List of best-selling singles in the United States

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With estimated sales of over 25 million copies, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is the highest selling single in the United States.

This is a list of best selling singles in the United States, some of which have been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). All of these singles have sold over four million copies according to either reliable third-party claims or multi-platinum certifications. In music, a single is a song considered commercially viable enough by the artist and record company to be released separately from an album, usually featured on an album as well. For more information, see single.

  • The RIAA certifies a record only if that record company pays for its official certification; some companies do not consider this an important distinction and will not request certifications unless pressed by its active, still saleable artists. A full and complete list of RIAA-certified recordings would be a very incomplete list of popular American music.
  • The RIAA only certifies a particular recording of a song. For example, sales of Elton John's original "Candle in the Wind" single are not counted towards the 1997 version's official total.
  • Prior to 1989, physical singles were awarded with a Gold certification for shipments of 1,000,000 units and a Platinum certification for shipments of 2,000,000 units. For certification dates since January 1, 1989, a Gold award represented shipments of 500,000 units and a Platinum award represented shipments of 1,000,000 units.
  • Since May 9, 2013, RIAA certifications for singles in the "digital" category include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[1]
  • Physical sales figures backed by RIAA certifications may be inaccurate as physical singles can be "overcertified" (sell less copies than were shipped to stores) or "undercertified" (sell beyond their current certification level and not receive a new certification).

Records[edit]

Over 25 million copies (in North America)[edit]

Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" is the best-selling single in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991.
Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"White Christmas" Bing Crosby 25,000,000[2] 25,000,000

Over 8 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Candle in the Wind 1997" Elton John 8,839,000[3] 8,839,000
"I Gotta Feeling" The Black Eyed Peas 8,670,000[4] 8,670,000
"Rolling in the Deep" Adele 8,340,000[5] 8,340,000
"Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock 8,030,000[6] 8,000,000
"We Are the World" USA for Africa ~8,000,000[7] ~8,000,000

Over 7 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye featuring Kimbra 7,840,000[8] 7,840,000
"Thrift Shop" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz 7,740,000[9] 7,740,000
"Radioactive" Imagine Dragons 7,660,000[10] 7,660,000
"Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen 7,550,000[11] 7,550,000
"Don't Stop Believin'" Journey 1,000,000[12] 6,400,000[10] 7,400,000
"Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams 7,380,000[13] 7,380,000
"Poker Face" Lady Gaga 7,210,000[4] 7,210,000
"Low" Flo Rida featuring T-Pain 7,000,000[14] 7,000,000
"Cruise" Florida Georgia Line 7,000,000[15] 7,000,000
"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Gene Autry 7,000,000[16] 7,000,000

Over 6 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Just Dance" Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis 6,980,000[4] 6,980,000
"Happy" Pharrell Williams 6,900,000[17] 6,900,000
"I'm Yours" Jason Mraz 6,837,000[18] 6,837,000
"We Are Young" fun. featuring Janelle Monae 6,830,000[5] 6,830,000
"Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas 6,820,000[4] 6,820,000
"Firework" Katy Perry 6,800,000[19] 6,800,000
"Tik Tok" Kesha 6,669,000[13] 6,669,000
"I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston 4,591,000[20] 2,016,000[20] 6,607,000
"Moves like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera 6,507,000[21] 6,507,000
"Hey, Soul Sister" Train 6,417,000[22] 6,417,000
"Need You Now" Lady Antebellum 6,270,000[23] 6,270,000
"Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO 6,137,000[24] 6,137,000
"Viva la Vida" Coldplay 6,131,000[22] 6,131,000
"Lose Yourself" Eminem 6,113,000[14] 6,113,000
"Eye of the Tiger" Survivor ~2,000,000[25] 4,100,000[10] ~6,100,000
"Apologize" Timbaland featuring OneRepublic 6,000,000[26] 6.000,000
"Dynamite" Taio Cruz 6,000,000[27] 6,000,000
"Fuck You!" CeeLo Green 6,000,000[28] 6,000,000
"Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars 6,000,000[29] 6,000,000
"Love the Way You Lie" Eminem featuring Rihanna 6,000,000[30] 6,000,000
"Paper Doll" Mills Brothers ~6,000,000[31] ~6,000,000
"The Tennessee Waltz" Patti Page ~6,000,000[31] ~6,000,000

