List of best-selling singles

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1942 10-inch 78 rpm release of the single "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby. Bing Crosby - White Christmas 1942 10 inch.jpg
1942 10-inch 78 rpm release of the single "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby.
1997 7-inch 45 rpm release of "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight, double A-side single by Elton John. Elton John - Candle In The Wind 1997 7 inch.jpg
1997 7-inch 45 rpm release of "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight, double A-side single by Elton John.

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 books.

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Single (music) Type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.

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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]

<i>Guinness World Records</i> Reference book listing world records

Guinness World Records, known from its inception from 1955 until 2000 as The Guinness Book of Records and in previous United States editions as The Guinness Book of World Records, is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. The brainchild of Sir Hugh Beaver, the book was co-founded by twin brothers Norris and Ross McWhirter in Fleet Street, London, in August 1954.

White Christmas (song) Original song written and composed by Irving Berlin

"White Christmas" is a 1942 Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the world's best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. When the figures for other versions of the song are added to Crosby's, sales of the song exceed 100 million.

Bing Crosby 20th-century American singer and actor

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954. His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.

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.

Compact disc Optical disc for storage and playback of digital audio

Compact disc (CD) is a digital optical disc data storage format that was co-developed by Philips and Sony and released in 1982. The format was originally developed to store and play only sound recordings (CD-DA) but was later adapted for storage of data (CD-ROM). Several other formats were further derived from these, including write-once audio and data storage (CD-R), rewritable media (CD-RW), Video Compact Disc (VCD), Super Video Compact Disc (SVCD), Photo CD, PictureCD, CD-i, and Enhanced Music CD. The first commercially available audio CD player, the Sony CDP-101, was released October 1982 in Japan.

Best-selling physical singles

15 million physical copies or more

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Bing Crosby "White Christmas"194250 [1]
Elton John "Candle in the Wind 1997" /
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
199733 [1]
Mungo Jerry "In the Summertime"197030 [2] [3] [4]
Bing Crosby"Silent Night"193530 [5]
Bill Haley & His Comets "Rock Around the Clock"195425 [6]
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You"199220 [7]
Elvis Presley "It's Now or Never"196020 [5] [8]
USA for Africa "We Are the World"198520 [9]
The Ink Spots "If I Didn't Care"193919 [10]
Baccara "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie"197718 [11]
Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On"199718 [12]
Mariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You"199416 [13]
Bryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"199115 [14]
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John "You're the One That I Want"197815 [15]
Scorpions "Wind of Change"199115 [16]

10–14.9 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive"197814 [17]
Prince Nico Mbara "Sweet Mother"197613 [18]
Kyu Sakamoto "Sukiyaki"196313 [19]
Trio "Da Da Da"198213 [20]
Gene Autry "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"194912.5 [21]
The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand"196312 [5]
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman "Time to Say Goodbye"199612 [22]
Village People "Y.M.C.A."197812 [23]
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?"198411.7 [24]
Cher "Believe"199811 [25] [26]
Carl Douglas "Kung Fu Fighting"197411 [27] [28]
George McCrae "Rock Your Baby"197411 [5]
Mills Brothers "Paper Doll"194311 [5]
Roger Whittaker "The Last Farewell"197511 [29]
ABBA "Fernando"197610 [30]
Roy Acuff "Wabash Cannonball"194210 [5]
Paul Anka "Diana"195710 [31] [32]
Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart"199610 [33]
George Harrison "My Sweet Lord"197010 [34]
Los del Río "Macarena"199510 [35]
Middle of the Road "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"197110 [5]
The Monkees "I'm a Believer"196610 [5] [36]
Panjabi MC "Mundian To Bach Ke"199810 [37]
Patti Page "Tennessee Waltz"195010 [38] [39] [40]
The Penguins "Earth Angel"195410 [41]
Elvis Presley"Hound Dog"195610 [42]
Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale"196710 [5]
Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time"199810 [43]

