Data collector – Biggest CSPC Song of the 2010s

Here we are, 2010s are soon over! Thus, it is time to have a review of the songs that have been dominant during this period. Obviously, everyone remembers blockbusters of Adele and Ed Sheeran, as well as Drake‘s, Bieber‘s and Rihanna‘s incredible numbers through streaming platforms. Does one of these artists top the list of the biggest songs of the decade? Are there surprises among the top 10? You will find the answer in this new Data Collector list!

The songs ranked here have been released from January 1, 2010 up to now. All figures are given in EAS (equivalent album sales). They include audio and video streams, downloads, ringtones but also a weighted share of the album they helped to sell.

Please keep in mind that some artists who released big hits this decade have not been studied so far, e.g. Gotye, Pharrell WilliamsLMFAO or Passenger. All figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles (CSPC article or Streaming Masters). You can check the list of artists that have been tracked at this link.

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

SONGS RANKING – CSPC – 2010s

1. 2010 – AdeleRolling In The Deep [21]12,650,000
2. 2011 – AdeleSomeone Like You [21]12,410,000
3. 2015 – AdeleHello [25]11,030,000
4. 2013 – Various ArtistsLet It Go [Frozen]7,850,000
5. 2017 – Ed SheeranShape of You [÷ (Divide)]6,840,000
6. 2011 – AdeleSet Fire To The Rain [21]6,630,000
7. 2010 – Eminem ft. RihannaLove the Way You Lie [Recovery]5,980,000
8. 2010 – Justin Bieber ft. LudacrisBaby [My Worlds]5,750,000
9. 2014 – Ed SheeranThinking Out Loud [x (Multiply)]5,380,000
10. 2010 – Maroon 5 ft. Christina AguileraMoves Like Jagger [Hands All Over]5,080,000
11. 2014 – Taylor SwiftShake It Off [1989]4,970,000
12. 2010 – Bruno MarsJust the Way You Are [Doo-Wops & Hooligans]4,960,000
13. 2015 – AdeleSend My Love (To Your New Lover) [25]4,700,000
14. 2011 – One DirectionWhat Makes You Beautiful [Up All Night]4,700,000
15. 2012 – Imagine DragonsRadioactive [Night Visions]4,670,000
16. 2012 – P!nk ft. Nate RuessJust Give Me a Reason [The Truth About Love]4,580,000
17. 2011 – Rihanna ft. Calvin HarrisWe Found Love [Talk That Talk]4,340,000
18. 2011 – ColdplayParadise [Mylo Xyloto]4,310,000
19. 2012 – Bruno MarsLocked Out of Heaven [Unorthodox Jukebox]4,010,000
20. 2015 – AdeleWhen We Were Young [25]3,990,000
21. 2017 – Ed SheeranPerfect [÷ (Divide)]3,870,000
22. 2012 – Bruno MarsWhen I Was Your Man [Unorthodox Jukebox]3,820,000
23. 2010 – Bruno MarsGrenade [Doo-Wops & Hooligans]3,770,000
24. 2013 – Katy Perry ft. Juicy JDark Horse [Prism]3,770,000
25. 2013 – Katy PerryRoar [Prism]3,730,000
26. 2014 – Sam SmithStay with Me [In the Lonely Hour]3,670,000
27. 2014 – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno MarsUptown Funk [Uptown Special]3,670,000
28. 2010 – Katy PerryFirework [Teenage Dream]3,650,000
29. 2013 – Justin TimberlakeMirrors [The 20/20 Experience]3,650,000
30. 2011 – Lady GagaBorn This Way [Born This Way]3,650,000
31. 2015 – Justin BieberSorry [Purpose]3,650,000
32. 2017 – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin BieberDespacito [Orphan]3,610,000
33. 2012 – Maroon 5 ft. Wiz KhalifaPayphone [Overexposed]3,560,000
34. 2012 – RihannaDiamonds [Unapolegetic]3,550,000
35. 2014 – Taylor SwiftBlank Space [1989]3,530,000
36. 2013 – AviciiWake Me Up [True]3,510,000
37. 2014 – Ed SheeranPhotograph [x (Multiply)]3,480,000
38. 2015 – Justin BieberLove Yourself [Purpose]3,450,000
39. 2012 – Imagine DragonsDemons [Night Visions]3,390,000
40. 2014 – Maroon 5Sugar [V]3,380,000
41. 2010 – EminemNot Afraid [Recovery]3,350,000
42. 2012 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. WanzThrift Shop [The Heist]3,320,000
