List of best-selling girl groups

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A girl group is a popular music act featuring several female singers who generally harmonize together.

Girl groups have been popular at least since the heyday of the Boswell Sisters beginning in the 1930s, but the term "girl group" also denotes the wave of American female pop singing groups who flourished in the late 1950s and early 1960s between the decline of early rock and roll and the British Invasion, many of whom were influenced by doo-wop style. This article covers only girl groups from that era and later.

Best-selling girl groups[edit]

Physical sales[edit]

Rank Girl group Country Physical records Genre Studio albums Members Years active
1 Spice Girls  United Kingdom 80 million[1] Pop 3 5 → 4 → 5 1996–2000, 2007–2008, 2012 (6 years)
2 TLC  United States 70 million[2] Hip Hop, R&B 4 3 → 2 1990–present (22 years)
3 Destiny's Child  United States 60 million[3][4][5] R&B 3 4 → 3 1997–2006,2013 (10 years)
4 Bananarama  United Kingdom 40 million[6] Pop 10 3 → 2 1979–present (35 years)
5 AKB48  Japan 33.7 million[7][8] J-Pop 5 Rotational 2005–present (8 years)
6 Speed  Japan 20 million[9] J-Pop 4 4 1996–2001, 2003, 2008–present (12 years)
7 The Supremes  United States 20 million[10] R&B, Soul 29 4 → 3 1959–1977 (18 years)
8 En Vogue  United States 20 million[11] R&B 5 4 → 3 → 4 → 3 1989–present (25 years)
9 Morning Musume  Japan 16 million[12] J-Pop 13 Rotational 1997–present (17 years)
10 The Pussycat Dolls  United States 15 million[13] Pop, R&B 2 6 → 5 2003–2010 (7 years)
11 SWV  United States 15 million[14] R&B 4 3 1990–1998, 2005–present (17 years)
12 Salt-N-Pepa  United States 12 million[15] Hip hop 5 3 1985–2002, 2007–present (19 years)
13 Sugababes  United Kingdom 12 million[16] Pop, R&B 7 3 1998–2011 (on hiatus) (13 years)
14 Wilson Phillips  United States 11 million[17] Pop 5 3 1989–1993, 2004–present (14 years)
15 S.H.E  Taiwan 10.5 million[18] Mandopop 11 3 2001–present (13 years)
16 All Saints  United Kingdom 10 million[19] Pop, R&B 3 4 1994–2001, 2006–2009, 2013–present (12 years)
17 Atomic Kitten  United Kingdom 10 million[20] Pop 3 3 1997–2004 (on hiatus), 2008, 2012–present (10 years)
18 The Go Go's  United States 7 million[21] Rock 3 3 1978–1985 (on hiatus), 1990, 1994, 1999–present (36years)
19 Rouge  Brazil 6 million[22] Pop 4 5 → 4 2002–2005, 2012 (4 years)
20 Girls' Generation  South Korea 5.8 million[23][24][25] K-pop 7 9 → 8 2007–present (7 years)
  • Note: List does not include solo sales or sub-unit sales. These sales do not belong here, only full-group sales do.

Digital sales[edit]

Rank Girl group Country Downloads Physical records Total records Genre Promoted Singles Members Years active
1 2NE1  South Korea 54.9 million[26][27][28] 0.9 million (albums)[29][28] 55.8 million K-pop 26 4 2009–present (5 years)
2 Pussycat Dolls  United States 40 million[13] 15 million (albums)[13] 54 million[13] Pop, R&B 15 6 → 5 2003–2010 (7 years)
3 S.H.E  Taiwan Unverifiable (only from SHERO)[30] 10.5 million (albums)[18] 10.5 million Mandopop - 3 2001–present (13 years)
4 Girls' Generation  South Korea 38.6 million[31][32] 5.8 million[23][24][25] 44.4 million K-pop 27 9 → 8 2007–present (7 years)
5 Wonder Girls  South Korea 33.5 million[33][34][35] 0.3 million (albums)[33][36] 33.8 million K-pop 17 5 → 4 → 5 → 4 2007–2013 (hiatus) (6 years)
6 4Minute  South Korea 26.7 million[37] 0.2 million[38][39] 26.9 million K-pop 25 5 2009–present (5 years)
7 KARA  South Korea 25.2 million[40][41] 5.8 million[42][43] 31 million K-pop 31 4 → 5 → 3 → 4 2007–present (7 years)
8 Sistar  South Korea 22.9 million[44] 0.1 million[45] 23 million K-pop 13 4 2010–present (4 years)
9 AKB48  Japan 22.9 million[46] 32.37 million[7] 55.27 million J-Pop 39 Rotational 2005–present (8 years)
10 miss A  South Korea 18.6 million[47] 0.1 million (albums)[48] 18.7 million K-pop 7 4 2010–present (4 years)
11 f(x)  South Korea 11.2 million[42][49] 0.3 million (albums)[42][50] 11.5 million K-pop, electropop 8 5 2009–present (5 years)
  • Note: List does not include solo sales or sub-unit sales. These sales do not belong here, only full-group sales do.

