List of best-selling singles

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1942 10-inch 78 rpm release of the single "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby.

This article is a compendium of the best-selling music singles. The criterion for inclusion on the list is to have sold at least five million copies worldwide. The singles listed here were cited by reliable sources from various media, such as digital journalism, newspapers, magazines, and even books related or not with the subject of music.

It is notable that, according to Guinness World Records, "White Christmas" (1942) by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.[1] The song recognized as "the best-selling single of all time" was released before the pop/rock singles-chart era and "was listed as the world's best-selling single in the first-ever Guinness Book of Records (published in 1955) and—remarkably—still retains the title more than 50 years later". Also, Guinness World Records states that double A-side charity single "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (1997) by Elton John, a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is "the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies", making it the second-best-selling single of all time.[1]

The list is split between physical (mainly CD and vinyl) singles and digitally downloaded tracks which first became available to purchase in the early 2000s.

Best-selling physical singles

15 million copies or more

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Bing Crosby "White Christmas" 1942 50 [1]
Elton John "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" 1997 33 [1]
Bing Crosby "Silent Night" 1935 30 [2]
Bill Haley & His Comets "Rock Around the Clock" 1954 25 [3]
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 1992 20 [4]
Elvis Presley "It's Now or Never" 1960 20 [2][5]
USA for Africa "We Are the World" 1985 20 [6]
The Ink Spots "If I Didn't Care" 1939 19 [7]
Baccara "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" 1977 18 [8]
Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On" 1997 18 [9]
Mariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 1994 16 [10]
Bryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" 1991 15 [11]
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John "You're the One That I Want" 1978 15 [12]

10–14.9 million copies

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive" 1978 14 [13]
Scorpions "Wind of Change" 1991 14 [14]
Kyu Sakamoto "Sukiyaki" 1963 13 [15]
Trio "Da Da Da" 1982 13 [16]
Gene Autry "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1949 12.5 [17]
The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 1963 12 [2]
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman "Time to Say Goodbye" 1996 12 [18]
Village People "Y.M.C.A." 1978 12 [19]
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 1984 11.7 [20]
Cher "Believe" 1998 11 [21][22]
Carl Douglas "Kung Fu Fighting" 1974 11 [23][24]
George McCrae "Rock Your Baby" 1974 11 [2]
Mills Brothers "Paper Doll" 1943 11 [2]
Roger Whittaker "The Last Farewell" 1975 11 [25]
Mungo Jerry "In the Summertime" 1970 10 [26]
ABBA "Fernando" 1976 10 [27]
Roy Acuff "Wabash Cannonball" 1942 10 [2]
Paul Anka "Diana" 1957 10 [28][29]
Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart" 1996 10 [30]
Los del Río "Macarena" 1995 10 [31]
Middle of the Road "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" 1971 10 [2]
The Monkees "I'm a Believer" 1966 10 [2][32]
Panjabi MC "Mundian To Bach Ke" 1998 10 [33]
Patti Page "Tennessee Waltz" 1950 10 [34][35][36]
The Penguins "Earth Angel" 1954 10 [37]
Elvis Presley "Hound Dog" 1956 10 [38]
Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale" 1967 10 [2]
Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time" 1998 10 [39]

8–9.9 million copies

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" 1982 9 [40]
Wings "Mull of Kintyre" 1977 9 [41]
Shakira "Whenever, Wherever" 2001 8.5 [42]
The Animals "The House of the Rising Sun" 1964 8 [43]
Aqua "Barbie Girl" 1997 8 [44]
The Beatles "Hey Jude" 1968 8 [45]
Paul Hardcastle "19" 1985 8 [46]
Mary Hopkin "Those Were the Days" 1968 8 [2]
Mahalia Jackson "Move On Up a Little Higher" 1948 8 [47]
Ricky Martin "Livin' La Vida Loca" 1999 8 [48]
Modern Talking "You're My Heart, You're My Soul" 1984 8 [49]
Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit" 1991 8 [50]
O-Zone "Dragostea Din Tei" 2004 8[a] [51]
Freddy Quinn "Heimweh" 1956 8 [52]
Shocking Blue "Venus" 1969 8 [2]

