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. Remixes, live and other versions count as separate.
  • 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 8,800,000[4] 8,800,000
"Rolling in the Deep" Adele 8,600,000[4] 8,600,000
"Radioactive" Imagine Dragons 8,241,834[5] 8,241,834
"Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock 8,100,000[6] 8,100,000
"Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye featuring Kimbra 8,096,940[7] 8,096,940
"We Are the World" USA for Africa ~8,000,000[8] 8,000,000
"Don't Stop Believin'" Journey 1,000,000[9] 7,000,000[10] 8,000,000

Over 7 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Thrift Shop" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz 7,900,000[11] 7,900,000
"Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 7,823,237[5] 7,823,237
"Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen 7,600,000[12] 7,600,000
"Poker Face" Lady Gaga 7,500,000[13] 7,500,000
"Cruise" Florida Georgia Line 7,480,000[14] 7,480,000
"Lose Yourself" Eminem 7,370,152[5] 7,370,152
"Happy" Pharrell Williams 7,330,000[4] 7,330,000
"Just Dance" Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis 7,200,000[13] 7,200,000
"I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston 4,591,000[15] ~2,600,000[15][16] 7,200,000[16]
"Low" Flo Rida featuring T-Pain 7,150,000[4] 7,150,000
"We Are Young" fun. featuring Janelle Monáe 7,150,000[4] 7,150,000
"Firework" Katy Perry 7,100,000[17] 7,100,000
"Thriller" Michael Jackson 1,024 000[18][19][19] 6,000,000[20] 7,024,000
"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Gene Autry 7,000,000[21] 7,000,000

Over 6 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas 6,900,000[6] 6,900,000
"I'm Yours" Jason Mraz 6,837,000[22] 6,837,000
"Tik Tok" Kesha 6,800,000[23] 6,800,000
"Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars 6,700,000[6][24] 6,700,000
"Moves like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera 6,700,000[25] 6,700,000
"Love the Way You Lie" Eminem featuring Rihanna 6,500,000[6][26] 6,500,000
"Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams 6,498,000[27] 6,498,000
"Hey, Soul Sister" Train 6,417,000[28] 6,417,000
"Roar" Katy Perry 6,400,000[17] 6,400,000
"Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO 6,400,000[6][29] 6,400,000
"Dark Horse" Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 6,300,000[17] 6,300,000
"Need You Now" Lady Antebellum 6,270,000[30] 6,270,000
"Viva la Vida" Coldplay 6,131,000[28] 6,131,000
"Someone Like You" Adele 6,128,000[31] 6,128,000
"Grenade" Bruno Mars 6,100,000[6][32] 6,100,000
"Eye of the Tiger" Survivor ~2,000,000[33] 4,100,000[34] ~6,100,000
"We Will Rock You" Queen ~2,000,000[35] ~4,000,000[36] ~6,000,000
"Apologize" Timbaland featuring OneRepublic 6,000,000[37] 6.000,000
"Dynamite" Taio Cruz 6,000,000[38] 6,000,000
"Fuck You!" CeeLo Green 6,000,000[39] 6,000,000
"Love Story" Taylor Swift 6,000,000[40] 6,000,000
"Paper Doll" Mills Brothers ~6,000,000[41] ~6,000,000
"The Tennessee Waltz" Patti Page ~6,000,000[41] ~6,000,000
"Billie Jean" Michael Jackson ~1,000,000[42][43] ~5,000,000[44] ~6,000,000

