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U.S. Best Selling Singles 1940 - Present

We make it easy for you to become an instant expert in music. Here is the definitive list, in order, of every number one song in the US for each year from 1940 to the present according to Billboard and other music industry sources.

A couple of notes: Where songs were not available in the Spotify library (like the Beatles, etc.) we inserted an alternate version of the song (with varying degrees of success). We will update as songs become available.

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Did you know that the best-selling single all time in the US is "White Christmas" with over 25,000,000 copies sold.

The Internet hit "Thrift Shop" sold an amazing 7,000,000 copies, mostly through momentum gained on word-of-mouth buzz.

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