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List of best-selling singles in the United States

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

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] The current formula since February 1, 2016 is 150 on-demand streams = 1 song download.[2]
  • 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).

Contents

RecordsEdit

Over 25 million copies (in North America)Edit

 
Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" is the best-selling physical 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[3] 25,000,000

Over 10 million copiesEdit

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran ~12,000,000[4] ~12,000,000
"Love the Way You Lie" Eminem featuring Rihanna ~12,000,000[4] ~12,000,000
"Baby" Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris ~12,000,000[4] ~12,000,000
"Candle in the Wind 1997" Elton John ~11,000,000[5] ~11,000,000
"Cruise" Florida Georgia Line ~11,000,000[4] ~11,000,000
"Dark Horse" Katy Perry featuring Juicy J ~11,000,000[4] ~11,000,000
"Firework" Katy Perry ~11,000,000[4] ~11,000,000
"Bad Romance" Lady Gaga ~11,000,000[4] ~11,000,000
"Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars ~11,000,000[4] ~11,000,000
"Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Shape of You" Ed Sheeran ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Not Afraid" Eminem ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Lose Yourself" Eminem ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Radioactive" Imagine Dragons ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Roar" Katy Perry ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Poker Face" Lady Gaga ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Despacito" Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Royals" Lorde ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Thrift Shop" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"All About That Bass" Meghan Trainor ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Counting Stars" OneRepublic ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Eye of the Tiger" Survivor ~2,000,000[6] ~8,000,000[6] ~10,000,000
"I Gotta Feeling" The Black Eyed Peas ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"Closer" The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000
"See You Again" Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth ~10,000,000[4] ~10,000,000

Over 8 million copiesEdit

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"We Are Young" fun. featuring Janelle Monáe ~9,000,000[4] ~9,000,000
"I'm Yours" Jason Mraz ~9,000,000[4] ~9,000,000
"Need You Now" Lady Antebellum ~9,000,000[4] ~9,000,000
"Moves like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera ~9,000,000[4] ~9,000,000
"Congratulations" Post Malone featuring Quavo ~9,000,000[4] ~9,000,000
"We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris ~9,000,000[4] ~9,000,000
"Shake It Off" Taylor Swift ~9,000,000[4] ~9,000,000
"The Hills" The Weeknd ~9,000,000[4] ~9,000,000
"Rolling in the Deep" Adele ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Grenade" Bruno Mars ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"When I Was Your Man" Bruno Mars ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"God's Plan" Drake ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Perfect" Ed Sheeran ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Low" Flo Rida featuring T-Pain ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye featuring Kimbra ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Let It Go" Idina Menzel ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Sorry" Justin Bieber ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Stronger" Kanye West ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"California Gurls" Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"E.T." Katy Perry featuring Kanye West ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Tik Tok" Kesha ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"All of Me" John Legend ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Just Dance" Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Sugar" Maroon 5 ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Super Bass" Nicki Minaj ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Rockstar" Post Malone featuring 21 Savage ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Stay with Me" Sam Smith ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Dynamite" Taio Cruz ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Blank Space" Taylor Swift ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"Love Story" Taylor Swift ~8,000,000[4] ~8,000,000
"I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston ~4,000,000[7] ~4,000,000[7] ~8,000,000

Over 7 million copiesEdit

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen ~500,000[8] ~7,000,000[8] ~7,500,000
"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Gene Autry 7,000,000[9] 7,000,000
"Hello" Adele ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Meant to Be" Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Locked Out of Heaven" Bruno Mars ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Fuck You!" CeeLo Green ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"A Thousand Years" Christina Perri ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Some Nights" fun. ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Fancy" Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Gold Digger" Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Hot n Cold" Katy Perry ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Teenage Dream" Katy Perry ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Payphone" Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Thriller" Michael Jackson ~1,000,000[10] ~6,000,000[10] ~7,000,000
"Party in the U.S.A." Miley Cyrus ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Fireflies" Owl City ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Happy" Pharrell Williams ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Stay" Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"I Knew You Were Trouble" Taylor Swift ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"You Belong with Me" Taylor Swift ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"If I Die Young" The Band Perry ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Can't Feel My Face" The Weeknd ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Starboy" The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000
"Stressed Out" Twenty One Pilots ~7,000,000[4] ~7,000,000

