List of best-selling singles

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1942 10-inch 78 rpm release of the single "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby.

This article is a compendium of the best-selling music singles, the criterion for inclusion on the list is to have sold at least five million copies worldwide. The singles listed here were cited by reliable sources from various media, such as digital journalism, newspapers, magazines, and even books related or not with the subject of music.

It is notable that, according to Guinness World Records, "White Christmas" (1942) by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.[1] The song recognized as "the best-selling single of all time" was released before the pop/rock singles-chart era and "was listed as the world's best-selling single in the first-ever Guinness Book of Records (published in 1955) and—remarkably—still retains the title more than 50 years later". Also, Guinness World Records states that double A-side charity single "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (1997) by Elton John, a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is "the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies", making it the second-best-selling single of all time.[1]

The list is split between physical (mainly CD and vinyl) singles and digitally downloaded tracks which first became available to purchase in the early 2000s.

Best-selling physical singles[edit]

15 million copies or more[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Bing Crosby "White Christmas" 1942 50 [1]
Elton John "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" 1997 33 [1]
Bing Crosby "Silent Night" 1935 30 [2]
Bill Haley & His Comets "Rock Around the Clock" 1954 25 [3]
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 1992 20 [4]
Elvis Presley "It's Now or Never" 1960 20 [2][5]
USA for Africa "We Are the World" 1985 20 [6]
The Ink Spots "If I Didn't Care" 1939 19 [7]
Baccara "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" 1977 18 [8]
Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On" 1997 18 [9]
Mariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 1994 16 [10]
Bryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" 1991 15 [11]
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John "You're the One That I Want" 1978 15 [12]

10–14.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive" 1978 14 [13]
Scorpions "Wind of Change" 1991 14 [14]
Kyu Sakamoto "Sukiyaki" 1963 13 [15]
Trio "Da Da Da" 1982 13 [16]
Gene Autry "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1949 12.5 [17]
The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 1963 12 [2]
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman "Time to Say Goodbye" 1996 12 [18]
Village People "Y.M.C.A." 1978 12 [19]
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 1984 11.7 [20]
Cher "Believe" 1998 11 [21][22]
Carl Douglas "Kung Fu Fighting" 1974 11 [23][24]
George McCrae "Rock Your Baby" 1974 11 [2]
Mills Brothers "Paper Doll" 1943 11 [2]
Roger Whittaker "The Last Farewell" 1975 11 [25]
Mungo Jerry "In the Summertime" 1970 10 [26]
ABBA "Fernando" 1976 10 [27]
Roy Acuff "Wabash Cannonball" 1942 10 [2]
Paul Anka "Diana" 1957 10 [28][29]
Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart" 1996 10 [30]
Los del Río "Macarena" 1995 10 [31]
Middle of the Road "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" 1971 10 [2]
The Monkees "I'm a Believer" 1966 10 [2][32]
Panjabi MC "Mundian To Bach Ke" 1998 10 [33]
Patti Page "Tennessee Waltz" 1950 10 [34][35][36]
The Penguins "Earth Angel" 1954 10 [37]
Elvis Presley "Hound Dog" 1956 10 [38]
Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale" 1967 10 [2]
Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time" 1998 10 [39]

8–9.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" 1982 9 [40]
Wings "Mull of Kintyre" 1977 9 [41]
Shakira "Whenever, Wherever" 2001 8.5 [42]
The Animals "The House of the Rising Sun" 1964 8 [43]
Aqua "Barbie Girl" 1997 8 [44]
The Beatles "Hey Jude" 1968 8 [45]
Paul Hardcastle "19" 1985 8 [46]
Mary Hopkin "Those Were the Days" 1968 8 [2]
Mahalia Jackson "Move On Up a Little Higher" 1948 8 [47]
Ricky Martin "Livin' La Vida Loca" 1999 8 [48]
Modern Talking "You're My Heart, You're My Soul" 1984 8 [49]
Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit" 1991 8 [50]
O-Zone "Dragostea Din Tei" 2004 8[a] [51]
Freddy Quinn "Heimweh" 1956 8 [52]
Shocking Blue "Venus" 1969 8 [2]

7–7.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Nelly and Kelly Rowland "Dilemma" 2002 7.6 [53][54]
Christina Aguilera "Genie in a Bottle" 1999 7 [55]
The Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" 1964 7 [2]
The Black Crowes "Hard to Handle" 1990 7 [56]
Chic "Le Freak" 1978 7 [57]
Danyel Gérard "Butterfly" 1971 7 [2][58]
Las Ketchup "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" 2002 7 [59]
Scott McKenzie "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" 1967 7 [60]
Alanis Morissette "Uninvited" 1998 7 [61]
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust" 1980 7 [62]
Julie Rogers "The Wedding" 1964 7 [2][63]
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards "Amazing Grace" 1972 7 [2][64]
Roy Orbison "Oh, Pretty Woman" 1964 7 [65]
Spice Girls "Wannabe" 1996 7 [66]
Ricky Valance "Tell Laura I Love Her" 1960 7 [67]

