Saturday, April 18, 2015

The All-Time Million-Selling Singles in the UK

Originally posted 11/4/2012; updated 4/18/2015.

This list is an updated version of one released by the Official Charts Company, which uses information such as sales to track the top singles and albums in the U.K. They published a list of all the official million-selling singles in UK chart history. I have updated figures on this list and also 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. 3.69: Do They Know It’s Christmas?...Band Aid (1984)
  3. 2.36: Bohemian Rhapsody...Queen (1975)
  4. 2.10: Mull Of Kintyre/Girls’ School...Wings (1977)
  5. 2.00: I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston (1992)
  6. 2.00: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You...Bryan Adams (1991)
  7. 2.00: I’ll Be Missing You...Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (1997)
  8. 2.00: You’re The One That I Want...John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978)
  9. 2.00: Relax...Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1983)
  10. 2.00: Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl In The Ring...Boney M (1978)

  11. 1.90: She Loves You...The Beatles (1963)
  12. 1.86: Unchained Melody/(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover...Robson Green & Jerome Flynn (1995)
  13. 1.85: Love Is All Around...Wet Wet Wet (1994)
  14. 1.85: Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord...Boney M (1978)
  15. 1.83: I Just Called to Say I Love You...Stevie Wonder (1984)
  16. 1.80: Anything Is Possible/Evergreen...Will Young (2002)
  17. 1.79: Barbie Girl...Aqua (1997)
  18. 1.77: I Want to Hold Your Hand...The Beatles (1963)
  19. 1.74: Believe...Cher (1998)
  20. 1.65: Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013)

  21. 1.60: Imagine...John Lennon (1975)
  22. 1.60: Last Christmas/Everything She Wants...Wham! (1984)
  23. 1.59: Blurred Lines… Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013)
  24. 1.59: Summer Nights...John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978)
  25. 1.58: Two Tribes...Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1984)
  26. 1.55: Perfect Day...Various Artists (1997)
  27. 1.54: Don’t You Want Me?...Human League (1981)
  28. 1.53: Someone Like You...Adele (2011)
  29. 1.53: Can’t Buy Me Love/Do You Want to Know a Secret...The Beatles (1964)
  30. 1.53: Three Lions...Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds (1996)

  31. 1.52: Tears...Ken Dodd (1965)
  32. 1.51: ...Baby One More Time...Britney Spears (1999)
  33. 1.48: My Heart Will Go On...Celine Dion (1998)
  34. 1.47: Moves Like Jagger...Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera (2011)
  35. 1.47: Karma Chameleon...Culture Club (1983)
  36. 1.46: Y.M.C.A....Village People (1978)
  37. 1.45: Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2012)
  38. 1.45: Careless Whisper...George Michael (1984)
  39. 1.42: We’re Gonna Rock Around The Clock...Bill Haley & His Comets (1955)
  40. 1.41: Gangsta’s Paradise...Coolio Featuring L.V. (1995)

  41. 1.41: Eye of the Tiger...Survivor (1982)
  42. 1.41: I Feel Fine...The Beatles (1964)
  43. 1.41: The Carnival Is Over...The Seekers (1965)
  44. 1.41: Get Lucky..Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013)
  45. 1.39: We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper...The Beatles (1964)
  46. 1.39: The Power of Love...Jennifer Rush (1985)
  47. 1.38: Release Me...Engelbert Humperdinck (1967)
  48. 1.36: Killing Me Softly...Fugees (1996)
  49. 1.34: Unchained Melody...Gareth Gates (2002)
  50. 1.32: Wannabe...Spice Girls (1996)

  51. 1.31: Come on Eileen...Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
  52. 1.31: Never Ever...All Saints (1997)
  53. 1.31: Is This the Way to Amarillo...Tony Christie with Peter Kay (1971/2005)
  54. 1.30: I Gotta Feeling...Black Eyed Peas (2009)
  55. 1.30: Think Twice...Celine Dion (1994)
  56. 1.29: Love the Way You Lie...Eminem Featuring Rihanna (2010)
  57. 1.29: Gangnam Style…Psy (2012)
  58. 1.29: Poker Face...Lady Gaga (2009)
  59. 1.29: Call Me Maybe…Carly Rae Jepsen (2012)
  60. 1.29: Party Rock Anthem...Lmfao Featuring Lauren Bennett And Goonrock (2011)

