I would kindly like to mention them and I hope you will consider them: (1) Featured songs: It’s not correct to give equal value to lead songs and featured songs as only singing a few lines gives them the full value. For the featured artist, either it… Read more »

RS

Oh, another thing about features: In my humble opinion, feature of a singer under a DJ should be considered a lead song for the singer too as the singer sings the whole song in order to know the true popularity of the artist. It doesn’t make any difference when listening to the song whether the DJ is credited as lead, feature or as producer.

MJD

Hi RS! Thanks for the nice words and thanks for the clear and non-partisan views, this is the kind of critics which are pleasing to read! We are constantly thinking about adjustments as the market evolves. For example, I used to consider features were correctly considered, because the featured act gets only CSPC units from singles formats (physical, download, streams), while the lead artist got most of the units from album formats (the studio album, compilations, lives, videos). I often used the example of Love The Way You Lie, where Rihanna effectively had way less units from it than Eminem… Read more »

Lim Hyunjin

Where I live, I have to pay to use Spotify. On the other hand, YouTube allows me to listen to music for free. For this reason, many people will use YouTube instead of Spotify to listen to music. So I think the YouTube view rate and audio streaming rate should be the same. Thank you for your good comments. Whenever I entered Chartmaster, I always felt uncomfortable at the thought that the YouTube view rate was too low. Hopefully it will be improved in a reasonable way.

Last edited 9 days ago by Lim Hyunjin
Smiley

Just out of interest regarding ASR, is the baseline (Michael Jackson) being continually reevaluated as other artists are being updated?

I see, for example, that The Beatles are now up to 928. Is this against the baseline as it is now (May 2022) or from the date when Michael Jackson was first studied/calculated?

Thanks.

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