Thursday, December 13, 2018

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, 1986-2019

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Congratulations to the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees – The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and The Zombies. Click on the name of the acts to see their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bios.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was established in 1983 to, as the website says, “recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of rock and roll.” As the site says, “to be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician)…the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.” Among considerations are the artist’s influence on other artists, length and depth of career, body of work, and innovation and superiority in style and technique.

Here is an alphabetical listing of all inductees from 1986 to 2019. Click on the act’s name to go to the DMDB music maker encyclopedia entry. Click on “hall bio” to go to the act’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame page.


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Friday, November 23, 2018

Cover Songs: Top 100

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Cover songs have long been a staple of music, although listeners tend to favor the originals. However, there have been some covers which outshone the original – in some cases, to the point that people may not realize the song with which they’re so familiar is not recorded by the original artist. Here, according to the rankings in Dave’s Music Database, are the top cover songs of all time:

1. Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
2. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
3. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
4. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
5. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)
6. Artie Shaw “Stardust” (1941)
7. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (1927)
8. Al Jolson “Swanee” (1920)
9. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997)
10. Artie Shaw “Begin the Beguine” (1938)

11. Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933)
12. Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong “St. Louis Blues” (1925)
13. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
14. Haydn Quartet “Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” (1904)
15. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1908)
16. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
17. Dooley Wilson “As Time Goes By” (1942)
18. Fats Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (1929)
19. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
20. Sinead O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)

21. The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (1947)
22. Coleman Hawkins “Body and Soul” (1940)
23. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1950)
24. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)
25. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
26. Haydn Quartet “In the Good Old Summertime” (1903)
27. Cliff Edwards “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” (1928)
28. Paul Whiteman “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1933)
29. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)
30. Vaughn Monroe “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” (1949)

31. Red Nichols “I Got Rhythm” (1930)
32. The Weavers “Goodnight Irene” (1950)
33. Marion Harris “After You’ve Gone” (1919)
34. Les Paul & Mary Ford “How High the Moon” (1951)
35. Sophie Tucker “Some of These Days” (1911)
36. Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening” (1949)
37. Ben Selvin “Happy Days Are Here Again” (1930)
38. Rudy Vallee “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (1932)
39. John McCormack “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary” (1915)
40. Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “Deep Purple” (1939)

41. Woody Herman “Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)” (1941)
42. Gertrude Lawrence “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1927)
43. The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (1946)
44. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
45. Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball” (1918)
46. Ray Noble “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (1936)
47. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
48. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
49. Judy Garland with Gene Kelly “For Me and My Gal” (1942)
50. Harry MacDonough “Down by the Old Mill Stream” (1911)

51. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)
52. Paul Whiteman “Three O’Clock in the Morning” (1922)
53. Fred Astaire “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” (1937)
54. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
55. Billie Holiday “Summertime” (1936)
56. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
57. Glenn Miller “That Old Black Magic” (1943)
58. Bunny Berigan “I Can’t Get Started” (1938)
59. Bing Crosby “Silent Night” (1935)
60. Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960)

61. Fats Waller “Honeysuckle Rose” (1935)
62. Charles Harrison “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” (1918)
63. Paul Whiteman “My Mammy” (1921)
64. Henry Burr “Beautiful Ohio” (1919)
65. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
66. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way” (1986)
67. Peerless Quartet “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier” (1915)
68. The Fifth Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)
69. Count Basie “April in Paris” (1956)
70. Ben Selvin “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” (1919)

71. Mitch Miller “The Yellow Rose of Texas” (1955)
72. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
73. The Five Satins “In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)” (1956)
74. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)
75. Bing Crosby with the Mills Brothers “Dinah” (1932)
76. Vess Ossman “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (1900)
77. Bert Williams “Nobody’ (1906)
78. Haydn Quartet “Bedelia” (1904)
79. Missouri Waltz (Hush-A-Bye Ma Baby)” (1917)
80. James Harrison & Dick Haymes “I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You” (1941)

81. George MacFarlane “A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure, They Call It Ireland)” (1915)
82. Louis Armstrong “All of Me” (1932)
83. Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin & Sportsmen Glee Club “People Will Say We’re in Love” (1943)
84. Elvis Presley “That’s All Right, Mama” (1954)
85. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “Sunday, Monday or Always” (1943)
86. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
87. Harry MacDonough “Hiawatha (His Song to Minnehaha)” (1903)
88. Perry Como “If I Loved You” (1945)
89. Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (1961)
90. Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” (1942)