Best-selling girl group singles[edit]

In italics, singles whose listed sales are the compilation of sales in available markets instead of a worldwide sales figure. These sales figures are therefore neither complete nor definitive.

Worldwide[edit]

Released Single Group Sales
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls 7 million[51]
2009 "Gee" Girls' Generation 6.6 million[52]
2005 "Don't Cha" Pussycat Dolls 6 million[53]
2009 "Abracadabra" Brown Eyed Girls 4.9 million[54]
2011 "Roly-Poly" T-ara 4.1 million[28][55]

Japan[edit]

Released Single Group Detailed Sales Total Sales
Physical Downloads Ringtones
2010 "Heavy Rotation" AKB48 880,761[56] 1,500,000[57] 750,000[58] 3,130,761
2011 "Flying Get" AKB48 1,625,849[59] 1,000,000[60] 2,625,849
2011 "Everyday, Katyusha" AKB48 1,608,299[61] 1,000,000[60] 2,608,299
2009 "Mister" KARA 144,856[56] 1,250,000[62][63] 1,000,000[64] 2,394,856
2013 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" AKB48 1,533,955[65] 750,000[66] 2,283,955
2012 "Manatsu no Sounds Good" AKB48 1,822,220[67] 250,000[60] 2,072,220
2013 "Sayonara Crawl" AKB48 1,955,800[68] 100,000[60] 2,055,800
2010 "Beginner" AKB48 1,039,352[69] 1,000,000[60] 2,039,352
2011 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" AKB48 1,457,113[70] 500,000[60] 1,957,113
2011 "Give Me Five!" AKB48 1,436,519[71] 500,000[60] 1,936,519
2014 "Labrador Retriever" AKB48 1,725,067[72] 1,725,067
2009 "Gee" Girls' Generation 217,136[56] 1,000,000[60] 500,000[73] 1,717,136
1999 "Love Machine" Morning Musume 1,646,630[citation needed] 1,646,630
2011 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" AKB48 1,081,686[74] 500,000[60] 1,581,686
2012 "Gingham Check" AKB48 1,316,240[75] 250,000[60] 1,566,240
2011 "Ue kara Mariko" AKB48 1,304,903[76] 250,000[60] 1,554,903
2011 "Mr. Taxi" Girls' Generation 172,205[77] 750,000[78][79] 500,000[80] 1,422,205
2013 "Heart Electric" AKB48 1,291,819[81] 100,000[60] 1,391,819
2010 "Jumping" KARA 119,727[56] 750,000[82][83] 500,000[63] 1,369,727
2012 "Uza" AKB48 1,263,148[84] 100,000[60] 1,363,148
2012 "Eien Pressure" AKB48 1,206,869[85] 100,000[60] 1,306,869
2000 "Koi no Dance Site" Morning Musume 1,229,970[citation needed] 1,229,970
2013 "So Long!" AKB48 1,132,853[86] 100,000[60] 1,232,853
2011 "Go Go Summer!" KARA 230,813[77] 500,000[87] 500,000[citation needed] 1,230,813
2014 "Mae shika Mukanee" AKB48 1,151,022[88] 1,151,022
2013 "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de "Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru" to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" AKB48 1,086,491[89] 1,086,491

South Korea[edit]