43. 2011 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray DaltonCan’t Hold Us [The Heist]3,220,000
44. 2013 – Eminem ft. RihannaThe Monster [The Marshall Mathers LP 2]3,210,000
45. 2016 – Drake ft. Wizkid & KylaOne Dance [Views]3,180,000
46. 2010 – RihannaOnly Girl (In the World) [Loud]3,170,000
47. 2014 – Sam SmithI’m Not the Only One [In the Lonely Hour]3,120,000
48. 2015 – Coldplay ft. BeyoncéHymn For The Weekend [A Head Full Of Dreams]3,080,000
49. 2012 – Taylor SwiftWe Are Never Ever Getting Back Together [Red]3,050,000
50. 2013 – LordeRoyals [Pure Heroine]3,040,000
51. 2010 – Shakira ft. FreshlygroundWaka Waka (This Time for Africa) / Waka Waka (Esto for Africa) [Sale el Sol]3,020,000
52. 2010 – Bruno MarsThe Lazy Song [Doo-Wops & Hooligans]2,990,000
53. 2012 – Maroon 5One More Night [Overexposed]2,980,000
54. 2015 – Justin BieberWhat Do You Mean? [Purpose]2,970,000
55. 2012 – Bruno MarsTreasure [Unorthodox Jukebox]2,910,000
56. 2014 – ColdplayA Sky Full Of Stars [Ghost Stories]2,870,000
57. 2012 – Taylor SwiftI Knew You Were Trouble [Red]2,790,000
58. 2011 – Kelly ClarksonWhat Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) [Stronger]2,760,000
59. 2010 – RihannaS&M [Loud]2,750,000
60. 2010 – Black Eyed PeasThe Time (Dirty Bit) [The Beginning]2,730,000
61. 2010 – Katy Perry ft. Snoop DoggCalifornia Gurls [Teenage Dream]2,720,000
62. 2011 – AdeleTurning Tables [21]2,710,000
63. 2011 – Jennifer Lopez ft. PitbullOn the Floor [Love?]2,630,000
64. 2012 – Lana Del ReySummertime Sadness [Born to Die]2,550,000
65. 2010 – Usher ft. PitbullDJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love [Raymond v. Raymond]2,530,000
66. 2012 – Rihanna ft. Mikky EkkoStay [Unapolegetic]2,530,000
67. 2014 – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki MinajBang Bang [My Everything / Sweet Talker]2,500,000
68. 2010 – Ed SheeranThe A Team [+ (Plus)]2,490,000
69. 2015 – AdeleWater Under The Bridge [25]2,420,000
70. 2012 – Sam SmithLatch [In the Lonely Hour]2,420,000
71. 2013 – One DirectionStory of My Life [Midnight Memories]2,410,000
72. 2015 – The WeekndCan’t Feel My Face [Beauty Behind the Madness]2,410,000
73. 2010 – Katy PerryE.T. [Teenage Dream]2,400,000
74. 2014 – Ariana Grande ft. Iggy AzaleaProblem [My Everything]2,350,000
75. 2010 – Bruno MarsMarry You [Doo-Wops & Hooligans]2,340,000
76. 2015 – The WeekndThe Hills [Beauty Behind the Madness]2,260,000
77. 2010 – Katy PerryLast Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) [Teenage Dream]2,260,000
78. 2010 – Rihanna ft. DrakeWhat’s My Name? [Loud]2,250,000
79. 2012 – P!nkTry [The Truth About Love]2,240,000
80. 2012 – Justin BieberBoyfriend [Believe]2,220,000
81. 2011 – One DirectionOne Thing [Up All Night]2,210,000
82. 2010 – Katy PerryTeenage Dream [Teenage Dream]2,190,000
83. 2012 – Alicia KeysGirl On Fire [Girl on Fire]2,190,000
84. 2011 – AdeleRumour Has It [21]2,170,000
85. 2011 – Lady GagaThe Edge Of Glory [Born This Way]2,160,000
86. 2011 – AdeleOne And Only [21]2,160,000
87. 2010 – Black Eyed PeasJust Can’t Get Enough [The Beginning]2,160,000
88. 2016 – Bruno MarsThat’s What I Like [24K Magic]2,160,000
89. 2014 – Taylor SwiftBad Blood [1989]2,150,000
90. 2016 – Rihanna ft. DrakeWork [Anti]2,150,000
91. 2014 – Maroon 5Maps [V]2,140,000
92. 2013 – Miley CyrusWrecking Ball [Bangerz]2,130,000
93. 2017 – Imagine DragonsThunder [Evolve]2,100,000
94. 2015 – Justin BieberWhere Are Ü Now [Purpose]2,080,000
95. 2011 – Coldplay & RihannaPrincess Of China [Mylo Xyloto]2,040,000
96. 2010 – Justin Bieber ft. UsherSomebody to Love [My Worlds]2,040,000
97. 2012 – One DirectionLittle Things [Take Me Home]2,030,000
98. 2016 – The Weeknd ft. Daft PunkStarboy [Starboy]2,020,000
99. 2016 – DrakeHotline Bling [Views]2,010,000
100. 2016 – Bruno Mars24K Magic [24K Magic]2,000,000

