List of best-selling singles of the 1990s in the United Kingdom

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The UK Singles Chart is a music chart compiled by the Official Charts Company that calculates the best-selling singles of the week in the United Kingdom.[1] During the 1990s the chart was based purely on the sales of physical singles, with airplay figures excluded from the official chart.

Between 1990 and 1999, 26 singles sold more than 1 million copies in the United Kingdom. British singer-songwriter Elton John had the best selling single of the decade with his double A-side single "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997", released in 1997. The single sold 4.86 million copies, over 3 million copies more than the second biggest seller, "Unchained Melody" / "White Cliffs of Dover" by Robson and Jerome. At number five is Cher with "Believe", making her have the most copies sold for a female artist throughout the '90s.

"Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia is the best selling single not to top the charts (number two), placed at number 27 on this chart. On this chart, seven singles were Christmas number ones: "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, "Mr Blobby" by Mr Blobby, "Stay Another Day" by East 17, "Earth Song" by Michael Jackson, and "2 Become 1", "Too Much" and "Goodbye" by Spice Girls. The Spice Girls are the most featured artists on this chart with of their eight of their singles appearing, including their biggest hit "Wannabe" at number 12.

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Elton John had the best-selling single of the decade with "Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997", a tribute to Princess Diana.
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Cher had the best-selling single of the decade (as well of all-time) by a female artist with "Believe".
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Bryan Adams had the longest stay at number one for a single with "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", spending 16 weeks at the top spot. The song is at number 7 on this chart.
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The Spice Girls had the eight songs on this chart, including two million sellers: "Wannabe" at 12 and "2 Become 1" at 24.
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Celine Dion had two million sellers in the Top 20 on this chart: "My Heart Will Go On" at 11 and "Think Twice" at 16. The latter holds the record for the longest time for a single to get to number one (15 weeks)
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LeAnn Rimes is the only person to have a song on this chart that didn't reach the Top 5: "How Do I Live" reached number 7 and is placed at number 58 on this chart
Position Song title Artist Sales Year Peak
1 "Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997" Elton John 4,868,000 1997 1
2 "Unchained Melody" Robson & Jerome 1,840,000 1995 1
3 "Love Is All Around" Wet Wet Wet 1,783,000 1994 1
4 "Barbie Girl" Aqua 1,722,000 1997 1
5 "Believe" Cher 1,672,000 1998 1
6 "Perfect Day" Various Artists 1,550,000 1997 1
7 "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" Bryan Adams 1,530,000 1991 1
8 "...Baby One More Time" Britney Spears 1,450,000 1999 1
9 "I'll Be Missing You" Puff Daddy & Faith Evans 1,410,000 1997 1
10 "I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston 1,360,000 1992 1
11 "My Heart Will Go On" Celine Dion 1,310,000 1998 1
12 "Wannabe" Spice Girls 1,269,841 1996 1
13 "Killing Me Softly" Fugees 1,268,000 1996 1
14 "Never Ever" All Saints 1,254,000 1997 1
15 "Gangsta's Paradise" Coolio feat. L.V. 1,246,000 1995 1
16 "Think Twice" Celine Dion 1,234,000 1994 1
17 "Heartbeat/Tragedy" Steps 1,152,000 1998 1
18 "It's Like That" Run–D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins 1,110,000 1998 1
19 "Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!" Teletubbies 1,100,000 1997 1
20 "Spaceman" Babylon Zoo 1,098,000 1996 1
21 "I Believe/Up on the Roof" Robson & Jerome 1,093,000 1995 1
22 "Saturday Night" Whigfield 1,092,000 1994 1
23 "No Matter What" Boyzone 1,074,000 1998 1