Over 5 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Roar" Katy Perry 5,940,000[32] 5,940,000
"Dark Horse" Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 5,935,000[19] 5,935,000
"Royals" Lorde 5,900,000[33] 5,900,000
"Love Story" Taylor Swift 5,800,000[34] 5,800,000
"E.T." Katy Perry featuring Kanye West 5,800,000[32] 5,800,000
"California Gurls" Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg 5,700,000[32] 5,700,000
"Grenade" Bruno Mars 5,701,000[35] 5,701,000
"Hot n Cold" Katy Perry 5,600,000[32] 5,600,000
"Someone Like You" Adele 5,576,000[36] 5,576,000
"Right Round" Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha 5,572,000[37] 5,572,000
"Bad Romance" Lady Gaga 5,570,000,[4] 5,570,000
"Party in the U.S.A." Miley Cyrus 5,542,000[38] 5,542,000
"Empire State of Mind" Jay Z and Alicia Keys 5,513,000[14] 5,513,000
"Payphone" Maroon 5 5,510,000[39] 5,510,000
"All of Me" John Legend 5,500,000[17] 5,500,000
"Sail" AWOLNATION 5,500,000[40] 5,500,000
"Counting Stars" OneRepublic 5,300,000[41] 5,300,000
"Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars 5,234,000[26] 5,234,000
"Pumped Up Kicks" Foster the People 5,173,000[42] 5,173,000
"Home" Phillip Phillips 5,099,000[43] 5,099,000
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" Soulja Boy 5,080,000[44] 5,080,000
"All About That Bass Meghan Trainor 5,050,000[45] 5,050,000
"Stronger" Kanye West 5,014,000[46] 5,014,000
"We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 5,013,000[36] 5,013,000
"Super Bass" Nicki Minaj 5,000,000[47] 5,000,000
"Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" Elvis Presley 5,000,000[48] 5,000,000
"I Knew You Were Trouble" Taylor Swift 5,000,000[34] 5,000,000
"Not Afraid" Eminem 5,000,000[49] 5,000,000
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Beyoncé 5,000,000[50] 5,000,000
"Some Nights" fun. 5,000,000[43] 5,000,000
"That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" Gene Autry 5,000,000[51] 5,000,000
"Ballad of the Green Berets" Barry Sadler 5,000,000[52] 5,000,000
"Dardanella" Ben Selvin ~5,000,000[31] ~5,000,000
"My Blue Heaven" Gene Austin ~5,000,000[31] ~5,000,000

Over 4 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Give Me Everything" Pitbull featuring Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo 4,874,000[13] 4,874,000
"Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen ~1,000,000[53] 3,800,000[10] ~4,800,000
"What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction 4,750,000[54] 4,750,000
"If I Die Young" The Band Perry 4,740,000[23] 4,740,000
"OMG" Usher featuring will.i.am 4,719,000[55] 4,719,000
"When I Was Your Man" Bruno Mars 4,700,000[9] 4,700,000
"How to Save a Life" The Fray 4,700,000[10] 4,700,000
"Teenage Dream" Katy Perry 4,700,000[32][56] 4,700,000
"Bleeding Love" Leona Lewis 4,700,000[57] 4,700,000
"Fireflies" Owl City 4,648,000[58] 4,648,000
"Chicken Fried" Zac Brown Band 4,461,000[59] 4,461,000
"Lollipop" Lil Wayne 4,639,000[60] 4,639,000
"One More Night" Maroon 5 4,635,000[39] 4,635,000
"So What" P!nk 4,624,000[61] 4,624,000
"Thriller" Michael Jackson ~1,000,000[62] 3,600,000[63] ~4,600,000
"I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry 4,600,000[32] 4,600,000
"Disturbia" Rihanna 4,593,000[36] 4,593,000
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Marvin Gaye 4,000,000[64] 568,000[65] 4,568,000
"Live Your Life" T.I. featuring Rihanna 4,557,000[35] 4,557,000
"Set Fire to the Rain" Adele 4,552,000[36] 4,552,000
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson 4,533,000[66] 4,533,000
"Rockstar" Nickelback 4,500,000[10] 4,500,000
"Starships" Nicki Minaj 4,500,000[47] 4,500,000
"You Belong with Me" Taylor Swift 4,500,000[34] 4,500,000
"SexyBack" Justin Timberlake 4,494,000[67] 4,494,000
"Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye 3,000,000[68] 1,491,000[65] 4,491,000
"Hey There Delilah" Plain White T's 4,476,000[69] 4,476,000
"Just Give Me a Reason" P!nk featuring Nate Ruess 4,405,000[9] 4,405,000
"Whatever You Like" T.I. 4,401,000[35] 4,401,000
"Can't Hold Us" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton 4,383,000[9] 4,383,000
"Ho Hey" Lumineers 4,369,000[70] 4,369,000
"Locked Out of Heaven" Bruno Mars 4,366,000[35] 4,366,000
"Lights" Ellie Goulding 4,300,000[71] 4,300,000
"Use Somebody" Kings of Leon 4,300,000[10] 4,300,000
"Timber" Pitbull featuring Kesha 4,260,000[72] 4,260,000
"Umbrella" Rihanna featuring Jay-Z 4,236,000[36] 4,236,000
"Fancy" Iggy Azalea 4,200,000[17] 4,200,000
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World" Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 4,200,000[73] 4,200,000
"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" Usher featuring Pitbull 4,198,000[13] 4,198,000
"Raise Your Glass" P!nk 4,126,000[74] 4,126,000
"Demons" Imagine Dragons 4,100,000[10] 4,100,000
"I Like It" Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull 4,081,000[13] 4,081,000
"Wake Me Up!" Avicii 4,060,000[75] 4,060,000
"Born This Way" Lady Gaga 4,050,000[4] 4,050,000
"We R Who We R" Kesha 4,047,000[13] 4,047,000
"Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood 4,043,000[76] 4,043,000
"Dirt Road Anthem" Jason Aldean 4,027,000[33] 4,027,000
"Airplanes" B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams 4,000,000[77] 4,000,000
"Big Girls Don't Cry" Fergie 4,000,000[13] 4,000,000
"Down" Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne 4,000,000[78] 4,000,000
"Gangnam Style" Psy 4,000,000[79] 4,000,000
"Gives You Hell" The All-American Rejects 4,000,000[80] 4,000,000
"Good Feeling" Flo Rida 4,000,000[37] 4,000,000
"Harper Valley PTA" Jeannie C. Riley 4,000,000[81] 4,000,000
"Heartless" Kanye West 4,000,000[82] 4,000,000
"Hey Jude" The Beatles ~4,000,000[83] ~4,000,000
"Hotel California" Eagles ~1,000,000[84] 3,000,000[85] ~4,000,000
"I Won't Give Up" Jason Mraz 4,000,000[18] 4,000,000
"Just a Dream" Nelly 4,000,000[86] 4,000,000
"Le Freak" Chic 4,000,000[87] 4,000,000
"Let Her Go" Passenger 4,000,000[88] 4,000,000
"Let It Rock" Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne 4,000,000[89] 4,000,000
"Like a G6" Far East Movement featuring Dev and The Cataracs 4,000,000[80] 4,000,000
"Love is Blue" Paul Mauriat 4,000,000[90] 4,000,000
"Look at Me Now" Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes 4,000,000[33] 4,000,000
"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" Los del Río ~4,000,000[91] ~4,000,000
"No One" Alicia Keys 4,000,000[14] 4,000,000
"Paper Planes" M.I.A. 4,000,000[92] 4,000,000
"Replay" Iyaz 4,000,000[93] 4,000,000
"Say Something" A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera 4,000,000[94] 4,000,000
"Shake It Off" Taylor Swift 4,000,000[95] 4,000,000
"Stay" Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 4,000,000[96] 4,000,000
"Talk Dirty" Jason Derulo 4,000,000[97] 4,000,000
"Whatcha Say" Jason Derulo 4,000,000[14] 4,000,000
"Whoomp! (There It Is)" Tag Team ~4,000,000[98] ~4,000,000
"Yeah!" Usher 4,000,000[92] 4,000,000
"You Light Up My Life" Debbie Boone 4,000,000[99] 4,000,000

