List of best-selling singles

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

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

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.

Best-selling physical singles[edit]

15 million copies or more[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Bing Crosby "White Christmas" 1942 Christmas, pop 50 [1]
Elton John "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" 1997 Pop, baroque pop 33 [1]
Bing Crosby "Silent Night" 1935 Christmas, pop 30 [2]
Mungo Jerry "In the Summertime" 1970 Skiffle 30 [3][4]
Bill Haley & His Comets "Rock Around the Clock" 1954 Rock and roll, rockabilly, country 25 [5]
Domenico Modugno "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)" 1958 Pop 22 [6]
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 1992 R&B 20 [7][8]
Elvis Presley "It's Now or Never" 1960 Pop 20 [2][9]
USA for Africa "We Are the World" 1985 Pop, gospel 20 [10]
The Ink Spots "If I Didn't Care" 1939 Rhythm and blues, barbershop 19 [11]
Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On" 1997 Pop 15 [12]

10—14.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Mariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 1994 Christmas, pop, R&B, dance-pop 14 [13]
Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive" 1978 Disco 14 [14]
Scorpions "Wind of Change" 1991 Rock, hard rock 14 [15]
Kyu Sakamoto "Sukiyaki" 1961 Pop, kayōkyoku, J-pop 13 [16]
Trio "Da Da Da" 1981 Neue Deutsche Welle 13 [17]
Gene Autry "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1949 Christmas 12.5 [18]
The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 1963 Rock, pop 12 [2]
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman "Time to Say Goodbye" 1996 Operatic pop 12 [19]
Village People "Y.M.C.A." 1978 Disco 12 [20]
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 1984 New wave, synthpop, Christmas 11.7 [21]
Carl Douglas "Kung Fu Fighting" 1974 Disco 11 [22][23]
George McCrae "Rock Your Baby" 1974 Disco 11 [2]
Mills Brothers "Paper Doll" 1943 Country 11 [2]
Roger Whittaker "The Last Farewell" 1971 Pop 11 [24]
Roy Acuff "Wabash Cannonball" 1942 Country 10 [2]
Paul Anka "Diana" 1957 Pop 10 [25][26]
Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart" 1996 R&B, pop 10 [27]
Cher "Believe" 1998 Dance-pop, Eurodance, house 10 [28]
Los del Río "Macarena" 1995 Dance-pop, flamenco 10 [29]
Middle of the Road "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" 1971 Pop 10 [2]
The Monkees "I'm a Believer" 1966 Pop rock 10 [2][30]
Panjabi MC "Mundian To Bach Ke" 1998 Electronica, bhangra, alternative hip hop 10 [31]
The Penguins "Earth Angel" 1954 Doo-wop, rhythm and blues 10 [32]
Elvis Presley "Hound Dog" 1956 Rock and roll 10 [33]
Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale" 1967 Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, baroque pop 10 [2]
Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time" 1998 Teen pop, dance-pop 10 [34]

8—9.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" 1982 Hard rock 9.4[a] [35][36][37]
Wings "Mull of Kintyre" 1977 Scottish, waltz, folk 9 [38]
Bryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" 1991 Soft rock 8 [39]
The Animals "The House of the Rising Sun" 1964 Blues rock, folk rock, psychedelic rock 8 [40]
Aqua "Barbie Girl" 1997 Dance-pop 8 [41]
The Beatles "Hey Jude" 1968 Rock, pop rock 8 [42]
Paul Hardcastle "19" 1985 Synthpop, electro 8 [43]
Mary Hopkin "Those Were the Days" 1968 Folk 8 [2]
Mahalia Jackson "Move On Up a Little Higher" 1948 Gospel 8 [44]
Modern Talking "You're My Heart, You're My Soul" 1984 Europop, synthpop 8 [45]
Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit" 1991 Grunge, alternative rock 8 [46]
O-Zone "Dragostea din tei" 2003 Eurodance, pop 8[a] [47]
Freddy Quinn "Heimweh" 1956 Pop 8 [48]
Shocking Blue "Venus" 1969 Folk rock, psychedelic rock 8 [2]