8–9.9 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger"19829 [44]
Wings "Mull of Kintyre"19779 [45]
Shakira "Whenever, Wherever"20018.5 [46]
The Animals "The House of the Rising Sun"19648 [47]
Aqua "Barbie Girl"19978 [48]
The Beatles"Hey Jude"19688 [49]
Paul Hardcastle "19"19858 [50]
Mary Hopkin "Those Were the Days"19688 [5]
Mahalia Jackson "Move On Up a Little Higher"19488 [51]
Ricky Martin "Livin' La Vida Loca"19998 [52]
Modern Talking "You're My Heart, You're My Soul"19848 [53]
Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"19918 [54]
O-Zone "Dragostea Din Tei"20038 [a] [55]
Freddy Quinn "Heimweh"19568 [56]
Shocking Blue "Venus"19698 [5]


7–7.9 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Nelly and Kelly Rowland "Dilemma"20027.6 [57] [58]
Christina Aguilera "Genie in a Bottle"19997 [59]
The Beatles"Can't Buy Me Love"19647 [5]
The Black Crowes "Hard to Handle"19907 [60]
Chic "Le Freak"19787 [61]
Danyel Gérard "Butterfly"19717 [5] [62]
Las Ketchup "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)"20027 [63]
Scott McKenzie "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"19677 [64]
Alanis Morissette "Uninvited"19987 [65]
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"19807 [66]
Julie Rogers "The Wedding"19647 [5] [67]
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards "Amazing Grace"19727 [5] [68]
Roy Orbison "Oh, Pretty Woman"19647 [69]
Spice Girls "Wannabe"19967 [70]
Ricky Valance "Tell Laura I Love Her"19607 [71]

6–6.9 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Culture Club "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"19826.5 [72]
The Archies "Sugar, Sugar"19696 [5]
Brotherhood of Man "Save Your Kisses for Me"19766 [73]
Coolio featuring L.V. "Gangsta's Paradise"19956 [74] [75]
Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters "Jingle Bells"19436 [5]
Vernon Dalhart "The Prisoner's Song"19246 [5]
Dawn featuring Tony Orlando "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"19736 [5] [76]
Neil Diamond "Cracklin' Rosie"19706 [5]
The Jackson 5 "I Want You Back"19696 [77]
Janet Jackson "Together Again"19976 [78]
Jerry Lee Lewis "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"19576 [79]
Madonna"Vogue"19906 [80]
George Michael "Careless Whisper"19846 [81]
The New Seekers "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)"19716 [5]
Tony Orlando and Dawn "Knock Three Times"19706 [5] [82]
Elvis Presley"Don't Be Cruel"19566 [83]
Queen"Bohemian Rhapsody"19756 [84]
Harry Simeone Chorale "The Little Drummer Boy"19586 [5]
Simon & Garfunkel "Bridge over Troubled Water"19706 [5]
Bonnie Tyler "It's a Heartache"19776 [85]
Bonnie Tyler"Total Eclipse of the Heart"19836 [86]

5–5.9 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Tino Rossi "Petit Papa Noël"19465.7 [87]
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink "Lady Marmalade"20015.5 [88]
1910 Fruitgum Company "Simon Says"19675 [89]
ABBA"Waterloo"19745 [5]
Gene Austin "My Blue Heaven"19275 [5] [90]
Gene Autry"That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine"19355 [5]
The Beatles"She Loves You"19635 [5]
Bee Gees "Massachusetts"19675 [91]
Culture Club"Karma Chameleon"19835 [92]
Enigma "Sadeness (Part I)"19905 [93]
Engelbert Humperdinck "Release Me"19675 [5]
Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun"19745 [5]
The Jackson 5"I'll Be There"19705 [94]
Tommy James and the Shondells "Crimson and Clover"19685 [95]
Tom Jones "Delilah"19685 [5]
Jerry Lee Lewis"Great Balls of Fire"19575 [79]
Kaoma "Lambada"19895 [96]
Madonna"Like a Prayer"19895 [97]
Ricky Martin"María"19955 [98]
Michael Zager Band "Let's All Chant"19775 [99] [100]
Mitch Miller "March from the River Kwai"19575 [5]
Kylie Minogue "Can't Get You Out of My Head"20015 [101]
The Monkees"Daydream Believer"19675 [102]
Musical Youth "Pass the Dutchie"19825 [103]
The Partridge Family "I Think I Love You"19705 [5]
Elvis Presley"Are You Lonesome Tonight?"19605 [104]
Elvis Presley"Surrender"19615 [5] [105]
Jeannie C. Riley "Harper Valley PTA"19685 [5]
Nini Rosso "Il Silenzio"19655 [5]
David Seville and the Chipmunks "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)"19585 [5]
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler "Ballad of the Green Berets"19665 [5]
Billy Swan "I Can Help"19745 [106]
Three Dog Night "Joy to the World"19715 [5]
The Tornados "Telstar"19625 [5]

