List of best-selling girl groups

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The Spice Girls (here in 2008) are the best-selling girl group in history.[1][2]

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.

Sales figures records in most countries are not available before the 1990s, so it is difficult to accurately determine best-selling records, either by country or worldwide. Certification levels have been used for most countries, but certification was not common until the 1970s in the US and UK, and later in other countries. In addition, in many countries certification is for shipments of a record to retailers, rather than actual sales. Complicating matters further, the changes from 2010 onwards as certifications have become based on combined sales figures and streaming instead of sales alone.

As a result, these tables should not be considered finalized of the best-selling records by girl groups in each country.

Best-selling girl groups worldwide

Groups with claimed total record sales of more than 20 million:

Artist Country of origin Number of members Period active Genre Studio albums Claimed sales
Spice Girls United Kingdom 5 → 4 → 5 → 4 1994–2000, 2007–2008, 2012, 2018–present (14 years) 3 100 million[3]
The Supremes United States 4 → 3 1959–1977, 1983, 2000 (20 years)
29 50–100 million[4]
The Andrews Sisters United States 3 1925–1953, 1956–1967 (39 years) 12 75 million[5]
2NE1 South Korea 4 → 3 2009–2016 (7 years) K-pop 2 66 million[6]
TLC United States 3 → 2 1991–present (33 years) 5 65 million[7]
AKB48 Japan Rotational 2005–present (19 years) J-pop 8 60 million[8]
Destiny's Child United States 4 → 3 1997–2006 (9 years)
  • R&B
5 60 million[9]
Little Mix United Kingdom 4 → 3 2011–2022 (11 years)
  • Pop
  • R&B
6 60 million[10]
The Pussycat Dolls United States 6 → 5 2003–10, 2019–2021 (7 years)
  • Pop
  • R&B
2 54 million[11]
Girls' Generation South Korea 9 → 8 2007–2017, 2022–present (12 years) K-pop 10 45 million[12]
Twice South Korea 9 2015–present (9 years) K-pop 7 42 million[13]
Davichi South Korea 2 2008–present (16 years) K-pop 3 42 million[14]
Bananarama United Kingdom 3 → 2 → 3 → 2 1981–present (43 years) Pop 11 40 million[15]
The Pointer Sisters United States 2 → 3 → 4 → 3 → 4 1969–present (55 years)
  • R&B
  • soul
16 40 million[16]
T-ara South Korea 6 → 7 → 8 → 7 → 6 → 4 2009–2017, 2020-2022 (10 years) K-pop 4 35 million[17]
Fifth Harmony United States 5 → 4 2012–2018 (6 years)
  • Pop
  • R&B
3 33 million[18]
The Nolans United Kingdom 5 → 4 → 5 → 4 → 3 → 2 → 4 → 5 1974–2005, 2009, 2020–2022 (34 years)
  • Pop
23 30 million[19]
Sistar South Korea 4 2010–2017 (7 years) K-pop 2 28 million[20]
Wonder Girls South Korea 5 → 4 2007–2017 (10 years) K-pop 3 26 million[21]
Morning Musume Japan Rotational 1997–present (27 years) J-pop 16 22 million[22]
Blackpink South Korea 4 2016–present (8 years)
  • K-pop
2 20 million[23]
En Vogue United States 4 → 3 1989–present (35 years)
  • R&B
8 20 million[24]
Speed Japan 4 1996–2001, 2003, 2008–2012 (10 years) J-pop 5 20 million[25]

Best-selling girl group singles

Worldwide

It is extremely difficult to assess worldwide sales of singles, due to the lack of auditing in many countries, and that no country officially tracked sales before the 1990s. In the second edition of The Book of Golden Discs, author Joseph Murrell calculated a worldwide sales figure of 18 million singles for Baccara's "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie",[26] but this figure is disputed and has never been officially confirmed. Other claimed worldwide sales figures for singles by girl groups are shown in the table below:

Released Single Group Confirmed sales[a] Claimed sales
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls

Total available sales: 6.820 million
7 million[39]
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" Las Ketchup

Total available sales: 5.063 million
7 million[52]
2005 "Don't Cha" The Pussycat Dolls

Total available sales: 4.337 million
6 million[61]

Notes:

  1. ^ Sales figures obtained from certifying bodies alone

Australia

Singles certified platinum or more by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Only includes certifications since 1989, when ARIA took over compiling the Australian charts. From November 2014 onwards paid-for audio streams were included in the Australian singles chart and counted towards sales and certifications.

Certifications based on sales only

Released Single Group Certification
2012 "I Love It"[62] Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX 5× Platinum
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)"[44] Las Ketchup 3× Platinum
2012 "Wings"[62] Little Mix
1996 "Wannabe"[32] Spice Girls 2× Platinum
1997 "Never Ever"[63] All Saints
2000 "Say My Name"[64] Destiny's Child
"Poison"[64] Bardot
"Independent Women"[65] Destiny's Child
2001 "Whole Again"[65] Atomic Kitten
2005 "Don't Cha"[56] The Pussycat Dolls
2013 "Change Your Life"[62] Little Mix

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification
2016 "Work from Home"[66] Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 6× Platinum
2014 "Ugly Heart"[67] G.R.L. 4× Platinum
2014 "You Ruin Me"[67] The Veronicas 3× Platinum
2017 "Shout Out to My Ex"[66] Little Mix
2015 "Worth It"[68] Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink 2× Platinum
"Black Magic"[68] Little Mix
2016 "Secret Love Song"[68] Little Mix featuring Jason Derulo
"Hair"[68] Little Mix featuring Sean Paul
2017 "Touch"[66] Little Mix
2023 "Cupid"[69] Fifty Fifty featuring Sabrina Carpenter
2014 "If You Love Someone"[70] The Veronicas Platinum
2016 "All in My Head (Flex)"[68] Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap
"In My Blood"[68] The Veronicas
2018 "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du"[71] Blackpink
"Kiss and Make Up"[72] Dua Lipa and Blackpink
"Woman Like Me"[72] Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj
2019 "Kill This Love"[71] Blackpink
2020 "How You Like That"[71]
"Ice Cream"[71] Blackpink and Selena Gomez

Brazil

Based on certifications awarded by Pro-Música Brasil. Single certifications have only been awarded since 2008, and have included audio and video streaming from 2017 onwards.

Released Single Group Certification[73]
2015 "Black Magic" Little Mix Diamond
2018 "Woman Like Me" Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj
2019 "Kill This Love" Blackpink
2020 "Sour Candy" Lady Gaga and Blackpink
"How You Like That" Blackpink
"Ice Cream" Blackpink and Selena Gomez
2016 "Hair" Little Mix 3× Platinum
"Shout Out to My Ex"
2017 "Reggaetón Lento (Remix)" CNCO and Little Mix
2016 "Touch" Little Mix 2× Platinum
2017 "Power" Little Mix featuring Stormzy
2012 "Wings" Little Mix Platinum
2013 "Move"
2014 "Salute"
2015 "Love Me Like You"
2016 "Secret Love Song" Little Mix featuring Jason Derulo
2017 "No More Sad Songs" Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly
2018 "Only You" Cheat Codes and Little Mix
2019 "Think About Us" Little Mix
2020 "Oh My God" (G)I-dle
"Sweet Melody" Little Mix

Canada

Singles certified gold or more by the Music Canada.[74]

Certifications based on sales only

Released Single Group Certification Sales

(Based on
certifications)

1998 "Goodbye" Spice Girls 2× Platinum 200,000
1986 "Venus" Bananarama Platinum 100,000
1984 "Neutron Dance" The Pointer Sisters Gold 50,000
"Jump (For My Love)"

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification Sales

(Based on
certifications)

2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 5× Platinum 400,000
2023 "Cupid" Fifty Fifty 3× Platinum 240,000
2015 "Worth It" Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink 2× Platinum 160,000
2020 "How You Like That" Blackpink
1995 "Waterfalls" TLC Platinum 80,000
2015 "Black Magic" Little Mix
2016 "All In My Head (Flex)" Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap
"Shout Out to My Ex" Little Mix
"Touch"
2022 "Pink Venom" Blackpink
"Shut Down"
1994 "Creep" TLC Gold 40,000
2018 "Woman Like Me" Little Mix
2020 "Sour Candy" Lady Gaga and Blackpink
"Ice Cream" Blackpink and Selena Gomez

