Oricon Singles Chart

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The Oricon Singles Chart is the Japanese music industry-standard singles popularity chart issued daily, weekly, monthly and yearly by Oricon. Chart rankings are based on physical singles' sales. Until 2017, Oricon did not track download sales. In Japan, physical sales decreased sharply in the 2000s, while download sales hit three to four times the amount of single sales. In November 2017, Oricon introduced its first digital songs chart, separate from its main physical singles chart. In November 2018, Oricon launched a streaming chart, and introduced a combined singles chart that utilizes physical single sales, downloads, and streams.

Original Confidence Inc. , the original Oricon company, was founded by the former Snow Brand Milk Products promoter Sōkō Koike in 1967. +more That November, the company began publishing a singles chart on an experimental basis. Entitled (総合芸能市場調査). The chart became official on January 4, 1968.

Charts are published every Tuesday in Oricon Style and on Oricon's official website. Every Monday, Oricon receives data from outlets, but data on merchandise sold through certain channels does not make it into the charts. +more For example, the debut single of NEWS, a pop group, was released only through 7-Eleven stores, which are not covered by Oricon, and its sales were not reflected in the Oricon charts. Oricon's rankings of record sales are therefore not completely accurate. Before data was collected electronically, the charts were compiled on the basis of faxes that were sent from record shops.

The first number-one song on the Oricon Singles Chart was "Kitaguni no Futari (In a Lonesome City)" by Jackey Yoshikawa and his Blue Comets on November 2, 1967.

Best-selling physical singles of all time

RankYearTitleArtistSales
11975"Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun" (Masato Shimon4. 577m
21972"Onna no Michi" (Shiro Miya and Pinkara Trio3. +more256m
32003"Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana" (SMAP3. 125m
42000"Tsunami"Southern All Stars2. 934m
51999"Dango 3 Kyodai" (Kentarō Hayami, Ayumi Shigemori, Himawari Kids, Dango Gasshōdan2. 918m
61992"Kimi ga Iru Dake de" (Kome Kome Club2. 895m
71991"Say Yes"Chage & Aska2. 822m
81994"Tomorrow Never Knows"Mr. Children2. 766m
91991"Oh! Yeah! / Love Story wa Totsuzen ni" (Kazumasa Oda2. 587m
101995"Love Love Love / Arashi ga Kuru" (Dreams Come True2. 488m
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