The Top 20 Highest Selling Rap Songs of All-TimeDana Hanson 5 months ago Rap has moved from underground to mainstream over the past few decades to become a regular fixture in the charts and to make stars of its performers. With artists like Eminem MacklemoreKendrick Lamar succeeding in bridging that difficult divide between commercial success and critical acclaim rappers are now some of the industry’s most respected figures. They also re-sell some of their biggest sellers, with some rappers now selling more records than artists from the traditionally more popular genres, it’s understandable why record labels trip over to find the next big thing. Keep reading to find out which rap artists are responsible for the top selling rap singles of all time. 20.
Kanye West Heartless Total Units Sold: 5.5 million
First of all, with 5.5 million copies sold worldwide, we have Heartless Kanye West s biggest single sale to date. Taken from his fourth studio album 808s Heartbreak the single was a critical and commercial success becoming the ninth bestselling single worldwide in 2009 and peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. 19. 19. T-Pain Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin ‘) Total Sold Units: 5.9 million
T-Pain released its largest-selling single so far in 2007. Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin ‘) debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 84, before peaking at number 1 in May. It also hit number 1 on the Canadian Hot 100 on Billboard’s Hot R B / Hip-Hop Songs chart number 2 on the New Zealand Singles Chart number 25 and number 18 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. While it has failed to chart its sales elsewhere in the UK, it has done well enough to make it the 19th largest single ever selling rap. 18.
Flo Rida with Wild Ones Sia-Total units sold: 6.5 million 16. Starships from Nicki Minaj Total Units Sold: 7.2 million
Nicki Minaj’s first entry to our list comes with her 2012 single Starships. Since peaking in the top 5 in 15 countries (and in the top 10 in the United States), Starships has moved on to move more than 7.2 million units worldwide certifying 2a Platinum in the UK and 6a Platinum in the United States. 15.
DJ Khaled I’m the One Total Units Sold: 7.9 million Featuring Justin Bieber Quavo Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne I’m the One by DJ Khaled brought the rapper to the top of the charts in the United States (making him the first hip hop artist to hit the top spot since Eminem in 2010) as well as giving him number 1 in the UK, Australia, Scotland and Canada. I m the One has sold more than 7.9 million units worldwide since its release while its accompanying music video has received over 1.2 billion views on YouTube. 14.
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo Afrojack and Nayer Give Me Anything Total Units Sold: 8.2 million
Giving Me All was the second single released from its sixth studio album, Planet Pit (2011). The song earned Pitbull as a lead artist his first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and his first UK number-one. Reviews may have given the track a lazy reception (with many slamming it for lack of cohesion) but that didn’t stop fans from lapping it to 8.2 million sales worldwide. 13. 13. Kendrick Lamar Humble Total Units Sold: 8.3 million
Released on 30 March 2017 as the leading single from Kendall Lamar’s fourth studio album, Damn Humble became the rapper’s first number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 as a leading artist who won him a number of awards (including Best Rap Performance Best Rap Song and Best Music Video at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards). 12.
Lil Wayne featuring Static Major Lollipop Total Units Sold: 9.1 million The lead single to Lil Wayne’s hugely successful sixth studio album Tha Carter III has proven to be his best-selling and most well-received single to date, selling 9.1 million units worldwide certifying 5x Platinum by the RIAA ranking number five on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 best songs of 2008 number five. 11.
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX Fancy Total Units Sold: 9.1 million
Taken from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s debut studio album The New Classic (2014) Fancy’s release in February 2014 quickly became a sensation. Peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and debuting at number one in Canada and New Zealand, the song was named Billboard’s Summer Song for 2014, and a female rapper’s biggest hit in 2017. The track remains both Azalea’s and XCX’s biggest hit selling over 9.1 million units worldwide, covered by everyone from Da Brat and Lil Kim to Anna Kendrick. 10.Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla Sign Psycho Total Units Sold: 9.2 million
Taken from Post Malonewith Pitchfork describing its raps as some of the least interesting rapes you could possibly imagine and Time naming it the worst song of 2018. Despite the criticism the single still managed to sell 9.2 million units worldwide to give Post Malone its biggest hit to date. 9.
Eminem featuring Love the Way You Lie Rihanna Total Units Sold: 9.3 million7. Nicki Minaj Super Bass Total Units Sold: 10 million
Taken from her Pink Friday (2010) debut studio album, Super Bass is Nicki Minaj’s biggest seller so far. Upon release it debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 3 and peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 8. The single received a generally positive response from critics with BlackBook’s Rosie Gray describing it as a killer and Rap-up complimenting it as infectious. 6.
Flo Rida with T-Pain Low Total Units Sold: 12 million Flo Rida’s debut single Low charted on the U.S. as number one. In fact, Billboard Hot 100 spends 10 consecutive weeks on top. The RIAA certified 8a Platinum as the most downloaded single of the 2000s, as well as giving Flo a place on the Decade’s Billboard Hot 100 Songs. To date, 12 million units have been sold worldwide. 5.
Flo Rida featuring Kesha Right Round Total Units Sold: 12 million
Mixing dirty rap with electric pop Right Round by Flo Rida featuring Kesha may not have been well received by most music critics (with many calling the lyrics out as misogynistic and tacky) but it did perform well enough with fans to top the charts in 19 countries giving Flo Rida his second number single in the States. So far, 12 million units have been sold worldwide given Flo Rida’s biggest single of all time selling and Kesha’s second. 4. Drake with Wizkid and Kyla One Dance Total Units Sold: 12.5 million
Drake’s first appearance on our list comes with One Dance 2016s. Taken from his fourth studio album Views and featuring Nigerian artist Wizkid and British singer Kyla’s guest vocals, the track proved to be phenomenally successful in 15 countries, including Australia Canada France Germany Ireland, the Netherlands New Zealand Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. In its first year alone, selling more than 2 million copies, it ranks as the fifth largest seller during 2016 and the fourth largest selling rap single ever. 3.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz Thrift Shop Total Units Sold: 13.4 million Macklemore and Ryan Lewis fourth single from their debut studio album The Heist (2012) was released in August 2012 and soon became their largest and fastest-selling single to date. His humorous lyrics (which centered on Macklemore’s love of a thrifty lifestyle) and the send-up of the typically extravagant hip hop lifestyle were heaped with praise by music critics with Digital Spy calling it a rare beast of a song original musically daring and genuinely funny. 2.
Drake God’s Plan Total Units Sold: 15.3 million
Released January 19, 2018 God’s Plan succeeds in bridging the genres with its mix of pop rap and trap. Taken from Drake’s fifth studio album Scary Hours (2018), God’s Plan received an overwhelmingly positive response from both music critics and fans, earning five nominations for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards and three Grammy Awards for the Year’s Album and Best Rap Song. While smashing first-day streaming records it managed to top the charts in fourteen countries giving Drake in the process his fourth chart-topper in the US. Four years after its release, more than 15.3 million units have been sold worldwide. 1. Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth See You Again Total Units Sold: 20.9 million
The first film in the franchise to be released after the tragic death of actor Paul Walker in 2013 was the 2015 rapper Wiz Khalifa and YouTube sensation Charlie Puth on the soundtrack of Furious 7. The single is the most successful either artist ever released at the top of the UK Singles Chart for 2 consecutive weeks and at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 for 12 non-consecutive weeks. To date, a whopping 20.9 million units have been moved worldwide. Facebook