91. All-4-One “I Swear” (1994)
92. Ray Miller “The Sheik of Araby” (1922)
93. Bill Snyder “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered” (1950)
94. Art Mooney “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” (1948)
95. Frank Stanley with Corrine Morgan “Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”)” (1904)
96. Ernestine Schumann-Heink “Danny Boy” (1918)
97. Rosemary Clooney “Tenderly” (1952)
98. Guy Lombardo “How Deep Is the Ocean?” (1932)
99. Ada Jones & Billy Murray “Come Josephine in My Flying Machine” (1911)
100. George Olsen “Who?” (1926)


Thursday, November 22, 2018

The World's All-Time Best-Selling Songs

This list was originally posted 12/29/2011. Revised 11/22/2018.

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This list is a compiled from a variety of sources for sales figures (see complete source list here), but they are generally estimates since there is no official agency to track worldwide sales. As such, it is highly possible that some of these sales figures have been inflated by record companies or other vested parties, but this list does at least offer some idea of the world’s best-selling songs.

If you have your doubts about some of these songs belonging on this list, you’re not alone. I realize my knowledge of music beyond U.S. shores is limited, but if songs like Thelma Aoyama’s “Soba ni lur ne”, Utada Hikaru’s “Flavor of Life”, Kiseki’s “Greeeen”, Andre Brasseur’s “Early Bird”, and Machiko Soga’s “Oba-Q Ondo” are truly that monstrous in sales, shouldn’t I have at least heard of them? Oh well. I just report the lists. I don’t make these figures up (even if someone else does).

Note: in the event of ties, songs are ranked according to overall DMDB points.

20+ million:

  • Bing Crosby…White Christmas (1942) 56 million
  • Elton John…Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose) (1997) 37 m
  • Bing Crosby…Silent Night (1935) 30 m
  • Bill Haley & His Comets…We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock (1954) 25 m
  • The Harry Simeone Chorale…The Little Drummer Boy (1958) 25 m
  • Elvis Presley…It’s Now or Never (1960) 22 m
  • Whitney Houston…I Will Always Love You (1992) 20 m
  • U.S.A. for Africa…We Are the World (1985) 20 m
  • Paul Anka…Diana (1957) 20 m
  • The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1892) 20 m *
  • Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”) (1891) 20 m *

    14 to 19 million:

  • The Ink Spots…If I Didn’t Care (1939) 19 m
  • Gene Autry…Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949) 18 m
  • Ed Sheeran…Shape of You (2017) 17 m
  • Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera…Moves Like Jagger (2011) 16.38 m
  • Kenny Rogers…Lady (1980) 16 m
  • Mariah Carey…All I Want for Christmas Is You (1994) 16 m
  • Baccara…Yes Sir, I Can Boogie (1977) 16 m
  • Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber…Despacito (2017) 15.62 m
  • Carly Rae Jepsen…Call Me Maybe (2011) 15.45 m
  • Celine Dion…My Heart Will Go On (1997) 15 m
  • Black Eyed Peas…I Gotta Feeling (2009) 15 m
  • Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta…You’re the One That I Want (1978) 15 m
  • Kaoma…Lambada (1989) 15 m
  • Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars…Uptown Funk! (2014) 14.71 m
  • Ke$ha…Tik Tok (2009) 14.2 m
  • Gloria Gaynor…I Will Survive (1978) 14 m
  • Adele…Rolling in the Deep (2010) 14 m
  • LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock…Party Rock Anthem (2011) 14 m
  • Lady Gaga…Poker Face (2009) 14 m
  • The Scorpions…Wind of Change (1991) 14 m

    11+ to 13.9 million:

  • Bruno Mars…Just the Way You Are (Amazing) (2010) 13.7 m
  • Adele…Hello (2015) 13.45 m
  • Meghan Trainor…All About That Bass (2014) 13.33 m
  • Lady Gaga…Bad Romance (2009) 13.26 m
  • Katy Perry with Juicy J…Dark Horse (2013) 13.2 m
  • Gotye with Kimbra…Somebody That I Used to Know (2012) 13 m
  • Kyu Sakamoto…Sukiyaki (1963) 13 m
  • Trio…Da Da Da (1982) 13 m
  • Katy Perry…Roar (2013) 12.93 m
  • Justin Bieber with Ludacris…Baby (2010) 12.88 m
  • Eminem with Rihanna…Love the Way You Lie (2010) 12.78 m
  • Katy Perry…Firework (2010) 12.31 m
  • Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams…Blurred Lines (2013) 12.25 m
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz…Thrift Shop (2012) 12.2 m
  • Jason Mraz…I’m Yours (2008) 12.2 m
  • Pharrell Williams…Happy (2013) 12.13 m
  • The Beatles…I Want to Hold Your Hand (1963) 12 m
  • Village People…Y.M.C.A. (1978) 12 m
  • Flo Rida with T-Pain…Low (2007) 12 m
  • Andrea Bocelli with Sarah Brightman…Time to Say Goodbye (1998) 12 m
  • Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth “See You Again” (2015) 11.88 m
  • Psy…Gangnam Style (2012) 11.75 m
  • The Chainsmokers with Halsey…Closer (2016) 11.73 m
  • Band Aid…Do They Know It’s Christmas (1984) 11.7 m
  • Avicii with Aloe Blacc…Wake Me Up! (2012) 11.59 m
  • Terry Jacks…Seasons in the Sun (1974) 11.5 m
  • Rihanna & Calvin Harris…We Found Love (2011) 11.26 m
  • Idina Menzel…Let It Go (2013) 11.25 m

    11 million:

  • Mills Brothers…Paper Doll (1943)
  • Los Del Rio…Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) (1995)
  • Cher…Believe (1998)
  • George McCrae…Rock Your Baby (1974)
  • Carl Douglas…Kung Fu Fighting (1974)
  • Patrick Hernandez…Born to Be Alive (1979)
  • Roger Whittaker…The Last Farewell (1975)

    10 + million:

  • Imagine Dragons…Radioactive (2012) 10.98 m
  • Justin Bieber…Sorry (2015) 10.88 m
  • Justin Bieber…What Do You Mean? (2015) 10.81 m
  • Black Eyed Peas…Boom Boom Pow (2009) 10.8 m
  • John Legend…All of Me (2013) 10.8 m
  • Drake…One Dance (2016) 10.62 m
  • Rihanna with Drake…Work (2016) 10.6 m
  • Bruno Mars…Grenade (2010) 10.6 m
  • Drake…God’s Plan (2018) 10.19 m
  • Eminem…Not Afraid (2010) 10.14 m
  • Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donis…Just Dance (2008) 10.1 m
  • Maroon 5…Sugar (2014) 10.02 m
  • Justin Timberlake…Can’t Stop the Feeling! (2016) 10.01 m

    10 million:

  • The Beatles…Hey Jude (1968)
  • Elvis Presley…Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog (1956)
  • Led Zeppelin…Stairway to Heaven (1971)
  • Bryan Adams…(Everything I Do) I Do It for You (1991)
  • Procol Harum…A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967)
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts…I Love Rock and Roll (1981)
  • Patti Page…Tennessee Waltz (1950)
  • The Monkees…I’m a Believer (1966)
  • The Penguins…Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) (1954)
  • Britney Spears…Baby One More Time (1998)
  • Toni Braxton…Un-Break My Heart (1996)
  • Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys…Wabash Cannonball (1938)
  • Shakira with Wyclef Jean…Hips Don’t Lie (2006)
  • One Republic with Timbaland…Apologize (2007)
  • Van McCoy…The Hustle (1975)
  • Mungo Jerry…In the Summertime (1970)
  • Abba…Fernando (1976)
  • The Brotherhood of Man…Save Your Kisses for Me (1976)
  • Middle of the Road…Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (1971)
  • Goombay Dance Band…Sun of Jamaica (1982)
  • Panjabi MC…Mundian To Bach Ke (1998)

    9+ million:

  • Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams…Get Lucky (2013) 9.95 m
  • Ed Sheeran…Thinking Out Loud (2014) 9.63 m
  • Fun. & Janelle Monáe…We Are Young (2012) 9.6 m
  • Taio Cruz…Dynamite (2010) 9.59 m
  • Michael Jackson…Billie Jean (1983) 9.5 m
  • Survivor…Eye of the Tiger (1982) 9.4 m
  • Adele…Someone Like You (2011) 9.4 m
  • Journey…Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981) 9.2 m
  • Florida Georgia Line…Cruise (2012) 9.16 m
  • Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa…Payphone (2012) 9.1 m
  • Lil Wayne with Static Major…Lollipop (2008) 9.1 m