6–6.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Culture Club "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" 1982 6.5 [68]
The Archies "Sugar, Sugar" 1969 6 [2]
Brotherhood of Man "Save Your Kisses for Me" 1976 6 [69]
Coolio featuring L.V. "Gangsta's Paradise" 1995 6 [70][71]
Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters "Jingle Bells" 1943 6 [2]
Vernon Dalhart "The Prisoner's Song" 1924 6 [2]
Dawn featuring Tony Orlando "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" 1973 6 [2][72]
Neil Diamond "Cracklin' Rosie" 1970 6 [2]
The Jackson 5 "I Want You Back" 1969 6 [73]
Janet Jackson "Together Again" 1997 6 [74]
Jerry Lee Lewis "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" 1957 6 [75]
Madonna "Vogue" 1990 6 [76]
George Michael "Careless Whisper" 1984 6 [77]
The New Seekers "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" 1971 6 [2]
Tony Orlando and Dawn "Knock Three Times" 1970 6 [2][78]
Elvis Presley "Don't Be Cruel" 1956 6 [79]
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" 1975 6 [80]
Harry Simeone Chorale "The Little Drummer Boy" 1958 6 [2]
Simon & Garfunkel "Bridge over Troubled Water" 1970 6 [2]
Bonnie Tyler "It's a Heartache" 1977 6 [81]
Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 1983 6 [82]

5–5.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Tino Rossi "Petit Papa Noël" 1946 5.7 [83]
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink "Lady Marmalade" 2001 5.2 [84]
1910 Fruitgum Company "Simon Says" 1967 5 [85]
ABBA "Waterloo" 1974 5 [2]
Gene Austin "My Blue Heaven" 1927 5 [2][86]
Gene Autry "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" 1935 5 [2]
The Beatles "She Loves You" 1963 5 [2]
Bee Gees "Massachusetts" 1967 5 [87]
Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" 1983 5 [88]
Enigma "Sadeness (Part I)" 1990 5 [89]
George Harrison "My Sweet Lord" 1970 5 [2]
Engelbert Humperdinck "Release Me" 1967 5 [2]
Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun" 1974 5 [2]
The Jackson 5 "I'll Be There" 1970 5 [90]
Tommy James and the Shondells "Crimson and Clover" 1968 5 [91]
Tom Jones "Delilah" 1968 5 [2]
Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire" 1957 5 [75]
Kaoma "Lambada" 1989 5 [92]
Madonna "Like a Prayer" 1989 5 [93]
Ricky Martin "María" 1995 5 [94]
Michael Zager Band "Let's All Chant" 1977 5 [95][96]
Mitch Miller "March from the River Kwai" 1957 5 [2]
Kylie Minogue "Can't Get You Out of My Head" 2001 5 [97]
The Monkees "Daydream Believer" 1967 5 [98]
Musical Youth "Pass the Dutchie" 1982 5 [99]
The Partridge Family "I Think I Love You" 1970 5 [2]
Elvis Presley "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 1960 5 [100]
Elvis Presley "Surrender" 1961 5 [2][101]
Jeannie C. Riley "Harper Valley PTA" 1968 5 [2]
Nini Rosso "Il Silenzio" 1965 5 [2]
David Seville and the Chipmunks "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" 1958 5 [2]
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler "Ballad of the Green Berets" 1966 5 [2]
Billy Swan "I Can Help" 1974 5 [102]
Three Dog Night "Joy to the World" 1971 5 [2]
The Tornados "Telstar" 1962 5 [2]

Best-selling digital singles[edit]

15 million digital copies or more[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You" 2017 26.6[b] [103]
Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee "Despacito" 2017 24.3[b] [103]
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth "See You Again" 2015 20.9[b] [104]
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey "Closer" 2016 20.7[b] [105][103]
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk" 2014 20[b] [104]
Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud" 2014 19.5[b] [104]
Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" 2011 18 [106]
Kesha "TiK ToK" 2009 15 [107][unreliable source?]
The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" 2009 15 [107]