Over 5 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Party in the U.S.A." Miley Cyrus 5,981,000[45] 5,981,000
"Royals" Lorde 5,900,000[46] 5,900,000
"E.T." Katy Perry featuring Kanye West 5,900,000[17] 5,900,000
"Bad Romance" Lady Gaga 5,800,000[13] 5,800,000
"California Gurls" Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg 5,800,000[17] 5,800,000
"Hot n Cold" Katy Perry 5,700,000[17] 5,700,000
"Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran 5,633,083[5] 5,633,083
"Right Round" Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha 5,572,000[47] 5,572,000
"Empire State of Mind" Jay Z and Alicia Keys 5,513,000[48] 5,513,000
"Payphone" Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa 5,510,000[49] 5,510,000
"All of Me" John Legend 5,500,000[50] 5,500,000
"Sail" AWOLNATION 5,500,000[51] 5,500,000
"Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen ~1,000,000[52] 4,450,486[5] ~5,450,486
"All About That Bass" Meghan Trainor 5,434,000[31] 5,434,000
"We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 5,400,000[26] 5,400,000
"I Knew You Were Trouble" Taylor Swift 5,400,000[40] 5,400,000
"Shake It Off" Taylor Swift 5,300,000[40] 5,300,000
"Counting Stars" OneRepublic 5,300,000[53] 5,300,000
"Home" Phillip Phillips 5,288,000[54] 5,288,000
"Pumped Up Kicks" Foster the People 5,173,000[55] 5,173,000
"Ho Hey" The Lumineers 5,100,000[56] 5,100,000
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" Soulja Boy 5,080,000[57] 5,080,000
"Stronger" Kanye West 5,014,000[58] 5,014,000
"Beat It" Michael Jackson ~1,000,000[59] 4,000,000[60] ~5,000,000
"Super Bass" Nicki Minaj 5,000,000[61] 5,000,000
"Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" Elvis Presley 5,000,000[62] 5,000,000
"Not Afraid" Eminem 5,000,000[63] 5,000,000
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Beyoncé 5,000,000 5,000,000
"Some Nights" fun. 5,000,000[64] 5,000,000
"If I Die Young" The Band Perry 5,000,000[65] 5,000,000
"Hey There Delilah" Plain White T's 5,000,000[66][67] 5,000,000
"That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" Gene Autry 5,000,000[68] 5,000,000
"Ballad of the Green Berets" Barry Sadler 5,000,000[69] 5,000,000
"Dardanella" Ben Selvin ~5,000,000[41] ~5,000,000
"My Blue Heaven" Gene Austin ~5,000,000[41] ~5,000,000

