Nothing can help make memories like good music, this is why we add so much value to a good song. It can light up a moment or experience like nothing else. This has led to certain songs becoming so popular that a band or artist can become globally known by just one good single.
Let’s take a look at the best-selling music singles of all time to see which songs get crowned as the best ever.
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1. Bing Crosby – White Christmas
Being one of only eight singles to reach more than 15 million copies sold, and also not the only single that Bing Crosby has on his list of top 8 to reach 15 million. White Christmas was released in 1942 and tops the list with a staggering 50 million in sales. This is by far the single with the most copies sold, beating the second single by over 17 million sales.
Bing Crosby has a music career of over 50 years and his total record sales reach more than 1 billion. He was a true pioneer and is known for creating the music style that would be followed by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
2. Elton John – Something About the Way You Look Tonight
Elton John was probably the biggest music star of the 1970s and his hit single Something About the Way You Look Tonight was one of the bests of all time. The single was released in 1997 sold 33 million copies worldwide, becoming the second best-selling single of all time.
3. Bing Crosby – Silent Night
The other Christmas pop song by Bing Crosby reached 30 million in sales and was released in 1935, a few years before White Christmas. Amazingly both these songs are still very popular today and they make up a big part of modern Christmas culture and tradition.
4. Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock Around the Clock
A 1954 rock and roll classic. Rock Around the Clock reached 25 million in sales worldwide and was one of the most popular groups at the time.
5. USA for Africa – We Are the World
A beautiful moment in human history when We Are the World has released to raise awareness as well as raise funds for the poor in Africa. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and then performed for the first time by USA for Africa. The single reached over 20 million in sales.
6. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
The only song on the list from the 21st century is Shape of you by Ed Sheeran. Quite the accomplishment for the 2017 single to be amongst the biggest singles of all time. Shape of You hit top of the charts worldwide and managed to make 19 million in sales.