    9 million:

  • Elvis Presley…Jailhouse Rock (1957)
  • Rihanna with Jay-Z…Umbrella (2007)
  • Elvis Presley…Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
  • Paul McCartney & Wings…Mull of Kintyre (1977)
  • Shakira…Whenever, Wherever (2001)
  • Nick Straker Band…A Walk in the Park (1980)

    8+ million:

  • LMFAO…Sexy and I Know It (2011) 8.91 m
  • Katy Perry with Kanye West…E.T. (2010) 8.81 m
  • Rihanna…Diamonds (2012) 8.77 m
  • Lady Gaga…Born This Way (2011) 8.75 m
  • Magic!...Rude (2013) 8.6 m
  • Lorde…Royals (2013) 8.53 m
  • Ben Selvin…Dardanella (1920) 8.5 m **
  • Train…Hey, Soul Sister (2009) 8.5 m
  • Taylor Swift…Shake It Off (2014) 8.45 m
  • Katy Perry…I Kissed a Girl (2008) 8.4 m
  • Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull…On the Floor (2011) 8.4 m
  • One Republic…Counting Stars (2013) 8.33 m
  • Michael Jackson…Thriller (1982) 8.31 m
  • Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer…Give Me Everything (2011) 8.2 m
  • Thelma Aoyama…Soba ni lur ne (2009) 8.2 m
  • Passenger…Let Her Go (2012) 8.02 m

    8 million:

  • Nirvana…Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
  • The Animals…The House of the Rising Sun (1964)
  • Vernon Dalhart.. The Prisoner’s Song (1925) **
  • The Kingsmen…Louie Louie (1963)
  • Beyoncé with Jay-Z…Crazy in Love (2003)
  • Puff Daddy, Faith Evans & 112…I’ll Be Missing You (1997)
  • Whitney Houston…I Wanna Dance with Somebody (1987)
  • The Sugarhill Gang…Rapper’s Delight (1979)
  • Mahalia Jackson…Move on Up a Little Higher (1948)
  • Ricky Martin…Livin’ La Vida Loca (1999)
  • Taylor Swift…Love Story (2008)
  • Enrique Iglesias…Hero (2001)
  • Mary Hopkin…Those Were the Days (1968)
  • Shocking Blue…Venus (1969)
  • Black Eyed Peas…My Humps (2005)
  • Paul Hardcastle…19 (1985)
  • Aqua…Barbie Girl (1997)
  • Georgie Fame…The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Rocco Granata…Marina (1959)
  • Modern Talking…You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul (1985)
  • Boney M…Ma Baker (1978)
  • O-Zone…Dragostea din tei (2003)
  • Freddy Quinn…Heimweh (1956)
  • Richard Sanderson…Reality (1980)
  • Utada Hikaru…Flavor of Life (2007)

    7+ million:

  • Coldplay…Viva La Vida (2008) 7.99 m
  • Michael Jackson…Beat It (1982) 7.95 m
  • Sam Smith…Stay with Me (2014) 7.94 m
  • Pink…So What (2008) 7.8 m
  • Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg…California Gurls (2010) 7.78 m
  • Rihanna…Only Girl in the World (2010) 7.78 m
  • Cee-Lo Green…Fuck You (2010) 7.73 m
  • Beyoncé …Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (2008) 7.7 m
  • Leona Lewis…Bleeding Love (2007) 7.7 m
  • Justin Bieber…Love Yourself (2015) 7.68 m
  • Taylor Swift…Blank Space (2014) 7.61 m
  • Eminem…Lose Yourself (2002) 7.6 m
  • Bruno Mars…Locked Out of Heaven (2012) 7.6 m
  • Nelly & Kelly Rowland…Dilemma (2002) 7.6 m
  • Katy Perry…Teenage Dream (2010) 7.53 m
  • Lady Gaga with Beyoncé…Telephone (2009) 7.4 m
  • Camila Cabello with Young Thug…Havana (2017) 7.32 m
  • Avril Lavigne…Girlfriend (2007) 7.3 m
  • Black Eyed Peas…The Time (Dirty Bit) (2010) 7.3 m
  • Katy Perry…Hot N Cold (2008) 7.27 m
  • Bruno Mars…That’s What I Like (2016) 7.2 m
  • Ashanti with Ja Rule…Foolish (2002) 7.2 m
  • Post Malone with 21 Savage…Rockstar (2017) 7.2 m
  • Nicki Minaj…Starships (2012) 7.2 m
  • Michel Telo…Ai Se Eu Te Pego (2011) 7.2 m
  • Queen…Bohemian Rhapsody (1975) 7.16 m
  • Hozier…Take Me to Church (2013) 7.16 m

