Biggest-selling digital single worldwide (current year)
Who
The Weeknd
What
2,150,000,000 total number
Where
Not Applicable ()
When
2021

“Save Your Tears” by The Weeknd (Canada, b. Abel Tesfaye) registered 2.15 billion “subscription streams equivalent” across all digital formats in 2021, as revealed by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) on 28 February 2022. The Weeknd also won the accolade in 2020, when “Blinding Lights” (No.7 in 2021 with 1.61 billion streams) topped the rankings after logging 2.72 billion streams worldwide.


Released on 9 August 2020 as the fourth single from The Weeknd’s fourth studio album, After Hours, “Save Your Tears” was a global Top 10 smash before a remix featuring Ariana Grande (released on 22 April 2021) propelled it to No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No.2 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart. The track has been certified platinum in 14 markets around the world.

Top 10 digital singles (2020): 1. “Save Your Tears” (including remix feat. Ariana Grande) by The Weeknd (Canada) – 2.15 bn; 2. “Stay” by The Kid LAROI (Australia) feat. Justin Bieber (Canada) – 2.07 bn; 3. “Levitating” by Dua Lipa (UK) – 1.88 bn; 4. “Butter” by BTS (South Korea) – 1.76 bn; 5. “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo (USA) – 1.73 bn; 6. “Peaches” by Justin Bieber (Canada) feat. Daniel Caesar (Canada) & Giveon (USA) – 1.72 bn; 7. “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd (Canada) – 1.61 bn; 8. “good 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo (USA) – 1.61 bn; 9. “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” by Lil Nas X (USA) – 1.60 bn; 10. “Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran (UK) – 1.57 bn. Sales measured in global “subscription streams equivalent”, i.e., single-track downloads and streams on subscription and ad-supported services.