  61. 1.29: Just The Way You Are (Amazing)...Bruno Mars (2010)
  62. 1.29: Use Somebody…Kings of Leon (2008)
  63. 1.29: We Are Young…fun. with Janelle Monae (2011)
  64. 1.29: We Found Love...Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011)
  65. 1.29: Only Girl in the World...Rihanna (2010)
  66. 1.29: Wake Me Up!...Avicii with Aloe Blacc (2013)
  67. 1.29: Sex on Fire...Kings of Leon (2008)
  68. 1.29: Let Her Go…Passenger (2012)
  69. 1.29: The A Team…Ed Sheeran (2011)
  70. 1.29: Titanium…David Guetta with Sia (2011)

  71. 1.29: Price Tag...Jessie J with B.O.B (2011)
  72. 1.29: Rather Be…Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne (2014)
  73. 1.29: Impossible…James Arthur (2012)
  74. 1.28: It Wasn’t Me...Shaggy Featuring Rikrok (2001)
  75. 1.27: Heart of Glass...Blondie (1979)
  76. 1.27: Tainted Love...Soft Cell (1981)
  77. 1.26: It’s Now or Never...Elvis Presley (1960)
  78. 1.26: Wonderwall...Oasis (1995)
  79. 1.25: Diana...Paul Anka (1957)
  80. 1.25: It’s Like That...Run-D.M.C. Vs. Jason Nevins (1997)

  81. 1.24: Hallelujah...Alexandra Burke (2008)
  82. 1.24: Uptown Funk!...Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014)
  83. 1.23: Green, Green Grass of Home...Tom Jones (1966)
  84. 1.20: Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010)
  85. 1.20: Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)
  86. 1.20: Firework…Katy Perry (2010)
  87. 1.20: Iris…Goo Goo Dolls (1998)
  88. 1.20: Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981)
  89. 1.20: Grenade…Bruno Mars (2010)
  90. 1.20: Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donis (2008)

  91. 1.20: Roar…Katy Perry (2013)
  92. 1.20: Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)…Cee-Lo Green (2010)
  93. 1.20: All of Me…John Legend (2013)
  94. 1.20: What Makes You Beautiful (2011)
  95. 1.20: On the Floor…Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull (2011)
  96. 1.20: Diamonds…Rihanna (2012)
  97. 1.20: Sexy and I Know It…LMFAO (2011)
  98. 1.20: Give Me Everything…Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer (2011)
  99. 1.20: Counting Stars…One Republic (2013)
  100. 1.20: Chasing Cars…Snow Patrol (2006)

  101. 1.20: Starships…Nicki Minaj (2012)
  102. 1.20: Thinking Out Loud…Ed Sheeran (2014)
  103. 1.20: Paradise…Coldplay (2011)
  104. 1.20: Don’t You Worry Child…Swedish House Mafia with John Martin (2012)
  105. 1.20: Jar of Hearts…Christina Perri (2010)
  106. 1.20: La La La…Naughty Boy with Sam Smith (2013)
  107. 1.20: Pass Out…Tinie Tempah (2010)
  108. 1.20: Bright Eyes...Art Garfunkel (1979)
  109. 1.20: Make You Feel My Love…Adele (2008)
  110. 1.20: Beneath Your Beautiful…Labrinth with Emeli Sande (2012)

  111. 1.20: Earthquake…Labrinth with Tinie Tempah (2011)
  112. 1.20: Feel the Love…Rudimental with John Newman (2012)
  113. 1.20: Fight for This Love…Cheryl Cole (2009)
  114. 1.20: Rule the World…Take That (2007)
  115. 1.20: In for the Kill…La Roux (2009)
  116. 1.19: Merry Xmas Everybody...Slade (1973)
  117. 1.18: Heartbeat/Tragedy...Steps (1998)
  118. 1.18: Mary’s Boy Child...Harry Belafonte (1957)
  119. 1.17: The Last Waltz...Engelbert Humperdinck (1967)
  120. 1.16: Blue Monday...New Order (1983)

