25. Kenny Rogers
> Certified units: 48
> Most popular album: Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits (1980)
Kenny Rogers, whose career produced many hits across various genres, is perhaps most associated with the song “The Gambler,” written by Don Schlitz. Although other artists recorded the song, Rogers took it to No. 1 on the country charts and crossed over to the pop charts as well. The song, which is the opening track on “Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits,” even inspired five TV movies starring Rogers.
24. Neil Diamond
> Certified units: 50 million
> Most popular album: The Jazz Singer (Soundtrack) (1980)
Neil Diamond became devoted to singing and songwriting as a teenager when he saw Pete Seeger perform at a summer camp. In the 1960s, Jay and the Americans, The Monkees, and Elvis Presley, among others, recorded Diamond’s songs. But the Brooklyn singer broke through on his own with his recording of “Solitary Man” in 1966. He has had 10 No. 1 singles, including “America,” which is on “The Jazz Singer” soundtrack. Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. He was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2011 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
23. Celine Dion
> Certified units: 51 million
> Most popular album: Falling Into You (1996)
The best-selling Canadian recording artist, Celine Dion first gained attention in the 1980s when she won the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the Eurovision Song Contest. Her career took off in the 1990s with the albums “Falling Into You” and “Let’s Talk About Love,” which both sold more than a million copies. Dion has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Album for “Falling Into You” in 1997.
> Certified units: 51 million
> Most popular album: The Joshua Tree (1987)
Fronted by Bono, the Irish rock band U2 is known for taking on sociopolitical issues in their music. “The Joshua Tree” was inspired by their experiences in America and includes the No. 1 singles “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” In 1988, the album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Overall, the group has won 22 Grammys, more than any other band. U2 was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
21. Fleetwood Mac
> Certified units: 55 million
> Most popular album: Rumours (1977)
The British-American pop rock band featuring Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Christine McVie hit a high mark with the 1977 album “Rumours.” It had four Top 10 singles: “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “You Make Loving Fun,” and “Dreams” — the last of these being the group’s only song to hit No. 1. The album topped the charts for 31 weeks and won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978. “Rumours” has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted Fleetwood Mac in 1998.