The Million Sellers

Tomorrow is the sixtieth anniversary of the UK chart. To celebrate, the official chart company has compiled a list of the 123 singles that have sold over a million copies. It’s quite a list. I won’t bore you with the whole lot, but here are some highlights which caught my eye:

1. Elton John – Candle in the Wind (1997)
2. Band Aid – Do They Know it’s Christmas? (1984)
3. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)
4. Wings – Mull of Kintyre (1977)
5. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – You’re the One that I Want (1978)
6. Boney M – Rivers of Babylon (1978)
7. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (1983)
8. The Beatles – She Loves You (1963)
9. Robson Green & Jerome Flynn – Unchained Melody (1995)
10. Wet Wet Wet – Love is All Around (1994)
13. Aqua – Barbie Girl (1997)
18. Wham! – Last Christmas (1984)
21. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes (1984)
24. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me (1981)
29. Britney Spears – Baby One More Time (1999)
31. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon (1983)
32. Village People – YMCA (1978)
33. George Michael – Careless Whisper (1984)
52. Soft Cell – Tainted Love (1981)
53. Blondie – Heart of Glass (1979)
67. Michael Jackson – Earth Song (1995)
69. New Order – Blue Monday (1983)
72. Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out of My Head (2001)
74. Babylon Zoo – Spaceman (1996)
75. Whigfield – Saturday Night (1994)
85. Natalie Imbruglia – Torn (1997)
91. Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) (1979)
97. Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (2011)
99. Donna Summer – I Feel Love (1977)

Elton John sold an incredible 4.9 million copies, with Band Aid following on 3.69 million, and the entire top seven topped 2 million. And it’s still pretty incredible that Frankie Goes to Hollywood managed to release three such amazing songs and then nothing else whatsoever.

The full list is here: Official Charts Company.

More tomorrow…

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