24 "2 Become 1" Spice Girls 1,072,073 1996 1
25 "Earth Song" Michael Jackson 1,038,000 1995 1
26 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" Eiffel 65 1,023,000 1999 1
27 "Torn" Natalie Imbruglia 1,134,000 1997 2
28 "Wonderwall" Oasis 966,000 1995 2
29 "Back For Good" Take That 959,000 1995 1
30 "Say You'll Be There" Spice Girls 930,000 1996 1
31 "Stay Another Day" East 17 910,000 1994 1
32 "The Millennium Prayer" Cliff Richard 895,000 1999 1
33 "Men In Black" Will Smith 883,000 1997 1
34 "Mambo No. 5" Lou Bega 880,000 1999 1
35 "Missing (Todd Terry Remix) Everything But The Girl 870,000 1995 3
36 "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S I Love You)" Chef 850,900 1998 1
37 "C'est la Vie" B*Witched 850,500 1998 1
38 "Unchained Melody" Righteous Brothers 840,000 1990 1
39 "Return of the Mack" Mark Morrison 837,000 1996 1
40 "Don't Speak" No Doubt 834,000 1997 1
41 "Goodbye" Spice Girls 833,500 1998 1
42 "Angels" Robbie Williams 828,000 1997 4
43 "Spice Up Your Life Spice Girls 800,000 1997 1
44 "9 PM (Till I Come)" ATB 790,000 1999 1
45 "Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit" Gina G 790,000 1996 1
46 "Three Lions" Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds 785,000 1996 1
47 "Fairground" Simply Red 783,000 1995 1
48 "Tubthumping" Chumbawamba 780,000 1997 2
49 "Livin La Vida Loca" Ricky Martin 775,700 1999 1
50 "Un-Break My Heart" Toni Braxton 770,000 1996 2
51 "Children" Robert Miles 770,000 1996 2
52 "That Don't Impress Me Much" Shania Twain 763,000 1999 3
53 "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" Meat Loaf 761,200 1993 1
54 "Mysterious Girl" Peter Andre 750,000 1996 2
55 "Baby Come Back" Pato Banton 750,000 1994 1
56 "Together Again" Janet Jackson 741,000 1997 2
57 "Don't Look Back in Anger" Oasis 730,000 1996 1
58 "How Do I Live" LeAnn Rimes 713,900 1997 7
59 "MMMBop" Hanson 712,000 1997 1
60 "You Are Not Alone" Michael Jackson 710,000 1995 1
61 "Breathe" The Prodigy 709,000 1996 1
62 "D'You Know What I Mean?" Oasis 707,000 1997 1
63 "Sweet Like Chocolate" Shanks & Bigfoot 706,700 1999 1
64 "I Swear" All4One 700,000 1994 2
65 "Nothing Compares 2 U" Sinéad O'Connor 683,000 1990 1
66 "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly 675,000 1997 1
67 "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" Pras Michel feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard & Mýa 670,000 1998 2
68 "Who Do You Think You Are/Mama" Spice Girls 660,000 1997 1
69 "Firestarter" The Prodigy 659,000 1996 1
70 "Flat Beat" Mr Oizo 659,000 1999 1
71 "Too Much" Spice Girls 657,000 1997 1
72 "When the Tough Get Going" Boyzone 653,000 1999 1
73 "Sacrifice/Healing Hands" Elton John 644,000 1990 1
74 "Truly Madly Deeply" Savage Garden 643,500 1998 4
75 "Bring It All Back" S Club 7 622,000 1999 1
76 "Words Boyzone 624,000 1996 1
77 "Viva Forever" Spice Girls 623,000 1998 1
78 "Music Sounds Better with You" Stardust 622,000 1998 2
79 "Genie In A Bottle" Christina Aguilera 613,000 1999 1
80 "Perfect Moment" Martine McCutcheon 610,000 1999 1
81 "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" UB40 606,000 1993 1
82 "Better Off Alone" Alice Deejay 604,000 1999 2
83 "All That She Wants" Ace Of Base 603,900 1993 1
84 "How Deep Is Your Love?" Take That 590,000 1996 1
85 "Ice Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice 588,000 1990 1
86 "Rhythm Is a Dancer" Snap! 582,700 1992 1
87 "Mr Blobby Mr Blobby 580,000 1993 1
88 "Boom Boom Boom Boom" Vengaboys 577,000 1999 1
89 "If You Ever" East 17 feat. Gabrielle 575,000 1996 2
90 "When You Say Nothing At All" Ronan Keating 573,000 1999 1
91 "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" Aerosmith 572,900 1998 4
92 "Killer" Adamski 567,000 1990 1
93 "Always" Bon Jovi 560,500 1994 2
94 "Doctor Jones" Aqua 565,000 1998 1
95 "Without You" Mariah Carey 559,200 1994 1
96 "Show Me Heaven" Maria McKee 559,000 1990 1
97 "No Scrubs" TLC 552,000 1999 3
98 "Breakfast at Tiffanys" Deep Blue Something 552,000 1996 1
99 "The Boy is Mine" Brandy & Monica 542,000 1998 2
100 "Where Do You Go" No Mercy 540,000 1997 2

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