France

Certifications based on sales only

Released Single Group Certification Sales

(Based on
certifications)

1996 "Wannabe"[75] Spice Girls Diamond 750,000
2001 "Toutes les femmes de ta vie"[76] L5
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)"[77] Las Ketchup
1996 "Say You'll Be There"[75] Spice Girls Gold 250,000
"2 Become 1"[75]
1997 "I Wanna Be the Only One"[78] Eternal featuring BeBe Winans
"Who Do You Think You Are"[75] Spice Girls
"Spice Up Your Life"[75]
"Too Much"[75]
1998 "Stop"[75]
"Viva Forever"[75]
1999 "No Scrubs"[79] TLC
2000 "Pure Shores"[80] All Saints

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification Sales + streaming
(Based on certifications)
2016 "Work from Home"[81] Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign Diamond 250,000
2018 "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du"[82] Blackpink Gold 100,000
2019 "Kill This Love"[83]
2020 "How You Like That"[84]

Germany

Certifications based on sales only

Released Single Group Certification[85] Sales
(Based on
certifications)
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" Las Ketchup 2× Platinum 1,000,000
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten Platinum 500,000
"Daylight in Your Eyes" No Angels
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls
2006 "Shame" Monrose 3× Gold 450,000
1996 "Waterfalls" TLC Gold 250,000
1997 "Who Do You Think You Are"/"Mama" Spice Girls
1998 "Viva Forever"

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification[85] Sales + streaming
(Based on certifications)
2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign Platinum 400,000
2016 "Shout Out To My Ex" Little Mix Gold 200,000
  • Note: Certification levels in Germany have changed several times over the years – the certification level for a gold single was 250,000 until the end of 2002, 150,000 between 2003 and mid-2014, and 200,000 from mid-2014 onwards. These different levels are reflected in the table above.
  • From January 2014 onwards, paid-for audio streams were included in the German singles chart and counted towards sales and certifications.[86]

Japan

The ten biggest-selling girl group singles in Japan based on total sales (May 2020):

Released Single Group Detailed Sales Total Sales
Physical Downloads Ringtones
2010 "Heavy Rotation" AKB48 880,761[87] 1,500,000[88] 750,000[89] 3,130,761
2011 "Flying Get" 1,625,849[90] 1,000,000[91] 500,000[92] 3,125,849
2011 "Everyday, Katyusha

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1,000,000[91] 500,000[94] 3,108,299
2018 "Teacher Teacher" 2,922,460[95] 2,922,460
2017 "Negaigoto no Mochigusare" 2,649,234[96] 2,649,234
2013 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" 1,533,955[97] 1,000,000[98] 2,533,955
2016 "Tsubasa wa Iranai" 2,499,785[99] 2,499,785
2012 "Manatsu no Sounds Good" 1,822,220[100] 500,000[101] 2,322,220
2009 "Mister" Kara 145,000[102] 1,000,000[103] 1,000,000[104] 2,145,000
2010 "Gee" Girls' Generation 130,145[102] 1,000,000[91] 1,000,000[104] 2,130,145
2013 "Sayonara Crawl" AKB48 1,955,800[105] 100,000[91] 2,055,800
  • From January 2014, RIAJ changed calculation method for Detailed Sales and the Gold Record.[106]

New Zealand

Singles certified platinum or more by Recorded Music NZ. Since November 2014 certifications for singles have included streaming, and therefore cannot be compared to certifications from before this date.

Certifications based on sales only

Released Single Group Certification
2001 "Whole Again"[107] Atomic Kitten 2× Platinum
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)"[51] Las Ketchup
1995 "Waterfalls"[108] TLC Platinum
1996 "Wannabe"[109] Spice Girls
"Say You'll Be There"[110]
1997 "I Wanna Be the Only One"[111] Eternal featuring BeBe Winans
"Spice Up Your Life"[112] Spice Girls
1998 "Viva Forever"[113]
"Rollercoaster"[114] B*witched
"Goodbye"[114] Spice Girls
1999 "No Scrubs"[115] TLC

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification
2016 "Work from Home"[116] Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 2× Platinum
2016 "Secret Love Song"[117] Little Mix featuring Jason Derulo Platinum
2023 "Cupid"[118] Fifty Fifty

South Korea

The Circle Digital Chart, a component of the Circle Chart, released download sales from its launch in 2010 until 2017, and began a certification scheme in 2018. Prior to the establishment of the Circle Music Chart, the country's music charts were supplied by the Music Industry Association of Korea (MIAK), which did not track digital single downloads.[119]

Prior to certification (2010–2017)

South Korea experienced a decline in digital music sales volume which began in late 2012.[120] The price of digital downloads was greatly inflated, and as a result, no girl group songs released since 2013 have surpassed the three million sales mark.

Released Song Group Sales
2011 "Roly-Poly" T-ara 4,411,209[121]
"Don't Say Goodbye" Davichi 4,021,547[122]
"So Cool" Sistar 4,011,945[123]
"Be My Baby" Wonder Girls 3,919,684[124]
"I Am the Best" 2NE1 3,795,020[125]
"Cry Cry" T-ara 3,783,925[126]
2012 "Lovey-Dovey" 3,758,864[127]
2011 "The Boys" Girls' Generation 3,623,330[128]
"Good Bye Baby" Miss A 3,589,321[129]
2012 "Loving U" Sistar 3,438,000[130]
"Alone" 3,422,141[131]
2010 "Bad Girl Good Girl" Miss A 3,334,684[132]
2011 "Ugly" 2NE1 3,324,861[133]
2010 "Oh!" Girls' Generation 3,316,889[134]
2011 "Hot Summer" f(x) 3,046,546[135]
2010 "I Go Crazy Because of You" T-ara 3,042,224[136]
2011 "Lonely" 2NE1 3,040,386[137]
"Starlight Moonlight" Secret 3,016,717[138]

After certification (2018–present)

The Circle Chart stopped releasing download sales in December 2017. However, the chart began implementing record certifications in April 2018, at a level of 2,500,000 sales per Platinum level.[139] Every song released since 1 January 2018 is eligible for a certification.

Released Song Group Certification[140] Sales
(Based on
certifications)
2018 "Bboom Bboom" Momoland Platinum 2,500,000
"Starry Night" Mamamoo
"Travel" Bolbbalgan4
"Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" Blackpink
"Forever Young"
"Bad Boy" Red Velvet
"Power Up"
"Dance The Night Away" Twice
"What Is Love?"
"Yes or Yes"

Sweden

There were few certifications awarded in Sweden before 1996, so singles before this date are not represented in this list. There have been three different certification levels since 1996: from 1996 to June 2003 the gold/platinum levels for singles were 15,000/30,000, from July 2003 to September 2010 the levels were 10,000/20,000, and from October 2010 onwards, when streaming was included in the certification levels, the levels have been 20,000/40,000. The tables below reflect these changes in certification levels.

Certifications based on sales only

Released Single Group Certification[141] Sales
(Based on
certifications)
2002 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)"[46] Las Ketchup 4× Platinum 120,000
1998 "Spice Up Your Life"[142] Spice Girls Platinum 30,000
1999 "Unpretty"[143] TLC
2001 "Need to Know (Eenie Meenie Miny Moe)"[144] Excellence
"Independent Women Part 1"[144] Destiny's Child
2002 "All the Things She Said"[145] t.A.T.u.
"Never Let It Go"[145] Afro-dite
2005 "Push the Button"[146] Sugababes 20,000
1996 "Wannabe"[142] Spice Girls Gold 15,000
1997 "Mama"[142]
1998 "Viva Forever"[142]
"Goodbye"[142]
1999 "No Scrubs"[147] TLC

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification[141] Sales + streaming
(Based on certifications)
2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 4× Platinum 160,000
2015 "Emergency" Icona Pop 2× Platinum 80,000
2012 "I Love It" Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX Platinum 40,000
2014 "Sledgehammer" Fifth Harmony
2015 "Worth It" Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink

Switzerland

Released Single Group Sales
2002 "All The Things She Said" t.A.T.u[148] 40,000
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls[36] 25,000
1998 "Viva Forever"
1997 "Never Ever" All Saints[149]
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten[150] 20,000
2004 "Lose My Breath" Destiny's Child[151]
2005 "Don't Cha" Pussycat Dolls[152]
2016 "Shout Out to My Ex" Little Mix[153]
2017 "Reggaetón Lento (Remix)" CNCO and Little Mix[153]
2018 "Woman Like Me" Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj[153] 10,000

