Top 10 Soft Drinks

What are the top selling soft drinks in the USA?

The latest beverage market stats are out — and there are some interesting highlights.

The epic battle between Coke and Pepsi continues, but so far Coke still has the top spot.

Both Coke and Pepsi fans are a loyal bunch so it will be hard to sway either of them to the other side.

Update: We originally published this list back in 2007. It’s been updated to the latest statistics each year since.

What about the top selling energy drinks? They’re listed here.

Top 10 Soft Drinks

1.Coca-cola Classic (coca-cola)Coca-cola Classic (coca-cola)Coca-cola Classic (coca-cola)Coca-cola Classic (coca-cola)Coca-cola Classic (coca-cola)
2. Pepsi-cola (PepsiCo)Diet Coke (coca-cola)Diet Coke (coca-cola)Diet Coke (coca-cola)Pepsi-cola (PepsiCo)
3. Diet Coke (coca-cola)Pepsi-cola (PepsiCo)Pepsi-cola (PepsiCo)Pepsi-cola (PepsiCo)Diet Coke (coca-cola)
4. Mountain Dew (PepsiCo)Mountain Dew (PepsiCo)Mountain Dew (PepsiCo)Mountain Dew (PepsiCo)Mountain Dew (PepsiCo)
5. Dr Pepper (Dr. Pepper)Dr Pepper (Dr. Pepper)Dr Pepper (Dr. Pepper)Dr Pepper (Dr. Pepper)Diet Pepsi (PepsiCo)
6. Sprite (coca-cola)Sprite (coca-cola)Sprite (coca-cola)Sprite (coca-cola)Dr Pepper (Cadbury-Schweppes)
7. Diet Pepsi (PepsiCo)Diet Pepsi (PepsiCo)Diet Pepsi (PepsiCo)Diet Pepsi (PepsiCo)Sprite (coca-cola)
8.Fanta (coca-cola)Diet Mountain Dew (PepsiCo)Diet Mountain Dew (PepsiCo)Diet Mountain Dew (PepsiCo)Fanta (coca-cola)
9. Diet Mountain Dew (PepsiCo)Fanta (coca-cola)Fanta (coca-cola)Diet Dr. Pepper (Dr. Pepper/Snapple)Caffeine-Free Diet Coke (coca-cola)
10. Coke ZeroCoke ZeroDiet Dr. Pepper (Dr. Pepper/Snapple)Fanta (coca-cola)Diet Mountain Dew (PepsiCo)

Top Ten Soda Brands Changes?

  1. Pepsi regained the #2 spot in 2014 after losing that spot in 2008.
  2. The list has been pretty static from since 2011. The only change was Fanta moving to spot 9 and Diet Dr. Pepper falling to 10 in 2012 and falling out of the top 10 for 2013.
  3. Coke Zero was expected to break into the top 10 in 2012, but finally broke the top 10 in 2013.
  4. For the first time in history a diet soda has achieved the number 2 spot and in 2013 diet sodas occupy 4 positions.
  5. Diet sodas are becoming more popular, which shows a trend in people becoming more aware of too much sugar in the diet.
  6. Both Coca-cola and Pepsi lost market share. Coca-cola can blame it on the CEO – after all they only paid him $32 million dollars for his year’s work. This downward trend has continued.
  7. Soft drinks are down 3% in 2013³ , which is the worst year yet.
  8. Soft drinks still hold the majority market share – 51% (down 0.6% from previous year).(07)
  9. Energy Drinks had a massive 49% growth – but total market share is just 0.8% (which makes you wonder about all the over-enthusiastic media reporting). (07)
  10. Red Bull has the most market share there, Monster is second, and Rockstar is third.

Top Beverage Companies in the USA

1. Coca-Cola Co.1. Coca-Cola Co.
 2. PepsiCo2. PepsiCo
 3. Dr. Pepper/Snapple3. Dr. Pepper/Snapple
 4. Cott Corp.4. Cott Corp.
 5. National Beverage5. National Beverage
 6. Monster Beverage Co6. Monster Beverage Co
 7. Red Bull7. Red Bull
 8. Rockstar8. Rockstar
 9. Big Red9. Big Red
10. Private Label

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  • caffeinedream

    I had a Red Bull with breakfast this morning and realized I had built up way too much a tolerance to caffeine. When I started on Red Bull in 7th grade, my first one was a kick in the pants. Today, I was sitting in class less than an hour after breakfast and my eyelids were falling. So now I am drinking a bottle of Morning Spark and brewing a pot of Meth Coffee… both products that I was introduced to right here on EnergyFiend.

