The Official Singles Chart has ranked the top UK million-selling singles since the charts began 60 years ago. There are 123 entries and some surprises in the top 20 including ‘Barbie Girl’ from Aqua (pictured below) at number 13.
Elton John ranked highest in the chart for his double A-side ‘Something About The Way You Look Tonight’ and ‘Candle In The Wind’ which was performed at Princess Diana’s funeral. The track has sold 4.9 million copies since its second release in 1997.
The 1984 Band Aid single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ is in 2nd place, followed by rock classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ from Queen in 3rd place, ‘Mull Of Kintyre/Girl’s School’ from Wings in 4th and ‘You’re The One That I Want’ from Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in 5th.
The Beatles appear 6 times on the chart with ‘She Loves You’ ranking the highest at spot 8. ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ is their next entry at 15, which is just one spot higher than reality star Will Young with his double A-side ‘Evergreen/Anything Is Possible’. Rival Gareth Gates only made it to number 41 with his version of ‘Unchained melody’.
Other artists featured include Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Wham, Boney M and Adele. The Teletubbies also make an appearance with 1.11m copies of 'Teletubbies Say "Eh-Oh!"' sold in the UK. The 1990s appear to be the best years for single sales, with 32 singles selling over a million copies.
The full listing can be found on the Official Charts website HERE