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The Digital Songs chart (previously named Hot Digital Songs)[1] ranks the best-selling digital songs in the United States, as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and published by Billboard. It debuted in the issue dated January 22, 2005, and merged all versions of a song sold from digital music distributors.[2] Its data was incorporated in the Hot 100 three weeks later. Since October 2004, digital sales have been incorporated into many of Billboard's music singles charts.[3] The decision was based on the dramatic increase of the digital market while commercial single sales in a physical format were becoming negligible.[4]

The chart's current number one as of the issue dated September 3, 2016 is "Closer" by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey.[5]

Song records[edit]

Songs with most weeks at number one[edit]

  • 13 weeks
Flo Rida featuring T-Pain – "Low" (2007–08)
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk" (2015)
  • 11 weeks
Pharrell Williams – "Happy" (2014)
  • 10 weeks
The Black Eyed Peas – "Boom Boom Pow" (2009)
The Black Eyed Peas – "I Gotta Feeling" (2009)
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz – "Thrift Shop" (2013)
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell – "Blurred Lines" (2013)
Justin Timberlake – "Can't Stop the Feeling!" (2016)
  • 9 weeks
Gwen Stefani – "Hollaback Girl" (2005)
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx – "Gold Digger" (2005)
  • 8 weeks
50 Cent featuring Olivia – "Candy Shop" (2005)
Carly Rae Jepsen – "Call Me Maybe" (2012)
Meghan Trainor – "All About That Bass" (2014)
  • 7 weeks
Daniel Powter – "Bad Day" (2006)
Eminem featuring Rihanna – "Love the Way You Lie" (2010)
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – "E.T." (2011)
Fun featuring Janelle Monáe – "We Are Young" (2012)
Taylor Swift – "Blank Space" (2014–15)
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – "See You Again" (2015)
Adele – "Hello" (2015–16)

Top 10 single-week download sellers[edit]

1. Adele – "Hello" (1,112,000) November 14, 2015[6]
2. Flo Rida – "Right Round" (636,000) February 28, 2009
3. Adele – "Hello" (635,000) November 21, 2015[7]
4. Taylor Swift – "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (623,000) September 1, 2012[8]
5. Kesha – "Tik Tok" (610,000) January 9, 2010
6. Taylor Swift – "I Knew You Were Trouble" (582,000) January 12, 2013[9]
7. Bruno Mars – "Grenade" (559,000) January 8, 2011
8. Katy Perry – "Roar" (557,000) August 31, 2013[10]
9. Taylor Swift – "Shake It Off" (544,000) September 6, 2014[11]
10. Gotye featuring Kimbra – "Somebody That I Used to Know" (542,000) April 28, 2012[12]

Top-10 biggest debuts[edit]

1. Adele – "Hello" (1,112,000) November 14, 2015
2. Flo Rida — "Right Round" (636,000) February 28, 2009
3. Taylor Swift — "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (623,000) September 1, 2012
4. Katy Perry — "Roar" (557,000) August 31, 2013
5. Taylor Swift — "Shake It Off" (544,000) September 6, 2014
6. Justin Bieber — "Boyfriend" (521,000) April 4, 2012
7. Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa — "Payphone" (493,000) May 5, 2012
8. The Black Eyed Peas — "Boom Boom Pow" (465,000) April 18, 2009
9. Lady Gaga — "Born This Way" (448,000) February 26, 2011
10. Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea — "Problem" (438,000) May 17, 2014

Biggest jump to number one[edit]

Longest climb to number one[edit]

  • 26 weeks
The All-American Rejects – "Dirty Little Secret" (2005–06)
  • 25 weeks
The Fray – "How to Save a Life" (2006)
Train – "Hey, Soul Sister" (2009–10)
  • 24 weeks
Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis – "Just Dance" (2008–09)
  • 23 weeks
Adele – "Set Fire to the Rain" (2012–12)

Biggest drop from number one[edit]

Song achievements[edit]

  • "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas holds the record for biggest selling digitally downloaded song of all time, with current U.S. digital sales of over 8,000,000 copies sold. The song was also the first to pass the 6, 7 and 8 million of downloads [13]
  • "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain was the first song to pass the 4 and 5 million of downloads. It was also named the Top Digital Song of the 2000s decade.[14]
  • Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" was the first song to pass the 3 million of downloads.[15]
  • Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" was the first song to pass the 2 million of downloads.[16]
  • "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani was the first song in history to surpass one million downloads.[17]
  • "Right Round" by Flo Rida holds the record for the largest debut/overall sales week for a male for a digital song with 636,000 downloads.[18]
  • "Payphone" by Maroon 5 (featuring Wiz Khalifa) holds the record for the largest debut/overall sales week for a group for a digital song with 493,000 downloads.[19]
  • "We Are Young" by Fun featuring Janelle Monáe is the first song to log seven weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales.[20]
  • "Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz is the first song to log eight and also nine weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales.[21]
  • "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell is the first song to log ten weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales and the first song to log four weeks of 400,000 or more in digital sales.
  • "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra is the first song to log three weeks of 400,000 or more in digital sales.
  • "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars surpassed the 4 million mark in its fifteenth week, faster than any other song in digital history.
  • "Hello" by Adele holds the record for the largest debut/overall sales week for a digital song with 1,112,000 downloads and the largest non-debut sales week for a digital song with 635,000 downloads. It is also the first song to debut with 1 million downloads sold in a week and to log two weeks of 600,000 or more in digital sales.

Album records[edit]

Artist records[edit]

Artists with the most number-one hits[edit]

1. Rihanna (14)[22]
2. Katy Perry (11)
3. Taylor Swift (10)
4. Eminem (9)
5. Britney Spears (7)
5. Bruno Mars (7)
5. Drake (7)

Artists with most weeks at number one[edit]

1. Rihanna (40)
2. Katy Perry (37)
3. Taylor Swift (29)
4. Bruno Mars (27)
5. The Black Eyed Peas (26)

Self-replacement at number one[edit]

Simultaneously occupying the top two positions[edit]

  • Mariah Carey: December 31, 2005
  1. "Don't Forget About Us"
  2. "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
  • Beyoncé: December 6, 2008
  1. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
  2. "If I Were a Boy"
  • The Black Eyed Peas: June 27, 2009 through July 4, 2009
  1. "I Gotta Feeling"
  2. "Boom Boom Pow"
  • Kesha: January 23, 2010[23]
  1. "Tik Tok"
  2. "Blah Blah Blah" (featuring 3OH!3)
  • Taylor Swift: September 22, 2012[24]
  1. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  2. "Ronan"
  • Iggy Azalea: May 17, 2014 through June 21, 2014
  1. "Problem" (Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea)
  2. "Fancy" (Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX) (songs switched positions on June 7, 2014)
  • Taylor Swift: November 1, 2014
  1. "Out of the Woods"
  2. "Shake It Off"
  • Prince: May 14, 2016
  1. "Purple Rain"
  2. "When Doves Cry"

Artist achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  24. ^ "Digital Songs: Sep 22, 2012". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  25. ^ Week Ending April 10, 2011. Songs: It’s Katy’s World | Chart Watch - Yahoo! Music
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