Over 6 million copiesEdit

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas 6,900,000[11] 6,900,000
"Hey, Soul Sister" Train 6,417,000[12] 6,417,000
"Apologize" Timbaland featuring OneRepublic 6,000,000[13] 6.000,000
"Say Something" A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Wake Me Up!" Avicii ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Sail" AWOLNATION ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Airplanes" B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Forever" Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem ~6,000,000[14] ~6,000,000
"Right Round" Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Pumped Up Kicks" Foster the People ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Down" Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"I Won't Give Up" Jason Mraz ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Heartless" Kanye West ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Can't Hold Us" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"One More Night" Maroon 5 ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Paper Doll" Mills Brothers ~6,000,000[15] ~6,000,000
"Starships" Nicki Minaj ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Let Her Go" Passenger ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"The Tennessee Waltz" Patti Page ~6,000,000[15] ~6,000,000'
"Give Me Everything" Pitbull featuring Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Timber" Pitbull featuring Kesha ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"We Will Rock You" Queen ~2,000,000[16] ~4,000,000[17] ~6,000,000
"Disturbia" Rihanna ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Umbrella" Rihanna featuring Jay-Z ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000
"Chicken Fried" Zac Brown Band ~6,000,000[4] ~6,000,000

Over 5 million copiesEdit

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Empire State of Mind" Jay Z and Alicia Keys 5,513,000[18] 5,513,000
"Home" Phillip Phillips 5,288,000[19] 5,288,000
"Ho Hey" The Lumineers 5,100,000[20] 5,100,000
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" Soulja Boy 5,080,000[21] 5,080,000
"Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" Elvis Presley 5,000,000[22] 5,000,000
"That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" Gene Autry 5,000,000[23] 5,000,000
"Ballad of the Green Berets" Barry Sadler 5,000,000[24] 5,000,000
"Dardanella" Ben Selvin ~5,000,000[15] ~5,000,000
"My Blue Heaven" Gene Austin ~5,000,000[15] ~5,000,000
"Someone Like You" Adele ~5,000,000[4] ~5,000,000
"Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood ~5,000,000[4] ~5,000,000
"Look at Me Now" Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes ~5,000,000[4] ~5,000,000
"Lights" Ellie Goulding ~5,000,000[4] ~5,000,000
"Good Feeling" Flo Rida ~5,000,000[4] ~5,000,000
"Demons" Imagine Dragons ~5,000,000[4] ~5,000,000
"We R Who We R" Kesha ~5,000,000[4] ~5,000,000
"Raise Your Glass" P!nk ~5,000,000[4] ~5,000,000
"Gangnam Style" Psy ~5,000,000[4] ~5,000,000
"Another One Bites the Dust" Queen ~1,000,000[25] ~4,000,000[25] ~5,000,000

