Best Selling Singles Of All Time

Have you ever wondered what the best selling singles of all time are? Look no further! Will definitely have to make a playlist with these songs! (Updated 16/7/2012)

I am going to follow suit and develop a digital singles chart – stay tuned

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Artist Single  Released  Sold (Millions)
Bing Crosby White Christmas 1942 50
Elton John Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight 1997 33
Bing Crosby Silent Night 1935 30
Bill Haley & His Comets Rock Around the Clock 1954 25
Elvis Presley It’s Now or Never 1960 22
USA for Africa We Are the World 1985 20
Paul Anka Diana 1957 20
The Ink Spots If I Didn’t Care 1936 19
Baccara Yes Sir, I Can Boogie 1977 18
Gene Autry Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1949 18
Kenny Rogers Lady 1980 16
Celine Dion My Heart Will Go On 1998 15
Scorpions Wind of Change 1991 14
Kyu Sakamoto Sukiyaki 1961 13
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman Time to Say Goodbye 1996 12
Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You 1992 12
Village People Y.M.C.A. 1978 12
Band Aid Do They Know It’s Christmas? 1984 11.7
Terry Jacks Seasons in the Sun 1974 11.5
Los del Río Macarena 1995 11
Roger Whittaker The Last Farewell 1975 11
Biddu and Carl Douglas Kung Fu Fighting 1974 11
George McCrae Rock Your Baby 1974 11
The Beatles I Want to Hold Your Hand 1964 11
Mills Brothers Paper Doll 1943 11
Panjabi MC Mundian To Bach Ke 1998 10
Cher Believe 1998 10
Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas Is You 1994 10
Bryan Adams (Everything I Do) I Do It for You 1991 10
Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven 1971 10
Middle of the Road Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep 1971 10
Procol Harum A Whiter Shade of Pale 1967 10
The Monkees I’m a Believer 1966 10
Elvis Presley Hound Dog 1956 10
Roy Acuff Wabash Cannonball 1942 10
Britney Spears …Baby One More Time 1998 9
Paul Anka Diana 1957 9
Shakira Whenever, Wherever 2001 8.5
Survivor Eye of the Tiger 1982 8.03
Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z Crazy in Love 2003 8
Ricky Martin Livin’ la Vida Loca 1999 8
Aqua Barbie Girl 1997 8
Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit 1991 8
Modern Talking You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul 1984 8
The Beatles Hey Jude 1968 8
Mary Hopkin Those Were the Days 1968 8
The Animals The House of the Rising Sun 1964 8
Mahalia Jackson Move On Up a Little Higher 1948 8
Shocking Blue Venus 1969 7.5
Ashanti Foolish 2002 7.2
Green Day Boulevard of Broken Dreams 2004 7
Christina Aguilera Genie in a Bottle 1999 7
Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112 I’ll Be Missing You 1997 7
Andrea Bocelli Con te partirò 1997 7
a-ha Take on Me 1985 7
Queen Another One Bites the Dust 1980 7
Chic Le Freak 1978 7
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Amazing Grace 1972 7
Danyel Gérard Butterfly 1971 7
Scott McKenzie San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) 1967 7
Scott McKenzie San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) 1967 7
The Beatles Can’t Buy Me Love 1964 7
Julie Rogers The Wedding 1964 7
Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner’s Song 1924 7
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John You’re the One That I Want 1978 6.53
Britney Spears Oops!… I Did It Again 2000 6
Janet Jackson Together Again 1997 6
Spice Girls Wannabe 1996 6
Madonna Vogue 1990 6
George Michael Careless Whisper 1984 6
Wings Mull of Kintyre 1977 6
ABBA Fernando 1976 6
Brotherhood of Man Save Your Kisses for Me 1976 6
Dawn Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree 1973 6
Dawn Knock Three Times 1971 6
The New Seekers I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing 1971 6
Mungo Jerry In the Summertime 1970 6
Neil Diamond Cracklin’ Rosie 1970 6
Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water 1970 6
The Archies Sugar, Sugar 1969 6
The Jackson 5 I Want You Back 1969 6
Harry Simeone Chorale The Little Drummer Boy 1958 6
Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On 1957 6
Bing Crosby Jingle Bells 1943 6
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 1976 5.94
Michael Jackson Thriller 1984 5.82
Coolio ft. L.V. Gangsta’s Paradise 1995 5.7
Tino Rossi Petit Papa Noël 1946 5.7
T.I. Whatever You Like 2008 5.6
Michael Jackson Billie Jean 1983 5.6
Jeannie C. Riley Harper Valley PTA 1968 5.5
Chipmunks The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) 1958 5.5
Shakira Underneath Your Clothes 2002 5
Kylie Minogue Can’t Get You Out of My Head 2001 5
Eminem Stan 2000 5
Enigma Sadeness (Part I) 1990 5
Madonna Like a Prayer 1989 5
Kaoma Lambada 1989 5
Michael Jackson Beat It 1983 5
Culture Club Karma Chameleon 1983 5
Musical Youth Pass the Dutchie 1982 5
ABBA Waterloo 1974 5
Billy Swan I Can Help 1974 5
Donny Osmond Puppy Love 1971 5
Three Dog Night Joy to the World 1971 5
The Jackson 5 I’ll Be There 1970 5
The Partridge Family I Think I Love You 1970 5
1910 Fruitgum Company Simon Says 1968 5
Tom Jones Delilah 1968 5
Tommy James and the Shondells Crimson and Clover 1968 5
Bee Gees Massachusetts 1967 5
Engelbert Humperdinck Release Me 1967 5
The Monkees Daydream Believer 1967 5
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler Ballad of the Green Berets 1966 5
Nini Rosso Il Silenzio 1965 5
The Beatles She Loves You 1963 5
The Tornados Telstar 1962 5
Elvis Presley Surrender 1961 5
Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight? 1960 5
Mitch Miller March from Bridge On The River Kwai 1957 5
Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire 1957 5
Elvis Presley Don’t Be Cruel 1956 5
Elvis Presley Love Me Tender 1956 5
Gene Autry That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine 1939 5
Gene Austin My Blue Heaven 1927 5

