Digital Songs

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The Digital Songs or Digital Song Sales chart (previously named Hot Digital Songs)[1] ranks the best-selling digital songs in the United States, as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and published by Billboard magazine. Although it originally started tracking song sales the week of October 30, 2004,[2] it officially debuted in the issue dated January 22, 2005, and merged all versions of a song sold from digital music distributors.[3] Its data was incorporated in the Hot 100 three weeks later. Since October 2004, digital sales have been incorporated into many of Billboard's music singles charts.[4] The decision was based on the dramatic increase of the digital market while commercial single sales in a physical format were becoming negligible.[5]

The first number one song on the Digital Songs chart was "Just Lose It" by Eminem.[6]

The chart's current number one as of the issue dated August 7, 2021, is "Butter" by BTS.[7]

Song records[edit]

Songs with most weeks at number one in sales[edit]

  • 18 weeks
BTS – "Dynamite" (2020–21)[8]
  • 17 weeks
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – "Despacito" (2017)
  • 16 weeks
Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road" (2019)
  • 13 weeks
Flo Rida featuring T-Pain – "Low" (2007–08)
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk" (2015)
The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey – "Closer" (2016)
  • 11 weeks
Pharrell Williams – "Happy" (2014)
  • 10 weeks
The Black Eyed Peas – "Boom Boom Pow" (2009)
The Black Eyed Peas – "I Gotta Feeling" (2009)
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz – "Thrift Shop" (2013)
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell – "Blurred Lines" (2013)
Justin Timberlake – "Can't Stop the Feeling!" (2016)
Ed Sheeran – "Shape of You" (2017)
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – "Shallow" (2018–19)

Top 10 single-week download sellers[edit]

1. Adele – "Hello" (1,112,000) November 14, 2015[9]
2. Flo Rida – "Right Round" (636,000) February 28, 2009
3. Adele – "Hello" (635,000) November 21, 2015[10]
4. Taylor Swift – "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (623,000) September 1, 2012[11]
5. Kesha – "Tik Tok" (610,000) January 9, 2010
6. Taylor Swift – "I Knew You Were Trouble" (582,000) January 12, 2013[12]
7. Bruno Mars – "Grenade" (559,000) January 8, 2011
8. Katy Perry – "Roar" (557,000) August 31, 2013[13]
9. Taylor Swift – "Shake It Off" (544,000) September 6, 2014[14]
10. Gotye featuring Kimbra – "Somebody That I Used to Know" (542,000) April 28, 2012[15]

Biggest first-week sales[edit]

1. Adele – "Hello" (1,112,000) November 14, 2015
2. Flo Rida – "Right Round" (636,000) February 28, 2009
3. Taylor Swift – "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (623,000) September 1, 2012
4. Katy Perry – "Roar" (557,000) August 31, 2013
5. Taylor Swift – "Shake It Off" (544,000) September 6, 2014
6. Justin Bieber – "Boyfriend" (521,000) April 14, 2012
7. Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa – "Payphone" (493,000) May 5, 2012
8. The Black Eyed Peas – "Boom Boom Pow" (465,000) April 18, 2009
9. Lady Gaga – "Born This Way" (448,000) February 26, 2011
10. Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea – "Problem" (438,000) May 17, 2014

Biggest jump to number one[edit]

Longest climb to number one[edit]

  • 26 weeks
The All-American Rejects – "Dirty Little Secret" (2005–06)
  • 25 weeks
The Fray – "How to Save a Life" (2006)
Train – "Hey, Soul Sister" (2009–10)
  • 24 weeks
Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis – "Just Dance" (2008–09)
  • 23 weeks
Adele – "Set Fire to the Rain" (2011–12)
  • 20 weeks
Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin — "I Like It" (2018)

Source: [16]

Song achievements[edit]

