This page lists the fastest selling singles for each year according to Wikipedia.

Fastest selling single of all time: Elton John - Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind '97


Born This Way - Lady Gaga [60,000 copies in its first week]



  1. Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid [1,000,000 copies in its first week]



  1. Candle In The Wind 1997 - Elton John [over 1,500,000 copies in its first week]


Fastest selling single of the 2010s: TBA 2010


  1. California Gurls - Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg [123,600 copies in its first week]




  1. Wake Me Up - Avicii [267,000 copies in its first week]
  2. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke [190,000 copies in its first week]
  3. Roar - Katy Perry [179,500 copies in its first week]
  4. Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo [almost 160,000 in its first week]
  5. Get Lucky - Daft Punk [155,000 copies at No. 1, 50,000 copies in its first week]
  6. Burn - Ellie Goulding [117,000 copies in its first week]
  7. What About Us - The Saturdays [114,000 copies in its first week]


  1. Rather Be - Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne [94,000 copies midweek and 162,801 in first week]
  2. Timber - Pitbull ft. Ke$ha [82,000 copies in its first midweek and 138,891 in first week]
  3. Hideaway - Kiesza (86,000 copies midweek and 136,286 in first week)
  4. Ghost - Ella Henderson (78,000 copies midweek and 132,360 in first week)
  5. Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) - Mr. Probz (126,702 in first week)
  6. Sing - Ed Sheeran (123,864 in first week)
  7. Nobody To Love - Sigma (121,176 in first week)
  8. My Love - Route 94 ft. Jess Glynne (120,770 in first week)
  9. Happy - Pharrell Williams (117,643 on third week, 106,904 in first)
  10. I Got U - Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones (112,082 in first week)

See Buzzjack for full sales from peaks 1-10.


Fastest selling single without reaching No. 1: Last Christmas by Wham [1984] [500,000 copies in its first week]

345,000 copies of Dog Days Are Over by Florence And The Machine have been sold, making it the biggest-selling record in history never to have entered the Top 20. 2012 will be the best year ever for sales of singles with a total of 190 million expected by the end of the year. 1942 was the year in which Bing Crosby sang White Christmas, the oldest song ever to have sold 1 million copies in the history of the pop charts.The lowest weekly sale with which a single has reached No.1 is 17,694 for No Tomorrow, a 2006 hit for the American band Orson.  

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