United Kingdom

Since July 2014, certifications have included audio streams so they cannot be compared to sales-only certifications before this date. The ten biggest-selling girl group singles in the United Kingdom:

Physical and digital sales only (before July 2014)

Released Single Group Sales
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls 1,400,000[154]
1997 "Never Ever" All Saints 1,363,504[155]
1996 "2 Become 1" Spice Girls 1,150,000[156]
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten 1,021,465[155]
1996 "Say You'll Be There" Spice Girls 968,244[157]
1998 "C'est la Vie" B*Witched 925,000[158]
1998 "Goodbye" Spice Girls 896,000[159]
1997 "Spice Up Your Life" 887,000[160]
2000 "Pure Shores" All Saints 815,000[161]
1997 "Mama"/"Who Do You Think You Are" Spice Girls 732,000[162]

Physical and digital sales + on-demand digital streaming (after July 2014)

Released Single Group Units
1996 "Wannabe" Spice Girls 2,100,000 [163]
2016 "Shout Out to My Ex" Little Mix 2,400,000[164]
1999 "No Scrubs" TLC 1,800,000[164]
2015 "Black Magic" Little Mix 1,800,000[164]
2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 1,800,000[164]
"Touch" Little Mix 1,800,000[164]
"Secret Love Song" Little Mix featuring Jason Derulo 1,700,000[164]
2017 "Power" Little Mix featuring Stormzy 1,800,000[165]
2007 "About You Now" Sugababes 1,250,000[166]
1997 "2 Become 1" Spice Girls 1,200,000[164]
"Spice Up Your Life" Spice Girls
1998 "C'est la Vie" B*Witched
2000 "Say My Name" Destiny's Child
"Pure Shores" All Saints
2001 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten
2005 "Don't Cha" The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes
2017 "Reggaetón Lento (Remix)" Little Mix with CNCO
2012 "Wings" Little Mix 1,000,000[164]
2018 "Woman Like Me" Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj
2016 "Hair" Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 900,000[165]
2020 "Sweet Melody" Little Mix
2021 "Heartbreak Anthem" Little Mix, Galantis and David Guetta
2002 "Sound of the Underground" Girls Aloud

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2001 "Survivor" Destiny's Child 832,000[167]
2015 "Love Me Like You" Little Mix 800,000[165]
2017 "No More Sad Songs" Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly
1998 "I Wanna Be the Only One" Eternal 728,000[168]
2001 "Bootylicious" Destiny's Child 646,000[169]
1966 "You Can't Hurry Love" The Supremes 600,000[165]
1995 "Waterfalls" TLC
1996 "Don't Let Go (Love)" En Vogue
1998 "Stop" Spice Girls
1999 "Bills, Bills, Bills" Destiny's Child
2000 "Jumpin', Jumpin'"
"Independent Women Part I"
2002 "The Promise" Girls Aloud
"The Tide Is High (Get the Feeling)" Atomic Kitten
2004 "Lose My Breath" Destiny's Child
2005 "Push the Button" Sugababes
2008 "When I Grow Up" The Pussycat Dolls
2009 "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" The Pussycat Dolls and A. R. Rahman featuring Nicole Scherzinger
2010 "Higher" The Saturdays
2012 "What About Us" The Saturdays featuring Sean Paul
"Black Heart" Stooshe
2013 "Move" Little Mix
2014 "Salute"
"Ugly Heart" G.R.L
2015 "Worth It" Fifth Harmony
2018 "Only You" Little Mix and Cheat Codes
2020 "Break Up Song" Little Mix
2021 "Kiss My (Uh-Oh)" Little Mix and Anne-Marie

United States

Sales figures of records in the US were not tracked accurately until May 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan started recording sales of singles and albums electronically at point of sale, rather than relying on figures provided to them by record store staff.[170] As a result, there are no reliable sales figures available before this date, and therefore it is not possible to rank the best-selling singles by girl groups in the US in sales order.

Since 2013 certifications have included legal on-demand digital streams – separate figures for the pure sales component of singles released after 2013 are not available so they cannot be compared to sales-only certifications before this date.

Certifications based on sales only

RIAA sales certifications began in the US in 1958 – there are very few records with certifications before this date. Until 1988 a million-seller received a gold certification (and a two million-seller received a platinum certification). From 1989 onwards the levels were revised so that a million-seller received a platinum certification instead, with multi-platinum awards for multiple million sales.[171][172] However, these pre- and post-1989 certification levels are not currently reflected in the RIAA database.

The following singles have been certified by RIAA as selling one million copies or more in the US.

Released Single Group Sales (where known)
1961 "Please Mr. Postman"[173] The Marvelettes
1964 "Dancing in the Street"[174][175] Martha and the Vandellas
"Baby Love"[176][177] The Supremes
1965 "Stop! In the Name of Love"[176][177]
"Don't Mess with Bill"[173] The Marvelettes
1969 "Someday We'll Be Together"[177][178] Diana Ross and the Supremes 2,000,000[179]
1974 "When Will I See You Again"[180][181] The Three Degrees 2,000,000[182]
1975 "Lady Marmalade"[183][184] Labelle
"Fly, Robin, Fly"[185][186] Silver Convention
1976 "Get Up and Boogie"[185][186]
1977 "Best of My Love"[187][188] The Emotions 1,800,000[189]
"Angel in Your Arms"[190] Hot
1979 "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else"[191] The Jones Girls
"We Are Family"[192][193] Sister Sledge
"Fire"[194][195] The Pointer Sisters
1980 "Sukiyaki"[196] A Taste of Honey
"He's So Shy"[194] The Pointer Sisters
1981 "Slow Hand"[194][195]
1982 "We Got the Beat"[197] The Go-Go's
1986 "Walk Like an Egyptian"[198][199] The Bangles
1987 "Push It"[200][201] Salt-N-Pepa
1989 "Expression"[200][201]
1990 "Hold On"[188][202] En Vogue
1992 "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"[203][204] TLC
"Baby-Baby-Baby"[203][204]
1993 "Weak"[205][206] SWV 1,500,000
"Just Kickin' It"[207][208] Xscape
"Whatta Man"[200][201] Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue
1994 "Stroke You Up"[209][210] Changing Faces
1995 "Creep"[203][204] TLC 1,400,000[211][212]
"Waterfalls"[203][204] 1,200,000[212]
1996 "Wannabe"[213][214] Spice Girls 2,910,000[215]
1997 "Don't Let Go (Love)"[188][202] En Vogue 1,300,000[216][217]
"G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T."[209][218] Changing Faces 1,200,000[217]
1998 "No, No, No"[219][220] Destiny's Child 1,300,000[221]
"Lately"[222][223] Divine 1,100,000[221]
2004 "Soldier"[219] Destiny's Child
2005 "Don't Cha"[224] The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes
"Stickwitu"[224] The Pussycat Dolls
2006 "Buttons"[224] The Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg
"Cater 2 U"[219] Destiny's Child
2008 "Damaged"[225] Danity Kane
"I Hate This Part"[224] The Pussycat Dolls

In addition, the following singles have been stated as selling one million copies or more in the US – however, they have not been certified by the RIAA.

