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If asked the question: What is the biggest selling single record of all time, what would you say? The answer may surprise you, since it isn’t by the Beatles or Elvis. The record is Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” recorded on May 29, 1942.

Since it first came out, more than 30 million copies of Crosby’s rendition have been bought. Adding the many versions of the song recorded by other artists, estimates are that “White Christmas” has stacked up sales of 125 million copies. When Bing recorded “White Christmas,” Americans spent $634 million on records, radios and musical instruments. Now, we spend just over $11.5 billion on sound recordings alone each year.

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