Data Collector – Most Downloaded Track

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Updated on March 4, 2018

Since the beginning of the century the music market has gradually been moving away from physical media to digital. Before being supplanted by streaming, downloads were the major part of this revolution. What are the most downloaded tracks? Did they all go on sale after the year 2000? You will find the answer in the list below!

Please keep in mind some artists with strong results in this format haven’t been studied so far, e.g. Pharrell Williams, Flo Rida, Kesha or Kanye West. All the figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles.

A lot of lists like this one are available in the Data Collector, so feel free to read them to gauge how your favorite artist charts within it.

Tracks Ranking – Raw sales – Downloads + Ringtones

1. 2010 – AdeleRolling In The Deep [21]20,600,000
2. 2010 – Maroon 5 ft. Christina AguileraMoves Like Jagger [Hands All Over]20,200,000
3. 2009 – Black Eyed PeasI Gotta Feeling [The E.N.D.]17,700,000
4. 2010 – Eminem ft. RihannaLove the Way You Lie [Recovery]17,540,000
5. 2011 – AdeleSomeone Like You [21]17,350,000
6. 2014 – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno MarsUptown Funk [Uptown Special]17,030,000
7. 2008 – Lady GagaPoker Face [The Fame / The Fame Monster]16,300,000
8. 2010 – Bruno MarsJust the Way You Are [Doo-Wops & Hooligans]16,190,000
9. 2013 – Various ArtistsLet It Go [Frozen]15,540,000
10. 2009 – Black Eyed PeasBoom Boom Pow [The E.N.D.]14,350,000
11. 2012 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. WanzThrift Shop [The Heist]13,360,000
12. 2012 – Maroon 5 ft. Wiz KhalifaPayphone [Overexposed]13,100,000
13. 2011 – Rihanna ft. Calvin HarrisWe Found Love [Talk That Talk]12,960,000
14. 2002 – EminemLose Yourself [8 Mile]12,600,000
15. 2010 – Bruno MarsGrenade [Doo-Wops & Hooligans]12,470,000
16. 2008 – ColdplayViva La Vida [Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends]12,100,000
16. 2010 – Katy PerryFirework [Teenage Dream]12,100,000
18. 2013 – Katy PerryRoar [Prism]11,900,000
19. 2008 – Taylor SwiftLove Story [Fearless]11,700,000
20. 2007 – Avril LavigneGirlfriend [The Best Damn Thing]11,630,000
21. 2008 – Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’DonisJust Dance [The Fame / The Fame Monster]11,500,000
22. 2007 – Rihanna ft. Jay-ZUmbrella [Good Girl Gone Bad]11,400,000
23. 2006 – Justin Timberlake ft. TimbalandSexyBack [FutureSex/LoveSounds]11,310,000
24. 2014 – Ed SheeranThinking Out Loud [x (Multiply)]11,300,000
24. 2008 – BeyoncéSingle Ladies (Put a Ring on It) [I Am… Sasha Fierce]11,300,000
26. 2015 – AdeleHello [25]11,270,000
27. 2009 – Jay-Z ft. Alicia KeysEmpire State Of Mind [The Blueprint 3]10,900,000
28. 2012 – Bruno MarsLocked Out of Heaven [Unorthodox Jukebox]10,850,000
29. 2009 – Lady GagaBad Romance [The Fame / The Fame Monster]10,800,000
30. 2008 – BeyoncéHalo [I Am… Sasha Fierce]10,700,000
31. 2012 – Maroon 5One More Night [Overexposed]10,400,000
32. 2011 – Lady GagaBorn This Way [Born This Way]10,200,000
33. 2011 – AdeleSet Fire To The Rain [21]10,040,000
34. 2013 – Katy Perry ft. Juicy JDark Horse [Prism]10,000,000
35. 2012 – Bruno MarsWhen I Was Your Man [Unorthodox Jukebox]9,950,000
36. 2010 – Katy Perry ft. Snoop DoggCalifornia Gurls [Teenage Dream]9,900,000
37. 2012 – RihannaDiamonds [Unapolegetic]9,840,000
38. 2011 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray DaltonCan’t Hold Us [The Heist]9,800,000
39. 2008 – RihannaTake A Bow [Good Girl Gone Bad]9,660,000
40. 1994 – Mariah CareyAll I Want for Christmas Is You [Merry Christmas]9,600,000
41. 2008 – Katy PerryHot N Cold [One Of The Boys]9,500,000
42. 2010 – EminemNot Afraid [Recovery]9,400,000
42. 2006 – BeyoncéIrreplaceable [B’Day]9,400,000
42. 2014 – Taylor SwiftShake It Off [1989]9,400,000
45. 2007 – Alicia KeysNo One [As I Am]9,300,000
45. 2010 – Black Eyed PeasThe Time (Dirty Bit) [The Beginning]9,300,000
45. 2013 – LordeRoyals [Pure Heroine]9,300,000
48. 2012 – P!nk ft. Nate RuessJust Give Me a Reason [The Truth About Love]9,290,000
49. 2005 – Shakira ft. Wyclef JeanHips Don’t Lie / Sera Sera [Oral Fixation, Vol. 2]9,200,000
50. 2010 – RihannaOnly Girl (In the World) [Loud]9,140,000

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Bella

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ArtpopMonster

HI! are those only digital sales without ringtones?

Innocent Eyes

Thanks for your answer MJD!

I meant downloads only but the data about ringtones is interesting too. Didn’t know they were so big in the US.
Lose Yourself is such a monster! Particualarly given it was released in 2002.

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