What's the best-selling single of all time? That's a simple question with no easy answer. Or rather, two easy answers and one that was hard to arrive at. Let me explain. Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is estimated to have to sold at least 30 million copies since its release in 1942. For decades, the song was widely regarded as the all-time best-seller. But 11 years ago, Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997" quickly sold a comparable number.
Both songs were massive chart hits.
"White Christmas" topped the Billboard pop chart for 11 weeks in 1942 and returned to the top spot in 1945 and 1946. It's the only song ever to reach #1 in three separate chart runs. The song was a chart fixture in nearly every holiday season through 1962. It amassed a total of 77 weeks on the chart, more than any other single ever.Read More »from Chart Watch Extra: The Two Biggest Hits Of All Time