Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The UK’s Million-Selling Singles

Originally posted 11/4/2012; updated 2/7/2018.

The Official Charts Company, which uses information such as sales to track the top singles and albums in the U.K., published a list of all the official million-selling singles in UK chart history in 2012. I have updated figures on this list and added songs which weren’t on the original list. Also, in the event of ties, songs are listed based on which are ranked highest in Dave’s Music Database. Here’s the list:


Sales (in millions) – Song Title – Act – Year
  1. 5.40: Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)...Elton John (1997)
  2. 3.94: Do They Know It’s Christmas?...Band Aid (1984)
  3. 3.01: Shape of You…Ed Sheeran (2017)
  4. 2.80: Bohemian Rhapsody...Queen (1975)
  5. 2.72: Uptown Funk!...Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014)
  6. 2.63: Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013)
  7. 2.52: Thinking Out Loud…Ed Sheeran (2014)
  8. 2.34: One Dance…Drake with Wizkid & Kyla (2016)
  9. 2.22: Rather Be…Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne (2014)
  10. 2.17: Sorry…Justin Bieber (2015)

  11. 2.16: All of Me…John Legend (2013)
  12. 2.15: You’re The One That I Want...John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978)
  13. 2.15: Relax...Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1983)
  14. 2.10: Mull Of Kintyre/Girls’ School...Wings (1977)
  15. 2.07: Last Christmas/Everything She Wants...Wham! (1984)
  16. 2.06: Love Yourself…Justin Bieber (2015)
  17. 2.04: Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl In The Ring...Boney M (1978)
  18. 2.00: I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston (1992)
  19. 2.00: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You...Bryan Adams (1991)
  20. 2.00: I’ll Be Missing You...Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (1997)

  21. 1.99: Someone Like You...Adele (2011)
  22. 1.99: Wonderwall...Oasis (1995)
  23. 1.98: Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord...Boney M (1978)
  24. 1.97: Wake Me Up!...Avicii with Aloe Blacc (2013)
  25. 1.95: She Loves You...The Beatles (1963)
  26. 1.95: Take Me to Church…Hozier (2013)
  27. 1.95: Blurred Lines… Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013)
  28. 1.94: Love Is All Around...Wet Wet Wet (1994)
  29. 1.93: Believe...Cher (1998)
  30. 1.92: Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix)…OMI (2014)

  31. 1.91: I Just Called to Say I Love You...Stevie Wonder (1984)
  32. 1.90: Despacito…Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (2017)
  33. 1.90: Barbie Girl...Aqua (1997)
  34. 1.87: Eye of the Tiger...Survivor (1982)
  35. 1.87: Unchained Melody/(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover...Robson Green & Jerome Flynn (1995)
  36. 1.86: I Want to Hold Your Hand...The Beatles (1963)
  37. 1.86: Hello…Adele (2015)
  38. 1.85: What Do You Mean?...Justin Bieber (2015)
  39. 1.83: Let Her Go…Passenger (2012)
  40. 1.82: Get Lucky..Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013)

  41. 1.80: Anything Is Possible/Evergreen...Will Young (2002)
  42. 1.79: Imagine...John Lennon (1975)
  43. 1.79: Gangsta’s Paradise...Coolio Featuring L.V. (1995)
  44. 1.78: Don’t You Want Me?...Human League (1981)
  45. 1.76: Cheap Thrills…Sia (2016)
  46. 1.74: Moves Like Jagger...Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera (2011)
  47. 1.73: Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2012)
  48. 1.72: Mr. Brightside…The Killers (2003)
  49. 1.71: Pompeii…Bastille (2013)
  50. 1.71: 7 Years…Lukas Graham (2015)

  51. 1.70: We Found Love...Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011)
  52. 1.64: Summer Nights...John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978)
  53. 1.63: Two Tribes...Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1984)
  54. 1.58: My Heart Will Go On...Celine Dion (1998)
  55. 1.58: Three Lions...Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds (1996)
  56. 1.57: Just The Way You Are (Amazing)...Bruno Mars (2010)
  57. 1.56: ... Baby One More Time...Britney Spears (1999)
  58. 1.55: Perfect Day...Various Artists (1997)
  59. 1.55: Can’t Buy Me Love/Do You Want to Know a Secret...The Beatles (1964)
  60. 1.53: Karma Chameleon...Culture Club (1983)

