A hit record is an audio recording, usually in the form of a single or album, that sells a large number of copies or otherwise becomes broadly popular or well-known, through airplay, club play, inclusion in a film or stage play soundtrack, causing it to have "hit" (appeared on) one of the popular chart listings. Despite the current dominance of a few record companies worldwide, for reasons of cultural, political, and linguistic differences, few songs achieve broad international airplay and sales. Most hits are only so in the country of their release, or at most, in countries sharing a language, like English, Portuguese, or Modern Standard Arabic, and to a lesser extent, French and Spanish. The following is a compilation of Wikipedia hit record lists from around the world. Most of the lists ignore or underreport hits from older decades, when sales of all recordings were much lower.
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