Circulation of best-selling English language newspapers. (Most figures as of 2002.)

1) The Sun  [tabloid]  The Sun, a daily newspaper published in the United Kingdom, has the highest circulation of any daily English-language newspaper in the world, standing at around 3,400,000 copies daily in mid-2004. It is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, The Sun was created out of the Daily Herald in 1964 and sold to Murdoch and made into a tabloid size in 1969. The current editor is Rebekah Wade. [A tabloid is both a paper size and a term for the style of the newspapers that especially in the United Kingdom tend to use that format. Tabloid is the smaller of the two standard newspaper sizes; the larger newspapers are called broadsheets. The name seems to derive from a pharmaceutical trademark meaning compressed tablet, and has been applied to other small things.]

2) The Daily Mail  [tabloid]  The Daily Mail and its Sunday edition the Mail on Sunday are British newspapers, first published in 1896. For many years, it has had a right-wing editorial slant. For most of its history it was a broadsheet but is currently published in a tabloid format. Its chief rival, the Daily Express, with a similar political stance and target audience, sells less than half as many copies. As of 2004 the paper's publisher, Daily Mail and General Trust, is a FTSE 100 company and the newspaper has a circulation of 2,3 million giving it the second largest circulation of any English language newspaper, and the twelfth highest of any newspaper.

3) The Daily Mirror  [tabloid]  The Daily Mirror is a popular British tabloid daily newspaper.with a circulation of 2,15. For a period during the 1990s it was renamed The Mirror, but has since reverted to its original name. The newspaper was launched in 1903 by Alfred Harmsworth as a newspaper for women. However in this format it was unsuccessful and he quickly changed the focus and added pictures and photographs. This improved the circulation dramatically. The paper was later owned by Harold Harmsworth and Lord Rothermere, it was bought by Robert Maxwell in 1984, and is now owned by Trinity Mirror.

4) The Times of India   The Times of India is India's leading English language daily newspaper, subsidiary of The Times Group and the world's largest circulated English daily broadsheet. It is published from ten cities across India, has a circulation of over 2.14 million copies, and is read by over 4.42 million people. It was founded in 1838 as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, and served the British residents of western India. It adopted its present name in 1861. It is owned by India's largest media group, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, which also publishes The Economic Times, the Navbharat Times, the Maharashtra Times, Femina, and Filmfare.

 5) USA Today   USA Today is a national American newspaper published by the Gannett Corporation. The paper has the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States (averaging over 2.12 million copies every weekday), and is distributed to all 50 states. It was founded by Allen "Al" Neuharth. Colorful and bold, with many large diagrams, charts, and photographs, USA Today was founded in 1982 with the goal of providing an alternative to the relatively colorless and wordy papers of the time such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. USA Today is also well-known for its national polls on public sentiment.

6) The Hindustan Times circulation:1,860,000 India   The Republic of India is the second most populous country in the world and is the world's largest democracy, with over one billion people speaking about 800 distinct languages. The Indian economy is the fourth-largest in the world, in terms of purchasing power parity, and is the world's second-fastest growing economy.

7) The Wall Street Journal   The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York. For many years, it had the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States, although currently (with 2,12 million copies) it is second to USA Today. It is owned by Dow Jones & Company. Nicknamed The Journal, this newspaper primarily covers U.S. and international business and financial news and issues--in fact, the paper's name comes from Wall Street, the street in New York which is the heart of the business district. It has been printed continuously since July 8, 1889. The newspaper has won the Pulitzer Prize twenty-six times.

8) The New York Times   The New York Times is an internationally influential daily newspaper published in New York City, New York, and distributed worldwide. The New York Times has a circulation of 1,1 million copies. Nicknamed "The Gray Lady" or The Times, the newspaper was founded as The New-York Daily Times in 1851 by Henry J. Raymond and George Jones as a sober alternative to the more partisan newspapers that dominated the New York journalism of the time. In its very first edition on September 18, 1851, the paper stated, "We publish today the first issue of the New-York Daily Times, and we intend to issue it every morning (Sundays excepted) for an indefinite number of years to come."

9) The Los Angeles Times   The Los Angeles Times (also L.A. Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the Western United States. With a circulation of 965,000 readers per day as of 2002, it is the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States (after the New York Times). History:The paper was first published as the Los Angeles Daily Times on December 4, 1881, but soon went bankrupt. The paper's printer, the Mirror Company, took over the newspaper and installed former Union army lieutenant colonel Harrison Gray Otis as editor. Otis made the paper a financial success and in 1884 bought out the newspaper and printing company, forming the Times-Mirror Company.

10) The Daily Telegraph   The Daily Telegraph is a British broadsheet newspaper founded in 1855. Its sister paper, The Sunday Telegraph, was founded in 1961. In 2002, the Telegraph was the highest selling British broadsheet, with an average daily circulation of 920,000. This compared with a circulation of 620,000 for The Times [see below], 230,000 for The Independent, and 400,000 for The Guardian1.

11) The Daily Express [tabloid]  The Daily Express is a British newspaper, currently tabloid, and it is owned by Richard Desmond. It was founded in 1900 and was purchased in 1916 by the future Lord Beaverbrook. It was one of the first papers to carry gossip, sports, and women's features, and the first newspaper in Britain to have a crossword. It moved in 1931 to Fleet Street. Under Beaverbrook the newspaper achieved a phenomenally high circulation, setting a new record for any newspaper several times throughout the 1930s. This came about due to an aggressive marketing campaign in a vigorous circulation war with other populist newspapers, with many making offers of insurance and free gifts for new subscribers. The Daily Express has a circulation of 915,000 copies.

12) The Hindu   The Hindu is an Indian English language newspaper published weekly since 1878 and daily since 1889. It has grown steadily to the current circulation of more than 850,000 copies and a readership of over 3 million, both in India and abroad. The Hindu enjoys considerable popularity, especially in South India, for its traditionally moderate and independent editorial stand and for its reliable and balanced presentation of the news, with a positive attitude that shuns sensationalism.

13) The Daily Star [tabloid]  The Daily Star is a British tabloid newspaper. Its style is highly imitative of Rupert Murdoch's The Sun, including the use of Page three girls, although it has a slightly smaller page count and with 820,00 copies a much smaller circulation. It is currently published by Express Newspapers, publishers of the Daily Express and Sunday Express.

14) The Washington Post 750.00 copies  United States 

15) The New York Daily News  715,000 copies  United States

16) The Times 620,000 copies United Kingdom

17) The Chicago Tribune  615,000 copies United States