Released Single Group
1954 "Mr. Sandman"[226] The Chordettes
1958 "Lollipop"[226]
1961 "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"[227] The Shirelles
1962 "Soldier Boy"[227]
"He's a Rebel"[228] The Crystals
1963 "He's So Fine"[229] The Chiffons
"Da Doo Ron Ron"[228] The Crystals
"My Boyfriend's Back"[230] The Angels
"Be My Baby"[231] The Ronettes
1964 "Chapel of Love"[223] The Dixie Cups
"Where Did Our Love Go"[176] The Supremes
"Come See About Me"[176]
"Leader of the Pack"[232] The Shangri-Las
1965 "Stop! In the Name of Love"[233][234] The Supremes
"Back in My Arms Again"[176]
"Nothing but Heartaches"[235][236]
"I Hear a Symphony"[176]
"A Lover's Concerto"[237] The Toys
1966 "My World Is Empty Without You"[233] The Supremes
"You Can't Hurry Love"[176]
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"[176]
1967 "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone"[176]
"The Happening"[176]
"Reflections"[178] Diana Ross and the Supremes
1968 "Love Child"[178]
1970 "Up the Ladder to the Roof"[238][239] The Supremes
1971 "Stoned Love"[178][238]
"Nathan Jones"[238]
"Floy Joy"[240]
2015 "Worth It"[241] [a] Fifth Harmony
2016 "Work from Home"[242] [b] Fifth Harmony

Certifications based on sales + on-demand digital streaming

Released Single Group Certification
2014 "Boss" Fifth Harmony Platinum[243]
"Sledgehammer"
2015 "Worth It" Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink 3× Platinum[243]
2016 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 5× Platinum[243]
"All in My Head (Flex)" Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap Platinum[243]

Best-selling girl group albums

Worldwide

Released Album Artist Sales
1996 Spice Spice Girls 23 million[244]
1994 CrazySexyCool TLC 15 million[245]
1997 Spiceworld Spice Girls 14 million[246]
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 13 million[247]
1999 FanMail TLC 10 million[248]
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child 10 million[249]
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls 9 million[250]
1990 Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips 8 million[251]
1993 Very Necessary Salt-N-Pepa 7 million[252]
2004 Destiny Fulfilled Destiny's Child 7 million[253]
1992 Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip TLC 6 million[254]
1992 Funky Divas En Vogue 5 million[255]
1997 All Saints All Saints 5 million[256]
1994 Always & Forever Eternal 4 million[257]
2000 Forever Spice Girls 4 million[258]

Australia

Albums certified platinum or more by ARIA.[259] Only includes certifications since 1990.

Released Album Group Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
1996 Spice Spice Girls 6× Platinum 420,000
1997 Spiceworld
2005 The Secret Life of... The Veronicas 4× Platinum 280,000
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 3× Platinum 210,000
2005 PCD The Pussycat Dolls
1994 CrazySexyCool TLC 2× Platinum 140,000
1998 B*Witched B*Witched
All Saints All Saints
2000 Bardot Bardot
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child
2006 Young Divas Young Divas
2007 Hook Me Up The Veronicas
1999 FanMail TLC Platinum 70,000
2004 Destiny Fulfilled Destiny's Child
2005 #1's
2008 Doll Domination Pussycat Dolls
2021 Between Us Little Mix

Brazil

Based on certifications awarded by Pro-Música Brasil. Certifications have only been awarded since 1990, so there is no sales information before this date. Some of the certification thresholds have changed over time.

Released Album Group Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
[260]
2002 Rouge Rouge Diamond 2.000,000
2003 C'est La Vie Rouge 3× Platinum 1.000,000
1996 Spice Spice Girls 2× Platinum 500,000
2004 Blá Blá Blá Rouge
1997 Spiceworld Spice Girls Platinum 250,000
2016 7/27 Fifth Harmony 3× Platinum 120,000
2000 Forever Spice Girls Gold 100,000
2005 Mil e Uma Noites Rouge
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child 50,000
2015 Get Weird Little Mix Platinum 40,000
2016 Glory Days
2018 LM5
2007 Greatest Hits Spice Girls Gold 30,000
2013 Salute Little Mix 20,000
2015 Reflection Fifth Harmony
2020 Confetti Little Mix

Canada

Certifications according to Music Canada.

Released Album Group Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
1996 Spice[261] Spice Girls Diamond 1,000,000
1997 Spiceworld[262]
1994 CrazySexyCool[261] TLC 8× Platinum 800,000
1990 Wilson Phillips[261] Wilson Phillips 7× Platinum 700,000
1999 The Writing's on the Wall[261] Destiny's Child 5× Platinum 500,000
1983 Break Out[261] The Pointer Sisters 4× Platinum 400,000
1993 Very Necessary[261] Salt-N-Pepa
1999 FanMail[261] TLC
2001 Survivor[263] Destiny's Child
1997 All Saints[261] All Saints 3× Platinum 300,000
2000 Forever[262] Spice Girls 2× Platinum 200,000
2002 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane[263] t.A.T.u
1998 B*Witched[264] B*Witched Platinum 100,000
2004 Destiny Fulfilled[263] Destiny's Child
2005 #1's[263]
2016 7/27 Fifth Harmony 80,000

Europe

Albums certified platinum or more for more than one million sales in Europe, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Note: the IFPI Europe Platinum Award was only created in 1996, therefore there are few albums on this list from before that date. No awards are publicly available after 2014.

Released Album Group Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
1996 Spice[265] Spice Girls 8× Platinum 8,000,000
1997 Spiceworld[266] 5× Platinum 5,000,000
All Saints[266] All Saints 2× Platinum 2,000,000
1999 The Writing's on the Wall[267] Destiny's Child
2001 Survivor[267]
2005 PCD[268] The Pussycat Dolls
1994 CrazySexyCool[269] TLC Platinum 1,000,000
1996 Tic Tac Toe[265] Tic Tac Toe
1997 Klappe die 2te[265]
Greatest Hits[266] Eternal
1999 FanMail[270] TLC
2001 200 Po Vstrechnoy[271] t.A.T.u.
2002 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane[272]
Angels with Dirty Faces[273] Sugababes
2003 Three[274] Sugababes
2004 Destiny Fulfilled[275] Destiny's Child
2005 Taller in More Ways[276] Sugababes

France

Certifications according to SNEP.[277] Some of the certification thresholds have changed over time.

Released Album Artist Certification Sales
(Based on
certifications)
1996 Spice Spice Girls Diamond 1,000,000
1997 Spiceworld 2× Platinum 600,000
2001 L5 L5
1993 Native Native Platinum 300,000
2000 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 2× Gold 200,000
2001 Survivor
2015 En attendant l'album... L.E.J. 2× Platinum
1997 Colors of Love Native Gold 100,000
1999 FanMail TLC
2000 Forever Spice Girls
2005 PCD The Pussycat Dolls 75,000
2008 Doll Domination
2020 The Album Blackpink 50,000
2022 Born Pink

Germany

Certifications according to the BVMI.[278]

No Angels were Germany's biggest girl group and have the best selling album 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
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child Platinum 300,000
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Gold 250,000
2004 Destiny Fulfilled Platinum 200,000
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls Platinum 200,000
2000 Forever Spice Girls Gold 150,000
2001 Right Now Atomic Kitten

Japan

Sales according to Oricon and Platinum certifications according to the RIAJ. The ten biggest-selling girl group albums in Japan:

Released Album Group Sales Certification
1998 Moment Speed 2,319,000[279] Million[280]
2001 Best! Morning Musume 1 Morning Musume 2,260,000[279] Million[281]
1998 Rise Speed 2,048,000[279] Million[280]
2002 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane t.A.T.u. 2,000,000[282] Million[280]
1997 Starting Over Speed 1,926,000[279] Million[283]
1999 Carry On My Way 1,200,000[284] 3× Platinum[285]
2012 1830m AKB48 1,042,879[286] Million[287]
2014 Tsugi no Ashiato 1,041,951[288] Million[289]
2011 Koko ni Ita Koto 883,267[290] Million[291]
2011 Girls' Generation Girls' Generation 871,000[292] Million[287]

Netherlands

Certifications according to the NVPI.[293]

Released Album Group 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
2000 Alle kleuren K3 160,000
2001 Survivor Destiny's Child
Tele-Romeo K3
2002 Verliefd
1978 With Luv' Luv' Platinum 100,000
1979 Lots of Luv'
1978 Energy The Pointer Sisters
1997 Spiceworld Spice Girls
1999 FanMail TLC
2000 Parels 2000 K3
2009 MaMaSé! 50,000
2011 Eyo!
2012 Engeltjes
1979 True Luv' Luv' Gold
1993 Always & Forever Eternal
1994 CrazySexyCool TLC
1996 Before the Rain Eternal
1997 Greatest Hits
1998 All Saints All Saints
2000 Forever Spice Girls 40,000
2005 Kuma hé K3

New Zealand

Released Album Artist Certification
1997 Spiceworld[294] Spice Girls 3× Platinum
1999 The Writing's on the Wall[295] Destiny's Child
2001 Survivor[296] 2× Platinum
2005 PCD[297] Pussycat Dolls
1977 20 Golden Greats[298] Diana Ross & the Supremes Platinum
1994 CrazySexyCool[299] TLC
1996 Spice[300] Spice Girls
1997 Greatest Hits[301] Eternal
All Saints[302] All Saints
1999 FanMail[303] TLC
2005 #1's Destiny's Child

