CLASSIFICATIONS

Top 10 best-selling singles in music history

What may have been the best-selling single in the entire history of music? This record belongs to an obviously very famous song, composed many decades ago but still very topical. We hear it every year, as do all the top 10 best-selling songs of all time.

The calculation has been split in two, due to the advent of technology, downloads and Spotify streaming, which have 'drugged' the market and made the previous charts truly obsolete. This calculation was therefore split between physical single sales and digital sales. Here we will only deal with sales of physical singles, and therefore you will not find the most recent songs.

This is a compendium of the best-selling music singles. The criterion for inclusion is to sell at least ten million copies worldwide. The singles listed here have been quoted from reliable sources in various media, such as digital journalism, newspapers, magazines and books.

Enough, after this preamble we won't keep you waiting any longer, your curiosity will already be tingling: here are the 10 best-selling physical singles in music history.

Wikipedia.org/Getty Images
Top 10 best-selling singles in music history
What may have been the best-selling single in the entire history of music? This record belongs to an obviously very famous song, composed many decades ago but still very topical. We hear it every year, as do all the top 10 best-selling songs of all time.The calculation has been split in two, due to the advent of technology, downloads and Spotify streaming, which have 'drugged' the market and made the previous charts truly obsolete. This calculation was therefore split between physical single sales and digital sales. Here we will only deal with sales of physical singles, and therefore you will not find the most recent songs. This is a compendium of the best-selling music singles. The criterion for inclusion is to sell at least ten million copies worldwide. The singles listed here have been quoted from reliable sources in various media, such as digital journalism, newspapers, magazines and books. Enough, after this preamble we won't keep you waiting any longer, your curiosity will already be tingling: here are the 10 best-selling physical singles in music history.
By Correodelag - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63829925
Bing Crosby - White Christmas (1942)
50 million copies sold - The song was written by Berlin for the 1942 musical film Holiday Inn. The composition won the Oscar award for best original song at the 15th Academy Awards. Since its release, "White Christmas" has been covered by many artists; the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single in the world.
Artwork
Elton John - Something about the way you look at me/ Candle in the Wind 1997 (1997)
33 million copies - 5 days after the release of 'Something about the way you look at me', it was released as a double-sided single with 'Candle in the Wind 1997', a song in memory of Princess Diana who died that year. Guinness World Records 2009 states that the song is "the best-selling single since the start of the UK and US singles charts in the 1950s".
Spotify Cover
Tino Rossi - Petit Papa Noel (1946)
30 million copies - Petit Papa Noel was first sung in 1946 in Richard Pottier's film Destins. Tino Rossi's song, written by Raymond Vinci (author of the lyrics) and Henri Martinet (author of the melody), was subsequently reissued several times (also posthumously): it is the best-selling record ever in France.
Di Janus Record Corporation, New York City - Billboard, 27. Juni 1970, page 69, Pubblico dominio, ht
Mungo Jerry - In the summertime (1970)
30 million copies - 'In the Summertime' is the debut single by British folk rock band Mungo Jerry, released in 1970 on the Dawn and Janus labels. The song, which became popular worldwide, was written by band leader Ray Dorset and produced by Barry Murray.
Amazon Cover
Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around the Clock (1954)
25 million copies - This song is considered one of the most representative of Rock 'n' Roll, having been recorded at the very beginning of the genre. The famous electric guitar solo is performed by Danny Cedrone (1920 - 1954).
Getty Images
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (1992)
20 million copies - "Will Always Love You" is a song by Dolly Parton, released in 1974 on the 45 rpm single I Will Always Love You/Lonely Comin' Down. International success, however, came from Whitney Houston, making it a popular song worldwide in 1992.
Getty Images
Elvis Presley - It's now or never (1960)
20 million copies - In 1960, 'It's Now or Never' was a number one record in the US for Elvis Presley, with five weeks at number one, and in the UK, where it spent eight weeks at number one in 1960 and a further week at number one in 2005 as a re-release, and in numerous other countries, selling over 20 million physical copies worldwide, Elvis Presley's biggest international single ever. It was recorded by Bill Porter at RCA's Studio B in Nashville. It is written in E major and has a tempo of 80 BPM.
Artwork
USA for Africa - We Are the World (1985)
20 million copies - 'We Are the World' is a 1985 charity song, written and composed by US singers Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced by Quincy Jones and recorded by USA for Africa ('USA' stands for 'United Support Artists'), a supergroup of 45 music celebrities, mostly from the United States. The aim was to raise funds to support Ethiopia, which is suffering from a severe famine.
Amazon Cover
The Ink Spots - If I didn't care (1939)
19 million copies - 'If I Didn't Care' is a song written by Jack Lawrence, originally recorded by The Ink Spots in 1939. It was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame at number 271 on the 'Songs of the Century' list.
Artwork
Céline Dion, Titanic - My Heart Will Go On (1997)
18 million copies - One of the most famous songs ever. Everyone knows it, having been written as the soundtrack to the 1997 James Cameron-directed colossal Titanic. The song was also included in the Songs of the Century list by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
news of hollywood's great actors
22/04/2024
news of hollywood's great actors
22/04/2024
Informativa ai sensi della Direttiva 2009/136/CE: questo sito utilizza solo cookie tecnici necessari alla navigazione da parte dell'utente in assenza dei quali il sito non potrebbe funzionare correttamente.