There are a lot of famous recording studios, but which of them can claim responsibility for producing output that has resulted in the most song sales? (That is, all sales including as single releases and album tracks.)

I know adding up all the track sales might take a while so I'm interested in answers suggesting likely candidates and why you think they would be on the list.

I'd include any studio a song would go through (including for both tracking and mixdown...) and let's make it a 'top 3' question in case #1 is too obvious.


Abbey Road has got to be in the running for top spot.
The list of artists who have recorded there reads like a Hall of Fame, from Glenn Miller, The Beatles, through Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, to U2, Muse & Lady Gaga.
The list of recordings is enough to bring a tear to the eye.
& that's without the list of movie & game scores done there

It also has to have the only zebra [pedestrian] crossing in the world to have 'listed building' status ;-)

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    And the road sign is now painted on the wall as they got annoyed with having to replace it every couple of months...
    – Pat Dobson
    Mar 11 '15 at 10:19

Far less known is RockField studios in Monmouth. However, their roster of artists is very impressive...

Rockfield history



The Interns, Love Sculpture, Amen Corner, Doc Thomas Band (Mott the Hoople)


Queen, Rush, Dave Edmunds, Ace, Black Sabbath, Prelude, Mike Oldfield, Hawkwind, Edwin Starr, Man, Del Shannon, Gary Shearston, Arthur Brown, City Boy, Roy Harper, Van der Graaf Generator, Motorhead, Carlene Carter


Simple Minds, Adam and the Ants, The Damned, Clannad, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Undertones, The Waterboys, Robert Plant, Icicle Works, Bauhaus, T’Pau, Age of Chance, Edie Brickel & the New Bohemians, That Petrol Emotion, Fields of the Nephilim, The Wonderstuff


Aztec Camera, The Stone Roses, The Pogues Hot House Flowers, Del Amitri, Big Country, XTC, Neds Atomic Dustbin, Annie Lennox, The Charlatans, Sepultura, Herbert Gronemeyer, Oasis, Ash, Black Grape, The Boo Radleys, The Wedding Present, 60’ Dolls, Cast, Super Furry Animals, Paul Weller, Menswear, Julian Lennon, The Bluetones, Manic Street Preachers, Gene, Beta Band, Teenage Fanclub, Toploader, Gaydad, Coldplay


New Order, Catatonia, Suede, Star Sailor, Supergrass, Coldplay, Manic street preachers, Joe Strummer, The Darkness, Morning Runner, Kasabian, Badly Drawn Boy, KT Tunstall, The Proclaimers, Paulo Nutini, Heaven and Hell, Nigel Kennedy, Simple Minds, The Delays, Bullet for my Valentine

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