Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ Named IFPI’s Biggest Global Single of 2019

Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ Named IFPI’s Biggest Global Single of 2019
Billie Eilish

Carsten Windhorst

IFPI chief executive Frances Moore presenting Billie Eilish with the IFPI award for biggest global single of 2019.

Also in the top 10 are hits by Lil Nas X, Post Malone, Ariana Grande and more.

Could “bad guy” get any better? Two months after Billie Eilish‘s first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single earned both song and record of the year at the Grammy Awards, the IFPI has named “bad guy” the biggest global single of 2019, beating out hits by Post Malone, Ariana Grande and more.

The edgy pop track is the fifth single from Eilish’s debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, released last March. It topped charts in more than 15 countries around the world, and became Spotify’s second-most streamed song globally last year as well as Shazam’s most searched-for track.

“Billie Eilish has taken the world by storm with her incredible voice and genre-defying sound,” said IFPI CEO Frances Moore. “She is also an artist who addresses important issues like mental health in her lyrics that clearly resonate with her fans all over the world. We wish her success for what will no doubt be another standout year.”

The IFPI, which represents the recorded music industry worldwide, calculates its annual Global Digital Singles Chart based on consumption across audio streaming, video streaming and permanent downloads, weighted based on the relative value of each method of consumption.

With her 19.5 million global converted track equivalents, Eilish also managed to beat out Lil Nas X‘s smash “Old Town Road,” which comes in second on the 2019 ranking (18.4 million equivalents), having broken the record for longest consecutive run atop the Billboard Hot 100 (17 weeks). And in fact, it was also “bad guy” that finally knocked “Old Town Road” off the summit after 19 weeks.

In third is “Señorita,” the duet by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello (who had the global top single in 2018 with Young Thug team-up “Havana”). The ranking also includes two relative newcomers: Australian busker-turned-breakthrough star Tones and I, whose eclectic dance-pop hit “Dance Monkey” earns sixth place, and Scottish crooner Lewis Capaldi, who lands in ninth with his ballad “Someone You Loved” — just narrowly beating Halsey‘s “Without Me.”

The IFPI named Taylor Swift its Global Recording Artist of the Year for 2019 earlier this month, although she’s notably missing in the top 10 of the IFPI singles ranking. Next, the IFPI will release its Global Albums Chart for 2019, which will be published in the organization’s upcoming Global Music Report on March 24.

View the full list of top singles for 2019, below.

IFPI Top 10 Global Digital Singles 2019

1. Billie Eilish, “bad guy” (19.5 million global converted track equivalents)


2. Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road” (18.4 million)


3. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “Señorita” (16.1 million)


4. Post Malone and Swae Lee, “Sunflower” (13.4 million)


5. Ariana Grande, “7 rings” (13.3 million)


6. Tones and I, “Dance Monkey” (11.4 million)


7. Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care” (10.3 million)


8. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Shallow” (10.2 million)


9. Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved” (9.1 million)


10. Halsey, “Without Me” (9.1 million)








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