12–14.99 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell "Blurred Lines" 2013 14.8[b] [108]
Adele "Rolling in the Deep" 2010 14 [107][unreliable source?]
Lady Gaga "Poker Face" 2008 14 [107][unreliable source?]
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem" 2011 14 [107][unreliable source?]
Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera Moves like Jagger 2011 13.9 [107][unreliable source?]
Pharrell Williams "Happy" 2013 13.9[b] [109]
Psy "Gangnam Style" 2012 13.5 [110][111]
Maroon 5 "Sugar" 2015 13.5[b] [104]
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz "Thrift Shop" 2012 13.4[b] [108]
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J "Dark Horse" 2013 13.2[b] [109]
Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring "Lean On" 2015 13.1[b] [104]
Gotye featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" 2011 13 [112]
Eminem featuring Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie" 2010 12.8 [107][unreliable source?]
Ellie Goulding "Love Me like You Do" 2015 12.6[b] [104]
Drake featuring WizKid and Kyla "One Dance" 2016 12.5[b] [105]
Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" 2010 12.5 [113]
Adele "Hello" 2015 12.3[b] [104]
John Legend "All of Me" 2013 12.3[b] [109]
Jason Mraz "I'm Yours" 2008 12.2 [114][115][116][117]
Flo Rida featuring Kesha "Right Round" 2009 12 [118]
Flo Rida featuring T-Pain "Low" 2007 12 [119]

10–11.99 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Justin Bieber "Love Yourself" 2015 11.7[b] [105]
The Chainsmokers and Coldplay "Something Just like This" 2017 11.5[b] [103]
Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc "Wake Me Up" 2013 11.1[b] [108]
Sia feat. Sean Paul "Cheap Thrills" 2016 11.1[b] [105]
Katy Perry "Firework" 2010 11 [107][unreliable source?]
Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass" 2014 11[b] [109]
Idina Menzel "Let It Go" 2013 10.9[b] [109]
Justin Bieber "Sorry" 2015 10.8[b] [105]
Rihanna featuring Drake "Work" 2016 10.6[b] [105]
Lukas Graham "7 Years" 2015 10.4[b] [105]
Bruno Mars "Grenade" 2010 10.2 [113]
The Chainsmokers featuring Daya "Don't Let Me Down" 2016 10.2[b] [105]
Lorde "Royals" 2013 10 [120]
Mike Posner "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" 2015 10[b] [105]
Shakira featuring Freshlyground "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" 2010 10 [121]
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" 2006 10 [122]
Alexandra Stan "Mr. Saxobeat" 2011 10 [123][124][125][126]

8–9.99 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Twenty One Pilots "Stressed Out" 2015 9.9[b] [105]
P!nk featuring Nate Ruess "Just Give Me a Reason" 2013 9.9[b] [108]
Katy Perry "Roar" 2013 9.9[b] [108]
Bruno Mars "That's What I Like" 2017 9.7[b] [103]
Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" 2009 9.7 [127]
fun. featuring Janelle Monáe "We Are Young" 2011 9.6 [110]
Pitbull featuring Kesha "Timber" 2013 9.6[b] [109]
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers "Get Lucky" 2013 9.3[b] [108]
Taylor Swift "Blank Space" 2014 9.2[b] [104]
Maroon 5 "Payphone" 2012 9.1 [110]
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX "Fancy" 2014 9.1[b] [109]
Lil Wayne featuring Static Major "Lollipop" 2008 9.1 [128]
Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea "Problem" 2014 9[b] [109]
Madonna "Hung Up" 2005 9[c] [76]
Thelma Aoyama "Soba ni Iru ne" 2008 8.7 [129]
Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" 2012 8.6[b] [108]
Magic! "Rude" 2013 8.6[b] [109]
Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow" 2009 8.5 [115]
Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull "On the Floor" 2011 8.4 [113]
Kendrick Lamar "Humble" 2017 8.3[b] [103]
Charlie Puth "Attention" 2017 8.3[b] [103]
Bruno Mars "When I Was Your Man" 2013 8.3[b] [108]
OMI "Cheerleader" 2014 8.3[b] [104]
Lady Gaga "Born This Way" 2011 8.2 [113]
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer "Give Me Everything" 2011 8.2 [113]
Jason Derulo "Want to Want Me" 2015 8.1[b] [104]
will.i.am featuring Britney Spears "Scream & Shout" 2012 8.1[b] [108]
Utada Hikaru "Flavor of Life" 2007 8 [130]
Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona "Bailando" 2014 8[b] [109]

7–7.99 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
DJ Khaled "I'm the One" 2017 7.9[b] [103]
Ed Sheeran "Perfect" 2017 7.9[b] [103]
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko "Stay" 2013 7.9[b] [108]
Imagine Dragons "Believer" 2017 7.8[b] [103]
Lady Gaga "Just Dance" 2008 7.7 [115]
Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love" 2008 7.7 [128]
Greeeen "Kiseki" 2008 7.6 [131]
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé "Telephone" 2010 7.4 [127]
Black Eyed Peas "The Time (Dirty Bit)" 2010 7.3 [113]
Avril Lavigne "Girlfriend" 2007 7.3 [132]
Michel Teló "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" 2011 7.2 [110]
Nicki Minaj "Starships" 2012 7.2 [110]
Exile "Lovers Again" 2007 7 [133]
Hilcrhyme "Shunkashūtō" 2009 7 [134]

