List of best-selling singles of the 2000s (century) in the United Kingdom

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Having sold over 1.81 million copies, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams is the best-selling single in the UK since 2000[1]

The UK Singles Chart is a music chart compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) that calculates the best-selling singles of the week in the United Kingdom.[2] 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.[3] Since July 2014, the chart has been based on streaming figures as well as physical/digital purchases,[4] however the OCC still compiles a 'sales' (only) chart and still quotes these traditional sales figures in its features and articles.[5]

This is a list of the sales of records released from 1 January 2000 onwards; sales for this period of records released before 2000 are not included. With sales of 1.813 million, the best-selling single in the UK since January 2000 is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. Will Young's double A-side single "Evergreen" / "Anything Is Possible", which has sold 1.79 million copies, is the second-biggest seller, followed by "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Williams (1.63 million) in third. The top five is completed by "Someone Like You" by Adele (1.57 million) in fourth and "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera (1.50 million) in fifth.[1]

Best-selling singles[edit]

Sales figures from the OCC on the date given in the reference; where no reference is given, sales derived from order of OCC list of 11 June 2015.[6] The OCC differentiate 'chart sales' (which include streaming) from 'sales' (which are downloads and physical purchases and are quoted below).[4]

No. Single Artist Year Copies sold Peak chart
position
1 "Happy" Pharrell Williams 2013 1,813,000[1] 1
2 "Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen" Young, WillWill Young 2002 1,790,000[7] 1
3 "Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams 2013 1,630,000[1] 1
4 "Someone Like You" Adele 2011 1,570,000[1] 1
5 "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera 2011 1,503,000[1] 2
6 "Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye featuring Kimbra 2012 1,484,000[1] 1
7 "I Gotta Feeling" Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas 2009 1,436,000+ 1
8 "Get Lucky" Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers 2013 1,436,000[1] 1
9 "Wake Me Up!" Avicii 2013 1,390,000+ 1
10 "Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 2014 1,390,000[6] 1
11 "It Wasn't Me" Shaggy featuring Rikrok 2001 1,372,000+ 1
12 "We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 2011 1,372,000+ 1
13 "Unchained Melody" Gates, GarethGareth Gates 2002 1,372,000+ 1
14 "Sex on Fire" Kings of Leon 2008 1,372,000+ 1
15 "Call Me Maybe" Jepsen, Carly RaeCarly Rae Jepsen 2012 1,372,000[8] 1
16 "Just the Way You Are (Amazing)" Mars, BrunoBruno Mars 2010 1,320,000+ 1
17 "Hallelujah" Burke, AlexandraAlexandra Burke 2008 1,320,000+ 1
18 "Impossible" Arthur, JamesJames Arthur 2012 1,320,000+ 1
19 "Gangnam Style" Psy 2012 1,320,000+ 1
20 "(Is This the Way to) Amarillo" Christie, TonyTony Christie featuring Peter Kay 2005 1,320,000[9] 1
21 "Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock 2011 1,200,000[9] 1
22 "Titanium" Guetta, DavidDavid Guetta featuring Sia 2012 1,180,000+ 1
23 "Price Tag" Jessie J featuring B.o.B 2011 1,180,000+ 1
24 "Love the Way You Lie" Eminem featuring Rihanna 2010 1,180,000+ 2
25 "Rather Be" Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 2014 1,180,000+ 1
26 "Let Her Go" Passenger 2013 1,180,000+ 2
27 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid 20 2004 1,180,000[10] 1
28 "Can't Get You Out of My Head" Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue 2001 1,170,000[11] 1
29 "Poker Face" Lady Gaga 2009 1,120,000[9] 1
30 "Only Girl (In the World)" Rihanna 2010 1,100,000+ 1
31 "All of Me" John Legend 2013 1,100,000+ 2
32 "We Are Young" fun. featuring Janelle Monáe 2012 1,100,000+ 1
33 "That's My Goal" Ward, ShayneShayne Ward 2005 1,100,000[12] 1
34 "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley 2006 1,090,000+ 1
35 "Bleeding Love" Lewis, LeonaLeona Lewis 2007 1,090,000+ 1
36 "Pure and Simple" Hear'Say 2001 1,090,000[9] 1
37 "Chasing Cars" Snow Patrol 2006 1,067,000+ 6
38 "The A Team" Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran 2011 1,067,000[13] 3
39 "Use Somebody" Kings of Leon 2008 1,020,000+ 2
40 "Counting Stars" OneRepublic 2013 1,020,000+ 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Moss, Liv (19 June 2015). "Official Biggest Selling Singles of the decade so far revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Swash, Rosie (8 January 2007). "Old songs return to brave new singles chart". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Kreisler, Lauren (22 June 2014). "UK's Official Singles Chart to include streaming data for first time". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Lane, Dan (24 July 2014). "Clean Bandit's Rather Be hits 1 million UK sales!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Copsey, Rob (11 June 2015). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles of the Millennium so far revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Copsey, Rob (26 May 2015). "Will Young's Official biggest selling singles revealed: "I'm shocked by that!"". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Jones, Alan (4 May 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: Blur's The Magic Whip debuts at No.1 with 43,746 sales". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d Lane, Daniel (27 June 2013). "Daft Punk's Get Lucky becomes one of the UK's biggest selling singles of all-time!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Myers, Justin (2 January 2015). "Number 1 today in 2005: The X Factor's very first winner". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Myers, Justin (15 March 2014). "Kylie Minogue's Official Number 1 Singles' Sales Revealed!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Sedghi, Ami (13 December 2014). "The winner takes it all? The biggest selling X Factor winner's singles revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Jones, Alan (2 January 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: Sheeran's x scores 12th week at No.1 with sales of 211,168". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 2 January 2015. (subscription required (help)).