Singles certified gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry

Posted Jan 17, 2012
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  1. We Are the World
    #1

    We Are the World (1985)

    10,557 views

    "We Are the World" is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide.


  2. Hallelujah
    #2

    Hallelujah (1984)

    4,361 views

    "Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian recording artist Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which inspired a cover by Jeff Buckley. Buckley's version is the most enduringly popular and critically acclaimed cover of the song to date. It is the subject of the book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" (2012) by Alan Light. In a New York Times review of the book, Janet Maslin praises the book and the song, noting that "Cohen spent years struggling with his song 'Hallelujah.' He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down."


  3. Hotel California
    #3

    Hotel California (1977)

    5,215 views

    "Hotel California" is the title track from the Eagles' album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. It is one of the band's best-known songs. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics). The Eagles' original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh. The song has been given several interpretations by fans and critics alike, but the Eagles have described it as their "interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles". In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Henley said that the song was about "a journey from innocence to experience...that's all".


  4. Home
    #4

    Home (2005)

    4,189 views

    "Home" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Michael Bublé, and released on March 28, 2005, as the second single from his second major-label studio album, It's Time. The song was written by Bublé, along with co-writers Alan Chang and Amy Foster-Gillies.


  5. All of Me
    #5

    All of Me (2013)

    4,002 views

    "All of Me" is a song by American recording artist John Legend from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013). Legend co-wrote the song with Toby Gad and co-produced it with Dave Tozer. It is a dedication to Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen. "All of Me" impacted American mainstream urban radio as the album's third single on August 12, 2013.


  6. Ain't Nobody
    #6

    Ain't Nobody (1983)

    3,598 views

    "Ain't Nobody" is a song recorded by American band Rufus and Chaka Khan. It was released on November 4, 1983 as a bonus track for their live album Stompin' at the Savoy. "Ain't Nobody" quickly gathered popularity, and reached the number-one of the U.S. R&B chart, and number twenty-two on the US Billboard Hot 100. It has become one of Khan's signature songs.


  7. Rumour Has It
    #7

    Rumour Has It (2011)

    3,036 views

    "Rumour Has It" is a song by the English recording artist Adele. The song was written by Adele and Ryan Tedder while the production was handled by Tedder. Adele has said the song was not inspired by the media but it was aimed at her friends who believed things they heard about her. It was the fourth single from 21 in the United States.


  8. I Will Always Love You
    #8

    I Will Always Love You (1974)

    3,288 views

    "I Will Always Love You" is a song written, composed, and originally recorded by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. The country track was released on June 6, 1974 as the second single from Parton's thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene (1974). The singer wrote the song, which was recorded on June 13, 1973, for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time.


  9. One Thing
    #9

    One Thing (2012)

    2,210 views

    "One Thing" is a song by the British-Irish boy band One Direction from their debut studio album, Up All Night (2011). It was released in various countries by Syco Music on 6 January 2012, as their second single, and as their third single in the UK on 13 February 2012. Additionally, Columbia Records sent it to contemporary hit radio playlists on 22 May 2012 as their second single in the United States. Written by Savan Kotecha and its producers, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub, initially, the upbeat pop rock number was written as two different songs. As both tracks had elusive attributes, the trio decided to merge the two into one song. The lyrical content regards the protagonist's infatuation with a significant other.


  10. California King Bed
    #10

    California King Bed (2011)

    2,058 views

    "California King Bed" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The sixth single from the album, it was released on May 13, 2011, by Def Jam. Priscilla Renea and Alex Delicata wrote the song with its main producers, Jermaine Jackson and Andrew Harr of The Runners.


  11. On The Floor
    #11

    On The Floor (2011)

    1,876 views

    "On the Floor" is a song by American recording artist and actress Jennifer Lopez, featuring Latin American rapper Pitbull. It was released by Island Records on February 11, 2011, as the lead single from Lopez's seventh studio album, Love? (2011). "On the Floor" was written by Bilal Hajji, Kinda Hamid, Achraf Jannusi, Pitbull and Geraldo Sandell, as well as RedOne, who also produced the song. Its release coincided with Lopez’s appointment as a judge on the tenth season of US reality TV show American Idol, as well as several other product endorsement deals. American Idol also provided a platform to debut the single's music video, as well as the stage for Lopez's first live performance of the song.


  12. You Shook Me All Night Long
    #12

    You Shook Me All Night Long (1980)

    2,136 views

    "You Shook Me All Night Long" is an AC/DC song from the album, Back in Black. The song also reappeared on their later album Who Made Who. It is AC/DC's first single to feature Brian Johnson as the lead singer and reached number 35 on the USA's Hot 100 pop singles chart in 1980. The single was re-released internationally in 1986, following the release of the album Who Made Who. The re-released single in 1986 contains the B-side(s): B1. "She's Got Balls" (Live, Bondi Lifesaver '77); B2. "You Shook Me All Night Long" (Live '83 – 12-inch maxi-single only).


  13. Every Breath You Take
    #13

    Every Breath You Take (1983)

    1,707 views

    "Every Breath You Take" is a song by English rock band The Police on the band's 1983 album Synchronicity. Written by Sting, the single was the biggest hit of 1983, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks (the band's only No. 1 hit on that chart), and the UK Singles Chart for four weeks. It also topped the Billboard Top Tracks chart for nine weeks.


