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Candle In The Wind biggest-selling single in UK history

Rhian Jones
Million Single sales

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the official singles chart, the Official Charts Company has ranked the top UK million-selling singles.

The chart includes 123 entries and shows Elton John ranked highest for sales for his double A-side Something About The Way You Look Tonight/ Candle in the Wind, with 4.9m copies sold.

Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid released in 1984 is in second place with 3.69m singles bought in the UK.

The Beatles' 1964 hit Can't Buy Me Love is at No. 25 just ahead of I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, followed by Baddiel and Skinner and the Lightning Seed's Three Lions and then Ken Dodd's Tears.

The list includes million-selling singles from artists such as Queen, The Beatles, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Adele. The Teletubbies also make an appearance with 1.11m copies of Teletubbies Say "Eh-Oh!" sold in the UK.

Appearing six times on the list, The Beatles boast the highest amount of singles on the chart. Rihanna appears on the list three times – for Only Girl (In The World), Love The Way You Lie (featuring with Eminem) and another for We Found Love (featuring Calvin Harris).

Boney M, Celine Dion, Engelbert Humperdinck, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John all appear on the list twice.

The 1990s was the best year for single sales it would appear, with 32 singles selling over a million. Check out the full list below.

The Million Sellers

1

Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind 97

Elton John

Rocket

1997

2

Do They Know It's Christmas?

Band Aid

Mercury

1984

3

Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen

EMI

1975

4

Mull Of Kintyre/Girls' School

Wings

Parlophone

1977

5

You're The One That I Want

John Travolta & Olivia Newton John

RSO

1978

6

Rivers Of Babylon/Brown Girl In The Ring

Boney M

Atlantic/Hansa

1978

7

Relax

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

ZTT

1983

8

She Loves You

Beatles

Parlophone

1963

9

Unchained Melody/(There'll Be Bluebirds Over The) White Cliffs Of Dover

Robson Green & Jerome Flynn

RCA

1995

10

Love Is All Around

Wet Wet Wet

Precious Organisation

1994

11

Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord

Boney M

Atlantic/Hansa

1978

12

I Just Called To Say I Love You

Stevie Wonder

Motown

1984

13

Barbie Girl

Aqua

MCA

1997

14

Anything Is Possible / Evergreen

Will Young

Sony Music

2002

15

I Want To Hold Your Hand

Beatles

Parlophone

1963

16

Believe

Cher

WEA

1998

17

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You

Bryan Adams

A&M

1991

18

Last Christmas/Everything She Wants

Wham!

EPIC

1984

19

Imagine

John Lennon

Apple

1975

20

Summer Nights

John Travolta & Olivia Newton John

RSO

1978

21

Two Tribes

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

ZTT

1984

22

I'll Be Missing You

Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (feat. 112)

Puff Daddy/Arista

1997

23

Perfect Day

Various Artists

Chrysalis

1997

24

Don't You Want Me

Human League

Virgin

1981

25

Can't Buy Me Love

Beatles

Parlophone

1964

26

I Will Always Love You

Whitney Houston

Arista

1992

27

Three Lions

Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds

Epic

1996

28

Tears

Ken Dodd

Columbia

1965

29

Baby One More Time…

Britney Spears

Jive

1999

30

My Heart Will Go On

Celine Dion

Epic

1998

31

Karma Chameleon

Culture Club

Virgin

1983

32

YMCA

Village People

Mercury

1978

33

Careless Whisper

George Michael

Epic

1984

34

(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock

Bill Haley & His Comets

Brunswick

1955

35

I Feel Fine

Beatles

Parlophone

1964

36

The Carnival Is Over

Seekers

Columbia

1965

37

Gangsta's Paradise

Coolio feat. LV

Tommy Boy

1995

38

Eye Of The Tiger

Survivor

Scotti Brothers

1982

39

The Power Of Love

Jennifer Rush

CBS

1985

40

We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper

Beatles

Parlophone

1964

41

Release Me

Engelbert Humperdinck

Decca

1967

42

Killing Me Softly

Fugees (Refugee Camp)

