Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs

First posted 4/28/2020; updated 5/1/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1960-2019

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve made some adjustments to those original charts. First, the charts I did from 1982 to 1994 mixed current songs with classics. I’ve revised this list to put songs in their proper place chronologically. Second, since I didn’t do charts prior to 1982 or after 1994, I’ve speculated what would have been my #1’s.

Of course, I realize no one really cares about any of this but me. That’s fine. It’s my website so alongside content which (hopefully) matters to others, I get to stroke my own ego and post some content which is only important to an audience of one. In any event, you can check out the lists here if you wish:


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Billboard Charts

First posted 4/29/2020.

Billboard Magazine:

Best-of Lists

From here you can access a variety of different lists based on Billboard magazine’s pop charts:


Act Lists:


Album Lists:


Song Lists:

Billboard: Top 200 Songs (1890-1957)

First posted 8/4/2018; updated 4/29/2020.

Billboard:

Top 200 Songs, 1890-1957

In 2018, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Hot 100, Billboard magazine published a list of the top 600 songs in the history of the chart (see here). However, that ignored the 60+ years of charts the magazine had done prior to that. This rectifies that situation by offering a list of the top songs from the pre-Hot 100 era.

1. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Hound Dog” (1956)
2. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (1927)
3. The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (1946)
4. Guy Mitchell “Singing the Blues” (1956)
5. Anton Karas “The Third Man Theme” (1950)
6. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “White Christmas” (1942)
7. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1950)
8. The Mills Brothers “Paper Doll” (1942)
9. Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1911)
10. Haydn Quartet “Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” (1904)

11. Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (1920)
12. Vernon Dalhart “The Prisoner’s Song” (1925)
13. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm “Near You” (1947)
14. The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra “Goodnight Irene” (1950)
15. Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (1952)
16. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra “I’ll Never Smile Again” (1940)
17. Artie Shaw “Frenesi” (1940)
18. Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (1939)
19. Henry Burr with Albert Campbell “Till We Meet Again” (1919)
20. George J. Gaskin “On the Banks of the Wabash” (1897)

21. Byron Harlan “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” (1907)
22. Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads “Cry” (1951)
23. Harry James with Helen Forrest “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (1943)
24. Vaughn Monroe “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” (1949)
25. Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra “Whispering” (1920)
26. Frankie Carle & Marjorie Hughes “Oh What It Seemed to Be” (1946)
27. Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys “Buttons and Bows” (1948)
28. Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner “Heartaches” (1947)
29. George J. Gaskin “After the Ball” (1893)
30. Les Paul with Mary Ford “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)” (1953)

31. The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (1947)
32. Al Jolson “Sonny Boy” (1928)
33. Byron Harlan “My Gal Sal” (1907)
34. Henry Burr “Beautiful Ohio” (1919)
35. American Quartet “Over There” (1917)
36. Perry Como “Till the End of Time” (1945)
37. Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders “Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)” (1953)
38. American Quartet with Billy Murray “Casey Jones” (1910)
39. Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (1938)
40. Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” (1941)

41. Tony Bennett “Because of You” (1951)
42. Arthur Collins “The Preacher and the Bear” (1905)
43. Henry Burr “Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There)” (1918)
44. The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen’s Orchestra “Rum and Coca-Cola” (1945)
45. Guy Lombardo “The Third Man Theme” (1950)
46. Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers “Cheek to Cheek” (1935)
47. Al Jolson “April Showers” (1922)
48. Leo Reisman’s Orchestra with Fred Astaire “Night and Day” (1932)
49. Bill Haley & the Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
50. Haydn Quartet “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet” (1909)

51. Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” (1906)
52. Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra “Pennies from Heaven” (1936)
53. Harry MacDonough with Elise Stevenson (as Miss Walton) “Shine on, Harvest Moon” (1909)
54. Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Franklyn Baur “Valencia (A Song of Spain)” (1926)
55. Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)
56. Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians “Sweet Leilani” (1937)
57. Nick Lucas “Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me” (1929)
58. Vaughn Monroe’s Orchestra “Ballerina” (1947)
59. Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” (1957)
60. George Olsen with Joe Morrison “The Last Round-Up” (1933)

61. Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “Deep Purple” (1939)
62. Byron Harlan “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie” (1906)
63. Ted Lewis & His Band “In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town” (1932)
64. Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees “Stein Song (University of Maine)” (1930)
65. Len Spencer “Arkansaw Traveler” (1902)
66. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
67. Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires “Moonlight Cocktail” (1942)
68. Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons” (1955)
69. Kay Starr “Wheel of Fortune” (1952)
70. Dan Quinn “The Band Played On” (1895)

71. Eddy Howard “To Each His Own” (1946)
72. Dan Quinn “The Sidewalks of New York” (1895)
73. The McGuire Sisters “Sincerely” (1955)
74. Elvis Presley “Love Me Tender” (1956)
75. George W. Johnson “The Laughing Song” (1891)
76. Perez “Prez” Prado “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” (1955)
77. Pat Boone “Love Letters in the Sand” (1957)
78. Danny & The Juniors “At the Hop” (1957)
79. Elvis Presley “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear” (1957)
80. Mitch Miller “The Yellow Rose of Texas” (1955)

81. Haydn Quartet “In the Good Old Summertime” (1903)
82. Haydn Quartet “Bedelia” (1904)
83. Tab Hunter “Young Love” (1956)
84. Victor Orchestra “The Glow-Worm” (1908)
85. Eileen Barton “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake” (1950)
86. George J. Gaskin “My Old New Hampshire Home” (1898)
87. John McCormack “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary” (1915)
88. Dinah Shore “The Gypsy” (1946)
89. J.W. Myer “In the Good Old Summertime” (1902)
90. The Four Aces “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” (1955)

91. George J. Gaskin “When You Were Sweet Sixteen” (1900)
92. Gogi Grant “The Wayward Wind” (1956)
93. Blue Baron & His Orchestra “Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon” (1949)
94. Gene Austin “Ramona” (1928)
95. Dean Martin “Memories Are Made of This” (1955)
96. John Philip Sousa “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (1897)
97. The Everly Brothers “Wake Up Little Susie” (1957)
98. Nat “King” Cole “Mona Lisa” (1950)
99. Al Jolson “Swanee” (1920)
100. Harry MacDonough “Down by the Old Mill Stream” (1911)


