Updated: Top-Selling Hard Rock Artists According To NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN

Metal Sludge has posted an updated list of total sales figures for a variety of their favorite artists, according to Nielsen SoundScan (13 more bands have been added since the original list was published).

Although the SoundScan numbers are generally indicative of the bands' overall popularity, they are misleading in the sense that many of the veteran hard rock groups' early efforts were issued prior to the start of the SoundScan era (May 25, 1991).

Metal Sludge's list is as follows:

01. METALLICA: 44,339,994
02. AEROSMITH: 25,302,355
03. AC/DC: 20,095,641
04. GUNS N' ROSES: 18,692,707
05. VAN HALEN: 15,840,646
06. OZZY OSBOURNE: 13,810,371
07. DEF LEPPARD: 13,384,607
08. BON JOVI: 12,799,851
09. KISS: 7,716,667
10. BLACK CROWES: 7,421,978
11. MÖTLEY CRÜE: 6,894,092
12. MEGADETH: 6,873,227
13. PANTERA: 6,761,604
14. QUEENSRŸCHE: 6,657,841
15. POISON: 4,541,197
16. TESLA: 4,295,019
17. IRON MAIDEN: 4,139,402
18. SLAYER: 3,528,005
19. SKID ROW: 3,098,218
20. FIREHOUSE: 2,881,561
21. ALICE COOPER: 2,745,300
22. ANTHRAX: 2,476,577
23. WARRANT: 2,196,518
24. SLAUGHTER: 2,020,418
25. CINDERELLA: 2,004,877
26. GREAT WHITE: 1,941,122
27. WHITESNAKE: 1,784,470
28. RATT: 1,403,858
29. DIO: 1,318,259
30. DOKKEN: 1,176,762
31. TESTAMENT: 1,123,801
32. QUIET RIOT: 1,056,702
33. MOTORHEAD: 768,014
34. L.A. GUNS: 713,838
35. WHITE LION: 691,417
36. TRIXTER: 609,264
37. WINGER: 601,898
38. W.A.S.P.: 570,419
39. TWISTED SISTER: 503,068
40. FASTER PUSSYCAT: 336,195
41. BULLETBOYS: 262,354
42. EXODUS: 245,776
43. DANGER DANGER: 217,407
44. ENUFF Z'NUFF: 176,087
45. BANG TANGO: 151,322
46. BRITNY FOX: 131,687
47. LOVE/HATE: 100,655
48. TUFF: 85,565
49. XYZ: 79,971
50. PRETTY BOY FLOYD: 27,628