Top 20 Best-Selling Country Artists of All Time: No. 17 Toby Keith

by Jim Casey

Toby Keith has been putting his proverbial “boot” in your ear for the last 30 years to the tune of 25 million units sold.

Toby clocks in at No. 17 on our list of the Top 20 Best-Selling Country Artists of All Time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The RIAA has been tracking domestic album sales in the U.S. for seven decades. Gold (500,000 units), Platinum (1 million units), and Multi-Platinum (2 million units and more) can make you rich, but Diamond (10 million units and more) will make you immortal.

Let’s find out how much musical bling Toby Keith has.

No. 17: Toby Keith

  • 25 Million Units Sold
  • 5 Multi-Platinum Albums
  • 7 Platinum Albums
  • 6 Gold Albums
  • 1 Multi-Platinum Single
  • 4 Platinum Singles
  • 10 Gold Singles

Toby’s Best-Selling Albums

Toby Keith came out with both barrels firing for the release of his self-titled debut album in 1993. Lead single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” reached No. 1 in June 1993 after only four months. The chart-topper was just the beginning for the Oklahoma native, who scored 20 No. 1 hits on the Billboard chart during the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.

Toby really began hitting his sales stride with the release of his sixth studio album, Pull My Chain, in 2001. The album was Toby’s first to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. In addition, Pull My Chain became Toby’s first album to be certified 2X Platinum for sales of 2 million units. But Toby’s next two albums would double that figure.

Toby released Unleashed in 2002, followed by Shock’n Y’all in 2003. Both albums reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. More impressively, each album has been certified by the RIAA as 4X Platinum for sales of 4 million units. The albums featured the lion’s share of six consecutive No. 1 singles for Toby, including “I Wanna Talk About Me,” “Who’s Your Daddy,” and more.

Raise Your Cup

Toby’s string of No. 1 hits includes “American Soldier,” “As Good as I Once Was,” “Made in America,” and more. But it’s his 2011 Top 10 hit, “Red Solo Cup,” that marks Toby’s only Multi-Platinum single.

“Red Solo Cup,” which peaked at No. 9, filled Toby’s pockets by moving more than 2 million units. Toby has more than a dozen additional Gold and Platinum singles, but his cup runneth over with “Red Solo Cup,” the anthem for every frat-throwing beer pong game since 2011.

In Defense of Toby

Generally speaking, you’re either Team Toby or Team Chicks (formerly known as the Dixie Chicks). We won’t get into their beef here. That’s for another time.

But if you’re Team Toby, you believe the “American way” involves a “boot” and your adversary’s “ass.”

You also probably own a DVD of Toby’s 2008 film, Beer for My Horses. Of course, the flick was based on his 2003 No. 1 single of the same name featuring Willie Nelson. Pay no attention to the movie’s rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Celebrate all that is Toby Keith, with a little help from co-star Rodney Carrington.