Best-selling digital singles

15 million digital copies or more

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"201741.5 [b] [107] [108]
Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee "Despacito"201736.1 [b] [107] [108]
The Chainsmokers and Coldplay "Something Just like This"201721.5 [b] [107] [108]
Ed Sheeran "Perfect"201721.4 [b] [107] [108]
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth "See You Again"201520.9 [b] [109]
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey "Closer"201620.7 [b] [110] [107]
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk"201420 [b] [109]
Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud"201419.5 [b] [109]
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug "Havana"201719 [b] [107] [108]
Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"201118 [111]
Drake "God's Plan"201815.3 [b] [108]

12–14.99 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell "Blurred Lines"201314.8 [b] [112]
Lady Gaga "Poker Face"200814 [113]
Pharrell Williams "Happy"201313.9 [b] [114]
Psy "Gangnam Style"201213.5 [115] [116]
Maroon 5 "Sugar"201513.5 [b] [109]
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz "Thrift Shop"201213.4 [b] [112]
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J "Dark Horse"201313.2 [b] [114]
Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring "Lean On"201513.1 [b] [109]
Gotye featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know"201113 [117]
Kesha "TiK ToK"200912.8 [118]
Ellie Goulding "Love Me like You Do"201512.6 [b] [109]
Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla "One Dance"201612.5 [b] [110]
Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are"201012.5 [119]
Adele "Hello"201512.3 [b] [109]
John Legend "All of Me"201312.3 [b] [114]
Jason Mraz "I'm Yours"200812.2 [120] [121] [122] [123]
Flo Rida featuring Kesha"Right Round"200912 [124]
Flo Rida featuring T-Pain "Low"200712 [125]

10–11.99 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B "Girls Like You"201811.9 [b] [108]
Justin Bieber "Love Yourself"201511.7 [b] [110]
Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc "Wake Me Up"201311.1 [b] [112]
Sia feat. Sean Paul "Cheap Thrills"201611.1 [b] [110]
Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass"201411 [b] [114]
Tia Ray "Be Apart"201810.9 [b] [108]
Idina Menzel "Let It Go"201310.9 [b] [114]
Justin Bieber "Sorry"201510.8 [b] [110]
Rihanna featuring Drake "Work"201610.6 [b] [110]
Lukas Graham "7 Years"201510.4 [b] [110]
Bruno Mars "Grenade"201010.2 [119]
The Chainsmokers featuring Daya "Don't Let Me Down"201610.2 [b] [110]
Lorde "Royals"201310 [126]
Nicki Minaj "Super Bass"201110 [127]
Mike Posner "I Took a Pill in Ibiza"201510 [b] [110]
Shakira featuring Freshlyground "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"201010 [128]
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie"200610 [129]
Alexandra Stan "Mr. Saxobeat"201110 [130] [131] [132] [133]
Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis "Just Dance"200810 [134]