7—7.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Nelly and Kelly Rowland "Dilemma" 2002 R&B, hip hop soul 7.6 [49][50]
Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112 "I'll Be Missing You" 1997 Hip hop, R&B 7.11 [37][51]
The Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" 1964 Pop rock 7 [2]
The Black Crowes "Hard to Handle" 1990 Hard rock, blues rock 7 [52]
Chic "Le Freak" 1978 Disco 7 [53]
Danyel Gérard "Butterfly" 1971 Pop 7 [2][54]
Las Ketchup "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" 2002 Latin pop 7 [55]
Scott McKenzie "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" 1967 Psychedelic pop 7 [56]
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust" 1980 Funk rock, disco 7 [57]
Julie Rogers "The Wedding" 1964 Pop 7 [2][58]
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards "Amazing Grace" 1972 Gospel 7 [2][59]
Roy Orbison "Oh, Pretty Woman" 1964 Rock and roll, country rock 7 [60]
Spice Girls "Wannabe" 1996 Dance-pop, pop-rap 7 [61]
Ricky Valance "Tell Laura I Love Her" 1960 Pop 7 [62]

6—6.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" 1976 Rock 6.7[a] [37][63]
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John "You're the One That I Want" 1978 Pop 6.59 [37][64]
Culture Club "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" 1982 New wave, blue-eyed soul, reggae 6.5 [65]
Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" 1983 Post-disco, rhythm and blues, funk, dance-pop 6.43[a] [66][67]
ABBA "Fernando" 1976 Pop, folk 6 [68]
The Archies "Sugar, Sugar" 1969 Bubblegum pop 6 [2]
Brotherhood of Man "Save Your Kisses for Me" 1976 Pop, MOR 6 [69]
Coolio featuring L.V. "Gangsta's Paradise" 1995 West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk 6 [70][71]
Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters "Jingle Bells" 1943 Christmas, pop 6 [2]
Vernon Dalhart "The Prisoner's Song" 1924 Country 6 [2]
Dawn featuring Tony Orlando "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" 1973 Pop 6 [2][72]
Neil Diamond "Cracklin' Rosie" 1970 Soft rock 6 [2]
The Jackson 5 "I Want You Back" 1969 Rhythm and blues, funk, pop 6 [73]
Janet Jackson "Together Again" 1997 Dance, house 6 [74]
Jerry Lee Lewis "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" 1957 Rock and roll, rockabilly, country 6 [75]
Madonna "Vogue" 1990 Dance-pop, house 6 [76]
George Michael "Careless Whisper" 1984 Pop, blue-eyed soul, smooth jazz 6 [77]
The New Seekers "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" 1971 Pop, folk 6 [2]
Tony Orlando and Dawn "Knock Three Times" 1970 Pop 6 [2][78]
Elvis Presley "Don't Be Cruel" 1956 Rock and roll, rockabilly 6 [79]
Harry Simeone Chorale "The Little Drummer Boy" 1958 Christmas, pop 6 [2]
Simon & Garfunkel "Bridge over Troubled Water" 1970 Folk rock, gospel 6 [2]
Bonnie Tyler "It's a Heartache" 1977 Country rock, soft rock 6 [80]
Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 1983 Soft rock 6 [81]

