List of best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom
This is a list of the best-selling singles on the UK Singles Chart for each year. Note that the Number sold section denotes the amount sold within the year, not in total, as very often the single continues to sell more in later years (and sometimes other singles released within a particular year will go on to outsell the year-end winner (e.g. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan's "Especially for You" (from 1988) ultimately outsold "Mistletoe and Wine")).
Best selling singles
* denotes cause/charity release
|1950s||"Rock Around the Clock"||Bill Haley & His Comets||1,392,000|
|1960s||"She Loves You"||The Beatles||1,300,000|
|1970s||"Mull of Kintyre"||Wings||2,050,000|
|1980s||"Do They Know it's Christmas?"||Band Aid||3,510,000|
|1990s||"Candle in the Wind '97"||Elton John||4,865,000|
|2000s||"Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen"||Will Young||1,795,000|
|2010s||"Someone Like You"||Adele||1,488,000|
- General (list positions)
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- The Complete Book of British Charts by Warwick/Kutner/Brown (sales for earlier years)
- BPI certifications - Best sellers 2001 - 2005
- Hunter Davies Official Biography
- Billboard Magazine, 7 January 1967, Page 38
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- The Official Charts Company. "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles Of 2013". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- List of Best selling song of all time (dated end 2002)
- Music Week - official figure