Most Popular Songs by Decade



The most popular song in the 50s was “Rock Around the Clock”. This was one of the first rock and roll songs heard by people worldwide. There were 22 million copies sold and it was on the number one song for eight weeks.


“I'm a Believer” by the Monkees was the most popular song in the 50s. The single sold 10 million copies and went gold within 2 days of release. Originally, the song was composed by Neil Diamond and the Monkees produced it. Since then many different artists and bands have covered it. A fun fact is Neil Diamond never actually met the Monkees.


The most popular song of the 70s was “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. It sold 25 million copies and topped the US charts for 24 weeks. “Stayin’ Alive'' was a disco song and that was very popular at the time.


The most popular song of the 80s was Thiriller by Michael Jackson.It was realsed in 1982 and sold over 9 million copies world wide.The song Thriller also has a 14 minuet long music video that showcases the thriller dance. You might hear thriller on halloween because of it's spookey theme.
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The most popular song of the 90s and one of the top selling song of all time is Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. The song it self sold around 30 million copies and hit number 1 worldwide. It fit into the alternitive rock genre which caterd to the vary popular grunge style.You might recognize it from its distinictive guitar riff.


The most popular song of the 2000s was Destinys Child's “Say My Name”.The single went on to win two Grammys, top the Hot 100, and create an everlasting legacy.The song was recorded in 1999 but was still very popular throughout the 2000s.


The most popular song of the 2010s is “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. It was released in 2010 and it made 1 in 12 countries. The single sold 20.5 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling digital single by a woman in music history, and one of the best-selling digital singles of all-time. At the 54th Grammy Award it won record of the year, song of the year, and best short film music video.

Fun Fact!

The most selling song of all time is actully a christmas song! The song is White Christmas, selling 50,000,000 records. The song was relesed in 1942 sung by Bing Crosby. If you added all up of the covers of the song it's sales would be over 100,000,000.

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