The world’s best
selling single in history is Elton John’s 1997 release, Candle in the Wind.Rounding out the
Top 5 are Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Silent Night, Bill Haley & His Comets Rock Around the Clock, and Teixeirinha’s Coração de Luto.I have compiled a list of the world’s best selling singles since the year 1990.
Aguilera - Genie in a Bottle
7 Million Copies (1999)
Genie in a Bottle is the first hit single and signature song from Christina Aguilera's debut self-titled album.The track established Aguilera's place as a pop phenomenon,
going platinum within a few months of release.It is one of Aguilera's most successful singles
worldwide.Genie in a Bottle reached the Top 5 in Canada, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Mexico,
Argentina, and the UK.
19. Ashanti -
Million Copies (2002)
is a song by American R&B singer Ashanti.It was released on her debut album and features elements
from One More Chance (remix) by The Notorious B.I.G.The single spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard
Hot 100.It became Ashanti's second #1 and third top ten hit.Foolish reached the top ten in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
18. Utada Hikaru
- Flavor of Life
7.2 Million Copies (2007)
Flavor of Life is Hikaru Utada's 18th Japanese single (25th single
overall). It was released on February 28, 2007.Flavor of Life garnered extreme success.
This single sold over 200,000 copies in its first week.It is the first single
to sell over five and a half million downloads total, the first single to top RIAJ downloads for three consecutive months,
and the first song to be certified platinum for PC downloads in Japan.Flavor Of Life has become the highest selling Japanese download single of all time, with over 5,580,000 downloads by April 2007.
Pink - So What
7.8 Million Records (2008)
So What is a song written and performed by American pop
rock singer Pink. It was released as the first single from Pink's fifth studio album Funhouse. In
September, 2008, the song became Pink's first solo number-one hit in her native USA. It has also
reached #1 in twenty-five other countries.It has become Pink's biggest UK single to date.
Rida - Low
8 Million Copies (2007)
Low is the debut single
by American rapper Flo Rida, featured on his debut album Mail On Sunday and also released on the soundtrack
to the 2008 film Step Up 2: The Streets. The song features T-Pain and was co-written
with T-Pain.The single was a hit worldwide and the longest running number one single of 2008.With five million paid digital downloads, it was certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA, and was the most downloaded
single of 2000s decade, measured by paid digital downloads.
Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl
8 Million Copies (2008)
I Kissed a Girl
is a song by pop singer Katy Perry, written by Perry, Dr Luke, Max Martin and Cathy Dennis. It was
produced by Dr. Luke for Perry's 2008 album One of the Boys. Perry says the song
is "about the magical beauty of a woman.”The song has become a major worldwide hit, and
along with the United States, it has topped the charts in more than 30 countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland,
and the United Kingdom.
14. Bryan Adams
- (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
8 Million Copies (1991)
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You is a hugely-successful song
co-written and performed by Bryan Adams.It was featured on his 1991 album Waking up the
Neighbours and on the soundtrack for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.The
single spent seven weeks at #1 in the United States, sixteen consecutive weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart (the longest
in British chart history), and nine weeks atop the RPM singles chart in Canada.The song ranked at #16 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.
13. Nirvana -
Smells Like Teen Spirit
8 Million Copies (1991)
Smells Like Teen Spirit is a song by the American rock band Nirvana.
It is the opening track and lead single from the band's second album Nevermind (1991).
The song was written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl.It uses a
verse-chorus form where the main four-chord riff is used during the intro and chorus to create an alternating loud and
quiet dynamic. Smells Like Teen Spirit was Nirvana's first and biggest hit.It reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and placed high on music industry charts all around the world.
Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca
8 Million Copies (1999)
Livin' la Vida Loca is a song
by Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin. It was released in 1999 on Martin's self-titled debut English
album. The song topped the charts during 1999. It received various Grammy nominations and helped
Ricky Martin obtain enormous worldwide success.The song is generally seen as the single that began
the Latin pop explosion of 1999, making it easier to crossover into the English market.Livin'
la Vida Loca is especially monumental because it was the first No. 1 song to be recorded, edited, and mixed totally
on a DAW (digital audio workstation). It is seen by audio-production enthusiasts everywhere as the
song that marked the shift from analog recording to digital recording.
11. Thelma Aoyama
- Soba ni Iru ne
8.2 Million Copies (2009)
Soba ni Iru ne,is
Thelma Aoyama's second official single.It was released on January 23, 2008, and features SoulJa.The single reached the #1 position on Japan's Oricon charts in its second week and sold over 450,000 compact
discs.In addition, it recorded over 7 million downloads by July 2008.Soba ni
Iru ne was also the best-selling single on the iTunes Store 2008 yearly charts in Japan.
