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Top 10 Best Selling Energy Drinks

Updated on December 3, 2012

These are the top 10 best selling energy drinks in the country folks!

Love 'em or hate 'em, a whole generation is growing up around energy drinks that give your body a boost - a mix of a sugar rush compounded with a high caffeine dosage.

I'm not knocking them. They have a place, and I bet they are just great for students struggling to find the energy to work through the night to finish off assignments, or for athletes flagging after a long training session.

I would just warn caution with them. Be very careful how much of them you drink on a daily basis and I certainly discourage children from drinking them.

That asides, energy drinks are here to stay, so why not enjoy them.

Monster Energy Drink, 16-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)
Monster Energy Drink, 16-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)

Monster Energy Drink, 16-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)

With a massive 160mgs of caffeine in each 16oz can, you might want to be very careful how many of those you drink in a day.

The Monster Energy Drink could turn you into a monster if you drink too many!

Your daily recommended allowance of caffeine is only 200mgs, so if you drink tea, coffee or Coco-Cola as well as just 1 can of Monster Energy, you will go well over a safe level.

Having said that, this might be just the thing for either those folk who skip breakfast or those who work nights as well as days, as you will get quite an energy boost from Monster energy drinks.

Red Bull Energy Drink, 8.4-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)
Red Bull Energy Drink, 8.4-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)

Red Bull Energy Drink, 8.4-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)

I'm not selling you this. This is only a list of the top selling energy drinks, and Red Bull comes in at number 2.

I don't care what benefits the manufacturer says it has. But any high sugar, high caffeine drink will give your whole system a boost just when your energy levels are flagging.

I can drink just one of those cans at a time, and yes you do get a boost, but any more than one and someone is peeling me off the ceiling - not that they send you high, they don't - they just give you a massive caffeine boost that is normally reserved for several black coffees.

Careful how you go - the jitters are horrible.

5-Hour Energy
5-Hour Energy

5-Hour Energy

I haven't tried 5-Hour Energy but it's a top seller in the US. Having read it's label I am not surprised. This seems to be the healthy alternative to the above drinks though quite how it works - giving an energy boost - remains a mystery.

It contains the same caffeine as a strong cup of coffee, and B vitamins, amino acids and nutrients. Not an -ate, -ine or -ide in sight at first glance, then you read down and see there are a few there after all.

Best of all it contains very little sugar - in fact the manufacturer says there is no added sugar.

Testers - sorry reviewers - say it works very well to give that lift where needed - not an energy boost as such, but takes tiredness away so can't be all bad.

I could do with a 5-Hour Energy drink myself just now, but seeing as there aren't any here, I will just have to have a cup of coffee!

Power Horse Energy Drink, 8.45-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)
Power Horse Energy Drink, 8.45-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)

Power Horse Energy Drink, 8.45-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)

Coming from Austria, this drink is very similar to Red Bull, with its added sugar, caffeine, taurine and loads of other -ines.

According to reviewers, it tastes very similar too but at half the price!

Some even reckon it gives a better energy boost too.

But the important think I wanted to know is, does it taste as well with vodka?

Power Horse Energy Drinks are well worth a try if you find that you are spending all your spare money on Red Bull.

Hansen's Energy Pro, Citrus, 8.3-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Hansen's Energy Pro, Citrus, 8.3-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

Hansen's Energy Pro, Citrus, 8.3-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

The reviewers love the Hansen Energy Drink which is described as being light and with a citrus tang that makes it really pleasant to drink.

They say it wakes your brain cells up and not just your body, so is great for people struggling to study after a hard day.

Its high sugar, high caffeine with loads of chemicals, but also contains Ginkgo Biloba which none of the other energy drinks have.

The general consensus is that this is a great newcomer, and that people are glad to find it on Amazon as it is hard to find in the shops.

Cocaine Energy Drink - As Strong As 3 Red Bulls - 6 Pk
Cocaine Energy Drink - As Strong As 3 Red Bulls - 6 Pk

Cocaine Energy Drink - As Strong As 3 Red Bulls - 6 Pk

Well their advertising name tells you a lot of about this drink, which is just as well because Amazon doesn't tell you anything about it - not what's in it, its ingredients, how it works, nothing.

I'm almost frightened to research it on the web in case I get sent to some dubious warez-type site that will load my computer with viruses!

The strength of 3 red Bulls will ensure I never go near it, and one or two reviewers more or less suggestsed it blows your head off.

Each to their own I suppose.

But I do think this a bad name for a product.

Rockstar Energy Drink, 16 Ounce Can (Pack of 24)

Rockstar Energy Drink, 16 Ounce Can (Pack of 24)
Rockstar Energy Drink, 16 Ounce Can (Pack of 24)

Rockstar Energy Drink


This version of Rockstar is their new energy drink with only 10% real juice as opposed to previous versions that had initially 70% which later dropped to 50%.

People aren't happy.

Shame because this is the low-carb version of the drink which should be healthier as well as giving an energy boost.