  • "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas holds the record for the biggest-selling digital download in the U.S, with sales of over 8 million copies by 2012. The song was the first to surpass 6–8 million downloads.[17]
  • "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain was the first song to surpass 4–5 million downloads. It was also named the Top Digital Song of the 2000s decade.[18]
  • Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" was the first song to surpass 3 million downloads.[19]
  • Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" was the first song to surpass 2 million downloads.[20]
  • "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani was the first song in history to surpass 1 million downloads.[21]
  • "Right Round" by Flo Rida holds the record for the largest debut/overall sales week for a male for a digital song with 636,000 downloads.[22]
  • "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele holds the record for the most digitally downloaded song in a calendar year. [23]
  • "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa holds the record for the largest debut/overall sales week for a group for a digital song with 493,000 downloads.[24]
  • "We Are Young" by Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe is the first song to log seven weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales.[25]
  • "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz is the first song to log eight and nine weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales.[26]
  • "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell is the first song to log 10 weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales and the first song to log four weeks of 400,000 or more in digital sales.
  • "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra is the first song to log three weeks of 400,000 or more in digital sales.
  • "Hello" by Adele surpassed the 4 million mark in its thirteenth week, faster than any other song in digital history.
  • "Hello" by Adele holds the record for the largest debut/overall sales week for a digital song with 1.112 million downloads and the largest non-debut sales week for a digital song with 635,000 downloads. It is also the first song to debut with 1 million downloads sold in a week and to log two weeks of 600,000 in digital sales.
  • "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers is the oldest song to reach number one on the Digital Songs chart. The song was released on April 21, 1972 and reached the top, following Withers' death, on the chart dated April 18, 2020.[27]

Album records[edit]

Artist records[edit]

Artists with the most number-one hits[edit]

1. Taylor Swift (22)[28]
2. Rihanna (14)
3. Justin Bieber (13)
4. Drake (12)
5. Katy Perry (11) (tie)
5. Eminem (11) (tie)
7. Bruno Mars (9) (tie)
7. Beyoncé (9) (tie)
9. Nicki Minaj (8) (tie)
9. Lady Gaga (8) (tie)
9. Ariana Grande (8) (tie)
9. BTS (8) (tie)
13. Britney Spears (7) (tie)
13. Justin Timberlake (7) (tie)

Artists with most weeks at number one[edit]

1. Taylor Swift (44)
2. Rihanna (40)
3. Katy Perry (37)
4. BTS (35)
5. Justin Bieber (33)

Self-replacement at number one[edit]

Simultaneously occupying the top two positions[edit]

  • Mariah Carey: December 31, 2005
  1. "Don't Forget About Us"
  2. "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
  • Beyoncé: December 6, 2008
  1. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
  2. "If I Were a Boy"
  • The Black Eyed Peas: June 27, 2009 through July 4, 2009
  1. "I Gotta Feeling"
  2. "Boom Boom Pow"
  • Kesha: January 23, 2010[29]
  1. "Tik Tok"
  2. "Blah Blah Blah" (featuring 3OH!3)
  • Taylor Swift: September 22, 2012[30]
  1. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  2. "Ronan"
  • Iggy Azalea: May 17, 2014 through June 21, 2014
  1. "Problem" (Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea)
  2. "Fancy" (Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX) (songs switched positions on June 7, 2014)
  • Taylor Swift: November 1, 2014
  1. "Out of the Woods"
  2. "Shake It Off"
  • Prince: May 14, 2016
  1. "Purple Rain"
  2. "When Doves Cry"
  • Ed Sheeran: January 28, 2017
  1. "Shape of You"
  2. "Castle on the Hill"
  • Justin Bieber: May 20, 2017 through May 27, 2017 and June 17, 2017 through July 1, 2017
  1. "I'm the One" (DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne)
  2. "Despacito" (Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber) (songs switched positions on May 27, 2017)
  • Taylor Swift: September 23, 2017
  1. "...Ready for It?"
  2. "Look What You Made Me Do"
  • Ed Sheeran: January 3, 2018
  1. "Perfect" (Ed Sheeran duet with Beyoncé)
  2. "River" (Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran)
  • Cardi B: June 30, 2018 through July 14, 2018
  1. "Girls Like You" (Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B)
  2. "I Like It" (Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
  • Lady Gaga: October 20, 2018
  1. "Shallow" (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper)
  2. "I'll Never Love Again"
  • Lady Gaga: October 27, 2018 through November 3, 2018
  1. "Shallow" (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper)
  2. "Always Remember Us This Way"
  • The Weeknd: December 14, 2019
  1. "Heartless"
  2. "Blinding Lights"
  • BTS: March 7, 2020
  1. "On"
  2. "My Time"
  • Kenny Rogers: April 4, 2020
  1. "The Gambler"
  2. "Islands in the Stream" (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton)
  • Bill Withers: April 18, 2020
  1. "Lean on Me"
  2. "Ain't No Sunshine"
  • BTS: October 17, 2020
  1. "Dynamite"
  2. "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)" (Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo x BTS )
  • BTS: December 5, 2020
  1. "Life Goes On"
  2. "Blue & Grey"
  • BTS: December 19, 2020
  1. "Life Goes On"
  2. "Dynamite"
  • BTS: July 24, 2021 through August 7, 2021
  1. "Permission to Dance"
  2. "Butter" (songs switched positions on July 31, 2021)

Artist achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

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