Digital generation pushes oldies into the million-sellers club

Digital generation pushes oldies into the million-sellers club

A new chart published by the OCC and played on Radio 2 counts down the 101 singles that have sold at least 1m units in the UK, with Elton John's Candle In The Wind 1997 at the top and the top three also including evergreens Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

But it is lower down the all-time sellers list where there has been some reshuffling of the pack, with a number of the tracks having enjoyed new sales activity thanks to fans buying them as downloads.

Some 19 tracks released last century whose cumulative sales had originally stalled at six figures have now crossed the magic million mark because of the download market. These include Survivor's 1982 hit Eye Of The Tiger, which was around 10,000 sales short of 1m UK sales but since 2004 has added around 280,000 download sales to move it up to 47th on the all-time chart.

Abba, meanwhile, have finally achieved their first-ever million-selling single in the UK nearly three decades after their last studio album, with Dancing Queen reaching the mark as a result of around 105,000 download sales. Others joining it in millionaires' row thanks to digital sales include Fame by Irene Cara, Adam & The Ants' Stand & Deliver, Sugar Sugar by The Archies and Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.

A number of other singles that were already above 1m sales have increased their tallies in the download era, including Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, which has added about 170,000 extra sales to take its total to 2.3m and third place on the list; Bryan Adams' (Everything I Do) I Do It For You whose additional 140,000 sales have taken its total above 1.6m; and Soft Cell's Tainted Love, now with more than 1.2m sales after selling around 100,000 downloads.

The newest track on the list is Kings Of Leon's Sex On Fire, which followed two months on from Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feeling reaching the landmark when in July it became the UK's 101st million-selling single.


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