Over 4 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Set Fire to the Rain" Adele 4,958,000[70] 4,958,000
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson 4,954,000[71] 4,954,000
"Teenage Dream" Katy Perry 4,900,000[17] 4,900,000
"SexyBack" Justin Timberlake 4,900,000[72] 4,494,000
"What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction 4,888,000[73] 4,888,000
"Give Me Everything" Pitbull featuring Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo 4,874,000[74] 4,874,000
"You Belong with Me" Taylor Swift 4,800,000[40] 4,800,000
"Disturbia" Rihanna 4,800,000[26] 4,800,000
"Hello" Adele 4,750,000[75] 4,750,000
"OMG" Usher featuring will.i.am 4,719,000[76] 4,719,000
"When I Was Your Man" Bruno Mars 4,700,000[27] 4,700,000
"How to Save a Life" The Fray 4,700,000[34] 4,700,000
"Live Your Life" T.I. featuring Rihanna 4,700,000[26] 4,700,000
"Bleeding Love" Leona Lewis 4,700,000[77] 4,700,000
"I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry 4,700,000[17] 4,700,000
"Timber" Pitbull featuring Kesha 4,700,000[23][78] 4,700,000
"Fireflies" Owl City 4,648,000[79] 4,648,000
"Lollipop" Lil Wayne 4,639,000[80] 4,639,000
"One More Night" Maroon 5 4,635,000[49] 4,635,000
"So What" P!nk 4,624,000[81] 4,624,000
"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" Los del Río 4,600,000[82] 4,600,000
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Marvin Gaye 4,000,000[83][84] 568,000[85] 4,568,000
"Demons" Imagine Dragons 4,567,000[86] 4,567,000
"Gangnam Style" Psy 4,500,000[87][88] 4,500,000
"Rockstar" Nickelback 4,500,000[34] 4,500,000
"Starships" Nicki Minaj 4,500,000[61] 4,500,000
"Blank Space" Taylor Swift 4,500,000[40] 4,500,000
"Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye 3,000,000[89] 1,491,000[85] 4,491,000
"Stay" Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 4,480,000[26] 4,480,000
"Umbrella" Rihanna featuring Jay-Z 4,470,000[26] 4,470,000
"Chicken Fried" Zac Brown Band 4,461,000[90] 4,461,000
"Take Me to Church" Hozier 4,418,000[31] 4,418,000
"Just Give Me a Reason" P!nk featuring Nate Ruess 4,405,000[27] 4,405,000
"Whatever You Like" T.I. 4,401,000[32] 4,401,000
"Can't Hold Us" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton 4,383,000[27] 4,383,000
"Locked Out of Heaven" Bruno Mars 4,366,000[32] 4,366,000
"I'm a Believer" The Monkees 4,000,000[91] 364,000[92] 4,364,000
"Lights" Ellie Goulding 4,300,000[93] 4,300,000
"Use Somebody" Kings of Leon 4,300,000[34] 4,300,000
"Let Her Go" Passenger 4,251,000[31] 4,251,000
"Born This Way" Lady Gaga 4,200,000[13] 4,200,000
"Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood 4,200,000[54][94] 4,200,000
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World" Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 4,200,000[95] 4,200,000
"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" Usher featuring Pitbull 4,198,000[74] 4,198,000
"Talk Dirty" Jason Derulo 4,190,000[96] 4,190,000
"Another One Bites the Dust" Queen 3,000,000[97] 1,156,000[98] 4,156,000
"Raise Your Glass" P!nk 4,126,000[99] 4,126,000
"See You Again" Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth 4,122,938 [13] 4,122,938
"Fancy" Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 4,100,000[100] 4,100,000
"Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" Bryan Adams 4,100,000[101] 4,100,000
"Stay with Me" Sam Smith 4,100,000[102] 4,100,000
"Heartless" Kanye West 4,100,000[103] 4,100,000
"We R Who We R" Kesha 4,100,000[23] 4,100,000
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift 4,100,000[40] 4,100,000
"I Like It" Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull 4,081,000[74] 4,081,000
"Wake Me Up!" Avicii 4,060,000[104] 4,060,000
"Dirt Road Anthem" Jason Aldean 4,027,000[46] 4,027,000
"Airplanes" B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams 4,000,000[105] 4,000,000
"Big Girls Don't Cry" Fergie 4,000,000[74] 4,000,000
"Down" Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne 4,000,000[106] 4,000,000
"Gives You Hell" The All-American Rejects 4,000,000[107] 4,000,000
"Harper Valley PTA" Jeannie C. Riley 4,000,000[108] 4,000,000
"Hey Jude" The Beatles ~4,000,000[109] ~4,000,000
"Hotel California" Eagles ~1,000,000[110] 3,000,000[111] ~4,000,000
"I Won't Give Up" Jason Mraz 4,000,000[22] 4,000,000
"Just a Dream" Nelly 4,000,000[112] 4,000,000
"Good Feeling" Flo Rida 4,000,000[113] 4,000,000
"Le Freak" Chic 4,000,000[84][114] 4,000,000
"I'll Be There" The Jackson 5 4,000,000[84] 4,000,000
"Let It Rock" Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne 4,000,000[115] 4,000,000
"Like a G6" Far East Movement featuring Dev and The Cataracs 4,000,000[107] 4,000,000
"Love is Blue" Paul Mauriat 4,000,000[116] 4,000,000
"Look at Me Now" Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes 4,000,000[46] 4,000,000
"No One" Alicia Keys 4,000,000[48] 4,000,000
"Paper Planes" M.I.A. 4,000,000[117] 4,000,000
"Replay" Iyaz 4,000,000[118] 4,000,000
"Whatcha Say" Jason Derulo 4,000,000[48] 4,000,000
"Whoomp! (There It Is)" Tag Team ~4,000,000[119] ~4,000,000
"Yeah!" Usher 4,000,000[117] 4,000,000
"You Light Up My Life" Debbie Boone 4,000,000[120] 4,000,000
"Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 4,000,000+[121][122][123][124] 4,000,000
"Summertime Sadness" Lana Del Rey 4,000,000[125] 4,000,000
"Get Lucky" Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams ~4,000,000[126] ~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.[127]

Physical singles[edit]

Digital singles[edit]

Achievements[edit]

  • Rihanna was named the Hot Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade.[137]
  • Rihanna is currently RIAA's top awarded singles artist and became the first artist to cross 100 million cumulative singles sales in 2015. She held the title as the only artist with over 100 million cumulative singles sales from July 2015 until June 2017 when Taylor Swift crossed the mark as well.[138][139][140]
  • After his sudden death, 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.[141]
  • 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".[47][142] In October 2015, Perry also became the first artist to top the 6 million mark with 3 of her songs.[143]
  • Lady Gaga's debut single "Just Dance" is the best-selling debut single by any artist in the United States, with over 7.2 million copies sold as of February 2018. Gaga is also the first and only artist to pass 7 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").

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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