I think the thing with this drink is that if you regularly drank the old version, you may not like this one as much, yet people who have tried this as their first taste of Rockstar rave about it and say it tastes great!


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    • Virginia Lea profile image

      Virginia Davis 

      5 years ago from Navarre, Florida

      They actaully have a drink with the name cocaine in it??? WOW! I love redbull.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      you should try XS

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      This is true, but in moderate quantities is fine if you are an energetic person. I love Red Bull but seldom drink it because I don't think my heart could take it LOL. Nice with vodka all the same!

    • xsenergydrink profile image


      7 years ago

      Red Bull will def deliver the energy but with an unnessary amount of caffeine..especially depending on body size, could be dangerous.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Redbull will always be my fav.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      I can drink two Red Bulls before I have to scraped off the ceiling!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      Probably right - but there isn't always a coffee shop or a kettle handy, so energy drinks as portable energy boosters have a place too :)

    • ravenblueu profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere Tropical

      I love energy drinks but these drinks aren't considered healthy. Better settle with coffee.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      Yeah, that'd do the trick!

    • schemalaggning profile image


      8 years ago

      Red bull is my morning coffe :)

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      I could go one right now :)

    • The Jet profile image

      The Jet 

      8 years ago from The Bay

      Mmmm. Red Bull. Nice.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      I prefer a vodka myself on ryanair :)

    • jamiecoins profile image


      8 years ago from ireland

      great article everyone needs an energy drink at some stage i like the 5hour shot they sell it on ryanair flights good for long journeys

    • crystolite profile image


      8 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice article,thanks for sharing.

    • LukeMason profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      Good thing you didn't mention Four Loco!

      Great post!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      red energy bull is my favorite energy drink...:-)

    • dsmythe profile image


      8 years ago

      I don't really drink energy drinks but if I do I'll drink a redbull. That's the only one I can drink without feeling all cracked out and jittery. I used drink that Hansens energy drink before. It has a weird taste.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      Thats iQuest! I'm more of a coffee person myself but the odd Red Bull is great for pulling energy levels back up. I can see where sportspeople would benefit greatly from some of those energy drinks.

    • iQwest profile image


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Hi IzzyM - Nice Hub! I could definitely use an energy drink right about now, but I'm going to pass! My technician can't get enough of Red Bull. He absolutely loves it. My energy drink of choice is usually coffee. With that being said, I do like the taste of Red Bull and many of the energy drinks you've listed! I haven't tried the 5-hour energy drink either, but one of these days my curiosity is going to get the best of me because I see it on counter tops everywhere! Thank you again for the Hub!

    • bigmac99 profile image


      8 years ago

      Excellent hub glad to see someone else with a passion fro energy drinks. whilst looking for this I found some really in depth reviews for energy drinks at you should have a look it may help you enhance your hub even more not that it needs it.

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      8 years ago

      Nice find. I drink the regular Liquid Ice version and its awesome.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful comment that should really help me achieve some sales!! thanks :)

      Actually if you read the hub you would see that I have warned caution on each product where caution is needed because yes they are full of chemicals. Interesting about the 666 bit, I didn't know that. I imagine that would actually encourage some people to buy them.

    • fundguru profile image


      8 years ago from Germany

      Have you noticed the logo of the monster energy drinks?

      The three strange signs are three times the hebrew letter vav. Hebrew letters are also numbers and the number for vav is 6. So the monster energy drink has 666 as logo, so an anti-christian drink.

      Then also look closer in the ingredients of energy drinks. Most of them use the hormon Taurin as well several kind of drugs like Guarana.

      Red Bull for instance made negative headlines when it came out that in Europe there was cocaine inside their drinks.

      So if you like drugs and hormon cocktails, then energy drings are good, but the reality is that if you use frequently these drinks to become addictive and the hormons inside will affect your body and brain.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      Oh wow! I'll be popular...NOT! He will not be happy at that! Of course it depends on his age - if he is still a child you might not want to give any to him, but older kids/young adults appreciate the energy boost. If he is a child, he may experience withdrawal symptoms, so it is maybe better to withdraw gradually.

    • Becky Puetz profile image

      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thank you for the review about the various energy drinks. I had no idea they were packed with such large amounts of caffeine. I buy them for my grandson on a daily basis, but no longer will now that I'm more educated about the caffeine content. Thanks for the information. Awesome hub.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      Yes that would work! Careful don't spill it on the keyboard or it really would short the electronics with all that sugar. Actually even coke ruins keyboards - been there, done that!

    • Ign Andy profile image

      Ign Andy 

      8 years ago from Green Home Office

      Red bull is one of my friends when stay late night hubbing.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      Aww thanks :) I was shattered as I was writing this and in sore need of an energy drink, but I don't have anything in. So I had a couple of glasses of Coca-Cola which does the same job after a while and wakes you a up - a bit.

    • stars439 profile image


      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great ideas. God Bless You.


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