South Korea

Sales of albums released after 2010 are according to the Circle Album Chart published monthly and yearly with detailed album sales by the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA). Sales of albums released before 2010 are based on data collected by Music Industry Association of Korea (from 1999 to 2007) or claimed sales based on reliable sources. The 15 biggest-selling girl group albums in South Korea:

Blackpink's The Album (2020) and Born Pink (2022) each broke the record for the best-selling girl group album of all time in South Korea.
Released Album Group Sales
2022 Born Pink Blackpink 2,905,577[304]
2023 My World Aespa 2,135,635[305]
Get Up NewJeans 2,106,901[306]
I've Mine Ive 2,089,114[307]
2022 Girls Aespa 1,844,776[308]
2023 After Like Ive 1,749,390[309]
I've Ive 1,684,999[310]
Ready to Be Twice 1,674,143[311]
OMG NewJeans 1,667,271[312]
2020 The Album Blackpink 1,659,681[313]
2024 2 (G)I-dle 1,658,139[314]
2023 Unforgiven Le Sserafim 1,571,548[315]
2022 New Jeans NewJeans 1,570,809[316]
2023 I Feel (G)I-dle 1,452,543[317]
Drama Aespa 1,304,245[318]

Switzerland

Certifications according to the IFPI.[319]

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
Between Us Little Mix 20,000 2021
FanMail TLC 25,000 Gold 1999
The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child
Now... Us! No Angels 20,000 2002
Destiny Fulfilled Destiny's Child 2004
Glory Days Little Mix 10,000 2016

Taiwan

Released Album Group Sales
2003 Super Star S.H.E 300,000+[320]
2002 Genesis 300,000+[320]
2003 Together 280,000[321]
2002 Youth Society 280,000+[322]
2004 Magical Journey 280,000[323]
1997 Spice Spice Girls 200,000[324]
2004 Encore S.H.E. 180,000[325]

United Kingdom

Albums certified triple platinum or more by the BPI.[165]

Released Album Artist Certification Known sales
1996 Spice Spice Girls 10× Platinum 2,980,000[326]
1997 Spiceworld 5× Platinum 1,600,000[326]
All Saints All Saints 1,470,000[326]
1993 Always & Forever Eternal 4× Platinum 1,400,000[327]
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls 1,300,000[326]
2016 Glory Days Little Mix 1,300,000[328]
2006 The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits Girls Aloud 1,200,000[326]
1997 Greatest Hits Eternal 3× Platinum
1988 Greatest Hits Collection Bananarama
1999 The Writing's on the Wall Destiny's Child 1,120,878[329]
2001 Survivor 1,130,983[329]
2002 Angels With Dirty Faces Sugababes
2015 Get Weird Little Mix

United States

Albums certified platinum or more by the RIAA. The sales figures shown for the quadruple and triple platinum albums are sales recorded by Nielsen SoundScan plus known sales from BMG's Music Club.[330] These do not represent the total sales of the album in the US as they exclude unknown sales figures from Columbia House and other music clubs.

Released Album Group Certification Known sales
1994 CrazySexyCool[203] TLC 12× Platinum 11,200,000[331]
1999 The Writing's on the Wall[219] Destiny's Child 8× Platinum 8,400,000[331]
1996 Spice[213] Spice Girls 7× Platinum 7,500,000[332]
1999 FanMail[203] TLC 6× Platinum 4,700,000[331]
1990 Wilson Phillips[333] Wilson Phillips 5× Platinum
1993 Very Necessary[334] Salt-N-Pepa 4,400,000[331]
2001 Survivor[219] Destiny's Child 4× Platinum 4,739,000[330][335]
1997 Spiceworld[213] Spice Girls 4,200,000[336]
1992 Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip[203] TLC 2,500,000[337]
1983 Break Out[338] The Pointer Sisters 3× Platinum
1992 Funky Divas[202] En Vogue 4,416,000[c]
It's About Time[205] SWV
2004 Destiny Fulfilled[219] Destiny's Child 3,100,000[341]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Nielsen Music has reported over one million in sales, however the song has only received a digital certification from the RIAA.
  2. ^ Nielsen Music has reported over one million in sales, however the song has only received a digital certification from the RIAA.
  3. ^ As of October 1997, Funky Divas had sold 3,500,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan,[339] which does not count albums sold through clubs like the BMG Music Club, where it sold 916,000 copies.[340] Combined, it has sold over 4,416,000 copies in the US.

