The most popular song in the world will probably surprise you

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It's a small world

There’s nothing small about this song, after all. You might think the most popular song in the world would be a Beatles hit or perhaps a Beyonce track but you’d be wrong. 

It’s official - this little ditty is the most popular song in the world. But before we tell you what it is, we'll give you a few hints.

Hint 1) It’s a Disney song. And no it’s not 'Let It Go' from Frozen.

Hint 2) The song was written in 1962. It’s the soundtrack to one of the most famous Disney attractions. 

If you haven’t guessed it yet, the song is **DRUMROLL** 


It's A small world

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‘It’s a Small World’ was written by the Sherman Brothers after Walt Disney conducted a walk-through of the attraction and said: 

“I need one song that can be easily translated into many languages and be played as a round.” 

And hence we have the little ditty - 'It’s A Small World'. 

Those who have been lucky enough to have travelled to one of the Disney parks, most likely have a memory etched into their brains of this cute, slightly annoying ride and a memory of their mum singing along for the whole eight minutes of the ride. 

Nothing like little dolls singing the same song on repeat for eight minutes to lift your spirits. 


Across three continents, the song has been played over 50 million times since the ride first opened in 1966. 

The information comes after The Exists discovered that Natalie Imbruglia’s song ‘Torn’ has been played over 75 times a day on Australian radio over a ten-year period, so they decided to look into what the most popular song in the world is.

Unsurprisingly The Beatles did make the list, but came in at number two with their hit ‘Yesterday’, which had been played seven million times - a far cry from ‘It’s A Small World’s' 50 million. 

Check out the video explaining it here...

Written By Gemma Prendergast
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