101. Harry MacDonough & Grace Spencer “Tell Me Pretty Maiden” (1901)
102. Steve Porter “A Bird in a Gilded Cage” (1900)
103. Henry Burr “Love Me and the World Is Mine” (1906)
104. Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters “Don’t Fence Me In” (1944)
105. Vaughn Monroe “There! I’ve Said It Again” (1945)
106. Charles Harrison “Peg O’ My Heart” (1913)
107. Roger Williams “Autumn Leaves” (1955)
108. Leo Reisman & Harold Arlen “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933)
109. Lucy Isabelle Marsh “The Glow-Worm” (1908)
110. Bing Crosby with John Scottt Trotter’s Orchestra “Swinging on a Star” (1944)

111. Kitty Kallen “Little Things Mean a Lot” (1954)
112. Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (1957)
113. Vera Lynn with Ronald Shaw’s Orchestra “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” (1952)
114. American Quartet “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary” (1914)
115. The Platters “My Prayer (Avant de Mourir)” (19560
116. John Philip Sousa with Harry MacDonough & S.H. Dudley “In the Good Old Summertime” (1903)
117. Buddy Clark “Peg O’ My Heart” (1947)
118. Al Dexter & His Troopers “Pistol Packin’ Mama” (1943)
119. Perry Como “Wanted” (1954)
120. Les Brown with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey” (1945)

121. Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (1941)
122. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” (1910)
123. Billy Murray “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis” (1904)
124. Ada Jones & Billy Murray “Shine on, Harvest Moon” (1909)
125. Frank Sinatra “Oh, What It Seemed to Be” (1946)
126. Patti Page “The Doggie in the Window” (1953)
127. Billy Murray “Harrigan” (1907)
128. Russ Morgan & Skylarks “Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon” (1949)
129. Kay Starr & the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra “Rock and Roll Waltz” (1955)
130. Pee Wee Hunt “Twelfth Street Rag” (1948)

131. Bert Williams “Nobody” (1906)
132. Arthur Collins “Hello Ma Baby” (1899)
133. Glenn Miller “Tuxedo Junction” (1940)
134. Peggy Lee “Manana Is Soon Enough for Me” (1948)
135. Dan Quinn “A Hot Time in the Old Town” (1896)
136. The Andrews Sisters “Shoo-Shoo Baby” (1943)
137. Frankie Laine with Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires “That Lucky Old Sun” (1949)
138. Paul Anka “Diana” (1957)
139. Dan Quinn “Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)” (1893)
140. Wayne King “Goodnight Sweetheart” (1931)

141. Eddy Howard “Sin (It’s No Sin)” (1951)
142. Peerless Quartet “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” (1911)
143. The Crew-Cuts “Sh-Boom” (1954)
144. Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933)
145. The Three Suns “Peg O’ My Heart” (1947)
146. Len Spencer “Hello Ma Baby” (1899)
147. Les Baxter “The Poor People of Paris” (1956)
148. Heidelberg Quintet “By the Beautiful Sea” (1914)
149. Paul Whiteman “Three O’Clock in the Morning” (1922)
150. Frankie Masters “Scatter-Brain” (1939)

151. Bing Crosby “Only Forever” (1940)
152. Jere Mahoney “When You Were Sweet Sixteen” (1900)
153. Jere Mahoney “A Bird in a Gilded Cage” (1900)
154. Frankie Carle & Marjorie Hughes “Rumors Are Flying” (1946)
155. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
156. Billy Jones “Yes! We Have No Bananas” (1923)
157. Debbie Reynolds “Tammy” (1957)
158. The Ames Brothers “You, You, You” (1953)
159. Henry Burr “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” (1909)
160. Ed Gallagher & Al Shean “Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean” (1922)

161. Perry Como “If (They Made Me King)” (1951)
162. Pat Boone “April Love” (1957)
163. Tony Bennett “Rags to Riches” (1953)
164. Nat “King” Cole “Nature Boy” (1948)
165. Freddy Martin & Jack Fina “Piano Concerto in B Flat” (1941)
166. The Chordettes “Mr. Sandman” (1954)
167. Dick Haymes & the Song Spinners “You’ll Never Know” (1943)
168. Nicholas Orlando’s Orchestra “Till We Meet Again” (1919)
169. Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen “Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)” (1944)
170. Sonny James “Young Love” (1956)

171. Len Spencer “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (1892)
172. John York Atlee “Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”)” (1891)
173. Charles Hart & Lewis James “Till We Meet Again” (1919)
174. Enrico Caruso “Over There” (1918)
175. The Victor Military Band “Poor Butterfly” (1917)
176. Red Foley “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” (1950)
177. Patti Page “I Went to Your Wedding” (1952)
178. The Mills Brothers “The Glow-Worm” (1952)
179. Ben Selvin “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” (1919)
180. Peerless Quartet “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier” (1915)

181. Steve Porter “On the Banks of the Wabash” (1898)
182. J.W. Myers “The Sidewalks of New York” (1895)
184. Tex Williams “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette” (1947)
185. Mina Hickman “Come Down Ma Evening Star” (1903)
186. Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wrightt “The Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round” (1935)
187. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “Sunday, Monday or Always” (1943)
188. Les Paul & Mary Ford “How High the Moon” (1951)
189. Rosemary Clooney “Hey There” (1954)
190. Len Spencer “A Hot Time in the Old Town” (1897)

191. American Quartet “Moonlight Bay” (1912)
192. Artthur Collins “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home” (1902)
193. Al Jolson “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” (1918)
194. Billy Murray “Yankee Doodle Boy” (1905)
195. Guy Lombardo & Carmen Lombardo “Red Sails in the Sunset” (1935)
196. Glenn Miller & Marion Hutton “The Woodpecker Song” (1940)
197. Jimmie Rodgers “Honeycomb” (1957)
198. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1908)
199. Al Jolson “You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)” (1913)
200. Byron Harlan & Frank Stanley “Blue Bell” (1904)


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Friday, April 24, 2020

Canada: Songs of the Year, 1967-2019

First posted 4/24/2020.

Canada:

Song of the Year, 1967-2019

These are the biggest hits for Canada each year from 1967 to present. 1967 to 1999 are based on Year-End RPM charts. 2008 to 2019 are based on Billboard Canadian Hot 100 year-end charts. Other years are determined by selecting the song which spent the most weeks at #1 that year.

