15 Biggest Selling Singles Of All Time
Biggest selling singles of all time are 1. Spotlight by Xiao Zhan 2. White Christmas by Bing Crosby 3. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran.
Every year many famous and emerging artists release their new songs and album. And there are tons of artists whose songs have become hot singles.
The list below are songs that have gone to the top rank in the number of selling their singles by the artist who is being regarded as the fan favorite.
This list also includes a mix of both the best-selling singles in digital form and physical form.
Biggest Selling Singles Of All Time
|White Christmas||Bing Crosby|
|Shape of You||Ed Sheeran|
|Despacito||Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee|
|Something About the Way You Look Tonight’ / Candle in the Wind||Elton John|
|Work||Rihanna ft. Drake|
|In the Summertime||Mungo Jerry|
|Rock Around the Clock||Bill Haley & His Comets|
|Something Just Like This||The Chainsmokers and Coldplay|
|See You Again||Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth|
|Closer||The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey|
|Rolling in the Deep||Adele|
|I Will Always Love You||Whitney Houston|
|It's Now or Never||Elvis Presley|
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1. Spotlight by Xiao Zhan
Spotlight is the top selling single of all time released by the Chinese singer and actor Xiao Zhan. The song was released on 25 April 2020.
The track is the singer's response to the boycott against him on the internet in China. Though successful, the song has received polarized reviews online.
His single release earned him Tencent Music Entertainment Awards while it was also listed in seventh position on IFPI's international list of 10 bestselling singles of the year.
The single has no official video on YouTube and many posted songs are Zhan's movies part compiled by fans.
2. White Christmas by Bing Crosby
White Christmas by Bing Crosby is the highest-selling song in physical copy of all time. It is a Christmas song.
The original song was written by Irving Berlin but it was Bing Crosby who performed the most popular version.
The single was released on the NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day in 1941. The song composition won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The song has more than 3 million views on YouTube and about 4 hundred thousand listeners on Spotify.
3. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
Shape of You is by English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran. This hit single was released on 6 January 2017.
The song was written for the singer's third album ÷ or Divide. Though it was initially written for Rihanna and Rudimental, later the singer decided to sing it himself.
The track was awarded Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance. It was also nominated for British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year in 2018.
The video for the track has been viewed on YouTube by almost 6 billion and about three and a half billion listeners on Spotify.
4. Despacito by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee
Despacito is a song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and Puerto Rican rapper and singer Daddy Yankee. This Reggaeton track was released on January 13, 2017.
The lyrics tell about a desire for physical relationships in a smooth and romantic way with a mixture of reggae and Latin pop style.
The song topped the charts of more than 40 countries, even reaching the top 10 in some countries. The single also received a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.
The music video has more than 8 billion view on YouTube and more than 1.5 million listeners on Spotify.
5. Something About the Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind by Elton John
Something About the Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind is a revised version of the 1973 song Candle in the Wind.
Elton John sang it in grief as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales who unfortunately passed away in a car crash. The song was sung at Princess's funeral.
The singer performed the revised song only once. After that, he never performed the song ever again as the song was dedicated to his dear friend.
His single live performance of the song was viewed more than 38 million times on YouTube and has been listened to by more than 1.5 million times on Spotify.
6. Work by Rihanna ft. Drake
Work is a song sung by Rihanna from her album ANTI with Canadian rapper Drake. The single was released on January 27, 2016.
The song is about working paycheck to paycheck no matter what else is going on in your life. The lines also talk about not neglecting their loved ones in the lyrics.
The single was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The song won awards for R&B Song of the Year at iHeartRadio Music Awards.
The music video has more than 1 billion views on YouTube to date.
7. In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry
In the Summertime is the debut single of British rock band Mungo Jerry. It is one of the best-selling songs of all time for the band.
The writer of the song Ray Dorset created it in 10 minutes while he was taking time off from his regular job. He was using a second-hand Fender Stratocaster for the song.
The song was released in 1970, reaching the number-one charts around the world in various countries such as the UK, the United States, and Canada.
The track has been viewed more than 140 million times on YouTube and more than 163 million on Spotify.
8. Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets
Rock Around the Clock is one of the best-selling songs of all time for Bill Haley & His Comets. It was written by Max Freedman and James Myers.
The song was the first rock and roll that topped the chart in both the US and the UK. The song was even ranked at No. 159 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
It has sold more than 25 million physical copies to date since the band recorded the song. The song's original recording was also given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
The single has more than 33 million viewers on YouTube and 104 million listeners on Spotify.
9. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
The Chainsmokers and Coldplay collaboration song Something Just Like This is one of the top-selling collaborations of all time.
The song was released on February 22, 2017, as The Chainsmokers' second single from their debut album Memories...Do Not Open. The song reached the Top 10 on various charts around the world.
It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
The single has more than 2 million views on both YouTube and Spotify.
10. Perfect by Ed Sheeran
Perfect is one of the biggest-selling singles of all time by Ed Sheeran from his third album ÷ in 2017.
The lyrics have a romantic focus on traditional marriage and were mostly inspired and written about his wife.
The song received three nominations at the 2018 MTC Video Music Awards. The single also received nominations for Song of the Year, Best Pop Video, and Best Direction in the same awards.
This single has more than 3 billion views on YouTube and about 3 billion views on Spotify.
11. See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
See You Again is one of the best-selling tribute songs of all time. It is by both rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Charlie Puth.
Though the song was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2015 film Furious 7 actor Paul Walker's tribute, Charlie is also attached to the song as his friend from college passed in a similar manner.
The single has received three nominations for Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
The song has more than 1.5 billion listeners on Spotify and 5.9 billion on YouTube.
12. Closer by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
Closer is by The Chainsmokers along with Halsey. Halsey provided her voice while the two male band produced, with one of them singing.
The song was released on July 29, 2016, through Disruptor Records and Columbia Records which remained at the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks.
The single received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performace Award at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
The track has 467 million views on its official video and 3 billion views on its lyrical video on YouTube. Meanwhile, more than 2.5 billion have listened to the songs.
13. Rolling In the Deep by Adele
Rolling in the Deep is one of best selling singles of all time from Adele's second studio album 21. The song was a commercial breakthrough for the singer.
The song was inspired by a US tour bus driver and composed by Paul Epworth and Adele in a single afternoon following her breakup with her boyfriend.
The single received seven nominations at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and won three awards: Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction.
The track has more than 2 billion viewers on YouTube and has been listened to by more than 1.4 billion listeners.
14. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
I Will Always Love You is a gigantic single by Whitney Houston of all time. However, the original song was written and recorded by singer Dolly Porton.
For her debut film The Bodyguard, Houston was about to choose another song for the movie's soundtrack but later she chose the sing the song as a soul ballad.
The singer won Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1994 for the song. This single got certified diamond by the RIAA and became best selling single by a woman.
The song has about 1.5 billion views on YouTube and more than 5 hundred thousand times listened on Spotify.
15. It's Now or Never by Elvis Presley
It's Now or Never by Elvis Presley is one of the best songs of all time. Released in 1960, it is one of the best-selling physical singles of all time.
Elvis is said to have been inspired by Tony Martin's song There's No Tomorrow when he was stationed in Germany in the late 1950s.
The song held spent five weeks at number one in the U.S. and eight weeks in the UK. in the 1960s. The song sold more than 20 million physical copies worldwide.
The song has more than 21 million people views on YouTube to date.
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