Who Is the Most Successful Rapper of All Time? Here’s What the RIAA Says

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Who is the most successful rapper of all time? According to the RIAA, Eminem is the GOAT.

The Recording Industry Association of America announced 73.5 million new Gold & Platinum program certifications for Eminem. The rapper is now the number one awarded musician for singles in the program’s history and one of only seven artists in any genre or era with three or more Diamond Album awards.

Eminem’s combined six RIAA Diamond Awards – three albums and three singles – propel him into music’s stratosphere and cement him as the most successful rapper of all time. With today’s 73.5 million new award units, Eminem’s RIAA Award career total is now 227.5 million – 166 million single certifications and 61.5 million album certifications.

The Gold & Platinum Awards program was created in 1958 by the RIAA to honor artists and create a standard to measure the commercial success of a sound recording. Here’s a quick breakdown of the significance of the awards.

  • Gold Record – (500,000 units)
  • Platinum Record – (1,000,000 units)
  • Multi-Platinum Record – (2,000,000 units)
  • Diamond Award – (10,000,000 units+)

Eminem is now the #1 singles artist in Gold & Platinum history. Here’s a peek at how his singles stack up to give him the title of most successful rapper of all time.

Diamond Singles

“Lose Yourself”
“Love the Way You Lie” ft. Rihanna
“Not Afraid”

Platinum Singles

“‘Till I Collapse” ft. Nate Dogg
“The Monster” ft. Rihanna
“Without Me”
“Rap God”
“The Real Slim Shady”
“No Love”
“When I’m Gone”
“Stan” ft. Dido
“Shake That”
“Crack A Bottle”
“Godzilla” ft. Juice WRLD
“Lucky You” ft. Joyner Lucas
“Like Toy Soldiers”
“Cleanin’ Out My Closet”
“My Name Is”
“Cinderella Man”
“Sing for the Moment”
“The Way I Am”
“Just Lose It”
“Space Bound”
“We Made You”
“25 to Life”
“Guts Over Fear” ft. Sia
“White America”
“Guilty Conscience”
“The Ringer”
“Won’t Back Down” ft. P!nk
“Ass Like That”
“You Don’t Know”

Gold Singles

“So Bad”
“Almost Famous”
“Going Through Changes”
“Good Guy” ft. Jessie Revez
“Walk on Water” ft. Beyonce
“Bad Guy”
“Beautiful Pain” ft. Sia
“Bitch Please” ft. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Nate Dogg
“Not Alike” ft. Royce Da 5’9″
“Role Model”
“3 a.m.”
“8 Mile”
“Cold Wind Blows”
“Hailie’s Song”
“Kill You”
Kings Never Die”
“My Dad’s Gone Crazy”
“Talkin’ 2 Myself”
“Those Kinda Nights” ft. Ed Sheeran
“Unaccommodating” ft. Young M.A
“You Gon’ Learn” ft. Royce Da 5’9″ & White Gold