  • 2019: Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road
  • 2018: Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana
  • 2017: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You
  • 2016: Justin Bieber “Sorry
  • 2015: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!
  • 2014: Happy…Pharrell Williams
  • 2013: Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines
  • 2012: Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know
  • 2011: Adele “Rolling in the Deep
  • 2010: Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg “California Gurls

  • 2009: Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling
  • 2008: One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize
  • 2007: Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain
  • 2006: Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud?”
  • 2005: Madonna “Hung Up”
  • 2004: Usher, Lil Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!
  • 2003: Clay Aiken “Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • 2002: Elvis Presley vs. JXL “A Little Less Conversation”
  • 2001: Sugar Jones “Days Like That”
  • 2000: Madonna “Music

  • 1999: Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
  • 1998: Natalie Imbruglia “Torn”
  • 1997: Sarah McLachlan “Building a Mystery”
  • 1996: Alanis Morissette “You Learn”
  • 1995: The Rembrandts “I’ll Be There for You”
  • 1994: Bryan Adams with Rod Stewart & Sting “All for Love”
  • 1993: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  • 1992: Patty Smyth & Don Henley “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”
  • 1991: Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
  • 1990: Phil Collins “I Wish It Would Rain Down”

  • 1989: Madonna “Like a Prayer
  • 1988: Billy Ocean “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” (1988)
  • 1987: Los Lobos “La Bamba”
  • 1986: Jennifer Rush “The Power of Love”
  • 1985: Corey Hart “Never Surrender”
  • 1984: Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You
  • 1983: The Police “Every Breath You Take
  • 1982: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll
  • 1981: Stars on 45 “Medley I”
  • 1980: Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II

  • 1979: Supertramp “The Logical Song”
  • 1978: Bee Gees “Night Fever”
  • 1977: Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life
  • 1976: Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)”
  • 1975: Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together”
  • 1974: Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun”
  • 1973: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”
  • 1972: Don McLean “American Pie
  • 1971: Three Dog Night “Joy to the World”
  • 1970: Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water

  • 1969: The Beatles “Get Back”
  • 1968: The Beatles “Hey Jude
  • 1967: The Box Tops “The Letter”

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Australia: Songs of the Year, 1950-2019

First posted 4/24/2020.

Australia:

Song of the Year, 1950-2019

The top songs from 1988 on are based on the Australian (ARIA) charts’ actual year-end lists (link at bottom of page). Year-end #1 songs prior to 1988 are based on which song had the most weeks at #1 that year.

  • 2019: Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road
  • 2018: 5 Seconds of Summer “Youngblood”
  • 2017: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You
  • 2016: The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer
  • 2015: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!
  • 2014: Pharrell Williams “Happy
  • 2013: Katy Perry “Roar
  • 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe
  • 2011: LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem
  • 2010: Eminem & Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie

  • 2009: Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling
  • 2008: Flo Rida & T-Pain “Low
  • 2007: Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)
  • 2006: Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker with Flowers in My Hair”
  • 2005: Anthony Callea “The Prayer”
  • 2004: Shannon Noll “What About Me”
  • 2003: Guy Sebastian “Angels Brought Me Here”
  • 2002: Eminem “Without Me”
  • 2001: LeAnn Rimes “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”
  • 2000: Anastacia “I’m Outta Love”

  • 1999: Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5”
  • 1998: Ricky Martin “The Cup of Life”/ “Maria”
  • 1997: Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)
  • 1996: Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)
  • 1995: Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise
  • 1994: Wet Wet Wet “Love Is All Around”
  • 1993: Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”
  • 1992: Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart”
  • 1991: Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
  • 1990: Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U

  • 1989: Madonna “Like a Prayer
  • 1988: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”
  • 1987: Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (7 wks)
  • 1986: Bananarama “Venus” (7 wks)
  • 1985: U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World“ (9 wks)
  • 1984: Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You“ (8 wks)
  • 1983: Austen Tayshus “Australiana” (8 wks)
  • 1982: Laura Branigan “Gloria” (7 wks)
  • 1981: Joe Dulce Music Theatre “Shaddup Your Face” (8 wks)
  • 1980: Split Enz “I Got You” (8 wks)

  • 1979: Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (7 wks)
  • 1978: Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (9 wks)
  • 1977: Paul McCartney & Wings “Mull of Kintyre” (11 wks)
  • 1976: Abba “Fernando” (14 wks)
  • 1975: Abba “Mamma Mia” (10 wks)
  • 1974: Paper Lace “The Night Chicago Died” (8 wks)
  • 1973: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree” (7 wks)
  • 1972: Michael Jackson “Ben” (8 wks)
  • 1971: Daddy Cool “Eagle Rock” (10 wks)
  • 1970: George Harrison “My Sweet Lord“ (8 wks)

  • 1969: The Beatles “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” / “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (6 wks)
  • 1968: The Beatles “Hey Jude“ (13 wks)
  • 1967: Engelbert Humperdinck “The Last Waltz” (9 wks)
  • 1966: The Beatles “Yellow Submarine”/“Eleanor Rigby” (8 wks)
  • 1965: The Beatles “Help!” (8 wks)
  • 1964: The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (8 wks)
  • 1963: The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (7 wks)
  • 1962: The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There”/“Love Me Do” (7 wks)
  • 1961: Eddie Hodges “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door” (7 wks)
  • 1960: Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (7 wks)

  • 1959: Bill Haley & His Comets “Joey’s Song” (8 wks)
  • 1958: The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (10 wks)
  • 1957: Paul Anka “Diana” (8 wks)
  • 1956: Johnnie Ray “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” (9 wks)
  • 1955: Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (6 wks)
  • 1954: Frank Weir/Oberkirchen Children’s Choir “The Happy Wanderer” (8 wks)
  • 1953: Nat “King” Cole “Pretend” (7 wks)
  • 1952: Vera Lynn/Eddy Howard “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” (7 wks)
  • 1951: Nat “King” Cole/Toni Arden “Too Young” (9 wks)
  • 1950: Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters “Quicksilver” (8 wks)

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Adult Album Alternative (AAA): Top 100, 1990-1996

First posted 4/24/2020.

Adult Album Alternative:

Top 100 Songs, 1990-1996

In 1996, Billboard magazine lanched the adult album alternative (AAA) chart. The radio format is a spinoff of the album-oriented radio stations focused on classic rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s. While artists like Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen are staples of classic rock, their current material was largely neglected by those stations. Alongside these heritage acts, AAA played mainstream-rock-oriented alternative acts like the Gin Blossoms, Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie & the Blowfish, Matchbox 20, Dave Matthews Band, and Alanis Morissette.