References

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  2. ^ Jones, Marcus (12 June 2019). "Spice Girls are bringing girl power back to the big screen with new animated movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  3. ^ Spice Girls claimed sales:
  4. ^ The Supremes claimed sales: 50 million: 100 million:
  5. ^ 75 million claimed sales through the years:
  6. ^ 2NE1 claimed sales:
  7. ^ TLC claimed sales:
  8. ^
  9. ^ Destiny's Child claimed sales:
  10. ^ Ramchandran, Naman (14 December 2020). "Jesy Nelson to Leave U.K. Pop Group Little Mix After Nine Years". Variety. Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  11. ^ "Pussycat Dolls: Nicole Scherzinger confirms group are back together". Sky News. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2023. Hits such as Don't Cha and Buttons have helped them sell more than 54 million records.
  12. ^ 45,195,267 breakdown: 34.4 million claimed sales as of 17 November 2012: Sales beyond 17 November 2012: Total album sales: 2,425,132 Korean studio albums: 1,065,459 = 375,886 (I Got A Boy) + 187,861 (Lion Heart) + 191,407 (Holiday Night) + 310,305 (Forever 1); Korean sales: Japanese sales: US sales: Japanese studio albums: 378,300 = 205,600 (Girls & Peace) + 172,700 (Love & Peace); Korean sales: Japanese sales: Live albums: 21,499 (2011 Girls’ Generation Tour); Korean sales Japanese sales: Compilation albums: 207,400 = 24,600 (Best Selection Non Stop Mix) + 182,800 (The Best); Japanese sales: Video albums: 278,600 = 89,000 (Girls’ Generation Complete Video Collection) + 77,000 (Girls & Peace: 2nd Japan Tour) + 48,300 (Love & Peace: 3rd Japan Tour) + 37,000 (‘The Best Live’ at Tokyo Dome) + 27,300 (Girls’ Generation–Phantasia-in Japan); Japanese sales: Extended plays: 200,431 (Mr. Mr.) Korean sales: Japanese sales: US sales: Single albums: 273,443 = 81,443 (Party) + 39,000 (Flower Power) + 55,000 (Love & Girls) + 70,000 (Galaxy Supernova) + 28,000 (Catch Me If You Can) Korean sales: Japanese sales: Korean songs sales: 8,370,135 = 444,178 (2012) + 3,225,501 (2013) + 1,628,133 (2014) + 2,265,565 (2015) + 379,716 (2016) + 427,042 (2017) Korean December 2012 songs sales: 444,178 ("Dancing Queen") Korean 2013 songs sales: 3,225,501 = 1,354,672 ("I Got A Boy") + 580,428 ("Dancing Queen") + 196,401 ("Baby Maybe") + 147,315 ("Talk Talk" ") + 139,453 ("Promise") + 291,520 ("Express 999") + 172,408 ("Lost in Love") + 110,080 ("Look at Me") + 103,888 ("XYZ") + 129,336 ("Romantic St."); 1,354,672 ("I Got A Boy") + 580,428 ("Dancing Queen") 291,520 ("Express 999") 196,401 ("Baby Maybe") + 147,315 ("Talk Talk") + 139,453 ("Promise") + 172,408 ("Lost in Love") + 110,080 ("Look at Me") + 103,888 ("XYZ") + 129,336 ("Romantic St.") Korean 2014 songs sales: 1,628,133 = 906,962 ("Mr. Mr.") + 292,443 ("Goodbye") + 191,060 ("Wait a Minute") + 83,250 ("Back Hug") + 81,771 ("Europa") + 72,647 ("Soul") 906,962 ("Mr. Mr.") 292,443 ("Goodbye") 191,060 ("Wait a Minute") 83,250 ("Back Hug") + 81,771 ("Europa") + 72,647 ("Soul") Korean 2015 songs sales: 2,265,565 = 135,068 ("Catch Me If You Can") + 843,843 ("Party") + 911,721 ("Lion Heart") + 119,910 ("You Think") + 19,894 ("Girls") + 93,873 ("Check") + 27,826 ("Green Light") + 25,358 ("One Afternoon") + 22,614 ("Paradise") + 22,606 ("Bump It") + 22,553 ("Fire Alarm") + 20,299 ("Talk Talk"); 843,843 ("Party") + 911,721 ("Lion Heart") 135,068 ("Catch Me If You Can") 19,894 ("Girls") 93,873 ("Check") 119,910 ("You Think") 27,826 ("Green Light") + 25,358 ("One Afternoon") + 22,614 ("Paradise") + 22,606 ("Bump It") + 22,553 ("Fire Alarm") + 20,299 ("Talk Talk") Korean 2016 songs sales: 379,716 = 171,049 ("Sailing (0805)") + 208,667 ("Lion Heart") 171,049 ("Sailing (0805)") 208,667 ("Lion Heart") Korean 2017 songs sales: 427,042 = 147,577 ("All Night") + 279,465 ("Holiday")
  13. ^ 15 million album sales: 27 million singles sales:
  14. ^ 42,199,978 breakdown: Total albums sales: 84,198 = 19,630 (2008) + 16,749 (2010) + 14,738 (2011) + 1,222 (2012) + 17,064 (2013) + 7,448 (2015) + 3,927 (2016) + 3,420 (2018) 42,115,780 songs sales: 8,178,295 (2010) + 8,532,907 (2011) + 8,695,952 (2012) + 7,024,921 (2013) + 2,141,885 (2014) + 3,242,132 (2015) + 3,954,905 (2016) + 344,783 2010 songs sales: 8,178,295 = 2,676,554 ("Time, Please Stop") + 1,845,047 ("From Me to You") + 2,301,658 ("Wonder Woman") + 1,355,036 ("I Can’t Love You or Say Goodbye"); 2011 songs sales: 8,532,907 = 3,285,936 ("Don’t Say Goodbye") + 727,140 ("We Were In Love") + 2,011,708 ("Love, My Love") + 392,420 ("Don’t Find Me Again") + 142,180 ("Happy End") + 186,696 ("Secret") + 774,943 ("My Only One") + 642,598 ("Heaven") + 369,286 ("To Angel"); 3,285,936 ("Don’t Say Goodbye") + 2,011,708 ("Love, My Love") 774,943 ("My Only One") 303,365 ("Don’t Find Me Again") + 142,180 ("Happy End") + 186,696 ("Secret”) 89,055 ("Don’t Find Me Again") 369,286 ("To Angel") 727,140 ("We Were In Love") 2012 songs sales: 8,695,952 = 2,269,557 ("I’ll Think of You") + 1,383,331 ("Do Men Cry") + 1,261,418 ("Love is All the Same") + 435,594 ("If It is Like Tonight") + 471,581 ("Don’t Say Goodbye") + 1,960,395 ("We Were In Love") + 914,076 ("Because It’s You"); 2,269,557 ("I’ll Think of You") + 1,960,395 ("We Were In Love") + 1,261,418 ("Love is All the Same") + 914,076 ("Because It’s You") 1,383,331 ("Do Men Cry") 471,581 ("Don’t Say Goodbye") 435,594 ("If It is Like Tonight") 2013 songs sales: 7,024,921 = 1,439,190 ("Turtle") + 778,673("Just Two of Us") + 1,316,544 ("Be Warmed") + 1,137,915 ("Missing You Today") + 723,636 ("The Letter") + 168,851 ("Bikini") + 98,021 ("You Are My Everything") + 87,164 ("Cry for Love") + 79,722 ("One Person’s Story") + 64,026 ("Nagging") + 57,554 ("I Want to Be Brave and Breakup") + 55,508 ("Things That Still Come Up in My Memory") + 53,835 ("Taste of Tears") + 867,745 ("Don’t You Know?") + 96,537 ("Don't Say Goodbye"); 1,439,190 ("Turtle") + 778,673("Just Two of Us") + 1,316,544 ("Be Warmed") + 1,137,915 ("Missing You Today") + 867,745 ("Don’t You Know?") 723,636 ("The Letter") 168,851 ("Bikini") 98,021 ("You Are My Everything") + 87,164 ("Cry for Love") 79,722 ("One Person’s Story") + 64,026 ("Nagging") + 57,554 ("I Want to Be Brave and Breakup") + 55,508 ("Things That Still Come Up in My Memory") + 53,835 ("Taste of Tears") 96,537 ("Don't Say Goodbye") 2014 songs sales: 2,141,885 = 744,994 ("Again") + 306,089 ("Pillow") + 269,345 ("Don’t Move") + 13,837 ("The Letter") + 807,620 ("It’s Okay, That’s Love"); 2014 songs sales: 744,994 ("Again") + 807,620 ("It’s Okay, That’s Love") 306,089 ("Pillow") 269,345 ("Don’t Move") + 13,837 ("The Letter") 2015 songs sales: 3,242,132 = 991,931 ("Cry Again") + 553,816 ("Sorry, I’m Happy") + 1,145,071 ("Two Lovers") + 224,251 ("White") + 129,730 ("Two Women’s Room") + 81,254 ("To You") + 74,622 ("Spring") + 41,457 ("Don't Say Goodbye"); 991,931 ("Cry Again") + 1,145,071 ("Two Lovers") 553,816 ("Sorry, I’m Happy") 224,251 ("White") 129,730 ("Two Women’s Room") + 81,254 ("To You") + 74,622 ("Spring") 33,685 ("Two Women’s Room") 41,457 ("Don't Say Goodbye") 2016 songs sales: 3,954,905 = 648,410 ("Beside Me") + 277,226 ("Love is to Give") + 92,523 ("Fall Night") + 33,716 ("Have You Ever Been Like That") + 33,361 ("Pet") + 2,500,000 ("This Love") + 352,134 ("Forgetting You") + 17,535 ("Don't Say Goodbye") 234,624 ("Forgetting You") 363,465 ("Beside Me") + 202,573 ("Love is to Give") + 92,523 ("Fall Night") + 117,510 ("Forgetting You") 175,965 ("Beside Me") + 74,653 ("Love is to Give") 108,980 ("Beside Me") 33,716 ("Have You Ever Been Like That") + 33,361 ("Pet") 2,500,000 ("This Love") 17,535 ("Don't Say Goodbye") 2017 songs sales: 344,783 = 210,001 ("To Me") + 88,289 ("Today I Miss You Too") + 79,493 ("Beside Me"); 79,493 ("Beside Me") 210,001 ("To Me") 88,289 ("Today I Miss You Too")
