List of best-selling singles in the United States

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With estimated sales of over 25 million copies, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is the highest selling single in the United States.

This is a list of best-selling singles in the United States, some of which have been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). All of these singles have sold over four million copies according to either reliable third-party claims or multi-platinum certifications. In music, a single is a song considered commercially viable enough by the artist and record company to be released separately from an album, usually featured on an album as well. For more information, see single.

  • The RIAA certifies a record only if that record company pays for its official certification; some companies do not consider this an important distinction and will not request certifications unless pressed by its active, still saleable artists. A full and complete list of RIAA-certified recordings would be a very incomplete list of popular American music.
  • The RIAA only certifies a particular recording of a song. Remixes, live and other versions count as separate.
  • Prior to 1989, physical singles were awarded with a Gold certification for shipments of 1,000,000 units and a Platinum certification for shipments of 2,000,000 units. For certification dates since January 1, 1989, a Gold award represented shipments of 500,000 units and a Platinum award represented shipments of 1,000,000 units.
  • Since May 9, 2013, RIAA certifications for singles in the "digital" category include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[1]
  • Physical sales figures backed by RIAA certifications may be inaccurate as physical singles can be "overcertified" (sell less copies than were shipped to stores) or "undercertified" (sell beyond their current certification level and not receive a new certification).

Records

Over 25 million copies (in North America)

Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" is the best-selling single in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991.
Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"White Christmas" Bing Crosby 25,000,000[2] 25,000,000

Over 8 million copies

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Candle in the Wind 1997" Elton John 8,839,000[3] 8,839,000
"I Gotta Feeling" The Black Eyed Peas 8,700,000[4] 8,700,000
"Rolling in the Deep" Adele 8,444,000[5][6] 8,444,000
"Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock 8,100,000[7] 8,100,000
"We Are the World" USA for Africa ~8,000,000[8] 8,000,000

Over 7 million copies

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye featuring Kimbra 7,900,000[7] 7,900,000
"Radioactive" Imagine Dragons 7,800,000[7] 7,800,000
"Thrift Shop" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz 7,740,000[5] 7,740,000
"Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen 7,600,000[9] 7,600,000
"Don't Stop Believin'" Journey 1,000,000[10] 6,400,000[11] 7,400,000
"Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams 7,380,000[5] 7,380,000
"Poker Face" Lady Gaga 7,250,000[7] 7,250,000
"Just Dance" Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis 7,010,000[7] 7,010,000
"Firework" Katy Perry 7,000,000[7][12] 7,000,000
"Low" Flo Rida featuring T-Pain 7,000,000[13] 7,000,000
"Cruise" Florida Georgia Line 7,000,000[14] 7,000,000
"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Gene Autry 7,000,000[15] 7,000,000

Over 6 million copies

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Happy" Pharrell Williams 6,900,000[16] 6,900,000
"Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas 6,900,000[7] 6,900,000
"I'm Yours" Jason Mraz 6,837,000[17] 6,837,000
"We Are Young" fun. featuring Janelle Monae 6,830,000[18] 6,830,000
"Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars 6,700,000[7][19] 6,700,000
"Lose Yourself" Eminem 6,700,000[7] 6,700,000
"Moves like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera 6,700,000[5] 6,700,000
"Tik Tok" Kesha 6,669,000[20] 6,669,000
"I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston 4,591,000[21] 2,016,000[21] 6,607,000
"Love the Way You Lie" Eminem featuring Rihanna 6,500,000[7][22] 6,500,000
"Hey, Soul Sister" Train 6,417,000[23] 6,417,000
"Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO 6,400,000[7][24] 6,400,000
"Need You Now" Lady Antebellum 6,270,000[25] 6,270,000
"Viva la Vida" Coldplay 6,131,000[23] 6,131,000
"Roar" Katy Perry 6,110,000[7] 6,110,000
"Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 6,100,000[26] 6,100,000
"Grenade" Bruno Mars 6,100,000[7][27] 6,100,000
"Eye of the Tiger" Survivor ~2,000,000[28] 4,100,000[11] ~6,100,000
"Dark Horse" Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 6,080,000[7] 6,080,000
"Someone Like You" Adele 6,057,000[6][29] 6,057,000
"Apologize" Timbaland featuring OneRepublic 6,000,000[30] 6.000,000
"Dynamite" Taio Cruz 6,000,000[31] 6,000,000
"Fuck You!" CeeLo Green 6,000,000[32] 6,000,000
"Paper Doll" Mills Brothers ~6,000,000[33] ~6,000,000
"The Tennessee Waltz" Patti Page ~6,000,000[33] ~6,000,000