5—5.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Michael Jackson "Thriller" 1983 Disco, funk 5.7[a] [66][82]
Tino Rossi "Petit Papa Noël" 1946 Christmas 5.7 [83]
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink "Lady Marmalade" 2001 R&B, hip hop soul 5.2 [84]
Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive" 1977 Disco 5.1[a] [85]
1910 Fruitgum Company "Simon Says" 1967 Bubblegum pop 5 [86]
ABBA "Waterloo" 1974 Pop rock 5 [2]
Gene Austin "My Blue Heaven" 1927 Pop 5 [2][87]
Gene Autry "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" 1939 Country 5 [2]
The Beatles "She Loves You" 1963 Rock and roll, pop 5 [2]
Bee Gees "Massachusetts" 1967 Baroque pop, folk rock 5 [2][88]
Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" 1983 New wave 5 [89]
Eminem featuring Dido "Stan" 2000 Alternative hip hop, horrorcore 5 [90]
Enigma "Sadeness (Part I)" 1990 New-age, downtempo 5 [91]
George Harrison "My Sweet Lord" 1970 Folk rock, gospel 5 [2]
Engelbert Humperdinck "Release Me" 1967 Pop 5 [2]
Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun" 1974 Pop 5 [2]
The Jackson 5 "I'll Be There" 1970 Rhythm and blues 5 [92]
Michael Jackson "Beat It" 1983 Hard rock, dance-rock 5[a] [66][93]
Tommy James and the Shondells "Crimson and Clover" 1968 Psychedelic pop, psychedelic rock, acid rock, garage rock 5 [94]
Tom Jones "Delilah" 1968 Pop 5 [2]
Kaoma "Lambada" 1989 Lambada 5 [95]
Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire" 1957 Rock and roll, rockabilly, country 5 [75]
Madonna "Like a Prayer" 1989 Pop rock 5 [96]
Ricky Martin "María" 1995 Latin pop 5 [97]
Michael Zager Band "Let's All Chant" 1977 Disco 5 [98][99]
Mitch Miller "March from the River Kwai" 1957 March 5 [2]
Kylie Minogue "Can't Get You Out of My Head" 2001 Dance-pop 5 [90]
The Monkees "Daydream Believer" 1967 Pop rock 5 [100]
Musical Youth "Pass the Dutchie" 1982 Reggae-pop 5 [101]
The Partridge Family "I Think I Love You" 1970 Pop, baroque pop 5 [2]
Elvis Presley "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 1960 Rock 5 [102]
Elvis Presley "Surrender" 1961 Pop 5 [2][103]
Jeannie C. Riley "Harper Valley PTA" 1968 Country 5 [2]
Nini Rosso "Il Silenzio" 1965 Pop 5 [2]
David Seville and the Chipmunks "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" 1958 Christmas, novelty, pop 5 [2]
Shakira "Underneath Your Clothes" 2002 Soft rock 5 [90]
Shakira "Whenever, Wherever" 2001 Pop, worldbeat 5 [90]
Britney Spears "Oops!... I Did It Again" 2000 Teen pop, dance-pop 5 [90]
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler "Ballad of the Green Berets" 1966 Country, folk, pop 5 [2]
Billy Swan "I Can Help" 1974 Pop, country 5 [104]
Three Dog Night "Joy to the World" 1971 Rock 5 [2]
The Tornados "Telstar" 1962 Instrumental rock, space rock 5 [2]

Best-selling digital singles[edit]

10 million copies or more[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" 2011 Teen pop, dance-pop 15.1 [105][106][107]
The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" 2009 Hip house, electro hop 15 [108]
Kesha "TiK ToK" 2009 Electropop 15 [108]
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell "Blurred Lines" 2013 R&B, funk 14.8[b] [109]
Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera "Moves like Jagger" 2011 Dance-pop, electropop 14.4 [110][111][112]
Adele "Rolling in the Deep" 2010 Pop, soul, blues 14 [108]
Lady Gaga "Poker Face" 2008 Electropop 14 [113]
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem" 2011 EDM, hip house, electro house 14 [108]
Pharrell Williams "Happy" 2013 Soul, neo soul 13.9[b] [114]
Psy "Gangnam Style" 2012 K-pop, dance-pop 13.5 [105][115]
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz "Thrift Shop" 2012 Comedy hip hop, hipster hop 13.4[b] [109]
Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" 2010 Pop, R&B 13.2 [111][116]
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J "Dark Horse" 2013 Trap, hip hop 13.2[b] [114]
Gotye featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" 2011 Indie pop 13 [108][117]
Eminem featuring Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie" 2010 Hip hop 12.8 [108]
John Legend "All of Me" 2013 R&B 12.3[b] [114]
Jason Mraz "I'm Yours" 2008 Reggae, folk rock 12.2 [111][118][119][120]
Flo Rida featuring Kesha "Right Round" 2009 Electropop, hip hop 12 [121]
Flo Rida featuring T-Pain "Low" 2007 Hip hop 12 [122]
Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" 2009 Dance-pop 12 [113][123]
Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc "Wake Me Up" 2013 EDM, soul, folktronica 11.1[b] [109]
Katy Perry "Firework" 2010 Dance-pop, dance-rock 11 [108]
Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass" 2014 Bubblegum pop, doo-wop 11[b] [114]
Idina Menzel "Let It Go" 2014 Show tune 10.9[b] [114]
The Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow" 2009 Electro hop 10.8 [118][124][125][126]
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk" 2014 Funk, boogie, disco 10.6 [127][128][129]
Bruno Mars "Grenade" 2010 Pop, R&B 10.6 [111][116]
Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris "We Found Love" 2011 Electro house 10.5 [130]
Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis "Just Dance" 2008 Electropop, dance-pop 10 [113]
Lorde "Royals" 2013 Art pop, minimal pop, electropop 10 [131]
Katy Perry "Roar" 2013 Power pop 10 [132]
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko "Stay" 2013 Pop, R&B 10 [133]
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" 2006 Reggaeton, Latin pop 10 [134]
Shakira featuring Freshlyground "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" 2010 Pop 10 [135]