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  16. ^ Mansfield, Ken; Terrill, Marshall (2015). Rock and a Heart Place: A Rock 'n' Roller-coaster Ride from Rebellion to Sweet Salvation. BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC. ISBN 978-1-4245-4999-3.
  17. ^ 35,217,050 breakdown: Total albums sales: 857,088; South Korea album sales: 600,149 = 25,000 (2009) + 58,340 (2010) + 121,478 (2011) + 175,886 (2012) + 40,263 (2013) + 46,179 (2014) + 21,617 (2015) + 17,977 (2016) + 39,453 (2017) + 53,956 (2021) Japan album sales: 256,939 = 16,277 (2011) + 162,952 (2012) + 52,821 (2013) + 19,601 (2014) + 1,250 (2015) + 522 (2017) Korean songs sales: 34,359,962 = 11,088,123 (2010) + 10,316,897 (2011) + 11,517,563 (2012) + 1,063,855 (2013) + 256,485 (2014) + 117,039 (2015); 2010 Korean songs sales: 11,088,123 = 1,853,952 ("Like the First Time") + 3,042,224 ("You Drive Me Crazy") + 1,609,112 ("Bo Peep Bo Peep") + 2,301,658 ("Wonder Woman") + 1,058,623 ("What’s Wrong") + 1,222,554 ("I’m in Pain"); 1,853,952 ("Like the First Time") + 3,042,224 ("You Drive Me Crazy") + 1,609,112 ("Bo Peep Bo Peep") + 2,301,658 ("Wonder Woman") 1,058,623 ("What’s Wrong") + 1,222,554 ("I’m in Pain") 2011 Korean songs sales: 10,316,897 = 4,077,885 ("Roly Poly") + 2,662,575 ("Cry Cry") + 727,140 ("We Were In Love") + 683,226 ("Log In") + 668,668 ("What’s Wrong") + 630,030 ("Yayaya") + 271,509 ("Goodbye, OK") + 117,173 ("I’m So Bad") + 268,745 ( I Love You So Much) + 209,946 ("Roly Poly in Copacobana"); 4,077,885 ("Roly Poly") + 2,662,575 ("Cry Cry") 117,173 ("I’m So Bad") 268,745 ( I Love You So Much) 209,946 ("Roly Poly in Copacobana") 271,509 ("Goodbye, OK") 727,140 ("We Were In Love") 683,226 ("Log In") + 668,668 ("What’s Wrong") + 630,030 ("Yayaya") 2012 Korean songs sales: 11,517,563 = 3,758,864 ("Lovey-Dovey") + 2,149,549 ("Day by Day") + 1,542,191 ("Sexy Love") + 421,110 ("Bingle Bingle") + 252,974 ("Don’t Leave") + 168,234 ("Holiday") + 99,353 ("Love Game") + 71,475 ("Hue") + 1,093,418 (Cry Cry) + 1,960,395 ("We Were In Love"); 3,758,864 ("Lovey-Dovey") + 2,149,549 ("Day by Day") + 1,542,191 ("Sexy Love") + 1,960,395 ("We Were In Love") 1,093,418 (Cry Cry) 421,110 ("Bingle Bingle") 99,353 ("Love Game") + 71,475 ("Hue") 168,234 ("Holiday") 252,974 ("Don’t Leave") 2013 Korean songs sales: 1,063,855 = 564,694 ("Number Nine") + 219,811 ("Painkiller") + 168,851 ("Bikini") + 110,499 ("Because I Know"); 564,694 ("Number Nine") 219,811 ("Painkiller") 168,851 ("Bikini") 110,499 ("Because I Know") 2014 Korean songs sales: 256,485 = 122,491 ("Sugar Free") + 111,749 ("First Love") + 22,245 ("Little Apple") 122,491 ("Sugar Free") 111,749 ("First Love") 22,245 ("Little Apple") 2015 Korean songs sales: 117,039 ("So Crazy")
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  19. ^ The Nolans claimed sales:
  20. ^ 28,307,058 breakdown: South Korea album sales: 138,621 = 25,777 (2011) + 37,822 (2012) + 22,365 (2013) + 21,554 (2014) + 19,396 (2015) + 10,707 (2017) South Korea songs sales: 28,281,287 = 3,402,570 (2010) + 6,328,032 (2011) + 7,494,569 (2012) + 3,961,301 (2013) + 2,917,327 (2014) + 2,064,466 (2015) + 1,468,001 (2016) + 645,021 (2017) 2010 songs sales:3,402,570 = 1,779,327 ("Push Push") + 1,623,243 ("Shady Girl") 3,402,570 = 1,779,327 ("Push Push") + 1,623,243 ("Shady Girl") 2011 songs sales:6,328,032= 3,334,222 ("So Cool") + 263,684 ("Girls Do It") + 90,502 ("Follow Me") + 53,469 ("New World") + 1,032,697 ("Hot Place") + 706,353 ("Pink Romance") + 847,105 ("How Dare You") 90,502 ("Follow Me") + 53,469 ("New World") 263,684 ("Girls Do It") 404,396 ("Pink Romance") 3,334,222 ("So Cool") 1,032,697 ("Hot Place") + 847,105 ("How Dare You") 2012 songs sales:7,494,569 = 3,203,685 ("Alone") + 3,017,035 ("Loving U") + 298,308 ("No Mercy") + 499,925 ("So Cool") + 475,616 ("Lead Me") 298,308 ("No Mercy") 3,203,685 ("Alone") + 3,017,035 ("Loving U") 499,925 ("So Cool") + 475,616 ("Lead Me") 2013 songs sales:3,961,301 = 1,486,661 ("Give It To Me") + 895,462 ("The Way You Make Me Melt") + 429,613 ("Bad Boy") + 267,735 ("Crying") + 151,465 ("Summer Time") + 128,843 ("A Week") + 102,593("Hey You") + 93,537 ("If U Want") + 80,276 ("Up and Down") + 49,345 ("Miss Sistar") + 31,866 ("So Cool") + 243,905 ("Loving U") 49,345 ("Miss Sistar") 429,613 ("Bad Boy") + 267,735 ("Crying") + 151,465 ("Summer Time") + 128,843 ("A Week") + 102,593("Hey You") + 93,537 ("If U Want") + 80,276 ("Up and Down") 1,486,661 ("Give It To Me") + 895,462 ("The Way You Make Me Melt") 31,866 ("So Cool") 243,905 ("Loving U") 2014 songs sales:2,917,327 = 1,168,060 ("Touch My Body") + 733,268 ("I Swear") + 221,550 ("Naughty Hands") + 122,260 ("But I Love U") + 73,221 ("Sunshine") + 67,742 ("OK Go") + 43,121 ("Wow") + 33,981 ("Hold on Tight") + 80,276 ("Give It To Me") + 84,281 ("Loving U") + 16,660 ("So Cool") + 272,907 ("Love is You") 33,981 ("Hold on Tight") 221,550 ("Naughty Hands") + 122,260 ("But I Love U") 61,313 ("Sunshine") + 55,503 ("OK Go") + 43,121 ("Wow") 1,168,060 ("Touch My Body") + 733,268 ("I Swear") 70,750 ("Give It To Me") 30,316 ("Give It To Me") + 36,190 ("Loving U") 48,091 ("Loving U") 19,023 ("Give It To Me") + 16,660 ("So Cool") 16,104 ("Give It To Me") + 12,239 ("OK Go") + 11,908 ("Sunshine") 272,907 ("Love is You") 2015 songs sales:2,064,466 = 1,283,400 ("Shake It") + 206,546 ("Don't Be Such A Baby") + 79,387 ("Bad Guy") + 41,717 ("Good Time") + 36,165 ("Go Up") + 265,760 ("Touch My Body") + 92,540 ("I Swear") + 58,951 ("Loving U") 41,717 ("Good Time") + 36,165 ("Go Up") 206,546 ("Don't Be Such A Baby") + 79,387 ("Bad Guy") 1,283,400 ("Shake It") 265,760 ("Touch My Body") 51,656 ("I Swear") 40,894 ("I Swear") + 58,951 ("Loving U") 2016 songs sales:1,468,001 = 884,858 ("I Like That") + 42,910 ("String") + 37,992 ("Yeah Yeah") + 36,756 ("Say I Love You") + 31,156 ("Wanna Do It") + 25,070 ("Under the Blanket") + 95,972 ("Touch My Body") + 297,127 ("Shake It") + 16,160 ("Loving U") 884,858 ("I Like That") 42,910 ("String") + 37,992 ("Yeah Yeah") + 36,756 ("Say I Love You") + 31,156 ("Wanna Do It") 202,110 ("Shake It") 30,693 ("Touch My Body") 30,276 ("Shake It") + 27,208 ("Under the Blanket") + 22,366 ("Touch My Body") 42,913 ("Touch My Body") + 64,741 ("Shake It") + 16,160 ("Loving U") 2017 songs sales:645,021 = 608,781 ("Lonely") + 36,240 ("For You") 608,781 ("Lonely") 36,240 ("For You")