Over 5 million copies

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Royals" Lorde 5,900,000[34] 5,900,000
"Love Story" Taylor Swift 5,800,000[35] 5,800,000
"E.T." Katy Perry featuring Kanye West 5,800,000[36] 5,800,000
"California Gurls" Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg 5,700,000[36] 5,700,000
"Hot n Cold" Katy Perry 5,600,000[36] 5,600,000
"Right Round" Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha 5,572,000[37] 5,572,000
"Bad Romance" Lady Gaga 5,570,000,[7] 5,570,000
"Party in the U.S.A." Miley Cyrus 5,542,000[38] 5,542,000
"Empire State of Mind" Jay Z and Alicia Keys 5,513,000[13] 5,513,000
"Payphone" Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa 5,510,000[39] 5,510,000
"All of Me" John Legend 5,500,000[16] 5,500,000
"Sail" AWOLNATION 5,500,000[40] 5,500,000
"We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 5,400,000[22] 5,400,000
"Counting Stars" OneRepublic 5,300,000[41] 5,300,000
"Home" Phillip Phillips 5,288,000[42] 5,288,000
"Pumped Up Kicks" Foster the People 5,173,000[43] 5,173,000
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" Soulja Boy 5,080,000[44] 5,080,000
"Stronger" Kanye West 5,014,000[45] 5,014,000
"Super Bass" Nicki Minaj 5,000,000[46] 5,000,000
"Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" Elvis Presley 5,000,000[47] 5,000,000
"I Knew You Were Trouble" Taylor Swift 5,000,000[35] 5,000,000
"Not Afraid" Eminem 5,000,000[48] 5,000,000
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Beyoncé 5,000,000[49] 5,000,000
"Some Nights" fun. 5,000,000[50] 5,000,000
"That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" Gene Autry 5,000,000[51] 5,000,000
"Ballad of the Green Berets" Barry Sadler 5,000,000[52] 5,000,000
"Dardanella" Ben Selvin ~5,000,000[33] ~5,000,000
"My Blue Heaven" Gene Austin ~5,000,000[33] ~5,000,000