6–6.99 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Maroon 5 "One More Night" 2012 6.9 [110]
Usher featuring will.i.am "OMG" 2010 6.9 [127]
Katy Perry "California Gurls" 2010 6.7 [127]
Flo Rida "Whistle" 2012 6.6 [110]
Train "Hey, Soul Sister" 2009 6.6 [127]
Rihanna featuring Jay Z "Umbrella" 2007 6.6 [132]
Taylor Swift "Love Story" 2009 6.5 [115]
Flo Rida featuring Sia "Wild Ones" 2012 6.5 [110]
Bruno Mars "The Lazy Song" 2011 6.5 [113]
Shōnan no Kaze "Junrenka" 2006 6.5 [135]
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris "Baby" 2010 6.4 [127]
Timbaland "Apologize" 2008 6.2 [132]
Paramore "crushcrushcrush" 2007 6.1 [127]
Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" 2008 6.1 [115]
A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera "Say Something" 2013 6 [136]
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne "Rather Be" 2014 6 [137]
Kimura Kaela "Butterfly" 2009 6 [138]
The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes "Don't Cha" 2005 6 [139]

5–5.99 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
T-Pain "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" 2007 5.9 [132]
Akon "Don't Matter" 2007 5.7 [132]
Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl" 2008 5.7 [128]
Soulja Boy Tell'em featuring Sammie "Kiss Me thru the Phone" 2008 5.7 [115]
Alicia Keys "No One" 2007 5.6 [128]
Usher featuring Young Jeezy "Love in This Club" 2008 5.6 [128]
Chris Brown "With You" 2007 5.5 [128]
Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin "Don't You Worry Child" 2012 5.5 [140]
Kanye West "Heartless" 2008 5.5 [115]
Britney Spears "Circus" 2008 5.5 [115]
Phillip Phillips "Home" 2012 5.4 [141]
Greeeen "Ai Uta" 2007 5.25 [142]
Soulja Boy Tell 'Em "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" 2007 5.2 [132]
Shop Boyz "Party Like a Rockstar" 2007 5.2 [132]
Ai "Story" 2005 5 [143]
Ashida Mana & Suzuki Fuku
as Kaoru to Tomoki, Tamani Mook
"Maru Maru Mori Mori!" 2011 5 [144]
Avicii "Levels" 2011 5 [108]
Kelly Clarkson "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" 2012 5 [145]
Greeeen "Haruka" 2009 5 [146]
Green Day "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" 2004 5 [147]
Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull "I Like It" 2010 5 [148]
Michael Learns to Rock "Take Me to Your Heart" 2006 5 [149]
Kana Nishino "Aitakute Aitakute" 2010 5 [150]
Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz "La Tortura" 2005 5 [151]
Shakira featuring Dizzee Rascal "Loca" 2010 5 [152]

IFPI best-selling single worldwide by year[edit]

The charts of the best-selling singles by year in the world are compiled by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry annually since 2007. These charts were published in their two annual reports, the Digital Music Report and the Recording Industry in Numbers. Both the Digital Music Report and the Recording Industry in Numbers were replaced in 2016 by the Global Music Report.[153]

Units sold include single-track downloads, audio and video mastertones, ringback tones, full track downloads to mobile and, starting in 2013, track-equivalent streams. All versions of the same song are combined in these charts.

Year Single Artist Nationality Sales
(in millions)
Source
2007 "Girlfriend" Avril Lavigne  Canada 7.3 [132]
2008 "Lollipop" Lil Wayne featuring Static Major  United States 9.1 [128]
2009 "Poker Face" Lady Gaga  United States 9.8 [115]
2010 "TiK ToK" Kesha  United States 12.8 [127]
2011 "Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars  United States 12.5 [113]
2012 "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen  Canada 12.5 [110]
2013 "Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell  United States 14.8 [108]
2014 "Happy" Pharrell Williams  United States 13.9 [109]
2015 "See You Again" Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth  United States 20.9 [104]
2016 "One Dance" Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla  Canada 12.5 [105]
2017 "Shape of You" Ed Sheeran  United Kingdom 26.6 [103]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a.^ Sales figure includes digital sales.
  • b.^ Sales figure includes 'equivalent track streams'.
  • c.^ Sales figure includes physical sales.
  • d.^ Sales figure includes ringback tone sales not counted by the IFPI.

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