  121. 1.16: Stranger On The Shore...Mr Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band (1961)
  122. 1.16: Don’t Give Up On Us...David Soul (1976)
  123. 1.16: Earth Song...Michael Jackson (1995)
  124. 1.16: Do They Know It’s Christmas?...Band Aid 20 (2004)
  125. 1.15: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head...Kylie Minogue (2001)
  126. 1.14: Spaceman...Babylon Zoo (1996)
  127. 1.14: Saturday Night...Whigfield (1994)
  128. 1.14: I Love You Love Me Love...Gary Glitter (1973)
  129. 1.13: No Matter What...Boyzone (1998)
  130. 1.11: Torn...Natalie Imbruglia (1997)

  131. 1.11: Angels...Robbie Williams (1997)
  132. 1.11: 2 Become 1...Spice Girls (1996)
  133. 1.11: Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick...Ian Dury And The Blockheads (1978)
  134. 1.11: I Believe/Up On The Roof...Robson & Jerome (1995)
  135. 1.11: Teletubbies Say "Eh-Oh!"...Teletubbies (1997)
  136. 1.10: That’s My Goal...Shayne Ward (2005)
  137. 1.10: I Remember You...Frank Ifield (1962)
  138. 1.09: Ghostbusters...Ray Parker Jr. (1984)
  139. 1.09: Pure and Simple...Hear’say (2001)
  140. 1.08: Another Brick in the Wall Part II...Pink Floyd (1979)

  141. 1.07: Back for Good...Take That (1995)
  142. 1.07: Blue (Da Ba Dee)...Eiffel 65 (1999)
  143. 1.06: Hey Jude...The Beatles (1968)
  144. 1.06: Dancing Queen...Abba (1976)
  145. 1.06: The Young Ones...Cliff Richard & The Shadows (1962)
  146. 1.05: I Feel Love...Donna Summer (1977)
  147. 1.05: Fame...Irene Cara (1982)
  148. 1.05: Ride on Time...Black Box (1989)
  149. 1.04: Unchained Melody...The Righteous Brothers (1965)
  150. 1.04: Crazy...Gnarls Barkley (2006)

  151. 1.04: Bleeding Love...Leona Lewis (2007)
  152. 1.03: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing...Aerosmith (1998)
  153. 1.03: Stand and Deliver...Adam & The Ants (1981)
  154. 1.02: I Will Survive...Gloria Gaynor (1979)
  155. 1.02: Sugar Sugar...The Archies (1969)
  156. 1.02: Uptown Girl...Billy Joel (1983)
  157. 1.02: Sailing...Rod Stewart (1975)
  158. 1.02: Can We Fix It?...Bob The Builder (2000)
  159. 1.01: White Christmas...Bing Crosby with The Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter Orchestra (1942)
  160. 1.01: I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing...The New Seekers (1971)

  161. 1.01: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina...Julie Covington (1976)
  162. 1.01: Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)…Mr. Probz (2013)
  163. 1.01: The Lion Sleeps Tonight...Tight Fit (1982)
  164. 1.01: Mysterious Girl…Peter Andre (1995)
  165. 1.01: Save Your Kisses For Me...Brotherhood Of Man (1976)
  166. 1.01: Eye Level...The Simon Park Orchestra (1972)
  167. 1.00: You Really Got Me…The Kinks (1964)
  168. 1.00: Are You Lonesome Tonight…Elvis Presley (1960)
  169. 1.00: Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree...Tony Orlando & Dawn (1973)
  170. 1.00: Surrender/Lonely Man…Elvis Presley (1961)

  171. 1.00: Wooden Heart…Elvis Presley (1961)
  172. 1.00: Under the Moon of Love...Showaddywaddy (1976)
  173. 1.00: When We Collide...Matt Cardle (2010)
  174. 1.00: Long Haired Lover from Liverpool...Little Jimmy Osmond (1972)

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