Pub Quiz – Top Selling Singles

Best Selling Singles Ever

With my poor performance in a monthly pub quiz, this list is an attempt to fill my brain with some commonly tested music trivia.

Best selling singles of all time is a popular question in a pub quiz. So here is the definitive list – with the caveat that there are various alternative lists depending on how you define “best selling”.

This list is the top selling physical singles.

Top Ten Best Selling Singles

The number one best selling single of all time is White Christmas by Bing Crosby. This was released in 1942 and sold 50 million copies.

The second best selling single is Candle In The Wind 1997 by Elton John. This sold 33 million copies.

Number three top selling single is In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry. This was released in 1970 and sold 30 million copies.

The fourth top single is Silent Night by Bing Crosby. This was released in 1935 with sales of 30 million.

Number five on the list is Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets. Important to note “His Comets” as a tough quiz master might knock off half a mark if you write “The Comets”. This was released in 1954 selling 25 million.

The sixth best selling single is I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. This was released in 1992 with sales of 20 million.

The seventh top selling single is It’s Now or Never by Elvis Presley. This was released in 1960 with 20 million copies sold.

Number eight in top sales is We Are The World by USA For Africa. This was released in 1985 selling 20 million copies.

The ninth best selling single  is If I Didn’t Care by the Ink Spots. This was released in 1939 with sales of 19 million. This song is an old classic that I was not really familiar with before having a little listen on You Tube.

At number ten, we have Yes Sir, I Can Boogie by Baccara, which was released in 1977 and sold 18 million copies. I was surprised to find this one in the list as it doesn’t seem a likely massive seller to me.

So, that is the top ten selling singles of all time. It is surprising to me how old the top selling singles are and that Bing Crosby makes the list twice including the number one spot.

Good luck of you are doing a pub quiz any time soon and if you’re reading this whilst doing pub quiz then it’s very naughty to cheat.


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