A Visual Guide to the Best Selling Music Artists in the past 50 Years

One enthusiastic Ph.D. student who calls himself a data geek runs a YouTube channel called Data is Beautiful, on which he recently published a video that shows the most popular music artists in the past 50 years.

The video looks great from the visual aspect, and the data it collects is simply incredible. The author used data from several different sources. The sources include radio broadcasting, online streaming,  and digital sales, among others.

“Timeline history of most popular music artists from 1969 to 2019 ranked by yearly certified record sales. Numbers are worldwide and adjusted to twelve months trailing average,” we read in the video description.

In it, you can see who were the most popular music artists from 1969 to 2019. You can always see the top 10 and it’s particularly exciting to see the new artists come on the board. Click play to watch the video.