8—9.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Adele "Someone like You" 2011 Soul, pop 9.9 [37][63][111][125][136]
Pink featuring Nate Ruess "Just Give Me a Reason" 2013 Pop 9.9[b] [109]
Eminem "Lose Yourself" 2002 Hardcore hip hop, rap rock 9.7 [137][138]
fun. featuring Janelle Monáe "We Are Young" 2011 Indie pop, alternative rock 9.6 [105]
Pitbull featuring Kesha "Timber" 2013 Dance-pop 9.6[b] [114]
Maroon 5 "Payphone" 2012 Pop rock 9.5 [105][110]
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams "Get Lucky" 2013 Disco 9.3[b] [109]
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX "Fancy" 2014 Electro hop 9.1[b] [114]
Lil Wayne featuring Static Major "Lollipop" 2008 Electropop, R&B, dirty rap 9.1 [139]
Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea "Problem" 2014 Dance-pop, R&B 9[b] [114]
Lady Gaga "Born This Way" 2011 Electropop, dance-pop 9 [140]
Madonna "Hung Up" 2005 Dance-pop, disco 9 [76]
Journey "Don't Stop Believin'" 1981 Rock 8.8[c] [141][142][143]
Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" 2012 Alternative rock, electronic rock, dubstep 8.6 [109]
Magic! "Rude" 2013 Pop, reggae fusion 8.6[b] [114]
Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull "On the Floor" 2011 Dance, dance-pop, R&B 8.4 [116]
Bruno Mars "When I Was Your Man" 2013 Pop 8.3[b] [109]
Taio Cruz "Dynamite" 2010 Dance-pop, electropop 8.3 [141][144]
Taylor Swift "Love Story" 2008 Country pop 8.3 [118][145]
Thelma Aoyama "Soba ni Iru ne" 2008 J-pop, R&B 8.2 [139]
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer "Give Me Everything" 2011 Hip house, electro house, dance-pop 8.2 [116]
will.i.am featuring Britney Spears "Scream & Shout" 2012 Electro house, dance-pop 8.1[b] [109]
Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" 2013 R&B, dance-pop 8 [146]
Miley Cyrus "We Can't Stop" 2013 Pop, R&B, dance 8 [146]
Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona "Bailando" 2014 Latin pop, dance-pop 8[b] [114]
Rihanna featuring Jay Z "Umbrella" 2007 Electropop, R&B 8 [147][148]
Utada Hikaru "Flavor of Life" 2007 Pop 8 [149]

