Visualizing the Best-Selling iTunes Songs of All Time


Apple iTunes is closing in on the titanic milestone of 10 billion songs sold, and they’ve just announced their best-selling songs of all-time. Looking at the titles listed is hard enough (nothing about “TiK ToK” will ever seem okay), but our masochistic tendencies inspired us to create word clouds for every one of the top 12 songs. (Thank you, Wordle.)

These clouds weigh the appearance of certain lyrics within the songs and create charts assigning size status based on word frequency. If you’ve ever bemoaned the state of modern commercial music, the inanity of looking at these consolidated lyrics will do nothing to ease your pain. But it is kind of funny. Commiserate with us after the jump.

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

8. “Love Story” Taylor Swift

9. “Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis

10. “TiK ToK” Ke$ha

11. “Disturbia” Rihanna

12. “So What” Pink