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 1990s.

"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.

Chart[edit]

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Elton John had the best-selling single of the decade with "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight", 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 consecutive stay at number one for a single with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", spending 16 consecutive 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 climb 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
No. Title Artist Year Estimated
sales
Peak
position
1 "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" John, EltonElton John 1997 4,864,611[2] 1
2 "Unchained Melody"/"(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" Robson & Jerome 1995 1,840,000[3] 1
3 "Love Is All Around" Wet Wet Wet 1994 1,783,827[4] 1
4 "Barbie Girl" Aqua 1997 1,720,000[3] 1
5 "Believe" Cher 1998 1,672,108[5] 1
6 "Perfect Day" Various Artists 1997 1,540,000[3] 1
7 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Adams, BryanBryan Adams 1991 1,527,824[6] 1
8 "...Baby One More Time" Spears, BritneyBritney Spears 1999 1,445,301[7] 1
9 "I'll Be Missing You" Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 1997 1,400,000[3] 1
10 "I Will Always Love You" Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston 1992 1,355,055[8] 1
11 "My Heart Will Go On" Dion, CelineCeline Dion 1998 1,312,551[9] 1
12 "Wannabe" Spice Girls 1996 1,269,841[10] 1
13 "Killing Me Softly" Fugees 1996 1,268,000 1
14 "Never Ever" All Saints 1997 1,254,604[11] 1
15 "Gangsta's Paradise" Coolio featuring L.V. 1995 1,246,000 1
16 "Think Twice" Dion, CelineCeline Dion 1994 1,234,000 1
17 "Heartbeat"/"Tragedy" Steps 1998 1,150,285[12] 1
18 "It's Like That" Run–D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins 1998 1,092,000[13] 1
19 "Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!" Teletubbies 1997 1,100,000 1
20 "Spaceman" Babylon Zoo 1996 1,098,000 1
21 "I Believe"/"Up on the Roof" Robson & Jerome 1995 1,093,000 1
22 "Saturday Night" Whigfield 1994 1,092,000 1
23 "No Matter What" Boyzone 1998 1,074,000 1
24 "2 Become 1" Spice Girls 1996 1,072,073 1
25 "Earth Song" Michael Jackson 1995 1,038,000 1
26 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" Eiffel 65 1999 1,023,000 1
27 "Torn" Natalie Imbruglia 1997 1,134,000 2
28 "Wonderwall" Oasis 1995 966,000 2
29 "Back for Good" Take That 1995 959,000 1
30 "Say You'll Be There" Spice Girls 1996 930,000 1
31 "Stay Another Day" East 17 1994 910,000 1
32 "The Millennium Prayer" Cliff Richard 1999 895,000 1
33 "Men in Black" Will Smith 1997 883,000 1
34 "Mambo No. 5" Lou Bega 1999 880,000 1
35 "Missing" (Todd Terry Remix) Everything but the Girl 1995 870,000 3
36 "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S I Love You)" Chef 1998 850,900 1
37 "C'est la Vie" B*Witched 1998 850,500 1
38 "Unchained Melody" Righteous Brothers 1990 840,000 1
39 "Return of the Mack" Mark Morrison 1996 837,000 1
40 "Don't Speak" No Doubt 1997 834,000 1
41 "Goodbye" Spice Girls 1998 833,500 1
42 "Angels" Robbie Williams 1997 828,000 4
43 "Spice Up Your Life" Spice Girls 1997 800,000 1
44 "9 PM (Till I Come)" ATB 1999 790,000 1
45 "Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit" Gina G 1996 790,000 1
46 "Three Lions" Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds 1996 785,000 1
47 "Fairground" Simply Red 1995 783,000 1
48 "Tubthumping" Chumbawamba 1997 780,000 2
49 "Livin' la Vida Loca" Ricky Martin 1999 775,700 1
