Billie Eilish's Bad Guy named biggest global single of 2019

Two British artists feature in the Top 10 biggest global singles of 2019.

The biggest global singles of 2019 have been revealed, with Billie Eilish topping the list with Bad Guy.

The track shifted a massive 19.5 million track equivalents worldwide, made up of audio streams, video streams and permanent downloads, global music industry body the IFPI reports. Bad Guy beat Lil Nas X's Old Town Road to the top spot, finishing just over 1 million units ahead.

Bad Guy debuted at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles Chart in 2019, held off the top spot that week by Lewis Capaldi's Someone You Loved - the UK's biggest song of that year and the ninth biggest song globally (9.1m). Bad Guy topped the charts in more than 15 countries, including America, Australia and Canada, and won a Grammy for Song Of The Year.

MORE: Billie Eilish's Official UK Chart history in full

Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said: "Billie Eilish has taken the world by storm with her incredible voice and genre-defying sound. She is also an artist who addresses important issues like mental health in her lyrics that clearly resonate with her fans all over the world. We wish her success for what will no doubt be another standout year."

Meanwhile, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's Senorita was the world's third biggest song last year. The latin-inspired track topped the charts in 3 countries, including Official UK Singles Chart, where it spent six weeks at the summit in July/August. Camila claimed 2018's biggest global single with Havana. 

Australian artist and former busker Tones and I scored the world's sixth biggest song of 2019 (11.4m), and US singer-songwriter Halsey rounds out the Top 10 with Without Me (9.1m).

MORE: The UK's Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2019

Top 10 Global Singles 2019

1 Billie Eilish bad guy 19.5
2 Lil Nas X Old Town Road 18.4
3 Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello Señorita 16.1
4 Post Malone, SwaeLee Sunflower 13.4
5 Ariana Grande 7 rings 13.3
6 Tones and I Dance Monkey 11.4
7 Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber I Don't Care 10.3
8 Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Shallow 10.2
9 Lewis Capaldi Someone You Loved 9.1
10 Halsey Without Me 9.1

Source: IFPI

Article image: Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Shutterstock

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Nuno Gouveia


These conversions seem to give these new artist too many millions. I mean, Over half the TOP 20 best selling tracks EVER now were released over the past 5 years and they weren't that big on the charts compared to many old songs. As streams continue to give some tracks lots of "points" in a couple of years the TOP 50 best selling singles of all time will have over 60% songs released after 2014 or 2015 for sure. These streams/sales conversions seems to be manipulated by IFPI and Record Labels to give new artists a spot on the All Time History.