    7 million:

  • The Beatles…Let It Be (1970)
  • Roy Orbison…(Oh) Pretty Woman (1964)
  • Elvis Presley…Suspicious Minds (1969)
  • Elvis Presley…All Shook Up (1957)
  • Chic…Le Freak (1978)
  • Spice Girls…Wannabe (1996)
  • a-ha…Take on Me (1985)
  • Queen…Another One Bites the Dust (1980)
  • The Beatles…Can’t Buy Me Love (1964)
  • Green Day…Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2004)
  • Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX…Fancy (2014)
  • Bobby Goldsboro…Honey (1968)
  • R. Kelly…I Believe I Can Fly (1996)
  • Tony Orlando & Dawn…Knock Three Times (1970)
  • Usher with will.i.am…OMG (2010)
  • Christina Aguilera…Genie in a Bottle (1999)
  • David Seville & The Chipmunks…The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) (1958)
  • Morris Albert…Feelings (1975)
  • Scott McKenzie…San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) (1967)
  • Royal Scots Dragoon Guards…Amazing Grace (1972)
  • The Beatles…Do You Want to Know a Secret? (1963)
  • Charlie Gracie…Butterfly (1957)
  • Las Ketchup…Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) (2002)
  • Julie Rogers…The Wedding (La Novia) (1964)
  • Pussycat…Mississippi (1976)
  • Danyel Gerard…Butterfly (1971)
  • Ricky Valance…Tell Laura I Love Her (1960)
  • Adamo…Tombe Le Neige (1965)
  • Andrea Bocelli…Con te Partiro (1997)
  • Exile…Lovers Again (2007)

    6+ million:

  • Bastille…Pompeii (2013) 6.99 m
  • Maroon 5…One More Night (2012) 6.9 m
  • The Weeknd…The Hills (2015) 6.9 m
  • Rihanna with Mikky Ekko…Stay (2012) 6.88 m
  • Rihanna with Drake…What’s My Name? (2010) 6.87 m
  • Lady Antebellum…Need You Now (2009) 6.84 m
  • Beyoncé …Irreplaceable (2006) 6.7 m
  • Taylor Swift…I Knew You Were Trouble (2012) 6.7 m
  • Rihanna…Disturbia (2008) 6.67 m
  • Flo Rida…Whistle (2012) 6.6 m
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton…Can’t Hold Us (2011) 6.56 m
  • Culture Club…Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (1982) 6.5 m
  • Britney Spears…Toxic (2004) 6.5 m
  • Bruno Mars…The Lazy Song (2010) 6.5 m
  • Flo Rida with Sia…Wild Ones (2011) 6.5 m
  • Britney Spears…Womanizer (2008) 6.5 m
  • Jay-Z with Alicia Keys…Empire State of Mind (2009) 6.49 m
  • Flo Rida with Ke$ha…Right Round (2009) 6.46 m
  • Foster the People…Pumped Up Kicks (2010) 6.42 m
  • Snow Patrol…Chasing Cars (2006) 6.41 m
  • T.I….Whatever You Like (2008) 6.33 m
  • Sia…Chandelier (2014) 6.21 m
  • Kiseki…Greeeen (2009) 6.2 m
  • The Jackson 5…I’ll Be There (1970) 6.1 m
  • Paramore…Crushcrushcrush (2007) 6.1 m
  • The Lumineers…Ho Hey (2012) 6.01 m
  • Taylor Swift…We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012) 6.01 m

    6 million:

  • Simon & Garfunkel…Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
  • Gene Austin…My Blue Heaven (1927) **
  • Peerless Quartet…Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1911) *
  • Abba…Dancing Queen (1976)
  • Harry MacDonough…Down by the Old Mill Stream (1911) *
  • Debby Boone…You Light Up My Life (1977)
  • The Beatles…She Loves You (1963)
  • The Jackson 5…I Want You Back (1969)
  • George Michael…Careless Whisper (1984)
  • The Archies…Sugar, Sugar (1969)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis…Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (1957)
  • Tony Orlando & Dawn…Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree (1973)
  • Madonna…Vogue (1990)
  • Bonnie Tyler…Total Eclipse of the Heart (1983)
  • The Champs…Tequila (1958)
  • The Tokens…The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (1961)
  • Lou Bega…Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…) (1999)
  • Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters…Jingle Bells (1943)
  • Jeannie C. Riley…Harper Valley P.T.A. (1968)
  • Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes…Don’t Cha (2005)
  • Beyoncé…Halo (2008)
  • SSgt Barry Sadler…The Ballad of the Green Berets (1966)
  • Miley Cyrus…Party in the U.S.A. (2009)
  • Jay Sean with Lil Wayne…Down (2009)
  • Britney Spears…Oops! I Did It Again (2000)
  • Neil Diamond…Cracklin’ Rosie (1970)
  • Abba…Waterloo (1974)
  • Bonnie Tyler…It’s a Heartache (1977)
  • Elvis Presley…Surrender/Lonely Man (1961)
  • New Seekers…I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (1971)
  • The Band Perry…If I Die Young (2010)
  • Janet Jackson…Together Again (1997)
  • George Baker Selection…Una Paloma Blanca (1975)
  • AWOL Nation…Sail (2011)
  • Tee Set…Ma Belle Amie (1969)
  • Andre Brasseur…Early Bird (1965)
  • Machiko Soga…Oba-Q Ondo (1966)

    * Sales exclusively from sheet music sales. No particular artist identified.
    ** Includes sheet music sales


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  • Most-Watched Videos of All Time

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    Based on numbers from VEVO and YouTube, these are the most watched music videos of all-time. Number is in billions.

    1. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee “Despacito” (2017) 5.723
    2. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017) 3.910
    3. Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth “See You Again” (2015) 3.874
    4. Marc Ronson & Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014) 3.343
    5. Psy “Gangnam Style” (2012) 3.240
    6. Justin Bieber “Sorry” (2015) 3.035
    7. Maroon 5 “Sugar” (2014) 2.814
    8. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (2014) 2.683
    9. Katy Perry “Roar” (2013) 2.665
    10. Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno, & Gente de Zona “Bailando” (2014) 2.640

    11. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014) 2.544
    12. One Republic “Counting Cars” (2013) 2.530
    13. Katy Perry & Juicy J “Dark Horse” (2013) 2.461
    14. Major Lazer, DJ Snake & MO “Lean On” (2015) 2.448
    15. Adele “Hello” (2015) 2.432
    16. Taylor Swft “Blank Space” (2014) 2.366
    17. Shakira & Maluma “Chantaje” (2016) 2.277
    18. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (2014) 2.240
    19. Chainsmokers & Halsey “Closer” (2016) 2.200
    20. Passenger “Let Her Go” (2012) 2.176

    21. Little Baby Bum “Wheels on the Bus” (2014) 2.166
    22. Calvin Harris & Rihanna “This Is What You Came For” (2016) 2.137
    23. J. Balvin & Willy Williams “Mi Gente” (2017) 2.126
    24. Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana” (2017) 2.115
    25. Shakira & Freshlyground “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” (2010) 2.099
    26. Alan Walker “Faded” (2015) 2.090
    27. Justin Bieber & Ludacris “Baby” (2010) 2.015
    28. Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (2016) 1.998
    29. Clean Bandit, Sean Paul, & Anne-Marie “Rockabye” (2016) 1.977
    30. Pinkfong! Kids’ Songs “Baby Shark Dance” (2016) 1.964

    31. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (2015) 1.957
    32. Fifth Harmony “Work from Home” (2016) 1.953
    33. Sia “Chandelier” (2014) 1.941
    34. Ellie Goulding “Love Me Like You Do” (2015) 1.832
    35. Avicii & Aloe Blacc “Wake Me Up” (2013) 1.722
    36. Luis Fonsi with Demi Lovato “Échame La Culpa” (2017) 1.669
    37. Eminem & Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie” (2010) 1.645
    38. “Criminal” Natti Natasha with Ozuna (2017) 1.643
    39. Fifth Harmony & Kid Ink “Worth It” (2015) 1.635
    40. Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better” (2016) 1.629

