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

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"Happy" by Pharrell Williams is the most downloaded song of all time and second best-selling single since 2000[1]

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.

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.[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 UK Singles Chart has been based on streaming figures as well as physical/digital purchases, however the OCC still compiles a 'sales' (only) chart and still quotes these traditional sales figures in its features and articles.[4]

The biggest selling single since January 2000 is Will Young's double A-side single "Evergreen" / "Anything Is Possible". "Happy" by Pharrell Williams is the second best-selling single of the 21st Century, followed by "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams in third. The top five is completed by "Someone Like You" by Adele in fourth and "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera in fifth.[1]

Best-selling singles[edit]

Sales figures from the Official Charts Company (OCC) on the date given in the reference. The OCC differentiate 'chart sales' which include streaming from 'sales' which are downloads and physical purchases. As streaming has not been recorded for the whole of the 21st century, traditional sales are quoted below.[5] See also List of most streamed songs in the United Kingdom.

No. Single Artist Year Sales Peak chart
position
1 "Evergreen" / "Anything Is Possible" Young, WillWill Young 2002 1,794,000[6] 1
2 "Happy" Pharrell Williams 2013 1,730,000+[7] 1
3 "Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams 2013 1,729,000[8] 1
4 "Someone Like You" Adele 2011 1,530,000[1] 1
5 "Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera 2011 1,470,000[1] 2
6 "Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye featuring Kimbra 2012 1,450,000[1] 1
7 "Get Lucky" Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers 2013 1,400,000[1] 1
8 "I Gotta Feeling" Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas 2009 1,350,000[6] 1
9 "Unchained Melody" Gates, GarethGareth Gates 2002 1,340,000[6] 1
10 "Is This the Way to Amarillo?" Christie, TonyTony Christie featuring Peter Kay 2005 1,320,000[6] 1
11 "It Wasn't Me" Shaggy featuring Rikrok 2001 1,320,000[6] 1
12 "Wake Me Up!" Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 2013 1,290,000[9] 1
13 "Hallelujah" Burke, AlexandraAlexandra Burke 2008 1,280,000[10] 1
14 "Impossible" Arthur, JamesJames Arthur 2012 1,270,000[10] 1
15 "We Found Love" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 2011 1,260,000[6] 1
16 "Sex on Fire" Kings of Leon 2008 1,250,000[6] 1
17 "Just the Way You Are (Amazing)" Mars, BrunoBruno Mars 2010 1,200,000[11] 1
18 "Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock 2011 1,190,000[6] 1
19 "Call Me Maybe" Jepsen, Carly RaeCarly Rae Jepsen 2012 1,180,000[6] 1
20 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid 20 2004 1,170,000[6] 1
21 "Can't Get You Out of My Head" Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue 2001 1,160,000[6] 1
22 "Price Tag" Jessie J featuring B.o.B 2011 1,130,000[6] 1
23 "Rather Be" Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 2014 1,130,000[12] 1
24 "Poker Face" Lady Gaga 2009 1,120,000[6] 1
25 "Let Her Go" Passenger 2013 1,120,000[9] 2
26 "Love the Way You Lie" Eminem featuring Rihanna 2010 1,110,000[6] 2
27 "That's My Goal" Ward, ShayneShayne Ward 2005 1,100,000[6] 1
28 "Titanium" Guetta, DavidDavid Guetta featuring Sia 2012 1,100,000[13] 1
29 "Pure and Simple" Hear'Say 2001 1,090,000[6] 1
30 "Only Girl (In the World)" Rihanna 2010 1,080,000[6] 1
31 "Bleeding Love" Lewis, LeonaLeona Lewis 2007 1,060,000[6] 1
32 "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley 2006 1,060,000[6] 1
33 "The A Team" Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran 2011 1,060,000[14] 3
34 "Uptown Funk!" Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 2014 1,050,000[15] 1
35 "All of Me" John Legend 2013 1,050,000[16] 1
36 "Roar" Perry, KatyKaty Perry 2013 1,050,000[17] 1
37 "Can We Fix It?" Bob the Builder 2000 1,020,000[6] 1
38 "Gangnam Style" Psy 2012 1,020,000[6] 1
39 "We Are Young" fun. featuring Janelle Monáe 2012 1,010,000[6] 1
40 "When We Collide" Cardle, MattMatt Cardle 2010 1,010,000[10] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Copsey, Rob (9 September 2014). "Pharrell's Happy now the UK's most downloaded track of all time". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  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. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Lane, Daniel (24 July 2014). "Clean Bandit's Rather Be hits 1 million UK sales!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Kreisler, Lauren (22 June 2014). "UK's Official Singles Chart to include streaming data for first time". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v 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. 
  7. ^ Copsey, Rob (1 October 2014). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles of 2014 so far!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Moss, Liv (11 March 2015). "Pharrell, Robin Thicke to pay $7.3m in Blurred Lines copyright case". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Naughty Boy and Sam Smith smash 1 million UK sales with La La La". Official Charts Company. 10 June 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c 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. 
  11. ^ Lane, Daniel (21 April 2014). "The UK's Top 100 most downloaded tracks of all-time revealed!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Copsey, Rob (1 January 2015). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles of 2014". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Myers, Justin (5 July 2014). "Six things you need to know about Sia". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Jones, Alan (2 January 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: Sheeran's x scores 12th week at No.1 with sales of 211,168". Music Week. Retrieved 2 January 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  15. ^ Moss, Liv (15 February 2015). "Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk passes 1 million UK sales!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Copsey, Rob (15 January 2015). "John Legend's All of Me passes one million sales in the UK: "What an amazing year!"". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  17. ^ Copsey, Rob (31 January 2015). "Katy Perry's Roar hits one million UK sales ahead of Super Bowl Half Time Show". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 March 2015.