Released Single Group Sales
2009 "Gee" Girls' Generation 4,900,000+[90]
2008 "Nobody" Wonder Girls 4,548,973[citation needed]
2009 "I Don't Care" 2NE1 4,500,000[91]
2009 "Hot Issue" 4Minute 4,304,000[citation needed]
2010 "I Go Crazy Because Of You" T-ara 4,164,777[citation needed]
2011 "Roly-Poly" T-ara 4,077,885[55]
2009 "Because of You" After School 4,000,000[citation needed]
2011 "Sixth Sense" Brown Eyed Girls 3,991,637[citation needed]
2011 "Be My Baby" Wonder Girls 3,919,684[92]
2009 "What a Girl Wants" 4Minute 3,777,090[citation needed]
2012 "Lovey-Dovey" T-ara 3,758,864[93]
2011 "Good-Bye Baby" miss A 3,474,821[55]
2011 "I Am the Best" 2NE1 3,467,674[55]
2011 "So Cool" Sistar 3,334,222[55]
2010 "Oh!" Girls' Generation 3,316,889[94]
2009 "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)" Girls' Generation 3,300,000+[90]
2009 "Lollipop" 2NE1 and Big Bang 3,300,000[citation needed]
2009 "Muzik" 4Minute 3,209,000[citation needed]
2012 "Alone" Sistar 3,203,685[55]
2010 "Bad Girl Good Girl" miss A 3,119,784[94]
2009 "Mister" KARA 3,112,000[citation needed]
2011 "The Boys" Girls' Generation 3,032,658[55]
2012 "Loving U" Sistar 3,017,035[93]
2009 "Fire" 2NE1 3,045,342[citation needed]
2011 "Ugly" 2NE1 3,005,896[55]

United States[edit]

Released Single Group Sales
2005 "Don't Cha" Pussycat Dolls 3,000,000[95]
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls 2,910,000[96]
2008 "When I Grow Up" Pussycat Dolls 2,180,000[97]
2006 "Buttons" Pussycat Dolls 2,000,000[98]
1994 "Creep" TLC 1,400,000[99][100]
1997 "No, No, No" Destiny's Child 1,300,000[101]
1995 "Waterfalls" TLC 1,200,000[99]
2008 "I Hate This Part" Pussycat Dolls 1,000,000[102]
2005 "Stickwitu" Pussycat Dolls 1,000,000[102]
2004 "Soldier" Destiny's Child 1,000,000[103]
1999 "No Scrubs" TLC 1,000,000[104]

Best-selling girl group albums[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

Released Album Artist Sales
1996 Spice Spice Girls 28 million[105][106]
1994 CrazySexyCool TLC 18 million[107]
1997 Spiceworld Spice Girls 20 million[108]
1999 FanMail TLC 14 million[107]
1997 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 11 million[109]
1990 Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips 10 million[110]
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls 9 million[111]
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child 6 million[112][needs update]
2008 Doll Domination Pussycat Dolls 5 million[113]

Australia[edit]

Certifications according to the ARIA.[114]

Album Group Sales
(Based on
certifications)
Certification Year
Spice Spice Girls 420,000 6× Platinum 1996
Spiceworld 1997
The Secret Life of... The Veronicas 280,000 4× Platinum 2005
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 210,000 3× Platinum 1999
PCD Pussycat Dolls 2005
B*Witched B*Witched 140,000 2× Platinum 1998
All Saints All Saints
Bardot Bardot 2000
Hook Me Up The Veronicas 2007
Survivor Destiny's Child 2001
Destiny Fulfilled 70,000 Platinum 2004
#1's 2005
Doll Domination 2.0 Pussycat Dolls 2008
FanMail TLC 1999
Feels So Good Atomic Kitten 2002
Greatest Hits Spice Girls 2007

Canada[edit]

Certifications according to the Canadian Recording Industry Association.[115]

Album Group Sales
(Based on
certifications)
Certification Year
Spice Spice Girls 1,000,000 Diamond[116] 1996
Spiceworld 1997
CrazySexyCool TLC 800,000 8× Platinum[115] 1994
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 500,000 5× Platinum[115] 1999
Break Out Pointer Sisters 400,000 4× Platinum[115] 1983
FanMail TLC 1999
Very Necessary Salt-n-Pepa 1993
Survivor Destiny's Child 2001
All Saints All Saints 300,000 3× Platinum[115] 1997
PCD Pussycat Dolls 200,000 2× Platinum[115] 2005
Forever Spice Girls 2000
Destiny's Child Destiny's Child 1998
Doll Domination Pussycat Dolls 100,000 Platinum[115] 2009
Girlicious Girlicious 2008
B*Witched B*Witched 1998

