Top 10 earning musicians of the decade is a who is who of the music industry. Even though some of them have not released new music in years. Let’s count down to the highest earner of the past 10 years.
Top 10 Earning Musicians Include 4 African-Americans
Of this list, only one is actually a group. All the rest are solo achievements. And the one who holds the top spot only released one album this decade. Ready for the rankings? O.K. counting down from #10 to #1, here we go –
#10 – Lady Gaga ($500 Million)
Living on the chart for 49 weeks, Lady Gaga’s Just Dance peaked at #1 ten years ago on 2009.
#9 – Katy Perry ($530 Million)
Collaborating with Juicy J, Dark Horse is the biggest hit by this musician, Katy Perry peaked at #1 with this song in 2014 and remained on the chart for 57 weeks.
#8 – Paul McCartney ($535 Million)
A mega hit for Paul McCartney was a collaboration with the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Say Say Say was on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 22 weeks and peaked at #1 in 1983.
#7 – Jay Z ($560 Million)
With so many great collaborations to his credit, Jay Z and Alicia Keys hit song, Empire State Of Mind was the biggest hit. By one measure anyway, it was the first and only time Jay topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart as a lead artist. Additionally, it was the final #1 hit of the 2000’s, according to Rolling Stone. It peaked at #1 in 2006 and stayed there for 5 weeks.
#6 – Elton John ($565 Million)
Diana, Princess of Wales died in August of 1997. As a tribute to her, her good friend Elton John sang at her funeral, in her honor, Candle In The Wind. A double sided single with Something About The Way You Look Tonight, it spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and peaked at #1 on October 11, 1997.
#5 – Diddy ($605 Million)
When Biggie died, Diddy (then known as Puff Daddy) got together with his ex, Fairth Evans and girl band 112 to sing a song in honor of his dear friend. Together he had his biggest hit of his career, I’ll Be Missing You, which was a play on words of the hit song by the Bee Gees, I’ll Be Watching You. Peaking at #1 on 1997, I’ll Be Missing You stayed on the charts for 47 weeks.
#4 – U2 ($675 Million)
The only group on the list, U2’s With or Without You peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1987 and stayed on the charts for 18 weeks.
#3 – Beyonce ($685 Million)
Beyonce’s biggest hit was actually Perfect, a collaboration with Ed Sheeran. It spent 57 weeks in the #1 position and peaked in 2017. But Solo, her biggest hit was Irreplaceable, which peaked at #1 in 2006 and spent 30 weeks on the chart.
#2 – Taylor Swift ($825 Million)
Five years ago, Swift released this mega hit anthem, Shake It Off. It remains her top performing hit song. Spending 50 weeks total on the chart, it peaked at #1 in 2014.
#1 – Dr. Dre ($950 Million)
His biggest hit wasn’t even in the past decade. Featured on Blackstreet’s song, No Diggity along with Queen Pen, it peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart back in 1996 and spent 31 weeks on the chart.
So there you have it, did your favorites make the list?
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