  14. Billie Jean
    #14

    Billie Jean (1983)

    1,691 views

    "Billie Jean" is a song by American singer Michael Jackson. It is the second single from the singer's sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). It was written and composed by Jackson and produced by him and Quincy Jones. There are contradictory claims to what the song's lyrics refer to. One suggests that they are derived from a real-life experience, in which a female fan claimed that Jackson (or one of his brothers) had fathered one of her twins. However, Jackson himself stated that "Billie Jean" was based on groupies he had encountered. The song is well known for its distinctive bassline played by Louis Johnson and Jackson's vocal hiccups. The song was mixed 91 times by audio engineer Bruce Swedien before it was finalized.


  15. Where Is the Love?
    #15

    Where Is the Love? (2003)

    1,655 views

    "Where Is the Love" is a popular song written by Ralph MacDonald and William Salter, and recorded by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. Released in 1972 from their album, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and spent a week each at number one on the Billboard Easy Listening (July 1972) and R&B (August 1972) charts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 58 song for 1972. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.


  16. Story of My Life
    #16

    Story of My Life (2013)

    1,868 views

    "Story of My Life" is a song recorded by British-Irish boy band One Direction. It was released on 25 October 2013 by Syco Music and Columbia Records as the second single from the group's third studio album, Midnight Memories (2013). Written by band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, along with Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, and John Ryan, the lyrics speak of a tumultuous relationship leading to lament and heartbreak.


  17. Marry You
    #17

    Marry You (2011)

    1,501 views

    "Marry You" is a song by American recording artist Bruno Mars, released as the fourth single internationally from his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Mars wrote the song along with his production team The Smeezingtons, who also produced the track. "Marry You" incorporates influences of reggae and R&B. Lyrically, the song sees Mars singing about a spontaneous marriage idea. It received generally mixed reviews from most of the critics, with some complimenting its production and Mars' vocals on the song. The song charted at number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 10 on the Canadian Hot 100. It also peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia and the top twenty of the charts in the United Kingdom.


  18. Goodbye My Lover
    #18

    Goodbye My Lover (2005)

    1,623 views

    "Goodbye My Lover" is a song written by songwriter James Blunt and Sacha Skarbek, for Blunt's debut album Back to Bedlam. The song was produced by Tom Rothrock and Jimmy Hogarth and received a positive reception from music critics. It was released as the fourth single in November 2005 and reached the top ten in the United Kingdom, where it became Blunt's second top ten single. It also reached the top ten in Sweden, Australia and France. In the United States, "Goodbye My Lover" had modest success on the Billboard singles chart, where it reached number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 due to digital downloads, even though the single was not yet released in the U.S. The song was formally released in the United States on 7 November 2006.


  19. Love is a Losing Game
    #19

    Love is a Losing Game (2006)

    1,681 views

    "Love Is a Losing Game" is a song by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse from her second and final studio album Back to Black (2006). It was chosen as the fifth and final single from Back to Black. It was the final single released in Winehouse's lifetime. The single was released on 10 December 2007 in the United Kingdom. The song was added to BBC Radio 1's playlist on November 7, 2007.


  20. S&M
    #20

    S&M (2011)

    1,343 views

    "S&M" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The song was released on January 21, 2011, as the fourth single from the album. The American songwriter Ester Dean wrote "S&M" in collaboration with the producers Stargate and Sandy Vee. Backed by bass beats, a keyboard and guitars, it is an uptempo hi-NRG-Eurodance track with lyrics that revolve around sexual intercourse, sadomasochism, bondage, and fetishes.


  21. Rude Boy
    #21

    Rude Boy (2010)

    1,362 views

    "Rude Boy" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna, taken from her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It was released as the album's third single on February 19, 2010, through Def Jam. Rihanna co-wrote the song with StarGate, Ester Dean, Makeba Riddick, and Rob Swire, with Swire also co-producing it with StarGate. "Rude Boy" is an up-tempo dancehall song which incorporates elements of raggamuffin. The song received mixed to positive reviews from critics; some called it is the highlight of the album, but others criticized Rihanna's "monotone" and "icy" vocal performance.


  22. Stay
    #22

    Stay (2013)

    1,317 views

    "Stay" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). It features guest vocals by Mikky Ekko, and was released as the second single from the album on January 7, 2013. "Stay" was co-written by Ekko and Justin Parker. A pop and R&B ballad, that features both piano and guitar chords. The song's lyrical content speaks of temptation and the inability to resist true love. Music critics were divided in their opinion regarding the balladry, with most describing it as a standout track on the album, while a few labeled it as boring.


  23. Russian Roulette
    #23

    Russian Roulette (2009)

    1,310 views

    "Russian Roulette" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It premiered on radio stations worldwide on October 20, 2009 and was released as the album's lead single on October 27 through Def Jam Recordings. Written and produced by Ne-Yo and Chuck Harmony, "Russian Roulette" is a pop ballad that contains dark, morbid, and tense atmospheric elements in its composition. Lyrically, the single is about an abusive romantic relationship that ended abruptly. Music critics noted the lyrical theme as a response to the domestic violence case between Rihanna and her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown.


  24. In the End
    #24

    In the End (2001)

    1,301 views

    "In the End" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park, from their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000). The song was released on October 9, 2001 as the album's fourth and final single. "In the End" is one of Linkin Park's most recognizable and signature songs. It is the second most played song in all of the band's live performances, after "One Step Closer".


  25. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
    #25

    We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012)

    1,286 views

    "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fourth studio album, Red (2012). It was produced by Max Martin and Shellback, who co-wrote the song with Swift. The song was released as the lead single from Red on August 13, 2012, by Big Machine Records. Its lyrics depict Swift's frustrations at an ex-lover who wants to re-kindle their relationship. Rolling Stone magazine named the song the second best song of 2012 while it took the fourth spot in Time‍ '​s end-of-year poll. It has received a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year. It also received a People's Choice Awards nomination for Favorite Song of the Year.


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