8–9.99 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Twenty One Pilots "Stressed Out"20159.9 [b] [110]
P!nk featuring Nate Ruess "Just Give Me a Reason"20139.9 [b] [112]
Katy Perry "Roar"20139.9 [b] [112]
Bruno Mars "That's What I Like"20179.7 [b] [107]
Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"20099.7 [118]
Marshmello and Anne-Marie "Friends"20189.6 [b] [108]
fun. featuring Janelle Monáe "We Are Young"20119.6 [115]
Pitbull featuring Kesha "Timber"20139.6 [b] [114]
Eminem featuring Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie"20109.3 [118]
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers "Get Lucky"20139.3 [b] [112]
Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla Sign "Psycho"20189.2 [b] [108]
Taylor Swift "Blank Space"20149.2 [b] [109]
Maroon 5 "Payphone"20129.1 [115]
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX "Fancy"20149.1 [b] [114]
Lil Wayne featuring Static Major "Lollipop"20089.1 [135]
Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea "Problem"20149 [b] [114]
Madonna "Hung Up"20059 [c] [80]
Thelma Aoyama "Soba ni Iru ne"20088.7 [136]
Imagine Dragons "Radioactive"20128.6 [b] [112]
Magic! "Rude"20148.6 [b] [114]
Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow"20098.5 [121]
Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull "On the Floor"20118.4 [119]
Kendrick Lamar "Humble"20178.3 [b] [107]
Charlie Puth "Attention"20178.3 [b] [107]
Bruno Mars "When I Was Your Man"20138.3 [b] [112]
OMI "Cheerleader"20148.3 [b] [109]
Adele "Rolling in the Deep"20108.2 [119]
Lady Gaga "Born This Way"20118.2 [119]
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer "Give Me Everything"20118.2 [119]
Jason Derulo "Want to Want Me"20158.1 [b] [109]
will.i.am featuring Britney Spears "Scream & Shout"20128.1 [b] [112]
Utada Hikaru "Flavor of Life"20078 [137]
Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona "Bailando"20148 [b] [114]

7–7.99 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
DJ Khaled "I'm the One"20177.9 [b] [107]
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko "Stay"20137.9 [b] [112]
Imagine Dragons "Believer"20177.8 [b] [107]
Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love"20087.7 [135]
Greeeen "Kiseki"20087.6 [138]
Busker Busker "Cherry Blossom Ending"20127.5 [139]
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé "Telephone"20107.4 [118]
Black Eyed Peas "The Time (Dirty Bit)"20107.3 [119]
Avril Lavigne "Girlfriend"20077.3 [140]
Michel Teló "Ai Se Eu Te Pego"20117.2 [115]
Nicki Minaj "Starships"20127.2 [115]
Exile "Lovers Again"20077 [141]
Hilcrhyme "Shunkashūtō"20097 [142]
Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera "Moves like Jagger"20117 [119]

6–6.99 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Maroon 5 "One More Night"20126.9 [115]
Usher featuring will.i.am "OMG"20106.9 [118]
Katy Perry "California Gurls"20106.7 [118]
Flo Rida "Whistle"20126.6 [115]
Train "Hey, Soul Sister"20096.6 [118]
Rihanna featuring Jay Z "Umbrella"20076.6 [140]
Taylor Swift "Love Story"20096.5 [121]
Flo Rida featuring Sia "Wild Ones"20126.5 [115]
Bruno Mars "The Lazy Song"20116.5 [119]
Shōnan no Kaze "Junrenka"20066.5 [143]
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris "Baby"20106.4 [118]
Timbaland "Apologize"20086.2 [140]
Paramore "crushcrushcrush"20076.1 [118]
Beyoncé "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"20086.1 [121]
The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling"20096.1 [118]
A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera "Say Something"20136 [144]
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne "Rather Be"20146 [145]
Kimura Kaela "Butterfly"20096 [146]
The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes "Don't Cha"20056 [147]

5–5.99 million copies

ArtistSingleReleasedSales
(in millions)
Source
Miley Cyrus "Party in the U.S.A."20095.98 [148]
T-Pain "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')"20075.9 [140]
Akon "Don't Matter"20075.7 [140]
Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl"20085.7 [135]
Soulja Boy Tell'em featuring Sammie "Kiss Me thru the Phone"20085.7 [121]
Alicia Keys "No One"20075.6 [135]
Usher featuring Young Jeezy "Love in This Club"20085.6 [135]
Chris Brown "With You"20075.5 [135]
Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin "Don't You Worry Child"20125.5 [149]
Kanye West "Heartless"20085.5 [121]
Britney Spears "Circus"20085.5 [121]
Phillip Phillips "Home"20125.4 [150]
Greeeen "Ai Uta"20075.25 [151]
Soulja Boy Tell 'Em "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"20075.2 [140]
Shop Boyz "Party Like a Rockstar"20075.2 [140]
Kanye West "Stronger"20075 [152]
Ai "Story"20055 [153]
Ashida Mana & Suzuki Fuku
as Kaoru to Tomoki, Tamani Mook
"Maru Maru Mori Mori!"20115 [154]
Avicii "Levels"20115 [112]
Kelly Clarkson "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"20125 [155]
Greeeen "Haruka"20095 [156]
Green Day "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"20045 [157]
Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull "I Like It"20105 [158]
Michael Learns to Rock "Take Me to Your Heart"20065 [159]
Kana Nishino "Aitakute Aitakute"20105 [160]
Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz "La Tortura"20055 [161]
Shakira featuring Dizzee Rascal "Loca"20105 [162]