As is usually the case with a new chart, though, the format was already well established before Billboard started tracking. This list, therefore, is an effort to represent those songs preceded the chart. Eligibilty for this list was determined by acts who had later AAA chart hits, but songs from 1990 to 1996 which didn’t make that chart.

1. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
2. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
3. U2 “One” (1992)
4. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (1995)
5. Radiohead “Creep” (1993)
6. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (1994)
7. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1992)
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (1991)
9. Beck “Loser” (1993)
10. Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (1994)

11. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” (1995)
12. Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia” (1994)
13. Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1991)
14. R.E.M. “Everybody Hurts’ (1992)
15. Alanis Morissette “Ironic” (1995)
16. Oasis “Live Forever” (1994)
17. Eric Clapton “Change the World” (1996)
18. Jewel “You Were Meant for Me” (1995)
19. Oasis “Don’t Look Back in Anger” (1995)
20. Smashing Pumpkins “1979” (1995)

21. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories “Stay (I Missed You)” (1994)
22. Tracy Chapman “Give Me One Reason” (1995)
23. Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home” (1996)
24. Alanis Morissette “You Learn” (1995)
25. Oasis “Champagne Supernova” (1995)
26. Green Day “Basket Case” (1994)
27. The Rembrandts “I’ll Be There for You” (1995)
28. Joan Osborne “One of Us” (1995)
29. Jewel “Foolish Games” (1995)
30. Pearl Jam “Alive” (1991)

31. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” (1994)
32. Sting “Fields of Gold” (1993)
33. The Cranberries “Zombie” (1994)
34. Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” (1995)
35. Soul Asylum “Runaway Train” (1992)
36. Eric Clapton ““Layla” (Unplugged version, 1992)
37. Green Day “Longview” (1994)
38. Hootie & the Blowfish “Only Wanna Be with You” (1994)
39. Counting Crows “Mr. Jones” (1993)
40. Alanis Morissette “Head Over Feet” (1995)

41. Sting “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” (1993)
42. Pearl Jam “Daughter” (1993)
43. U2 “Night and Day” (1990)
44. Weezer “Buddy Holly” (1994)
45. The Black Crowes “Hard to Handle” (1990)
46. Live “Lightning Crashes” (1994)
47. R.E.M. “Man on the Moon” (1992)
48. Bonnie Raitt “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (1991)
49. U2 “Mysterious Ways” (1991)
50. The Cranberries “Linger” (1993)

51. Green Day “When I Come Around” (1994)
52. Beck “Where It’s At” (1996)
53. Bonnie Raitt “Something to Talk About” (1991)
54. Collective Soul “Shine” (1993)
55. Smashing Pumpkins “Disarm” (1993)
56. Lenny Kravitz “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” (1993)
57. Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” (1994)
58. Dave Matthews Band “Crash into Me” (1996)
59. Spin Doctors “Two Princes” (1991)
60. Collective Soul “December” (1995)

61. Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight Tonight” (1995)
62. Stone Temple Pilot “Plush” (1992)
63. R.E.M. “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” (1994)
64. Seal “Crazy” (1990)
65. Blues Traveler “Run Around” (1994)
66. Sting “All This Time” (1990)
67. Smashing Pumpkins “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” (1995)
68. Sheryl Crow “Everyday Is a Winding Road” (1996)
69. Crowded House “Weather with You” (1991)
70. Collective Soul “the World I Know” (1995)

71. Goo Goo Dolls “Name” (1995)
72. R.E.M. “Drive” (1992)
73. Bruce Springsteen “Human Touch” (1992)
74. Gin Blossoms “‘Til I Hear It from You” (1995)
75. U2 “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” (1995)
76. INXS “Suicide Blonde” (1990)
77. U2 “Even Better Than the Real Thing” (1991)
78. R.E.M. “Shiny Happy People” (1991)
79. Alanis Morissette “Hand in My Pocket” (1995)
80. Radiohead “High and Dry” (1995)

81. Bonnie Raitt “Love Sneakin’ Up on You” (1994)
82. Hootie & the Blowfish “Let Her Cry” (1994)
83. Sheryl Crow “If It Makes You Happy” (1996)
84. Live “Selling the Drama” (1994)
85. Hootie & the Blowfish “Time” (1994)
86. Paula Cole “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” (1996)
87. The Cranberries “Dreams” (1992)
88. Pearl Jam “Better Man” (1994)
89. Jewel “Who Will Save Your Soul?” (1995)
90. Paula Cole “I Don’t Want to Wait” (1996)

91. Silverchair “Tomorrow” (1994)
92. Pearl Jam “Black” (1991)
93. Smashing Pumpkins “Today” (1993)
94. Bruce Springsteen “Secret Garden” (1995)
95. Sheryl Crow “Strong Enough” (1993)
96. John Mellencamp & Me’Shell Ndegeocello “Wild Night” (1994)
97. Sarah McLachlan “I Will Remember You” (1995)
98. Hootie & the Blowfish “Hold My Hand” (1994)
99. Matchbox 20 “Push” (1996)
100. Melissa Etheridge “I’m the Only One” (1993)


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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Digital Era (2000-2019): Top 100 Songs

First posted 2/17/2020; updated 4/23/2020.

Book:

The Top 100 Songs of the Digital Era, 2000-2019

This is the third in a series, following The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953 and The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. Combined the three books cover 300 songs representing 130 years in the history of recorded music! Here are the top 100 as they appear in The Top 100 Songs of the Digital Era, 2000-2019:

1. Uptown Funk!… Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014)
2. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003)
3. Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010)
4. Despacito…Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (2017)
5. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002)
6. Shape of You…Ed Sheeran (2017)
7. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009)
8. Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2011)
9. Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013)
10. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004)

11. Hello…Adele (2015)
12. Umbrella…Rihanna with Jay-Z (2007)
13. Crazy in Love… Beyoncé with Jay-Z (2003)
14. Blurred Lines…Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013)
15. Crazy…Gnarls Barkley (2006)
16. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005)
17. See You Again …Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth (2015)
18. Old Town Road…Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus (2018)
19. Closer…The Chainsmokers with Halsey (2016)
20. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007)

21. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)… Beyoncé (2008)
22. Poker Face…Lady Gaga (2009)
23. Party Rock Anthem…LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (1/25/2011)
24. Royals…Lorde (2013)
25. Call Me Maybe…Carly Rae Jepsen (2011)
26. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009)
27. We Found Love…Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011)
28. Tik Tok…Ke$ha (2009)
29. Viva La Vida…Coldplay (2008)
30. Perfect…Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé (2017)

31. Love the Way You Lie…Eminem with Rihanna (2010)
32. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005)
33. Shake It Off…Taylor Swift (2014)
34. Just the Way You Are (Amazing)…Bruno Mars (2010)
35. Moves Like Jagger…Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera (2011)
36. In Da Club…50 Cent (2002)
37. Thinking Out Loud…Ed Sheeran (2014)
38. Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz (2012)
39. Irreplaceable… Beyoncé (2006)
40. Someone Like You…Adele (2011)

41. God’s Plan…Drake (2018)
42. Bleeding Love…Leona Lewis (2007)
43. Gangnam Style…Psy (2012)
44. One Dance…Drake with Wizkid & Kyla (2016)
45. Girls Like You…Maroon 5 with Cardi B (2017)
46. Roar…Katy Perry (2013)
47. All of Me…John Legend (2013)
48. All About That Bass…Meghan Trainor (2014)
49. Sexyback…Justin Timberlake (2006)
50. Get Lucky…Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013)

51. Firework…Katy Perry (2010)
52. Hips Don’t Lie…Shakira with Wyclef Jean (2006)
53. Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donnis (2008)
54. Hot in Herre…Nelly (2002)
55. Havana…Camila Cabello with Young Thug (2017)
56. I’m Yours…Jason Mraz (2008)
57. Fallin’…Alicia Keys (2001)
58. You’re Beautiful…James Blunt (2005)
59. No One…Alicia Keys (2007)
60. Love Yourself…Justin Bieber (2015)

61. Blank Space…Taylor Swift (2014)
62. We Are Young…Fun. with Janelle Monae (2011)
63. Stay with Me…Sam Smith (2014)
64. I Kissed a Girl…Katy Perry (2008)
65. Can’t Stop the Feeling!...Justin Timberlake (2016)
66. Need You Now…Lady Antebellum (2009)
67. Can’t Get You Out of My Head…Kylie Minogue (2001)
68. Boulevard of Broken Dreams…Green Day (2004)
69. Bad Guy…Billie Eilish (2019)
70. Sorry…Justin Bieber (2015)

71. Apologize…One Republic with Timbaland (2007)
72. California Gurls…Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg (2010)
73. Counting Stars…One Republic (2013)
74. Empire State of Mind…Jay-Z with Alicia Keys (2009)
75. Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)
76. Rockstar…Post Malone with 21 Savage (2017)
77. Can’t Feel My Face…The Weeknd (2015)
78. Bad Day…Daniel Powter (2005)
79. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002)
80. Music…Madonna (2000)

81. Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)…Cee-Lo Green (2010)
82. How You Remind Me…Nickelback (2001)
83. Love Story…Taylor Swift (2008)
84. Wake Me Up!...Avicii with Aloe Blacc (2013)
85. Beautiful Day…U2 (2000)
86. Rehab…Amy Winehouse (2006)
87. Dark Horse…Katy Perry with Juicy J (2013)
88. Stan…Eminem with Dido (2000)
89. Shallow…Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper (2018)
90. Work…Rihanna with Drake (2016)

91. Seven Nation Army…The White Stripes (2003)
92. Cheap Thrills…Sia with Sean Paul (2016)
93. Mr. Brightside…The Killers (2004)
94. Fancy…Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX (2014)
95. Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)…Fergie (2007)
96. Rude…Magic! (2013)
97. Take Me Out…Franz Ferdinand (2004)
98. Clocks…Coldplay (2002)
99. You Belong with Me…Taylor Swift (2008)
100. Radioactive…Imagine Dragons (2012)


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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The World's All-Time Best-Selling Songs

First posted 12/29/2011; last updated 4/22/2020.

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Songs:

The World’s All-Time Best Sellers

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.

On top of that, these figures don’t always strictly represent sales. Especially in the 21st century, additional figures – such as the number of times songs were streamed via Spotify, YouTube or other services – have been factored into official certifications. That means a song certified for 10 million in sales may not have actually “sold” that many copies.

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.


The World’s All-Time Best-Selling Songs
(6 million +)


20+ million:

  1. Bing Crosby “White Christmas” (1942) 55 million
  2. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997) 37 m
  3. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009) 31 m
  4. Bing Crosby “Silent Night” (1935) 30 m
  5. Mungo Jerry “In the Summertime” (1970) 30 m
  6. Lady Gaga “Poker Face” (2009) 28.5 m
  7. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (2009) 27 m
  8. Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954) 25 m
  9. The Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (1958) 25 m
  10. Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (1960) 22 m
  11. Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” (2008) 22 m
  12. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010) 20.6 m
  13. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992) 20 m
  14. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985) 20 m
  15. The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (1851) 20 m *
  16. Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”)” (1891) 20 m *

    14 to 19 million:

  17. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (2008) 19.5 m
  18. Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donis “Just Dance” (2008) 19 m
  19. Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana” (2017) 19 m
  20. The Ink Spots “If I Didn’t Care” (1939) 19 m
  21. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011) 18.87 m
  22. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997) 18 m
  23. Gene Autry “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949) 18 m
  24. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011) 18 m
  25. Baccara “Yes Sir, I Can Boogie” (1977) 18 m
  26. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014) 17.64 m
  27. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (2007) 17.5 m
  28. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017) 17.03 m
  29. Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger” (2011) 16.38 m
  30. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018) 16.21 m
  31. Taylor Swift “Love Story” (2008) 16.2 m
  32. Kenny Rogers “Lady” (1980) 16 m
  33. Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (1994) 16 m
  34. Eminem with Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie” (2010) 15.87 m
  35. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017) 15.62 m
  36. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013) 15.6 m
  37. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (2016) 15.39 m
  38. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002) 15.38 m
  39. Drake “God’s Plan” (2018) 15.3 m
  40. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991) 15 m
  41. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (1978) 15 m
  42. Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962) 15 m
  43. The Scorpions “Wind of Change” (1991) 15 m
  44. Kaoma “Lambada” (1989) 15 m
  45. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (2012) 14.25 m
  46. Ke$ha “Tik Tok” (2009) 14.2 m
  47. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008) 14.11 m
  48. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978) 14 m