    41. Idina Menzel “Let It Go” (2013) 1.618
    42. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017) 1.597
    43. Silento “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (2015) 1.589
    44. LMFAO, Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011) 1.572
    45. Magic! “Rude” (2013) 1.570
    46. ChuChu TV with Ozuna “Johny Johny Yes Papa” (2014) 1.570
    47. Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out” (2015) 1.567
    48. Dua Lipa “New Rules” (2017) 1.541
    49. Icanrockyourworld “The Gummy Bear Song” (2007) 1.538
    50. J. Balvin “Ay Vamos” (2014) 1.529

    51. Bruno Mars “The Lazy Song” (2010) 1.507
    52. Ricky Martin & Maluma “Vente Pa Ca” (2016) 1.458
    53. Crazy Frog “Axel F” (2005) 1.456
    54. Drake “Hotline Bling” (2015) 1.454
    55. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010) 1.434
    56. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj “Side to Side” (2016) 1.434
    57. Maluma “Felices los 4” (2017) 1.432
    58. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015) 1.429
    59. The Weeknd & Daft Punk “Starboy” (2016) 1.428
    60. The Chainsmokers with Coldplay “Something Just Like This” (2017) 1.423

    61. CNCO “Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)” (2016) 1.423
    62. Nio Garcia with Darrell & Casper Magico, Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, & Ozuna “Te Boté (Remix)” (2018) 1.409
    63. Romeo Santos & Eliza Gonzalez “Propuesta Indecente” (2013) 1.408
    64. Becky G with Bad Bunny “Mayores” (2017) 1.394
    65. LooLoo Kids “Johny Johny Yes Papa” (2016) 1.389
    66. John Legend “All of Me” (2013) 1.387
    67. Nicky Jam with J. Balvin “X” (2018) 1.377
    68. Danny Ocean “Me Rehúso” (2016) 1.367
    69. Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (2016) 1.363
    70. Nicky Jam “Hasta El Amanecer” (2016) 1.355

    71. Chino & Nacho with Daddy Yankee “Andas en Mi Cabeza” (2016) 1061.49
    72. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (2017) 1.311
    73. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull “On the Floor” (2011) 1.289
    74. Ellie Goulding “Burn” (2013) 1.289
    75. The Weeknd “The Hills” (2015) 1.279
    76. Daddy Yankee “Shaky Shaky” (2016) 1.272
    77. Maluma with Nego Do Borel “Corazón” (2017) 1.269
    78. Rihanna “Diamonds” (2012) 1.250
    79. Calvin Harris & Disciples “How Deep Is Your Love” (2015) 1.247
    80. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj “Bang Bang” (2014) 1.246

    81. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (2012) 1.245
    82. Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar “Bad Blood” (2014) 1.245
    83. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (2010) 1.244
    84. Calvin Harris “Summer” (2014) 1.243
    85. David Guetta & Nicki Minaj “Hey Mama” (2015) 1.242
    86. Jason Derulo with Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign “Swalla” (2017) 1.224
    87. Carlos Vives & Shakira “La Bicicleta” (2016) 1.224
    88. Sia & Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills” (2016) 1.224
    89. Martin Garrix “Animals” (2013) 1.223
    90. Adele “Someone Like You” (2011) 1.222

    91. Piso 21 with Manuel Turizo “Déjala Que Vuelva” (2017) 1.219
    92. Pulcinopiotv “El Pollito Pio” (2012) 1.213
    93. Joey Montana “Picky” (2015) 1.212
    94. Psy “Gentleman” (2013) 1.201
    95. Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias “El Perdon (Forgiveness)” (2015) 1.193
    96. Rihanna & Drake “Work” (2016) 1.183
    97. Eminem “Not Afraid” (2010) 1.180
    98. Katy Perry “Firework” (2010) 1.140
    99. Maluma “El Perdedor” (2016) 1.139
    100. Gotye & Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011) 1.137

    101. Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea “Problem” (2014) 1.131
    102. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011) 1.123
    103. Drake “God’s Plan” (2018) 1.113
    104. Katy Perry “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (2010) 1.106
    105. Gente de Zona & Marc Anthony “La Gozadera” (2015) 1.099
    106. Taylor Swift “Look What You Made Me Do” (2017) 1.096
    107. Ricky Martin & Yotuel “La Mordidita” (2015) 1.094
    108. Skrillex, Diplo, & Justin Bieber “Where Are U Now” (2015) 1.065
    109. Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” (1991) 1.064
    110. Pitbull & Ke$ha “Timber” (2013) 1.064

    111. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013) 1.030
    112. Prince Royce “Darte Un Beso” (2013) 1.030


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