Europe[edit]

Certifications according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Album Group Sales
(Based on
certifications)
Certification Year
Spice Spice Girls 8,000,000 8× Platinum[117] 1996
Spiceworld 5,000,000 5× Platinum[118] 1997
All Saints All Saints 2,000,000 2× Platinum[119]
PCD Pussycat Dolls 2005
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 1999
Survivor 2001
Destiny Fulfilled 1,000,000 Platinum[119]
CrazySexyCool TLC 1994
FanMail 1999
Feels So Good Atomic Kitten 2002
Elle'ments No Angels 2001
B*Witched B*Witched 1998
Angels With Dirty Faces Sugababes 2002
Taller In More Ways 2005
Three 2003
The Sound Of... Greatest Hits Girls Aloud 2006
Saints & Sinners All Saints 2000
200 km/h in the Wrong Lane t.A.T.u. 2003

Germany[edit]

Certifications according to the IFPI.[120]

The No Angels are Germany's biggest girl group and have the best selling album and single by a girl group of all time there.
Released Album Artist Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
2001 Elle'ments No Angels 7× Gold 1,050,000
1996 Spice Spice Girls 3× Gold 750,000
2002 Now... Us! No Angels 2× Platinum 600,000
1997 Spiceworld Spice Girls Platinum 500,000
2006 Temptation Monrose 2× Platinum 400,000
2004 Destiny Fulfilled Destiny's Child Platinum 200,000
2001 Survivor Platinum 300,000
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Gold 250,000
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls Platinum 200,000
2001 Right Now Atomic Kitten Gold 150,000
2002 Feels So Good
2000 Forever Spice Girls
2003 Pure No Angels 100,000
2008 Doll Domination Pussycat Dolls
2005 Taller In More Ways Sugababes
2003 Three
2008 Volume I Queensberry
2007 Strictly Physical Monrose
2003 Girls In The House Preluders
2003 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane t.A.T.u.

Japan[edit]

Sales according to Oricon and Platinum certifications according to the RIAJ.

Released Album Group Sales Certification
1998 Moment Speed 2,319,000[121] Million[122]
2001 Best! Morning Musume 1 Morning Musume 2,260,000[121] Million[123]
1998 Rise Speed 2,048,000[121] Million[122]
1997 Starting Over 1,926,000[121] Million[124]
2012 1830m AKB48 1,051,000[125] Million[126]
2014 Tsugi no Ashiato 1,001,000[127] Million[128]
2011 Girls' Generation Girls' Generation 871,497[129][130] Million[126]
2000 3rd: Love Paradise Morning Musume 863,300[131] Million[132]
2011 Koko ni Ita Koto AKB48 829,645[129] Million[133]
1996 Spice Spice Girls 718,432[134] 4× Platinum[135]
1997 Carry On My Way Speed 884,980[131] 3× Platinum[136]
2011 Super Girl KARA 750,746[129][130] 3× Platinum[137]
2010 Kamikyokutachi AKB48 553,998[129][138] 2× Platinum[139]
Girl's Talk KARA 505,491[129][138] 2× Platinum[140]
2000 Speed the Memorial Best 1335days Dear Friends 2 Speed 522,470[131] Platinum[141]
2002 4th Ikimasshoi! Morning Musume 515,440[131] Platinum[142]
2000 Speed the Memorial Best 1335days Dear Friends 1 Speed 505,610[131] Platinum[141]
1999 Second Morning Morning Musume 426,620[143] Platinum[144]

South Korea[edit]

Sales according to Gaon Chart and the Recording Industry Association of Korea.

