List of best-selling singles of the noughties in the United Kingdom

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Will Young had the best-selling single of the 2000s, "Evergreen" / "Anything Is Possible".
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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] Since 2005, the chart has been based on the sales of both physical and digital singles, on the condition that the single was available in both formats. In 2007, the rules were changed so that legal downloads of all songs, irrespective of whether a physical copy was available, were eligible to chart.[2]

Between 2000 and 2009, ten singles that reached the top of the singles chart sold more than 1 million copies in the United Kingdom.[3] At the end of the decade, a retrospective chart was compiled by the Official Charts Company to determine the best-selling single of this ten-year period. The title was won by Will Young, the winner of the televised talent competition Pop Idol in 2001, with his double A-side single "Evergreen" / "Anything Is Possible", released in 2002.[4] The single sold just under 1.8 million copies and saw Young finish ahead of fellow Pop Idol finalist Gareth Gates, whose debut single "Unchained Melody" sold 1.34 million copies.[5] The X Factor winners Alexandra Burke (5th), and Shayne Ward (8th) and the band formed on Popstars in 2001, Hear'Say (9th), also reached the top ten.[6] Kylie Minogue, Shaggy and Tony Christie were the other solo artists who made the top ten of best-selling singles; Christie's best-seller was a charity single recorded for Comic Relief in 2005. Children's television character Bob the Builder's "Can We Fix It?", voiced by Neil Morrisey, and Band Aid 20's cover of "Do They Know It's Christmas" made up the rest of the top ten singles.[3][7]

The chart is significantly skewed towards singles released at the beginning (2000–2002) and end (2007–2009) of the decade. Digital downloads were included in the charts for the first time in 2005 but it took several years before the download figures made up for the loss of physical single sales.[8] Only five songs released in 2003 and two released in 2004 (including Band Aid 20's million-seller "Do They Know It's Christmas?") made the top 100 best-selling singles, compared with eleven in 2000 and thirteen in 2009. Following changes to the chart ruling in 2007, Rage Against the Machine's 1993 single "Killing in the Name" was declared the Christmas number-one on the strength of an Internet campaign on the Facebook website, even though it did not have a contemporary physical release.[9][10] The song eventually reached number 36 on the best-sellers list.

BBC Radio 1 announced the chart across three programmes, presented by DJ Nihal, between 29 December and 31 December 2009.[11] The list of the best-selling albums of the decade in the United Kingdom was also announced in a show on 28 December 2009.[11]

Most appearances in the chart goes to Black Eyed Peas with 4 entries, followed by S Club 7, Shaggy, and Leona Lewis with 3 entries each.

Chart[edit]