Over 4 million copiesEdit

Song Artist(s)/Group Detailed sales Total sales
Physical Downloads
"Set Fire to the Rain" Adele 4,958,000[26] 4,958,000
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Kelly Clarkson 4,954,000[27] 4,954,000
"SexyBack" Justin Timberlake 4,900,000[28] 4,494,000
"What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction 4,888,000[29] 4,888,000
"OMG" Usher featuring will.i.am 4,719,000[30] 4,719,000
"How to Save a Life" The Fray 4,700,000[31] 4,700,000
"Live Your Life" T.I. featuring Rihanna 4,700,000[32] 4,700,000
"Bleeding Love" Leona Lewis 4,700,000[33] 4,700,000
"Lollipop" Lil Wayne 4,639,000[34] 4,639,000
"So What" P!nk 4,624,000[35] 4,624,000
"Yeah!" Usher 4,611,142[36] 4,611,142
"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" Los del Río 4,600,000[37] 4,600,000
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Marvin Gaye 4,000,000[38][39] 568,000[40] 4,568,000
"Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye 3,000,000[41] 1,491,000[40] 4,491,000
"Just Give Me a Reason" P!nk featuring Nate Ruess 4,405,000[42] 4,405,000
"Whatever You Like" T.I. 4,401,000[43] 4,401,000
"I'm a Believer" The Monkees 4,000,000[44] 364,000[45] 4,364,000
"Born This Way" Lady Gaga 40,000[46] 4,300,000[47] 4,340,000
"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" Usher featuring Pitbull 4,198,000[48] 4,198,000
"Talk Dirty" Jason Derulo 4,190,000[49] 4,190,000
"Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" Bryan Adams 4,100,000[50] 4,100,000
"I Like It" Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull 4,081,000[48] 4,081,000
"Dirt Road Anthem" Jason Aldean 4,027,000[51] 4,027,000
"Big Girls Don't Cry" Fergie 4,000,000[48] 4,000,000
"Gives You Hell" The All-American Rejects 4,000,000[52] 4,000,000
"Harper Valley PTA" Jeannie C. Riley 4,000,000[53] 4,000,000
"Hey Jude" The Beatles ~4,000,000[54] ~4,000,000
"Hotel California" Eagles ~1,000,000[55] 3,000,000[56] ~4,000,000
"Just a Dream" Nelly 4,000,000[57] 4,000,000
"Le Freak" Chic 4,000,000[39][58] 4,000,000
"I'll Be There" The Jackson 5 4,000,000[39] 4,000,000
"Let It Rock" Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne 4,000,000[59] 4,000,000
"Like a G6" Far East Movement featuring Dev and The Cataracs 4,000,000[52] 4,000,000
"Love is Blue" Paul Mauriat 4,000,000[60] 4,000,000
"No One" Alicia Keys 4,000,000[18] 4,000,000
"On the Floor" Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull 200,000 3,800,000[61] ~4,000,000
"Paper Planes" M.I.A. 4,000,000[62] 4,000,000
"Replay" Iyaz 4,000,000[63] 4,000,000
"Whatcha Say" Jason Derulo 4,000,000[18] 4,000,000
"Whoomp! (There It Is)" Tag Team ~4,000,000[64] ~4,000,000
"You Light Up My Life" Debbie Boone 4,000,000[65] 4,000,000
"Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 4,000,000+[66][67][68][69] 4,000,000
"Summertime Sadness" Lana Del Rey 4,000,000[70] 4,000,000
"Get Lucky" Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams ~4,000,000[71] ~4,000,000
"SAD!" XXXTentacion ~4,000,000[72] ~4,000,000
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Beyoncé ~4,000,000[4] ~4,000,000
"Hey There Delilah" Plain White T's ~4,000,000[4] ~4,000,000
"We Are the World" USA for Africa ~4,000,000[73] ~4,000,000
"Beat It" Michael Jackson ~4,000,000[74] ~4,000,000

AchievementsEdit

  • Rihanna was named the Hot Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade.[75]
  • Rihanna is currently RIAA's top awarded singles artist and became the first artist to cross 100 million cumulative singles sales in 2015. She held the title as the only artist with over 100 million cumulative singles sales from July 2015 until June 2017 when Taylor Swift crossed the mark as well.[76][77][78]
  • After his sudden death, Michael Jackson became the first artist in digital history to sell one million downloads in a week, with a record-breaking 2.6 million downloads of his songs.[79]
  • Katy Perry is the only artist to top the 5 million mark with six songs—"Hot n Cold", "California Gurls", "Firework", "E.T.", "Roar" and "Dark Horse".[80][81] In October 2015, Perry also became the first artist to top the 6 million mark with three different songs.[82]
  • Lady Gaga's debut single "Just Dance" is the best-selling debut single by any artist in the United States, with over 7.2 million copies sold as of February 2018. Gaga is also the first and only artist to pass 7 million downloads with two songs, with "Just Dance" and "Poker Face".
  • 2012 was the first year in which three songs sold over 6 million downloads (Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know", Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe", and fun.'s "We Are Young").

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