Released Album Group Sales
1999 Love S.E.S. 780,000[citation needed]
1998 Sea & Eugene & Shoo S.E.S. 680,000[citation needed]
1999 White Fin.K.L 680,000[citation needed]
1997 S.E.S. S.E.S. 650,000[citation needed]
2000 A Letter from Greenland S.E.S. 626,565+[145]
2003 Devotion Baby V.O.X. 610,000(in Asia)[citation needed]
2011 The Boys Girls' Generation 457,122[146]
2002 Special Album Baby V.O.X. 440,000[citation needed]
2000 Now Fin.K.L 435,518[147]
2010 Oh! Girls' Generation 419,238[148]
2002 Choose My Life-U S.E.S. 397,285+[149]
1999 S.P.E.C.I.A.L Fin.K.L 350,000[citation needed]
2001 Surprise S.E.S. 336,285+[150]
2010 Girls' Generation Girls' Generation 309,571[citation needed]
2013 I Got a Boy Girls' Generation 301,453[151]
1998 Fine Killing Liberty Fin.K.L 300,000[citation needed]
1999 Come Come Come Baby Baby V.O.X. 300,000[citation needed]
2002 Forever Fin.K.L 252,139+[152]
2001 Melodies & Memories Fin.K.L 252,127+[153]

Netherlands[edit]

Certifications according to the NVPI.[154]

Released Album Artist Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
1996 Spice Spice Girls 3× Platinum 300,000
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 2× Platinum 200,000
2009 MaMaSé! K3 4× Platinum 200,000
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child 2× Platinum 160,000
1978 With Luv' Luv' Platinum 100,000
1979 Lots Of Luv'
1978 Energy Pointer Sisters
1997 Spiceworld Spice Girls
1999 FanMail TLC
1979 True Luv' Luv' Gold 50,000
1983 Display Dolly Dots
1993 Always & Forever Eternal
1994 CrazySexyCool TLC
1997 All Saints All Saints
1997 Before the Rain Eternal
1997 Greatest Hits
2000 Forever Spice Girls
2002 Fells So Good Atomic Kitten 40,000
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls 35,000
2007 Reünieconcert Ahoy 2007 Dolly Dots

Switzerland[edit]

Certifications according to the IFPI.[155]

Album Group Sales
(Based on
certifications)
Certification Year
Spice Spice Girls 100,000 2× Platinum 1996
Spiceworld 1997
Forever 50,000 Platinum 2000
All Saints All Saints 1997
Elle'ments No Angels 40,000 2001
Survivor Destiny's Child
Temptation Monrose 30,000 2006
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 25,000 Gold 1999
FanMail TLC
Now... Us! No Angels 20,000 2002
PCD Pussycat Dolls 2005
Right Now Atomic Kitten 2001
Feels So Good 2002
Angels with Dirty Faces Sugababes 2002
Three 2003
Taller in More Ways 15,000 2006

United Kingdom[edit]

Certifications according to the BPI.[156]

The Spice Girls are the most successful British girl group of all time with 80 million records sold.
Atomic Kitten have had two multi-platinum albums in the United Kingdom and have sold 10 million records globally.
Released Album Artist Certification Sales
[citation needed]
Peak
1996 Spice Spice Girls 10× Platinum 2,928,739[157] 1
1997 Spiceworld 5× Platinum 1,576,709 1
All Saints All Saints 1,330,000 2
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls 4× Platinum 1,250,874 1
2006 The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits Girls Aloud 1,200,000 1
1993 Always & Forever Eternal 3× Platinum 1,180,000 3
1997 Greatest Hits 1,058,098 5
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child 1,020,000 1
1999 The Writing's on the Wall 970,000 7
2002 Angels With Dirty Faces Sugababes 918,935 2
1988 Greatest Hits Collection Bananarama 897,372 3
2005 Taller in More Ways Sugababes 2× Platinum 887,264 1
2002 Feels So Good Atomic Kitten 861,592 1
2003 Three Sugababes 856,000 3
2008 Out of Control Girls Aloud 796,000 1
1998 B*Witched B*Witched 730,000 3
2001 Right Now Atomic Kitten 632,379 1
2004 What Will the Neighbours Say? Girls Aloud 599,000 4
2000 Saints & Sinners All Saints 592,717 1
1995 Power of a Woman Eternal 442,224 9

United States[edit]

Sales according to Nielsen SoundScan and Platinum certifications according to the RIAA.

