Find biggest 10 files in current and subdirectories and sort by file size

find . -type f -exec ls -shS {} + | head -10
This requires a version of GNU find that supports the -exec {} + action, but it seems more straightforward than the versions already posted.
Sample Output
1.2G ./This -is -a "bad" filename with dashes, spaces, and unmatched 'quotes! -asdf " < > ? * 
168M ./
156M ./
119M ./
108M ./Tin/
 89M ./TMBG/
 85M ./
8.2M ./TMBG/They Might Be Giants/Album Raises New and Troubling Questions/13 Tubthumping (feat. the Onion AV Club Choir).mp3
7.6M ./TMBG/They Might Be Giants/Album Raises New and Troubling Questions/19 Dirt Bike (with the Other Thing Brass Band).mp3
7.5M ./TMBG/They Might Be Giants/Album Raises New and Troubling Questions/03 You Probably Get That A Lot (Elegant Too Remix).mp3

2012-07-28 17:21:46

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