Producing great and long-lasting music takes talent. Lyric writing is challenging, and it’s not always easy to come up with songs that will stick with the public and create hype and excitement.
You can learn a lot by diving deeper into some of the best selling songs of all time. Study these artists for songwriting tips and to help you overcome your fears and anxieties when it comes to putting your music out there. Take the time to review the list of best selling songs and then try to figure out what these artists did that was different and unique to get them a top spot on the list.
The fifth best selling song of all time is called Cruise, which was recorded by American country music duo Florida Georgia Line and produced by BMX. It went from iTunes to the radio in 2012. With 11 million certified units, this song is from their first album. It’s a likable tune that you’ll find many fans playing and singing along to over the years.
4. Candle in the Wind
The next song on the top five best selling songs list of all time is Candle in the Wind by Elton John from Rocket in 1997. The song is a rewritten version of his 1973 release in memory of Diana, the Princess of Wales. With 11 million certified units, the song is certainly a popular choice among the public. It’s a song familiar to the masses, and that continues to be played and sung around the world.
Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber came out with the song Baby in 2010, which features rapper Ludacris by Island/Def Jam Records. It’s an upbeat tune that found its way around the world quickly with 12 million certified units to show for. Directly after release, the song received airplay and was available for digital download. The song blends together dance-pop and hip-hop elements, making it a well-liked music song choice for events and functions among all sorts of audiences and fans. It was an instant success and continues to be a well-known song and musical pastime to this day.
2. Love the Way You Lie
The second best selling song of all time is called Love the Way You Lie by Eminem Feat. Rhianna. Produced by Shady/Aftermath/Interscope, this song received 12 million certified units. The song comes from Eminem’s seventh studio album called Recovery. The collaboration included Eminem writing the music verses and Rihanna singing the chorus. The song concept came about by difficult relationships these two artists had experienced in their lives.
1. Thinking Out Loud
In 2014 the best selling song of all time came out by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Produced by Atlantic Records, the song Thinking Out Loud received 12 million certified units. The song is the third single on his second album. It’s an extremely popular and catchy song that just about anyone and everyone knows well. Since it’s the number one song of all time, it’s worth taking a listen to if you haven’t already or haven’t heard it in a while.