  61. 1.52: Careless Whisper...George Michael (1984)
  62. 1.52: Tears...Ken Dodd (1965)
  63. 1.51: Y.M.C.A....Village People (1978)
  64. 1.48: I Gotta Feeling...Black Eyed Peas (2009)
  65. 1.46: Killing Me Softly...Fugees (1996)
  66. 1.46: The Power of Love...Jennifer Rush (1985)
  67. 1.44: We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock...Bill Haley & His Comets (1955)
  68. 1.43: It Wasn’t Me...Shaggy Featuring Rikrok (2001)
  69. 1.43: The Carnival Is Over...The Seekers (1965)
  70. 1.41: I Feel Fine...The Beatles (1964)

  71. 1.39: We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper...The Beatles (1964)
  72. 1.38: Release Me...Engelbert Humperdinck (1967)
  73. 1.35: Diamonds…Rihanna (2012)
  74. 1.34: Unchained Melody...Gareth Gates (2002)
  75. 1.32: Wannabe...Spice Girls (1996)
  76. 1.31: Come on Eileen...Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
  77. 1.31: Never Ever...All Saints (1997)
  78. 1.31: Is This the Way to Amarillo...Tony Christie with Peter Kay (1971/2005)
  79. 1.30: Can’t Stop the Feeling!...Justin Timberlake (2016)
  80. 1.30: Work…Rihanna with Drake (2016)

  81. 1.30: Think Twice...Celine Dion (1994)

    1.29 million:

  82. Love the Way You Lie...Eminem Featuring Rihanna (2010)
  83. Gangnam Style…Psy (2012)
  84. Poker Face...Lady Gaga (2009)
  85. Call Me Maybe…Carly Rae Jepsen (2011)
  86. Party Rock Anthem...Lmfao Featuring Lauren Bennett And Goonrock (2011)
  87. We Are Young…fun. with Janelle Monae (2011)
  88. Use Somebody…Kings of Leon (2008)
  89. Only Girl in the World...Rihanna (2010)
  90. Sex on Fire...Kings of Leon (2008)

  91. Titanium…David Guetta with Sia (2011)
  92. The A Team…Ed Sheeran (2011)
  93. Price Tag...Jessie J with B.O.B (2011)
  94. Impossible…James Arthur (2012)

    1.21 – 1.28 million:

  95. 1.27: Tainted Love...Soft Cell (1981)
  96. 1.27: Heart of Glass...Blondie (1979)
  97. 1.26: It’s Now or Never...Elvis Presley (1960)
  98. 1.25: Diana...Paul Anka (1957)
  99. 1.25: It’s Like That...Run-D.M.C. Vs. Jason Nevins (1997)
  100. 1.24: Hallelujah...Alexandra Burke (2008)

  101. 1.23: Green, Green Grass of Home...Tom Jones (1966)
  102. 1.21: Blue Monday...New Order (1983)

    1.20 million:

  103. Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010)
  104. Crazy...Gnarls Barkley (2006)
  105. All About That Bass…Meghan Trainor (2014)
  106. Roar…Katy Perry (2013)
  107. Viva La Vida…Coldplay (2001)
  108. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head...Kylie Minogue (2001)
  109. Closer…The Chainsmokers with Halsey (2016)
  110. Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)

  111. Firework…Katy Perry (2010)
  112. Counting Stars…One Republic (2013)
  113. Bleeding Love...Leona Lewis (2007)
  114. Iris…Goo Goo Dolls (1998)
  115. Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)…Cee-Lo Green (2010)
  116. Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donis (2008)
  117. Sugar…Maroon 5 (2015)
  118. Grenade…Bruno Mars (2010)
  119. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981)
  120. Stay with Me…Sam Smith (2014)

  121. Chandelier…Sia (2014)
  122. Give Me Everything…Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer (2011)
  123. Chasing Cars…Snow Patrol (2006)
  124. This Is What You Came For…Calvin Harris with Rihanna (2016)
  125. On the Floor…Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull (2011)
  126. Sexy and I Know It…LMFAO (2011)
  127. What Makes You Beautiful (2011)
  128. All I Want for Christmas…Mariah Carey (1994)
  129. Perfect…Ed Sheeran with Beyonce (2017)
  130. Starships…Nicki Minaj (2012)

  131. Paradise…Coldplay (2011)
  132. Say You Won’t Let Go…James Arthur (2016)
  133. La La La…Naughty Boy with Sam Smith (2013)
  134. Don’t You Worry Child…Swedish House Mafia with John Martin (2012)
  135. Jar of Hearts…Christina Perri (2010)
  136. Pass Out…Tinie Tempah (2010)
  137. Too Good..Drake with Rihanna (2016)
  138. Bright Eyes...Art Garfunkel (1979)
  139. Let It Go…James Bay (2014)
  140. Make You Feel My Love…Adele (2008)