  21. ^ 26,475,740 breakdown: Total albums sales: 396,873 Korean albums sales: 333,850 = 98,206 (2007) + 136,578 (2008) + 31,775 (2010) + 41,262 (2011) + 12,789 (2015) + 13,240 (2016) Japan albums sales: 13,023 = 929 (2011) + 12,094 (2012) Taiwan albums sales: 50,000 Total Korean songs sales: 26,078,867 = 4,600,000 (2008) + 2,790,298 (2010) + 9,047,168 (2011) + 6,993,693 (2012) + 1,145,127 (2015) + 1,420,962 (2016) + 81,619 (2017) 2008 Korean songs sales: 4,600,000 ("Nobody") 2010 Korean songs sales: 2,790,298 ("2 Different Tears") 2011 Korean songs sales: 9,047,168 = 2,982,802 ("Be My Baby") + 1,100,332 ("G.N.O.") + 962,830 ("Girls Girls") + 964,189 ("Me, In") + 386,986 ("Sweet Dreams") + 520,428 ("Stop!") + 354,281 ("Dear Boy") + 358,018 ("Do Go Do Go") + 282,583 ("SuperB") + 541,318 ("Act Cool") + 263,641 ("Be My Baby (Ra.D Mix)") + 347,760 ("Nu Shoes"); }2,982,802 ("Be My Baby") 962,830 ("Girls Girls") + 964,189 ("Me, In") 846,713 ("G.N.O.") + 386,986 ("Sweet Dreams") + 478,350 ("Stop!") + 354,281 ("Dear Boy") + 358,018 ("Do Go Do Go") + 282,583 ("SuperB") + 486,821 ("Act Cool") + 347,760 (Nu Shoes") [check quotation syntax]*"2011년 11월 Download Chart". Circle Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. 263,641 ("Be My Baby (Ra.D Mix)") 253,619 ("G.N.O.") 54,497 ("Act Cool") 42,078 ("Stop!") 2012 Korean songs sales: 6,993,693 = 1,173,192 ("The DJ is Mine") + 2,319,967 ("Like This") + 469,166 ("Like Money") + 376,564 ("R.E.A.L.") + 335,039 ("Hey Boy") + 758,905 ("Girlfriend") + 345,448 ("Sorry") + 936,882 ("Be My Baby") + 132,808 ("G.N.O.") + 145,722 ("Girls Girls"); 1,173,192 ("The DJ is Mine") + 2,319,967 ("Like This") 758,905 ("Girlfriend") 469,166 ("Like Money") 345,779 ("R.E.A.L.") + 313,980 ("Hey Boy") + 320,968 ("Sorry") 30,785 ("R.E.A.L.") 21,059 ("Hey Boy") + 24,480 ("Sorry") 936,882 ("Be My Baby") 132,808 ("G.N.O.") + 145,722 ("Girls Girls") 2015 Korean songs sales: 1,145,127 = 754,115 ("I Feel You") + 59,616 ("Baby Don't Play") + 47,080 ("Candle") + 39,501 ("Rewind") + 27,814 ( "Loved") + 34,804 ("John Doe") + 34,018 ("One Black Night") + 31,372 ("Back") + 32,362 ("Oppa") 34,984 ("Faded Love") + 23,810 ("Gone") + 25,651 ("Remember"); 754,115 ("I Feel You") 754,115 ("I Feel You") + 59,616 ("Baby Don't Play") + 47,080 ("Candle") + 39,501 ("Rewind") + 27,814 ( "Loved") + 34,804 ("John Doe") + 34,018 ("One Black Night") + 31,372 ("Back") + 32,362 ("Oppa") 34,984 ("Faded Love") 23,810 ("Gone") 25,651 ("Remember") 2016 Korean songs sales: 1,420,962 = 1,123,919 ("Why So Lonely") + 119,085 ("To the Beautiful You") + 90,022 ("Sweet & Easy") + 87,936 ("I Feel You"); 1,123,919 ("Why So Lonely") 119,085 ("To the Beautiful You") + 87,158 (""Sweet & Easy") [check quotation syntax]*"2016년 07월 Download Chart". Circle Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. 16,083 ("To the Beautiful You") 2,864 (""Sweet & Easy") [check quotation syntax]*"2016년 32주차 Download Chart (Domestic)" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. p. 4. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. 87,936 ("I Feel You") 2017 Korean songs sales: 81,619 ("Draw Me")
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  23. ^ 20,552,090 breakdown: 6,766,044 album sales = 6,305,957 (South Korea) + 225,487 (Japan) + 234,600 (US); South Korea album sales: 6,305,957 = 230,656 (2018) + 375,338 (2019) + 1,706,814 (2020) + 432,337 (2021) + 2,825,311 (2022) + 735,501 (2023)
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    Japan album sales: 225,487 = 60,668 (Blackpink) + 11,978 (Square Up) + 22,464 (Blackpink in Your Area) + 29,040 (Kill This Love) + 66,862 (The Album) + 34,475 (Born Pink); Japan physical sales for Blackpink: 60,668 = 39,100 + 13,123 + 8,445 Japan physical sales for Square Up: 6,419 = 3,890 + 2,529 Japan digital sales for Square Up: 5,559 = 3,915 + 1,644 Japan physical sales for Blackpink in Your Area: 22,464 = 20,861 + 1,603 Japan physical sales for Kill This Love: 8,846 = 4,055 + 3,054 + 1,737 Japan digital sales for Kill This Love: 3,531 = 2,548 + 983 Japan physical sales for Kill This Love -JP Ver.-: 15,836 = 11,971 + 2,616 + 1,249 Japan digital sales for Kill This Love -JP Ver.-: 827 Japan physical sales for The Album: 28,554 Japan digital sales for The Album: 3,929 = 1,863 + 1,074 + 569 + 423 Japan physical sales of The Album -JP Ver.-: 34,379 = 24,290 + 4,680 + 2,647 + 1,786 + 976 Japan physical sales for Born Pink: 31,385 = 23,595 + 7,790 Japan digital sales for Born Pink: 3,090 = 1,599 + 777 + 404 + 185 + 125 US album sales: 234,600 = 7,000 (Square Two) + 9,100 (Kill This Love) + 117,000 (The Album) + 101,500 (Born Pink); US sales for Square Two: 7,000 US sales for Kill This Love: 9,100 US sales for The Album: 117,000 = 81,000 + 19,000 + 17,000 US sales for Born Pink: 101,500 = 75,500 + 26,000 13,786,046 single sales = 13,348,556 (South Korea) + 58,090 (Japan) + 208,400 (US) + 171,000 (Global); South Korea single sales: 13,348,556 = 605,048 ("Boombayah") + 243,508 ("Stay") + 2,500,000 ("Playing with Fire") + 2,500,000 ("As If It's Your Last") + 2,500,000 ("Whistle") + 2,500,000 ("Ddu-Du Ddu-Du") + 2,500,000 ("Forever Young"); 240,789 ("Boombayah") 128,111 ("Boombayah") 90,804 ("Boombayah") 79,468 ("Boombayah") + 182,138 ("Stay") 65,876 ("Boombayah") + 61,370 ("Stay") 2,500,000 ("Playing with Fire") + 2,500,000 ("As If It's Your Last")
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    2,500,000 ("Whistle")
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    2,500,000 ("Ddu-Du Ddu-Du") + 2,500,000 ("Forever Young") Japan single sales: 58,090 = 29,388 ("Ddu-Du Ddu-Du") + 8,604 ("Kill This Love") + 11,106 ("How You Like That") + 7,438 ("Pink Venom") + 1,554 ("Shut Down"); Japan physical sales for "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du": 29,388 = 24,385 + 2,878 + 1,160 + 965 Japan digital sales for "Kill This Love": 8,604 = 4,372 + 4,232 Japan digital sales for "How You Like That": 11,106 = 5,506 + 5,600 Japan digital sales for "Pink Venom": 7,438 = 3,236 + 2,674 + 1,528 Japan digital sales for "Shut Down": 1,554 US single sales: 208,400 = 113,000 + 5,000 + 4,000 + 7,000 + 11,000 + 7,000 + 7,000 + 16,400 + 23,000 + 11,000 + 4,000; 113,000 (Square Two songs) + 5,000 ("As If It's Your Last") 4,000 ("As If It's Your Last") 7,000 ("Ddu-Du Ddu-Du") 11,000 ("Kiss and Make Up") 7,000 ("Kill This Love") 7,000 ("Sour Candy") 16,400 ("How You Like That") 23,000 ("Ice Cream") 11,000 ("Pink Venom") 4,000 ("Shut Down") Global single sales: 171,000 = 70,000 (The Album songs) + 46,000 ("Pink Venom") + 55,000 (Born Pink songs); The Album songs: 70,000 "Pink Venom": 46,000 = 36,000 + 7,000 + 3,000 Born Pink songs: 55,000
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  121. ^ Cumulative sales for "Roly-Poly":
  122. ^ Cumulative sales for "Don't Say Goodbye":
  123. ^ Cumulative sales for "So Cool":
  124. ^ Cumulative sales for "Be My Baby":
  125. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Am the Best":
  126. ^ Cumulative sales for "Cry Cry":
  127. ^ Cumulative sales for "Lovey-Dovey":
  128. ^ Cumulative sales for "The Boys":
  129. ^ Cumulative sales for "Good Bye Baby":
  130. ^ Cumulative sales for "Loving U":
  131. ^ Cumulative sales for "Alone":
  132. ^ Cumulative sales for "Bad Girl Good Girl":