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Biggest-selling singles in America in the 1950s

And for the next installment,it’s the 1950s.

Rank Title Artist Year
20 Young Love Tab  Hunter 1957
19 The Battle of New Orleans Johnny Horton 1959
18 April Love Pat Boone 1957
17 Memories Are Made of This Dean Martin 1955
16 The Yellow Rose of Texas Mitch Miller 1955
15 The Poor People of Paris Les Baxter & Orchestra 1956
14 Rock And Roll Waltz Kay Starr 1955
13 Love is a Many Splendored Thing Four Aces feat Al Alberts 1955
12 At The Hop Danny & The Juniors 1957
11 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Elvis Presley 1957
10 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley 1958
9 Love Letter in the Sand Pat Boone 1957
8 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 1956
7 Sixteen Tons Tennessee Ernie Ford 1955
6 The Wayward Wind Gogi Grant 1956
5 (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock Bill Haley & His Comets 1955
4 All Shook Up Elvis Presley 1957
3 Mack The Knife Bobby Darin 1959
2 Siinging The Blues Guy Mitchell 1956
1 Don’t Be Cruel / Houng Dog Elvis Presley 1956

Biggest-selling singles in America in the 2000s

Fourth week on this theme and this week it’s the 2000s.

Rank Title Artist Year
20 Crazy In love Beyonce feat Jay-Z 2003
19 Burn Usher 2004
18 Candy Shop 50 Cent 2005
17 Baby Boy Beyonce feat Sean Paul 2003
16 In Da Club 50 Cent 2003
15 Hey Ya Outkast 2003
14 Tik Tok Ke$ha 2009
13 Let Me Love You Mario 2005
12 Irreplaceable Beyonce 2006
11 Foolish Ashanti 2002
10 Maria Maria Santana feat The Product G.B. 2000
9 Dilemma Nelly feat Kelly Rowland 2002
8 Gold Digger Kanye West feat Jamie Foxx 2005
7 Low Flo Rida feat T-Pain 2008
6 Independent Women (part 1) Destiny’s Child 2000
5 Lose Yourself Eminem 2002
4 Boom Boom Pow Black Eyed Peas 2009
3 Yeah! Usher feat Lil’ Jon and Ludacris 2004
2 I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas 2009
1 We Belong Together Mariah Carey 2005

Biggest-selling singles in America in the 1990s

Third week on this theme and this week it’s the 90s.

Rank Title Artist Year
20 Get Back Beatles 1969
19 Can’t Help Falling In Love UB40 1993
18 Take A Bow Madonna 1994
17 Waterfalls TLC 1995
16 Tha Crossroads Bone Thungs-N-Harmony 1996
15 Jump Kriss Kross 1992
14 That’s The Way Love Goes Janet Jackson 1993
13 Dreamlover Mariah Carey 1993
12 Fantasy Mariah Carey 1995
11 I’ll Be Missing You Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat 112 1997
10 I Swear All-4-One 1994
9 Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton 1996
8 Smooth Santana feat Rob Thomas 1999
7 The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica 1998
6 End of The Road Boyz II Men 1992
5 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston 1992
4 Candle In The Wind 97 / Somrthing About The Way you Look Tonight Elton John 1997
3 I’ll Make Love To You Boyz II Men 1994
2 Macarena Los Del Rio 1996
1 One Sweet Day Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men 1995

Biggest-selling singles in America in the 1960s

Following on from last week top 20 best-sellers of the 1980, this week it’s the 60s.

Rank Title Artist Year
20 Get Back Beatles 1969
19 People Got To Be Free The Rascals 1968
18 Cathy’s Clown Everly Brothers 1960
17 To Sir With Love Lulu 1967
16 Honey Bobby Goldsboro 1968
15 Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs 1963
14 Big Bad John Jimmy Dean 1961
13 Big Girls Don’t Cry Four Seasons 1962
12 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat 1968
11 I Can’t Stop Loving You Ray Charles 1962
10 It’s Now Or Never Elvis Presley 1960
9 In The Year 2525 Zager & Evans 1969
8 Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley 1961
7 Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In 5th Dimension 1969
6 I Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gaye 1969
5 I’m A Believer Monkees 1967
4 I Want To Hold your Band Beatles 1963
3 Tossin’ And Turnin’ Bobby Lewis 1961
2 Theme From A Summer Place Percy Faith & His Orchestra 1960
1 Hey Jude Beatles 1968

Biggest-selling singles in America in the 1980s

This week’s piece came as a suggestion from Marc Randolph who asked me to list the top 10 best-selling singles of the 1980s in America. Not 10 minutes later came another email saying, “whilst you’re about it, how about the top 10 from each decade.” So, I’ll do this over the next few weeks, but I’ve extended it to a top 20 and I’ll start with the initial suggestion of the 80s. Here goes…

Rank Title Artist Year
20 All Night Long (All Night) Lionel Richie 1983
19 Say You Say Me Lionel Richie 1985
18 Billie Jean Michael Jackson 1983
17 Abracadabra Steve Miller Band 1982
16 Upside Down Diana Ross 1980
15 That’s What Friends Are For Dionne & Friends 1986
14 Ebony & Ivory Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder 1982
13 I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 1982
12 (Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon 1980
11 Centerfold J. Geils Band 1982
10 Lady Kenny Rogers 1980
9 Call Me Blondie 1980
8 Say Say Say Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson 1983
7 Another One Bites The Dust Queen 1980
6 Flashdance…What A Feeling Irene Cara 1983
5 Every Breath You Take The Police 1983
4 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor 1982
3 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 1981
2 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 1981
1 Physical Olivia Newton-John 1981

Best-selling albums in various countries

Here is a list of 35 countries around the world and the best-selling album in that country.

Country Year of release Title Artist
China 2020 Light Xiao Zhan
Argentina 1991 Luis Miguel Romance
Australia 1977 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf
Austria 1982 Thriller Michael Jackson
Brazil 1988 Músicas para Louvar ao Senhor Father Marcelo Rossi
Canada 1982 Thriller Michael Jackson
Chili 1993 Illapu En estos día
Croatia 1991 Da mi te zaljubit’ u mene Magazin
Finland 1995 Jari Sillanpää Jari Sillanpää
France 1995 Celine Dion D’eux
Germany 2002 Mensch Herbert Grönemeyer
India 2007 Aap ka Surror Himesh
Indonesia 1990 Nike Ardilla Bintang Kehidupan
Ireland 1998 White Ladder David Gray
Italy 1985 Claudio Baglioni La vita è adesso
Japan 1999 First Love Hikaru Utada
Malaysia 1996 Puji-Pujian Raihan
Mexico 1984 Las mañanitas Pedro Infante
New Zealand 1975 The Best of ABBA ABBA
Philippines 1990 Christmas in Our Hearts Jose Mari Chan
Portugal 1990 Mingos & Os Samurais Rui Veloso
South Korea 2020 Map of the Soul: 7 BTS
Spain 1997 Alejandro Sanz Más
Switzerland 1992 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA
Taiwan 1993 The Goodbye Kiss Jacky Cheung
Thailand 1984 Made in Thailand Carabao (band)
UK 1991 Greatest Hits Queen
USA 1976 Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) Eagles
Netherlands 1982 Thriller Michael Jackson
Norway 1987 Glade Jul Sissel Kyrkjebø
Denmark 1992 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA
Russia 1981 Long Play Album Stars on 45
Israel 2002 The Idan Raichel Project Idan Raichel Project
Turkey 2004 Çakra Serdar Ortaç
Latvia 1982 Thriller Michael Jackson