Michael Jackson’s Tracks Top Download Charts

NEW YORK It wouldn’t be that strange to find Chuck Berry’s “Johnnie B. Goode,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” on someone’s iPod. Each of these tracks was the top download for its respective decade, according to Nielsen SoundScan year-to-date data ending July 26, 2009.

The top downloaded track of the past year was Flo Rida’s “Right Round.” It has been downloaded 3.69 million times, trailed closely by the Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” at 3.67 million. Predictably, the tracks recorded in the last decade have been purchased at far greater volumes than earlier songs.

The most downloaded track from any other decade is Journey’s ’80s classic “Don’t Stop Believin'” which was downloaded 711,000 times.

Ironically, the artist that owned the 1980s, Michael Jackson, didn’t get the top slot. He did rack up 10 of the top 15 downloads overall for that decade. The only non-Jackson songs in the top 10 were “Don’t Stop Believin'” (No. 1), Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” (No. 5) and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” (No. 10).

Jackson’s domination actually began in the 1970s, where four of the top five downloads were either his solo tracks or songs he did with the Jackson 5. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” was No. 1 for the decade. Queen proved potent, charting “We Will Rock You” (No. 5), “Bohemian Rhapsody” (No. 8), “We Are the Champions” (No. 12) and “Fat-Bottomed Girls” (No. 39).

Although the ’60s gave birth to some of the greatest rock tracks of all time, Etta James’ “At Last” and Louie Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” secured the top two slots. The Rolling Stones had five of the top 15 downloads.

The ’50s’ top three proved to be an eclectic mix of rhythm and blues, country and jazz. Berry’s “Johnnie B. Goode” was No. 1, followed by Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and Davis, Brubeck and Monk’s “Take Five.”

Billie Holiday had four of the top 15 tunes downloaded from the ’40s. “I’ll Be Seeing You” was No. 1. Judy Garland had three within the top 15, lead by “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (No. 11).

Overall track sales grew to 701 million downloads through July 26 compared to 622 million during the same period the previous year.



1. Billie Holiday, “I’ll Be Seeing You”
2. Ink Spots, “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire”
3. Andrews Sisters, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
4. Hank Williams Sr., “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
5. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
6. Glenn Miller, “In the Mood”
7. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, “It Don’t Mean a Thing”
8. Billie Holiday, “Strange Fruit”
9. Bing Crosby, “Swinging on a Star”
10. Guy Lombardo, “Auld Lang Syne”


1. Chuck Berry, “Johnny B. Goode”
2. Johnny Cash, “Folsom Prison Blues”
3. Davis/Brubeck/Monk, “Take Five”
4. Bill Haley & The Comets, “Rock Around the Clock”
5. Louis Armstrong “La Vie en Rose”
6. Buddy Holly, “Everyday”
7. Buddy Holly, “That’ll Be the Day”
8. Miles Davis, “So What”
9. Louis Armstrong, “A Kiss to Build a Dream On”
10. Buddy Holly, “Peggy Sue”


1. Etta James, “At Last”
2. Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”
3. Rolling Stones, “Paint It Black”
4. Van Morrison, “Brown-Eyed Girl”
5. Temptations, “My Girl”
6. Jackson 5, “Who’s Loving You”
7. Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”
8. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
9. Otis Redding, “Dock of the Bay”
10. Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire”


1. Michael Jackson, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”
2. Michael Jackson, “Rock With You”
3. Jackson 5, “I’ll Be There”
4. Jackson 5, “ABC”
5. Queen, “We Will Rock You”
6. Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”
7. Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama”
8. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
9. Eagles, “Hotel California”
10. Bob Marley & The Wailers, “Three Little Birds”


1. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin'”
2. Michael Jackson, “Man in the Mirror”
3. Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”
4. Michael Jackson, “Beat It”
5. Bon Jovi, “Livin’ on a Prayer”
6. Michael Jackson, “Smooth Criminal”
7. Michael Jackson, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
8. Michael Jackson, “Thriller”
9. Michael Jackson, “Way You Make Me Feel”
10. Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger”


1. Michael Jackson, “Black or White”
2. 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite”
3. Michael Jackson, “Will You Be There”
4. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, “Somewhere of the Rainbow”
5. Michael Jackson, “Remember the Time”
6. Green Day, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”
7. Disturbed, “Down with the Sickness”
8. Notorious B.I.G., “Hypnotize”
9. Michael Jackson, “You’re Not Alone”
10. Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”


1. Flo Rida, “Right Round”
2. Black Eyed Peas, “Boom Boom Pow”
3. Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”
4. The All-American Rejects, “Gives You Hell”
5. Lady Gaga featuring Colby O’Donis. “Just Dance”
6. Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em featuring Sammie, “Kiss Me Thru the Phone”
7. Miley Cyrus, “Climb”
8. Kanye West, “Heartless”
9. Kelly Clarkson, “My Life Would Suck Without You”
10. The Fray, “You Found Me”
Source: Nielsen SoundScan data year-to-date ending July 26, 2009.

Nielsen Business Media