Top 10 Music Singles of All Time

Let us have a look at the top 10 bestselling music singles from the classics of the 50’s to the successful remakes of the 70’s and 90’s.


1. Candle in the Wind; Elton John; 1997; Copies Sold- 37 million


The song was originally written as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe and was released under the widely acclaimed album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ in 1973. The 1997 remake was a poignant tribute to Princess Diana and was played during the funeral of the Princess.


2. White Christmas; Bing Cosby; 1942; Copies Sold- 30 million

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enowned composer Irving Berlin for the 1942 movie classic Holiday Inn. The heart-tugging classical music is a timeless favorite during Christmas.


3. Rock Around the Clock; Bill Haley and His Comets; 1956; Copies Sold- 17 million


This great rock classic was way ahead of its time during its release in 1956. It seems that audiophiles were not yet ready then for such kind of drastic style that rolled and rattled in total abandon.


4. I Want to Hold Your Hand; The Beatles; 1963; Copies Sold- 12 million


This is one of the signature songs of The Beatles. It is the pre-cursor to the more combative and aggressive musical style that we know of The Beatles.


5. Hey Jude; The Beatles; 1968; Copies Sold- 10 million


If there is a Beatle’s song that will probably endure the test of time; then it has got to be Hey Jude. This song was written by Paul McCartney for the son of John Lennon, Julian.


6. I Will Always Love You; Whitney Houston; 1992; Copies Sold- 10 million


This song has hugged the airwaves from 1992 to 1994. This song was originally composed and performed by the singing legend Dolly Parton.


7. Hound Dog; Elvis Presley; 1956; Copies Sold- 9 million


Yes, you are right about it? Elvis Presley is surely one of our top ten artists. This song has single-handedly catapulted him to super stardom status.


8. Diana; Paul Anka; 1957; Copies Sold- 9 million


This is a musical classic of the then teen idol Paul Anka.


9. I’m a Believer, The Monkees; 1966; Copies Sold- 8 million


This may come as a surprise to many especially for those who consider The Monkees being of lesser talent than most of their counterparts.


10. (Everything I Do) I Do it for You; Bryan Adams; 1991; Copies Sold- 8 million


This popular song of Bryan Adams was part of the Robin Hood soundtrack and was a top favorite in the airwaves during the 90’s.


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  1. Michelle

    (Everything I Do) I Do it for You, by Bryan Adams was originally released on his album “waking up the neighbours” it has also sold over 25M.

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