    11+ to 13.9 million:

  49. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013) 13.9 m
  50. Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” (2012) 13.75 m
  51. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (2010) 13.7 m
  52. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (2014) 13.56 m
  53. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (2017) 13.5 m
  54. Justin Bieber “Sorry” (2015) 13.5 m
  55. Adele “Hello” (2015) 13.45 m
  56. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (2007) 13.4 m
  57. Katy Perry “Firework” (2010) 13.31 m
  58. Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” (2009) 13.26 m
  59. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (2017) 13.26 m
  60. Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth “See You Again” (2015) 13.22 m
  61. Katy Perry with Juicy J “Dark Horse” (2013) 13.22 m
  62. Rihanna “Disturbia” (2008) 13.2 m
  63. Katy Perry “Roar” (2013) 13.08 m
  64. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2012) 13 m
  65. Chic “Le Freak” (1978) 13 m
  66. John Legend “All of Me” (2013) 13 m
  67. Pink “So What” (2008) 13 m
  68. Kyu Sakamoto “Sukiyaki” (1963) 13 m
  69. Trio “Da Da Da” (1982) 13 m
  70. Prince Nico Mbarga “Sweet Mother” (1976) 13 m
  71. Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl” (2008) 12.9 m
  72. Psy “Gangnam Style” (2012) 12.89 m
  73. Justin Bieber with Ludacris “Baby” (2010) 12.88 m
  74. Rihanna & Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011) 12.82 m
  75. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (2016) 12.77 m
  76. Drake “One Dance” (2016) 12.69 m
  77. One Republic “Counting Stars” (2013) 12.49 m
  78. Fun. & Janelle Monáe “We Are Young” (2012) 12.27 m
  79. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (2014) 12.14 m
  80. Avicii with Aloe Blacc “Wake Me Up!” (2012) 12.12 m
  81. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963) 12 m
  82. Village People “Y.M.C.A.” (1978) 12 m
  83. Andrea Bocelli with Sarah Brightman “Time to Say Goodbye” (1998) 12 m
  84. Eminem “Not Afraid” (2010) 11.94 m
  85. Katy Perry “Hot N Cold” (2008) 11.9 m
  86. Lorde “Royals” (2013) 11.86 m
  87. Sam Smith “Stay with Me” (2014) 11.76 m
  88. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (2015) 11.7 m
  89. Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (1984) 11.7 m
  90. Kanye West with Daft Punk “Stronger” (2007) 11.7 m
  91. Taylor Swift “Blank Space” (2014) 11.68 m
  92. Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (1974) 11.5 m
  93. Post Malone with Quavo “Congratulations” (2016) 11.43 m
  94. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (2013) 11.34 m
  95. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” (2014) 11.28 m
  96. Billie Eilish “Bad Guy” (2019) 11.26 m
  97. Idina Menzel “Let It Go” (2013) 11.25 m
  98. Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (2011) 11.2 m
  99. Florida Georgia Line with Nelly “Cruise” (2012) 11.16 m
  100. Sia with Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills” (2016) 11.1 m

    11 million:

  101. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
  102. Mills Brothers “Paper Doll” (1943)
  103. Cher “Believe” (1998)
  104. Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting” (1974)
  105. T.I. with Rihanna “Live Your Life” (2008)
  106. George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (1974)
  107. Roger Whittaker “The Last Farewell” (1975)
  108. Patrick Hernandez “Born to Be Alive” (1979)

    10 + million:

  109. Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella” (2007) 10.9 m
  110. Bruno Mars “Grenade” (2010) 10.9 m
  111. The Weeknd “The Hills” (2015) 10.9 m
  112. Tia Ray “Be Apart” (2018) 10.9 m
  113. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (2015) 10.81 m
  114. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975) 10.8 m
  115. LMFAO “Sexy and I Know It” (2011) 10.77 m
  116. Rihanna with Drake “Work” (2016) 10.6 m
  117. Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” (2006) 10.5
  118. Lukas Graham “7 Years” (2015) 10.4 m
  119. Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (2018) 10.2 m
  120. The Chainsmokers with Daya “Don’t Let Me Down” (2016) 10.2 m
  121. Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out” (2015) 10.19 m
  122. Maroon 5 “Sugar” (2014) 10.02 m

    10 million:

  123. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
  124. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Hound Dog” (1956)
  125. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
  126. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
  127. Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)
  128. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1950)
  129. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (1970)
  130. The Monkees “I’m a Believer” (1966)
  131. Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” (1998)
  132. Shakira with Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie” (2006)
  133. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
  134. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)
  135. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (1996)
  136. Paul Anka “Diana” (1957) 10 m
  137. The Chainsmokers with Coldplay “Something Just Like This” (2017)
  138. Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys “Wabash Cannonball” (1938)
  139. Van McCoy “The Hustle” (1975)
  140. Mike Posner “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (2015)
  141. Abba “Fernando” (1976)
  142. Middle of the Road “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (1971)
  143. Goombay Dance Band “Sun of Jamaica” (1982)
  144. Panjabi MC “Mundian To Bach Ke” (1998)

    9+ million:

  145. Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” (2009) 9.81 m
  146. Katy Perry with Kanye West “E.T.” (2010) 9.75 m
  147. Christina Perri “A Thousand Years” (2011) 9.7 m
  148. Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” (2017) 9.68 m
  149. Marshmello with Anne-Marie “Friends” (2018) 9.6 m
  150. Taio Cruz “Dynamite” (2010) 9.59 m
  151. Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg “California Gurls” (2010) 9.52 m
  152. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983) 9.5 m
  153. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982) 9.4 m
  154. Adele “Someone Like You” (2011) 9.4 m
  155. Rihanna “Diamonds” (2012) 9.34 m
  156. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981) 9.2 m
  157. Flo Rida with Ke$ha “Right Round” (2009) 9.2 m
  158. Bruno Mars “When I Was Your Man” (2012) 9.2 m
  159. Post Malone with Ty Dolla $ign “Psycho” (2018) 9.2 m
  160. Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX “Fancy” (2014) 9.1 m
  161. Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa “Payphone” (2012) 9.1 m
  162. Lil Wayne with Static Major “Lollipop” (2008) 9.1 m
  163. The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face” (2015) 9.09 m
  164. Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (2012) 9.07 m
  165. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (2017) 9.04 m

    9 million:

  166. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
  167. Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960)
  168. Paul McCartney & Wings “Mull of Kintyre” (1977)
  169. Nick Straker Band “A Walk in the Park” (1980)

