How Many Of iTunes’ 25 Most-Downloaded Songs Do You Own?

Feb 12th, 2010 // 20 Comments

Looks like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” will never be so 2000-and-late. As the iTunes store approaches its 10 billion downloads mark, the digital retailer has revealed its 25 most-downloaded songs since its inception in 2003. And if you thought the Black Eyed Peas were approaching the E.N.D. of the line, you’d best think again—and check your computer. Because we gotta feeling you might have some of the quartet’s jams lurking around in there.

Lady Gaga is the artist with the most songs on the list, with three (“Just Dance,” “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance”), while Ke$ha has the most recent tune to land in the Top 10 (“TiK ToK”). Geez, she’s just setting records left and right this week.

Journey have the only song not released within the last five years on the list, as “Don’t Stop Believin’”—the band’s 1981 anthem that has been used in everything from Glee and The Sopranos to ads for political campaigns—comes in at #21.

Meanwhile, the iTunes Store is offering a $10,000 gift card to whoever downloads the 10 billionth song. And, really, whoever wins should just put the entire thing toward “TiK TiK.” Because Ke$ha clearly isn’t getting enough attention these days.

iTunes’ 25 Most-Downloaded Songs Of All Time:

1. “I Gotta Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas
2. “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
3. “Boom Boom Pow,” Black Eyed Peas
4. “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz
5. “Viva la Vida,” Coldplay
6. “Just Dance,” Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis
7. “Low,” Flo Rida (featuring T-Pain)
8. “Love Story,” Taylor Swift
9. “Bleeding Love,” Leona Lewis
10. “TiK ToK,” Ke$ha
11. “Disturbia,” Rihanna
12. “So What,” Pink
13. “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry
14. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyoncé
15. “Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry
16. “Stronger,” Kanye West
17. “Live Your Life,” T.I. (featuring Rihanna)
18. “Hey There Delilah,” Plain White T’s
19. “Right Round,” Flo Rida
20. “Party in the U.S.A.,” Miley Cyrus
21. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey
22. “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
23. “Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon
24. “Fireflies,” Owl City
25. “How to Save a Life,” the Fray

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  1. DavidNJ

    Only 1: “Stronger,” Kanye West

  2. taylor

    only a few some of these songs are crap people should listen to copeland there best song is coffee and relient K are awesome also coldpay is good to

  3. Disgustingly enough, every single song on here has been played countless times on the radio. Its almost offensive to see what people are listening to these days.

  4. Vale

    I agree and I'm proud to say I don't own any of those terrible songs

  5. Bud

    I own 1, “Don't Stop Believin'”, but only because I imported Journey's Greatest Hits, which I've owned since it came out.

  6. brianlo

    5 or 6 songs here are great songs. Most of the rest of them are songs people dance and have fun to, which is the main function of songs at the moment.

    You would know if you went to parties and had friends.

  7. ghgf

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    Disgustingly enough, every single song on here has been played countless times on the radio. Its almost offensive to see what people are listening to these days.

  8. joe434

    Simple reason for this most people are dumb apes. To create a popular hit song appeal to the lowest common denominator. Make something musically simple using the beats and progressions people have heard before. Sing about the things animals care about , sex, violence, and food, or money since for most people this represents all three. Sing about money getting you sex and using violence to protect your money and if your a chick maybe even sexualize yourself using food analogies or talk about how guys will spend money and fight over you because your sexy. Oh course these songs are disposable and will be forgotten in a couple years.

    Oh but people who like good music have parties too and sometimes with live bands. Of course nothings cooler than dancing to Lady GaGa or Pink like your a 14 year old girl at a sleep over except there are good songs to dance to and which are fun just not on that list.

  9. dallas

    Its too bad that crap like this is at the top of the list. Journey's don't stop believing should be number 1. plus the fact that Stairway to heaven is not in the top 25. just goes to show you that just because it is popular doesn't mean it is good.

  10. nate

    3-Dont stop believin, Fireflies, and I gotta feeling

  11. Bella

    I only have Party in The USA. I like I Gotta Feeling, but I decided not to get it. IDK Y!!! :)

  12. Bella

    Gasp!

  13. Shawn Ryan

    24.. i dont have kanye west-stronger because kanye is a jerk! plus that's a TERRIBLE song!!

  14. A.N.Y

    I own 18 of the 25 *pats on back*

  15. I have all of them except Stronger, Live Your Life, and Right Round. I wouldn’t say I love any of these songs, but they are all catchy, which is nice to listen to once in a while. I always hate to read people badmouthing popular music as much as they do. I mean, the pop/hip hop that’s become mainstream the past 5 or so years isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I can at least find positive things to say about them- they have to be doing something right if they get on a list like this.

    For the record, Journey’s song is probably more “overplayed” than the rest of the songs. I seriously can’t go a day without hearing that track in some form. Does that make it bad?

    I don’t mean to defend the music on this list, I much prefer 90′s alternative rock to anything listed, I just hate to see music trashed all the time.

  16. A.C.E.

    I’m not proud to say I own 21 of those 25 songs. All of them except Love Story, Right Round, Party in U.S.A., and How to Save a life, (Although the last of the four I probably should own).

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