Madonna - Hung Up
9 Million Copies (2005)
Hung Up is a song written by singer-songwriter Madonna.It
was released on her 10th studio album, Confessions on a Dance Floor.The single was initially used in a number of television advertisements and serials.Hung Up contains a sample of
the pop group ABBA's hit single Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) for which Madonna personally sought permission to use from ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.The song became
a worldwide commercial success, peaking atop the charts of more than 45 countries. In the United States
it became Madonna's 36th top 10 hit, tying her with Elvis Presley.
- Whenever, Wherever
9 Million Copies (2001)
is a Latin pop song written by Colombian singer songwriter Shakira.It was released on her first English
album, Laundry Service (2001).Whenever, Wherever is the second most successful song in Shakira’s career, behind only Hips Don't Lie (2006).The single reached #1 in 29 separate
countries and became the biggest hit of 2002 worldwide. In the Netherlands the song kept the #1 position for nine weeks.
It reached number two in the United Kingdom, number four in Canada, and number six in the U.S.
8. Lil Wayne
Million Copies (2008)
is the first single from Lil Wayne's sixth studio album, Tha Carter III. The track features the late
R&B artist Static Major and was produced by Deezle and Jim Jonsin.Static Major died two weeks
before the release of the song.Lollipop was #5 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100
Best Songs of 2008 and is the single most downloaded ringtone of the 2000s.The single spent
5 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart.It reached the #1 spot in the U.S. and Croatia,
#10 in Canada, #32 in Australia, #22 in Germany, #28 in Ireland, and peaked at #26 in the UK.
7. Cher - Believe
10 Million Copies
is a hit song which served as the lead single on Cher's twenty-third studio album Believe.It is noted for its up-front use of Auto-Tune on Cher’s vocals.The song won a Grammy
Award and was an international multi- platinum success.It reached the #1 spot in the U.S. Australia,
France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and many other areas of the world.
6. Shakira featuring
Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
10 Million Copies (2006)
Hips Don't Lie is a Latin pop song based in a salsa and Cumbia mix and fused with a reggae beat.It was recorded by Colombian singer Shakira and Haitian rapper Wyclef
Jean.The song is a remake of Jean's 2004 song Dance Like This.It was released
as the 2nd single from Shakira's second English album Oral Fixation Vol. 2 in 2006.Hips
Don't Lie became a global success, topping the charts in at least 55 countries.It became Shakira's
first (and to date, only) number-one single in the U.S.The song became one of the world's
best-selling singles of all time and one of the hottest songs of summer 2006.
5. Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On
10 Million Copies Sold (1997)
My Heart Will Go On is the theme song of the 1997 blockbuster
film Titanic. The music was composed by James Horner and the lyrics were written by Will Jennings.The song was recorded by Céline Dion and was originally released in 1997 on Dion's album Let's
Talk about Love.The release reached #1 all over the world, including the United States,
United Kingdom and Australia.It became one of the best-selling singles of all time, and was the
world's best selling single of 1998.
4. Los del Río
Million Copies (1995)
is a Spanish song by Los del Río.It is about a woman of the same name.The
single was popular between 1995 and 1996.Macarena became the second longest running #1 and best selling
debut single of all time in the U.S.It was ranked the #1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time by
VH1 in 2002.It uses a type of clave.Macarena ranks at #5 on Billboard's
All Time Top 100and #1 on Billboard's All Time Latin Songs.
3. Sarah Brightman
- Time to Say Goodbye
11 Million Copies (1997)
Con te partirò (literally meaning "With you I will
leave") is an Italian Classical Crossover song written by Francesco Sartori and Lucio Quarantotto.It
was first performed by Andrea Bocelli at the 1995 San Remo Festival and was released on his album the same year.Con te partirò is considered Bocelli's signature song.The song achieved
widespread success with a second version sung partly in English, pairing Bocelli with soprano Sarah Brightman. The
cover song was titled Time to Say Goodbye.It is Bocelli's first #1 hit under both
2. Whitney Houston
- I Will Always Love You
12 Million Copies (1992)
I Will Always Love You is a song written by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton in 1973.The single was covered by Whitney Houston in 1992. Whitney’s version became
one of the best-selling singles of all time. Whitney Houston recorded the song for the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, her film debut.The single spent fourteen weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, which
at the time was a record.It reached the top spot in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Ireland, the
UK, Sweden, and many other areas of the world.
Elton John - Candle in the Wind
37 Million Copies (1997)
Candle in the Wind 1997 is a song by Elton John that was released as a tribute single
to Diana, Princess of Wales.It has sold over 37 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling
single of all time.On release in September 1997, the song peaked at #1 in the UK, becoming Elton
John's fourth number one single.It is also the first song in history to reach the top of the charts in each of the four major countries in the music industry, United States, Japan, United Kingdom, and Germany.
The 1997 version of Candle in the Wind is based
on the 1973 version of the same song released by Elton John.The lyrics of the original version were written by Bernie Taupin and the song was a tribute to Marilyn Monroe.