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    "Top selling" v.s. "Best selling"

    Hello, everyone.

    I'd like to know whether my understanding as to the difference between "best selling" and "top selling" is correct.

    This question arose when I was reading a sentence.

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    Before "Pumped Up Kicks" became a top-selling single last year, Mark Foster's greatest his was the music to a TV commercial for Muscle Milk, a protein drink.
    In my opinion a top-selling single is a best-selling single, a piece of music that, according to the sales figures from a franchise or other similar institutions, is most popular with buyers during a period of time. The reason that an indefinite article, instead of a definite one, is used here is there are more than one franchise selling the same record.

    Am I right here?

    Many thanks

    Richard
    Last edited by cubezero3; 06-Mar-2012 at 09:53.

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    Re: "Top selling" v.s. "Best selling"

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    Hello, everyone.

    I'd like to know whether my understanding as to the difference between "best selling" and "top selling" is correct.

    This question arose when I was reading a sentence.

    Here is the sentence:



    In my opinion a top-selling single is a best-selling single, a piece of music that, according to the sales figures from a franchise or other similar institutions, is most popular with buyers during a period of time. The reason that an indefinite article, instead of a definite one, is used here is there are more than one franchise selling the same record.

    Am I right here?

    Many thanks

    Richard
    No. It became one of the top-selling singles in that period of time.

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    Re: "Top selling" v.s. "Best selling"

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    IMO, "top-selling" and "best-selling" in this context are interchangable.

    FYI, when talking about top-selling items, especially music, it refers to the collection of all the sales across all record labels or record stores. The sales that "a top-selling single" refer to is the same set of sales that "the top-selling single" refer to. If you wanted to make a smaller distinction, you'd have to specify it: "The best selling single from Mompop Records this week is Onamonapia by the BangBangs." This single may or may not be the top-selling single (overall) for that week. It may or may not even be a top-selling single (overall) for that week.

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