It’s official! Apple reached the mile high club. For music, that is. The iTunes retailer has sold 25 billion songs. According to Mashable, that’s more than three songs per human being on the planet. Now that’s a lot of music. Although Apple is usually “mum’s the word” when it comes to releasing its sales numbers, the company did reveal the bestselling iTunes songs of all time back when it hit the 10 billion sales mark.
5 Coldplay — “Viva la Vida”
Speaking of Coldplay, the British rock band comes in at number five with its single “Viva la Vida.” With its soft melody, heavy use of instrument solos and religious references, the song took the band in a different direction from its commercially successful rock-pop formula of albums before. This experiment, if you will, paid off because the song garnered the band two Grammys in 2009: Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or a Group. OK, apparently Jason Mraz’s Grammy loss is a fluke because every other top five bestseller won a Grammy…so there is a pattern.
4 Jason Mraz — “I’m Yours”
Not to be outdone by the dance music dominating the first half of the iTunes bestsellers list, Jason Mraz secures the number four slot with his single “I’m Yours.” With its acoustic and almost bohemian feel, the single spent 76 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. Despite being nominated for two Grammys in 2009, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Song of the Year, Mraz’s “I’m Yours” lost to John Mayer’s “Say” and Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” respectively. Well, I guess there isn’t a pattern after all—poor Jason didn’t take home a Grammy for his iTunes chart topper like the other artists on the list.
3 Black Eyed Peas — “Boom Boom Pow”
Well, it’s hard to play nice when you’re as talented as the Black Eyed Peas. Not only does the band take the number 1 spot, it also lays claim to number three with its popular dance single “Boom Boom Pow.” Infused with the right amount of bass, auto tune and futuristic beats, it’s not hard to understand why this club banger is iTunes’ third bestselling song of all time. Heck, just typing the song’s title makes my head rock involuntarily. In addition to being one of the most downloaded songs in history, “Boom Boom Pow” also won the Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video in 2010. Anyone else sensing a pattern here? Apparently, the bestselling iTunes songs of all time have also won Grammys.
2 Lady Gaga — “Poker Face”
OK, let’s be honest with one another, shall we? When has Lady Gaga not topped the charts? Thanks to her fans, whom she affectionately calls her “Little Monsters,” Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”—an ode to her rock ‘n roll boyfriends—not only became the second most downloaded song in iTunes history, it also won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2010. As with many of her songs, Lady Gaga did an excellent job of seamlessly blending electronic, dance and pop musical styles in the “Poker Face” hit, making it a tune listeners could easily bop their heads and rock their bodies to. Not an easy feat.
1 Black Eyed Peas — “I Gotta Feeling”
Now is anyone surprised the Black Eyed Peas grabbed the top spot? If you are, you must be new to planet Earth because this dynamic foursome has been releasing back-to-back chart toppers for years. According to Apple, the Black Eyed Peas’ single “I Gotta Feeling” is the most downloaded iTunes song of all time. With Fergie leading vocals and will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap bringing the funk with their unique brand of rap and eclectic use of instruments, it’s not hard to see why this song was so popular. In addition to being the number one downloaded song on iTunes, it also won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2010 and became the first digital song to sell more than 7 million copies by March of 2011, according to Nielsen.