    8+ million:

  170. Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (2016) 8.86 m
  171. Post Malone with Swae Lee “Sunflower” (2018) 8.81
  172. Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble” (2012) 8.81 m
  173. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2011) 8.75 m
  174. Cee-Lo Green “Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)” (2010) 8.73 m
  175. Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be” (2017) 8.68 m
  176. Katy Perry “Teenage Dream” (2010) 8.66 m
  177. Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven” (2012) 8.6 m
  178. Magic! “Rude” (2013) 8.6 m
  179. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (2005) 8.54 m
  180. Kendrick Lamar “Humble” (2017) 8.51 m
  181. Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (1920) 8.5 m **
  182. Train “Hey, Soul Sister” (2009) 8.5 m
  183. Shakira “Whenever, Wherever” (2001) 8.5 m
  184. Cardi B with Bad Bunny & J. Balvin “I Like It” (2018) 8.43 m
  185. Nicki Minaj “Super Bass” (2011) 8.42 m
  186. Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull “On the Floor” (2011) 8.4 m
  187. Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1982) 8.31 m
  188. Owl City “Fireflies” (2009) 8.22 m
  189. Passenger “Let Her Go” (2012) 8.2 m
  190. Thelma Aoyama “Soba ni lur ne” (2009) 8.2 m
  191. Hozier “Take Me to Church” (2013) 8.16 m
  192. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (2017) 8.05 m
  193. The Weeknd with Daft Punk “Starboy” (2016) 8.04 m
  194. Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved” (2018) 8.03 m

    8 million:

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

    7+ million:

  219. Bastille “Pompeii” (2013) 7.99 m
  220. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1982) 7.95 m
  221. Twenty One Pilots “Heathens” (2016) 7.9 m
  222. Rihanna with Mikky Ekko “Stay” (2012) 7.88 m
  223. Rihanna “Only Girl in the World” (2010) 7.78 m
  224. Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me” (2008) 7.64 m
  225. Nicki Minaj “Starships” (2012) 7.62 m
  226. Nelly & Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” (2002) 7.6 m
  227. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009) 7.5 m
  228. Travis Scott with Drake “Sicko Mode” (2018) 7.43 m
  229. XXXtentacion “Sad!” (2018) 7.43 m
  230. Lady Gaga with Beyoncé “Telephone” (2009) 7.4 m
  231. Fun. “Some Nights” (2012) 7.35 m
  232. Avril Lavigne “Girlfriend” (2007) 7.3 m
  233. Twenty One Pilots “Ride” (2015) 7.3 m
  234. Black Eyed Peas “The Time (Dirty Bit)” (2010) 7.3 m
  235. Shawn Mendes “Stitches” (2015) 7.29 m
  236. Bruno Mars “The Lazy Song” (2010) 7.28 m
  237. Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish” (2002) 7.2 m
  238. Katy Perry “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (2010) 7.2 m
  239. Michel Telo “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” (2011) 7.2 m
  240. Eminem with Rihanna “The Monster” (2013) 7.11 m

    7 million:

  241. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
  242. Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
  243. Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” (1969)
  244. Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” (1957)
  245. Spice Girls “Wannabe” (1996)
  246. a-ha “Take on Me” (1985)
  247. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980)
  248. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (2004)
  249. The Beatles “Can’t Buy Me Love” (1964)
  250. Drake “Hotline Bling” (2015)
  251. R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly” (1996)
  252. Bobby Goldsboro “Honey” (1968)
  253. Usher with will.i.am “OMG” (2010)
  254. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Knock Three Times” (1970)
  255. Christina Aguilera “Genie in a Bottle” (1999)
  256. David Seville & The Chipmunks “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” (1958)
  257. Fetty Wap “Trap Queen” (2014)
  258. Morris Albert “Feelings” (1975)
  259. Scott McKenzie “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” (1967)
  260. Alanis Morissette “Uninvited” (1998)
  261. Royal Scots Dragoon Guards “Amazing Grace” (1972)
  262. Charlie Gracie “Butterfly” (1957)
  263. The Band Perry “If I Die Young” (2010)
  264. Las Ketchup “Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) ” (2002)
  265. The Beatles “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” (1963)
  266. D.R.A.M. with Lil Yachty “Broccoli” (2016)
  267. The Black Crowes “Hard to Handle” (1990)
  268. Danyel Gerard “Butterfly” (1971)
  269. Julie Rogers “The Wedding (La Novia)” (1964)
  270. Pussycat “Mississippi” (1976)
  271. Khalid “Location” (2017)
  272. Ricky Valance “Tell Laura I Love Her” (1960)
  273. Exile “Lovers Again” (2007)
  274. Adamo “Tombe Le Neige” (1965)
  275. Andrea Bocelli “Con te Partiro” (1997)

    6+ million:

  276. B.o.B. with Hayley Williams “Airplanes” (2010) 6.91 m
  277. Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up” (2012) 6.91 m
  278. Rihanna with Drake “What’s My Name? ” (2010) 6.87 m
  279. Sia “Chandelier” (2014) 6.81 m
  280. Maroon 5 “One More Night” (2012) 6.75 m
  281. Beyoncé “Irreplaceable” (2006) 6.7 m
  282. A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera “Say Something” (2013) 6.67 m
  283. Flo Rida “Whistle” (2012) 6.6 m
  284. Sam Smith “I’m Not the Only One” (2014) 6.6 m
  285. The Weeknd “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) ” (2014) 6.6 m
  286. DJ Snake with Lil Jon “Turn Down for What” (2013) 6.58 m
  287. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us” (2011) 6.56 m
  288. Usher with Lil Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004) 6.55 m
  289. Rae Sremmurd with Gucci Mane “Black Beatles” (2016) 6.54 m
  290. Britney Spears “Toxic” (2004) 6.5 m
  291. Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” (1982) 6.5 m
  292. Silentó “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (2015) 6.5 m
  293. Britney Spears “Womanizer” (2008) 6.5 m
  294. Flo Rida with Sia “Wild Ones” (2011) 6.5 m
  295. Jay-Z with Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind” (2009) 6.49 m
  296. Jay-Z with Kanye West “Niggas in Paris” (2011) 6.43 m
  297. Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks” (2010) 6.42 m
  298. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (2006) 6.41 m
  299. Ariana Grande with Iggy Azalea “Problem” (2014) 6.4 m
  300. Coolio with L.V “.Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995) 6.39 m
  301. Flo Rida “My House” (2015) 6.38 m
  302. James Blunt “You’re Beautiful”” (2005) 6.35 m
  303. Taylor Swift “Bad Blood” (2014) 6.34 m
  304. T.I. “Whatever You Like” (2008) 6.33 m
  305. Sam Hunt “Body Like a Back Road” (2017) 6.31 m
  306. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998) 6.29 m
  307. Justin Timberlake “Sexyback” (2006) 6.22 m
  308. Fall Out Boy “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” (2013) 6.2 m
  309. Kiseki “Greeeen” (2009) 6.2 m
  310. Jay Sean with Lil Wayne “Down” (2009) 6.14 m
  311. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970) 6.1 m
  312. Paramore “Crushcrushcrush” (2007) 6.1 m
  313. Jessie J with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj “Bang Bang” (2014) 6.07 m
  314. Wiz Khalifa “Black and Yellow” (2010) 6.07 m
  315. Toto “Africa” (1982) 6.03 m
  316. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012) 6.01 m