Over 4 million copies

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Set Fire to the Rain" Adele 4,958,000[6] 4,958,000
"Give Me Everything" Pitbull featuring Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo 4,874,000[20] 4,874,000
"Disturbia" Rihanna 4,800,000[22] 4,800,000
"Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen ~1,000,000[53] 3,800,000[11] ~4,800,000
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson 4,787,000[42] 4,787,000
"What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction 4,750,000[54] 4,750,000
"If I Die Young" The Band Perry 4,740,000[25] 4,740,000
"OMG" Usher featuring will.i.am 4,719,000[55] 4,719,000
"When I Was Your Man" Bruno Mars 4,700,000[56] 4,700,000
"How to Save a Life" The Fray 4,700,000[11] 4,700,000
"Teenage Dream" Katy Perry 4,700,000[36][57] 4,700,000
"Live Your Life" T.I. featuring Rihanna 4,700,000[22] 4,700,000
"Bleeding Love" Leona Lewis 4,700,000[58] 4,700,000
"Fireflies" Owl City 4,648,000[59] 4,648,000
"Lollipop" Lil Wayne 4,639,000[60] 4,639,000
"One More Night" Maroon 5 4,635,000[39] 4,635,000
"So What" P!nk 4,624,000[61] 4,624,000
"Thriller" Michael Jackson ~1,000,000[62] 3,600,000[63] ~4,600,000
"I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry 4,600,000[36] 4,600,000
"All About That Bass" Meghan Trainor 4,595,000[64] 4,595,000
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Marvin Gaye 4,000,000[65] 568,000[66] 4,568,000
"Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran 4,530,000[67] 4,530,000
"Rockstar" Nickelback 4,500,000[11] 4,500,000
"Starships" Nicki Minaj 4,500,000[46] 4,500,000
"You Belong with Me" Taylor Swift 4,500,000[35] 4,500,000
"SexyBack" Justin Timberlake 4,494,000[68] 4,494,000
"Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye 3,000,000[69] 1,491,000[66] 4,491,000
"Stay" Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 4,480,000[22] 4,480,000
"Hey There Delilah" Plain White T's 4,476,000[70] 4,476,000
"Umbrella" Rihanna featuring Jay-Z 4,470,000[22] 4,470,000
"Chicken Fried" Zac Brown Band 4,461,000[71] 4,461,000
"Just Give Me a Reason" P!nk featuring Nate Ruess 4,405,000[56] 4,405,000
"Whatever You Like" T.I. 4,401,000[27] 4,401,000
"Can't Hold Us" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton 4,383,000[56] 4,383,000
"Ho Hey" Lumineers 4,369,000[72] 4,369,000
"Locked Out of Heaven" Bruno Mars 4,366,000[27] 4,366,000
"Lights" Ellie Goulding 4,300,000[73] 4,300,000
"Use Somebody" Kings of Leon 4,300,000[11] 4,300,000
"Take Me to Church" Hozier 4,270,000[67] 4,270,000
"Timber" Pitbull featuring Kesha 4,260,000[74] 4,260,000
"Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood 4,200,000[42][75] 4,200,000
"Fancy" Iggy Azalea 4,200,000[16] 4,200,000
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What a Wonderful World" Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 4,200,000[76] 4,200,000
"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" Usher featuring Pitbull 4,198,000[20] 4,198,000
"Talk Dirty" Jason Derulo 4,190,000[77] 4,190,000
"Another One Bites the Dust" Queen 3,000,000[78] 1,156,000[79] 4,156,000
"Raise Your Glass" P!nk 4,126,000[80] 4,126,000
"Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" Bryan Adams 4,100,000[81] 4,100,000
"Stay with Me" Sam Smith 4,100,000[82] 4,100,000
"Demons" Imagine Dragons 4,100,000[11] 4,100,000
"Heartless" Kanye West 4,100,000[83] 4,100,000
"I Like It" Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull 4,081,000[20] 4,081,000
"Wake Me Up!" Avicii 4,060,000[84] 4,060,000
"Born This Way" Lady Gaga 4,050,000[7] 4,050,000
"We R Who We R" Kesha 4,047,000[20] 4,047,000
"Dirt Road Anthem" Jason Aldean 4,027,000[34] 4,027,000
"Shake It Off" Taylor Swift 4,000,000[85] 4,000,000
"Airplanes" B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams 4,000,000[86] 4,000,000
"Big Girls Don't Cry" Fergie 4,000,000[20] 4,000,000
"Down" Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne 4,000,000[87] 4,000,000
"Gangnam Style" Psy 4,000,000[88] 4,000,000
"Gives You Hell" The All-American Rejects 4,000,000[89] 4,000,000
"Good Feeling" Flo Rida 4,000,000[37] 4,000,000
"Harper Valley PTA" Jeannie C. Riley 4,000,000[90] 4,000,000
"Hey Jude" The Beatles ~4,000,000[91] ~4,000,000
"Hotel California" Eagles ~1,000,000[92] 3,000,000[93] ~4,000,000
"I Won't Give Up" Jason Mraz 4,000,000[17] 4,000,000
"Just a Dream" Nelly 4,000,000[94] 4,000,000
"Le Freak" Chic 4,000,000[95] 4,000,000
"Let Her Go" Passenger 4,000,000[96] 4,000,000
"Let It Rock" Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne 4,000,000[97] 4,000,000
"Like a G6" Far East Movement featuring Dev and The Cataracs 4,000,000[89] 4,000,000
"Love is Blue" Paul Mauriat 4,000,000[98] 4,000,000
"Look at Me Now" Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes 4,000,000[34] 4,000,000
"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" Los del Río ~4,000,000[99] ~4,000,000
"No One" Alicia Keys 4,000,000[13] 4,000,000
"Paper Planes" M.I.A. 4,000,000[100] 4,000,000
"Replay" Iyaz 4,000,000[101] 4,000,000
"Say Something" A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera 4,000,000[102] 4,000,000
"Whatcha Say" Jason Derulo 4,000,000[13] 4,000,000
"Whoomp! (There It Is)" Tag Team ~4,000,000[103] ~4,000,000
"Yeah!" Usher 4,000,000[100] 4,000,000
"You Light Up My Life" Debbie Boone 4,000,000[104] 4,000,000

Best-selling single by year

This is a list of the best-selling songs in the United States since 1992. From 1992 through 2004, the numbers are for physical singles. From 2005 onwards, they are for digital songs.[105]

Physical singles

Digital singles

Top ten best-selling artists

Digital songs
  1. Rihanna – 75,900,000[112]
  2. Taylor Swift – 70,600,000[113]
  3. Katy Perry – 49,897,000[57]
  4. Jay Z – 49,200,000[112]
  5. Lady Gaga – 47,349,000[7]
  6. Beyoncé – 46,200,000[112]
  7. Glee Cast - 45,000,000[114]
  8. Kanye West – 45,000,000[112]
  9. The Black Eyed Peas – 42,405,000[115]
  10. Eminem – 42,290,000[115]
  11. Chris Brown - 41,300,000[116]

Based on reliable sources like Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan's year end report wherever available.[115][117]

Achievements

See also

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