Friday, March 07, 2014

Britain's Biggest Selling Hits of All Time List Updated

Elton John remains atop the list of the biggest selling singles in British recording history as the Official Charts Company updates their definitive list.


We last looked at the list in August 2010 and little has changed at the top with just a couple of small position changes based on records ongoing popularity in the digital realm. There are now 145 records that have sold one million or more in the U.K. between November 1952 and today with the newest being Adele's Rolling in the Deep (her second million seller), Rihanna's Diamonds (her fourth) and Pharrell's Happy (his third, all in the last year). Rihanna is second only to the Beatles, who have six, in the number of million sellers in the U.K. 

Don't look for Elton John's Something in the Way You Look Tonight / Candle in the Wind '97 to fall from the top anytime soon. Fueled by his performance of the classic Candle at the funeral of Princess Diana, the record has sold 4.9 million.  Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? is the second biggest but is behind by 1.2 million while Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, in third, is 2.5 million behind Elton.

The top 50 with the song's position in 2010 in parenthesis: 
  1. (1)   Candle in the Wind (1997)/Something In the Way You Look Tonight - Elton John
  2. (2)   Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
  3. (3)   Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  4. (4)   Mull of Kintyre/Girls School - Wings
  5. (6)   You're the One That I Want John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
  6. (7)   Relax Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  7. (5)   Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring - Boney M
  8. (8)   She Loves You Beatles
  9. (11) Love is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
  10. (9)   Mary's Boy Child - Boney M
  11. (10) Unchained Melody/(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover - Robson & Jerome
  12. (12) I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
  13. (14) Barbie Girl - Aqua
  14. (15) I Want to Hold Your Hand - Beatles
  15. (13) Anything is Possible/Evergreen - Will Young
  16. (16) Believe Cher
  17. (17) (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Bryan Adams
  18. (18) Last Christmas/Everything She Wants - Wham!
  19. (21) Imagine John Lennon
  20. (19) Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
  21. (28) I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (Featuring 112)
  22. (20) Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  23. (29) I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
  24. (25) Don't You Want Me - Human League
  25. (22) Perfect Day - Various Artists (Charity Record for Children in Need)
  26. (27) Three Lions - Baddiel, Skinner & the Lightning Seeds
  27. (24) Can't Buy Me Love - Beatles
  28. (26) ...Baby, One More Time - Britney Spears
  29. (33) My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
  30. (46) Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
  31. (23) Tears Ken Dodd
  32. (--)  Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Featuring TI & Pharrell
  33. (--)  Someone Like You - Adele
  34. (30) Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
  35. (40) Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
  36. (31) YMCA - Village People
  37. (32) Careless Whisper - Wham!
  38. (--)  Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera
  39. (--)  Somebody That I Used to Know - Goyte Featuring Kimbra
  40. (34) (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets
  41. (39) The Power of Love - Jennifer Rush
  42. (36) The Carnival is Over - Seekers
  43. (35) I Feel Fine - Beatles
  44. (42) Killing Me Softly - Fugees
  45. (37) Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out Beatles
  46. (--)  I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
  47. (38) Release Me - Engelbert Humperdinck
  48. (--)  Wonderwall - Oasis
  49. (45) Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
  50. (--)  It Wasn't Me - Shaggy Featuring Rikrok
The full list is at the Official Charts Company


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