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Top 12 Highest Earning Songs Of All Time


This article covering the top 12 songs of all time; as they are ranked by estimated sales.

What Is A Hit Song?

As we all know, songs are a big part of our lives. They help us get through the day and sometimes even change our mood. So naturally there are some songs that people have listened to more than others. To put this list together, I made use of data from a website called “Watermark”; as well as other sources to determine which songs were listened to the most.

Why Are Hits Popular?

Songs that fall into the “hits” category are popular for multiple reasons; one being that they have been proven to be timeless. Other reasons include catchy lyrics and an easy tempo that makes them easy to memorize.

How Do You Make Money From Music?

In order to make money off of your music, you need to find ways to monetize what you have created. This means that you should focus on different types of revenue sources such as subscriptions, merchandise and sponsorship deals.

The Definitive List Of Hits

For years, the most popular songs have been swept up into one genre. Whether it be country, hip-hop, or pop, for a long time these songs have dominated the charts. But in recent years, this has changed. While these big names still dominate the charts, there are new songs that are rising to the top of the charts. One of those songs is “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn and Taylor Swift. This song is currently sitting at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with over 3 million streams in its first week alone.

Why are they the top 12 highest earing songs of all time?

The top 12 highest earning songs of all time are some of the most popular songs in history.

  1. I Will Always Love You By Dolly Parton (1973)
  2. Candle In The Wind By Elton John And Bernie Taupin (1973)
  3. The Christmas Song By Mel Torme (1944)
  4. Oh Pretty Woman By Roy Orbison And Bill Dees (1964)
  5. Every Breath You Take By Sting (1983)
  6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town By Haven Gillespie And Fred J. Coots (1954)
  7. Stand By Me By Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber And Mike Stoller (1961)
  8. Unchained Melody By Alex North And Hy Zaret (1955)
  9. Yesterday By John Lennon And Paul McCartney (1965)
  10. You’ve Lost That Feeling By Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil And Phil Spector (1964)
  11. White Christmas By Irving Berlin (1940)
  12. Happy Birthday By The Hill Sisters (1893)

They each have a huge amount of earnings and are often used to promote products, services, and shows. They have been remixed countless times by other artists because they are so catchy.


The list for the highest earning song of all time is a compilation of songs that have made over $100M in revenue. These songs were mostly from the best selling albums and did not include singles. The total take from this list is over $2 billion and there are only 12 songs on the list.

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