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Novellos

Hey CM team, do y’all think SLY has a shot of overtaking RITD’s EAS considering the former’s superior streaming and the already so considerably small gap between them? Thank you!

MJD

Hi Novellos!

Yes, no doubt SLY can take over the top, just like RITD can get a boost at some point, it’s really undecided so far 🙂

Isaiah

I don’t understand this list. Factually, songs like Just Give Me A Reason, Radioactive, etc. were much bigger than SML by Adele, so why are they lower on the list?

Kris

I think the title can be a bit misleading because when you read “biggest song”, you think sales/streams for that particular song. This list has a lot to do with album sales, and which songs helped drive big album sales. I think the title “Most Valuable Songs of the 2010s” might be clearer. At least for me that’s how I think of it.

Mauricio

The top Digital Singles list (https://bit.ly/2DQkHZi) could arguably serve as a proxy for “biggest hits of the 21st century”, or at least for the 2008-2014 period when downloads were at their peak.

Anon.

Yeah, this is more of a measure of what songs were apart of the biggest projects. Whereas with a biggest singles list, you measure how big something was from its own individual consumption stats (airplay, streams, and sales for just that song).

A song like Call Me Maybe would be below When We Were Young using this way of measurement, since CMM doesn’t have a notably big album attached to it. However I’m sure most people would agree CMM was by far more known with the public, consumed more individually as a song, etc.

MJD

Hi all! Well, this serves as breaking this old and false myth that says best selling singles are the most successful ones. These songs ending up ahead on CSPC lists really are bigger than stand-alone selling singles, it’s just that they convinced people to buy albums rather than only a single. Can we say a single which convinced 15 million people to purchase it and 1 million to buy the album is more successful than one that convinced 10 million to buy an album and 8 million to buy a single ? At the end of the day we can… Read more »

Kris

I think the problem is just that the term “big” or “best” is so vague and can mean different things depending on the topic. The terms “biggest” and “best” are often used purposely to confuse people in things like advertising, or when bragging about achievements, etc. I prefer how you said “more successful” in your explanation above, because that makes sense to me with the list you provided. Or like I said I use the phrase “most valuable”. It comes down to a terminology thing in the end 🙂

MJD

Hi Kris!

Yes that’s true for sure, I would add also the difference between “single” and “song”. When I mention “biggest song”, I involve it all, when most people will instictively interpret “biggest single”. It’s actually a fairly different thing!

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