    6 million:

  317. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
  318. Abba “Dancing Queen” (1976)
  319. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (1927) **
  320. Peerless Quartet “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” (1911) *
  321. The Beatles “She Loves You” (1963)
  322. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
  323. The Archies “Sugar, Sugar” (1969)
  324. George Michael “Careless Whisper” (1984)
  325. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
  326. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (1973)
  327. Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
  328. Down by the Old Mill Stream” (1911) *
  329. Madonna “Vogue” (1990)
  330. Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)
  331. The Champs “Tequila” (1958)
  332. The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (1961)
  333. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)” (1999)
  334. Pitbull with Ke$ha “Timber” (2013)
  335. Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” (2005)
  336. Jeannie C. Riley “Harper Valley P.T.A.” (1968)
  337. Britney Spears “Oops! I Did It Again” (2000)
  338. Beyoncé “Halo” (2008)
  339. SSgt Barry Sadler “The Ballad of the Green Berets” (1966)
  340. Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters “Jingle Bells” (1943)
  341. Elvis Presley “Surrender/Lonely Man” (1961)
  342. Abba “Waterloo” (1974)
  343. Drake with Majid Jordan “Hold on, We’re Going Home” (2013)
  344. Neil Diamond “Cracklin’ Rosie” (1970)
  345. The Brotherhood of Man “Save Your Kisses for Me” (1976)
  346. Bonnie Tyler “It’s a Heartache” (1977)
  347. French Montana with Swae Lee “Unforgettable” (2017)
  348. New Seekers “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” (1971)
  349. Janet Jackson “Together Again” (1997)
  350. Kanye West “Heartless” (2008)
  351. AWOL Nation “Sail” (2011)
  352. George Baker Selection “Una Paloma Blanca” (1975)
  353. Zac Brown Band “Chicken Fried” (2008)
  354. Drake with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem “Forever” (2009)
  355. Khalid “Young, Dumb & Broke” (2017)
  356. Luke Bryan “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” (2011)
  357. Tee Set “Ma Belle Amie” (1969)
  358. Chris Stapleton “Tennessee Whiskey” (2015)
  359. Andre Brasseur “Early Bird” (1965)
  360. Machiko Soga “Oba-Q Ondo” (1966)

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


Resources and Related Links:
  • Edward Foote Gardner (2000). Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century: Volume I – Chart Detail & Encyclopedia 1900-1949 St. Paul, MN: Paragon House

    This resource, also listed in the “Charts” section, is also included here because this and Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954, are the most dominant sources for sheet music sales figures.

  • Guardian.co.uk (11/4/2012). UK’s million-selling singles: the full list

    List of the 123 songs to achieve one million sales in the UK.

  • LivingEars.blogspot.com (7/27/2009). Top 50 Digital Singles of All Time

    This list, which obviously focuses on the 2000-2009 decade, offers an insight into more recent sales. It has been posted many times, but without indication of the original source.

  • MoneyInc.com (2019). “Top Selling iTunes Songs of All Time
  • PhilBrodieBand.com (date?) Top Selling Singles of All Time

    List of all-time best-selling songs (8 million+) globally. No indication of source or year of list. Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” is the top seller with 37 million sold. Also includes 2005 list of UK’s “All-Time Best Selling Singles,” which is more detailed at UKcharts.20m.com.

  • UKcharts.20m.com (date?) The UK’s Best Selling Singles

    List of the top 100 selling singles in the U.K. with commentary on the top 10 by Theo Morgan-Gan. Includes sales figures from The Official Chart Company.

  • UKmix.org (date?) All-Time Best Selling Singles Worldwide

    Appears to be an older version of the same list posted at PhilBrodieBand.com. However, this one lists 24 songs topping 4 million in sales. “Candle in the Wind” tops the list with 26 million +. Appears to be a blog post with no original reference or date cited. Also includes a 2003 list of 100+ songs selling more than 5 million.

  • PM Joel Whitburn (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, WI; Record Research, Inc.

    This resource, also listed in the “Charts” section, is listed here as well because this and Gardner’s Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century, Volume 1, noted above, are the most dominant sources for sheet music sales figures. A list on page 634 offers up the sheet music from 1890-1954 that sold in execess of 3 million.

  • Wikipedia (2/28/2020). List of Best-Selling Singles in the United States

    List of all songs in the U.S. to have been certified for physical sales of more than 4 million and digital sales of 6 million or more.

  • Wikipedia (5/30/2012). List of Best-Selling Singles Worldwide

    While there is no official tracking company to record global sales, data from multiple sources can be compiled to get a good idea of the all-time best-selling songs in the world. This lists all songs to have reportedly gained 5 million + in sales. Each song is referenced with an additional footnote for the source.

  • Wikipedia (12/24/2010). List of Best-Selling Singles by Year (UK)

    List of all songs in the U.K. which have sold over a million.

  • Wikipedia (12/24/2010). List of Million-Selling Singles in the United Kingdom

    Lists top selling song of each year from 1952-2010. Often includes sales figures.

  • Yahoo.com (5/12/2008). Singles That Have Sold Over 10 Million Copies by Robert the Radish

    Unfortunately, there are no references to confirm any of these, but some of the 21 songs on this list have been verified by other sources, including “White Christmas” selling at the 50 million mark and “Candle in the Wind 1997” at 37 million.