Best-selling single by year[edit]

This is a list of the best-selling songs in the United States since 1992. From 1992 through 2004, the numbers are for physical singles. From 2005 onwards, they are for digital songs.[100]

Physical singles[edit]

Digital singles[edit]

Top ten best-selling artists[edit]

Digital songs
  1. Rihanna – 75,900,000[106]
  2. Taylor Swift – 70,600,000[107]
  3. Katy Perry – 49,897,000[56]
  4. Jay Z – 49,200,000[106]
  5. Lady Gaga – 47,349,000[4]
  6. Beyoncé – 46,200,000[106]
  7. Kanye West – 45,000,000[106]
  8. Black Eyed Peas – 42,405,000[108]
  9. Eminem – 42,290,000[108]
  10. Chris Brown - 41,300,000[109]

Based on reliable sources like Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan's year end report wherever available.[108][110]

Achievements[edit]

  • In January 2015 Taylor Swift surpassed Katy Perry as RIAA's top certified digital singles artist of all time with over 77 million shipments including digital downloads and online streaming of her songs.[111]
  • Rihanna was named the Hot Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade.[112]
  • After his passing, Michael Jackson became the first artist in digital history to sell one million downloads in a week, with a record-breaking 2.6 million downloads of his songs.[113]
  • Katy Perry is the only artist to top the 5 million mark with six songs—"Hot n Cold", "California Gurls", "Firework", "E.T.", "Roar" and "Dark Horse".[37][114] In June 2014, Perry became RIAA's top certified singles artist with over 72 million shipments including digital downloads and online streaming of her songs.[115]
  • Lady Gaga's debut single "Just Dance" is the best-selling debut single by any artist in the United States, with over 6.98 million copies sold as of April 2015. Gaga is also the first the first and only female artist to pass the 6 million downloads with two songs, with "Just Dance" and "Poker Face".
  • 2012 was the first year in which three songs sold over 6 million downloads (Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know", Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe", and fun.'s "We Are Young").

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