The 7 Best-Selling Singles In The World

By on April 26, 2012 in ArticlesEntertainment

Producing a great song that stands the test of time is no easy feat. Many attempt it, but few are able to capture the required ratio of genuine emotion, wide demographic appeal, and a little bit of luck that create a top-selling hit. Here are seven examples of songs that did it right—with three songs tied for fifth place, these are the five all-time, best-selling singles across the globe.

5. "It's Now or Never," Elvis Presley

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Year released: 1960

Sales: 20 million copies

5. "We Are the World," USA for Africa

Year released: 1985

Sales: 20 million copies

5. "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston

Year released: 1992

Sales: 20 million copies

4. "Rock Around the Clock," Billy Haley & His Comets

Year released: 1954

Sales: 25 million copies

3. "Silent Night," Bing Crosby

Year released: 1935

Sales: 30 million copies

2. "Candle in the Wind 1997" and "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John

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Year released: 1997

Sales: 33 million copies

1. "White Christmas," Bing Crosby

Year released: 1942

Sales: 50 million copies