Album Group Sales Certification Year
CrazySexyCool TLC 10,765,000[158][159] 11× Platinum[160] 1994
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 7,050,000[158][159] 8× Platinum[160] 1999
Spice Spice Girls 7,453,000[158] 7× Platinum[160] 1996
FanMail TLC 6,577,000[159][161] 6× Platinum[160] 1999
Survivor Destiny's Child 4,739,000[159][162] 4× Platinum[160] 2001
Spiceworld Spice Girls 4,100,000[163] 1997
Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip TLC 4,500,000[161] 1992
Funky Divas En Vogue 4,116,000[159][164] 3× Platinum[160] 1992
PCD Pussycat Dolls 3,000,000[165] 2× Platinum[160] 2005

See also[edit]

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    Youth Society:

    • (Chinese) CCTV.com Music. Genesis. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 6 February 2007.

    Genesis, Super Star:

    Magical Journey:

    Encore:

    Once Upon a Time:

    Play:

    Together (Best Collection):

    • (Chinese) MTV 200. S.H.E's newest album, Youth Society. Retrieved 1 June 2014. Since Super Star and Together combined for 580,000 copies, and Super Star sold 300,000+, then it can be assumed that Together sold around 280,000.

    Forever (Best Collection 2003–2006):

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    Girls & Peace:

    Girls & Peace: 2nd Japan Tour:

    Love & Peace:

    Mr.Mr.:

    The Best:

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    "Genie":

    "Gee":

    "Mr. Taxi/ Run Devil Run":

    "Paparazzi":

    "Oh!":

    "Flower Power":

    "Love & Girls":

    "Galaxy Supernova":

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    2NE1 (2011) era ("Lonely", "I Am the Best", "Hate You", "Ugly)":

    "I Love You":

    "Falling in Love", "Do You Love Me?":

    "Missing You":

    Crush era:

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    2NE1 (2009 EP):

    • Yang Hyun Suk (December 30, 2010). "From YG". YG Life (in Korean). YG Entertainment. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 

    To Anyone:

    2NE1 (2011 EP):

    Crush:

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    The Boys era ("The Boys", "Mr. Taxi"):

    I Got a Boy era ("I Got a Boy", "Dancing Queen") + "And One":

    Mr.Mr. era:

  32. ^ Cumulative Japanese digital single sales:

    "Genie":

    "Gee":

    "Mr. Taxi/ Run Devil Run":

    "Paparazzi":

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  34. ^ Cumulative Korean sales for 2010-2012 singles:

    "2 Different Tears":

    "Be My Baby":

    "Like This", "The DJ is Mine", "Like Money":

  35. ^ Cumulative Chinese sales for 2010 singles:
  36. ^ Cumulative Korean album sales:

    The Wonder Begins:

    So Hot:

    The Wonder Years: Trilogy:

    Wonder Party:

  37. ^ Cumulative Korean sales for 2010-2014 singles:

    Hit Your Heart era ("HuH", "I My Me Mine"):

    4minutes Left era ("Heart to Heart", "Mirror Mirror"):

    Volume Up era ("Volume Up"):

    Name Is 4Minute era ("What's Your Name?") + "Is It Poppin'?":

    4Minute World era ("Whatcha Doin' Today"):

    Non-album singles:

  38. ^ Cumulative Korean sales for 2010-2013 albums:

    Hit Your Heart

    4minutes Left:

    Volume Up:

    Name Is 4Minute:

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  44. ^ Cumulative Korean sales for 2010-2014 singles:

    "Push Push", "Shady Girl", "How Dare You":

    "So Cool":

    "Alone", "Loving You":

    "Give It to Me":

    Touch My Body:

  45. ^ Cumulative Korean sales for 2010-2013 albums:

    So Cool:

    Alone, Loving U:

    Give It to Me:

    Touch & Move:

  46. ^ Cumulative Japanese sales for 2011-2013 singles:

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  47. ^ Cumulative Korean sales for 2010-2013 singles:

    Bad But Good / Step Up era ("Bad Girl Good Girl", "Breathe"):

    "A Class" era ("Love Alone", "Good Bye Baby"):

    Touch / Independent Women Part III era ("Touch", "I Don't Need a Man"):

    "Hush" era ("Hush"):

  48. ^ Cumulative Korean sales for 2010-2013 albums:

    A Class:

    Touch and Independent Women Part III :

    Hush:

  49. ^ Cumulative Korean single sales:
  50. ^ Cumulative Korean album sales:
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