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Best Selling Music Artists From 1969 Through 2019

Data Is Beautiful (previously), a first-year PhD student and self-described data geek who enjoys making visualizations as a hobby, created a fascinating animated timeline video that shows the best-selling music artists from the first quarter of 1969 through the third quarter of 2019. The data for this timeline was compiled through a number of different sources using “different medias such as album sales, radio broadcasting, digital copies sales, and online streaming frequency.”

A 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.