50 "Un-Break My Heart" Toni Braxton 1996 770,000 2
51 "Children" Robert Miles 1996 770,000 2
52 "That Don't Impress Me Much" Shania Twain 1999 763,000 3
53 "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" Meat Loaf 1993 761,200 1
54 "Mysterious Girl" Peter Andre 1996 750,000 2
55 "Baby Come Back" Pato Banton 1994 750,000 1
56 "Together Again" Janet Jackson 1997 741,000 4
57 "Don't Look Back in Anger" Oasis 1996 730,000 1
58 "How Do I Live" LeAnn Rimes 1997 713,900 7
59 "MMMBop" Hanson 1997 712,000 1
60 "You Are Not Alone" Michael Jackson 1995 710,000 1
61 "Breathe" The Prodigy 1996 709,000 1
62 "D'You Know What I Mean?" Oasis 1997 707,000 1
63 "Sweet Like Chocolate" Shanks & Bigfoot 1999 706,700 1
64 "I Swear" All4One 1994 700,000 2
65 "Nothing Compares 2 U" Sinéad O'Connor 1990 683,000 1
66 "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly 1997 675,000 1
67 "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" Pras Michel featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard & Mýa 1998 670,000 2
68 "Who Do You Think You Are"/"Mama" Spice Girls 1997 660,000 1
69 "Firestarter" The Prodigy 1996 659,000 1
70 "Flat Beat" Mr Oizo 1999 659,000 1
71 "Too Much" Spice Girls 1997 657,000 1
72 "When the Tough Get Going" Boyzone 1999 653,000 1
73 "Sacrifice"/"Healing Hands" Elton John 1990 644,000 1
74 "Truly Madly Deeply" Savage Garden 1998 643,500 4
75 "Bring It All Back" S Club 7 1999 622,000 1
76 "Words" Boyzone 1996 624,000 1
77 "Viva Forever" Spice Girls 1998 623,000 1
78 "Music Sounds Better with You" Stardust 1998 622,000 2
79 "Genie in a Bottle" Christina Aguilera 1999 613,000 1
80 "Perfect Moment" Martine McCutcheon 1999 610,000 1
81 "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" UB40 1993 606,000 1
82 "Better Off Alone" Alice DeeJay 1999 604,000 2
83 "All That She Wants" Ace of Base 1993 603,900 1
84 "How Deep Is Your Love?" Take That 1996 590,000 1
85 "Ice Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice 1990 588,000 1
86 "Rhythm Is a Dancer" Snap! 1992 582,700 1
87 "Mr Blobby" Mr Blobby 1993 580,000 1
88 "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!" Vengaboys 1999 577,000 1
89 "If You Ever" East 17 featuring Gabrielle 1996 575,000 2
90 "When You Say Nothing at All" Ronan Keating 1999 573,000 1
91 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Aerosmith 1998 572,900 4
92 "Killer" Adamski 1990 567,000 1
93 "Always" Bon Jovi 1994 560,500 2
94 "Doctor Jones" Aqua 1998 565,000 1
95 "Without You" Mariah Carey 1994 559,200 1
96 "Show Me Heaven" Maria McKee 1990 559,000 1
97 "No Scrubs" TLC 1999 552,000 3
98 "Breakfast at Tiffanys" Deep Blue Something 1996 552,000 1
99 "The Boy Is Mine" Brandy & Monica 1998 542,000 2
100 "Where Do You Go" No Mercy 1997 540,000 2

References[edit]

General (chart positions)
Specific
  1. ^ "The Official UK Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David, ed. (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London, England: Guinness World Records Ltd. p. 285. ISBN 978-1-90499-410-7. 
  3. ^ a b c d Maconie, Stuart (11 January 2008). "The golden age of pop". The Times (London, England: News International). 
  4. ^ Roberts (2006). p. 597.
  5. ^ Roberts (2006). p. 102.
  6. ^ Roberts (2006). p. 14.
  7. ^ Jones, Alan (16 January 2010). "The Lady Is the Champ". Music Week (London, England: United Business Media): 14. 
  8. ^ Roberts (2006). p. 261.
  9. ^ Roberts (2006). p. 156.
  10. ^ Roberts (2006). p. 520.
  11. ^ Roberts (2006). p. 19.
  12. ^ Roberts (2006). p. 528.
  13. ^ Jones, Alan (16 January 1999). "Singles Top 100". Music Week (London, England: Miller Freeman): 6.