List of best-selling singles in Germany

Germany is the third largest music market in the world and the second largest in Europe.[1]

This is a list of the best-selling singles in Germany, some of which have been certified by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI). Since June 1, 2014, BVMI certifies a single platinum for the download or shipment of 400,000 copies across Germany.[2]

Certifications for singles released in Germany depend upon their release date.

Gold and Platinum certification awards (Timeline)Edit

Certification 1974-1984[3][4] Before January 1, 2003[5] Before June 1, 2014 After June 1, 2014[6]
Silver 500,000
Gold 1,000,000 250,000 150,000 200,000
Platinum 2,000,000 500,000 300,000 400,000
Diamond 1,000,000

Best-selling singles in GermanyEdit

Sortable table
Year Title Artist Certification[7][8] Shipments
(Sales)[9]
1997 "Candle in the Wind 1997" Elton John 9× Platinum 4.5 million
1957 "The River Kwai March" Mitch Miller (4 million)[dubious ]
1997 "Time To Say Goodbye" Andrea Bocelli feat. Sarah Brightman 11× Gold 2.75 million
1958 "Der lachende Vagabund" Fred Bertelmann (2 million)
1963 "Junge, komm bald wieder" Freddy Quinn (2 million)
1965 "Il Silenzio" Nini Rosso (2 million)
1971 "Butterfly" Danyel Gérard (2 million)
1967 "Massachusetts" Bee Gees (2 million)
1998 "My Heart Will Go On" Celine Dion 4× Platinum 2 million
1964 "Vergangen vergessen vorüber" Freddy Quinn (1.8 million)
2017 "Shape of You" Ed Sheeran 9× Gold 1.8 million
2017 "Despacito" Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee 7× Gold+Gold  1.6 million
1972 “Ich hab’ die Liebe geseh’n” Vicky Leandros 1.5 million
1992 "Conquest of Paradise" Vangelis 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1997 "I'll Be Missing You" Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans and 112 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1998 "Flugzeuge im Bauch" Oli. P 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1999 "Mambo No. 5" Lou Bega 3× Platinum 1.5 million
1998 "Believe" Cher 5× Gold 1.25 million
1999 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" Eiffel 65 5× Gold 1.25 million
2007 "Ein Stern (...der deinen Namen trägt)" DJ Ötzi feat. Nik P. 4× Platinum 1.2 million
2013 "Wake Me Up" Avicii 4× Platinum 1.2 million
2017 "Was du Liebe nennst" Bausa 3× Platinum 1.2 million
1974 “Theo wir fahr’n nach Lodz” Vicky Leandros 1.10 million
1963 "Ich will ’nen Cowboy als Mann" Gitte (1.05 million)
1956 "Heimweh" Freddy Quinn (1 million+)
1958 "Heimatlos" Freddy Quinn (1 million)
1958 "La paloma" Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra (1 million)
1958 "Sail Along Sil'vry Moon" Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra (1 million)
1959 "Die Gitarre und das Meer" Freddy Quinn (1 million)
1960 "Unter fremden Sternen" Freddy Quinn (1 million)
1960 "Banjo Boy" Jan and Kjeld (1 million)
1960 "It's Now or Never" Elvis Presley Gold[10] 1 million
1960 "Marina" Rocco Granata (1 million)
1960 "Ramona" Blue Diamonds (1 million)
1960 "Wir wollen niemals auseinandergehn" Heidi Brühl (1 million)
1961 "La paloma" Freddy Quinn (1 million)
1961 "Weisse Rosen aus Athen" Nana Mouskouri (1 million)
1961 "Wheels" Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra (1 million)
1962 "Tanze mit mir in den Morgen" Gerhard Wendland (1 million)
1964 "Liebeskummer Lohnt Sich Nicht" Siw Malmkvist (1 million)
1965 "Yesterday Man" Chris Andrews (1 million)
1966 "Ganz in Weiß" Roy Black (1 million)
1969 "Looky, Looky" Giorgio Gold[11] 1 million
1969 "Dein schönstes Geschenk" Roy Black (1 million)
1969 "Mendocino" Michael Holm (1 million)
1970 "Du" Peter Maffay (1 million)
1975 "Una paloma blanca" George Baker Selection (1 million)
1978 "Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord" Boney M (1 million)
1978 "Rivers of Babylon" Boney M Platinum 1 million
1978 "The Smurf Song" Father Abraham Platinum 1 million
1979 "A Walk in the Park" Nick Straker Band (1 million)
1989 "Lambada" Kaoma 2× Platinum 1 million
1993 "What's Up?" 4 Non Blondes 2× Platinum 1 million
1994 "Cotton Eye Joe" Rednex 2× Platinum 1 million
1995 "Earth Song" Michael Jackson 2× Platinum 1 million
1995 "Gangsta's Paradise" Coolio feat. L.V. 2× Platinum 1 million
1996 "Die längste Single der Welt" Wolfgang Petry 2× Platinum 1 million
1996 "Killing Me Softly" Fugees 2× Platinum 1 million
1998 "Ein Schwein namens Männer" Die Ärzte 2× Platinum 1 million
1999 "Anton aus Tirol" Anton feat. DJ Ötzi 2× Platinum 1 million
2001 "I Believe" Bro'Sis 2× Platinum 1 million
2002 "Der Steuersong" Die Gerd-Show 2× Platinum 1 million
2002 "The Ketchup Song" Las Ketchup 2× Platinum 1 million
2013 "Atemlos durch die Nacht" Helene Fischer Diamond 1 million
2013 "Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams Diamond 1 million
2014 "Au Revoir" Mark Forster feat. Sido Diamond 1 million
2014 "Happy" Pharrell Williams Diamond 1 million
2014 "Are You with Me" Lost Frequencies Diamond 1 million
2015 "Faded" Alan Walker Diamond 1 million
2015 "Die immer lacht" Stereoact feat. Kerstin Ott Diamond 1 million
2016 "Ohne mein Team" Bonez MC & RAF Camora feat. Maxwell Diamond 1 million
2016 "Cheap Thrills" Sia feat. Sean Paul Diamond 1 million
2017 "Señorita" Kay One feat. Pietro Lombardi Diamond 1 million
2017 "Perfect" Ed Sheeran Diamond 1 million

  The BVMI also separately certified the Justin Bieber remix Gold.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Deutschland drittgrößter Musikmarkt weltweit". Musikindustrie.de. 2011-04-13. Archived from the original on 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  2. ^ "Richtlinien für die Verleihung von Gold/Platin Schallplatten und Awards (Guidelines for Gold and Platinum awards)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindstie. Archived from the original on 2010-03-28. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  3. ^ "Billboard Vol. 86, No. 52". Billboard. 26 December 1974. p. 40. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  4. ^ Murells, Joseph (1984-12-31). Million selling records from the 1900s to the 1980s: an illustrated directory. Batsford. p. 10. ISBN 9780713438437. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
  5. ^ "GOLD / PLATIN für Musikprodukte" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindstie. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Neuer DIAMOND AWARD für die erfolgreichsten Singles und Alben in Deutschland" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindstie. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". musikindustrie.de.
  8. ^ "Highest Gold Platinum certifications as of 2008" (PDF). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 January 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  9. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2, illustrated ed.). Barrie & Jenkins. ISBN 0-214-20480-4.
  10. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2, illustrated ed.). Barrie & Jenkins. ISBN 0-214-20480-4. eduardo di.
  11. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2, illustrated ed.). Barrie & Jenkins. ISBN 0-214-20480-4. Looky Looky.