27 February

Having already listed some artists with compilations, but not studio albums, which have sold more than ten million copies in the U S, and who also did not place in the top ten of any of the critics' lists, we should consider artists that we would expect to make critics' lists--and indeed do make many of the lists, just not high enough to make our aggregated list. Plus those artists that rank high on the R I A A's list of highest-selling artists but which have neither a studio album or compilation with more than ten million sales. Two glaring omissions, Frank Zappa and George Clinton, being very prolific, probably have an excess of great albums. While we could easily choose a few titles for newcomers to listen to (Maggot Brain, Mothership Connection, Freak Out, Hot Rats), we can also imagine what might have happened in the creation of an all-time list to cause these two to be excluded. Say a magazine polls ten of its writers, requesting a list of fifty albums. Two of them could have named One Nation Under a Groove, or Lumpy Gravy, one could say Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome, or Over-Nite Sensation, and another Free Your Ass... And Your Mind Will Follow, or Uncle Meat. The result would be that none of those albums would make the magazine's top ten. A similar situation emerges with artists about whom most would agree reached a peak of artistry and popularity during a certain period, and which released several albums of similar caliber during that period. In other words, how did Kerrang! decide that Black Sabbath's Vol. 4 should be heard before Paranoid or Master of Reality? We've seen this problem already with the albums Stevie Wonder released, 1972-1976. 

First, those with compilations selling more than ten million copies, whom I noted before:
Patsy Cline
The Doobie Brothers 
Elton John
Bob Marley
The Steve Miller Band
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Kenny Rogers
James Taylor; 

and from the U K top sellers: Queen and ABBA.

Critics' favorites that have not made our list yet--focusing, as before, on the period, 1955-1985. The selections are either my own or come from the 10-through-50 positions (if applicable) in the same critics' lists used for previous posts--except the Kerrang! lists.
The Allman Brothers Band
Andrew W K
[Aphex Twin]
Joan Baez
[The Beastie Boys]
Harry Belafonte
Tony Bennett
Chuck Berry
[Big Daddy Kane]
Big Star
[Mary J Blige]
Booker T and the M G's
[Jeff Buckley]
Kate Bush
The Byrds
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
The Cars
[Vic Chesnutt]
Leonard Cohen
Shirley Collins
Alice Cooper
The Cure
Deep Purple
[De la Soul]
Depeche Mode
Derek and the Dominoes
Dexys Midnight Runners
Bo Diddley
[Dr. Dre]
Fats Domino
Lee Dorsey
Youssou N'Dour
Duran Duran
Ian Dury
Echo and the Bunnymen
Duke Ellington 
Brian Eno
John Fahey
Fairport Convention
The Fall
Charlie Feathers
Ella Fitzgerald
The Flying Burrito Bros.
Peter Gabriel
Gang of Four
The Go-Betweens
The Grateful Dead
Al Green
Merle Haggard
Bill Haley and the Comets
Herbie Hancock
Isaac Hayes
Robyn Hitchcock
Buddy Holly
Howlin' Wolf
The Human League
Hüsker Dü
The Impressions
Iron Maiden
Etta James
Jefferson Airplane
Waylon Jennings
[The Jesus and Mary Chain]
Jethro Tull
Robert Johnson
Judas Priest
B B King 
King Crimson
The Kinks
[K D Lang]
[L F O] 
Little Richard
Loretta Lynn
[The Magnetic Fields]
[Manic Street Preachers]
[Massive Attack]
Curtis Mayfield
The M C5
[George Michael]
Minor Threat
The Minutemen
Moby Grape 
The Modern Lovers
Thelonious Monk
The Moody Blues 
Giorgio Moroder
Fred Neil
The New York Dolls
Harry Nilsson
[Nine Inch Nails]
[Sinéad O'Connor]
[The Orb]
Augustus Pablo
Gram Parsons
Dolly Parton
Pet Shop Boys
[Prefab Sprout]
The Pretenders
[Primal Scream]
Public Image Ltd.
The Raincoats
[Red Hot Chili Peppers]
The Replacements
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Diana Ross and the Supremes
Roxy Music
Santana [of course, his later album Supernatural had been omitted from our list; so he's added here]
Pete Seeger
Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Soft Machine
The Specials
The Spice Girls
Dusty Springfield
Steely Dan
The Streets
Talking Heads
The Temptations
The 13th Floor Elevators
T Rex
[The Verve]
Scott Walker
Muddy Waters
Hank Williams
Bobby Womack
Frank Zappa

From the R I A A list of highest-selling artists, I've picked those with more than twenty million in total sales, and whose careers at least began before 1985, and those with compilations that have sold eight-nine million copies. Post-1985 artists are crossed out.

The Bee Gees
Mary J Blige
Michael Bolton
Brooks and Dunn
Jimmy Buffett 
The Carpenters
Kenny Chesney
Eric Clapton [his Unplugged ranks among the top-selling albums, but falls into the 1985-1994 purgatory]
Phil Collins [No Jacket Required also a top seller released in the '85-'94 period]
Creedence Clearwater Revival
John Denver
Neil Diamond
Earth, Wind and Fire
Vince Gill
Faith Hill
Alan Jackson
Janet Jackson
Toby Keith
R Kelly
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Barry Manilow
Mannheim Steamroller
The Dave Matthews Band
Reba McEntire
Tim McGraw
John Mellencamp 
Mötley Crüe 
Ozzy Osbourne
The Police
Red Hot Chili Peppers
R E O Speedwagon
Linda Ronstadt
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Rod Stewart
George Strait
Barbara Streisand
2 Pac
Luther Vandross.