No matter what type of music you enjoy creating, there is always a chance to be successful. Throughout the past 10 years, multiple genres of music have reached the title of best-selling single across the country. We’re going to take a look at the top singles from 2006-2016.
America’s best-selling singles of the past 10 years:
2006: Bad Day – Daniel Powter
This song was on Canadian singer Daniel Powter’s debut album and became the first song to ever sell 2 million digital copies in America. It was released through Warner Bros. and labeled a pop single.
2007: Crank That (Soulja Boy) – Soulja Boy
This song was rapper Soulja Boy Tell’em’s debut single and was known for its widely popular dance. It sold over 3 million digital copies. It was released through two labels, Collipark and Interscope, under the snap genre.
2008: Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis was already an established singer when she released ‘Bleeding Love’ in 2008. Two labels, Syco and J, released the label under the pop/r&b genres. It received over 4 million digital downloads.
2009: Boom Boom Pow – The Black Eyed Peas
The first song on this list by a group, ‘Boom Boom Pow’ was The Black Eyed Peas’s first number-one single in the US. The song has since sold over 6 million copies. The label Interscope was responsible for its release.
2010: California Gurls – Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg
Katy Perry had already established herself as a popular singer by the time ‘California Gurls’ was released, and Snoop Dogg had a well-known career in music as well. It was their third and second number-one singles respectively. Capitol released the song under the disco-pop and funk-pop genres.
2011: Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Adele’s first number-one single in the states came in the form of ‘Rolling in the Deep’, selling over 8 million copies. It was on her second studio album. Her label, XL, released the song under the pop, soul, and blues genres.
2012: Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye ft. Kimba
Belgian-Australian singer Gotye and New Zealander Kimbra teamed up in 2012 to release a song that would later earn them two Grammy Awards. It sold over 13 million copies. The label Eleven released the song as an art pop single.
2013: Blurred Lines – Robin Thick ft. T.I and Pharrell Williams
Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams released ‘Blurred Lines’ in 2013. It became their first, fourth, and third number-one singles respectively. Over 14 million copies were sold through the labels Star Trak and Interscope. It’s a disco/r&b song.
2014: Happy – Pharrell Williams
‘Happy’ was a song created for the ‘Despicable Me 2’ soundtrack that ended up becoming a huge hit, selling almost 14 million copies. The song was released by three labels—Black Lot Music, i Am Other, and Columbia—under the genres soul and neo soul.
2015: Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
‘Uptown Funk’ was released on Mark Ronson’s fourth studio album with Bruno Mars’s vocals. The song won two Grammy Awards and the music video became the fourth most-viewed YouTube video of all time. RCA label released it under the genres funk, boogie, and Minneapolis sound.
2016: Can’t Stop the Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake created ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ to accompany the movie ‘Trolls’. It became his fifth number-one single. It has sold over 3 million copies and was released by RCA. It won a Grammy Award. The song is labeled under the disco, pop, and soul genres.