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Australian singer Kylie Minogue had the seventh-best-selling single of the decade with "Can't Get You Out of My Head" in 2001.
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The Black Eyed Peas have four entries in the best-sellers chart. Their highest placed song is 2009's "I Gotta Feeling" at number 17.
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Leona Lewis, the winner of The X Factor in 2006, has three songs in the top 100: "Bleeding Love" (11), "A Moment Like This" (16) and "Run" (45).
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Rage Against the Machine's song "Killing in the Name" – originally released in 1993 – was the Christmas number-one in 2009 and also became the 36th best-seller of the decade.
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Robbie Williams' only entry in the top 100 best-selling singles is his 2000 number-one single "Rock DJ" at number 42.
Position Song title Artist Year Sales Peak
1 "Evergreen" / "Anything Is Possible" Will Young 2002 1,795,000[12] 1
2 "Unchained Melody" Gareth Gates 2002 1,340,000[12] 1
3 "Is This The Way to Amarillo?" Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay 2005 1,205,000 1
4 "It Wasn't Me" Shaggy 2001 1,200,000 1
5 "Hallelujah" Alexandra Burke 2008 1,170,000 1
6 "Do They Know It's Christmas" Band Aid 20 2004 1,150,000 1
7 "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" Kylie Minogue 2001 1,104,000 1
8 "That's My Goal" Shayne Ward 2005 1,100,000 1
9 "Pure and Simple" Hear'Say 2001 1,080,000 1
10 "Can We Fix It?" Bob The Builder 2000 1,010,000 1
11 "Bleeding Love" Leona Lewis 2007 973,500 1
12 "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley 2006 970,000 1
13 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten 2001 965,000 1
14 "Sex On Fire" Kings of Leon 2008 887,370 1
15 "Poker Face" Lady Gaga 2009 882,059[13] 1
16 "A Moment Like This" Leona Lewis 2006 862,000 1
17 "I Gotta Feeling" The Black Eyed Peas 2009 848,648[13] 1
18 "Hero" Enrique Iglesias 2002 836,500 1
19 "Hero" The X Factor Finalists 2008 2008 804,000 1
20 "Hey! Baby" DJ Ötzi 2001 776,000 1
21 "Stan" Eminem featuring Dido 2000 772,000 1
22 "Dilemma" Nelly & Kelly Rowland 2002 770,000 1
23 "Uptown Girl" Westlife 2001 768,000 1
24 "Just Dance" Lady Gaga 2009 761,000 1
25 "Where Is The Love?" The Black Eyed Peas 2003 743,500 1
26 "Don't Stop Movin'" S Club 7 2001 742,000 1
27 "Pure Shores" All Saints 2000 721,000 1
28 "Who Let The Dogs Out?" Baha Men 2000 715,000 2
29 "Fight For This Love" Cheryl Cole 2009 714,000 1
30 "Rule The World" Take That 2007 702,000 2
31 "A Little Less Conversation" Elvis vs. JXL 2002 700,000 1
32 "Use Somebody" Kings of Leon 2008 692,000 2
33 "If I Were A Boy" Beyoncé 2008 683,083 1
34 "Umbrella" Rihanna 2007 674,000 1
35 "It Feels So Good" Sonique 2000 665,000 1
36 "In For The Kill" La Roux 2009 662,000 2
37 "Killing in the Name" Rage Against The Machine 2009 [a] 652,905 1
38 "The Climb" Joe McElderry 2009 646,500 1
39 "Whenever Wherever" Shakira 2002 642,000 2
40 "You're Beautiful" James Blunt 2005 640,000 1
41 "Sound of the Underground" Girls Aloud 2002 637,000 1
42 "Rock DJ" Robbie Williams 2000 636,000 1
43 "Teenage Dirtbag" Wheatus 2001 635,000 2
44 "Never Had a Dream Come True" S Club 7 2001 630,000 1
45 "Angel" Shaggy 2001 620,000 1
46 "Run" Leona Lewis 2008 613,405 1
47 "Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 2006 606,000 1
48 "Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas 2009 606,450 1
49 "Mercy" Duffy 2008 603,000 1
50 "Chasing Cars" Snow Patrol 2006 600,910 6
51 "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" Las Ketchup 2002 595,000 1
52 "Lose Yourself" Eminem 2002 592,000 1
53 "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor 2000 590,000 1
54 "Mad World" Michael Andrews and Gary Jules 2003 588,000 1
55 "Rockstar" Nickelback 2007 587,000 2
56 "Can't Fight the Moonlight" LeAnn Rimes 2000 585,000 1
57 "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)" Gareth Gates 2002 581,000 1
58 "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" Eamon 2004 580,000 1
59 "Patience" Take That 2006 576,000 1
60 "I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry 2008 570,000 1
61 "Gotta Get Thru This" Daniel Bedingfield 2002 565,000 1
62 "Spirit in the Sky" Gareth Gates & The Kumars 2003 561,000 1
63 "Broken Strings" James Morrison featuring Nelly Furtado 2008 554,000 2
64 "Grace Kelly" Mika 2007 552,000 1
65 "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" Beyoncé 2008 551,300 1
65 "Axel F" Crazy Frog 2005 550,000 1
66 "Hung Up" Madonna 2005 547,000 1
67 "Leave Right Now" Will Young 2003 546,000 1
68 "Bad Boys" Alexandra Burke featuring Flo Rida 2009 545,475 1
69 "Without Me" Eminem 2002 545,000 1
70 "Number 1" Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz 2009 538,000 1
71 "Because I Got High" Afroman 2001 536,000 1
72 "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Scissor Sisters 2006 535,000 1
73 "Don't Cha" Pussycat Dolls 2005 534,000 1
74 "Valerie" Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse 2007 530,000 2
75 "How You Remind Me" Nickelback 2002 526,000 4
76 "Ignition (Remix)" R. Kelly 2003 525,000 1
77 "Heaven" DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring Do 2002 523,000 1
78 "If You're Not the One" Daniel Bedingfield 2002 522,000 1
79 "Dance Wiv Me" Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris 2008 521,000 1
80 "Meet Me Halfway" The Black Eyed Peas 2009 517,175 1
81 "Low" Flo Rida 2008 514,000 2
82 "Hot n Cold" Katy Perry 2008 514,000 4
83 "American Boy" Estelle featuring Kanye West 2008 513,000 1
84 "Reach" S Club 7 2000 512,000 2
85 "If Tomorrow Never Comes" Ronan Keating 2002 511,000 1
86 "Just a Little" Liberty X 2002 510,000 1
87 "Human" The Killers 2008 506,450 3
88 "Sexy Chick" David Guetta featuring Akon 2009 503,475 1
89 "Lady Marmalade" Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink 2001 502,000 1
90 "Apologize" OneRepublic featuring Timbaland 2007 497,000 3
91 "Black and Gold" Sam Sparro 2008 496,000 2
92 "When You Believe" Leon Jackson 2007 495,000 1
93 "Fill Me In" Craig David 2000 493,000 1
94 "So What" Pink 2008 492,000 1
95 "Now You're Gone" Basshunter 2008 490,000 1
96 "Clint Eastwood" Gorillaz 2001 485,000 4
97 "Do You Really Like It?" DJ Pied Piper and the Masters of Ceremonies 2001 484,000 1
98 "About You Now" Sugababes 2007 483,000 1
99 "The Promise" Girls Aloud 2008 482,000 1
100 "The Fear" Lily Allen 2009 481,500 1

References[edit]

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