List of best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom

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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")).

The best-selling UK single of all time is "Candle in the Wind 1997" by Elton John, which sold 4,770,000 copies.

Best-selling singles by year[edit]

Best-selling singles in the UK by year
Year Single Artist Number
sold[1][2]
1952 "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" Vera Lynn
1953 "I Believe" Frankie Laine
1954 "Secret Love" Doris Day
1955 "Rose Marie" Slim Whitman
1956 "I'll Be Home" Pat Boone
1957 "Diana" Paul Anka
1958 "Jailhouse Rock" Elvis Presley
1959 "Living Doll" Cliff Richard 800,000
1960 "It's Now or Never" Elvis Presley
1961 "Wooden Heart" Elvis Presley
1962 "I Remember You" Frank Ifield
1963 "She Loves You" The Beatles 1,300,000[3]
1964 "Can't Buy Me Love" The Beatles
1965 "Tears" Ken Dodd
1966 "Green, Green Grass of Home" Tom Jones 850,000[4]
1967 "Release Me" Engelbert Humperdinck
1968 "What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong
1969 "Sugar, Sugar" The Archies
1970 "The Wonder of You" Elvis Presley
1971 "My Sweet Lord" George Harrison 700,000
1972 "Amazing Grace" The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Band
1973 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" Tony Orlando and Dawn
1974 "Tiger Feet" Mud 730,000
1975 "Bye Bye Baby" Bay City Rollers
1976 "Save Your Kisses for Me" Brotherhood of Man 1,006,000
1977 "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" Wings 2,050,000
1978 "Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring" Boney M. 1,995,000
1979 "Bright Eyes" Art Garfunkel 1,155,000
1980 "Don't Stand So Close to Me" The Police 808,000
1981 "Don't You Want Me" The Human League 1,560,000
1982 "Come on Eileen" Dexys Midnight Runners 1,200,000
1983 "Karma Chameleon" Culture Club 1,390,000
1984* "Do They Know it's Christmas?" Band Aid 2,980,000
1985 "The Power of Love" Jennifer Rush 1,280,000
1986 "Don't Leave Me This Way" The Communards 745,000
1987 "Never Gonna Give You Up" Rick Astley 759,000
1988 "Mistletoe and Wine" Cliff Richard 750,000
1989 "Ride on Time" Black Box 960,000
1990 "Unchained Melody" Righteous Brothers 840,000
1991 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Bryan Adams 1,520,000
1992 "I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston 1,500,000
1993 "I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)" Meat Loaf 720,000
1994 "Love Is All Around" Wet Wet Wet 1,783,000
1995 "Unchained Melody" Robson and Jerome 1,840,000
1996 "Killing Me Softly" Fugees
1997* "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" /
"Candle in the Wind 1997"
Elton John 4,770,000
1998 "Believe" Cher 1,519,000
1999 "...Baby One More Time" Britney Spears 1,445,000
2000 "Can We Fix It?" Bob the Builder 853,000
2001 "It Wasn't Me" Shaggy featuring Rikrok 1,151,000[5]
2002 "Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen" Will Young 1,783,919
2003 "Where Is the Love?" The Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake 625,198
2004* "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid 20 1,065,000
2005* "Is This the Way to Amarillo" Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay 1,100,200
2006 "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley 820,053
2007 "Bleeding Love" Leona Lewis 788,000[6]
2008 "Hallelujah" Alexandra Burke 888,000[7]
2009 "Poker Face" Lady Gaga 882,059[8]
2010 "Love the Way You Lie" Eminem featuring Rihanna 854,000[9]
2011 "Someone Like You" Adele 1,242,000[10]
2012 "Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye featuring Kimbra 1,318,000[11]
2013 "Blurred Lines" Thicke, RobinRobin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell 1,470,000[12]

* denotes cause/charity release

References[edit]

General (list positions)
Specific
  1. ^ The Complete Book of British Charts by Warwick/Kutner/Brown (sales for earlier years)
  2. ^ BPI certifications - Best sellers 2001 - 2005[dead link]
  3. ^ Hunter Davies Official Biography
  4. ^ Billboard Magazine, 7 January 1967, Page 38
  5. ^ "Shaggy's single is UK's best-seller". BBC News. 27 December 2001. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Leona sells most singles in 2007". Newsround. CBBC. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Billboard. "Alexandra Burke top selling single of 2008". Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  8. ^ What HiFi? Sound and Vision. "Discs and downloads". Retrieved 10/1/2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ The Official Charts Company. "Eminem/Rihanna & Take That scoop 2010 crowns". Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  10. ^ The Official Charts Company. "The Top 20 biggest selling singles of 2011 revealed!". Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  11. ^ "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles of 2012 revealed!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  12. ^ Official Charts Company. "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles Of 2013". Retrieved 2014-01-01.