7–7.9 million copies

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Nelly and Kelly Rowland "Dilemma" 2002 7.6 [53][54]
Christina Aguilera "Genie in a Bottle" 1999 7 [55]
The Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" 1964 7 [2]
The Black Crowes "Hard to Handle" 1990 7 [56]
Chic "Le Freak" 1978 7 [57]
Danyel Gérard "Butterfly" 1971 7 [2][58]
Las Ketchup "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" 2002 7 [59]
Scott McKenzie "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" 1967 7 [60]
Alanis Morissette "Uninvited" 1998 7 [61]
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust" 1980 7 [62]
Julie Rogers "The Wedding" 1964 7 [2][63]
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards "Amazing Grace" 1972 7 [2][64]
Roy Orbison "Oh, Pretty Woman" 1964 7 [65]
Spice Girls "Wannabe" 1996 7 [66]
Ricky Valance "Tell Laura I Love Her" 1960 7 [67]

6–6.9 million copies

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Culture Club "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" 1982 6.5 [68]
The Archies "Sugar, Sugar" 1969 6 [2]
Brotherhood of Man "Save Your Kisses for Me" 1976 6 [69]
Coolio featuring L.V. "Gangsta's Paradise" 1995 6 [70][71]
Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters "Jingle Bells" 1943 6 [2]
Vernon Dalhart "The Prisoner's Song" 1924 6 [2]
Dawn featuring Tony Orlando "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" 1973 6 [2][72]
Neil Diamond "Cracklin' Rosie" 1970 6 [2]
The Jackson 5 "I Want You Back" 1969 6 [73]
Janet Jackson "Together Again" 1997 6 [74]
Jerry Lee Lewis "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" 1957 6 [75]
Madonna "Vogue" 1990 6 [76]
George Michael "Careless Whisper" 1984 6 [77]
The New Seekers "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" 1971 6 [2]
Tony Orlando and Dawn "Knock Three Times" 1970 6 [2][78]
Elvis Presley "Don't Be Cruel" 1956 6 [79]
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" 1975 6 [80]
Harry Simeone Chorale "The Little Drummer Boy" 1958 6 [2]
Simon & Garfunkel "Bridge over Troubled Water" 1970 6 [2]
Bonnie Tyler "It's a Heartache" 1977 6 [81]
Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 1983 6 [82]

5–5.9 million copies

Artist Single Released Sales
(in millions)
Source
Tino Rossi "Petit Papa Noël" 1946 5.7 [83]
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink "Lady Marmalade" 2001 5.2 [84]
1910 Fruitgum Company "Simon Says" 1967 5 [85]
ABBA "Waterloo" 1974 5 [2]
Gene Austin "My Blue Heaven" 1927 5 [2][86]
Gene Autry "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" 1935 5 [2]
The Beatles "She Loves You" 1963 5 [2]
Bee Gees "Massachusetts" 1967 5 [87]
Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" 1983 5 [88]
Enigma "Sadeness (Part I)" 1990 5 [89]
George Harrison "My Sweet Lord" 1970 5 [2]
Engelbert Humperdinck "Release Me" 1967 5 [2]
Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun" 1974 5 [2]
The Jackson 5 "I'll Be There" 1970 5 [90]
Tommy James and the Shondells "Crimson and Clover" 1968 5 [91]
Tom Jones "Delilah" 1968 5 [2]
Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire" 1957 5 [75]
Kaoma "Lambada" 1989 5 [92]
Madonna "Like a Prayer" 1989 5 [93]
Ricky Martin "María" 1995 5 [94]
Michael Zager Band "Let's All Chant" 1977 5 [95][96]
Mitch Miller "March from the River Kwai" 1957 5 [2]
Kylie Minogue "Can't Get You Out of My Head" 2001 5 [97]
The Monkees "Daydream Believer" 1967 5 [98]
Musical Youth "Pass the Dutchie" 1982 5 [99]
The Partridge Family "I Think I Love You" 1970 5 [2]
Elvis Presley "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 1960 5 [100]
Elvis Presley "Surrender" 1961 5 [2][101]
Jeannie C. Riley "Harper Valley PTA" 1968 5 [2]
Nini Rosso "Il Silenzio" 1965 5 [2]
David Seville and the Chipmunks "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" 1958 5 [2]
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler "Ballad of the Green Berets" 1966 5 [2]
Billy Swan "I Can Help" 1974 5 [102]
Three Dog Night "Joy to the World" 1971 5 [2]
The Tornados "Telstar" 1962 5 [2]
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