  141. Beneath Your Beautiful…Labrinth with Emeli Sande (2012)
  142. Fight for This Love…Cheryl Cole (2009)
  143. Feel the Love…Rudimental with John Newman (2012)
  144. Earthquake…Labrinth with Tinie Tempah (2011)
  145. Rule the World…Take That (2007)
  146. In for the Kill…La Roux (2009)

    1.12 – 1.19 million:

  147. 1.19: Fairytale of New York…The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl (1987)
  148. 1.19: Merry Xmas Everybody...Slade (1973)
  149. 1.18: Heartbeat/Tragedy...Steps (1998)
  150. 1.18: Mary’s Boy Child...Harry Belafonte (1957)

  151. 1.17: The Last Waltz...Engelbert Humperdinck (1967)
  152. 1.16: Stranger On The Shore...Mr Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band (1961)
  153. 1.16: Earth Song...Michael Jackson (1995)
  154. 1.16: Don’t Give Up On Us...David Soul (1976)
  155. 1.16: Do They Know It’s Christmas?...Band Aid 20 (2004)
  156. 1.14: Spaceman...Babylon Zoo (1996)
  157. 1.14: I Love You Love Me Love...Gary Glitter (1973)
  158. 1.14: Saturday Night...Whigfield (1994)
  159. 1.13: No Matter What...Boyzone (1998)

    1.11 million:

  160. Torn...Natalie Imbruglia (1997)

  161. Angels...Robbie Williams (1997)
  162. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick...Ian Dury And The Blockheads (1978)
  163. 2 Become 1...Spice Girls (1996)
  164. I Believe/Up on the Roof...Robson & Jerome (1995)
  165. Teletubbies Say "Eh-Oh!"...Teletubbies (1997)

    1.03 – 1.10 million:

  166. 1.10: That’s My Goal...Shayne Ward (2005)
  167. 1.10: I Remember You...Frank Ifield (1962)
  168. 1.09: Ghostbusters...Ray Parker Jr. (1984)
  169. 1.09: Pure and Simple...Hear’say (2001)
  170. 1.08: Another Brick in the Wall Part II...Pink Floyd (1979)

  171. 1.07: Back for Good...Take That (1995)
  172. 1.07: Blue (Da Ba Dee)...Eiffel 65 (1999)
  173. 1.06: Hey Jude...The Beatles (1968)
  174. 1.06: Dancing Queen...Abba (1976)
  175. 1.06: The Young Ones...Cliff Richard & The Shadows (1962)
  176. 1.05: I Feel Love...Donna Summer (1977)
  177. 1.05: Fame...Irene Cara (1982)
  178. 1.05: Ride on Time...Black Box (1989)
  179. 1.04: Unchained Melody...The Righteous Brothers (1965)
  180. 1.03: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing...Aerosmith (1998)

  181. 1.03: Stand and Deliver...Adam & The Ants (1981)

    1.02 million:

  182. I Will Survive...Gloria Gaynor (1979)
  183. Sugar Sugar...The Archies (1969)
  184. Uptown Girl...Billy Joel (1983)
  185. Sailing...Rod Stewart (1975)
  186. Can We Fix It?...Bob The Builder (2000)

    1.01 million:

  187. White Christmas...Bing Crosby with The Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter Orchestra (1942)
  188. I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing...The New Seekers (1971)
  189. Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)…Mr. Probz (2013)
  190. Don’t Cry for Me Argentina...Julie Covington (1976)

  191. The Lion Sleeps Tonight...Tight Fit (1982)
  192. Mysterious Girl…Peter Andre (1995)
  193. Save Your Kisses for Me...Brotherhood Of Man (1976)
  194. Eye Level...The Simon Park Orchestra (1972)

    1.00 million:

  195. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002)
  196. You Really Got Me…The Kinks (1964)
  197. Are You Lonesome Tonight…Elvis Presley (1960)
  198. Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree...Tony Orlando & Dawn (1973)
  199. Don’t Speak…No Doubt (1995)
  200. Hero…Enrique Iglesias (2001)

  201. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart…Elton John & Kiki Dee (1976)
  202. Red Red Wine…UB40 (1983)
  203. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)…Lou Bega (1999)
  204. Surrender/Lonely Man…Elvis Presley (1961)
  205. You’ll Never Walk Alone…Gerry & the Pacemakers (1963)
  206. Wooden Heart…Elvis Presley (1961)
  207. Lonely Man…Elvis Presley (1961)
  208. Whole Again…Atomic Kitten (2001)
  209. When We Collide...Matt Cardle (2010)
  210. Under the Moon of Love...Showaddywaddy (1976)

  211. Especially for You…Kylie Minogue with Jason Donovan (1988)
  212. Long Haired Lover from Liverpool...Little Jimmy Osmond (1972)

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