7—7.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" 2008 R&B, dance-pop 7.7 [119][125][141][150][151]
Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love" 2008 Pop, R&B 7.7 [139]
Katy Perry "Hot n Cold" 2008 Pop, dance-pop 7.7 [152]
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg "California Gurls" 2010 Disco-pop, funk-pop 7.7 [125][141][153][154]
Rihanna "Diamonds" 2012 Electronic, pop 7.5 [155]
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé "Telephone" 2010 Electropop, dance-pop 7.4 [156]
LMFAO "Sexy and I Know It" 2011 Electropop 7.4 [157]
Timbaland featuring OneRepublic "Apologize" 2007 Pop, R&B 7.4 [158]
The Black Eyed Peas "The Time (Dirty Bit)" 2010 Dance, techno 7.3 [116]
Avril Lavigne "Girlfriend" 2007 Pop punk, power pop 7.3 [147]
Bruno Mars "Locked Out of Heaven" 2012 Reggae rock 7.3 [159]
Nicki Minaj "Starships" 2012 Europop, dance 7.2 [105]
Michel Teló "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" 2011 Sertanejo universitário, Latin pop 7.2 [105]
Coldplay "Viva la Vida" 2008 Baroque pop 7.1 [141][160]
One Direction "What Makes You Beautiful" 2011 Teen pop 7.1 [161][162]
Florida Georgia Line "Cruise" 2012 Bro-country, country rap 7.01 [163]
Exile "Lovers Again" 2007 J-pop 7 [164]

6—6.9 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Maroon 5 "One More Night" 2012 Pop 6.9 [105]
Usher featuring will.i.am "OMG" 2010 Dance-pop, synthpop 6.9 [105]
Beyoncé "Irreplaceable" 2006 Pop, R&B 6.7 [150][165]
Flo Rida "Whistle" 2012 Pop 6.6 [105]
Taylor Swift "I Knew You Were Trouble" 2012 Electropop, pop rock, dubstep 6.6 [125][166][167]
Train "Hey, Soul Sister" 2009 Pop rock, folk rock 6.6 [156]
Flo Rida featuring Sia "Wild Ones" 2012 Dance-pop, hip house 6.5 [105]
Bruno Mars "The Lazy Song" 2011 Reggae 6.5 [116]
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West "E.T." 2011 Electronic, hip hop 6.5 [168]
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris "Baby" 2010 Pop, R&B 6.4 [156]
Foster the People "Pumped Up Kicks" 2010 Indie pop, alternative rock, neo-psychedelia 6.4 [169]
CeeLo Green "Fuck You" 2010 Soul, pop, R&B 6.4 [170]
Lady Antebellum "Need You Now" 2009 Country pop, country rock 6.4 [171]
Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)" 2010 Dance, electro, Europop, Hi-NRG, pop, rave, R&B 6.32 [119][120][148][172][173][174]
Nicki Minaj "Super Bass" 2011 Electronic, pop, hip hop 6.3 [175][176]
T.I. "Whatever You Like" 2008 Hip hop 6.3 [125][177]
Flo Rida "Good Feeling" 2011 Hip house, dance-pop, electronic rock 6.2 [178][179]
Greeeen "Kiseki" 2008 Pop rock 6.2 [139]
Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" 2012 Bubblegum pop, dance-pop 6.2 [180][181]
Rihanna "S&M" 2011 Eurodance, Hi-NRG 6.16 [111][120][148][172][174][182]
Paramore "crushcrushcrush" 2007 Pop punk, alternative rock 6.1 [156]
A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera "Say Something" 2013 Indie pop 6 [183]
Beyoncé "Halo" 2009 Pop 6 [125][126][142][184]
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne "Rather Be" 2014 Baroque pop, house, synthpop 6 [185]
David Guetta featuring Sia "Titanium" 2012 House, pop, urban-dance 6 [178][186]
The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes "Don't Cha" 2005 Dance-pop, R&B 6 [187]
Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne "Down" 2009 R&B, dance-pop, electropop 6 [188]

5—5.99 million copies[edit]