Columbia

1996

43

Someone Like You

Adele

XL Recordings

2011

44

Unchained Melody

Gareth Gates

Sony Music

2002

45

Wannabe

Spice Girls

Virgin

1996

46

(Is This The Way To) Amarillo

Tony Christie

UMTV

1972

47

Never Ever

All Saints

London

1997

48

Come On Eileen

Dexy's Midnight Runners & The Emerald Express

Mercury

1982

49

Think Twice

Celine Dion

Epic

1994

50

I Gotta Feeling

Black Eyed Peas

Interscope

2009

51

It Wasn't Me

Shaggy feat Ricardo "RikRok" Ducent

MCA

2001

52

Tainted Love

Soft Cell

Some Bizarre

1981

53

Heart Of Glass

Blondie

Chrysalis

1979

54

It's Now Or Never

Elvis Presley

RCA

1960

55

Wonderwall

Oasis

Creation

1995

56

Diana

Paul Anka

Columbia

1957

57

It's Like That

Run-D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins

Smile Communications

1997

58

Moves Like Jagger

Maroon 5 FT Christina Aguilera

A&M/Octone

2011

59

Hallelujah

Alexandra Burke

Syco

2008

60

Green Green Grass Of Home

Tom Jones

Decca

1966

61

Bright Eyes

Art Garfunkel

CBS

1979

62

Sex On Fire

Kings Of Leon

Hand Me Down

2008

63

Merry Xmas Everybody

Slade

Polydor

1973

64

Mary's Boy Child    

Harry Belafonte

RCA

1957

65

Heartbeat/Tragedy

Steps

Jive

1998

66

The Last Waltz

Engelbert Humperdinck

Decca

1967

67

Do They Know It's Christmas?

Band Aid 20

Mercury

2004

68

Earth Song

Michael Jackson

Epic

1995

69

Stranger On The Shore

Mr. Acker Bilk With The Leon Young String Chorale

Columbia

1961

70

Blue Monday

New Order

Factory

1983

71

Don't Give Up On Us

David Soul

Private Stock

1976

72

Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Kylie Minogue

Parlophone

2001

73

I Love You Love Me Love

Gary Glitter

Bell

1973

74

Spaceman

Babylon Zoo

EMI

1996

75

Saturday Night

Whigfield

Systematic

1994

76

No Matter What

Boyzone

Polydor

1998

77

I Believe/Up On The Roof

Robson & Jerome

RCA

1995

78

Just The Way You Are (Amazing)

Bruno Mars

Elektra

2010

79

Angels

Robbie Williams

Chrysalis

1997

80

Teletubbies Say "Eh-Oh!"

Teletubbies

BBC

1997

81

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Ian Dury & The Blockheads

Stiff

1978

82

We Found Love

Rihanna FT Calvin Harris

Def Jam

2011

83

2 Become 1

Spice Girls

Virgin

1996

84

Torn

Natalie Imbruglia

RCA

1997

85

Poker Face

Lady Gaga

Interscope

2009

86

I Remember You

Frank Ifield

Columbia

1962

87

That's My Goal

Shayne Ward

Syco Music

2005

88

Party Rock Anthem

LMFAO/Lauren Bennett/Goonrock

Interscope

2011

89

Ghostbusters

Ray Parker Jr.

Arista

1984

90

Pure & Simple

Hear'Say

Polydor

2001

91

Another Brick In The Wall Part 2

Pink Floyd

Harvest

1979

92

Back For Good

Take That

RCA

1995

93

Blue (Da Ba Dee)

Eiffel 65

Eternal

1999

94

The Young Ones

Cliff Richard & The Shadows

Columbia

1962

95

Hey Jude

The Beatles

Apple

1968

96

Dancing Queen

Abba

Epic

1976

97

Price Tag

Jessie J FT B.O.B

Island/Lava

2011

98

I Feel Love

Donna Summer

Casablanca

1977

99

Fame

Irene Cara

RSO/Polydor

1982

100

Ride On Time

Black Box

Deconstruction

1989

101

Love The Way You Lie

Eminem FT Rihanna

Interscope

2010

102

Unchained Melody

Righteous Brothers

Verve/Polydor

1965

103

Only Girl (In The World)

Rihanna

Def Jam

2010

104

Bleeding Love

Leona Lewis

Syco Music

2007

105

Crazy

Gnarls Barkley

Warner Bros

2006

106

Stand & Deliver

Adam & The Ants

CBS

1981

107

Can We Fix It?

Bob The Builder

BBC

2000

108

Uptown Girl

Billy Joel

CBS

1983

109

I Don't Want To Miss A Thing

Aerosmith

Columbia

1998

110

I Will Survive

Gloria Gaynor

Polydor

1979

111

Sailing

Rod Stewart

Warner Bros

1975

112

Sugar Sugar

Archies

RCA

1969

113

Save Your Kisses For Me

Brotherhood Of Man

Pye

1976

114

White Christmas

Bing Crosby

 

1942

115

I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing

New Seekers

Polydor

1971

116

Don't Cry For Me Argentina

Julie Covington

MCA

1976

117

Eye Level

Simon Park Orchestra

Columbia

1972

118

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Tight Fit

Jive

1982

119

Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye FT Kimbra

Island

2011

120

Long Haired Lover From Liverpool

Little Jimmy Osmond

MGM

1972

121

Under The Moon Of Love

Showaddywaddy

Bell

1976

122

Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree

Dawn feat. Tony Orlando

Bell

1973

123

When We Collide

Matt Cardle

Columbia

2010

© Official Charts Company 2012

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