The 25 best-selling music singles of all time

The best-selling singles of all time are heavy on pop, but not a whole lot outside of that. Rock, country, and rap are scattered throughout, but are largely missing from the top 25.

Among the RIAA’s (Recording Industry Association of America) biggest singles ever, Eminem and Katy Perry are the most popular artists, with three songs each in the top 25. Ed Sheeran, though, claimed the top spot with “Thinking Out Loud.”

We put together RIAA’s data on the 25 best-selling singles of all time, which is based on certified units sold in the US.


25. Black Eyed Peas — “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)

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Certified units: 10 million


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24. Robin Thicke — “Blurred Lines” (2013)

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Certified units: 10 million


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23. OneRepublic — “Counting Stars” (2013)

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Certified units: 10 million


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22. Meghan Trainor — “All About That Bass” (2014)

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Certified units: 10 million


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21. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz — “Thrift Shop” (2012)

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Certified units: 10 million


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20. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee — “Despacito” (2017)

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Certified units: 10 million


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19. Lorde — “Royals” (2013)

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Certified units: 10 million


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18. LMFAO — “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)

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Certified units: 10 million


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17. Lady Gaga — “Poker Face” (2009)

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Certified units: 10 million


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16. Katy Perry — “Roar” (2013)

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Certified units: 10 million


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15. Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive” (2012)

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Certified units: 10 million


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14. Eminem — “Not Afraid” (2010)

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Certified units: 10 million


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13. Eminem — “Lose Yourself” (2002)

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Certified units: 10 million


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12. Ed Sheeran — “Shape of You” (2017)

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Certified units: 10 million


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11. Carly Rae Jepsen — “Call Me Maybe” (2012)

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Certified units: 10 million


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10. Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are” (2010)

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Certified units: 10 million


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9. Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk” (2014)

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Certified units: 11 million


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8. Lady Gaga — “Bad Romance” (2009)

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Certified units: 11 million


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7. Katy Perry — “Dark Horse” (2014)

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Certified units: 11 million

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6. Katy Perry — “Firework” (2010)

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Certified units: 11 million


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5. Florida Georgia Line — “Cruise” (2012)

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Certified units: 11 million


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4. Elton John — “Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight” (1997)

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Certified units: 11 million


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3. Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris — “Baby” (2010)

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Certified units: 12 million


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2. Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie” (2010)

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Certified units: 12 million


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1. Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud” (2014)

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Certified units: 12 million


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