Artist Single Released Genre Sales
(in millions)
Source
Adele "Set Fire to the Rain" 2011 Pop 5.9 [189]
Katy Perry "Teenage Dream" 2010 Electropop, power pop 5.9 [125][190]
T-Pain "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" 2007 R&B, snap 5.9 [147]
Miley Cyrus "Party in the U.S.A." 2009 Pop 5.8 [191]
Eminem "Not Afraid" 2010 Hip hop 5.8 [119][125][126][192]
fun. "Some Nights" 2012 Indie pop, Afrobeat 5.8 [193]
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton "Can't Hold Us" 2011 Hip hop 5.8 [194]
Akon "Don't Matter" 2007 Reggae fusion, R&B 5.7 [147]
Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys "Empire State of Mind" 2009 Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, soul 5.7 [195]
Owl City "Fireflies" 2009 Electropop 5.7 [196]
Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl" 2008 Bubblegum pop 5.7 [139]
Soulja Boy Tell'em featuring Sammie "Kiss Me thru the Phone" 2007 Pop-rap 5.7 [118]
T.I. featuring Rihanna "Live Your Life" 2008 Conscious hip hop, R&B 5.7 [148][197]
Alicia Keys "No One" 2007 R&B, soul, hip hop soul 5.6 [139]
Rihanna "Disturbia" 2008 Dance-pop, electropop 5.6 [148][172][198]
Usher featuring Young Jeezy "Love in This Club" 2008 R&B 5.6 [139]
Busker Busker "Cherry Blossom Ending" 2012 K-pop 5.58 [199]
Chris Brown "With You" 2007 Pop, R&B 5.5 [139]
Eminem featuring Rihanna "The Monster" 2013 Hip hop 5.5 [110][148][200]
David Guetta and Kelly Rowland "When Love Takes Over" 2009 Dance-pop, synthpop, trance 5.5 [201]
David Guetta featuring Akon "Sexy Bitch" 2009 Electro hop 5.5 [141][178][202]
Britney Spears "Circus" 2008 Electropop, dance-pop 5.5 [118]
Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin "Don't You Worry Child" 2012 Progressive house, EDM 5.5 [203]
Kanye West "Heartless" 2008 Pop 5.5 [118]
Kings of Leon "Use Somebody" 2008 Alternative rock 5.3 [141][204][205]
IU "You and I" 2011 K-pop 5.27 [206]
Shop Boyz "Party Like a Rockstar" 2007 Southern hip hop, rap rock 5.2 [147]
Soulja Boy Tell 'Em "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" 2007 Snap, dance-pop, pop-rap 5.2 [147]
Fergie "Big Girls Don't Cry" 2007 Adult contemporary, R&B 5.1 [125][207]
Phillip Phillips "Home" 2012 Pop rock, folk rock 5.1 [208]
Taylor Swift "You Belong with Me" 2009 Country pop, country rock 5.1 [181][209]
Kanye West "Stronger" 2007 Hip hop 5.07 [210]
Ashida Mana & Suzuki Fuku
as Kaoru to Tomoki, Tamani Mook
"Maru Maru Mori Mori!" 2011 J-pop 5 [211]
Avicii "Levels" 2012 Progressive house 5 [109]
Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z "Crazy in Love" 2003 R&B, funk 5 [90]
The Black Eyed Peas "My Humps" 2005 Pop-rap, dance 5 [90]
Mariah Carey "We Belong Together" 2005 R&B 5 [90]
Kelly Clarkson "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" 2012 Pop rock, dance-pop, electropop 5 [212]
Green Day "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" 2004 Alternative rock 5 [90]
Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull "I Like It" 2010 Electropop 5 [213]
Katy Perry "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" 2011 Pop, dance-pop 5 [214]
Pink "Raise Your Glass" 2010 Pop 5 [215]
Pink "So What" 2008 Pop rock 5 [90]
Shakira featuring Dizzee Rascal "Loca" 2010 Merengue, Latin pop 5 [216]
Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz "La Tortura" 2005 Latin pop, reggaeton 5 [90]
Britney Spears "Toxic" 2004 Electropop, dance-pop, bhangra 5 [90]
Britney Spears "Womanizer" 2008 Electropop, dance-pop 5 [90]

Best-selling single by year worldwide[edit]

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

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

Year Single Artist Nationality Sales
(in millions)
Source
2007 "Girlfriend" Avril Lavigne  Canada 7.3 [147]
2008 "Lollipop" Lil Wayne featuring Static Major  United States 9.1 [139]
2009 "Poker Face" Lady Gaga  United States 9.8 [118]
2010 "TiK ToK" Kesha  United States 12.8 [156]
2011 "Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars  United States 12.5 [116]
2012 "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen  Canada 12.5 [105]
2013 "Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell  United States /  Canada 14.8 [109]
2014 "Happy" Pharrell Williams  United States 13.9 [114]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • ^ Sales figure includes digital sales.
  • ^ Sales figure includes 'equivalent track streams'.
  • ^ Sales figure includes physical sales.

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