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67 replies on “Best Selling Singles Of All Time

  1. Surely shakin stevens sold more than any of them. And as far as cultural impact goes, he made wooly jumpers popular again briefly

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  2. If you look at Billboard number1 list, Bing went to number one every December for 5 or 6 years. Maybe 5 or 6 years out of 8.

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  3. Elvis having only 2 here makes sense to me as well because there were fewer people and less disposable income in the 50’s. The list isn’t about total number ones, it’s about total sold

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    1. Yes, Billie Jean is now on this list. Earth song is close, with approximately 4.5 million sales, similar to Black or White.

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    1. The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back, The Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There. Of course, the majority of his sales came from album sales. The best selling album is Thriller. That’s where his sales are.

      EDIT: There are now Michael Jackson singles in this list.

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      1. Yeah the Jackson 5, but still…. Thriller is still the most selling album out there, and the single must’ve sold more than for example Paul Anka’s Diana..
        This list is not accurate!

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        1. I am trying to keep this as accurate as possible, but it is hard to keep track of every single song that has reached this level.

          Michael Jackson’s Thriller has now achieved more than five million sales.

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      1. We Are The World is the number one charity song ever created. It is one of the top 30 selling singles to have sold over 10 million copies. If it’ll help, it did raise $63 million world wide. Billie Jean has sold 8 million copies. You seem to be relying on dated data. He has sold 40 million records since his death, so one could only imagine how many singles.

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  4. what about Irene caras ‘What a feeling” #1 in 7 countires and certified platinum here in the USA? i cant believe it did sell in the 5-6 million range

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  5. Wikipedia says: “A second version of the song, sung partly in English, released as “Time to Say Goodbye”, paired Bocelli with English soprano Sarah Brightman, and achieved even greater success, topping charts all across Europe, including Germany, where it became the biggest-selling single in history.That version alone has now sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.”

    Just curious … I didn’t see it on your list. (Credos on this site and your responses .. awesome!)

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    1. Hadn’t seen that one; what is the original song? Will have to add it in and advise those that have collated the data that there could be an extra song to add.

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    1. There is no reference to where that value has been pulled from. If there is a reference to the total sales, I will add it in.

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  6. hey fella Bobby Goldsborro would be upset with you…..check the sales…it was released twice

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        1. Hi Paul, I’ve tried searching for sales figures – but have come up with blanks! Have you got any data on the total sales for this song? It needs to have at least 5 million sales to make it onto the list. Cheers

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    1. Black Sabbath – Paranoid: 4 million sales.
      Black Sabbath – Iron Man: ?

      If more sales data can be found I will update.

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  7. How is it that Paul anka’s .. Diana . Is reputed to have sold 20,million and also 9 million … Has it actually sold 29 million.?

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  8. Well it’s a nice list – and the same as wikipedia use. But I’m afraid there’s some singles missing: Did you know that Teixeirinha’s “Coracao de Luto” has sold somewhere between 25 to 35 mill. copies – and should be either number two or three on the list? Keep searching!

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    1. Yes, it is the same list, but I try to add in more that I find around the place.

      Really, nice I will look it up and find out, thanks!

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  9. Cool list but You should update it.:) Some new songs came out and some older songs were sold more.:)

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    1. Hi Mare,

      Yes I will have to update this list. I have been away from this site for a while, as I’ve had to focus on other things, but I am back now. Feel free to make suggestions of what you would like to see!

      Submeg

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    1. Thanks Edward, do you have a reference for it? If so, I’ll add it straight in, otherwise I will have to research it. Thanks for the heads up!

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  10. Hey man cool list but You maybe should check some titles and certification again and some new songs maybe. “Royals”from that Lorde girl is sold over 7 mill.. Whitney Houston Ï will always…” is sold esp after her death to 20 mill making it the best selling female single It was it on NBC also hers I wanna dance with… is sold 8..than Mariah’s all I want for Xmass is sold more than 12.;)

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    1. Hey Steve,

      Thanks for the feedback! I know there are heaps of songs that I have to add – I’ve been extremely busy! Do you have any references for these values?

      Submeg

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