The 100 Most Popular Songs Of All Time

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Producing a song that excites a wide audience is no easy feat. Millions of songs are released every year and only a fraction of these songs make it into the charts. When a song makes it into the worldwide singles charts, it doesn’t mean commercial success.

Only the fewest songs become real sales hits and bring the performers and producers a nice sum of money.

The three best-selling songs of all time are:

Among the top 6 best-selling songs of all time is no song from the 21st century. Century. The most popular song is by the US singer “Bing Crosby” and is called “White Christmas“.

The Christmas song has been sold over 50 million times according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Far behind in second place is the song “Candle in the Wind” by the British singer Elton John. The ballad was sold over 33 million times. The song is about the life of Marilyn Monroe and the commercial exploitation of the star.

On place 3 follows again singer “Bing Crosby” with his second Christmas song “Silent Night“. People seem to particularly like Christmas songs. 30 million times “Silent Night” went over the counter.

What qualities does a song need to become a bestseller?

The English language is the prerequisite to have any chance at all to become an international hit. Of course, there are exceptions, as the French pop group “Kaoma” proves with their mega-hit “Lambada”. The song sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

Another important point is the mood the song wants to create. Especially popular are songs that people emotionally touch. Love ballads and songs that deal with a message or an important moving topic can develop undreamt-of traction.

Another important point is the Catchiness of the melody. people prefer a song that relies on a simple melody sequence. You can sing along or simply enjoy the rhythm of the melody.

Below we present you the 100 best-selling songs in the world:

Song: Performer: Year: Sales figures: Listen:
White Christmas Bing Crosby 1942 50 Millionen
Candle in the Wind Elton John 1997 33 Millionen
Silent Night Bing Crosby 1935 30 Millionen
In the Summertime Mungo Jerry 1970 30 Millionen
Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1954 25 Millionen
Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) Domenico Modugno 1958 22 Millionen
See You Again Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 2015 20,9 Millionen
I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston 1992 20 Millionen
It’s Now or Never Elvis Presley 1960 20 Millionen
Uptown Funk Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 2014 20 Millionen
We Are the World USA for Africa 1985 20 Millionen
Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran 2014 19,5 Millionen
If I Didn’t Care The Ink Spots 1939 19 Millionen
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 2011 18 Millionen
You’re the One That I Want John Travolta und Olivia Newton-John 1978 15 Millionen
Lambada Kaoma 1989 15 Millionen
I Gotta Feeling The Black Eyed Peas 2009 15 Millionen
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You Bryan Adams 1991 15 Millionen
My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion 1997 15 Millionen
TiK ToK Kesha 2009 15 Millionen
Blurred Lines Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell 2013 14,8 Millionen
Moves like Jagger Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera 2011 14.4 Millionen
Rolling in the Deep Adele 2010 14 Millionen
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor 1978 14 Millionen
Wind of Change Scorpions 1991 14 Millionen
All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey 1994 14 Millionen
Poker Face Lady Gaga 2008 14 Millionen
Party Rock Anthem LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett und GoonRock 2011 14 Millionen
Happy Pharrell Williams 2013 13.9 Millionen
Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars 2010 13.6 Millionen
Sugar Maroon 5 2015 13.5 Millionen
Gangnam Style Psy 2012 13.5 Millionen
Thrift Shop Macklemore und Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz 2012 13.4 Millionen
Dark Horse Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 2013 13.2 Millionen
Lean On Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MØ 2015 13.1 Millionen
Sukiyaki Kyu Sakamoto 1963 13 Millionen
Da Da Da Trio 1981 13 Millionen
Gotye featuring Kimbra Somebody That I Used to Know 2011 13 Millionen
Love the Way You Lie Eminem feat. Rihanna 2010 12.8 Millionen
Love Me like You Do Ellie Goulding 2015 12.6 Millionen
One Dance Drake feat. WizKid und Kyla 2016 12.5 Millionen
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry 1949 12.5 Millionen
Hello Adele 2015 12.3 Millionen
All of Me John Legend 2013 12.3 Millionen
I’m Yours Jason Mraz 2008 12.2 Millionen
Right Round Flo Rida feat. Kesha 2009 12 Millionen
I Want to Hold Your Hand The Beatles 1963 12 Millionen
Time to Say Goodbye Andrea Bocelli und Sarah Brightman 1996 12 Millionen
Y.M.C.A. Village People 1978 12 Millionen
Low Flo Rida feat. T-Pain 2007 12 Millionen
Bad Romance Lady Gaga 2009 12 Millionen
Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid 1984 11.7 Millionen
Love Yourself Justin Bieber 2016 11.7 Millionen
Closer The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey 2016 11.7 Millionen
Wake Me Up Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc 2013 11.1 Millionen
Cheap Thrills Sia feat. Sean Paul 2016 11.1 Millionen
Firework Katy Perry 2010 11 Millionen
Believe Cher 1998 11 Millionen
Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas 1974 11 Millionen
All About That Bass Meghan Trainor 2014 11 Millionen
Rock Your Baby George McCrae 1974 11 Millionen
Paper Doll Mills Brothers 1943 11 Millionen
The Last Farewell Roger Whittaker 1975 11 Millionen
Let It Go Idina Menzel 2014 10.9 Millionen
Sorry Justin Bieber 2016 10.8 Millionen
Boom Boom Pow The Black Eyed Peas 2009 10.8 Millionen
Grenade Bruno Mars 2010 10.6 Millionen
Work Rihanna feat. Drake 2016 10.6 Millionen
We Found Love Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris 2011 10.5 Millionen
7 Years Lukas Graham 2015 10.4 Millionen
Don’t Let Me Down The Chainsmokers feat. Daya 2016 10.2 Millionen
Just Dance Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis 2008 10 Millionen
Fernando ABBA 1976 10 Millionen
Wabash Cannonball Roy Acuff 1942 10 Millionen
Royals Lorde 2013 10 Millionen
Diana Paul Anka 1957 10 Millionen
Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton 1996 10 Millionen
Macarena Los del Río 1995 10 Millionen
Roar Katy Perry 2013 10 Millionen
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep Middle of the Road 1971 10 Millionen
I Took a Pill in Ibiza Mike Posner 2015 10 Millionen
I’m a Believer The Monkees 1966 10 Millionen
Mundian To Bach Ke Panjabi MC 1998 10 Millionen
Stay Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko 2013 10 Millionen
Hips Don’t Lie Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean 2006 10 Millionen
Tennessee Waltz Patti Page 1950 10 Millionen
Earth Angel The Penguins 1954 10 Millionen
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) Shakira feat. Freshlyground 2010 10 Millionen
California Gurls Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg 2010 10 Millionen
Hound Dog Elvis Presley 1956 10 million
A Whiter Shade of Pale Procol Harum 1967 10 Million
Mr. Saxobeat Alexandra Stan 2010 10 million
…Baby One More Time Britney Spears 1998 10 million
The Prayer Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli 1999 10 Million
Someone like You Adele 2011 9.9 million
Just Give Me a Reason Pink feat. Nate Ruess 2013 9.9 million
Stressed Out Twenty One Pilots 2015 9.9 million
Lose Yourself Eminem 2002 9.7 million
We Are Young fun. feat. Janelle Monáe 2011 9.6 million
Timber Pitbull feat. Kesha 2013 9.6 million

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The list of the 100 most commercially successful songs of all time includes digital downloads as well as actually sold records.

These were the 100 most successful songs of all time. Is your favorite song included?

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