IFPI best-selling singles worldwide by year

The charts of the best-selling singles by year in the world are compiled by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry annually since 2007. These charts were published in their two annual reports, the Digital Music Report and the Recording Industry in Numbers. Both the Digital Music Report and the Recording Industry in Numbers were replaced in 2016 by the Global Music Report. [163]

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is the organisation that represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide. It is a non-profit members' organisation registered in Switzerland and founded in Italy in 1933. It operates a Secretariat based in London, with regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, and Miami.

Units sold include single-track downloads, audio and video mastertones, ringback tones, full track downloads to mobile and, starting in 2013, track-equivalent streams. All versions of the same song are combined in these charts.

Music download digital transfer of music from an Internet-facing computer or website to a users local desktop computer

A music download is the digital transfer of music via the Internet into a device capable of decoding and playing it, such as a home computer, MP3 player or smartphone. This term encompasses both legal downloads and downloads of copyrighted material without permission or legal payment. According to a Nielsen report, downloadable music accounted for 55.9% of all music sales in the US in 2012. By the beginning of 2011, Apple's iTunes Store alone made US$1.1 billion of revenue in the first quarter of its fiscal year.

A truetone or realtone is a ringtone which has been encoded with a sampled audio format such as MP3, AAC, or WMA. It is also referred to as a mastertone.

Streaming media Continuous multimedia operated and presented to users by a provider

Streaming media is multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a provider. The verb "to stream" refers to the process of delivering or obtaining media in this manner; the term refers to the delivery method of the medium, rather than the medium itself, and is an alternative to file downloading, a process in which the end-user obtains the entire file for the content before watching or listening to it.

YearSingleArtistNationalitySales
(in millions)
Source
2007"Girlfriend" Avril Lavigne Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada7.3 [140]
2008"Lollipop" Lil Wayne featuring Static Major Flag of the United States.svg United States9.1 [135]
2009"Poker Face" Lady Gaga Flag of the United States.svg United States9.8 [121]
2010"TiK ToK" Kesha Flag of the United States.svg United States12.8 [118]
2011"Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars Flag of the United States.svg United States12.5 [119]
2012"Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada12.5 [115]
2013"Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Flag of the United States.svg United States14.8 [b] [112]
2014"Happy" Pharrell Williams Flag of the United States.svg United States13.9 [b] [114]
2015"See You Again" Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth Flag of the United States.svg United States20.9 [b] [109]
2016"One Dance" Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada12.5 [b] [110]
2017"Shape of You" Ed Sheeran Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom26.6 [b] [107]
2018"Havana" Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug Flag of the United States.svg United States19 [b] [108]

See also

The Global Recording Artist of the Year is an award presented by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) to honor the most popular recording artist based on a total of album-equivalent units, which include music downloads, streaming and physical format sales. It has been awarded every year since January 2014, with British boy band One Direction becoming the first act to receive the accolade for Global Recording Artist of 2013. This success was attributed to the band's third studio album, Midnight Memories, which became the best-selling album of the year with sales of four million copies worldwide. The music videos for its singles, "Best Song Ever" and "Story of My Life", had been watched almost 200 million and over 100 million times, respectively, on YouTube up to that point. Taylor Swift was awarded the Global Recording Artist of 2014 after the commercial success of her fifth studio album, 1989. During the year, the album became the second global bestseller with sales of six million copies and spawned two international number-one singles, "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space".

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