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Can you name the Best selling artists by alphabet (Except X)?
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Correctly named Artist/Bands will show up below
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Oct 5th, 2009 at 16:39 GMT
Had to look up V on wiki afterwards. Managed to pass me by completely, despite 100m sales! Was very surprised Sinatra didn't make it - in fact, judging by your source, he should have..Also Stevie Wonder.
Oct 5th, 2009 at 16:49 GMT
You are 100% correct about Sinatra and Stevie. I'm embarrassed I overlooked them. The quiz data has been corrected. My apologies to those who took the quiz prior to the corrections.
Oct 5th, 2009 at 18:47 GMT
x y and z? (my guesses would be ZZ Top and Neil Young, no clue for X) and a little suprised that N made it over Nirvana.
Oct 5th, 2009 at 18:52 GMT
I also assume ZZ Top and Neil Young. I will add them once I can verify X, Y, and Z.
Oct 5th, 2009 at 18:54 GMT
Nirvana has 50 million in sales, compared to N's 100 million. Had Nirvana sold music for 35 years, I imagine they would have surpassed N.
Oct 5th, 2009 at 19:22 GMT
No X-ray spex? shame
Oct 5th, 2009 at 20:14 GMT
for X, it will probably be Xzibit as he's sold over 3 million records. Might be XTC though. Other candidates include the punk bands X and X-ray Spex (as Tirfergus mentioned).
Oct 5th, 2009 at 21:45 GMT
Mariah Carey sold more than Chicago's 122 million; the source puts her at 200 million. 90s R&B girl group Xscape is another possibility for the X; they had 3 platinum albums.
Oct 5th, 2009 at 22:50 GMT
Cool quiz. Just don't agree with Madonna... she's not that good. :| Same with Neil Young :|
Oct 5th, 2009 at 23:11 GMT
Correct on Mariah Carey. My apologies. It has been fixed.
Oct 6th, 2009 at 13:08 GMT
Why didn't i think of Led..... GREAT QUIZ! compliments
Oct 7th, 2009 at 01:02 GMT
Genesis have sold over 150 million albums/singles? I mean, cool, but never in a million years would I have guessed the total was that high.
Oct 7th, 2009 at 01:35 GMT
Kept hitting Pink Floyd, I always put Elvis under "E" :) Hard to remember that guy got a last name too :p
Oct 7th, 2009 at 15:48 GMT
Style-wise, you need to widen the last column (# Sold) to about 15-20% so all answers are on 1 line. If you want to you can narrow the first column to 10%, since it's always only one letter. But a really clever quiz.
While the source does list The Ventures over Van Halen, I find estimates of 100 million to be insanely high for the surf-instrumental group, even if you include singles. Most of their albums were released in the era where a #1 album would sell perhaps 250,000 copies. And they never came close to a #1 album. I don't recommend you change the answer, but I find it very, very difficult to believe the Seattle Times estimate referred to in the linked article.
Oct 7th, 2009 at 15:53 GMT
Update: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame article on The Ventures casts even further doubt. The sales stats indicate 2 million copies of their biggest single, "Walk Don't Run", a gold single for "Hawaii Five-O" and a grand total of 3 gold albums in the US (500,000 sales). So accumulating their American top five best-sellers, you get 4 million sales. Okay, they were huge in Japan, but 100 million world-wide? It's seriously difficult to believe.
Oct 8th, 2009 at 02:18 GMT
How about "Xscape" for letter X?
Oct 8th, 2009 at 13:21 GMT
Rockgolf - took your advice and changed the style. It looks much better. Thanks! As for the Ventures number, the wiki article on them also indicates 100 million sold, mostly overseas (Japan). Being as it's wiki, not sure how accurate that is, but based on that it seems like they outsold Van Halen. I did a US only quiz as well which you might find more "normal". I am trying to verify Xscape's sales numbers before adding an X.
Oct 22nd, 2009 at 00:25 GMT
I can't believe I missed Neil Young... considering I've probably been responsibile for at least 9 million of those sales...
Oct 23rd, 2009 at 02:11 GMT
You should put the genre as part of the clues.
Jan 9th, 2011 at 21:38 GMT
By Wikipedia Yes is listed as having more than 33 million sales.
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