Remember that I'm using an 80% US 20% UK basis for popularity, so on that basis, neither Queen nor ABBA would be in the top 10. And The Beach Boys would at least make honorable mention for popularity.
You're right about Beach Boys, I'll include them in the honorable mentions, thanks.
About Queen and ABBA, I dont know ... Even on that basis, I think they can fight for a spot in the top 10.Queen:
Estimates of their album sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million albums.
All-time total weeks on chart in UK: 402
6 number one in UK
Billboard Hot 100: 34 SongsABBA:
Estimates of their album sales generally range from 200 million to 300 million albums.
9 number one in UK
All-time total weeks on chart in UK: 260
Billboard Hot 100: 20 Songs
Compared with some artists that I put in honorable mentions, Queen and ABBA may lose the charts, but they take advantage of sales worldwide.
By the way, who do you think of replacing them?
Not sure who would replace them, but there are several who I'd put ahead of them in popularity:
Mariah, Whitney, Janet, Aretha, The Beach Boys, Prince. I'd at least add Prince to honorable mention. Also, I'd say Stevie beats JB in popularity.