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There is a new “biggest song of all time.” Any guesses?

With somewhere beyond 110 million songs available to the streaming music services, it’s reasonable to ask which of those tracks is the biggest of all time. “Biggest,” of course, is a difficult adjective. Are we talking about the song with the most sales? Streams? Revenues? Covers? Placements? All of the above?

This was what Forbes tried to find out. Using data from the Recording Industry Association of America, they narrowed things down to one single song. It’s from Journey.

“Don’t Stop Believin'” from the band’s 1981 album Escape has been certified 18x platinum as a single. It’s a radio staple on multiple formats, used throughout the movie and TV universe, and shows up at sporting evenings. It was also COVID-19 theme. Add it all up and Forbes believes it’s the biggest song of all time?

Gee, what about “Yesterday” from The Beatles? I guess Journey’s sales figures eclipes the 2,200+ covers of The Beatles’ “Yesterday.”

Here’s the official press release.

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