  • garrett

    Take a break. Seriously. It’s worth it to let your system clear out a bit every now and then. I usually go for a month or two and then take a week (or as long as I can, really) off.

    Your kidneys will thank you.

  • videoCWK

    Since we’re on the topic of our morning caffeine routines, here’s mine!

    OK so, I get up and I’ve got so little awakeness that I sometimes have to lean on the wall to keep from falling over. In the bathroom I often take a caffeine pill, usually 200mg. At the table, I usually drink a cup of tea and a Hype, which helps a lot. Then while on the bus or while waiting for the bus I like to pop a few caffeine mints. I also like to bring something to drink at lunch. A bottle of Bawls seems best, since you get a pretty good amount for a school lunch and the caffeine content is pretty good.

  • Wesley Doughman

    First Upper 10 was a lot better than 7UP.
    Second Diet Rite was the first Diet to contain Splenda.
    Third Diet Rite is Pure Zero.
    Fourth Nehi Peach, Orange, Strawberry, Grape, is a lot better than Big Peach, Sunkist Orange, and Welch’s Grape.
    Fifth Royal Crown Cola had a drink called Dr. Nehi, that was just as good as Dr. Pepper, but when Dr.Pepper/7UP (Cadbury Schweppes) purchased RC and Nehi, Cadbury quickly done away with Dr. Nehi, and now Upper 10 is nowhere around.
    Sixth, RC should be included in surveys regarding Colas.

  • Sarah

    What are your sources for this information? is it legitimate? or just personal opinion? … I need to see cited information please.

    but seriously we need to see some proven statistics with like a link to the site or something so that these stats are actual and not made up.

  • jake

    i think the diet ones shouldn’t becounted because it is the same thing just without sugar i think you should have put cherry coke couse that is beautiful and solo.

  • big beast

    this is a bogus list…i will find u if the list is not changed…reccomendatons:
    1)Coca-Cola Classic
    3)Dr Pepper
    5)Mountain Dew
    6)Mr Pibb
    7)Diet Coke
    8)Big Red
    9)*Combo* Dr Coke (dr pepper/coca-cola classic)
    10)*Combo* Spanta (sprite/fanta)
    ***optional***combo* sprite juice (sprite/apple juice)


  • Sophia

    You guys are all freaks!
    3.Big Red
    4.Cream Soda
    8.Shrup (Sherbert ice cream and 7 up)
    10.Orange Soda

  • akshay97

    r u all gon madd !!!! i think dis r ur personal opinions regarding cold drink 😛 ……

  • marisol

    my comment is that my favorite soda is dr. pepper and that is it. i drink it everyday of my life.

  • warren

    more like relentless

  • Rob

    Here are my Top 10 soft drinks:
    1. Barq’s Root Beer
    2. Mountain Dew
    3. Diet Coke
    4. Diet Pesi
    5. Sunkist
    6. Pepsi
    7. Big Red
    8. Sierra-Mist
    9. Red Mountain Dew
    10. Coke

  • K what is wrong with you ppls #1 of all time is TAB cola

  • William

    How do you know the COE of Coca Cola made $32 million last year?

  • kevin

    umm, obviously you guys have never tried Sun Drop 😀

  • I find the mainstream soft drinks bland. Also the commercials are so revolting, I can’t even think of drinking Barq’s anymore.

    My all time favourite is Fentiman’s Burdock. It comes from England and tastes a bit like root beer — but for adults. The first time I drank is is one of those memorable life moments, like a first kiss or losing your virginity. “Ah ha, so this is what I was thirsty for all my life.”

  • TSD

    Its got to be ..
    1. Dr Pepper
    2. Barr’s Cherryade (Scottish Co)
    3.Irn-Bru (Scottish Drink)
    6.Cloudy Lemonade
    7. 7 up
    8.Cream soda
    9. Barr’s Pineappleade (Scottish Co)
    10. Boost

  • Dr pepper kicks all other sodas ass

  • sk8pro87

    none of u people r posting monster energy istnt that a soft drink thing so uuhhhh yea i drink 3 of those like evry day and i recommned it to every 1 else…red bull has a weird after taste and rockstar i just dont like..send me an email if u think different!!ok?

Last Modified: March 27, 2015