This list of the 30 best selling singles in the world reveals three Christmas hits, three charity singles, four film theme songs, novelty records and artists from Japan, Germany, Africa, Italy, Sweden, the UK and US. The English version, with completely different lyrics presents a vision of nostalgia for two veterans reminiscing in old age about a lost battle in which they participated. Released British folk singer Roger Whittaker hosted a radio programme in the UK in , and would invite listeners to send their poems or lyrics in and he would attempt to make songs out of them. Ron A. The Mills Brothers originally known as the Four Kings of Harmony were an African-American jazz and pop vocal quartet who made more than 2, recordings that sold more than 50 million copies. The backing track for the record was recorded in 45 minutes as a demo. The song, which uses the quintessential Oriental riff, a short musical phrase that is used to signify Chinese culture was released as a single in on the cusp of a chopsocky film craze. Lifted from her twenty-second album of the same name, it became her fourth number one single and made Cher the oldest female artist at the age of 52 to perform this feat. Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in reaction to television reports of the — famine in Ethiopia.
The top 30 best selling records ever
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Here, we revisit the ranking's biggest hits of all-time. On Aug. Sixty years later, the chart remains the gold-standard ranking of America's top songs each week. And while what goes into a hit has changed bye, bye jukebox play; hello, streaming!
They're the very top of the pops — the UK's million-selling singles, the tracks that have achieved one million paid-for sales, whether they be physical singles or downloads. It's still a relatively rare feat, with currently only songs making it to seven figures. Not all of them managed to make it to Number 1 — 28 million-sellers never hit the top spot — but they've earned their place in British pop history. Way out in front, with 4. The top selling song released in the 21st century goes to Pharrell Williams' Happy, which is eighth with 1. Cher's Believe, the best-selling song by a female artist, is 17th in the rundown, with 1. Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Relax claims the best-selling debut single by a group 2. Some stars are just greedy and bag more than one million-seller: 22 acts have two or more entries in the list of the UK's all-time bestselling singles. Way out in front, with an astonishing six, are the Beatles, with their top-selling honour going to chart-topper She Loves You, on 1. Rihanna is up next — she appears on four, with We Found Love feat Calvin Harris her biggest, shifting 1.